Festival Management

Charles Fee

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 «

Mark Hofflund

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In his 24th 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 ... Read More » 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 home in the Barber Pool Conservation Area, soon expanding through the community’s efforts to incorporate 12 acres between the Festival and historic Barber Dam. The Festival’s statewide audience includes 50,000 students K-12 served by two nationally recognized school tours; “Apprentice” and “Access” programs; and a School of Theater growing from 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 «

Taylor Davis

This is Taylor’s third season with the Festival. Taylor recently graduated from the College of Western Idaho with 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 ... Read More » any garden they can find, making for 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 plans on attending Boise State University in the fall, studying Biology/ecology. Taylor is a dirt-loving, tree-hugging, plant geek who couldn't be more excited to be working with ISF. Hide «

Tom Ford

ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE Ten seasons with Idaho Shakespeare Festival: 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 ... Read More » 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. Great Lakes Theater: Nine 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 «

William Ledbetter

Development Assistant
Will is in his sixth year with the Festival. Upon graduation from the College of Idaho in 2011 (international political economy, theater, Spanish (minor)), Will began working as a seasonal carpenter/welder for ISF, Great Lakes Theater, and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Subsequently, Will has designed and built the scenery ... Read More » for the three most recent Shakespearience productions, worked as technical director for multiple productions at Boise Contemporary Theater, as well as returned to his alma mater as an adjunct instructor. Will recently earned an MPA from Boise State University. This is his first season in the Festival’s administrative office. Will is grateful for the friendships and opportunities ISF has afforded him. Hide «

Debbie McCulley

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This is Debbie’s fifth 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

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This is Aaron’s seventeenth season with 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 school ... Read More » 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 «

Hannah Read Newbill

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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 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 «

Rose Orr

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This is Rose’s fourth season with the Festival, and her second summer as Education Manager. Rose holds a BA in history from The College of Idaho and is working toward a second degree by sometimes attending class at BSU. Much of her free time includes petting/watching/obsessing over other people’s puppies, ... Read More » expanding her collection of unicorn-related paraphernalia, and finding the best excuse to get out of running. Rose has also successfully kept a peace lily alive for five whole years! A loyal member of the #BeyHive; Still searching for that long-lost Hogwarts acceptance letter; Considers the Hamilton soundtrack to be religion. Cheers to another fabulous (and tan) summer! “You want a revolution? I want a revelation!/So listen to my declaration: We hold these truths to be self-evident/ that all men are created equal/And when I meet Thomas Jefferson/I’m ‘a compel him to include women in the sequel – Work!” . 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 thrilled to be returning for her fourth season to ISF. She has worked for house management previously with the Festival but is excited to join the box office staff. She has her bachelors in English with emphasis in creative writing. Her goals are to travel the world, get ... Read More » published, and to never stop making new friends. Mandie has a passion for the art of storytelling and feels privileged to be a part of the ISF team. Special thanks to you, the patrons, who make this all possible! Hide «

Hannah Dunlop Relf

Development Assistant
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Hannah embarks on her fifth season with the Festival, this being her first as development assistant. In her spare time, she teaches dance at Ballet Idaho Academy. Sharing a passion for dance and pretending to be a princess with ten four-to-six-year olds is both a great inspiration and a great ... Read More » workout! Hannah also enjoys spending time assisting high school policy debate. She has, however, noticed a strong correlation between her time with the Festival and the number of Shakespeare references in her decisions. While perfecting an American accent, she is a true Kiwi at heart and may be observed, bleary eyed, after having to stay up all night to catch the rugby match and eating too many sausage rolls. After many nights of theater under the stars with her family, Denis, Patricia, Alex, Julia, and her husband Jack, she looks forward to an incredible 40th season of more amazing memories. 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 three-year program for 100 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

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

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Christine is the Festival grant writer in her sixteenth season with ISF. She holds a BFA in art history from Boise State University with 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, ... Read More » she pretends to have control over the growing chaos of her small family and may have more if she would turn off Masterpiece Theater or the near-constant stream of BBC mystery shows. She feels tremendous pressure to mentally calculate pages she must read daily in her Bookclub book to maintain her dignity come participation time, sews too much, paints too little, and bakes more than enough. There is also a pesky addiction to the Great British Baking Show, a secret love for Paul Hollywood, and now, thanks to Martha Stewart Bakes, the knowledge that pate' brisee is the only pie crust worth making. Large Loves to the little family that could--Tully, Augustine, Sevy, and Evilolive the cat. Hide «
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