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2011 Summer Tour
Cast & Crew

LAURA AHRENS  -   is a proud graduate of The University of the Arts BFA musical theater program. A born and raised New Yorker, she returned to Philly shortly after graduation to understudy Marcy, Schwartzy and Olive in Philadelphia Theatre Company’s production of Spelling Bee. Laura also recently became a Yoga Alliance certified teacher, and teaches classes at several studios in New York. Endless love and gratitude to family and friends, for unconditional support and for making her life and work infinitely joyful and meaningful. Thanks to Demi and the cast for this unforgettable experience.

COLLIN BIDDLE  -   is delighted to be back with NESF! Recent NY credits include Stuck, Twelfth Night, An Ideal Husband, When Joey Married Bobby, Praying Small, Othello, All's Well That Ends Well, King Kong and War of the Worlds. Prior NESF productions: Twelfe Night, Much Adoe About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew and Comedie of Errors. Collin is currently filming The Search for Agent Z, and he will soon be appearing in With love and thanks to Ann and the girls.

MITCHELL CONWAY  -   is a member of the Village Playback Theatre, improvising personal stories from audiences from socially underrepresented populations, and a founding member of No. 11 Productions. This past fall he spent three months facilitating interactive theatre workshops for community-based dialogue in Medellin, Colombia, through the Colombo Americano, supported by the International Fund of the US Embassy. Recent productions include: Twelfth Night (Viola) with Accidental Shakespeare, God’s Fool (John of Padua) at 59E59, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Picasso) with Porchlight Productions, and Schedule of the Crucifix (Jesus), a performance art piece by Pawel Althamer at the New Museum.

LAWRENCE CRANOR  -   If ever there was a character to wear Groucho Marx glasses, which is pretty much a type cast for Lawrence, who is pleased to continue his relationship with the NESF. (Prithee, you were waiting for something pithee, such a pity.)

NATHANAEL HARTING  -   is excited to be returning to NESF for his second season. A recent Wagner College grad, Nathanael was seen last year as Sebastian in Twelfth Night and Hortensio in Taming of the Shrew.

MICHELLE KOVACS  -   is happy to be back with the New England Shakespeare Festival. Past shows with the company include Twelfth Night (Maria), Richard III (Margaret), Taming of the Shrew (Kate), and Romeo and Juliet (Lady Capulet). Recent New York credits include Twelfth Night (Olivia), Richard III (Queen Elizabeth) and Macbeth (Lady Macduff) with the Spontaneous Shakespeare Players, another First Folio-based company. In addition to her yearly forays back onto the stage, Michelle is currently pursuing a master’s degree in elementary education at Montclair State University.

JENIFER KUDULIS  -   is excited to return to the New England Shakespeare Festival for Measure for Measure. Previous NESF roles include Juliet in The Tragedie of Romeo & Juliet, Bianca in Taming of the Shrew, Hero in Much adoe about Nothing and the Courtesan in The Comedie of Errors. NYC credits include Peter Quince in Midsommer Nights Dreame (Spontaneous Shakespeare Players), Jacquenetta in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Extants Arts) and Lady Macbeth and Katherine the Shrew in Bardolatry (Algonquin Theatre). Regional credits include Aggie in Grapes of Wrath (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Sally Bowles in Cabaret (USA Theatre), and Luciana in Comedy of Errors (USA Theatre). Jenifer holds a BFA in Dramatic Arts from the University of South Alabama.

JOSHUAH LAIRD  -   earned his BA in Theatre from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He has toured the United States and Europe with Missoula Children’s Theatre, playing such roles as Long John Silver in Treasure Island and Geppetto in Pinocchio. He performed on the Las Vegas Strip in Marc Savard’s Mesmerized at the V Theater in the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Favorite roles include CB in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, Chris Keller in All My Sons, and Orsino in Twelfth Night. Josh is thrilled to return for a second season with New England Shakespeare Festival.

