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Meet Our Artistic Company

Joe Atack

Love’s Labour’s Lost / Marcade, Forester, Musician, Ensemble

Joe is excited for his 7th season in the acting company, having previously appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet. Joe trained at The Arden School of Theatre in Manchester, UK. Joe is an experienced teaching artist, having taught in the UK, Switzerland and US. Joe works for LTSF year round as director of education, is producing artistic director of Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Co. in Reno, NV and a musician. Joe would like to dedicate his performances this season to the loving memory of D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare actor Ethan McKinney.


Pedar Benson Bate*

Love’s Labour’s Lost / Dumaine

Pedar is elated to be back at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival for his second season! LTSF: Matt in The Fantasticks, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet. Marius in Les Misérables, Loverly Quartet in My Fair Lady, Slender in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Curio in Twelfth Night all with Great Lakes Theater and Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from The Ohio State University. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Special thanks to my super awesome wife, Meredith, and to you, for coming this evening and supporting live theater.

Lynn Robert Berg*

Love's Labour's Lost / Don Armado, The Hound of the Baskervilles / Actor

LTSF: Friar Laurence Romeo & Juliet, Hucklebee The Fantasticks, Malvolio Twelfth Night, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Other credits: The title role of Richard III, Frank Ford The Merry Wives of Windsor, Dr. Purgeon The Imaginary Invalid, Polixenes The Winter’s Tale, Caliban The Tempest, Bill Walker Major Barbara, Edmund King Lear (Idaho Shakespeare Festival); Ebenezer Scrooge A Christmas Carol, Dr. Parker Bat Boy: The Musical, Hortensio The Taming of the Shrew, (Great Lakes Theater); Macbeth Short Shakespeare! Macbeth, Antonio Short Shakespeare! Twelfth Night (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), All the Great Books, Abridged (Delaware Theatre Company). MFA: University of Delaware PTTP; proud member of Actors’ Equity. SLL’M

Laura Welsh Berg*

Love's Labour's Lost / Rosaline

Shows with the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: Viola in Twelfth Night, Speed in The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Nurse in Romeo and Juliet. Others include: And Then There Were None, Love’s Labor’s Lost, My Fair Lady, Twelfth Night, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Richard III, Sweeney Todd, The Tempest, Hay Fever, All’s Well that Ends Well, Major Barbara, Macbeth, Into the Woods, Arsenic and Old Lace, Measure for Measure, She Stoops to Conquer and A Christmas Carol. Chicago credits include: The Farnsworth Invention, Arms and the Man, and Mill Fire. She has a BA in theater from Baldwin Wallace University and an MFA in acting from DePaul University. S.L.L.M

Jonathan Dyrud*

Love's Labour's Lost / King of Navarre

GLT/Idaho Shakespeare Festival: Hamlet in Hamlet, King Ferdinand in Love’s Labor’s Lost, Anthony Marston in And Then There Were None, Nephew Fred/ Ensemble in A Christmas Carol, Edmund in King Lear, Tony Wendice in Dial “M” for Murder, Antonio in The Tempest. Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: Antipholus of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors.  New York: Proteus in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Hip to Hip Theater Company). Regional credits: Oregon Shakespeare Festival – Medvedenko in The Seagull, Froth and Friar Peter in Measure for Measure. Tv/film: Verder in Big House. Training:  Southern Oregon University. For the Jens!

Joe Conley Golden*

Love's Labour's Lost / Dull, Ensemble

Joe is excited to “tread the boards” for the first time at the gorgeous Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Joe has been an actor and Greenshow writer/performer with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival since 1992, appearing in The 39 Steps, the Greater Tuna plays, playing Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cloten in Cymbeline, among others. Joe has taught theater for over 20 years at The College of Idaho. He received his MFA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Joe lives in Boise with his lovely little muses, Oriana and Kelly.

Casey L. Hagwood*

Assistant Stage Manager – Love's Labour's Lost, Stage Manager - The Hound of the Baskervilles

LTSF: The Comedy of Errors, Forever Plaid. Idaho Shakespeare Festival: The Tempest, King Lear. Other regional credits include various productions at TriArts Sharon Playhouse, Seven Angels Theatre, and The Palace Theatre in Connecticut. This is Casey’s fourth year as the resident production stage manager at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Massachusetts, where favorite credits include: I and You, Women in Jeopardy, The Realness, Year Zero and Abigail/1702.  BA from UNCW, MFA from CCM. Proud Member of AEA. For Mom.


