Directors & Designers

Drew Barr

DIRECTOR: Twelfth Night 12 seasons at ISF. Drew returns to Boise for his twelfth season with ISF, where he has previously directed The Tempest, The Mousetrap, The Seagull, The Crucible, Arsenic and Old Lace, Love’s Labor’s Lost, The Taming of the Shrew, The Spitfire Grill, The Fantasticks, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, ... Read More » Much Ado About Nothing, and I Am My Own Wife (co-production with Boise Contemporary Theater, where he also directed This Wonderful Life, Tru, At Home at the Zoo, Souvenir and This Wonderful Life). Most recently, Drew directed the Dutch language premiere of War Horse at Amsterdam’s Royal Carré Theatre, after previously directing the Australian premiere and serving as the Resident Director of War Horse at Lincoln Center Theater. Other credits include Revivals of Frank Marcus’s, The Killing of Sister George, and Brian Friel’s Lovers for The Actors Company Theatre in NYC and productions for PlayMakers Repertory, Portland Stage and Great Lakes Theater. He is a member of SDC and AEA. Hide «

Victoria Bussert

DIRECTOR: My Fair Lady, Forever Plaid Victoria Bussert returns for her eleventh season at ISF, balancing the professional and academic worlds between her active life as an award-winning free-lance director while holding the position of Director of Music Theatre for Baldwin Wallace University. Nationally, her work has been seen at Manhattan Theatre Club, York Theatre, New World Stages, Goodspeed Opera, Playhouse ... Read More » Square, Portland Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Anchorage Opera. Her international credits include Friar Tuck in Russia, The Who's Tommy in Brazil, the Danish premiere of Avenue Q (2012 Reumert Award nomination) and the European premieres of Lizzie and [title of show] for the Fredericia Teater in Denmark. Recent productions include the award-winning ISF/GLT The Secret Garden, The Fantasticks for Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival/ISF/GLT and In the Heights for Baldwin Wallace/Beck Center for the Arts. Special thanks to Charlie, Greg, Joel and the entire ISF family. This one is for my greatest teachers -- my students. Hide «
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Joe Court

SOUND DESIGNER: And Then There Were None Joe is excited to return to Idaho Shakespeare Festival for the third time! He has been based out of Chicago since 2006. He is a company member with Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company. He has designed more than 90 shows since moving to Chicago with many different theater companies including: Mary-Arrchie, A Red Orchid, ... Read More » The Inconvenience, TUTA, Emerald City, Raven, Seanachai, Theatre Seven, Backstage, Boho, Lifeline, Pine Box, The Gift, University of Chicago, 59E59 (Off-Broadway, NYC), Great Lakes Theatre (Cleveland, OH) Clarence Brown Theatre (Knoxville, TN), Virginia Stage Company (Norfolk, VA), Actors Theatre of Indiana, and the Lake Tahoe and Illinois Shakespeare Festivals. From 2008 until 2012 Joe served as sound engineer for the Chicago production of the Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet. Joe also serves as adjunct faculty in sound design at Ball State University. He received a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination in 2009 for his design for The Unseen with A Red Orchid Theatre. Hide «

Gregory Daniels

CHOREOGRAPHER: My Fair Lady, Forever Plaid Gregory is thrilled to return to ISF for his fourth season, having previously choreographed Cabaret, Les Misérables, The Secret Garden and The Fantasticks.  Credits include Cleveland regional premieres of In The Heights, Dog Fight, Carrie: The Musical, Spring Awakening, Lizzie: The Rock Musical and Sondheim on Sondheim; Anything Goes, starring ... Read More » Tony Award nominee Dee Hoty; Putting It Together starring Tony Award winners Lillias White and Chuck Cooper; Dreamgirls; Hairspray and Hair. He has also had the rare honor of creating and choreographing a brand new number for the Rockettes. Greg is the head of the Dance Program at Baldwin Wallace University. Special thanks to my creative collaborating partner Vicky, Charlie, Chris and the entire ISF family, and especially to my husband, Jared, for always making me laugh and being there for me with a smile, support and inspiration.   Hide «

Mary Jo Dondlinger

LIGHTING DESIGNER: Forever Plaid ISF credits: The Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeney Todd. Career design credits include productions for Circle in the Square, The Irish Repertory Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Goodspeed Opera House, TheatreWorks (Hartford), Laguna Playhouse, and many others.  She has long been associated with ... Read More » the York Theatre Company off Broadway where she designed the original production of The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) as well as many other musicals and plays.  Most recent credits at Great Lakes Theater are The Fantasticks, Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, Sondheim On Sondheim, and as co-designer of the annual holiday presentation of A Christmas Carol.  In NYC her work can currently be seen in The Fantasticks at the Snapple Theater Center in Times Square. Hide «

