Festival Management


Sara M. Bruner

ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE Sara has been a resident actor at Idaho Shakespeare Festival for sixteen years. She serves as artistic associate for Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Directing: A Christmas Carol (GLT), Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Tomas ... Read More » and The Library Lady (ISF Educational Outreach), The Ghost Sonata (Drop Dance Collective), Eurydice (Baldwin Wallace University). Roles include: Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Toinette in The Imaginary Invalid, Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, Frau Kost in Cabaret, Viola in Twelfth Night, Percy in The Spitfire Grill, Drood in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Witch in Macbeth, Ariel in The Tempest, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Masha in The Seagull, Abigail in The Crucible, and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. Other theater: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Delaware Theatre Company and Boise Contemporary Theater. Film: Refugee City, Most Funniest, and Tattoo, A Love Story. Television: MDs dir. Michael Hoffman. Sara studied at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA and holds a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from Boise State University. She is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Hide «
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Carol R. Cole

MASTER GARDENER This is Carol’s fifteenth season with Idaho Shakespeare Festival. She is a former Advanced Master Gardener. Carol and her husband Greg are owners of Carol’s Custom Gardens – a small personal gardening business, specializing in consultation, maintenance, design and installation, custom potting and encouraging the use of regionally appropriate plants. ... Read More » Carol is a Dirt Diva in good standing and holds the following licenses and affiliations: member of the Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association, nurseryman licensee with the Idaho Department of Agriculture, a contributing member of the Idaho Botanical Garden serving on the Garden’s Lunaria Grant Program and Horticulture Advisory committees and member of College of Western Idaho Horticulture Technology Technical Advisory Committee. Hide «
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Mark Cytron

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Mark is returning for his ninth season at Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Mark also holds the position of technical director at Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland Ohio and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. He enjoys the opportunity to explore all that is Idaho and feels privileged to be able to call Boise ... Read More » home 3 months a year. He earned his BA in theater from Beloit College. Hide «

Charles Fee

PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR 23rd season as producing artistic director of Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Charles is also producing artistic director of Great Lakes Theater (GLT) in Ohio and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival (LTSF) in Nevada. This season he will direct Ira Levin’s Deathtrap. In prior seasons, he has directed Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, The ... Read More » 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 Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hamlet, and As You Like It. His work outside the Shakespearean canon includes 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. 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 and 19-year-old daughter, Alexa! Hide «
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Christopher D. Flinchum

PRODUCTION MANAGER Chris joined ISF in 2007 and celebrates his seventh season with the company. Chris also is the production manager of ISF’s partner companies, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare and Great Lakes Theater. He has a long history with GLT, serving as production stage manager on over twenty productions over seven seasons. Chris ... Read More » also served as director of production for Cleveland Opera for two seasons. He has toured nationally with The Acting Company’s musical productions of The Comedy of Errors and O, Pioneers!, concluding with an off-Broadway run. Other New York credits include productions for Lincoln Center Institute, The American Symphony Orchestra, The Women’s Project and Mannes Opera. Chris holds a BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts. Hide «

Angi Grow

CHARGE SCENIC ARTIST Angi Grow graduated from The College of Idaho in 2006 with degrees in art and theater. Scenic painting started in her sophomore year of high school and continued on through college leading to an internship as a scenic artist for ISF in 2004. For the next four years, she worked ... Read More » her way up from scenic intern to assistant to charge. Since then, Angi also has become charge artist for Great Lakes Theater and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. In between the big three, Angi has painted sets for Alley Rep, Hollis/Welsh, Boise Contemporary Theater, The College of Idaho, Baldwin Wallace University, Boise State University, Ballet Idaho, Opera Idaho, Idaho Theater for Youth, Shakepearience, and one really sweet dinosaur exhibit for the Western Idaho Fair. Since 2011, Angi has worked on ISF’s touring productions. Angi also participates in the local art scene having two Boise Weekly covers and designing the jellyfish traffic box on 6th and Main. Girl loves to paint. Hide «

