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Free For All

We kick off the season with the beloved annual Washington tradition, Free For All, bringing back STC favorite Ethan McSweeny with The Tempest. In McSweeny’s glittering production, Prospero’s magical island explodes with life, hosting sprites, goddesses and fools that hold court and delight all ages. The Free For All production of The Tempest will feature STC Affiliated Artist and Broadway veteran Patrick Page as Prospero. STC will also welcome back Sara Topham as Ariel, last seen as Hippolyta/Titania in McSweeny’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Affiliated Artist Edward Gero as Alonso, King Of Naples.

Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan and now a powerful magician, raises a great storm to wreck the vessel bearing his betrayers onto the shores of the mysterious island he has made his home. There, attended upon by his daughter, a magical sprite and a villainous prisoner, Prospero leads them through a mysterious dream on the course from vengeance to reconciliation. Trickery and magic, romance and revenge set the stage for Shakespeare’s crowning masterpiece.

Performances run August 16 through August 28. Run time: 2 hours, 20 minutes.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 7:30 p.m.
Thursday & Friday: 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.


Each summer, with the help of a group of community-minded sponsors, the Shakespeare Theatre Company presents two weeks of FREE performances of a Shakespearean classic. Here’s how to get your tickets:

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The Performers (Tap for bio)
  • Voice
    Nancy Anderson

    STC: The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. NEW YORK: Broadway: Wonderful Town, A Class Act; Off-Broadway: York Theatre: Fanny Hill (Drama Desk nomination), Jolson & Co. (Drama Desk nomination), Ionescopade, Yank!. NATIONAL TOURS: Kiss Me, Kate (Helen Hayes nomination), Doctor Dolittle. INTERNATIONAL: London: Kiss Me, Kate (Olivier Award nomination). REGIONAL: Shakespeare Festival St. Louis: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania); Goodspeed Musicals: Guys and Dolls (Adelaide); Signature Theatre: Side By Side By Sondheim (Helen Hayes nomination); Ogunquit Playhouse: Witches of Eastwick; Paper Mill Playhouse/Seattle Fifth Avenue: Damn Yankees; Goodspeed Opera House: City of Angels; Paper Mill Playhouse: Peter Pan, She Loves Me; Playwrights Horizons: Far From Heaven. TELEVISION: Madame Secretary, Great Performances: Kiss Me, Kate (West End production), South Pacific (starring Reba McEntire). AWARDS: Winner of 2011 Noël Coward Competition. OTHER: Recordings: Ten Cents a Dance. WEB:

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.
  • Ensemble
    Audrey Bertaux

    NEW YORK: Lincoln Center Education: A Tale Told by an Idiot.  REGIONAL: Olney Theatre Center: Hay Fever; Mosaic Theatre: Promised Land; Theatre J: G-D’s Honest Truth; Studio Theatre: Moment (u/s); Folger Theatre: Julius Caesar (u/s); Cincinnati Shakespeare Company: The Grapes of Wrath, Sense and Sensibility. TRAINING: STC’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University: MFA in Acting. 

  • Sebastian
    David Bishins

    STC: The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale (Free For All). NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: The Clurman Theatre: The Glass House; SPF at The Public: We Declare You a Terrorist; TACT: Incident at Vichy; Lortel: Catch-22; Second Stage: Sympathetic Magic; Tectonic Theater Project: The Nest; WPA & Lortel: Boys in the Band; CSC: Tower of Evil. REGIONAL: Mark Taper Forum/Woolly Mammoth Theatre: Appropriate; Barrington Stage: Much Ado About Nothing; The Old Globe: Brighton Beach Memoirs/Broadway Bound, Life of Riley; Intiman: To Kill a Mockingbird; Long Wharf: A Month in the Country, Rag and Bone; Vermont Stage: True West; The Wilma Theatre: Arcadia; Pittsburgh Public: The Dybbuk; Hartford Stage: Reckless. FILM: A Cure for Wellness (upcoming), SALT, The Adjustment Bureau, Henry’s Crime, Sorry, Haters!, The War Within, The Magic Helmet. TELEVISION: House of Cards, Mindhunter, Homeland, Blue Bloods, Fringe, Babylon Fields (pilot), The Law & Order canon. TRAINING: Juilliard, Member of AEA since 1989.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.
  • Ensemble
    Renea Brown

