Directed by Patrick Vest
June 22-Aug 4, 2023 (no tix or reservations req)

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Twelfth Night Production Team


(in alphabetical order)

Ranier Acosta- Antonio

Tara Donovan- Maria

Jonathan Fisher-Malvolio

Peter Green-Feste

Trevor Guyton– Duke Orsino

Brendan Robert Kane– Sir Andrew Aguecheek

Mateo Mpinduzi Mott– Sebastian


Melissa Ortiz-Valentine/Officer

Barbara Urich-Viola

Patrick Vest– Sir Toby Belch

Ranier Acosta (Antonio)  is a New York and Los Angeles trained actor from the Dominican Republic. He’s been trained in voice acting, stage/film combat, theater/camera acting, dance, and voice and speech from AMDA: where he got his BFA. He brings in skills like driving a motorcycle all the way to jet skiing, being trilingual to boxing and much more. He is now one of the founders of the new production company, Great Cinema Alliance. He’s worked on theater productions of Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), Life is a Dream (Basilio), Peter and The Starcatcher (Black Stache) and more. He’s been part of short films that have won awards like “El Carrito” and has filmed others like “Lads”, “Lost Time”, “Anchor” and more to come.(Cast List)

Tara Donovan (Mariah) is an award-winning producer, actor, and director.  Most recently she directed Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice for Little Fish Theatre and performed under Stephanie Coltrin’s direction in Almost, Maine at Rubicon Theatre. Tara received her B.A. in both Theatre Performance and Political Science with a summer at Oxford through BADA and recently earned an M.F.A. in Producing at the American Film Institute Conservatory. Tara is delighted to be joining her first SBTS tour after previously performing in the 2020 film stagings of Titus Andronicus (Tamora) and Measure for Measure (Provost). List)

Jonathan Fisher (Malvolio)  is thrilled to be back for a fifth season with Shakespeare by the Sea. Past appearances with SBTS include 2 Henry VI (York/Jack Cade), 1 Henry VI (Richard Plantagenet), Richard III (Buckingham), Measure for Measure (Angelo), Titus Andronicus (Marcus Andronicus), Henry V (Henry V), The Comedy of Errors (Antipholus of Ephesus), The Winter’s Tale (Clown) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Sir Hugh Evans), as well as the digital readings of Richard II (Bolingbroke) and Twelfth Night (Orsino). You may also recognize him from his 11-game winning streak on “Jeopardy!” in 2021 and the 2022 Tournament of Champions. Special thanks to my parents and love to Anna, Milly, Leo and Clover. (Cast List)

Peter Green (Feste/Original Songs) is an actor, playwright and teacher based in San Juan Capistrano, California. He is delighted to return to the Shakespeare by the Sea stage after performing in Henry VI, Part 2 as the Earl of Warwick as well as Beatrice and Benvolio in last season’s Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet respectively. When he’s not performing, Peter can be found at Creative Kids Playhouse: Children’s Theatre of South Orange County teaching the next generation of performers how to make fools of themselves. (Cast List)

Trevor Guyton (Duke Orsino) is thrilled to be back with Shakespeare by the Sea for his second summer. Originally from the redwood forests of Northern California, Trevor now calls sunny Southern California his home. Recent stage credits include Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing, Sebastian in The Tempest, Benvolio in Romeo & Juliet, and The Sergeant in Mother Courage and Her Children. Trevor holds a BFA from the University of Evansville.(Cast List)

Brendan Robert Kane (Sir Andrew Aguecheek) is thrilled to be back with SBTS for another glorious summer! A graduate of Oklahoma City University, Brendan was raised in an Air Force family and is happy to call Los Angeles his home. Some past stage credits include Almost, Maine (Rubicon Theatre); Eurydice (Little Fish Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing and The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare by the Sea); Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet (House of Bards); and Lend Me a Tenor (Long Beach Playhouse). He thanks his amazing friends and family for their always constant support. For Dad. (Cast List)