Charles Fee

DIRECTOR: And Then There Were None 25th season as producing artistic director of Idaho Shakespeare Festival. This season he will direct Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None.  In prior seasons he has directed Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, All's Well that Ends Well, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry the Fourth ... Read More » Part One, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hamlet, and As You Like It.  His work outside the Shakespearean canon includes, Ira Levin’s Deathtrap, Frederick Knott’s Dial “M” for Murder, Nöel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, Private Lives and Hay Fever, George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Molière’s Tartuffe, Alexander Dumas’ The Three Musketeers, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. Charles holds a unique position in the American theater as producing director of three, independently operated, professional theater companies, including Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland, Ohio (since 2002), and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in Incline Village, Nevada (since 2010).  His leadership has created a dynamic and groundbreaking producing model in which plays are shared among the three companies, extending the artistic lives of the productions, increasing opportunities for artists and technical staffs to work in multiple venues, and lowering production costs for each of the companies.  Prior to joining ISF, Charles held the position of artistic director at Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora, California. He also has worked with such companies as The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, the Milwaukee and Missouri Repertory Theaters, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, and Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival. Idaho Shakespeare Festival has garnered significant awards under Mr. Fee’s artistic leadership, including the 1995 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts; the 1996 and 2006 FUNDSY awards; and the 2000 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2001, Charles was honored for his work as a director with the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.  He received his BA from the University of the Pacific, and Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, San Diego. Charlie’s peripatetic life style is only possible because of the love and support of his wife Lidia, daughter, Alexa, and the communities he serves. Hide «

David Gotwald

SOUND DESIGNER: My Fair Lady, Forever Plaid David Gotwald is pleased to be returning to ISF after designing The Secret Garden last season. In the span of the last three decades, he has supervised and mixed the sound for numerous Tony Award-winning productions including A Chorus Line (1982), Dreamgirls (1983), Sweet Charity (1986), Cabaret (1988), Jerome Robbins' ... Read More » Broadway (1989), Crazy for You (1991), Passion (1994), Fosse (1998), The Producers (2000), Gypsy (2007), The Addams Family (2009) and the 2014 season's Best Musical: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. In 2006, David designed the sound for the Tony Award-winning Jay Johnson - The Two and Only and the Off-Broadway hit The Musical of Musicals. He has worked as a concert sound engineer for Tommy Tune, Mandy Patinkin and Patti LuPone and for special events at The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Currently, he is teaching at Carnegie Mellon University and freelance designing in Pittsburgh. Hide «

Jeff Herrmann

SCENIC DESIGNER: My Fair Lady, Forever Plaid Jeff is pleased to return to Idaho Shakespeare Festival for his 11th season.  Previous productions for ISF include Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Bat Boy: The Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Into the Woods, Les Misérables and last season’s The Secret ... Read More » Garden, all joint productions with Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland.  Other ISF production designs include I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, The Spitfire Grill, Little Shop of Horrors and Noises Off.   Jeff is a professor of theater at Baldwin Wallace University.  He holds an MFA in scene and lighting design from Southern Illinois University and he is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. Hide «
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Andrea Hood

COSTUME DESIGNER: Love's Labor's Lost First production with ISF. New York credits include Off Broadway: Romeo and Juliet (The Public Theater), Love and Information (New York Theatre Workshop, Lortel Award Nomination), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello (Classic Stage Company), Death of the Liberal Class (The New Ohio), Regional: Becoming Cuba (Huntington Theater Company), Pygmalion, Here Lies Love, (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Our Town (Chautauqua Theater Company), Tolomeo, The Tender Land (Glimmerglass Festival), Juilliard Opera ... Read More » and Drama Divisions, Yale University, Bard College. Upcoming: 12th Night (The Public Theater, Shakespeare in the Park). Member of United Scenic Artists 829.   Hide «
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Lee Kinney

