Company Members

Our 2018 Company Members

SBTS 18 Program

The Merry Wives of Windsor

June 14 – August 18, 2018

Lisa Coffi – Producing Artistic Director
Suzanne Dean – Associate Artistic Director
Stephanie Coltrin – Associate Producer

Artistic & Production Staff
Cylan Brown – Director
Sara Haddadin – Tour Manager
Aaron Jackson – Scenic Designer
Diana Mann – Costume Designer
Jessica Westerfield – Sound Designer
Kira Sherman – Stage Manager
Cinthia Nava-Palmer – Sound Engineer
Amy Zidell – Webmaster
Holly Baker-Kreiswirth – Press Relations
Michelle Roshanzamir – Marketing Assoc. & Volunteer Coordinator
Viola He – LACAC Intern

Cast of Characters
Mistress Page – Bridgid M. Rose
Master Page – Ryan Knight
Mistress Ford – Ellen Girvin
Master Ford – Robert O’Hare
Falstaff – Tom Killam
Mistress Quickly – Leah Dalrymple
Fenton – Isaac Jay
Doctor Caius – B.J. Allman
Sir Hugh Evans – Jonathan Fisher
Shallow – Glen Eaton
Slender – Kieran Flanagan
Rugby/Nym/Robert – Piper Power
Anne Page/Robin – Samantha Winters
Simple/Pistol/John – Sean Spencer

The Winter’s Tale

June 21 – August 17, 2018

Lisa Coffi – Producing Artistic Director
Suzanne Dean – Associate Artistic Director
Stephanie Coltrin – Associate Producer

Artistic & Production Staff
Stephanie Coltrin – Director
Sara Haddadin – Tour Manager
Aaron Jackson – Scenic Designer
Jeffrey Schoenberg – Costume Designer
Olivia Schlueter-Corey – Wardrobe Mistress
Kei’la Ryan – Dance Choreographer
Elena Cruz – Stage Manager
Cintha Nava-Palmer – Sound Engineer
Amy Zidell – Webmaster
Holly Baker-Kreiswirth – Press Relations
Michelle Roshanzamir – Marketing Assoc. & Volunteer Coordinator
Viola He LACAC – Intern

Cast of Characters
Leontes/Bohemian – Patrick Vest
Paulina/Bohemian – Bridgid M. Rose
Autolycus/4th Lord/Gaoler – Cylan Brown
Polixenes – B.J. Allman
Perdita/Mamillius – Allie Pratt
Antigonus/Time/Bohemian – Chris Nelson
Hermione/Dorcas – Leah Dalrymple
2nd Lord/Florizel – Jonathan Cates
3rd Lord/Clown – Jonathan Fisher
Camillo – Greg Prusiewicz
Mopsa/Emilia/Others – Olivia Schlueter-Corey
Dion/Bohemian – Ryan Knight
Cleomenes/Bohemian – Sean Spencer
1st Lord/Old Shepherd – Tom Killam
Polixenes U/S June 29 – Robbie Allen
Autolycus U/S July 19, 21, 25, 26, 27 – Justin Joseph


BIOS:

Bryson (B.J.) Allman  (Dr. Caius | Polixenes)
B.J. AllmanB.J. is back for his ninth season with Shakespeare by the Sea and couldn’t be more excited. Some of his favorite roles include the insufferable Cloten from Cymbeline, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Petruchio in last year’s The Taming of the Shrew, and Macduff in Macbeth. Over at Little Fish he’s brought Milo to life in Sleuth, several characters in Pick of the Vine, and Hal in
Henry IV p1 and Henry IV p2.

Jon Cates (Florizel)
Jon CatesJon was recently in Julius Caesar and The Odyssey at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has a BFA in Performing from Southern Oregon University. He would like to thank Haley, Robbie, Laura, Joel, and Josh.Web: Bennington Gothique, Faces.
 

 
Leah Dalrymple (Mistress Quickly | Hermione/Dorcas)
Leah DalrympleLeah is excited and honored to be making her Shakespeare by the Sea debut! Credits include Goneril/Regan/Cordelia U/S in King Lear for Rubicon Theatre Company; Calpurnia U/S in Julius Caesar, Katherine in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Helena U/S in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Queen Isabel in Henry V for Kingsmen Shakespeare Company; Jenny in Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, The Chaperone in The Drowsy Chaperone, and Susan B. Anthony in Chamber Music at California Lutheran University; Fran Kubelik in Promises, Promises, and Lucy in Dracula at Moorpark College; and Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street for Young Artist Ensemble. Much love to Ross, Mom, Dad, and friends.

