SARA HOLDREN (Co-Founder & Artistic Director) is a director/theater-maker originally from Charlottesville, Virginia. She specializes in Shakespeare, reimagined classics, and sprawling, epic stories new and old. Recent projects include Deer and the Lovers by Emily Zemba, The Zero Scenario and A New Saint for a New World by Ryan Campbell, and The Master and Margarita, adapted by Edward Kemp from the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov, as well as serving as the Artistic Director of the 2015 Yale Summer Cabaret, where she directed MIDSUMMER (which she co-adapted with Rachel Carpman from the play by William Shakespeare) and Sarah Ruhl's Orlando. She holds a BA in Theater from Yale University and an MFA in Directing from Yale School of Drama. She is also a graduate of the Acting Shakespeare program at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Other work includes: Measure for Measure, The Tempest, and her own adaptations of Shakespeare's Henry IV plays and Leonid Andreyev's He Who Gets Slapped. Sara also is a Drama League Fellow (Classical Fellowship 2016), a graphic designer, and a teacher with an abiding interest in making theater with students of all ages. Most recently she helped to launch the inaugural season of the Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford and she currently teaches advanced scene study at Primary Stages. In her work, she combines her lifelong love of Shakespeare and classical texts with her interest in contemporary ensemble training and devised theater, striving for a rigorous and dynamic use of text, fused with passionate, physical storytelling, vibrant visual worlds, and a spirit of joy, collaboration, and play. www.saraholdren.com
RACHEL CARPMAN (Co-Founder & Associate Artistic Director) is a writer, producer, and dramaturg from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is currently the Literary Associate at Yale Repertory Theatre, and received an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama. Her recent projects include Arcadia (Yale Rep), and The Winter’s Tale, Measure for Measure, and I’m Sorry I Brought Up God (Yale School of Drama). Other credits include MIDSUMMER, The Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, and Orlando (Yale Summer Cabaret), The Medium, Shiny Objects, Hotel Nepenthe (which she directed), Beginners by Raymond Carver, or What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Pierrot Lunaire, and Dilemma! (Yale Cabaret); Okay (Ugly Rhino); A Dixon Family Album (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Huntington Theatre Company); His Girl Friday and The Completely Fictional—Utterly True—Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe (Trinity Repertory Company). She specializes in working on new plays with extremely long titles. She served as the 2014 Festival Dramaturg for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and has worked in the artistic offices of Roundabout Theatre Company, the Huntington Theatre Company, and Trinity Repertory Company. She holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University
JOSEPHINE STEWART (Co-Founder & Artistic Associate / Actor: Puck in MIDSUMMER) is a multidisciplinary performer, artist, editor, and writer originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She is interested in performance and folk processes as integral components of everyday human function, and in the body as the prime storytelling medium. She studied theater and modern dance at Oberlin College and the Trinity/La MaMa Experimental Theater Program. Projects include Orlando, The Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, and MIDSUMMER (Yale Summer Cabaret), workshops for Phantasmagoria, or The Market of Ghosts (upcoming at La MaMa), The Happening (Cloud City), Sara Ruhl’s Eurydice and Holdren’s adaptations of the Henry IV plays and He Who Gets Slapped (Live Arts), The Tempest and The Importance of Being Earnest (Four County Players), and Matthew Freeman’s The Most Wonderful Love (Blue Coyote Theater Group). She has taught and performed regularly at the Augusta Heritage Center and is an award-winning traditional percussive dancer
FABIAN FIDEL AGUILAR (Costume Design) was born in El Paso, TX where giant skies and a desert landscape were a blank canvas for a highly active imagination. He fell into costume design while pursuing a psychology degree in Boston though secretly keeping a journal with sketches of clothing he wished people would wear. Fabian holds an MFA in Design from Yale School of Drama, where his credits include The Moors (a Yale Repertory Theater world premiere), Preston Montfort—An American Tragedy (world premiere) and The Master and Margarita. His other credits include MIDSUMMER, love holds a lamp in this little room, Orlando (Yale Summer Cabaret 2015: Rough Magic); He Left Quietly (SummerWorks Performance Festival, Toronto and Yale Cabaret); Knives in Hens, The Zero Scenario, and A New Saint for a New World (Yale Cabaret); and the 2014 Dwight/Edgewood Project. He has worked for various theaters, conservatories, and universities in Boston including American Repertory Theater, Boston Ballet, Moscow Ballet, Beau Jest, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, among others. Fabian Aguilar received his BA from Boston University.