    STC: STC Education: A Mini-Summer Night’s DreamThe Tiny Tempest. REGIONAL: Kentucky Shakespeare Theatre: The TempestMacbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, Living History; Theatre Prometheus: MacbethGood Kids; Creative and Performing Arts Center: For Colored Girls....FILM: Water. TRAININGUniversity of Louisville: BS in Theatre Arts. 

  • Adrian
    Avery Clark

    STC: The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure. REGIONAL: Studio Theatre: Moment, Hedda Gabler; Alley Theatre: Journey’s End; Cincinnati Playhouse: A Christmas Carol; St. Louis Repertory Theatre: The Heidi Chronicles; Alabama Shakespeare Festival: Romeo and Juliet, Cymbeline, The Count of Monte Cristo; Arkansas Repertory Theatre: The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr, Hamlet, Henry V, Death of a Salesman, The 39 Steps; Orlando Shakespeare Theatre: Hamlet, The Importance of Being Earnest, Pride & Prejudice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All’s Well That Ends Well, Charm; Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Oldcastle Theatre Company: Three Days of Rain; Premiere Stages: The Shape of Things; Theatresquared: Rabbit Hole, The 39 Steps. TELEVISION: Guiding Light, American Genius. TRAINING: University of Arkansas: BA in Theatre.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.
  • Trinculo
    Liam Craig

    STC: The Tempest, The Government Inspector (Osip), The Servant of Two Masters (Brighella/Porter). NEW YORK: Broadway: Boeing Boeing (u/s, appeared); Off-Broadway: Theatre for a New Audience: The Killer; Vineyard Theatre: The Internationalist; The New Group: Aunt Dan and Lemon; The Public Theater: Two Noble Kinsmen; Roundabout Theatre Company: Juno and the Paycock. REGIONAL: Syracuse Stage: To Kill A Mockingbird, Weston Playhouse Theatre Company: Uncle Vanya; Yale Repertory Theatre: A Doctor In Spite of Himself, The Servant of Two Masters, Accidental Death of an Anarchist; Berkeley Repertory Theatre: A Doctor In Spite of Himself, Accidental Death of an Anarchist; Hartford Stage/Alley Theatre: The Scene; Intiman Theatre: The Lady From The Sea. FILM: The Royal Tenenbaums. TELEVISION: Mozart in the Jungle; Unforgettable, Mercy, Rescue Me, Boston Legal, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU. TRAINING: New York University Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program: MFA.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.
  • Caliban
    Clifton Duncan

    STC: The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's DreamPericles. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Public Theater: The Good Person of SzechwanTwelfth Night; Signature Theatre: Kung-Fu; New York City Center Encores: Lost in the Stars. REGIONAL: The Old Globe: The Scottsboro Boys, Macbeth; American Conservatory Theatre: The Scottsboro Boys; Arena Stage: Ruined; New York Stage and Film: When the Lights Went Out; Yale Repertory Theatre: Good Goods; Centerstage: The Rivals; Barrington Stage Company: Best of Enemies; Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey: All's Well that Ends Well; Signature Theatre: One Red FlowerYemaya's Belly; WSC Avant Bard: Death and the King's Horseman; Williamstown Theatre Festival; The Kansas City Repertory Theatre; Eugene O'Neill Theater Center; Hangar Theatre; Chautauqua Theater Company. TELEVISION: The Onion Sports DomeElementaryFlesh and Bone. TRAINING: NYU Graduate Acting Program: MFA. WEB: @cliftonsanactor on Twitter, @cliftonduncanactor on Instagram.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.
  • Boatswain
    Sean Fri