Jeffrey C. Hawkins*

Love's Labour's Lost / Costard, The Hound of the Baskervilles / Actor

This is Jeffrey’s 25th anniversary as a professional actor. Yes, we all expected much more from him at this point. But he’s very happy to return to this beautiful festival. He’s had bit parts in films, small roles in television shows, and terrific roles in plays. He often appears in ridiculously successful video games that your kids love. He cannot, however, book a commercial to save his life. Jeffrey attended the University of Delaware. He also is the associate artistic director of TACT. He thanks loved ones for years of support, and YOU for attending things like live theater.


Mandie Jenson*

Love's Labour's Lost / Maria

Mandie is thrilled to be returning for a second season at Lake Tahoe! She previously appeared as Luciana in The Comedy of Errors last summer. Theater: Fan / Martha Cratchit, A Christmas Carol (Great Lakes Theater); Marya,The Government Inspector (The Pearl Theater Company NYC); Arabella, Animal Crackers; Isabel, The Pirates of Penzance; Kate Keepdown, Measure for Measure (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Sally Brown,You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Idaho Repertory Theatre). TV: My Crazy Love (Oxygen Network), Suddenly Rich (TLC). BFA musical theatre, University of Idaho, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2011 Rex Rabold Fellow. Proud member of Actors’ Equity. Love to CB.

Tim Kinzel*

Stage Manager - Love's Labour's Lost, Assistant Stage Manager - The Hound of the Baskervilles

Six seasons at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Tim is thrilled to make his return to Lake Tahoe after a year hiatus. Previous stage management credits for LTSF include Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, The Fantasticks. Love to family, friends and those who support the artists around the country. Most importantly, Tim is a native of Cleveland, OH. He was able to finally witness his sports town win a championship and it was everything. Now it’s time for the Indians! ALL IN!

Chris Klopatek*

Love's Labour's Lost / Boyet

This is Chris’ first time performing at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare!  He originated the role of Boyet at Great Lakes Theater and Idaho Shakespeare.  He has been seen on stages across the country, most recently as: Robert in Boeing, Boeing at Indiana Repertory, Jeff in Lobby Hero at Milwaukee Chamber Theater, Emile in the world premiere of Goosebumps: The Musical at First Stage Milwaukee and Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice at American Players Theater.  He recieved an MFA and taught undergraduate courses at the University of California – Irvine.  AEA member.  Thanks to my mother and sister for their constant support!


Mic Matarese*

Love's Labour's Lost / Sir Nathaniel, Ensemble

This is Mic’s fourth season with LTSF where he was seen last summer as Duke Solinus/Dr. Pinch (Comedy of Errors), and before that Lord Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), and Oberon (A Midsummer’s Night Dream). Favorite roles played along the road across the country are Stanely Kowalski (A Streetcar Named Desire), The Commandant (Way to Heaven), Jacob Marley (A Christmas Carole), Vanya (Uncle Vanya), Raskolnikov (Crime and Punishment), Shannon (Night of the Iguana), and Mephisto (Faust).  Mic holds an MFA from the University of Delaware, where he is a founding member of the Resident Ensemble Players.

Dougfred Miller*

Love's Labour's Lost / Holofernes, Ensemble, The Hound of the Baskervilles / Actor

Previous appearances include the Duke in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and the Twin Dukes in As You Like It. Other theaters include Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and the Central Dramatic Theatre Company in Hanoi, Vietnam, where he played Lysander in a bilingual cross-cultural production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Doug is a proud member of Actors’ Equity, a prouder husband of Jessica and a really proud dad of Marlowe.

Jessie Cope Miller*

Love’s Labor’s Lost / Jacquenetta

Jessie Cope Miller is simply ecstatic to debut at Lake Tahoe Shakes. She hails from Cleveland where she starred as the Witch in Into The Woods (Great Lakes Theater and Idaho Shakespeare Festival). Other favorite roles include Abuela Claudia in In The Heights and the Lady of the Lake in Monty Python’s Spamalot, Irene Molloy in Hello Dolly!, and the Leading Player in Pippin. She is a proud graduate of the Baldwin Wallace University Music Theater Program and an Actor’s Equity member since 2005. Many thanks go out to Charlie Fee and the entire company. Much love to Dougfred, Marlowe, and family, especially Mom and Dad.

Makha Mthembu

Love's Labour's Lost / Moth, Ensemble

Makha is delighted to be a part of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival! She completed her MFA at the The Old Globe where she appeared in The SeagullClybourne Park; PericlesPrince of Tyre; and as Celia in As You Like It. On The Old Globe Festival stage, she’s appeared in Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night and in Love’s Labor’s Lost as Jaquenetta. Mthembu also appeared in The Old Globe’s GLOBE FOR ALL Measure for Measure as Isabella, a community outreach program where they tour Shakespeare to underserved and underprivileged communities around San Diego.