Glen Eaton (Shallow)
Glen EatonGlen is an LA actor sometimes remembered for his role as Johnny Yu in the cult classic The Last Dragon. Born in Holyoke Massachusetts, Glen has been an LA resident for the past 4 decades. His acting career has taken different turns but nonetheless he loves the craft and appreciates the work and people that are part of the business. The one thing that has kept him true to himself is always seeking to grow not just as an actor but as a human being. “How right they were when they said that youth is not a matter of age, but a matter of spirit”.

Kieran Flanagan (Slender)
Kieran FlanaganKieran is thrilled to be a part of this show, and he thanks you for coming! This is his first show with Shakespeare by the Sea. He studied at El Camino and will be attending CSU Dominguez Hills in the fall. Great past roles include Johnny in Green Day’s American Idiot, Ken in Rumors, Fullendorf in Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?, and Juror 10 in Twelve Angry Jurors. He would like to thank his mother and his wonderful cast, crew, and production team.

Jonathan Fisher (Sir Hugh Evans | Clown/3rd Lord)
Jonathan FisherJonathan is pleased to join Shakespeare by the Sea this summer. He came to Southern California by way of South Florida, Chicago and Rhode Island, and holds a BA in Theatre and English Literature from Northwestern University. Some previous credits include: Elevada, Tribes, The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (Chance Theater); Macbeth (Sacramento Theatre Company); Henry IV Part 1 (Shakespeare Orange County); The Cripple of Inishmaan (Torrance Theatre Co.); A Skull in Connemara, Morality Play (Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre); Around the World in 80 Days (Ocean State Theatre Co.); Jerusalem (Wilbury Theatre Group); Love Song, The Taming of the Shrew (Burbage Theatre Co.); Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Hurlyburly (Epic Theatre Co.).

Ellen Girvin (Mistress Ford)
Ellen GirvinEllen is thrilled to be a part Shakespeare by the Sea’s, The Merry Wives of Windsor. Performing theatre by the beach had been a lifelong dream, and she is so excited that she gets to be in such a silly and wonderful play written by one of the best playwrights of all time with a great group of people. New to LA, Ellen has been acting since the age of eight was very active in the Chicago theater scene prior to her big move out west. Ellen has a BA in Theatre from Florida State University, has studied acting in London and is a graduate of iO Chicago. In the last three years, Ellen has been performing in a traveling comedy dinner theatre troupe called The Murder Mystery Co. where she has appeared in over 200 productions.

Isaac W. Jay (Fenton/Host)
Isaac JayIsaac is extremely excited to be joining Shakespeare by the Sea for Merry Wives. A graduate of the USC School of Dramatic Arts, his recent stage credits include Roper in A Man for All Seasons (Actors Coop), Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night (West Valley Playhouse), Dennis in This is Our Youth (Raven Theatre), Evan Baxter in Yesterday Again (World Premiere/SFBATCC Nom for best actor), General Irrigua in Cat Among the Pigeons (USC), and Philip in The Bacchae (World Premiere/London). He can be seen starring in the films Flock of Four and Head Count.

Tom Killam  (Falstaff | Old Shepherd)
Tom KillamTom has appeared in quite a few productions throughout Southern California over many years. The most recent being Annie Get Your Gun (Buffalo Bill), Sherlock Holmes the Final Adventure (Sherlock Holmes), My Fair Lady (Henry Higgins) and has had the privilege of portraying Ebenezer Scrooge for the last four years (a life-long dream), at the Glendale Centre Theatre. Tom looks forward to bringing to life one of Shakespeare’s most iconic, fun and deeply rich characters, Sir John Falstaff. He wants to thank Cylan Brown, Stephanie Coltrin-Beyries and the rest of the creative team at Shakespeare by the Sea for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this year’s productions. Looking forward to a fun run!

