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Festival Management

Charles Fee

Producing Artistic Director

29th season as producing artistic director of Idaho Shakespeare Festival. This season he will direct Much Ado About Nothing, and Sleuth, his 47th and 48th productions for the Festival.  In prior seasons, Charles has directed many of Shakespeare’s plays as well as works outside the canon including Witness for the Prosecution, 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 28th 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, collaboration, and 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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Julie is excited to be part of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival team. She started her life with Idaho Shakespeare Festival back in 2005 as an apprentice, joining again as a production assistant, and is now loving her role as company manager. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boise State University and has worked for several arts organizations in the valley. She would like to give a special shout out, and two corndogs, to her Altitude Lounge family, whom she doesn’t get to see as much since she started this job.

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Laura Welsh Berg

Artistic Associate

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Laura started with the Festival 15 years ago as an actor, and this marks her first season as the Artistic Associate for ISF as well as her sister companies Great Lakes Theater, and the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. She is thrilled to be able to serve the company she loves in this new capacity, helping to coordinate Mini-Concerts, auditions, as well as directing this year’s Shakespearience educational tour Richard III, which toured all over Idaho, Oregon and Nevada. Many thanks to all three companies: but especially to Charlie, Jeff, Veronica and Hannah for helping make the transition into a new role such an exciting one.

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Dakotah Brown

Box Office Assistant Manager

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Dakotah Brown is a long time Idaho Shakespeare Festival lover. He has worked for the Festival since 2010, including onstage, as an instructor in the Education department, customer service, and ISF’s outreach programs; Shakespearience and Idaho Theater For Youth. He is thrilled to join the team and looks forward to an amazing season.

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Taylor Davis

Grounds and Facilities Manager

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This is Taylor’s seventh 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 2020 Season takes off, Dale is excited to embark on her ninth season with the Festival and her third 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. When not working, this native Idahoan can be found adventuring in the mountains with her partners-in-crime, Troy, Braiden, and the pups (Pepper and Cassius), attempting to learn how to crochet, helping to fold 1,000 paper cranes for her sister’s summer wedding, 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 Manager

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This is Samantha’s sixth 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 led her to work in many theatrical capacities, including: stagehand, assistant stage management, stage management, coordinator of two High School Theater Festivals at BSU, and five summers as a house manager and box office assistant manager at Idaho Shakespeare Festival. You may have also seen her working as an actor and director for The Boise Bard Players (she’s their managing director). When Samantha is not working on her Masters of Public Administration classes, or playing Dungeons and Dragons with her friends, she’s mastering new Pinterest recipes, consuming as many rich and complex stories as she can find, and taking long 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 ninth 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-four seasons ago!  Hannah also 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 marvelous ISF sponsors, wonderful and hard-working administrative staff, and fabulous company members of ISF. She sends gratitude, this year especially, to this incredibly inspiring community for its unfailing enthusiasm for, and support of, the arts.  Hannah sends love and appreciation to her endlessly charming and supportive “overdo-it-yourself” handsome gardener husband. With The Handsome Gardener, Hannah is delighted parent to a twinkling and creative pair of sprites, Henrietta and Gestalt. Hannah is endlessly grateful to her Ma “Nana,” and her in-laws “Grandma and Grandpa” who, while being lovely to be related to, also help take loving care of her children, an immeasurable gift. For Dad.

 

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Chelle Nystrom

Accountant

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Chelle is the Festival accountant returning for her sixth 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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2020 is Carly’s fourth season with the Festival as a development assistant and Gala coordinator. She comes from a theater background and the great state of Montana. Years of part and full-time administrative work paved the way to a dream job here at ISF. She enjoys working closely with the generous Gala Committee and her colleagues in an endless effort to support this amazing organization. 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 Theater. Carly’s BA in theater is from the University of Montana, and although acting is still her true love, she cherishes coming to work every day in support of the family of artists who make the Festival successful. Thanks to her teachers in her hometown of Havre, MT (go Blue Ponies!) and those who guided her at U of M, as well as the Missoula Children’s Theater touring teams (for her early start).

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Bob Taylor

Director of Finance

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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 who 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 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 and 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 fourth season at the helm of ISF’s educational programming, where she directed this past season’s Idaho Theater for Youth tour, Sword Song: A New Arthurian Legend and last year’s Shakespearience tour of As You Like It. 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 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 20th season with ISF and holds a BFA in art history from Boise State University. In her free time, she putters around her yard collecting all the raspberries, cherry tomatoes, and cut flowers her tiny garden provides, while applying the least amount of effort possible for such tiny summer treasures. She is an obsessive knitter and dabbler in all things fiber—from sewing, weaving, to spinning. This summer, Christine—always cultivating new hobbies—plans to perfect the art of “deck-sitting”  “cocktail mixing” and “contemplation” while recovering from the shock of having a teenager, reaching her semi-centennial (e-gads!), and securing a partnership with husband Tully, for 25 years this spring! Life would be very different had she not walked into that silly Aesthetics class senior year of college, eh? She also sends large loves to Augustine and Sevy, the messiest masterpieces she ever created. Momma couldn’t be more proud of her forever complicated works of art.

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