Festival Management

Charles Fee

Producing Artistic Director

27th season as producing artistic director of Idaho Shakespeare Festival. This season he will direct Misery and Macbeth.  In prior seasons Charles has directed many of Shakespeare’s plays as well as works outside the Shakespearean canon including The Hound of the Baskervilles, Agatha Christie’s, And Then There Were None, 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.  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.
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Mark Hofflund

Managing Director

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In his 26th 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, where he was fortunate to act, direct, and produce new plays, as well as edit his mentor Alan Schneider’s memoir Entrances (published by Viking). Joining colleague Charles Fee to plan and build the ISF Amphitheater and Reserve, Mark’s collaboration with Idaho Foundation for Parks & Lands and Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation continues to make possible the Festival’s home in the Barber Pool Conservation Area. Mark’s broader service includes 50,000 students K-12 in 150 schools statewide; a resident Apprentice Company, Access Program, and School of Theater coming from a merger with Idaho Theater for Youth; and campaigns for institutional capitalization and open space conservation (the latter with the Barber Valley Neighborhood Association). Mark has addressed the Shakespeare Theatre Association, Institute of Outdoor Theatre (receiving the Mark R. Sumner Award), and committees of the Idaho Legislature and U.S. House of Representatives. He served a presidential appointment to the National Council on the Arts (receiving the Chairman’s Medal from Dana Gioia), filled board positions for 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 guest teaches at Boise State University, has received the President’s Medallion from the University of Idaho, and is a graduate of Princeton (AB) and University of California, San Diego (MFA).
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Julie Bean

Company Manager

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As an avid fan of the arts, Julie is excited to be part of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival Team. She has worked for many performing arts companies in Boise including 6 years with Ballet Idaho, 7 years with the Red Light Variety Show, and started her life with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival back in 2005 as an apprentice.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boise State University and has enjoyed her 8+ years of stage management. With a background in business, development, and outreach Julie is excited to start her next chapter as Company Manager.
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Brad Cote

Box Office Manager

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Brad is excited to be starting his sixth season with the Festival. He has worked in various positions at ISF, and in January of  this year he happily accepted the position of Box Office Manager. This has been a dream come true for Brad, he is ecstatic to be bringing his expertise to the Festival in his new role. Originally from Manchester, NH,  Brad has lived in Idaho for the last 15 years and is proud to call Boise his home. Boise suits his nature-loving outdoorsy mentality that pushes him to get out on his bike, hop in a raft, and in general have fun whenever he can. Brad’s interests include technology, automobiles, and always striving to be as efficient as possible. He invites challenges and loves to make people smile. If you see him, stop and say hello! Brad gives cheers to another great year here at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.
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Taylor Davis

Grounds and Facilities Manager


This is Taylor’s fifth season with the Festival. Taylor recently graduated from the College of Western Idaho Horticulture program, and is currently seeking an agricultural degree from the University of Idaho. In his free time, Taylor enjoys adventures with his children (Jaydon and Gracyn), which include camping, fishing, hiking and anything else having to do with the outdoors. Taylor can be found throughout the summer exploring the foothills, local rivers, and any open garden within the Treasure Valley. Taylor was born in Boise, has a large family and never any free time. Taylor is constantly busy working on the theater grounds so they can be enjoyed by the various donors and the public. He is very excited for the upcoming season and the new experiences it will bring. 
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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. Tom has been an actor with the Festival over the course of twelve seasons. He has been seen as Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 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.
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Dale Hartwell

Development Assistant

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Dale is excited to be back for her eighth season at the Festival, and to step into her new full-time role as a Development Assistant. She is thrilled to be a part of the ever-growing and thriving arts community. Theater and art have always been a presence through her life, and since graduating from The College of Idaho with her BA, she has found herself working throughout the arts community she grew up in. When not working, this native Idahoan can be found outdoors, working on art projects, collecting all things purple, and surrounded by family and friends.
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Debbie McCulley

Finance Assistant

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This is Debbie’s seventh 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 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.
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Hannah Read Newbill

Director of Marketing

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Hannah started with the Festival twenty-two seasons ago, and with nearly as many job titles this is still her favorite, so far!  In addition, she enjoys working with ISF’s sister company Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and designing costumes for Boise Contemporary Theater and others. In 2011, Hannah was honored to be among Idaho Business Review’s Women of the Year. Hannah adores working with the amazing sponsors, splendid administrative staff 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 fantastic project-prone and clever husband, a.k.a. “Daddo” is delighted parent to the sparkly Henrietta and “Mister Charm,” Gestalt. Hannah is endlessly grateful to her mother “Nana,” and her in-laws “Grandma and Grandpa” who, while being wonderfully lovely to be related to, also take marvelous and loving care of her children while she works, an immeasurable gift. Love you the most, Dad.
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Chelle Nystrom



Chelle is the Festival accountant returning for her fourth 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 20 years, she has owned her own Boise-based business focusing on financial management for not-for-profit organizations and small businesses. She enjoys the mission-based work of not-for-profit organizations, which strive to link passions with purpose. These organizations make Boise the amazing community we all love.  In her free time, she enjoys many outdoor activities that Idaho has to offer, including skiing, hiking and cycling with her husband Erik.  When time allows, they travel across the U.S. to watch their son Anders race competitively in mountain biking and cyclocross.
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Carly Oppie

Development Assistant

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Carly is stoked for her second season with the Festival as a development assistant and Gala coordinator. She comes from a theater background; her strengths are comedies, musicals, and dancing that is easy. Carly built her skills as a temp in California, a Warranty Clerk in Missoula, MT, an admin/manager for the Idaho STAR Motorcycle Safety Program, and an IT Project Manager for the City of Nampa. Carly's loves: her whole entire family and living out her passion in theater. She has 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 Theater (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 teachers in her hometown of Havre, MT (go Blue Ponies!), as well as the Missoula Children's Theater touring teams (for her early start).
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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 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. 
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Veronica Von Tobel

Director of Education

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Veronica has been a part of Idaho Shakespeare Festival since 2009. During her time with the company, she has performed in six educational tours, a combination of Idaho Theater for Youth, as well as Shakespearience.  Along with tours, Veronica has been teaching for the Festival since 2010. She has taught numerous summer camps, spring drama school classes, and four years teaching the high school apprentice program in the summer. She is going into her second year as education manager for the Festival. When not teaching or education managing she enjoys acting. She appeared in ISF’s mainstage production of The Winter’s Tale and Boise Contemporary Theater’s Hand to God and their world premiere production 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. Veronica spends most of her time with Calvin, her beagle.
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Christine Zimowsky

Grants & Development Associate

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Christine is the Festival grant writer in her eighteenth 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 wants to sew, knit, and paint more than she will ever have time for while also attempting to find recipients for all the baking she does because of The Great British Baking Show. Recently, she has also taken a self-esteem crushing foray into the art of fiber spinning, which is NOT going well if you must know. In a side note, she might have quite a lot of lumpy, bumpy yarn for sale shortly and will keep you posted. Large Loves to the “tinies” (not so tiny anymore) that dwell in her home—Augustine and Severin - her partner in crime Tully, and the manic furballs Franky and Gita.“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” Thich Nhat Hanh
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