Ryan Knight (Master Page | Dion)
Ryan KnightRyan is so excited to be back with SBTS. This is his fifth season with the company, having previously appeared in 2010’s Twelfth Night and Julius Caesar, 2015’s As You Like It and The Tempest, 2016’s Cymbeline and Othello, and last year’s productions of The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth. Previous roles at Little Fish Theatre include multiple roles in Pick of the Vine 18, Brian in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, and most recently, Drew in Mending Fences. For four years Ryan worked as a performer for Disney Cruise Line, working on 12 shows on 3 ships. In his free time, Ryan works as a freelance columnist on classical literature, and loves playing with his band JAM+1.

Chris Nelson (Antigonus/Time)
Chris is excited to be returning for his 9th season and 10th show with Shakespeare by the Sea. After earning his BA in Theatre at USC in 1998 he worked 2 seasons in Salinas, California at the Western Stage developing his love of Steinbeck. In 2001, Christopher joined SBTS in The Tempest. Years later he returned to join Stephanie, Patrick, BJ and Cy for the first time in Julius Caesar, and found a Shakespeare family, which he has found difficult to leave. When Christopher is not performing Shakespeare in the summer, he works as a high school theatre teacher at Downey High School, where in addition to directing Grease, and You Can’t Take It With You this year, he continues to share his love of Shakespeare with his students

Robert O’Hare (Master Ford)
Robert O'HareRobert is ecstatic to be making both his Shakespeare by the Sea and professional theatre debut. After earning a BFA from the University of Oklahoma he decided to leave his hometown of San Antonio, TX and pursue a life acting in Los Angeles. Favorite credits include Selridge (Biloxi Blues), Jimmy (Let the Right One In), and Jud (Oklahoma!). Robert is also a rapper (soundcloud.com/robtheartist) with two current EP’s released and a full length album on the way. Much love to Mom and Dad for their never ending love and support.

Piper Power (Rugby/Nym/Robert)
Piper PowerPiper was raised on sunshine and spam on the Big Island of Hawaii, and received her conservatory training from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. She is honored to be making her Shakespeare by the Sea debut! Some of her favorite productions include: Tribes (Ruth), Seussical the Musical (The Cat in the Hat), The Gut Girls (Lady Helena), and The Country Wife (Lady Fidget). She has performed in music videos, commercials, independent films, and stunt projects throughout the LA area. You can see her every week, promoting theater in Southern California with Klix Magazine. In her off time, she can be found decorating cakes in Montebello, or at home, laughing and crafting with her husband and menagerie of pets.

Allie Pratt (Perdita/Mamillius)
Allie PrattThis production with Shakespeare by the Sea marks Allie’s southernmost acting experience. Hailing from the Bay Area and training in the Pacific Northwest, Allie has worked on commercials, films, and, of course, Shakespeare up and down the West Coast. Currently you can catch Allie rockin a suit and a pair of shades in the new Orbitz Travel campaign and be sure to see Backseat in theaters this December to watch her cry on the big screen in her breakout role as… “Crying Woman”. Allie will be attending UC Santa Cruz this fall to earn her masters in theater. Much love to E and the girls. alliepratt.com

Greg Prusiewicz  (Camillo)
Greg PrusiewiczGreg is an actor/director hailing from Detroit, MI. You may recognize him from the last four seasons of Shakespeare by the Sea as Ross in Macbeth, Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew, Pisanio in Cymbeline, Orlando in As You Like It, Francis Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Osric in Hamlet and special one night only performances as Rodrigo in Othello and Ferdinand in The Tempest. For Little Fish Theatre, he has appeared in The Balcony Scene, The Night Before The Night Before Christmas, Halloween Chills and Thrills, The 39 Steps, Henry IV Part I, and the staged readings of Henry IV Part II and Henry V. He also occasionally performs with Trashcan Shakespeare, appearing in The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Taming of the Shrew. Film/TV credits include HBO’s Hung and the independent film Win By Fall. Greg received his BFA from Otterbein University and trained at the Moscow Art Theatre under Sergei Zemtsov and Misha Lobanov.

Bridgid M. Rose  (Mistress Page | Paulina)
Brigid M RoseBridgid is thrilled to make her Shakespeare by the Sea debut. Previous Shakespeare roles include Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing and Phoebe in As You Like It. After getting her BFA in Acting she toured the country with Chamber Theater company, then moved to NYC where she continued her studies and performed in a lot of small theaters, New York Dinner Theatre, and the New York Renaissance Faire. After relocating to LA, she has been in a lot of TV true crime reenactments and performed in three shows with Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro. She is also a singer-songwriter.