Erin Partin*

Love's Labour's Lost / Princess of France

Erin (third season) was last seen at Great Lakes Theater and Idaho Shakespeare Festival as Ophelia in Hamlet, and here, at Lake Tahoe, as Adriana in The Comedy of Errors and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. Regional credits: Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, Shakespeare Theatre, Resident Ensemble Players, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Favorite roles include Ariel (The Tempest), Isabella (Measure for Measure), Roxanne (Cyrano De Bergerac), Stella (A Streetcar Named Desire), Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Clarice (The Liar), and Ilona Szabo (The Play’s the Thing). Erin received her Masters from University of Delaware in 2007.

Drew Shirley

Love's Labour's Lost / Longaville

Recent credits in Chicago include Benjamin in The New Sincerity at Theater Wit and Eddie in Born Yesterday at Remy Bumppo. He has been a part of six seasons at Utah Shakespeare. Regional credits include Shakespeare by the Sea, Kingsmen Shakespeare Company and the Hermosa Beach Playhouse.  Mr. Shirley received a BFA in theater from Emporia State University and an MFA in acting from University of Illinois.  Drew is represented by Grossman & Jack Talent.  Thanks to my future wife, Erika.

Christopher Tocco*

Love's Labour's Lost / Berowne

Tocco has previously appeared with GLT/ISF in LLL & Hamlet (Horatio), played in John Guare’s adaptation of His Girl Friday (Barrington Stage), performed nationally in 2 Pianos 4 Hands, and in Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch. Other regional: A.C.T., Dorset Theatre, and Santa Rosa Repertory. NYC (Off-Broadway): Drunkle Vanya (Astrov), The Black Crook, and Preston Sturges’ Strictly Dishonorable; new works at HERE, Mabou Mines, JACK, Dzieci Theatre, Odyssey Works. TV/Film: NBC’s The Blacklist, CBS’ ElementaryBlood Feuds (AHC), and Lonely Boys. Tocco holds an M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theater and is a proud union member of AEA. – A.M.D.G.

Heather Thiry

Love's Labour's Lost / Katherine

LTSF debut! Regional credits include Katharine in Love’s Labor’s Lost (Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater) and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Idaho Shakespeare Festival educational tour). Selected New York credits include Lena in The Upper Room (The New Ohio, New York Times critics’ pick); Lily in O (HERE Arts Center); Daisy in Mermaiden (Spring Street Social Society); and new works at The Bushwick Starr, The Flea, Dixon Place, and others. BFA, NYU. For Carol and Jim Thiry, with love and gratitude.

Actors' Equity Association 1913 * Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Actors' Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theater as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence.

 Our 2017 DESIGN Team:

Love’s Labor’s Lost

  • Director – Charles Fee, originally directed by Tyne Rafaeli
  • Scenic Designer – Kristen Robinson
  • Costume Designer – Andrea Hood
  • Lighting Designer – Dante Olivia Smith
  • Sound Designer – Josh Schmidt
  • Original music Composer – Josh Schmidt
  • Movement Director – Jason Paul Tate
  • Production Stage Manager – Tim Kinzel*
  • Assistant Stage Manager – Casey L. Hagwood*

The Hound of the Baskervilles

  • Director – Charles Fee
  • Scenic Designer – Jeff Herrmann
  • Costumes Designer – Charlotte Yetman
  • Lighting Designer – Rick Martin
  • Sound Designer – Peter John Still
  • Production Stage Manager – Casey L. Hagwood*
  • Assistant Stage Manager – Tim Kinzel*

Our 2017 PRODUCTION Team:

  • Corrie E. Purdum Assistant – Production Manager
  • Amy Essick –  Company Manager
  • Keith Hazen-Diehm – Technical Director – Theater
  • Bill Langenhop – Assistant Technical Director
  • Lindsay Loar – Master Carpenter
  • Casey Burke-Ruhl – Theater Carpenter / Run Crew
  • Richard Haberlen – Carpenter, Welder
  • Nathan Glowacki – Carpenter, Welder
  • Val Kozlenko – Carpenter
  • Greg Klino – Scenic and Changeover Coordinator
  • Angi Grow – Charge Scenic Artist
  • Emily Peters – Scenic Artist Intern
  • Greg Falcione – Master Electrician
  • Jeff Sammarco – Assistant Master Electrician
  • Patrick Kiernan – Audio Supervisor, Lead Engineer
  • Collin Ronsonette – Assistant Sound Engineer
  • Leah Parker Loar – Assistant Costume Manager
  • Tina Spencer – First Hand
  • Ginger Sorenson – Draper
  • Ian Smith – Wardrobe Supervisor, Design Assistant
  • Becca Waste – Wardrobe Crew, Stitcher
  • Mary Schilling-Martin – Wig Designer