    STC: The Tempest. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Kirk Theater: Heat Lightning; Aquila Theatre Company: Cyrano de Bergerac. TOURS: Aquila Theatre Company: Much Ado About Nothing, Cyrano de Bergerac. REGIONAL: Signature Theatre: The Threepenny Opera; Folger Theatre: Richard III; Totem Pole Playhouse: Almost, Maine, Travels With My Aunt, Honus and Me, Suite Surrender, It Could Be Any One of Us, Sherlock Holmes, The Final Adventure, Murder in Green Meadows, Lone Star; Little Theater on the Square: Sanders Family Christmas; N.Y. Fringe: M (an adaptation of Macbeth).  

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.
  • Alonso
    Edward Gero

    STC: Over 70 productions including King Henry IV in Henry IV, Part 1 and 2, Bolingbroke in Richard II, Hotspur in Henry IV, King in Henry V, York in Henry VI, Buckingham in Richard III, Macduff in Macbeth , The Bastard in King John. NEW YORK: Lincoln Center: Bull Durham Musical Lab; Classic Stage Company, South Street Theatre. REGIONAL: Arena Stage: Antonin Scalia in The Originalist, Mark Rothko in RED; Goodman Theatre: Mark Rothko in RED, Gloucester in King Lear; Ford’s Theatre: Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Vandergelder in Hello, Dolly!; Round House Theatre: Tommy in The Night Alive, Nixon in Nixon’s Nixon (Helen Hayes nomination), Salieri in Amadeus; Studio Theatre: American Buffalo, Shining City; Signature Theatre: Sweeney in Sweeney Todd; Olney Theatre; Theater J; Barter Theatre. FILM: Die Hard 2, Striking Distance. TELEVISION: House of Cards, TURN: Washington's Spies. AWARDS: 4 Helen Hayes Awards, 16 nominations; 2015 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow; 2006 Emmy Award for Before Dinosaurs (Narrator, PBS). TEACHING: Associate Professor of Theater, George Mason University; STC's Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.
  • Ferdinand
    Avery Glymph

    STC: The Tempest, Coriolanus and Wallenstein in repertory. NEW YORK: Broadway: The Tempest. Off-Broadway: Roundabout Theatre Company: McReele; NY Shakespeare Festival: Antony and Cleopatra (dir. Vanessa Redgrave), Troilus and Cressida; The Drama Dept.: Hope Is the Thing with Feathers; Lincoln Center Directors Lab: ’Maid. REGIONAL: Actors Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival): Residence; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis: All The Way; Dorset Theatre: Intimate Apparel; Cleveland Play House/The Old Globe: The Whipping Man (West Coast premiere); TheaterWorks Hartford: Race; PlayMakers Repertory Company/Syracuse Stage: Angels in America; Actors Theatre of Louisville: Spunk; Crossroads Theatre Company: Lost Creek Township (Regional Tony Season); Cape Fear Regional Theatre: Fences. FILM: Against the CurrentLast BallHe Got Game (dir. Spike Lee), 13 Conversations About One ThingI’m with Lucy. TELEVISION: ForeverA Gifted ManUgly BettyOzLaw & OrderLaw & Order: CIThe Electric CompanyThe X-Files. AWARDS: St. Louis Critics Circle Awards for Best Ensemble and Best Production for All The Way; San Diego Critics Circle “Craig Noel” Award Nominee, NAACP Theatre Award Nominee for The Whipping Man. TEACHING: UNCSA: Summer Acting Intensive. TRAINING: The North Carolina School of the Arts: BFA; STC’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University: MFA.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.
  • Ensemble
    Benjamin J. Henderson

