PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
season with Idaho Shakespeare Festival. This season he will direct Frederick Knott’s, Dial “M” for Murder
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 Part One, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, The ... Read More »
Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hamlet, and As You Like It. His work outside the Shakespearean canon includes Ira Levin’s Deathtrap, 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 Artistic 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 for the American theater in which plays are shared between the three companies, extending the artistic lives of productions, increasing opportunities for artists to work in multiple venues over longer periods of employment, and resulting in lower 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 has also worked with such companies as The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, 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 lifestyle is only possible because of the love and support of his wife Lidia, daughter, Alexa, and the communities he serves! Hide «
In his 23rd 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 artistic director Jack O’Brien, producing director Tom Hall, and founding director Craig Noel, where he also held a board position with San Diego Performing ... Read More »
Arts League, and edited 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, along with current remediation and incorporation of an additional 12 acres between the Festival and Barber Dam. 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 growing out of a merger with Idaho Theater for Youth. In community service, Mark sits on the Travel Advisory Board of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce. He served on the board of the Shakespeare Theatre Association, addressed national conferences for 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 board of the National Endowment for the Arts (receiving the Chairman’s Medal). 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. 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 «
ASSISTANT BOX OFFICE MANAGER
In his third season with ISF, Brad has enjoyed being involved in a variety of departments. From House Management to Education, and he is very excited to be assisting in the Box Office. Brad is originally from New England, specifically the great state of New Hampshire. He has lived in ... Read More »
Boise for just under thirteen years and has always been proud to call himself an Idahoan. Brad is planning on completing his BA in business administration at Boise State University slowly but surely over the next few years. Brad is incredibly grateful for the current health and happiness of his loved ones and has always been thankful for everything in his life, as well as, all the fantastic opportunities that have risen thanks to ISF. A few of his favorite things include: Biking for transportation, enjoying all of Idaho’s cultural aspects from theater to wilderness, random road trips to anywhere and spreading happiness throughout the land. “Sometimes we think too much and feel too little.” Charlie Chaplin. Hide «
ASSISTANT MASTER GARDENER
This is Taylor’s second season with the Festival. Taylor is working towards a degree in horticulture. Taylor spends his free time with his two boys Jaydon and Gracyn, and his beautiful girlfriend Ali. Taylor and his family enjoy the foothills, the river, and any garden they can find, making for ... Read More »
great adventures. Taylor was born in Boise and has lived all over Idaho. He comes from a large family that he is very close to. Taylor also loves to volunteer, and is a member of the College of Western Idaho Horticulture Club, and of the North American Landscape Professionals. Taylor is a dirt-loving, tree-hugging, plant geek who couldn't be more excited to be working with ISF. Hide «
Hannah Dunlop Relf
Hannah is in her fourth season with the Festival. Spending her first three seasons working in the box office as an attendant and assistant manager; she is excited to take her newest role as development assistant. As a Kiwi Canuck, she can be regularly heard saying mum, rubbish, and boot, ... Read More »
occasionally throwing eh at the end of sentences, and spelling words with a “supposedly” unnecessary u. With far too many years addicted to studying, dancing, and watching ballet, she continues to teach for Ballet Idaho Academy. The thought of leaving her students smiling faces and twinkling eyes, yet devious temperaments was too much to endure. In her free time she loves to spend as much time doing as little as possible with her husband Jack and lovable but ridiculous dog Mo. Having had a career as a competitive debater in High School and College, combined with a bizarre fixation with current events makes discussion and trivia favorite past times, much to her husband’s chagrin. She loves to entertain and can frequently be found making far too much and far too elaborate of food for friends and family. Apparently five different types of appetizers are overwhelming for four people. She is grateful to her parents, Denis and Patricia, for instilling a love of the arts and an inquisitive nature, inspired by nightly family dinners that always ended up with a dictionary or atlas becoming the centerpiece of the conversation and table. To her brother and sister, Alex and Julia, thank you for putting up with that for all those years. While suffering from hankerings for Marmite, Weetbix, Pineapple Lumps, or a Steak and Kidney Pie from New Zealand, she adores Boise for its beauty, incredible community, and the ability to drive an hour out of the city and find yourself suddenly in the middle of nowhere. Hide «
Nine seasons with Idaho Shakespeare Festival: 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 ... Read More »
Juliet, King of Navarre in Love’s Labor’s Lost, Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Touchstone in As You Like It, Casca in Julius Caesar, Hucklebee in The Fantasticks and the title role in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Great Lakes Theater: Eight seasons. Boise Contemporary Theater: This Wonderful Life, Truman Capote in Tru, I Am My Own Wife (co-produced with ISF). Portland Stage Company: Greater Tuna, The Mystery of Irma Vep, I Am My Own Wife and many others. Broadway: Alan Ayckbourn and Andrew Lloyd Weber’s By Jeeves at the Helen Hayes Theater. New London Barn Playhouse: Three seasons. Visit me at tomfordactor.com Hide «
Jessamine is in her sixth year with the Festival where she manages the development department and coordinates the Access Program. She earned a bachelor’s in political science from Columbia University in the City of New York in 2009 and is pursuing a master’s in public administration at Boise State University. ... Read More »
She loves living in beautiful Boise, where she enjoys gardening, barre class, and spending time with friends and family. Each and every day she is delighted to receive the sweetest snuggles and doggie kisses from the ever-darling, if occasionally overzealous, Ollie and Roo. This summer she is overjoyed to be marrying her sweetheart Bryce.
