A Midsummer Night's Dream and As You Like It (2011)

Cast and Crew

A Midsummer Night's Dream

As You Like It

Judith Andrew (Titania, Eva) has acted annually with ISC since 2005 and is also a member of the company's leadership staff. She recently played the role of Helena in Theatre Incognita's "Midsummer" and will act in Readers' Theatre of Ithaca's production of Bryony Lavery's "Frozen" in September. She also acts with Wolf's Mouth Theatre Collective.

Daniel Berlingeri (Oberon, Oliver) is honored to be performing with ISC for the first time. His past credits from Ithaca include Uncle Peck -How I Learned to Drive, Lord Ashbrook -Coram Boy, Tom -Five Flights, and Peter -Zoo Story. Dan thanks his cast and crew for giving him a wonderful first experience with Shakespeare.

Erin Coen (Stage Manager) is a recent Ithaca College graduate from Valley Stream, New York. Recent Credits include stage manager for How I Learned to Drive, assistant director for Coram Boy for IC Mainstage. Erin is excited relocate to NYC this fall. "Much thanks to the cast and crew for this Shakesperience."

Lauren Cowdery (Costume Designer) came to costuming as a second career after being an English professor and editor for over two decades, and now does dressmaking and alterations in her home. She began costuming for the Red Bull Players'/Ithaca Shakespeare Company's first out-of-doors production, Antony and Cleopatra in 2003, and has done every one since (so just about every costume on this website is her design). Since 1997 she has designed productions for the Ithaca City School District including Titanic and Beauty and the Beast. She has costumed two short films and many plays and operas with such groups as NYS Baroque, Women's Works, Music's Recreation, the Cornell Savoyards, and Theatre Incognita. She is most proud of her work with Artists in the Schools, bringing Baroque costumes into regional high school classrooms, and with Family Reading Partnership, bringing book characters like Rainbow Fish to life for small children.

Kate Cough (Hermia, Phoebe) is having an incredible summer performing with Ithaca Shakespeare Company. She is a Junior B.F.A. Acting major at Ithaca College. Most recently, she played Isobel Ashbrook in IC's production of Coram Boy. Enjoy the show! Ithaca is Gorges!

Robert J. DeLuca (Sword Dance Choreographer) has been a performing artist for his entire adult life. In Shakespeare's canon, he has appeared in 14 productions with six different companies, including the title role in the ISC's 2010 production of "Macbeth." He is a nationally known expert in English traditional dance and has appeared regularly with American Dance Asylum, Whitney Ballet Theater, Rod Serling Dance Company and the American Traveling Morrice (34 tours). He has choreographed for the ISC and NJ Shakespeare Festival. He was a competitively selected student of Marcel Marceau, with whom he studied for four summers, and was invited to France to participate in his school in Paris. Robert has performed in Canada, Zimbabwe, England, California and throughout the Northeast, USA. He began performing with the Red Bull Players/ISC on Antony and Cleopatra in 2003.

Dave Dietrich (Snout, Corin) is a founding member of the Ithaca Shakespeare Company and has appeared in all of our productions. He has also done costume work, set building and prop gathering. His roles have been as diverse as the doomed King Duncan (after whom he named his dog!) in Macbeth and the irrepressibly joyous Master Merrythought in The Knight of the Burning Pestle. Grateful always to his "theater widow" Joan, whose infectious laugh can be heard at many of our performances.

Ned Donovan (Demetrius, Charles the Wrestler, Fight Director) is a senior Musical Theatre major at Ithaca College. Most recently, he was the Male Greek Chorus in How I Learned To Drive. With ISC he played Macduff in Macbeth and fight directed The Knight of the Burning Pestle. Check out his action comedy vampire slayer mockumentary Web Series (yep you read that right) "The Hunted: Expulsion." www.neddonovan.com

Hannah Dubner (Rosalind) is ecstatic to be working with Ithaca Shakespeare! Favorite roles include: Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Myrtle Mae in Harvey at the New London Barn Playhouse, and the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet. A rising senior musical theatre major at Ithaca College, Hannah would like to thank her family and friends for their endless inspiration and support to create.