Sound Designer: Twelfth Night Lee Kinney is a New York based sound designer, composer, and music director. New York: The Father, A Doll's House (Theatre for a New Audience), The Tomb of King Tot (Clubbed Thumb Summerworks), The Convent of Pleasure (Cherry Lane Theatre), A Wolf in the River, Student Body, Smoke (The Flea) Empathitrax, Shitloads of Money, Asking For Trouble, Metro ... Read More » Cards (Ensemble Studio Theatre), peer@me (NYU Tisch), In The Car With Blossom and Len, Harvey (Centenary Stage Company). MFA: Ohio University. Hide «
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Daniel Kluger

Composer: Twelfth Night GLT: The Mousetrap. NEW YORK: Antlia Pneumatica, Marjorie Prime, Iowa (Playwrights Horizons); The Effect, Hit the Wall (Barrow Street Theatre); The Mystery of Love and Sex, Nikolai and the Others (Lincoln Center); Significant Other, The Common Pursuit (Roundabout);  Lost Girls, The Nether (MCC); I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard, Women or Nothing (Atlantic Theater Company); You Got Older (PAGE73); Somewhere Fun, The North Pool (Vineyard). REGIONAL: The Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, ... Read More » Long Wharf, Pig Iron, Two River Theater, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Hide «

Rick Martin

LIGHTING DESIGNER: And Then There Were None, Love's Labor's Lost, Twelfth Night Many productions with ISF including Dial “M” for Murder, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet and The Woman in Black. Other theater: US premiere of Kurt Weill’s Marie Galante (Opèra Français de NY); Hekabe, The Illiad and The Rage of Achilles with Music-Theatre Group (New York and Santa Fe); ... Read More » and The Bitter Tears of Petra van Kant (Henry Miller Theatre, New York). Opera: Mitridate, Re di Ponto (La Monnaie, Brussels – scenery and lighting), Le Diable dans le beffroi, La Chute de la Maison Usher (Opéra national de Paris – scenery and lighting); Pellèas et Mèllisande and To Be Sung (Opéra Français de NY); Dialogues des Carmèlites, Cenerentola (Opéra de Toulon); and Romèo et Juliette (Spoleto Festival USA). Concerts: Harawi (Opèra Comique, Paris – scenery and lighting), Le martyre de Saint Sèbastien (Citè de la Musique, Paris and Arsenal, Metz), Orchestre national de Lyon and the Orchestre de Champs Élysées (Lyon, Poitiers, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, São Paulo). Coming up: La Cenerentola (ABAO-OLBE, Bilbao) Member: United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, IATSE. Hide «

Joel Mercier

MUSIC DIRECTOR: My Fair Lady Joel Mercier returns for his third season with ISF after his past work on The Secret Garden and Les Misérables, which won the Cleveland Critics and Broadway World Cleveland Award for Best Music Director. An award winning New England based Director, Music Director, Composer and Arranger, recent music direction credits include The Spitfire ... Read More » Grill, Nunsense, Chicago (Northern Stage, VT); Ragtime, Legally Blonde, Drowsy Chaperone (New London Barn Playhouse, NH); and the National Tour of A Christmas Carol: A Sparkling New Musical (CMI Entertainment, NYC). Additionally, Joel’s latest composition, Lost in Wonderland, was premiered at the NH Theatre Factory this past March. Prior to relocating to NH, Joel’s work in NYC comprised of assisting numerous shows, readings, and concerts including Off-Broadway and the Nokia Theatre Times Square as music director, music copyist, and supervisor. A graduate of the Hartt School, Joel was artistic associate at the New London Barn Playhouse for six seasons, a guest artist at Dartmouth College for three, and is currently the artistic director of the NH Theatre Factory and guest director at St. Anselm College. for more info. Hide «

Ken Merckx

FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER: And Then There Were None Ken Merckx has choreographed fights and taught actors theatrical combat for film, television, theater and universities all across the country. Ken is the resident fight choreographer for Idaho and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festivals, A Noise Within (Los Angeles) and Great Lakes Theater (Cleveland). He is proud to have staged violence for the ... Read More » world premieres of Steven Dietzʼs Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Pasadena Playhouse), Jeffery Hatcherʼs Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (San Jose Repertory) and The Suicide Club (Arizona Theatre Company), OctKadtLadySolisʼ Cloudlands (South Coast Repertory), Jane Martinʼs Somebody/Nobody directed by Jon Jory (Arizona Theatre Company) and the theatrical adaptation of Khaled Hosseiniʼs The Kite Runner (San Jose Repertory). Mr. Merckx received his MFA, in acting, from the University of Illinois and his BA, in theater studies, from the University of Washington. Hide «
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Russell Metheny