Mateo Mpinduzi-Mott (Sebastian) returns to Shakespeare by the Sea for his third summer. Mateo is a Houston born actor now hanging his hat in Echo Park. Since studying theatre at the University of Houston he has gotten to play many parts as well as participate in Shakespeare festivals in Arkansas, Virginia, and right here in San Pedro making him officially tri-coastal. Some previous stage credits include: Love’s Labors Lost -King Ferdinand (SBTS), Romeo & Juliet – Romeo (VSF), Much Ado – Benedick (AST), Merchant of Venice – Lorenzo (HSF), Jesus Hopped the A Train – Angel (4th Wall Theatre), I Carry My Heart – Josh (Bootleg Theatre Co),  I and You – Anthony (Stages Rep. Theatre). He’s also been on Fox’s Pivoting as Pete the Barista, and Haikyuu!! as Hayato Ikejiri.  (Cast List)

Nneka (Olivia) is excited to join Shakespeare By The Sea for the first time! She has a BA in Theatre Performance and has scripted a few pilots. Her recent credits include: “Who Do You Think You Are” as Patricia, “Plan B” as the bride, “America’s Next Top Immigrant” as Soleil and Clybourn Park as Francine/Lena. She’s grateful to the Lord for each day. You can find her on IG: @quietspice

Melissa Ortiz (Valentine/Officer) has written, directed, and acted all over Los Angeles in mediums ranging from traditional and immersive theatre, film, and in pandemic times, over Zoom. She received her BFA in Theater Performance from UNR, where she had the opportunity to work alongside renowned linguist David Crystal, actor and author Ben Crystal, and scholar and editor of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works Eric Rasmussen on an Original Pronunciation production of Hamlet. Some of her favorite roles include Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Catherine in The Foreigner, and Anna in Closer. She is thrilled to be making her Shakespeare by the Sea debut! (Cast List)

Barbara Urich (Viola)  is pleased to be back with Shakespeare By The Sea after taking a quick break to birth and raise three small children.  Previous credits with SBTS and The Little Fish Theatre include Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena), Hamlet (Rosencranz) and The MisanthropeHow I Learned to Drive (Li’l Bit), The Tempest (Miranda), The Memorandum, and The Christmas Carol with Santa Monica Repertory Theatre.  Private Lives (Sibyl), Barefoot in the Park (Corie), and The Taming of the Shrew (Bianca) With South Bay Civic Light Opera.  The Tempest (Miranda) and Much Ado About Nothing (Hero) with Shakespeare Santa Cruz.(Cast List)

Patrick Vest (Sir Toby/Director)  has been with the Shakespeare by the Sea family since 2002.  With SBTS, he has played Macbeth, Mercutio, Malvolio, Shylock, Marc Antony (in Julius Caesar), Gloucester, Orsino, King John, Bottom, Caliban, Iago, Leontes, Chorus (in Henry V), Titus, and Richard III.  He also directed All’s Well that Ends Well, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, and Measure for Measure.  Furthermore he is the resident fight choreographer with SBTS. It has been such an honor and privilege to bring these shows to life for the people at Pt. Fermin Park, and Parks all over the Southland.  Elsewhere, he has played such Shakespearian roles as Petruchio, Prince Hal, Lysander, Demetrius, Pericles, Duke Vincentio, and Cloten. Patrick earned his MFA in acting from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and studied acting with Jack Stehlin with New American Theatre.  Patrick is thrilled to be back at Shakespeare by the Sea playing two roles he has yet to tackle, and to once again direct the Comedy. (Cast List)

