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Cast Members of 'Julius Caesar'

Francis Serpa headshot

Francis Serpa (Julius Caesar, Trebonius, Lucius, Plebeian #4) is excited to go back on the road with Shakespeare on Tour, after playing Romeo with them a few years ago, and is especially excited to work on Julius Caesar as it's his favorite play by the bard.  Francis began acting at College of Marin and transferred to UC Santa Barbara where he earned his BFA in Theatre. Most recently he's worked with Ross Valley Players, Actors Ensemble of Berkeley, and Tides Theatre.

Melanie Marshall headshot Melanie Marshall (Cassius, Plebeian #2) is excited to be joining Shakespeare on Tour! She received her BA in Theatre from Cal Poly University, during which time she spent one semester studying at each London Dramatic Academy and American Conservatory Theatre. Recently she was seen in Sacramento in Outrage (Big Idea Theatre); As You Like It and Nightingale (Davis Shakespeare Ensemble); Midsummer Night's Dream (Sacramento Theatre Company); Brave Spirits (B Street School Tour); and How I Learned to Drive (Capital Stage). Other credits include Midsummer and Treasure Island (Central Coast Shakespeare Festival) and improv shows We Smell Like America and All Joking Aside... (Edinburgh Fringe Festival).

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Phil Wong (Cobbler, Casca, Cinna the Poet, Octavius, Pindarus, Plebeian #1) is ecstatic to be joining the SF Shakes tour! Born and raised in the Bay Area, Phil decided it would be a good idea to go to school in the frozen tundra of Ohio where he attended Oberlin College. At Oberlin, he majored in Theatrical Direction and Performance. After spending a semester abroad in the sunny rolling hills of Tuscany studying Commedia and Mask Performance at the Accademia dell’Arte, he decided that the next logical step was to go back to Oberlin and complete a minor in East Asian Studies (which he did). Phil is a fervent advocate for equal representation for performers of color in live performance and media as well as a proud supporter of the Asian American Performers Action Coalition in New York City. He is relatively new to the Bay Area theatre scene and SF Shakes will mark his second performance credit, the first being Eddie/Doctor Scott in The Rocky Horror Show at Boxcar Theatre. He would like to take this opportunity to smother his parents with love for allowing him to pursue his passions and not forcing him into pharmacy school.
Jaideep Sahai Jaideep Sahai (Brutus,Plebeian #3) graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a double major in psychology and theatre, where he spent a semester abroad at London Dramatic Academy to study classical acting. After college, Jai received his MA in Theatre and Performance Studies from UCLA, completing his thesis on Asian American Theatre and later received his second MA in Acting: The British Tradition from Birmingham School of Acting in England, where his thesis was on Indian performance of Shakespeare. In the Bay Area, he has had numerous credits on stage, and can be seen in the web series Armageddon Inc. and Copy and Pastry.

Amber Sommerfeld (Antony, Soothsayer, Portia) is so excited to be back with SF Shakes tour again this year!  Originally from Montana, Amber moved to the Bay to attend Santa Clara University. She graduated in 2012 with a Theater Arts Major and Musical Theater Minor. She has been seen in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Woman’s Will), Spamalot (Pacific Repertory Theatre), Taming of the Shrew (Half Moon Bay Shakespeare), Jack Rabbit, Macbeth and The Arab Springs (SJREAL at San Jose Rep) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (SF Shakes).  Amber is also the Dialect Coach at Palo Alto High School and has written for SJREAL. She is so thankful for all the love and support here and back home. Yay Shakespeare!


Cast Alternates

Michelle Drexler

Michelle Drexler (Julius Caesar, Trebonius, Lucius, Plebeian #4) has regional credits that include Camelot (Lady Ann, u/s Gwenevere) with SF Playhouse, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical!!! (Mom) and Tales of Olympus: a Greek Myth Musical (Athena) with Bay Area Children's Theatre, Assistance (Jenny) with OpenTab Productions, Romeo and Juliet (Lady Montague) and Much Ado About Nothing (u/s Beatrice) with the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company, Sugar (Dolores) with 42nd Street Moon, A Midsummer Night's Dream (u/s Titania/Hippolyta) and King Lear (King Lear) with Great River Shakespeare Festival and Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera with American Repertory Theater. Coming up, she will be playing Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Berkeley Playhouse and Lucinda in Into the Woods at SF Playhouse.  Emerson College: BFA Acting.  Michelle is a proud native of San Francisco.
www.MichelleDrexler.com

Radhika Rao (Brutus,Plebeian #3) has performed professionally in India, Boston, San Diego and now the San Francisco Bay Area. She trained at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she focused on how theatre could be used in fostering youth citizenship and transforming communities. Radhika believes the teaching of theatre imparts not just the technicalities of dramatic performance to the learner, also and equally, life-skills such as confidence, empathy, cooperation, leadership, imagination, creative and critical thinking. She has loved Shakespeare ever since she saw her first Shakespeare play and is thrilled and deeply honored to join Shakespeare on Tour.

Sharon Robinson

Sharon Robinson (Cassius, Plebeian #2) is very pleased to be doing her fifth Shakespeare on Tour show- previously she was the alternate for Stefan /Alonso/Sycorax in The Tempest, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Laertes/Polonius in Hamlet and Nurse/Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet. Other recent roles include the Queen in Free Shakespeare in the Park's Cymbeline, Nadya inTravesties at Marin Shakespeare  and Candida in Rock ‘n’ Roll at San Jose Stage Company. She is also a director, teacher and professional voiceover talent, and you can check out all of that at www.sharonhuffrobinson.com
Adam Roy headshot Adam Roy (Cobbler, Casca, Cinna the Poet, Octavius, Pindarus, Plebeian #1) is excited to join Shakespeare On Tour.  Recent Bay Area credits include The River Bride (Alter Theater), The Spanish Tragedy (Marin Shakespeare Company), The Lisbon Traviata (New Conservatory Theatre) The Music Man (Mountain Play Association) and A Streetcar Named Desire (College of Marin).  Adam is a teaching artist with Marin Shakespeare, and is a contributor to PlayGround and San Francisco Playwright’s Center.

Alicia Stamps

Alicia Stamps (Antony, Soothsayer, Portia) is in her third performance with Shakespeare On Tour, having previously performed in The Tempest and Macbeth. She received her B.F.A from Cornish College and favorite roles include Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream with Woman's Will and Esther Mills in The Pear Avenue's production of Intimatae Apparel. A Resident Teaching Artist for SF Shakes, Alicia thanks all you "Friends, Romans and countrymen" for lending your support to this wonderful show.....especially her mom.

 

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