SCENIC DESIGNER: And Then There Were None, Twelfth Night For Idaho Shakespeare Festival Russell has designed The Tempest, Dial “M” For Murder, The Mousetrap, The 39 Steps, Two Gentlemen Of Verona, The Woman in Black, Othello, The Seagull, The Comedy Of Errors, Measure for Measure, Arsenic and Old Lace, A Tuna Christmas, Greater Tuna, King Lear, Love’s Labor’s Lost, ... Read More » Julius Caesar. Russell also has designed for Great Lakes Theatre and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Mr. Metheny has designed for many regional theaters across the country including, Indiana Rep.,  Asolo Rep., Studio Theatre, D.C., ACT San Francisco, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Portland Stage. Hide «

Paul Miller

LIGHTING DESIGNER: My Fair Lady Third season at Idaho Shakespeare. Previously King Lear, Secret Garden, Les Misérables. Broadway: Amazing Grace, The Illusionists, Legally Blonde, Freshly Squeezed, Laughing Room Only. Off-Broadway: Out Of The Mouth of Babes, Clinton – The Musical, Pageant, Vanities - the Musical, Nunsense, Balancing Act and others. Regional theaters: Stratford Shakespeare, Chicago ... Read More » Shakespeare, Pioneer Theatre Company, Asolo Rep, A.C.T., Cleveland Play House, Pasadena Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Baystreet Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Maltz Jupiter Theatre and others. National tours: The Illusionists, Elf, Shrek, Story Time Live, Wizard of Oz, Legally Blonde, Sweeney Todd, Hairspray, The Producers, The Sound of Music. International: West Side Story (Milan), Legally Blonde (London and Vienna), Race for Love (China), Cinderella and Saturday Night Fever (Manilla, Singapore and Malaysia). Television: Camelot (Live from Lincoln Center) and numerous Comedy Central and Netflix specials. Paul has been the lighting director for The New Year’s Eve Celebration from Time’s Square for the last 16 years. Hide «

Dave Pepin

MUSIC DIRECTOR: Forever Plaid Dave is excited to be making his Idaho Shakespeare Festival debut with Forever Plaid. On Broadway, he was the music director/ conductor of Bring It On: The Musical. Other Broadway credits as pianist or conductor include Wicked, Kinky Boots, The Addams Family and Shrek: The Musical. National Tours include Wicked, ... Read More » RENT and The Full Monty. He recently completed his second year as the Music Theatre Music Director at Baldwin Wallace University. Dave shares a home in Brunswick, Ohio with the three coolest girls ever: Erin, Grace and Annabelle. Hide «

Tyne Rafaeli

DIRECTOR: Love's Labor's Lost Tyne was born in London and trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Columbia University.  She has directed classics, new plays and musicals in London and the US. Her work has been seen at Classic Stage Company, American Players Theatre, New York Stage & Film, The Atlantic, ... Read More » Julliard, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and PlayPenn, amongst others. She has served as associate director on The King and I (LCT), Fiddler on the Roof, The Bridges of Madison County, Golden Boy (all Broadway), and Women on the Verge (West End). Tyne was awarded the 2013/14 SDCF Sir John Gielgud Fellowship for Classical Direction. Upcoming projects include Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl at American Players Theatre, and Chasing Rainbows, a new musical by Marc Acito, at Goodspeed Opera.   Hide «

Kristen Robinson

SCENIC DESIGNER: Love's Labor's Lost First season with ISF. Selected credits include: Love's Labor's Lost (Great Lakes Theater),  Ethel (Alliance Theater), Zoyka's Apartment (Princeton University),  The Road to Where, The Other Place (Weston Playhouse), And A Nightingale Sang, The Liar, Nora  (Westport Country Playhouse), Three Translations of Uncle Vanya: Acts 1&2 (The Invisible Dog), Sisyphus (Experiments in Opera at Abron's Art Center), All that Dies and Rises (M-34), Rapture Blister ... Read More » Burn (The Wilma Theater), Last Days of Mankind (Bard College, Fisher Center for the Performing Arts), My Friend's Story (International Festival of Arts and Ideas), American Night the Ballad of Juan Jose (Yale Repertory Theatre), The Princess Play's 2&1 (New Haven, site specific project): Yale School of Drama MFA, Princess Grace Theatre Fellowship: Pierre Cardin Award, 2013, Her work on Nora has been featured in Chance Magazine issue 4, and is a 2015 Barrymore Award Winner for Best Set Design. USA-829 Hide «

