(FYI: Since we don’t have bios for every staff member yet, Lia took some liberties with some of the information you’ll read below. See if you can pick out the bios that are real, and the ones that Lia invented.)
Matt Minnicino is a playwright, actor, director, essayist, and sometimes other things too but only on special occasions. His base of operations is a crenellated parapet in New York City, and his pen is mightier than his sword, but he writes in pencil so it’s all relative. His plays and adaptations have been performed all over the country (and lately in Ireland), his articles on theatre published in one or two places of note, and in his spare time he managed to act in 30ish productions of 20ish Shakespeare plays (and one Middleton, go figure). He has been working with ASCTC on-and-off for a decade and change, so, as you can guess, he loathes education and the betterment of children.
The Sea Voyage
Molly is thrilled to be returning to ASCTC for the third year in a row, having previously co-directed the devised showcases for both sessions in 2015 and a parachute-and-balloon-sword-filled A Midsummer Night’s Dream last summer! By the time camp begins, Molly will have earned her MFA in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin University. A theatrical magpie, Molly has worked as a director, actor, and deviser in New York City and across the UK and Europe. She holds an M.Litt from MBU (2016 Recipient of the Andrew Gurr Award for Outstanding Thesis) and also an M.Res with Distinction in Performance and Creative Research from University of Roehampton in London, UK. This year, Molly directed a 90 minute Troilus and Cressida for five actors (which was sheer and delightful madness) for Compass Shakespeare Ensemble and also co-directed and choreographed Blood Wedding (which was depressing but no less delightful madness) for the Mary Baldwin University undergraduate department. Molly has been an intern/understudy for two seasons with the American Shakespeare Center and recently earned her Actor’s Equity card. Molly geeks out hard for Wonder Woman, the First Quarto of Hamlet, and any and all cats. She also adores the Sea Voyage because of Amazons and pirates and cannibals, OH MY!
Henry IV, Part 1
In his youth, Glenn Schudel liked Shakespeare well enough, in the way that all earnest English majors are sort of expected to like Shakespeare. Then, he spent several years in Staunton, graduating from Mary Baldwin’s Shakespeare and Performance program and serving as an assistant director and/or stage manager on 34 productions for the ASC. He soon grew to love Shakespeare in all its glorious, transcendent weirdness and never looked back.
Outside of the Shenandoah Valley, favorite directing credits include The American Dream (Asolo Repertory; Sarasota, FL), Playing Around with Love (Plays Well with Others; Chicago, IL), Women Behind Bars (Love Creek Productions; NYC) and Twelfth Night (Randolph College; Lynchburg, VA).
Glenn also derives immense pleasure from text coaching and discussing the rhetoric of dramatic language. He currently teaches and directs in Orlando, FL.
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Andrew Blasenak is excited to be back at ASCTC for Love’s Labour’s Lost. Previously at ASCTC he directed Julius Caesar and Henry VI, part 3 and taught stage combat, and well before that he graduated from Mary Baldwin College with an MFA (Acting) in Shakespeare and Performance. Some of his favorite roles have been Dr. Caius (MWW) and Petruchio (ToS) for Maryland Shakespeare Festival, Orsino (12N) and Don Pedro (MAdo) for Actors’ Theatre of Columbus, and more Midsummers than you can shake a spear at. His delight of bad puns earned him fame amongst his Mary Baldwin classmates who coined a new rhetorical device “Blazanomasia” or the deliberate use of puns to inflict grief in the hearer. He is purported to have served a punishment of two years of single entendre in the Lokenkey Punitentary for his crimes.
He also holds a Ph.D. in Theatre History/Literature/Criticism from The Ohio State University where his dissertation examined the rehearsal and staging practices of six major theatre companies (the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe, Shakespeare & Company, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Stratford Festival, and the American Shakespeare Center) whose founding missions sought to discover/recover Shakespeare’s “original” theatre. He currently teaches theatre for Villanova University.
The Knight of the Burning Pestle
Marshall B Garrett
Marshall B Garrett is a proud alum of Mary Baldwin College Shakespeare & Performance program (MFA 2016; MLitt 2015, Ariel Award for Service and Leadership) and of Illinois Wesleyan University (BA 2009, departmental honors). Since graduating, Marshall spent a few months actually living in the same home as his wife (former ASCTC Camp Life Director Tess Garrett), before heading off to Nebraska to teach theatre at the College of Saint Mary for a semester. Depending on when you read this, Marshall has/is/will have directed/directing/directed (English is weird) for 1-3 theaters in the Shakespeare Theatre Association (Julius Caesar, Rubber City Shakespeare Company April 2017; Much Ado About Nothing, Hoosier Shakes, July 2017; Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (AD), June 2016 and The Tempest, January 2018). He is also the founder of the new Susquehanna Shakespeare Ensemble, which is doing/did Macbeth in May 2017.