Olivia Schlueter-Corey (Emilia/Mopsa)
Olivia Schlueter-CoreyOlivia is thrilled to be back for her fifth summer with Shakespeare by the Sea! Previous SBTS roles include Banquo in Macbeth, Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew, Emilia in Othello, Celia in As You Like It, and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, among others. She is also a company member at Little Fish Theatre; credits include various roles in the past two years’ annual short play festival Pick of the Vine and Cindy in Domestic Tranquility, as well as various roles in the staged readings of Henry V and Henry IV part 2. Other LA theatre credits include Macbeth directed by Curtis Crick this past fall, The Nina Variations and It’s Important to Leave As Well with Will Play for Food Theatre Group, A Christmas Carol at the Sierra Madre Playhouse and The Winter’s Tale with the Porters of Hellsgate. She is an LA native with a BA in Theatre Arts from UC Santa Cruz. For more, please visit oliviaschluetercorey.com

Sean Spencer  (Simple/Pistol/John | Cleomenes/Bohemian)
Sean SpencerSince graduating from the New York Film Academy, Sean has appeared in various performances around the Los Angeles area. Most notably would be his performance as Watson in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure at the LAPC Theatre as well as various roles in The Laramie Project and appearances as the stage hand in The Victory Theatre Center’s Resolving Hedda. In addition to this he has taken steps to help further strengthen his performance studies by auditioning for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. As of late, Sean has taken a few steps back from performances due to concerns in the family, but has continued to stay in touch by stage managing the occasional show and appearing on the New York Film Academy’s Twitch Channel. While having taken a hiatus from the acting scene, Sean Spencer is returning to pursue his career on stage.

Patrick Vest  (Leontes)
Patrick VestPatrick has been with SBTS since 2002 and is delighted to be back again this year. Leontes has been on the bucket list for a very long time. In previous years he has played such roles as Macbeth, Iago, Caliban, Bottom, Marc Antony, Mercutio, King John, Malvolio, Shylock, Gloucester, Orsino, and various other roles. He also directed All’s Well that Ends Well, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It for SBTS. Patrick earned his MFA in acting from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He is one of the founding members of Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro, where he was recently seen in The Balcony Scene, Dinner with Friends, and Taking Sides and where he will be appearing in Bloody Poetry this fall. His goals remain to do every play in the canon and to work with Stephanie infinity more times. Patrick is also a member of The New American Theatre Company where he studies with Jack Stehlin, and has done many shows. Additionally, he created, starred in, and toured a one man show about Henry David Thoreau titled Castles in the Air. However, his favorite role continues to be that of daddy to his two daughters, Olivia and Eleanor.

Samantha Winters (Anne Page/Robin)
Samantha WintersSamantha is thrilled to be making her SBTS debut! Born and raised in Southern California, Samantha has performed in various theatres across Ventura County, including the Rubicon Theatre (as Meg Kincaid in Merrily We Roll Along, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and King Lear), Out of the Box Theatre Company (The Rocky Horror Show), The High Street Arts Center (as Elaine Harper in Arsenic and Old Lace), and the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company (Twelfth Night, Antony and Cleopatra, Measure for Measure, Richard III, Henry V, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Other favorite credits include Wendla Bergman (Spring Awakening), Mabel Stanley (The Pirates of Penzance), and Princess Leia Organa (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope). Love to Kyle for his endless patience and support, as well as to her unfailingly supportive friends and family. Enjoy the show!

The Production Team

Lisa Coffi  (Founder & Producing Artistic Director)
Lisa CoffiAs founder of Shakespeare by the Sea, Lisa is delighted to present the 21st 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 18th 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).

Suzanne Dean  (Associate Artistic & Development Director)
Suzanne DeanSuzanne 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 the 2016 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.