Esther M. Haberlen

COSTUME SHOP MANAGER Esther M. Haberlen is returning to her eighth season with ISF and her second design, after last season’s Much Ado About Nothing. Her work has been seen on the stages of Cleveland Institute of Music, Dobama Theater, Cleveland Public Theater, Beck Center, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, and the Cleveland Playhouse/ CWRU ... Read More » MFA Acting Program. Esther has been on staff with ISF’s sister company Great Lakes Theater since 2003, in various roles including wardrobe supervisor, assistant shop manager and draper, as well as resident designer for GLT’s Surround Tour and All-City Musical. Other regional credits: Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and Chautauqua Theater Company. Esther holds a BFA in theater production and design from State University of New York – Fredonia and is a native of Syracuse, NY. Many thanks to the talented artists and technicians she has the pleasure to collaborate with, especially her best friend and husband, Richard. Hide «

Mark Hofflund

MANAGING DIRECTOR In his 22nd 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. Mark acted, directed, produced new plays, held a board position ... Read More » with San Diego Performing 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. 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 enabled by a merger with Idaho Theater for Youth. Hide «

Jessamine Jones

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Jessamine is in her fifth year with the Festival, working in development, event planning, and coordinating the Access Program. She earned a bachelor’s in political science from Columbia University in the City of New York in 2009 and is currently pursuing her master’s in public administration at Boise State University. ... Read More » She is so glad to live in Boise with her wonderful boyfriend Bryce, where they are close to both of their families, and keep busy working on the house and yard. Jessamine would like to thank Ollie and Roo who greet her with energy, excitement, and joy every evening when she comes home from work, every morning when she wakes up, and any time she gives them a doggie treat. Hide «

Sherrill Livingston

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE Sherrill is enjoying her eighteenth season at the Festival, continuing her very successful mission to make ISF the most well-managed theater in the nation. Sherrill is a Bostonian who spent 18 years in California as an arts administrator, managing an Asian museum and a botanic garden, as well as several ... Read More » cultural festivals. Her first position in Boise was with the Anne Frank Human Rights Center. Hubby, Mark Hill, is Executive Chef, C.E.C., in marketing and r&d with the JR Simplot Company. Son Jacob graduated from U of I last year and is about to launch a career in the U.S. Air Force. Sherrill earned her MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles, specializing in arts management. She is a TWIN “Women in Industry” honoree and, this year, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Boise’s Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel, the oldest active synagogue west of the Mississippi. Hide «
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Terry J. Martin

PROPERTIES MASTER Terry J. Martin, a graduate of Wittenberg University, is thrilled to be back for his fifth season at ISF. Regional credits include scenic design, scenic artist and props artist for Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater, Cleveland Opera, Cleveland Institute of Music, Porthouse Theater, Tri-C West, Berea Summer Theater, ... Read More » Lyric Opera Cleveland, Ensemble Theater, Dobama, Bad Epitaph Theater Co., Cleveland Public Theater and Cleveland Ballet. NYC credits include Circle Repertory Theater, SOHO Repertory Theater and Lincoln Center Institute (associate artistic director). Terry holds the position of resident scenic designer for the CMSD All City Musical program. Designs include: South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, Bubbling Brown Sugar, DREAMGIRLSFame, Aida, and RENT. Hide «

Debbie McCulley

FINANCE ASSISTANT This is Debbie’s third year working 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 ... Read More » similar 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

IT SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR This is Aaron’s fifteenth 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. Shortly after graduating from college, Aaron rose to minor prominence in the independent music scene for his performances of Sex Pistol ... Read More » songs on the Electric Zither. Aaron soon after started a musical collaboration with his friends Vladimir and Carlos, experts on the accordion and theremin, respectively. While the three of them were on tour in Kyoto in 2004, Aaron met his future wife Mika, whose bagpipe rendition of OutKast’s Hey Ya left an indelible impression upon Aaron. Mika joined Aaron, Carlos and Vladimir, and together they launched the band Promenade Inferno. They have since released 4 albums, the latest of which, Zither This, placed eighth on the Peruvian pop charts. Aaron and Mika’s son Michael has recently joined the group, and together they’re preparing for their forthcoming tour of Upper Mongolia. Hide «
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Paul Miller

MASTER ELECTRICIAN Paul Miller is delighted to be back for his ninth year with ISF. In addition to working for the Festival, Paul works for Boise Contemporary Theater, as well as both Ballet and Opera Idaho. In the past, Paul has worked for Great Lakes Theater, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, the Spoleto ... Read More » Festival, and Technical Theater Solutions aboard the Disney cruise ship Wonder. Paul has a BFA in design/technology from West Virginia University, and would like to thank his family, friends, and amazing wife Meghan for all their support. Hide «

