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2017 Cast and Crew

Production Team Bios


The Taming of the Shrew
June 15 – August 19, 2017

Lisa Coffi …………… Producing Artistic Director
Suzanne Dean …………. Associate Artistic Director
Stephanie Coltrin …….. Associate Producer

Artistic & Production Staff
Cylan Brown …………….. Director
Aaron Jackson ………… Scenic Designer
Allison Dillard ………. Costume Designer
Olivia Schlueter-Corey … Costume Assistant
Elena Cruz …………… Stage Manager
Brianna Billups ………. Sound Technician
Jacob Severance ………. Production Assistant
Patrick Vest …………. Fight Choreographer
Holly Baker-Kreiswirth … Press Relations
Andria Kozica ………… Social Media Manager
Zoe Bloomfield ……….. Production Intern

Cast of Characters
Petruchio ……………. Bryson (B.J.) Allman
Katherine ……………. Morgan Hill
Bianca ………………. Jacqueline Misaye
Lucentio …………….. Iyan Evans
Hortensio ……………. Ryan Knight
Gremio ……………… Patrick Vest
Vincentio ……………. Daniel Student
Grumio/Pedant ………… Ethan Haslam
Baptista …………….. Andy Kallok
Tranio ………………. Olivia Schlueter-Corey
Biondello ……………. Trevor Scott
Widow/Curtis/Tailor …… Kei’la Ryan



Macbeth
June 22 – August 18, 2017

Lisa Coffi …………… Producing Artistic Director
Suzanne Dean …………. Associate Artistic Director
Stephanie Coltrin …….. Associate Producer

Artistic & Production Staff
Stephanie Coltrin …….. Director
Aaron Jackson ………… Scenic Designer
Allison Dillard ………. Costume Designer
Olivia Schlueter-Corey … Costume Assistant
Elena Cruz …………… Stage Manager
Brianna Billups ………. Sound Technician
Jacob Severance ………. Production Assistant
Patrick Vest …………. Fight Choreographer
Holly Baker-Kreiswirth … Press Relations
Andria Kozica ………… Social Media Manager
Zoe Bloomfield ……….. Production Intern

Cast of Characters
Macbeth …………….. Patrick Vest
Lady Macbeth ………… Melissa Booey
Macduff …………….. B.J. Allman
Witch/Lady Macduff …… Varda Appleton
Duncan/Others ……….. Chris Nelson
Malcolm …………….. Ethan Haslam
Ross/Others …………. Greg Prusiewicz
Siward ……………… Ryan Knight
Witch/Others ………… Morgan Hill
Seyton/Others ……….. Andy Kallok
Young Macduff/Others …. Jacqueline Misaye
Witch/Others ………… Kei’la Ryan
Banquo/Others ……….. Olivia Schlueter-Corey
Lennox/Others ……….. Jessica Winward

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THE ACTING COMPANY OF 2017

B.J. Allman
Bryson (B.J.) Allman
(Petruchio | Macduff)
BJ is back for his eighth season with Shakespeare by the Sea, where he’s
played some of his favorites from some of his favorites; Jaques in As You
Like It
; Trinculo in The Tempest; Theseus and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; King Ferdinand in Love’s Labor’s Lost, and so many others. Over at the Little Fish he recently brought Milo to life in Sleuth, several characters in Pick of the Vine, and Hal in Henry IV p1 and the reading of Henry IV p2.

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Varda Appleton
Varda Appleton
(Witch/Lady Macduff/Doctor)
Varda is an avid Shakespeare lover and is thrilled to join SBTS! She just
finished a run of Macbeth (Sacred Fools Theatre) and is excited for another shot at the Scottish Play! Theatre: Romeo & Juliet (Downtown Rep), Opaline (Garage Theatre), Calendar Girls (California Theatre of the Performing Arts), On Golden Pond opposite Salome Jens and Andrew Prine (Glendale Centre Theatre), All About Harold (Miles Memorial Playhouse), Viva Cristo Rey (San Gabriel Mission Playhouse), Solitaire (Underground Theatre), Washed in the Blood (The Complex). Film: Loves Park, Entirely Accidental, Rz-9, Forever, Manifesto. TV: Passions, Arrest & Trial, Crazy Love. Web: Bennington Gothique, Faces.