    STC: The Tempest (Ensemble). STC/ACA: Love’s Labour’s Lost (King of Navarre), The Maid’s Tragedy (The King). REGIONAL: Grassroots Shakespeare Company: The Winter’s Tale (Leontes), Romeo and Juliet (Friar Lawrence), Pericles (Simonides/Antiochus); Sundance Summer Theater: Annie Get Your Gun (Frank); Hale Center Theater Orem: Big Fish (Edward Bloom), Peter Pan (Capt. Hook), South Pacific (Billis), Civil War (Bill), Crazy for You (Lank); Hale Center Theatre: She Loves Me (Kodali); Utah Repertoire Theatre: What the Bellhop Saw (Stan). AWARDS: Mark Twain Comedic Scholarship Award (KCACTF National 2014), Founders Award for Excellence in Unarmed Stage Combat (SAFD 2014). TRAINING: STC’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University: MFA; Utah Valley University: BS in Theatrical Arts.

  • Ensemble
    Gabriel Hornig

    STC: The Critic & The Real Inspector Hound (u/s). NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: The Berenstain Bears Live! The Flea: The Mysteries. REGIONAL: American Theater Company: Rent, Williamstown Theatre Festival: The Comedy of Errors. TRAINING: Northwestern University: BM in Vocal Performance and Theatre Studies. 

  • Ensemble
    Dan Jones

    STC: The Tempest. NEW YORK: Broadway: Big Fish (puppetry); St. Ann’s Warehouse: Taylor Mac's A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (puppetry, upcoming), Labapalooza; Public Theater: La Divina Caricatura (workshop). REGIONAL: In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre: Tracing Fault Lines; Rod Serling Conference: It’s a Good Life (director/design); Delaware Theatre Company: The Diary of Anne Frank. OTHER: Literary Fellow, Geva Theater Center.

  • Ensemble
    Suzanne Lane

    REGIONAL: Olney Theatre: Carousel, The Little Mermaid; Studio 2nd Stage: Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love; Adventure Theatre MTC: James and the Giant Peach; NextStop, Monumental Theatre, Arts on the Horizon, Reduxion Theatre, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Cimarron Opera. TRAINING: University of Oklahoma: BM in Vocal Performance. WEB:

  • Antonio
    Gregory Linington

    STC: The Taming of the Shrew, Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015 Free for All), The Tempest, Tartuffe. NEW YORK: Brooklyn Academy of Music: Throne of Blood; Joe’s Pub at The Public: The Unfortunates. REGIONAL: Round House Theatre: The Night Alive; Arena Stage: Equivocation; The Kennedy Center: Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter; Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles: Romeo and Juliet; Berkeley Repertory Theatre: Tartuffe; South Coast Repertory: Tartuffe; Center Theatre Group: End of the Rainbow; 12-Year Company Member of Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Love’s Labor’s Lost, Julius Caesar, Merchant of Venice, King Lear, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, The Cherry Orchard, Equivocation (World Premiere), Oedipus Complex (World Premiere). INTERNATIONAL: Five-Year Company Member of Misery Loves Company (Prague, CZ): As You Like It, Cloud Nine, Angels in America, The Age of Reason (World Premiere). FILM: Innocent Sleep, Persuasion, Harrison’s Flowers. TELEVISION: Grey’s Anatomy, Shameless, Major Crimes, The West Wing. TEACHING: STC Affiliated Teaching Artist, Georgetown University, Southern Oregon University, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Los Angeles High School Shakespeare Project. TRAINING: The Groundlings, SITI Company at Skidmore College Summer Intensive (dir. Anne Bogart), Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts: Two-Year Actor Training Program. WEB:

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.
  • Miranda
    Rachel Mewbron

    STC: The Tempest. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Brooklyn Academy of Music: The Master Builder; 59e59: In the Summer Pavilion; Off-Off Broadway: Wheelhouse: Romeo and Juliet; PS122: Exit/Interview; REGIONAL: Hartford Stage: The Crucible; Chautauqua Theater Company: You Can’t Take It With You; Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey: The Tempest; The Alliance Theatre: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.  FILM: Ambition's Debt, Moments, William’s Christening. TRAINING: NYU Graduate Acting Program: MFA. WEB: Web Series: COHAB,;

