Festival Management

Charles Fee

Producing Artistic Director
26th season as producing artistic director of Idaho Shakespeare Festival. This season he will direct Hamlet and The Hound of the Baskervilles.  In prior seasons he has directed many of Shakespeare’s plays as well as works outside the Shakespearean canon including last Agatha Christie’s, And Then There Were None, Ira ... Read More » 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.  He has worked with such companies as The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Milwaukee and Missouri Repertory Theaters, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, and the 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 «

Mark Hofflund

Managing Director
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In his 25th year with the Festival, Mark continues to appreciate Idaho’s proud, neighborly and generous way of life. Mark’s career began at The Old Globe under Jack O’Brien, Tom Hall and Craig Noel. He was fortunate to act and direct for 10 years at the Globe, hold a board ... Read More » position at San Diego Performing Arts League, and edit his mentor Alan Schneider’s memoir Entrances. Joining colleague Charles Fee in Idaho, Mark served as liaison to Idaho Foundation for Parks & Lands and Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation, whose collaboration made possible the Festival’s 12-acre Amphitheater and Reserve at Barber Pool. The Festival’s statewide audience includes 50,000 students K-12 served by two nationally recognized school tours; high school apprentice and community access programs; and a School of Theater coming from a merger with Idaho Theater for Youth.  In community service, Mark serves on an advisory board of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce.  He addressed conferences of the Shakespeare Theatre Association and the Institute of Outdoor Theatre (receiving the Mark R. Sumner Award), testified before committees of the Idaho Legislature and U.S. House of Representatives, and filled a presidential appointment to the National Council on the Arts (receiving the Chairman’s Medal from Dana Gioia). Mark co-chaired the Boise City Arts Commission, served on the boards of the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and chaired the Idaho Commission on the Arts under governors Kempthorne, Risch, and Otter. He is a guest teacher for Boise State University, a recipient of the President’s Medallion from the University of Idaho, and a graduate of Princeton and the University of California, San Diego.   Hide «

Taylor Davis

Master Gardener
This is Taylor’s fourth season with the Festival. In his free time, Taylor enjoys having adventures with his children Jaydon and Gracyn. His favorite summer activities include fishing, camping and long road trips through the Pacific Northwest. Taylor and his family enjoy the foothills, rivers and any open garden in ... Read More » the Treasure Valley. Taylor was born in Boise and has lived all over Idaho and comes from a large family that he is very close to. Taylor is currently enrolled at the University of Idaho studying agricultural science, communications and leadership. Taylor is a tree hugging, plant geek who couldn’t be more excited to be working with ISF. Hide «

Tom Ford

Artistic Associate In addition to his acting work with the Festival, Tom’s additional responsibilities include overseeing both education tours, Idaho Theater for Youth and Shakespearience. This year’s productions were Stuart Little for ITY and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Shakespearience. Tom has been an actor with the Festival over the course of ... Read More » eleven seasons. He has been seen as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Wargrave in And Then There Were None, Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, Dr. Craven in The Secret Garden, Stephano in The Tempest, Fool in King Lear, Sidney Bruhl in Deathtrap, Thenardier in Les Misérables, Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, Argan in The Imaginary Invalid, Mr. Paravicini in The Mousetrap, Baker in Into the Woods, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Touchstone in As You Like It, Casca in Julius Caesar, the title role in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and many others. Hide «

William Ledbetter

Development Assistant
Will is in his seventh year with the Festival.  Upon graduation from The College of Idaho in 2011 [theater, international political economy (Spanish minor)], Will began working as a seasonal carpenter/welder for ISF, Great Lakes Theater, and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.  He has served as technical director for ISF’s educational ... Read More » tours, ITY and Shakespearience for five seasons and has designed the portable set for the past four Shakespearience productions.  Other local work includes technical director for multiple productions at Boise Contemporary Theater as well adjunct theater instructor at his alma mater.  Will began working in the Festival’s administrative office shortly after earning an MPA from Boise State University in 2016.  He is grateful for the friendships and opportunities ISF has afforded him. Hide «

Debbie McCulley

Finance Assistant
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This is Debbie’s sixth year with the Festival. She retired in 2007 after 33 years working for Farm Credit Services doing farm loans. After retiring, she was executive director for Willow Center for grieving children, and since moving to Boise in 2009 she has been working on getting a similar ... Read More » program started in the Treasure Valley.   There is some theater in her family as her two nieces in Seattle have been in theater since they were little girls and now as adults sing and write their own music, with both of them currently working on albums.  Debbie enjoys volunteering, walking on the greenbelt, reading and spending time with her daughter Megan who lives in Boise. Hide «