JAMES LUDLUM  -   returns to NESF after playing Antonio in Twelfe Night. James is both an actor and singer, having appeared as Willie Conklin in Ragtime (Montclair Operetta Club), Gremio in Kiss Me Kate, Sparky in Forever Plaid, Herr Zeller in The Sound of Music, and the Constable in Fiddler on the Roof (Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre). Other credits include Banquo in Macbeth, Peter in Romeo and Juliet, Don Adriano de Armado in Love’s Labors Lost, Jud Fry in Oklahoma, and Augustin Ferraillon in A Flea in her Ear. James is a recognized Actor Combatant by the SAFD and was Assistant to Fight Master Michael Chin at Pace University and Muhlenberg College. He plays many instruments and is a graduate in Theatre and Music from Muhlenberg College.

DEVIN MORIARITY  -   is delighted to return to NESF, after playing in the “most wonderful” world of Twelfe Night. Devin spent this summer in the darkly disintegrating universes of Medea (American Thymele Theatre) and Macbeth (lilac co/st. john’s theatre). On stage, Devin often winds up in convents (The Rover, Cyrano de Bergerac, Three Musketeers), sacrifices for love (Romeo & Juliet, Arcadia, Othello), or loses her mind (Yellow Wallpaper, Picture of Dorian Grey, Dancing at Lughnasa). Devin studied medieval literature at Harvard & trained at Shakespeare & Co., with Artistic New Directions’ master teachers, & most recently with Bob Krakower. Devin’s work is a gift to/from her brave and beautiful sister, Bridget.

DEMITRA PAPADINIS  -   is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of New England Shakespeare and has worked in some capacity on every NESF show since the company began back in 1994. An ardent First Folio enthusiast, she encourages and inspires students, teachers, directors, actors and audiences through workshops and performances across the country. She is the editor and annotator of The Tragedie of Romeo and Juliet: A Frankly Annotated First Folio Edition and As you Like it: A Frankly Annotated First Folio Edition, published by McFarland. When not immersed in the world of Shakespeare, she can be found cleaning up what comes out of either end of a cat.

ALEXANDER RICHARD  -   is considering never rehearsing anything ever again. NYC credits include Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Richard III, A Mysterious Way, and Blacken the Bubble. Regional credits include Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, and lots of musicals. He is currently studying at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Many thanks to Demi and NESF.

JEFF RONAN  -   is thrilled to be a part of this production. He holds a BFA from Kean University and has studied at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia. Past Shakespeare roles include Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Horatio in Hamlet, and Iago in Othello. Other plays include Chamber Theatre’s Encore!, Humbug, The Last Supper, The Tragedie of Cardenio, Asymmetry, the title role in Mrs. Gould Welcomes Charlie Chaplin, and his original play The Mulberry Bush.

MAX SCHULTZ  -   is very excited to make his stage debut with the New England Shakespeare Festival! Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Max currently resides in Montclair, NJ. He is five years old, a super-fast runner, and he loves outer space and big cats (especially cougars). Aside from his burgeoning acting career, Max is pretty psyched about starting kindergarten this fall.

MARGARET UMBSEN  -   is working on her first New England Shakespeare production. She has most recently stage managed with TCAN Players, Happy Medium Theater, and Boston Baroque. She enjoyed working with such able actors and production team and thanks them all for their efforts in this production. Margaret has worked in theater and music for over fifteen years. Theater highlights include festival stage manager for the Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in Provincetown, MA, and stage manager for Of Mice and Men and The Crucible (Stanley B. Theatre), Dangerous Corner and Summer Shorts (Hovey Players), and The Music Man in Hiram, Ohio. Music highlights include stage manager for Dar Williams and Dave Bromberg Quartet tour concerts at Sanders Theater, and Sisterspace Weekend (ASM/lights) in Maryland. She lives in Framingham, MA with Dawn and their little dog, too. Go Sox!

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