Stephanie Coltrin
(Associate Festival Producer & Director, The Winter’s Tale)
Stephanie ColtrinThis is Stephanie’s ninth season having directed Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet, The Tempest, King John, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, and Julius Caesar in summers past. She also directed Looking, Panache, The Weir, Bach at Leipzig and The Love List at Little Fish Theatre (where she is also Artistic Associate). Other favorite directing credits include The Last Five Years, Moonlight and Magnolias, Taking Sides, Miss Saigon (Ovation Award Best Musical) Jesus Christ Superstar, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Blithe Spirit, The Taming of the Shew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Quilters and Godspell. 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. SBTS is always the thing she looks forward to every year and she is delighted to be back.

Cylan Brown
(Director, The Merry Wives of Windsor | Autolycus)
Cy BrownCy is returning to Shakespeare by the Sea for his ninth season. Having directed The Taming of the Shrew and Cymbeline for SBTS he has also directed Boeing Boeing, The 39 Steps and ever popular Pick of the Vine short plays series for the Little Fish Theatre. When not directing for stage, Cy can be found acting and SBTS regulars may recognize him from his portrayals of Hamlet, Romeo, Touchstone, Falconbridge and Julius Caesar over the years. Other stage roles include Lt. David Wills in Taking Sides (Rubicon Theater), Victor Flemming in Moonlight and Magnolias, and Serge from (Civic Light Opera of the South Bay). He also teaches students and directs young actors with the Much Ado About Shakespeare educational program.

Sara Haddadin
(Tour Manager)
Sara is excited to be returning to Shakespeare by the Sea for a third year. Sara is a graduate of the University of La Verne. When not working with SBTS she is a freelance theatre tech, working on shows like Macbeth with an independent theatre group, and Quartet and The Balcony Scene at Little Fish Theatre. She is also a Rogue Artist Ensemble member and worked on Project Kaidan: Walls Grow Thin. During the school year most of her time is spent as the technical director for the Archer School for Girls and Mission Viejo High School.

Aaron Jackson
(Scenic Designer)
Aaron JacksonThis is Aaron’s 14th Season with Shakespeare by the Sea. He is a founding member of 2 Creative Entertainment, an Entertainment Production Company based here in Los Angeles, acting as the company’s Creative Director.His recent projects include creating designs for Barry Manilow and Lorna Luft as well as working as the layout designer for Star Wars: A Galactic Extravaganza at Disney Hollywood Studios. He was a Design Producer for the final season of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC and has designed events for the WB Television Network, Cartoon Network, Mercedes-Benz, Design Cure and Cornerstone. Aaron is a regular Designer for Phoenix Theatre and Childsplay in Phoenix, AZ having designed such stage productions as Rent, Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Godspell, Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, A Wrinkle in Time, Robin Hood, Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure and numerous others. His designs can also be found sailing the high seas onboard multiple ships with Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises, Regent and Oceania Cruise Lines. Most recently, Aaron has ventured into the world of Directing, and opened his first production for Carnival Cruise lines. Soulbound can currently be found onboard Carnival’s newest ship, the Carnival Horizon, and will be produced on two additional ships in 2019! Aaron holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Millikin University (Decatur, IL) and a Masters of Fine Arts from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ). www.ajacksondesigns.com

Diana Mann
(Costume Designer, The Merry Wives of Windsor)
Diana MannDiana is a company member of Little Fish Theatre and a familiar face to the southland theatre scene. Diana has costumed over 75 shows over the past 16 years. Some of her favorites include Singin’ in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man (Broadway in the Park), Cabaret, The Lion in Winter, West Side Story, The Pirates of Penzance (Torrance Theatre Company), The 39 Steps, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, No Sex Please We’re British (Norris Performing Arts Center), Chapter Two, A Very Special Holiday Special, Ithaca Ladies Read Medea, and her all-time favorite The Misanthrope (LFT). Having been an admirer and supporter of SBTS, Diana is honored to finally be costuming for this talented group entering the world of Elizabethan fashion. Thank you to John for being an occasional mannequin, roadie, and best friend.