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.
  • Prospero
    Patrick Page

    STC: Affiliated Artist; Coriolanus (Coriolanus), Othello (Iago), Macbeth (Macbeth), Hamlet (Claudius; 2008 Free For All). NEW YORK: Broadway: Casa Valentina (Valentina), A Time to Kill (Rufus Buckley), Spring Awakening (Adult Men), Cyrano de Bergerac (De Guich), Spider-ManTurn Off the Dark (Osborn/Green Goblin; Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations, Richard Seff Award), A Man For All Seasons (King Henry; Outer Critics Circle nomination), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (The Grinch), The Lion King (Scar), Julius Caesar, A Christmas CarolBeauty and the Beast (Lumiere); Off-Broadway: Public Theater Shakespeare in the Park: Cymbeline (Cymbeline); Carnegie Hall: The Sound of Music; Hadestown (Hades), Richard IIThe Duchess of MalfiRex. REGIONAL: 25 years including Associate Artist of The Old Globe; roles including Cyrano, Malvolio, Richard III, Hamlet, Henry V, Autolycus, Antony, Brutus, Benedick, Mercutio. TELEVISION: Elementary, Flesh and BoneThe Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU, One Life To Live, All My Children. AWARDS: Helen Hayes Award, Emery Battis Award, Joseph Jefferson Award, Matador Award, Princess Grace Statue Award, Utah Governor’s Medal for the Arts.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.
  • Stephano
    Dave Quay

    STC: The Tempest. NEW YORK: Lincoln Center Theater: Celia, A Slave (Yale Drama Series). Off-Broadway: Classic Stage Company: The Heir Apparent; Mint Theater Company: Donogoo; Public Theater: ROW. REGIONAL: NJ Symphony, Chautauqua Theater Company, The Alliance Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare, Out of Hand Theater, Theater Emory, Synchronicity Performance Group. FILM: The Adventure, Bad Friends, Triasumite. TELEVISION: House of Cards, Blindspot, ForeverRoyal Pains, Unforgettable, Drop Dead Diva, Past Life. AWARDS: Rosemarie Tichler Fund Award Recipient (2014). OTHER: Big Apple Circus Clown Care company member (2007-2010). TRAINING: NYU Graduate Acting: MFA; Emory University: BA in Theatre Studies. WEB:

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.
  • Ensemble
    Randy Snight

    NATIONAL TOURS: Conserving Up Comedy. REGIONAL: Synetic Theater: Romeo & JulietHamletTwelfth Night; PG Shakes: TempestA Midsummer Night’s Dream; Metropolitan School of the Arts: Nutcracker. OPERA: Washington National Opera:  Ring Cycle (Flyer/Super Bear); Urban Arias: Photo Op! (dir. Alan Paul). AWARDS: Helen Hayes Award for Best Ensemble for Twelfth Night. TEACHING: Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. TRAINING: Winthrop University: BA in Theater, BA in Dance.

  • Ensemble
    Kedren Spencer

    STC: The Tempest, Measure for Measure. REGIONAL: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Josephine, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, All the Way; Ford’s Theatre: FORD’S 150: The Lincoln Tribute; Center Stage: Amadeus; Studio Theatre: CARRIE: The Musical; Keegan Theatre: Hair; Capital Fringe Festival: Disco Jesus and the Apostles of Funk; Dominion Stage: Spring Awakening. WEB:

  • Ensemble
    Cassia Thompson

    REGIONAL: Shakespeare Festival St. Louis: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia); The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis: Safe House; TRAINING: Webster University: BFA in Acting.