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Melissa Booey
Melissa Booey
(Lady Macbeth)
This is Melissa’s second year with Shakespeare by the Sea having played Desdemona in last season’s Othello. She’s very excited to be working with this crew again as well as playing one of her favorite characters in the cannon. She graduated from Cal State Fullerton with her BFA in Acting in 2014 and since then has moved to Studio City. She was fortunate enough to sign with Studio Talent Group based out of Santa Monica and has acted in a Food Network commercial, several short films and scripted shorts and has continued to act onstage. She was in Adam Szymkowicz’s new play, Where You Can’t Follow with the Chance Theater, as well as a recent performance in a Fringe piece, Egomaniac: a Poetic Incantation, which was directed andwritten by UCLA alums. She can’t wait to get buff and tan again building sets and making memories with these amazing ship mates! Yo ho!

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Iyan Evans
Iyan Evans
(Lucentio)
Iyan is enjoying his Second season with Shakespeare by the Sea.
The Torrance California native has done productions such as Grease, Into The
Woods
, and Juvie. You may have seen him in Man Of No Importance as Peter
Ohara, or Jefferey in The Curious Savage at Torrance Theatre Company. Iyan
Studied acting at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and had a blast
there! He is honored to be a part of an amazingly talented cast and thanks
the Director for letting him be a part of this great story telling. Iyan
hopes you enjoy the show, and will invite others.

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Phillip C Curry
Ethan Haslam
(Grumio/Pedant | Malcolm)
Ethan is a San Francisco native living in Los Angeles and is absolutely
thrilled to be making his debut with Shakespeare by the Sea! Previous
theatre credits include; Othello, Twelfth Night (Phoenix Theatre); 8
(American Conservatory Theatre); Dark of the Moon, Red Noses, What We’re Up
Against
, Mansfield Park, Camille, Escape From Happiness (USC); The Rivals,
King Lear (Montana Shakespeare Company). He recently graduated from the
University of Southern California with a BFA in Acting. He has also studied
at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the American Conservatory Theatre,
where he received the Distinguished Young Artist award.

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Christopher Dietrick
Morgan Hill
(Kate | Witch/Others)
Morgan is thrilled to be making her debut with SBTS. Classically trained,
she’s studied under Broadway actor/coach William Metzo with various artists
from the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, including Richard
Hill, and with the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company. Some favorite credits:
Nina, The Seagull; Cecily, The Importance of Being Earnest; Lady Macbeth,
Macbeth; Cory, Barefoot in the Park; Laura, The Glass Menagerie; Viola,
Twelfth Night; Ophelia, Hamlet. Recently permanent to L.A. she looks forward
to increasing her growing credits in film, and television. *This season’s
work is dedicated to a brilliant actor and director in her own right: her
mother Lisa Hill, who passed on into the stars earlier this year.

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Andy Kallok
Andy Kallok
(Baptista | Seyton/ Others)
Ignoring conventional wisdom, Andy has quit his day job (retired) and
returns for his 13th season. He’s happy to be revisiting Macbeth since it
was the first SBTS show in which he was cast. Throughout the years, he has
enjoyed playing nobles, soldiers and drunks and hopes you have enjoyed them,
too. Outside SBTS Andy has acted in independent film and video projects and
for several theaters including the Long Beach Shakespeare Company where he
was Prospero in The Tempest, Pompey in Measure for Measure and Scrooge in a
live webcast of a radio version of A Christmas Carol.