Cassie Mrozinski

DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE This is Cassie’s third season with the Festival and she is thrilled! Cassie is the staff coordinator for the Shakespeare Society. Cassie was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky and received her BA in theater from the University of Kentucky. She then moved to Dublin, Ireland in search of her Irish ... Read More » roots and further theater education at the Gaiety School of Acting. Afterwards, she spent six years in Los Angeles until the amazing City of Trees caught her fancy. She is constantly delighted by her one-year-old daughter, Stella, her incredible husband, Ryan, and their two cats, Monsieur Pierre de L’Orange and Piggy French. Cassie is so excited to be with ISF for another extraordinary season. Hide «

Rose Orr

BOX OFFICE MANAGER In her sophomore season with ISF, Rose has enjoyed being involved in a variety of departments, from development to education, and is excited to be helping in the box office this summer. Rose earned her BA in history from The College of Idaho, and though her studies were focused on ... Read More » early-modern Western Europe, her fact-checking skills come in quite handy for correcting others at in-opportune times and solving daily questions (i.e. the origins of the term “kitty-corner”). This summer Rose will attempt to keep a plant alive, go to as many music festivals as possible, and search for another book worthy of reading twice. Favorite pastimes include collecting a menagerie of all things peach (colored or flavored), obsessively listing the finest qualities of Jennifer Lawrence, playing with other people’s puppies, and taking seasonal trips to beloved Stanley, ID. “On Wednesdays we wear pink.” Hide «

Kiely Prouty- Porter

COMPANY MANAGER This is Kiely’s tenth season with the Festival, and her fourth season as company manager. Kiely holds a BA in English from Boise State University, and is on the slow track for a graduate degree. Kiely is incredibly grateful for the current health and happiness of her loved ones. A ... Read More » few of her favorite things include: baby goats, warm lakes, home improvements, sweet potato fries, and working in her garden. Last May, Kiely gave birth to a red-headed Irishman with a dimple. Talk about favorite things! She and her wife, Jenna, are very much in love with the newest addition to their family. The dogs and cats like him too. Kiely looks forward to a fantastic new season with ISF, and another hot summer! Hide «

Hannah Read Newbill

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING Hannah started with the Festival in high school, working in varied capacities now for nineteen seasons. She has worked with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Montana Repertory Theater, Studio Arena Theater, University of Montana, The Gesundheit! Institute, Balance Dance Company and is privileged to currently work with ISF’s sister company Lake ... Read More » Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Hannah is a costume designer, frequently designing for Boise Contemporary Theater among others. Hannah received a BFA with honors 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 hearty enthusiasm for the arts. For Dad and inimitable Femme Formidable Mom. Hannah is a grateful member of the ever-clever Newbill clan and with her utterly splendid husband, The Handsome Gardener, very proud parent to the sparkling Henrietta Kestrel. Hide «

Renee K. Vomocil

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION This is the seventh season Renee will serve as director of education. Her work includes directing the Idaho Theater for Youth touring productions, mentoring over 25 teaching artists for the School of Theater and Camp Shakespeare, and heading up the Festival’s treasured Apprentice Company. So, she proudly feels responsible for ... Read More » many smiles on student faces across Idaho. Renee started a theater residency at the St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital school, The Helena Project, and is thrilled to have been asked to present the curriculum at the AECMN (Association for the Education of Children with Medical Needs) and the Folger Shakespeare Library Elementary Conference in Washington, D.C. Renee also serves on the board for Boise Rock School’s outreach, Rock on Wheels, and recently completed her certification to be an instructor at Sumits Hot Yoga. She has a big sloppy crush on Idaho and is proud to live among its beautiful outdoors with her hunky husband and their two darling furry legged children. #justdancingitout Hide «

Christine Zimowsky

MEMBERSHIP & DONOR ASSOCIATE This is Christine’s fourteenth 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 is obsessed ... Read More » with all things fabric—whether batik, knitting, or sewing—there just seems to be big piles of art supplies and half-done projects all over the home she shares with husband, Tully, two kids, and the one very old cat. Christine and husband have pledged that this will be the year they try re-growing the lawn and attending to the weed-filled flowerbeds, now that the tiny fiends are old enough to spend hours circling the block on scooters trying to convince all the other neighborhood children to join their gang. Hmm, maybe they will just dedicate time to coming up with a signature cocktail for the summer. Life is good, despite the dead lawn. Hide «