Kim Krumm Sorenson

COSTUME DESIGNER: And Then There Were None, Twelfth Night Kim is pleased to be spending her 21st season with Idaho Shakespeare Festival. She designed Richard III in 1992 and has designed many productions since, including The Tempest (three times), Dial “M” For Murder, As You Like It (two times), Steel Magnolias, Blithe Spirit, The Mousetrap, The Seagull, Othello, The ... Read More » Crucible, Measure for Measure, The Spitfire Grill, Love's Labor's Lost, The Taming of the Shrew (two times), King Lear, Julius Caesar, The Importance of Being Earnest, Much Ado About Nothing, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Tartuffe and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Her work also has been seen at Great Lakes Theater, REP/University of Delaware, Urban Stages, Juilliard, TACT, Delaware Theater Company, Boise Contemporary Theater, Playmaker’s Repertory Theater, Hartford Stage Company, Guthrie Theatre, Intiman Theatre, George Street Playhouse, and Indiana Repertory Theater. Kim holds an MFA from Southern Methodist University and is a member of USA 829. Much love to Scott, Carly, Gemma, Liz and Rick. Hide «

Kathleen Tague

DIALECT COACH: My Fair Lady Kathleen was a member of the acting company at ISF for 12 seasons.  She is currently an acting company member of the Resident Ensemble Players (REP) at the University of Delaware, where she also teaches classes in voice, speech and acting.  REP roles include Things We Do for Love (Barbara), ... Read More » Wit (Vivan), Juno and the Paycock (Juno), Heartbreak House (Lady Utterword), The Glass Menagerie (Amanda), Death of a Salesman (Linda), and Mrs. Antrobus in The Skin of our Teeth (Barrymore Award nomination). Other regional credits include Anna Christie (Anna) San Jose Rep, Titus Andronicus (Tamora) Intiman Theatre, Hay Fever (Judith) Great Lakes Theatre, The Play’s the Thing (Ilana) American Players Theatre, Our Country’s Good, Madison Repertory Theatre, War Stories Milwaukee Rep, A Delicate Balance (Julia) Delaware Theatre Company, Waiting for Nirvana (Lou) Wilma Theatre, Before Breakfast Walnut Street Theatre and Translations (Sarah) Arden Theatre Co. Hide «
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Peter Van Reesma

ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTOR: Forever Plaid Peter Van Reesema is grateful to be making his ISF debut this season as the Associate music director and conductor for Forever Plaid. A recent graduate from the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, Peter holds a BM in music theory. Many thanks to Dave Pepin, Victoria Bussert, and Charles Fee ... Read More » for this incredible opportunity. All my love to Mom, Dad, and Frederik. Hide «
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Brandon Wolcott

SOUND DESIGNER: Love's Labor's Lost Brandon Wolcott is an NYC-based sound designer and composer. With ISF: The Winter's Tale, The Merry Wives of Windsor. Recent/notable works: Kill Floor (Lincoln Center). The Record (600 Highwaymen, Under the Radar). The Nether (MCC). Kansas City Choir Boy (Prototype). Habeas Corpus, Kiss the Air (Park Avenue Armory). Good Person of Szechwan, Titus Andronicus (The Public Theater). A Great Wilderness (Williamstown). Collaborations with Marina Abramovic, Laurie ... Read More » Anderson, Faye Driscoll, Nicolas Jaar, Todd Almond, Elizabeth Streb, Woodshed Collective and many more... Hide «
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Charlotte Yetman

COSTUME DESIGNER: My Fair Lady Charlotte joins the Festival for her ninth season.  She is a professor of costume design at Baldwin Wallace University where she recently designed All Shook Up, Carmen, Dark of the Moon, Saturday Night Fever, and Eurydice.  Among her professional credits are designs for The Secret Garden, Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, The ... Read More » Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Comedy of Errors, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Great Lake Theater); Lady with All the Answers, Custody of the Eyes (Cleveland Play House); Frankenstein (Tennessee Repertory Theater); Silver Dollar, John & Jen, Das Barbecue, Heartbeats (Goodspeed Opera House); Conrack (Ford’s Theater); Super Sunday and Widows (Williamstown Theater Festival); and the American premiere of Ballenchine’s Mozart Violin Concerto No.5 with Tulsa Ballet Theater. Charlotte received her BFA from Pennsylvania State University and her MFA from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.  She has been an assistant scenic designer with Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is a member of USA 829. Hide «
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