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Ryan Knight
Ryan Knight
(Hortensio | Siward)
Ryan is excited to be back with Shakespeare by the Sea for a fourth season,
previously appearing in Julius Caesar and Twelfth Night, The Tempest and As
You Like It
, and last season’s productions of Othello and Cymbeline. Ryan
has worked with several theaters throughout LA and Orange County, as well as
abroad. For four years, Ryan worked as a performer for Disney Cruise Line,
performing in twelve shows on three ships. He also recently performed with
the Little Fish Theatre, where he is a company member, appearing in
Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Previous roles include Romeo in Romeo and
Juliet
, Sir Andrew Augucheeck in Twelfth Night, and Treplev in The Seagull.

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Jacqueline Misaye
Jacqueline Misaye
(Bianca | Young Macduff/Others)
Jacqueline is thrilled to be making her Shakespeare by the Sea debut with
such a talented cast and crew. Despite her USC theatre degree and her
classical training at the British American Drama Academy, this is the first
time she has had the opportunity to perform Shakespeare since she graced
Tesoro High School’s stage as Courtesan #1. Recent credits include Kentucky
(East West Players); The Importance of Being Earnest (East West Players);
Sam Shepard’s Cowboy Mouth (Hollywood Fringe Festival); Jane Eyre (Oval
Theatre, London). She’d like to thank SBTS for its warm welcome, her family
and friends for their unending support, and Shakespeare himself for making
these magical nights possible. For more information, please visit
jacquelinemisaye.com.

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Chris Nelson
Chris Nelson
(Duncan/Others)
Chris is proud to be returning for his eigth season and ninth show with
Shakespeare by the Sea. Some of his favorite roles have been Hubert in The
Life and Death of King John
, and Cornwall in King Lear. Chris earned his
Bachelor’s in Theatre from the University of Southern California and has
spent 2 years at the Western Stage in Salinas California, where, among
others, he performed as Al Joad in the Grapes of Wrath and both Charles and
Cal Trask in the marathon production of Steinbeck’s East of Eden. Presently
Chris directs children’s musicals and runs a High School Theatre Department
in Downey.

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Gregory Prusiewicz
Gregory Prusiewicz
(Ross/Others)
Greg is an actor/director hailing from Detroit. He has been a part of the
last three seasons of Shakespeare by the Sea, where he portrayed Orlando in
As You Like It, Francis Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Osric in
Hamlet, and Pisanio in last year’s production of Cymbeline. He has also
appeared on the Little Fish stage as various roles in both The 39 Steps and
Henry IV Part 1. Film/TV credits include HBO’s Hung and the independent film
Win by Fall. Greg received his BFA in Acting from Otterbein University and
has also trained at the Moscow Art Theatre under Sergei Zemtsov and Misha Lobanov.

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Keila Ryan
Kei’la Ryan
(Widow/Curtis/Tailor | Witch/Others)
Kei’la is a recent graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Theatre
and a minor in Dance. Recent roles on the stage include Ophelia and Juliet
at the Archway Theatre in North Hollywood. You can view her in upcoming
episodes of Escape the Night (YouTube Red), as well as in the feature films
The Chosen Path directed by Eric Iglesias, and No Respect For the Living
directed by Edward Plumb. www.keilaryan.com

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Trevor Scott
Trevor Scott
(Biondello)
Trevor is delighted to be performing for the first time with Shakespeare by
the Sea. A 2016 graduate of Virginia Tech, Trevor recently relocated to Los
Angeles to pursue entertainment. Recent work includes Bottom in A Midsummer
Night’s Dream
with Virginia Tech and as the editor of the podcast The
Creedence Clearwater Revival Hour
produced by Critical Point Theatre.

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Michael Ring
Olivia Schlueter-Corey
(Tranio/Phillip | Banquo/Others)
Olivia is ecstatic to be back for her fourth summer with Shakespeare by the Sea. Previous roles include Emilia in Othello, Celia in As You Like It, and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is a proud company member at Little Fish Theatre, having most recently played a variety of roles in their annual short play festival Pick of the Vine, as well as previous appearances as Cindy in Domestic Tranquility and various roles in the staged readings of Henry IV Part 2 and Henry V. Other theatre credits in LA and New York include: The Nina Variations (Nina) – Will Play For Food Theatre Company; The Taming of the Shrew (Bianca) – Point of You Theatre Group; The Winter’s Tale (Mopsa/Lady) – The Porters of Hellsgate; A Christmas Carol (Jane, Laundress, Fanny u/s) – Sierra Madre Playhouse. For more information please visit oliviaschluetercorey.com.