Twelfth Night Production Team

Suzanne Dean- Co-Artistic Director

Stephanie Coltrin-Co-Artistic Director

Patrick Vest-Director/Fight Choreographer

Jeffrey Schoenberg – Costume Designer

Christopher Beyries– Set Designer/Builder

Cinthia Nava – Sound Designer

Alexa Wolfe- Stage Manager  

Peter Green-Composer, Original Songs 

Marine Walton– Scenic Artist

Noé Valenzuela- Sound Engineer 

Tara Donovan- Managing Director

Sonja Inge– Administrative Assistant

Jerry Gusha– Administrative Assistant 

Stephanie Coltrin (Co-Artistic Director)
Stephanie is an award-winning Producer and Director with over 200 productions to her credit and has been the festival producer for SBTS since 2010. For Shakespeare by the Sea, she has directed Richard III, Henry V, The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet, The Tempest, King John, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, and the online productions of Richard II and Twelfth Night. She also directed Looking, Panache, The Weir, Bach at Leipzig, and The Love List at Little Fish Theatre (where she is also an Artistic Director). 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 Shrew, 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 a nomination for a Garland Award. She is an Associate Artistic Director, Producer, and Casting Director for Rubicon Theatre, served as the Artistic Director of CLO of South Bay and the Hermosa Beach Playhouse. She has created and taught master classes in audition techniques, taught graduate seminars at UC Irvine, served as an Ovation voter, and for three years served as a judge for L.A.’s Next Great Stage Star. She looks forward to SBTS every year and is delighted to be back. (Production Team List)

Suzanne Dean (Co-Artistic Director) is an award-winning Actress, Producer and Director. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Little Fish Theatre and its sister program Shakespeare by the Sea, the Creator of Globetrotting Shakespeare and Pub Shakespeare, Associate Artist with Prague Shakespeare Company, and Owner of Rebelfilm Productions, a film & video company. As an Actress she is known both for dramatic work and comedy with extensive experience in Noel Coward, Tennessee Williams, Harold Pinter, Edward Albee, and William Shakespeare – having performed leading roles in 20 of his plays, often with Shakespeare by the Sea since 2000.  For LFT she has appeared in: Hedda Gabler, The Lady’s Not for Burning, Veronica’s Room, What the Butler Saw, The Lion in Winter, Betrayal, Blithe Spirit, Blood Poetry and Rapture, Blister, Burn. In the 2019 season, she directed the LA premiere of Operation Ajax.  She is a Broadway World and StageSceneLA winner for Who’s Afraid of Virginia WoolfBetrayal, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Private Lives, Antony & Cleopatra, and Hedda Gabler.  As a Filmmaker, Suzanne has over 35 years as a Producer and Production Manager in Film and Television and is EMMY nominated for her Commercial work. She merges her performing, producing, artistic management, and non-profit work throughout Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Team List)

A. Jeffrey Schoenberg (Costume Designer)
Jeffrey has been designing costumes for L. A. area theaters for 40 years and is a four-time recipient of the L. A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award.   This is his 6th production for Shakespeare by the Sea, having designed last season’s Richard III, and 2020/2021’s Measure For Measure and Titus Andronicus.  Other past designs include Candide for the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB; Resolving Hedda for the Victory Theater; and The History of Comedy (abridged) at the Falcon Theater. He designed 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 15 productions including As You Like It.  The Wedding Band, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, The Malcontent, 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. For the Colony Theater, he designed 40 productions, including Dames at Sea, Side Show, The Ladies of the Camellias, and The Laramie Project. He has been the resident designer for Musical Theatre Guild for the past 9 years. Jeffrey is the owner and designer for AJS Costumes, Renaissance Dancewear, and Mr. Alan Jeffries Fine Gentlemen’s Apparel. (Production Team List)