M. Aaron Milette

Box Office Manager & IT Systems Administrator
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This is Aaron’s eighteenth season with Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Aaron graduated from Boise State University in 2000 with a BA in English literature, and a minor in philosophy. After graduation, Aaron partnered with his college friend Major Tom Thompson to found the startup space exploration company “To The Stars!” Shortly ... Read More » thereafter, Aaron met his future wife Mika at a symposium about homebrew space exploration. Mika soon joined Aaron and Major Tom, and together the three of them became pioneers in the field of slingshot space launches. While the New Mexico desert is littered with the remains of their early prototypes, they successfully shot an unmanned capsule into space in early 2010. However, tragedy struck when Major Tom insisted on piloting the next capsule itself. An error in the trajectory calculations led to the capsule escaping Earth’s orbit, and Major Tom never returned to the planet. After informing Tom’s wife of the tragedy, Aaron disbanded the company, and he and Mika now pursue their passion for competitive yodeling. Hide «

Hannah Read Newbill

Director of Marketing
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Hannah started with the Festival in high school, working in varied capacities now for twenty-one seasons! She feels privileged to also work with ISF’s sister company Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Hannah is a costume designer as well, frequently designing for Boise Contemporary Theater among others. In 2011, Hannah was honored ... Read More » to be among Idaho Business Review’s Women of the Year. Hannah adores working with the exceptional sponsors and magnificent company members of ISF and sends gratitude to the lovely Boise community for its unfailing support of, and enthusiasm, for the arts. Hannah with her dashing computer nerd husband, The Handsome Gardener, is very proud parent to the sparkling Henrietta Kestrel, and “Baby Brother” Gestalt Morgan. Hannah is endlessly grateful to Nana (The Femme Formidable Original), Grandma and Grandpa who, while being exquisitely lovely family to be related to, also take excellent and doting care of her children while she works, an immeasurable gift. For Dad. Hide «

Chelle Nystrom

Accountant Chelle is the Festival accountant returning for her third season. She received a Bachelor of Science in finance from Westminster College.  Chelle has been working in finance for over 25 years.  For the last 19 years, she has owned her own Boise-based business focusing on financial management for not-for-profit organizations ... Read More » and small businesses. In her free time, she enjoys many outdoor activities, including skiing, hiking and cycling with her husband Erik.  They also fill their free time watching their son Anders race cyclocross and mountain bike competitively for Marian University and ClifBar development team. To stay young, they volunteer with AFS and host high school exchange students from around the world. Hide «

Carly Oppie

Development Assistant
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Carly joined the Festival in April 2017, and comes from a theater background; her loves are all things funny, musicals, and dancing that is easy (thank you, patient choreographers). Carly built her skills as a temp in California, a Warranty Clerk in Missoula, MT, an admin and manager for the ... Read More » Idaho STAR Motorcycle Safety Program, and an IT Project Manager for the City of Nampa. Carly's loves: her hubby Troy (who she followed to Boise), daughters Brooklyn and Sonja, and living out her passion in theater. She's acted professionally with the Montana Repertory Theater's Educational Outreach Program's tour, Fort Peck Summer Theatre (MT), The Brewery Follies (Virginia City, MT), Alley Repertory Theatre (Boise), and Daisy's Madhouse, Stage Coach and Boise Little Theaters. Carly's BA in theater is from the University of Montana. Thanks to her music and drama teachers in her hometown of Havre, MT (go Blue Ponies!), as well as the Missoula Children's Theater touring teams (for her early start). Hide «

Rose Orr

Company Manager
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2017 is off to a great start for Rose – a new position, the announcement of Beyonce’s twins, and a fairy garden succulent that’s doubled in size… Now in her fifth season with ISF, Rose is incredibly excited to be handling company management this summer. In her youth, Rose’s own ... Read More » acting career was cut short – one semester in seventh grade to be exact – and your TVs and radios are better for it. Despite a general lack of talent on her part, she has always had a deep appreciation for the arts and their ability to connect people and feelings; getting to work with company members and artists who pull off  that feat so well is especially wonderful. This year, Rose’s personal goals include tackling her ever-growing list of books to read, getting a handle on her Diet Coke addiction, and finally finishing a half-marathon (not the Netflix kind, which she has mastered, thank you). “Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now!” Hide «