Jeffrey Schoenberg
(Costume Designer, The Winter’s Tale)
Jeffrey SchoenbergJeffrey has been designing costumes for LA area theaters for 35 years. His most recent designs have been Candide for the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB, As You Like It for the Antaeus Company; Resolving Hedda for the Victory Theater; and The History of Comedy (abridged) at the Falcon Theater. He designed last season’s Cloud 9 for the Antaeus Company, (for which he received an L. A. Drama Critics Circle Award, A Stage Raw Award, and an Ovation nomination,) and where he has designed more than a dozen productions including The Wedding Band, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, The Malcontent (Ovation winner), King Lear, and Tonight at 8:30. Other recent designs include Kiss Me Kate for Cabrillo Music Theater; Always … Patsy Cline for Sierra Madre Playhouse; Hamlet for L. A. Women’s Shakespeare; Elmina’s Kitchen for Lower Depths Theatre; Bach at Leipzig, for the Odyssey Theater; The Dead, The Time of Your Life, and Threepenny Opera for the Open Fist Theater; and the NoHo Arts Center’s Elizabeth Rex (Ovation winner). For the Colony Theater he designed almost 40 productions, including Dames at Sea, Side Show (Ovation winner), The Ladies of the Camellias, and The Laramie Project. He has been the resident designer for Musical Theatre Guild for the past 7 years. Jeffrey is the owner and designer for AJS Costumes, Renaissance Dancewear, and Mr. Alan Jeffries Fine Gentlemen’s Apparel.

Jessica Westerfield
(Sound Designer, The Merry Wives of Windsor)
Jessica WesterfieldJessica graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Technical Theatre and a Music Minor. She currently works as technical director and stage technology teacher at Renaissance High School for the Arts in downtown Long Beach. She is excited to return to her roots and sound design. She has been involved with the Little Fish Theatre and Shakespeare by the Sea since 2011 and feels at home. Her past LFT credits include The Good Doctor, Pick of the Vine 2017, Sleuth, The Clean House,, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Private Lives, Mamma Won’t Fly, The Gin Game, and Beyond Therapy. She would like to thank the theatre company and her fiancé, Eddie Rivera, for their continued support.

Kira Sherman
(Stage Manager, The Merry Wives of Windsor)
Kira ShermanCurrently in her last semester at El Camino College before earning her AA degree, she focuses on technical theater with an emphasis in stage management. Recent past technical credits include: Mending Fences, American Idiot, and Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? (Stage Manager), Speed Date and Cinderella Married (Lighting Designer)and Hairspray (Assistant Stage Manager). Thank you to everyone who made this show possible!

Elena M. Cruz
(Stage Manager, The Winter’s Tale)
Elena CruzElena spent two years working for Princess Cruise Lines effectively combining her passion for theatre with her love of travel. Last summer she did a tour of L.A. County with SBTS’s production of Macbeth, and has returned for a second season. She just finished a beautiful production of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s In the Red and Brown Water at UCLA. 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. She is happy to be back for another summer full of parks and Shakespeare by the Sea.

Cinthia Nava-Palmer
(Sound Engineer)
Cinthia Nava-PalmerCinthia earned her BA in Drama from the University of California, Irvine with honors in sound design. Most recently she composed music for and devised original works in Busan, South Korea, where she was teaching English for two years. She has taught theatre workshops and yoga classes throughout Asia, in New Jersey, and here in Southern California. You can find her licensed sound design and incidental music for Luke Yankee’s The Last Lifeboat at Dramatists Play Service.

Kei’la Ryan
(Dance Choreographer, The Winter’s Tale)
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. keilaryan.com

Holly Baker-Kreiswirth
(Press Relations)
Holly Baker KreiswirthA 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 Provenance, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Domestic Tranquility, Ethan Claymore, Oh Baby, Tryst, and Pick of the Vine 2009-2015, 2017-18. 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.

Amy Zidell
(Website Management)
Amy ZidellAmy graduated from California State University, 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 anything 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.

Michelle Roshanzamir
(Marketing Associate & Volunteer Coordinator) Michelle is excited to be working with Shakespeare by the Sea for her first season! Michelle RoshanzamirA Los Angeles native, she received her BFA from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and MBA from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). When not working with SBTS, she has worked as a freelance producing and marketing consultant for small to mid-size projects and companies, along with previous work in event and production coordination.

Viola He
(LACAC Intern)
Viola HeViola is a senior at USC. In 2016 she co-founded Gate Five Chinese Theatre at school and has directed and produced 3 plays. She’s proud to help present an exciting Shakespeare experience for our community. Apart from a theatre maker, Viola is also a media artist and jazz dancer.