Festival Management

Charles Fee

Producing Artistic Director

28th season as producing artistic director of Idaho Shakespeare Festival. This season he will direct Agatha Christie’s, Witness for the Prosecution, his 46th production for the Festival.  In prior seasons, Charles has directed many of Shakespeare’s plays as well as works outside the canon including Misery, The Hound of the Baskervilles, And then there were none, Deathtrap, 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).

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 in which plays are shared among the three companies, extending the artistic lives of the productions, increasing opportunities for artists, technical and administrative staffs, to work in multiple venues, thereby 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.

Charles’ 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 27th 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 at Barber Pool. 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. 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 six years with Ballet Idaho, seven 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 nearly a decade of stage management in the community. With a further background in business, development and outreach, Julie is excited to start her next chapter as Company Manager. Julie would like to thank her incredibly supportive parents, her champion husband, her amazing step-kiddo, her best friend Sarah Kelso, and her older brother Todd; who started all this by being so cool, that Julie wanted to copy him and join theater.

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Brad Cote

Box Office Manager

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Brad is excited to be starting his seventh season with the Festival. This is Brad’s second season as Box Office Manager, and he has taken great joy in making the Box Office more efficient and effective.  He is ecstatic to be part of such a great organization and really enjoys the one-on-one connection that is formed with each patron interaction. Originally from Manchester, NH, Brad has lived in Idaho for the last 16 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, just look for the moustache! Brad gives cheers to another great year here at Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

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Taylor Davis

Grounds and Facilities Manager


This is Taylor’s sixth season with the Festival. Taylor 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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Dale Hartwell

Development Assistant

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As the 2019 Season takes off, Dale is excited to embark on her eighth season with the Festival and her second as Development Assistant. Theater and art have always had a strong presence in her life, and since graduating from The College of Idaho (Go Yotes!) with her Bachelor of Arts she has found herself working throughout the arts community she grew up in, including three years with the Boise Philharmonic. When not working, this native Idahoan can be found adventuring with her partners-in-crime, Troy, Braiden, and the pups (Pepper and Cassius), attempting to finish her Christmas stockings before December, collecting all things purple, and surrounded by family and friends (preferably on a patio). Lots of love and a tremendous “Thank You” to her family for instilling and encouraging her love of art.

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Samantha McAllister

Box Office Assistant Manager

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This is Samantha’s 5th season with Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Samantha moved to Boise in 2010 and graduated cum laude with a BA in theater arts with a performance emphasis in 2013 from Boise State University. Samantha has a penchant for organization, which has led her to work in many theatrical capacities, including: Stagehand, assistant stage management, stage management, coordinator of two High School Theater Festivals at BSU, three seasons as a house manager and one season as an assistant box office manager at Idaho Shakespeare Festival. You may have also seen her working as a house manager for Boise Contemporary Theater or as an actor and director for The Boise Bard Players (she’s their managing director). When Samantha is not working on a role and teaching herself nonprofit business strategies, she is singing and dancing in her car, mastering new Pinterest recipes, and taking walks in the park with her husband, Kyle and their dog Tybalt.

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Debbie McCulley

Finance Assistant

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This is Debbie’s eighth 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-three seasons ago, and this is her favorite job title, 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 magnificent ISF sponsors, lovely and hard-working administrative staff and fantastic company members of ISF. She sends gratitude to this incredible community for its unfailing enthusiasm and support of the arts!  Hannah with her amazing “overdo-it-yourself” handsome gardener husband is delighted parent to the twinkling pair of sprites, Henrietta and Gestalt. Hannah is endlessly grateful to her Ma “Nana,” and her in-laws “Grandma and Grandpa” who, while being delightful 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 fifth season where she manages the financial reporting, including the coordination of annual audits; coordinates maintenance of internal controls; and oversees the work of the finance office staff. Chelle received a Bachelor of Science in finance from Westminster College. Chelle has been working in finance for more than 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 loves the many outdoor activities that Idaho has to offer, including skiing, hiking and cycling with her husband Erik. When time allows, they enjoy travel to destinations in the U.S. and Europe.

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Carly Oppie

Development Assistant

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Carly is loving season three with the Festival as a development assistant and Gala coordinator. She comes from a theater background and the great state of Montana. Her work 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 eventually led her to ISF. Carly’s loves: her husband, daughters, family, and living out her passion for theater. She has acted professionally with the Montana Repertory Theater’s Educational Outreach Program, Fort Peck Summer Theatre (MT), The Brewery Follies (Virginia City, MT), Alley Rep (Boise), and forged many lifelong friendships in the Boise community theater scene at 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 work 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 Von Tobel has been a part of The 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 third season at the helm of ISF’s educational programming. When not teaching or director of educationing, she enjoys acting. She appeared in ISF’s mainstage production of A 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 nineteenth 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 works to hide all the new baking pans, canning tools, and various kitchen gadgets she is inspired to buy—because of a slight baking addiction—from her husband, Tully, who often says, “Not another thing comes into this house unless something else goes out!” This summer, Christine plans on having a three month lie down on the sofa so she can come to terms with being the mother of a junior high student (What? How did that happen?), while knitting all the things, painting a little, obsessing about the raspberry bushes and tomato plants, while trying not to leave too many creative projects left half done on the countertops.  She sends large loves to Augustine and Sevy, the best flowers she ever grew, and her partner in crime, Mr. T. (Thanks for putting up with all the yarn piles and art supplies everywhere.)


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