  • Ariel
    Sara Topham

    STC: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Original, 2015 Free For All, 2016 Macao). BROADWAY: Roundabout Theatre Company: The Importance of Being Earnest (Gwendolen). OFF BROADWAY: Red Bull: The Changeling (Beatrice-Joanna). REGIONAL: The Old Globe: Twelfth Night (Olivia); McCarter Theatre: Travesties (Cecily); Hartford Stage: The Tempest (Miranda), Hedda Gabler (Thea). INTERNATIONAL:  Toronto: Skylight (Kyra); London: Intimate Apparel (Mrs. Van Buren, UK premiere), Love Me Do (Dorothy, world premiere); Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Canada): Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Blithe Spirit (Ruth), The Misanthrope (Célimène), Twelfth Night (Olivia), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Madame de Tourvel), Peter Pan (Wendy), The Importance of Being Earnest (Gwendolen), Fuente Ovejuna (Laurencia), An Ideal Husband (Mabel), King Lear (Cordelia), The Glass Menagerie (Laura), London Assurance (Grace), As You Like It (Rosalind), Noises Off (Brooke Ashton), Henry VIII (Anne Boleyn), Agamemnon (Cassandra), All’s Well That Ends Well (Diana); Belfry Theatre: The Turn of the Screw (The Governess); Neptune Theatre: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie); Theatre Aquarius: Amadeus (Constanze). FILM/TELEVISION: Eloise at Christmastime, The Importance of Being Earnest, Twelfth Night.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.
  • Gonzalo
    Ted van Griethuysen

    STC: Affiliated Artist; productions since 1987 include: Henry IV, Part 1 (Owen Glendower), Henry IV, Part 2 (Justice Shallow), The Winter’s Tale (Antigonus/Old Shepherd, mainstage, 2014 Free For All), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Peter Quince, mainstage, 2015 Free For All), All’s Well That Ends Well (King of France), Strange Interlude (Henry Leeds), Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Mr. Praed), Twelfth Night (Malvolio), Major Barbara (Andrew Undershaft), Love’s Labor’s Lost (Holofernes, mainstage and RSC), Don Carlos (Philip II), King Lear (Lear), The Tempest (Prospero). NEW YORK: Broadway: Romulus, Inadmissible Evidence. REGIONAL: Folger Theatre: The Clandestine Marriage; Studio Theatre: The Steward of Christendom, Life of Galileo, Rock ‘n’ Roll, A Number, The Habit of Art, The Apple Family Plays. INTERNATIONAL: Battersea Arts Centre (London): Life of Galileo; Arcola Theatre (London): Broadway from the Shadows; Trafalgar Studios: Lovely and Misfit (Mr. Paradise). AWARDS: Seven Helen Hayes Awards; The Will Award; Drama Critics Award (NYC); Richard Bauer Award for Outstanding Contribution to Washington Theatre. TEACHING: Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel; Columbia University; University of South Carolina; Manchester Municipal University (U.K.).

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.
  • Ensemble
    Hermon Whaley

    STC: Taming of the Shrew (u/s). OTHER: SUNY Purchase College: Mud, River, Stone (Joaquim), Romeo & Juliet (Tybalt). TRAINING: SUNY Purchase College: BFA in Acting.