Chris Beyries (Scenic Designer)
Chris has designed shows for LFT including The Love List, Bach at Leipzig, Looking, And the Stones Will Cry Out, Henry IV Part 1, Taking Sides, Chapter Two and Time Stands Still, Hedda Gabler, Pick of the Vine, and The Weir.  Other favorite design credits include Taking Sides (Rubicon Theatre), Moonlight and Magnolias (Rubicon Theatre), Barefoot in the Park, The Light in the Piazza, The 1940’s Radio Hour, Beehive, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Spit Like a Big Girl, Wait Until Dark, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Green Room, Bye Bye Birdie, The Nerd, Steel Magnolias, Twice Upon a Time, Art and Godspell. He previously served as the Technical Director and Resident Scenic Designer for Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities. His work has been seen coast to coast (and beyond) including NBC, Princess Cruises, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, and Opera San Jose. Chris created the “Behind the Scenes Workshop” at the Santa Monica Playhouse, where he was also the technical director. Chris’ work has taken him to Mexico, Europe, and Japan.  (Production Team List)

Cinthia Nava (Sound Designer)
Cinthia began working with SBTS as a sound designer and audio engineer in the summer of 2018. Past productions include Measure for Measure, Titus Andronicus, Henry V, Comedy of Errors, A Winter’s Tale, and Merry Wives of Windsor. They have also done sound work for Cerritos College, Little Fish Theatre, Puttin’ On Productions, Rogue Artists Ensemble, and South Coast Repertory. They are excited to be back outdoors and to see the loving, supportive audience members who return every year. (Production Team List)

Noe Valenzuela (Sound Engineer)
(Production Team List)

Kira Sherman (Tour Manager)
A recent graduate of Cal State University Fullerton, Kira is thrilled to be back at the theater grindstone. Recent past work includes Little Fish Theatre’s virtual production of Pygmalion and CSUF’s Vinegar Tom. Thank you everyone for coming and enjoy the show.  (Production Team List)

Alexa Wolfe (Stage Manager)
Alexa is thrilled to embark on her first season with Shakespeare by the Sea! Originally from San Diego, Alexa is a Los Angeles-based Stage Manager, newly graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Technical Theatre as of May of 2022. Alexa’s most recent works include La Piñata, a TYA musical written by Jerry Garcia and composed by Lucky Diaz, as well as California Repertory Company’s American Distortion, an ensemble-based devised piece. For the past three years, Alexa has Stage and Production Managed for multiple companies throughout Southern California including the Stagehouse Theatre (2019), Theatre Threshold (2020-2022), and Lime Arts Productions (2022). She would like to send a big thank you to her family, friends, and mentors for their endless support. @alexawolfestage (Production Team List)

Sonja Inge (Administrative Assistant)
Sonja is excited to be the Development Director for SBTS. While Sonja is a member of SAG-AFTRA, prior to acting, she spent a decade in the world of fundraising and outreach for non-profits in Washington, D.C., such as The Planned Parenthood Federation of America, The Council of Chief State School Officers, and The National Youth Employment Coalition.  She also was the assistant development manager for The Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.  She performed with SBTS during the summer of 2019 playing the role of The Abess/Emilia in The Comedy of Errors. Sonja holds a BA in Journalism from Howard University and a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin (Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.) (Production Team List)

Bill Voorhees (Scenic Builder)
Bill has been involved in theater for 36 years in the Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Francisco regions. He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he has worked on The Family Guy and American Dad! for Fox TV Animation. Plays that Bill has directed include the world premieres of Skeleton Stories by Delondra Williams, Red Helen by Jennifer Barclay, and Kirsten Vangsness’ Potential Space at Los Angeles’ Theatre of NOTE, where he serves on the Artistic Management Committee. Film and TV credits include Real Time with Bill Maher, Attila, Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark, Ardennes Fury, Circus Kane, and Z-Nation. As a production designer, his work can be seen on Lifetime, The Hallmark Channel, and in various low-budget action and suspense films. (Production Team List)

Hannah Hart (LACAC Intern)
has just graduated from Long Beach City College with an associates in Theater Arts. She has a passion for performance and is so excited to work with Shakespeare By The Sea. She would like to thank Yelena Babinskaya for being such an amazing mentor and helping her find opportunities such as this. She would also like to thank the LBCC Theater Faculty, her family, and her girlfriend for supporting her through everything she’s achieved.  (Production Team List)