CLAIRE DELISO (Scenic Designer) was born and raised in the south of France, which she still to this day calls home. Her home away from home however is theatre. She truly believes that in order to grow artists need one another. Theatre is the culmination of such a collaboration and considering the hardships everyone faces it is essential to have something that brings people joy. Theatre brings joy and immediacy to the people who make it and to the people who watch it. Claire is a set and costume designer who has primarily worked in New York City and Western Massachusetts. She is currently a third year MFA candidate at the Yale School of Drama. She has a BA in Theatre and a minor in Studio Art from Smith College.
ANDREW F. GRIFFIN (Lighting Design) has been a lighting designer for over a decade, with a special interest in work that explores the intersectionality of light and music to create emotional and visceral experiences for a live audience. He started his career in Washington, DC, where he received two Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lighting Design for his work on Henry V at Folger Theatre and King Lear at Synetic Theatre. Having graduated from Yale School of Drama in 2016, Andrew worked on five productions for the School and his design of the world premiere of The Moors at the Yale Repertory Theatre received a Connecticut Critics Circle Nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design. He also designed over 20 productions for Yale Cabaret and Yale Summer Cabaret — including He Left Quietly, which traveled to the 2015 Toronto SummerWorks Festival where it won Best Production. He has collaborated with companies including Folger Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Olney Theatre Center, Theatre J, Signature Theatre, Synetic Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Studio Theatre, Tri-Cities Opera, Forum Theatre, Adventure Theatre, Urban Arias, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Faction of Fools, Imagination Stage, Everyman Theatre, The Delaware Shakespeare Festival, MetroStage, and Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus, and his work has been seen internationally in Canada, Mexico, and the Republic of Georgia. Andrew has been a guest designer at The Catholic University of America and Gallaudet University. He is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829. www.AFGlighting.com
RASEAN DAVONTE JOHNSON (Projections Designer) is a projection designer, animator, and filmmaker always interested in creating something weird. An Ohio native his work can be found in theatre, film, and installations. His credits include The Stone Witch (Berkshire Theatre Group), Farewell My Concubine (Ningbo Song and Dance Company/YinMei Dance), Cymbeline (Yale Repertory Theatre), Columbinus (ArtsEmerson/American Theater Company), and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika (Court Theatre). A Yale graduate, he has had an opportunity to work on projects designing projections for The Master and Margarita, The Skin of Our Teeth, Trouble in Tahiti, The Untitled Project, The Brothers Size, MIDSUMMER, The Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, and sets for 50:13. He also participated in Lux: Ideas Through Light where he created Living Sculpture, a piece projection mapped on the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Other credits include collaborations with Manual Cinema, Chicago Dramatists, and Porchlight Music Theatre. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama in Design. www.raseandavontejohnson.com
CHRISTOPHER THOMPSON (Scenic Designer) is a scenic designer whose work has been seen from New York City to California and Canada. Recent projects include the world premiere of peerless at Yale Repertory Theatre, Macbeth, Preston Montfort—An American Tragedy (world premiere), and The Master and Margarita for the Yale School of Drama. Christopher has collaborated on more than ten shows over the last three years for the Yale Cabaret and Yale Summer Cabaret including world premieres of The Zero Scenario, love holds a lamp in this little room, and The Untitled Project. Christopher has worked extensively as an assistant scenic designer for shows including Southern Comfort (The Public), The Rockettes New York Spectacular, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, assistant art direction for The Wizard of Lies (HBO) and Girls (HBO.) He holds a BFA in scenic design from SUNY Purchase College and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829. www.ctsetdesign.com