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Olivia Schlueter-Corey
Daniel Student
(Vincentio)
Daniel has co-starred on Three Days to Live (Oxygen Network) and Real
Justice
With Judge Karen (nationally syndicated), and has appeared in over
thirty shorts, commercials, and short-content series since moving to LA in
late 2015 (danielstudent.com for more!) In his “prior life” he was Artistic
Director of Philadelphia’s historic Plays & Players Theatre, directed over
thirty productions regionally, and created the popular comic book based
sketch comedy show Superheroes Who Are Super!, which toured New York, DC,
and San Francisco. He would like to thank Mark Ruffalo for inspiring his
haircut.

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Patrick Vest
Patrick Vest
(Gremio | Macbeth)
Patrick is delighted to be back for his 11th season with SBTS. He has
previously played Iago, Shylock, Mercutio, Malvolio, Marc Antony, King John,
Bottom, Orsino, and Caliban with SBTS. He also has directed All’s Well that
Ends Well
, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Twelfth Night, and served as fight
choreographer for the past seven seasons. Patrick earned his MFA in acting
from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He is excited to come back to the
role of Macbeth 15 years after doing it here. He is also thrilled to be
working with Cy as a director for the first time. However, his favorite
role remains that of daddy to his two daughters. Feel free to like his
Actor page on Facebook for many updates and musings.

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Jessica Winward
Jessica Winward
(Lennox/Others)
Jessica is happy to return for her second season with SBTS. She has her BFA
in Classical Theatre from Southern Utah University. After graduating she
toured nationally and internationally with Missoula Children’s Theatre for
two years. Since her move to LA she has graduated iO West’s improv program
where she still regularly performs. Her favorite roles include Bianca in
Othello (SBTS), Rosalind in As You Like It (SUU), Portia in Julius Caesar
(C2C) and Miranda in The Tempest (LBSC). She is an experienced teaching
artist who teaches Shakespeare, improv, and acting. She will also be
teaching at SBTS’ first acting camp this summer! For more information please
visit her website jessicawinward.com

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THE PRODUCTION TEAM

Lisa CoffiLisa Coffi
(Founder & Producing Artistic Director)
As founder of Shakespeare by the Sea, Lisa is delighted to present the 20th
season of Shakespeare plays, delivered under the stars at locations
throughout Southern California. She has an MFA in Theatre Management from
CSU, Long Beach, and a BFA from CSU, Sacramento. Lauded as “Pedro’s
Playmaker” by Random Lengths News, Lisa is living up to her moniker,
producing more than 160 plays in San Pedro in the past twenty years. Her
proudest achievement is Shakespeare by the Sea, which has grown into a
mainstay of the Southern California summer experience. In addition to SBTS’s
annual festival, she manages and produces at Little Fish Theatre, which
delivers critically-acclaimed comedy and drama year-round in an intimate
space, currently in its 17th season. Lisa judiciously divides her time
between San Pedro and Newcastle (Sacramento) where she resides with her
husband, two dogs, one cat, and two cows (Raisin & Nugmeg).

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Suzanne DeanSuzanne Dean
(Associate Artistic & Development Director)
Suzanne is a co-founder of Little Fish Theatre and Associate Artistic
Director for the organization. Suzanne has played numerous lead roles for
SBTS including
Cleopatra, Beatrice, Olivia, Portia, Queen Elizabeth, Kate, and Prospero. At
Little Fish Theatre, she performed in last year’s production of Rapture,
Blister, Burn
and prior to that in Veronica’s Room, Hedda Gabler, Blithe
Spirit
, The Lion in Winter and originated roles in the World Premieres of
Peg & Garrick, and The View from Anderson Park. At CLOSBC, she performed in
Private Lives, Sylvia, Taming of the Shrew, and was named Best Actress by
Broadway World for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. In 2005, she toured to
the Edinburgh Fringe Festival alternating the roles of Hannah Mae and Maude
in LFT’s A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking. Other notable
productions include Macbeth, Les Parents Terrible, The Lady’s Not for
Burning
and Hay Fever. In 2016, she was a Guest Director and Actor with
Prague Shakespeare Company.

