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Production Staff

Brian Chismar

Audio Supervisor

This is Brian’s fourth summer at ISF as the audio supervisor. It is the same position he holds at Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland from the fall through the spring. His summer is spent traveling between Idaho and Nevada where he is also the showcase series manager and audio consultant for Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Brian is a graduate of Kent State University where he majored in theater studies and has worked as a technician and/or sound designer for various theater companies including: TEXAS! Musical Drama, Olney Theatre Center, and Porthouse Theatre. The ability to work with such a large family of artists across three companies is no small feat, but he is thankful for the opportunity to form friendships and have a family-like atmosphere in every corner of the United States.

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Bernadine Cockey

Associate Properties Master

Bernadine Cockey is thrilled to be starting her tenth season with ISF.  She served as props master at Boise Contemporary Theater for several years, and well as assisting with props at ISF, before stepping into a props master position.  She has since worked at LTSF and GLT.  Locally, she has worked as a designer or artisan at BSU Theater Department, the Alpine Playhouse, Opera Idaho, Daisy’s Madhouse, Bishop Kelley, and Zoo Boise. Berni is also a playwright, who has spent many years working extensively in new play development.  She spent each June for fifteen years as a technical director, stage manager or playwright for id Theater’s Seven Devils Playwright Conference in McCall, where she has thrice been selected as a featured playwright. She is currently a board member of id Theater, as well as a member of Dramatists Guild of America, the International Centre for Women Playwrights, and the Idaho Writers Guild.

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Majel Cuza

Production Manager

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This is Majel’s first year production managing at ISF and sister companies – Great Lakes Theater and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. She manages all aspects of production, such as the supervision of shop managers, schedule and budgeting, production staff recruitment, and liaising with unions and guest artists. Majel brings a breadth of experience to her role. She developed her career in Chicago working for companies such as Victory Gardens, Broadway in Chicago, and Theater Wit. Later she served as the Director of Production at the Dallas Theater Center before joining the family in 2020.

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Mark Cytron

Technical Director

Mark is returning for his thirteenth season at Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Mark also holds the position of technical director at Great Lakes Theater and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. He enjoys the opportunity to explore all that is Idaho and feels privileged to be able to call Boise home three months a year. He earned his BA in theater from Beloit College.

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Angi Grow

Charge Scenic Artist

Angi grew up in Boise and graduated from The College of Idaho in 2006 with a degree in Art and Theater. This is her 16 season as a scenic painter with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Angi has also painted sets for Boise Contemporary Theater, Great Lakes Theater, Foothills School of Arts and Sciences, Boise State University, The College of Idaho, and Baldwin Wallace College. Currently, she is painting the new exhibit at Zoo Boise along with spending time in her personal studio making paintings on canvas. In her free time she enjoys being in pajamas, jigsaw puzzles and dog snuggles. Also, she really loves her mom.

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Esther M. Haberlen

Costume Shop Manager

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Esther is returning for her 13th season at Idaho Shakespeare Festival and eighth in her current role. As a costume designer, draper and wardrobe supervisor, she holds over 100 production credits at Beck Center for the Arts, Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, Case Western Reserve University/ Cleveland Playhouse MFA Acting Program, Great Lakes Theater, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Opera Theater, Cleveland Public Theater, and Dobama Theater.  Esther holds a BFA in theater production and design from the State University of New York- Fredonia and has also worked regionally for such theaters as the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Public Theater and The Chautauqua Conservatory. Esther is also costume director for ISF’s sister companies Great Lakes Theater and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. A native of Syracuse, NY she now resides in Cleveland, OH and Boise, ID with her husband Richard.

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Jeff Herrmann

Production Consultant

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This is Jeff’s second season as production manager for the company, and his 14th season as a resident designer.  In addition, he serves as the production manager for Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s sister companies, Great Lakes Theater and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. In this role, Jeff manages all aspects of production including scheduling, budgeting, production design supervision and implementation, and recruitment and hiring of production staff for all three companies.  When not traveling back and forth across this great country, he resides in Lakewood, Ohio with his husband, Bob. Jeff holds an MFA in scene and lighting design from Southern Illinois University and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

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Paul Miller

Master Electrician

Paul is ecstatic to be back for his fourteenth season with ISF. In addition to working for the Festival, Paul works for Boise Contemporary Theater, Great Lakes Theater, and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. In the past, Paul has worked for Ballet and Opera Idaho, the Spoleto 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 and brilliant fiancée Sarah.

 

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Shaun O’Neill

Assistant Production Manager

This is Shaun’s first full season as assistant production manager for Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and he serves in the same position for Great Lakes Theater and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.   Before beginning his foray into production management, he was a stage manager and performer for several theater companies around the greater Cleveland, Ohio area—including four years in the education acting company at Great Lakes Theater.  A graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, Shaun is excited to be one of the many gears that help to make live theater happen at these three great companies.  Thank you to the wonderful community, staff, and company at ISF that have been so welcoming to him in his first year.

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