This is Debbie’s fourth 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 who lives in Boise. Hide «
M. Aaron Milette
BOX OFFICE MANAGER & IT SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR
This is Aaron’s sixteenth season with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Aaron graduated from Boise State University in 2000 with a BA in English literature, and a minor in philosophy. Aaron and his wife Mika are currently trying to wrap their heads around the fact that their son Michael graduated high ... Read More »
school in May, and turns eighteen this summer. Objectively, they know it’s true, but it seems like just yesterday that their son was an eight-year-old asleep in the back seat of the car on the way to Shoshone Falls, or that the three of them were at the circus, buying Michael an A.W.I.B.S.O. (family joke). With empty nest syndrome on the horizon, Aaron and Mika are currently planning to get back to their roots, and pursue their love of competitive grave digging. With the recent relaunch of the Grave Diggers International Challenge, which has been dormant since the tragedy of 2003, Aaron and Mika are confident that they can once again bring home the coveted Golden Shovel. Hide «
Chelle received a BS in finance with honors from Westminster College. She has been working in finance for over 25 years. For the last 19 years, she has owned her own business, providing expertise in business and accounting management and consulting to many businesses across the Treasure Valley. She and ... Read More »
her husband Erik enjoy skiing, hiking, cycling, cheering on their son in his many cycling events and hosting foreign exchange students through AFS. Hide «
Now in her third season with the Festival, Rose is looking forward to another great summer and taking on her new position in the education department! Rose holds a BA in history from The College of Idaho (go Yotes!) and has a long standing obsession with Marie Antoinette (and no, ... Read More »
she did not actually say “Let them eat cake”…) A fan of all furry critters, she makes up for her lack of four-legged friends by frequently house-sitting and watching other people’s pets – all of the love, none of the vet bills! Outside of ISF, Rose enjoys the beautiful outdoor opportunities Idaho has to offer and maintains a low-key yet quality social media presence, complete with published Tweets and the occasional accidental-following by a celebrity. Loyal member of the BeyHive. Hide «
Kiely Prouty- Porter
This is Kiely’s eleventh season with the Festival, and her fifth season as company manager. Kiely holds a BA in English from Boise State University. Her new hobby is officiating weddings. She continues to love working in her garden, Boise State football, and Lebron James. Kiely spends her free time ... Read More »
with a red-headed two-year-old, which means she has become an expert at singing nursery rhymes, going down slides, visiting chickens, dancing in the living room, throwing rocks in the river, looking for bugs, and getting punched in the face. She is very grateful for the “village” that watches her son while she works. A special thanks to Emerson, Jenna, and our sweet animals for making life so weird and wonderful. Kiely looks forward to a fantastic new season with ISF, and another scorching hot summer!
Hannah Read Newbill
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Hannah started with the Festival in high school, working in varied capacities now for twenty seasons! She also feels privileged to work with ISF’s sister company Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Hannah is also a costume designer, frequently designing for Boise Contemporary Theater among others. Hannah received a BFA with honors ... Read More »
from University of Montana and the UM Presidential Award in Technical Theater. In 2011, Hannah was honored to be among Idaho Business Review’s Women of the Year. Hannah adores working with the exceptional sponsors and company members of ISF and sends thanks to the lovely Boise community for its unfailing support of and enthusiasm for the arts. Hannah with her dashing math nerd husband, The Handsome Gardener, is very proud parent to the sparkling Henrietta Kestrel, soon to be two! Hannah is endlessly grateful to Nana (The Femme Formidable Original), Grandma and “Boppa,” who, while being exquisitely lovely family to be related to, also take excellent and doting care of Henrietta while she works, an immeasurable gift. For Dad. Hide «
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Bob is transitioning into taking on the duties of finance director for ISF, with Sherrill Livingston’s retirement. He remains the executive director of Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland—a position he has held since 2003. He became executive director of Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in June 2010. He manages a number ... Read More »
of areas including finance, development, human resources, planning, and general administration, for both of those companies. Prior to his work with our three partner theater companies, he worked as business manager for several for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Bob is a fellow of the 2004 Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders in the Arts, a program co-sponsored by National Arts Strategies and Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is also a fellow of the 2013 Chief Executive Program, a three-year program for 100 leaders in the US and abroad 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 teaches theater management and co-leads a bi-annual London theater seminar for undergraduates. Hide «
GRANTS & DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
This is Christine’s fifteenth year with the Festival. She holds a BFA in art history from Boise State University and has a specific interest in the art of Mexico, admitting to a slightly out of control collection of Dia de los Muertos figurines. In her free time she makes all ... Read More »
sorts of things with fabric, dabbles in painting, and spends a tremendous amount of time turning on the tap so that the 15-year-old cat can have the fresh water she deserves – all while sharing a home with her husband, Tully, their two kids and that grumpy old cat. Christine and said husband have spent the better part of this year looking at each other wondering who is to blame for their current kitchen remodel project and vowing that, if they survive, the plan is to just pack it in and move next time this idea occurs to anyone.