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Stephanie Coltrin
Stephanie Coltrin
(Associate Festival Producer & Director – Macbeth)
This is Stephanie’s eighth season, having directed Othello, Hamlet, The
Tempest
, King John, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, and Julius Caesar in
summers past. She also directed Looking, Panache, The Weir, and The Love
List
at Little Fish Theatre. Stephanie is currently the General Manager and
Casting Director at the Rubicon Theatre, and where she directed the
Ovation-recommended production of The Last Five Years. She was also an
Ovation Award winning Artistic Director and Ovation nominated Director for
CLOSBC’s production of Miss Saigon, which won Best Musical of the year; she
has also received the Stage Scene LA award for Director of the Year, the
Broadway World award for Best Director, and nomination for a Garland Award.
She served as the Artistic Director for both the Civic Light Opera South Bay
and Hermosa Beach Playhouse for many years, and has directed more than 30
productions, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Who’s Afraid of Virginia
Woolf
, Blithe Spirit, Steel Magnolias, and Godspell.

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Cylan Brown
Cylan Brown
(Director, The Taming of the Shrew)
After appearing on the SBTS stage many times, and assistant directing The
Tempest
last year, Cy is very excited to be making his first full length
directing debut. He has recently directed The 39 Steps and ever popular
Pick of the Vine short plays series for Little Fish Theatre. When not
directing for the stage, Cy can be found acting and SBTS regulars would
recognize him from his portrayals of Hamlet, Romeo, Touchstone and Julius
Caesar over the years. He also works with students on various elements of
performance through the Much Ado About Shakespeare educational program.

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Aaron Jackson
Aaron Jackson
(Scenic Designer)
is based in Long Beach, CA and is pleased to be returning to SBTS for his
13th Season! Other Design Credits Include: Wonderland, Sideways Stories
From Wayside School
, Robin Hood, Lyle the Crocodile, Go Dog Go, and Miss Nelson is Missing for Childsplay (Tempe, AZ). Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson
(Arizoni Award: Best Set Design, Musical) Rent, Almost Maine and I Love a
Piano
at Phoenix Theatre (Phoenix, AZ). He held the position of Design
Producer for the Final Season of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC, and
his work can also be found sailing the high seas in the production shows
onboard the ships of Holland America Line, Regent, Oceania and Celebrity
Cruise Lines. His most recent project was serving as Layout Designer for
Star Wars: A Galactic Extravaganza at Disney Hollywood Studios, FL. Aaron
also serves as the Creative Director for 2 Creative Entertainment and as
Adjunct Faculty at the University of California, Irvine. He has also taught
classes for Chapman and Rutgers Universities. ajacksondesigns

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Allison Dillard
Allison Dillard
(Costume Designer)
Allison has an MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of
Missouri-Kansas City and works as a freelance designer and technician in and
around Los Angeles. Recent local design work includes: Shine Darkly, Illyria
(Fugitive Kind),Spies Are Forever (Tin Can Bros.), Dream Boy, BootyCandy
(Celebration Theatre), A Singular They (The Blank Theatre), Failure: A Love
Story
(Coeurage Theatre), Urinetown, The Lion King Jr. (Milken Community
Schools), The Discord Altar (OperaWorks), Sons of the Prophet (Blank
Theatre), James and the Giant Peach (Mirman School), The Arsonists (Western
Stage).You can view her work online at allisondillard.com.

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Michael Mullen
Sara Haddadin
(Tour Manager)
Sara is excited to be returning to Shakespeare by the sea for a second year.
Sara is a recent graduate of the University of La Verne. She has worked on
productions such as Cloud 9 at Antaeus, Hamlet at Inner Circle Theater and
is currently the technical director at the Archer School for Girls.