Marshall is briefly on hiatus from his life’s work of making sure the whole world knows how good the quarto versions of Henry VI are. He has directed for camp twice before, Henry V in 2015 and 2 Henry VI (achievement unlocked: 10 teenagers now love Henry VI) in 2016. He’s a little excited to find out what it’s like to direct for camp when the play has neither the word “Henry” nor a Roman numeral in the title, and a lot excited to be directing the best play that you’ve never read, The Knight of the Burning Pestle. Seriously… this play is going to challenge everything you think you know about early modern drama.
Patrick Aaron Harris is beyond ecstatic to join the ASCTC artistic staff as director of King Lear. Past camp credits include teaching rhetoric and verse workshops (past campers have referred to Patrick as “Scan Man,” the most useless superhero in a crisis) and directing the Session 2 Staged Reading of Henry VIII in 2016, which was apparently good enough to convince Lia to hire him again. Patrick’s love of Shakespeare began in early childhood, purely out of spite towards the adults and TV sitcoms that assured him he would hate the Bard. He has since earned his MFA in Shakespeare & Performance from Mary Baldwin College (now University) and has worked on 30+ productions of 23 of Shakespeare’s 38 plays. During the not-camp part of the year (because there are only two seasons), Patrick works as an Education Artist for ASC, adjunct professor at James Madison University, and Arts Gateway Director at Mary Baldwin University, freelance dramaturg, and recreational actor. Immediately following his stint at camp this year, Patrick will be gallivanting off to the Southwest to begin earning his PhD in English.
Residence & Directing Assistants
The Sea Voyage; King Lear
Jessica Andrews is delighted to be spending her second summer in Staunton serving on the artistic staff of ASCTC. She graduated magna cum laude from Franciscan University in 2016 with a B.A. in Theatre and Literature. Her favorite professional credits include interning at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, stage managing with JAG Productions in Woodstock, VT, running around as camp counselor at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, NC, and assistant directing for Emily MacLeod’s glorious production of King John at ASCTC last summer. Jessica attended ASCTC as a camper in 2011 and 2012, and believes those experiences (coupled with a deep appreciation of John Barton’s sweaters) have greatly contributed to her current level of happiness in life. She is passionate about soccer, yoga, backpacking, running, baking scones, novelty Band-Aids, and staying up super late to finish good books.
Henry IV, Part 1; The Knight of the Burning Pestle
Daniel is excited to be returning to ASCTC for his second summer! So far, his life has been marked by steadily making his way down the eastern seaboard; born and raised on Long Island, NY…proud alum of the University of Delaware’s chemistry department (yep, you read that right)… and a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s actor training program. Having received his master’s degree, you will likely hear him referring to himself as “Daniel 2.0” throughout the summer. Do not be alarmed, he is not a robot. While at UNC, Daniel was a member of its resident professional acting company, PlayMakers Rep, where favorite roles included Tuzenbakh in Three Sisters, Angelo/Overdone in Measure for Measure, and Prentiss in Peter and the Starcatcher. They never let him play a robot. Not once.
Titus Andronicus; King Lear
Daniel became King of England in 1485, when he won the throne by defeating King Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field, the culmination of the Wars of the Roses. Daniel was the last king of England to win his throne on the field of battle. He cemented his claim by marrying Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV and niece of Richard III. Daniel was successful in restoring the power and stability of the English monarchy after the civil war, and after a reign of nearly 24 years, he was peacefully succeeded by his son, Henry VIII.
As you may have noticed, Daniel is male, which means that his feelings are more important and his opinions more valid than those of his female compatriots. Even though he, like all men, necessarily disagrees with the ASC’s philosophy of hiring and including women in all our programming, he still can’t wait for camp to start. This summer, he plans to teach an elective workshop on medieval military strategy for any and all interested male campers.
The Knight of the Burning Pestle
As a recent drama graduate from Kenyon College, Emily came to Staunton to work as an Education Intern for the ASC last September. This September, Emily will start her Master of Letters in Shakespeare & Performance at Mary Baldwin University. Emily is excited to join the ASCTC family for the first time. She is even more thrilled to be working on her favorite early modern play while helping the campers explore how awesome performing early modern drama is (she won’t spoil it, but it’s pretty amazing). Besides Elizabethan & Jacobean drama, Emily is a total nerd for Star Wars, British sitcoms, and hip-hop.
The Sea Voyage
Clarence Joseph Finn originates from Schentectady, NY. When he was introduced to the American Shakespeare Center in 2008, he was captivated: that first experience was truly a life changing moment for him that he will never forget. Since then, he has gone on to pursue his Masters of Letters and Masters of Fine Arts degrees in the Mary Baldwin University Shakespeare & Performance program in Staunton, VA. Clarence has a strong passion for theatre and Shakespeare and enjoys working with others who are as passionate as he is. Every day that he gets to work with fellow theatre artists is a blessing to him. Clarence has been acting for over ten years and learns more each time he steps on the stage. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, watching WWE, and just living this thing called life.