SINAN REFIK ZAFAR (Sound Designer) is a New York based sound designer and composer. His recent work was seen at Yale Repertory Theater in their production of peerless and in Lindsey Ferrentino’s Amy and the Orphans (part of the Carlotta Festival of New Plays). He is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Drama, where his credits include The Master and Margarita, Coriolanus, The Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, MIDSUMMER, The Zero Scenario, This Flat Earth, Hotel Nepenthe, and A New Saint for a New World. He is a Bay Area native who lived in the Los Angeles area for several years, his previous work includes: O, Fallen One (Curly Cue & Co); Blood Knot (Lounge Theatre), Woyzeck (Illyrian Players); Julius Caesar (Griot Theatre of the West Valley); Hello Again, The Misanthrope directed by Keith Fowler, Jane Eyre directed by Annie Loui, A New Brain (University of California, Irvine); How I Learned to Drive (Nixon Theatre); and In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (The Little Theatre). Sinan graduated with a BA in drama with honors in sound design from the University of California, Irvine. www.SinanZafar.com
LEIGH WALTER (Stage Manager) is a freelance director and AEA stage manager. She’s worked at Lincoln Center, Park Avenue Armory, Goodspeed, La MaMa, and NYTW. PSM: Up and Away (Lincoln Center), The 7½ Mysteries of Toulouse McClane (Park Avenue Armory), Roar of the Greasepaint, Smell of the Crowd (Goodspeed Musicals, ASM). DIRECTING: LARP Me Gently, (Dixon Place), Boy at the Edge of Everything (Lincoln Center, AD), Blossom (Dixon Place, AD), Power of Emotion (Under the Radar, AD). Leigh works as a tour manager and production manager at Lincoln Center. She is also the Co-Founder/Creative Director of The Society for Misfit Puppets, where she will be directing 4 new puppet folk musicals in 2016. Member SDCF Directing Observership Program 2015-2016. Company Member Trusty Sidekick. B.F.A. Directing, Nebraska Wesleyan University. www.leighwalter.com
CHELSEA DRUMEL (Assistant Director) is an interdisciplinary theatre artist from Philadelphia, PA. Assistant Directing credits include productions with The Brewing Department (Beware of Dog), Delaware Theatre Company (Lucy), and Temple University (Richard III, A Chorus Line). Performance credits include Last Summer at Bluefish Cove with Mauckingbird Theatre Company and No Reservations at the Adrienne Theatre. She has trained at ESPA/Primary Stages, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and is a graduate of Temple University, where she received a BA in Theater. www.chelseaellisdrumel.com
DEVIN FLETCHER (Assistant Stage Manager) is a director and producer originally from the wild coast of Maine. Recent projects as assistant director include Ode to Joy (Oregon Symphony Orchestra), An Audience with Meow Meow (ArtsEmerson), Twelfth Night, Pericles (Elm Shakespeare Company), Henry VI pt 2 (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Ulysses on Bottles (Israeli Stage), Gunplay, The Learned Ladies (Emerson College). She holds a BA in Directing from Emerson College, where she was the Artistic Director of Emerson Shakespeare Society, also directing Cymbeline, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, and producing Romeo & Juliet. Independent directing/producing credits in the Boston area include As You Like It on-site at Faneuil Hall and Ifs and Oughts for the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre’s Boston Theatre Marathon XVII at the Boston Center for the Arts. Additional training includes the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Los Angeles, and IUGTE Physical Theater in Austria and Italy. Devin specializes in Shakespeare and classics, with a deep fascination in developing new works and vibrant adaptations.
MIKE BEST (Technical Director, MIDSUMMER) is a Technical Director and Project Manager originally from Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. He holds a BA in Drama and Environmental Policy from Colorado College and an MFA in Technical Design and Production from Yale School of Drama. He has worked in various technical fields through theater, dance, events, nightclubs, and installations. Currently working as a Technical Director at Yale University, he has enjoyed working alongside almost every age-range of students. He has long been inspired by young creative minds and professional artists who push boundaries and bring audiences closer together. best-productions.com
BRENNAN CALDWELL (Actor: Demetrius/Snout in MIDSUMMER) is an actor, writer, recent Yale graduate, and former Whiffenpoof. Off-Broadway: Who's Your Baghdaddy? or How I Started the Iraq War. NY/Regional: Urinetown (Theatre Raleigh), Anything Goes (Stages St. Louis), Zelda (NYMF), Hound of the Baskervilles (Playhouse on Park). TV and film credits include NBC's The Sing Off and College Musical. Brennan also stars as Jimmy in the web series Twenty Five and writes, produces, and acts in the Internet comedy, Off. www.brennancaldwell.com
HANNAH JANE GINSBERG (Actor: Titania/Al in MIDSUMMER) is an actor, singer, and writer. She has performed in many venues in New York, including The Secret Theatre, 59e59, The Duke at 42nd, Times Square Arts Center, INTAR, and The American Theatre of Actors. Most recently, she has been seen as half of the cabaret duo The Bitches in an original show at the Laurie Beechman Theatre (facebook.com/theB1TCHES). Her original work includes Dead Russian Bitch: The Musical. BFA: ETW, NYU. Rockwell Scholar at Primary Stages ESPA.