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Caroline Benzon
Caroline Benzon
(Stage Manager, The Taming of the Shrew)
A graduate of the UCLA School of Music, Caroline is a keyboardist, musical
theatre composer, and singer-songwriter. Some composition credits include
Tow Yard Dreams, Westchester Playhouse’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Emerald
City
and Shakespeare by the Sea’s Twelfth Night as well as her first CD,
Just Three Words. Caroline composed and orchestrated the musical score for
Shakespeare by the Sea’s 2010 Julius Caesar, and stage managed the
critically acclaimed Stones in His Pockets, Chapter Two, Oswald: The Actual
Interrogation
, Taking Sides, and Table Manners. Most recently, was the
musical director for Alladin, DLE with TNH Productions at Casa 0101.
Upcoming projects: musical director for Alladin, DLE in September at the Los
Angeles Theatre Center and musical director for Beauty and the Beast with
TNH Productions at Casa 0101 in the fall. She will also be making her
directorial debut with Little Fish Theatre’s Best of Pick of the Vine in
August.

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Elena Cruz
Elena Cruz
(Stage Manager, Macbeth)
Elena is thrilled to be a part of Shakespeare by the Sea. She has spent the
last two years working for Princess Cruise Lines: effectively combining her
passion for theatre with her love of travel. Over the years she has worked a
variety of shows doing everything from child wrangling to spot light
operator to stage managing. Some of her favorites have been working running
crew on The Mystery of Irma Vep, stage managing Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dream Coat
, and being stage crew aboard several beautiful ships
of the Princess fleet.

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Briana Billups
Briana Billups
(Sound Technician)
Briana Billups is currently pursuing a BFA in Sound Design from the
University of Southern California. This is her first summer season with
Shakespeare by the Sea. Recent credits as a sound designer include, Mr.
Burns: A Post Electric Play
, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Briana has loved Shakespeare since high school and is excited to help out
this summer.

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Amy Zidell
Amy Zidell
(Website Management)
Amy graduated from California State University at Northridge with a degree in Political Science and operates Delta New Media, a boutique web site development company. She enjoys the creativity of working with a range of projects including start-ups, non-profits, education and entertainment related. Her background includes a season as a Universal Studios Hollywood Tour Guide. Her path to Shakespeare by the Sea began as a spectator, and then progressed to regular audience member and fan, to sponsor, volunteer and essential contributor.

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Holly Baker-Kreiswirth
Holly Baker-Kreiswirth
(Press Relations)
A proud Company Member at Little Fish Theatre for many years, Holly has energetically stepped in as Press Relations manager for Shakespeare by the Sea and Little Fish. LFT credits include directing Table Manners, Domestic Tranquility, Ethan Claymore, Oh Baby, Tryst, and Pick of the Vine 2009-2015. She has also acted in several plays, produced multiple productions, and designed sound for dozens of LFT shows. In her day job, Holly has worked on ABC’s Murder One, NYPD Blue, Brooklyn South, and City of Angels as a researcher for the writing teams. She recently worked on Private Practice where she headed the Director Diversity program in partnership with ABC Disney. Holly also co-created, wrote, and launched a national morning talk show prep service called “The Girly Sheet” with over sixty radio station subscribers. Her film and television credits also include Hunter, Some Kind of Wonderful, Chicago Hope, Gia, Saved by the Bell, and Star Search.

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Zoe Bloomfield
Zoe Bloomfield
(LA County Arts Intern)
Zoe is so excited to be a part of the Shakespeare by the Sea team. She has
just finished her second year at NYU’s Tisch school of the arts Department
of Drama’s Experimental Theatre Wing. She has worked as a stage manager,
director, writer, and wardrobe supervisor. But when she isn’t running around
backstage, you can find her onstage in such past productions as Twelfth
Night
, Sugar by Frankie McLaughlin, and her self written piece Wild Child.
She hopes for world peace and to one day own a dog.

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