Sarah Hebert-Johnson (First Faery, Audrey) is thrilled to be a part of the Ithaca Shakespeare Company this summer! She is a BFA Acting major at Ithaca College and is going into her junior year in the fall. Some past credits include Coram Boy, How I Learned to Drive, Five Flights and Revels. She wants to thank her wonderful family and friends for all their never-ending love and support. Enjoy the show!

Michael Kushner (Oberon Faery, Amiens) is a junior Musical Theatre major at Ithaca College. Michael recently appeared in a reading of "My Great Dead Sister" with The Homecoming Players and will be reprising his role a fully staged production in the fall. Michael was also seen in Ithaca Shakespeare's production of The Knight of the Burning Pestle as Humphrey / George the Dwarf. Recent and favorite credits include Coram Boy (Bass Choir) and Much Ado About Nothing (Balthasar) at Ithaca College, Chip Tolentino in the MTI Premiere of Spelling Bee at Frenchwoods Festival, Stewie in the Loman Family Picnic at The Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton, Florida, and Benny Lomanski in the long running South Florida premiere of A Stoop On Orchard Street with Stage Door Theatre in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Many thanks to my family, wonderful professors at Ithaca College, friends, Octagon / Delta Nu, and Gina.

Max Lorn-Krause (Lysander, Dennis/William) is a rising senior B.F.A. Acting major at Ithaca College. Main Stage credits include Coram Boy (Adult Alexander), Much Ado About Nothing (Verges) and A New Brain (Mr. Bungee U/S). Other credits include Dog Sees God... (CB) and Angels in America (Prior). Thanks to the entire ISC for a fantastic summer! For Bec, with all my love.

Alyssa Magarian (Hippolyta/Titania Faery, Hymen) is a rising sophomore Musical Theatre major at IC from Cincinnati, Ohio. She is thrilled to be a part of the Ithaca Shakespeare Company this summer. Her most recent roles include Fantine in 'Les Miserables' with Cincinnati Landmark Producions and Mary in 'Jesus Christ Superstar' with The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center. Love to my endlessly supportive family and friends!

Rick Mertens (Egeus, Duke Frederick) is pleased to have a chance to work with the Ithaca Shakespeare Company. He has performed with numerous companies across the Southern Tier, including Franklin Stock Company, Know Theatre, The Cider Mill Playhouse, EPAC, Ti-Ahwaga Community Theatre, Little Victory Players and the Barnstorm Players. Among his favorite roles are Joe Benjamin in God's Favorite; John Pope, Sr. in Hatful of Rain; Arnold Crouch in Not Now Darling; Dale Harding in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest; Freddie in Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Homer Bolton in Mornings at Seven; Charles Condomine in Blithe Spirit; Bernard in Don't Dress For Dinner; George in Wife Begins at Forty; Adam Canning in Someone Who'll Watch Over Me; Arthur Kipps (Actor) in The Woman in Black; Don Dubrow in American Buffalo; Gloucester in King Lear; and Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey. He supports his theatrical addiction as an attorney with Coughlin & Gerhart LLP in Binghamton.

Johanna Pan (Set Designer) is a junior B.F.A. Theatrical Production Arts costume and scenic designer at Ithaca College from sunny Singapore. Costume Design: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (SROPAC), Dave Davinci Saves the Universe (IC 'No Bucks'). Johanna was also the costume and wardrobe intern at the Hangar Theatre last summer.

Kailey Lynn Partin (Assistant Stage Manager) is a junior at Ithaca College studying B.A. Drama, stage management, and B.S. TV-R. Most recent credits include, Ithaca College's Marzipan/24 Hr Play Festival. Fall 2011 ASM for IC's production of Plumfield, Iraq. Special thanks to the ISC staff for a wonderful Shakespeare filled summer.

Berkley Sawester (Titania Faery) is very happy to be a fairy in this show. It's her second Ithaca Shakespeare Company play and she LOVES working with this company. Berkley's also performed as Charlie in her middle school production of Willy Wonka and with Running to Places youth theater group. Thanks everyone!