Kiely Prouty- Porter

COMPANY MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT This is Kiely’s twelfth season with the Festival, and her sixth season as company manager. Kiely holds a BA in English from Boise State University. Kiely’s passions include, but are not limited to: gardening, Cavalier basketball, and all animals. Kiely spends her free time with a red-headed three-year-old (her son ... Read More » Emerson) who loves music and heavy equipment. A special thanks to her supportive folks and to Jenna and Emerson for making everything that is good that much better. Kiely looks forward to a fantastic new season with ISF, and another scorching hot summer! Hide «

Mandie Reese

Box Office Associate
Mandie is ecstatic to be returning for her fifth season to ISF. She has worked for house management previously and has been part of the box office staff for a year now. She has her bachelors in English with emphasis in creative writing. She enjoys hiking, vino, travel, and has ... Read More » a mad love and fascination for English Bulldogs! Mandie has a passion for the art of storytelling because stories have a way of changing people’s horizons. Being part of the ISF team – a place of rich stories – is a privilege to her. Her inspiration in life is sparked by the strong women who have set stunning examples for her – specifically her mom and all the moms she has adopted throughout her journey. Special thanks to her Mom and her “Other Mother” who both have been rocks of wisdom and love. Hide «

Hannah Dunlop Relf

Development Assistant
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This will be Hannah’s sixth season with the Festival. Hannah began her addiction to the arts as a ballet dancer and continues to teach at Ballet Idaho Academy. She first joined the Festival as a box office attendant and attempted to perfect her phone etiquette in the process. Hannah is ... Read More » enamored with her two dogs, her husky mix Mo, and black lab mix Coda. When not playing with them she can be found doing as many projects around the house as she can feasibly do, and attempting a few she can’t. Hide «

Bob Taylor

Director of Finance Bob became director of finance at ISF in 2015. He remains the executive director of both of our partner theaters, Great Lakes Theater (since 2003) and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival (since 2010), where he manages finance, development, human resources, planning, and general administration. Prior to 2003, he worked as business ... Read More » manager for several for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Bob earned his MBA from Case Western Reserve University in 1990. He is a fellow of the 2004 Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders in the Arts, a program co-sponsored by National Arts Strategies and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He is also a fellow of the 2013 Chief Executive Program, a program for nonprofit leaders that are working together to address the competitive challenges, financial health, and continued relevance of the arts.  Bob is an adjunct faculty member at Baldwin Wallace University, where he lectures on theater management, and co-leads a bi-annual London theater seminar for undergraduates. Hide «

Veronica Von Tobel

Education Manager
Veronica is thrilled to join the administrative staff of ISF! Veronica joins the team after having been a part of Idaho Shakespeare Festival since 2009. During her time with the company, she has performed in six educational tours, both Idaho Theater for Youth and Shakespearience.  Along with tours, Veronica has ... Read More » been teaching for the Festival since 2010. She has taught for the spring and summer School of Theater, and spent four years teaching the high school apprentice program. Veronica has also done many children’s readings with Boise Contemporary Theater, and the Morrison Center. She appeared in ISF’s mainstage production of A Winter’s Tale and Boise Contemporary Theater’s World Premiere of Margin of Error.  Growing up in Las Vegas, Veronica moved to Boise to attend Boise State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts with a performance and design emphasis. Hide «

Christine Zimowsky

Grants & Development Associate
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Christine is the Festival grant writer in her seventeenth season with ISF. She holds a BFA in art history from Boise State University with a specific interest in the art of Mexico. In her free time, she is learning to ride her new (bright red!) scooter around the block a ... Read More » billion times because both her children prefer the speed of two wheels to the maddening slowness of actual walking and is just waiting for the moment when she falls off and remembers how old she is. There is also her slightly unhealthy addiction to documentaries (life is not worth living without PBS!), podcasts, sewing, knitting, and all things baking and she sometimes wishes someone would please just invent a 48 hour day already so she would have enough time for everything. Large Loves to the little family that would, could and mostly should--Tully, Augustine, Sevy, and newly adopted shelter kitties, Francoise (a.k.a Franky Wanky) and Gita (a.k.a. Gita Pita Pudding and Pie). May we live forever in this moment. Hide «
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