ANNELISE LAWSON (Actor: Helena/Snug in MIDSUMMER) is a Bay Area native and recent graduate of the Yale School of Drama. She most recently appeared as Masha in Dmitry Krymov’s √3 Sisters (International Festival of Arts & Ideas), Chloe in Arcadia (Yale Repertory Theatre), and Clytemnestra in The Oresteia (Yale School of Drama). Other credits include Our Lady of 121st Street, ...And Sometimes Why?, The Skin of Our Teeth, The Troublesome Reign of King John, The Tempest, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, and Preston Montfort—An American Tragedy (Yale School of Drama); Middletown, A Map of Virtue, Summer Shorts: A Festival of New Voices (Yale Summer Cabaret); The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, The Secretaries, Hotel Nepenthe, (Yale Cabaret); The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe (First Folio); Peter Pan’s Shadow Parts 1 & 2, and The Grisly/Glorious Adventure of Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh, and Billy Moon (Dream Theatre Company). She has certificates in acting from the Moscow Art Theatre School & the British American Drama Academy, and is a graduate of the iO training program in Chicago. She is thrilled to be making her New York debut!
KELLY LETOURNEAU (Actor: Hermia/Starveling in MIDSUMMER) is ecstatic to be working with this ensemble! Favorite roles include: Red Noses (Monselet, NYU Tisch), Troilus & Cressida (Nestor/Andromache, RADA), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet/Tybalt), Hamlet (Gertrude, SA@S), Cymbeline (Arviragus, SA@S), The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie). Kelly has trained at the Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and earned her BFA in drama from Tisch School of the Art’s New Studio on Broadway. Kelly would like to thank her family, friends, teachers, and Sara for their unwavering love and support. www.kellyletourneau.com
NICK ONG (Actor: Lysander/Flute in MIDSUMMER), a recent graduate of The George Washington University, is thrilled to be working with this incredible team on Tiltyard's first New York production. New York credits include The Muscle in Question (FringeNYC) and A Thing for Nerds (AlphaNYC). Other favorite credits include Beethoven in Dog Sees God, Adam in The Shape of Things, and Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing. Nick is a Mary Louise Rockwell Scholar at Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts where he currently attends classes.
NIALL POWDERLY (Actor: Oberon/Quince in MIDSUMMER) is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Drama receiving his MFA in Acting. He was most recently seen Dmitry Krymov's The Square Root of Three Sisters which had its world premiere at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. Credits include Phaedra's Love, Knives In Hens, How We Died of Disease Related Illness, Paradise Lost, King John, The Life and Death of Doctor Faustus (title role), and the original production of Midsummer. He is originally from St. Louis but grew up in Dublin, Ireland. Thanks to Tiltyard for round 2. BFA: NYU.
AARON PROFUMO (Actor: Bottom in MIDSUMMER) is an actor, producer, comedian, and part-time poker player. Theater Credits include Chris (US) in Familiar (Yale Rep), Elmo in Make People Parts 1 & 2 (La Mama Club), Achilles in Iphigenia 2.0 (Cleveland Public), Woland in The Master and Margarita and Jaques in As You Like It (Yale School of Drama). Film/TV/Webseries: Lyla – Kinetic Studio, Another Girl – Kase Productions, Confused – Meltdown Studios, Dumple – Scumbunny Productions. He can be found in myriad dark basements on Friday and Saturday night doing "comedy" as well. Aaron is ecstatic to be a part of Tiltyard and its inaugural voyage. Strap in and enjoy the ride!
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