Ben Shipley (Assistant Stage Manager, Wedding Dance Choreographer) is a junior BA Drama/BA Writing major and dance minor from Santa Monica, California. He is thrilled to be a part of these wonderful productions. Recent credits include Stage Manager for A Bench At The Edge, Five Uneasy Pieces, Assistant Stage Manager for Martha Meets Bharata, Always Already Arriving, and Production Assistant for Baby. Ben would like to thank the cast and crew for all their extraordinary work, Steve Ponton for the opportunity to be a part of these productions, and his friends and family for all their constant love and support. "Cheers!"

P. D. Shuman (Snug, Sir Oliver Martext) was a founding member of Icarus Theatre Ensemble. He has appeared at the Kitchen Theatre and the old Firehouse Theatre, as well as numerous off and off-off Broadway productions in New York City and around the country including playing Arnie in the National Tour of "Doubles." As a playwright his plays have been produced in Ithaca and New York city.

Alec Simmons (The Changeling Boy) is enjoying his second season with Ithaca Shakespeare Company. Last year, he played MacDuff's young son in ISC's Macbeth. He has performed various Shakespearean roles at Ithaca Youth Bureau, including Duke Orsino, Romeo and Macbeth, and likes to make videos (www.youtube.com/dudosaur). Alec will be a student at LACS in the fall.

Dan Tubman (Starveling) is a 26 year old Ithaca local working part-time as a delivery driver. His aspirations are to change the American education system from the ground up and inspire a generation to be better people working to make the world a better place, then to retire to his own personally built homestead in the middle of the woods and be a hermit secure in the knowledge that the world and its people are making progress toward not destroying themselves.

Adam Turck (Bottom, Orlando) is a Drama major at Ithaca College and will be going into his senior year this coming fall. Previous acting credits include Claymore in Coram Boy with the IC mainstage and Angus in Macbeth, also with the ISC. "I couldn't be more thrilled to be playing two wonderful Shakespearean roles with a company that has been very good to me. Thank you Steve and the rest of the ISC. Thank you Uncle Frank- I'll miss you. It's all for you now. More than ever."

Melanie Uhlir (Puck, Le Beau) has been performing with Red Bull Players/ISC and assisting in its administration since their indoor production of The Tempest in 2002. It was her idea to start an outdoor Shakespeare program at Cornell Plantations. In addition to acting, Melanie has also been responsible for most of the company's graphic design work over the years. Favorite stage roles include Caliban in The Tempest, Queen Margaret in Richard III, and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, which finally gave her the long-awaited opportunity to release her inner hobgoblin! Offstage, Melanie is a certified personal trainer, has earned a second-degree brown-belt in Shaolin-Do kung fu, and enjoys singing and playing rock and blues on bass and six-string electric guitar. She lives near Ithaca with her husband and their dog-like cat, Squeak.

Karen Vincent (Titania Faery, Celia) received her BM in vocal performance from the Eastman School of music and worked as an opera singer for several years in Boston, MA. Since moving to Ithaca in 2007 Karen has become the typical wife of a Cornell grad student and spends her days managing the social schedules of her two young children. She currently enjoys singing jazz and performs at several establishments around town.

Erin Wagner (Helena, Page) is delighted to be spending another summer with the ISC! A recent Cornell Theatre grad, Erin's previous credits include Those Learned Ladies (Henriette), Our Town (Emily Webb), The Government Inspector (Innkeeper's Wife), and Love Song (Molly) at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts as well as the Waiting Gentlewoman in last summer's ISC production of Macbeth. Erin will pursue her slightly irrational love of William Shakespeare by earning a Masters degree in Shakespearean Studies at a joint program at the Globe Theatre and King's College London next year.

Matt Winberg (Touchstone) This is Matt's third production with Ithaca Shakespeare Company. He previously portrayed Rafe in The Knight of the Burning Pestle and the Porter in Macbeth -- both ISC 2010 productions. He has also performed locally with Icarus Theatre Ensemble, Black Umbrella, Wolf's Mouth Theatre Collective, Theatre Incognita, Bad Dog! Productions, The Rongovian Players, and at the Cornell Schwartz Center. Off-stage he works as and editor/videographer at PhotoSynthesis Productions. Deepest thanks and a tremendous "Bravo!" to everyone in the cast and crew; you're an awesomely talented and dedicated lot!