Kim is pleased as punch to be a returning camp counselor and working on Titus Andronicus as an assistant director. By Session One, Kim will have received her MLITT in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin University, assuming she doesn’t run away to join the circus first. When not obsessing over the role of silence and silent characters in early modern drama, Kim hangs out with ponies and does crossfit.
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Jack was Prince of Wales, Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, and the eldest son and heir apparent of Henry VII of England. His contemporaries viewed Jack as the great hope of the newly established House of Tudor. (His mother, Elizabeth of York, was the daughter of Edward IV, and his birth cemented the union between the House of Tudor and the House of York.) Plans for Jack’s marriage began before his third birthday. He was installed as Prince of Wales before he turned five. Growing up, he was especially close to his brother Henry and his sister Margaret. Henry and Jack shared the same tutors. (Margaret, being of the female sex, was obviously incapable of acquiring knowledge and Jack’s parents had no reason to waste a tutor’s time by attempting to educate her.) At the age of eleven, Jack was formally betrothed to Catherine of Aragon, a daughter of the powerful Catholic Monarchs in Spain, in an effort to forge an Anglo-Spanish alliance against France. Jack was well educated and, despite rumors to the contrary, was in good health for the majority of his life. After marrying Catherine in 1501, Jack and his bride moved to Shropshire. Jack died six months later of unknown, definitely not poisonous, causes. 2017 will be Zombie Jack’s first summer working for ASCTC!
Henry IV, Part 1; Love’s Labour’s Lost
Nora Zahn is a California native, hummus enthusiast, and endless appreciator of baby goat videos. In May 2016 she graduated from the University of Virginia, where she was involved in a panoply of Shakespeare productions as a director, dramaturg, and performer. More recently, Nora survived her first “real” winter in New York, where she has been interning, reading scripts, working at a wonderful Mexican restaurant, and otherwise beginning a career as a theatre worker in the new world order. She can’t wait to return to beautiful central Virginia for a summer with ASCTC. Ask Nora about gender in Shakespeare, the controversial salsa verde vs. mole debate, and how excited she is, after living in the city, to spend some quality time around trees.
Titus Andronicus; Love’s Labour’s Lost
Alex, the eldest child of King Edward IV and his wife, Elizabeth Woodville, was born at the Palace of Westminster. As you may have guessed, Alex is female – which means her accomplishments are only measured by the accomplishments made by the men in her life. Alex happens to have many such accomplishments to her name: as the wife of Henry VII, she was the first Tudor queen. She was the daughter of Edward IV and niece of Richard III, and she married the king following Henry’s victory at the Battle of Bosworth which started the last phase of the Wars of the Roses. She was the mother of King Henry VIII. Therefore, Alex was the daughter, sister, niece, wife, mother and grandmother of successive Kings of England. Isn’t that amazing!
Alex herself has done nothing of note beyond sharing chromosomes or a marital bed with all those very, very important men. Since there’s nothing else to say about her (and even if there was, I wouldn’t want to bore you with it) why don’t you click here and read more about all those super important dudes she sometimes stood next to?
Henry IV, Part 1; King Lear
Chase O’Neill is currently studying MFA Musical Theatre Writing at NYU. He has written plays and songs which have been performed across the country. Chase also is passionate about board games and Shakespeare and is waiting for an awesome Shakespeare-inspired tabletop game. Chase is so excited to be working with everyone this summer.
The Sea Voyage; The Knight of the Burning Pestle
Though he identifies as male, Ryan decided to enact an experiment on the societal construct of gender by being born at Westminster Palace as the elder surviving daughter of King Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York, and granddaughter of Margaret Beaufort, King Edward IV and Queen Elizabeth Woodville. In his capacity as submissive female, Ryan married King James IV of Scotland, making him the Queen of Scots until his husband’s death in 1513. (He tried to invade England. Silly James IV.) Instead of confining himself to a nunnery or quietly waiting for his own death, as was the custom for women at the time, Ryan’s manly instincts lead him to instead assume the mantle of Queen regent until a suitable heir came of age. (Ryan had many children – we’re still not quite sure how – but many died young or were still-born.) Eventually, his son James V assumed the Scottish throne and Ryan retired to the role of queen dowager. He is excited to spend his first summer with the ASC Theatre Camp, and looks forward to using his experience as a woman to teach the female campers about obedience to men, silence in social situations, and other subjects which, though long discarded by modern society as “sexist,” may prove necessary in the very, very near future.