The Artistic Team (Tap for bio)
  • Director
    Ethan McSweeny

    STC: Affiliated Artist; The TempestA Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015 Free For All and 2016 Macao Arts Festival), Much Ado About Nothing (2013 Free For All), The Merchant of VeniceIonMajor BarbaraThe Persians; Harman Center Opening Gala; Associate Director 1993–1997. NEW YORK: Broadway: John Grisham’s A Time to Kill, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards, Tony Award nomination); Off-Broadway: John Logan’s Never the Sinner (Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards); Playwrights Horizons: 100 Saints You Should Know (world premiere); Page 73 Productions: 1001; Primary Stages: Rx (world premiere), Sabina; National Actors Theatre: The Persians; Flea Theatre: Fulfillment (world premiere). INTERNATIONAL: Gate Theatre, Dublin: A Month in the CountryAn Ideal HusbandA Streetcar Named Desire (Irish Times Award for Best Direction); Stratford Shakespeare Festival: Pirates of PenzanceDangerous Liaisons. REGIONAL: more than 70 productions at theatres around the nation including the Guthrie Theater, Goodman Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, The Old Globe, Denver Center Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory, Center Stage, Prince Music Theater, George Street Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, The Wilma Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Alley Theatre, Signature Theatre, American Theatre Company, Chautauqua Theater Company. OPERA: Washington National Opera: Better Gods (world premiere). ARTISTIC LEADERSHIP: Chautauqua Theater Company, Artistic Director 2004–2011; National Actors Theatre, Associate Director, 2003–2005; George Street Playhouse, Associate Artistic Director, 2000–2004; New Dramatists, Resident Director; 2001–2002. BOARD MEMBERSHIPS: Executive Board, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, 2005-present, Treasurer 2009-2015. TRAINING: Received the first ever undergraduate degree in Theatre and Dramatic Arts from Columbia University. WEB:

  • Scenic Designer
    Lee Savage

    STC: The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, Tamburlaine, Edward II, Henry V, Richard II. NEW YORK: Labyrinth: Muscles in our Toes, Sunset Baby; Women’s Project: Collapse; LCT3: All-American; Roundabout Theatre Company: The Dream of the Burning Boy, Ordinary Days; Atlantic Theater: Oohrah!; Partial Comfort: The Bereaved; Clubbed Thumb: punkplay. REGIONAL: Alliance Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theater Center, George Street Playhouse, Glimmerglass Festival, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf, Shakespeare & Co., Trinity Repertory Company, Two River Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, Washington National Opera, The Wilma Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre. AWARDS: Helen Hayes: Much Ado About Nothing; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (nom), Richard III (nom); Connecticut Critics Circle (The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow). OTHER: with Ethan McSweeny: The Gate: A Streetcar Named Desire; Primary Stages: Rx; Center Stage: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Old Globe: In This Corner; Chautauqua Theater Company: A Raisin in the Sun, Fifty Ways, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Death of a Salesman, The Glass Menagerie, The Just. AFFILIATIONS: Member of Wingspace Theatrical Design and Contributing Editor for Chance Magazine. TEACHING: Yale School of Drama: Design Department. TRAINING: Rhode Island School of Design: BFA; Yale School of Drama: MFA.

  • Costume Designer
    Jennifer Moeller

    STC: Affiliated Artist; The Tempest,  A Midsummer Night’s Dream (mainstage, 2015 Free For All), Julius Caesar (mainstage, 2011 Free For All),The Merchant of VeniceRichard IIRomeo and JulietAntony and Cleopatra, Tamburlaine, Richard III. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Shakespeare in the Park: Love’s Labour’s Lost; Signature Theatre: Dance and the Railroad; Primary Stages: Happy Now?. REGIONAL: Arena Stage/Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Sweat; Washington National Opera: La Boheme; Studio Theatre: Bachelorette, Venus in Fur; Glimmerglass Opera: Candide; The Old Globe: The Last Goodbye; McCarter Theatre Center: The How and the Why; Williamstown Theatre Festival: Six Degrees of Separation; Yale Repertory Theatre: The Winter’s Taledance of the holy ghosts; Berkshire Theatre Festival: Waiting for Godot; Chautauqua Theater Company: The Winter’s Tale. TRAINING: Yale School of Drama: MFA.

  • Lighting Designer
    Christopher Akerlind

    STC: Othello, The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale (2014 Free For All, mainstage), CymbelineTwelfth NightJulius Caesar, The Silent Woman. NEW YORK: Broadway: The Last ShipRocky (Tony® nomination), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Tony® nomination), Superior DonutsTop Girls110° in the Shade (Tony® nomination), Talk RadioShining CityAwake and Sing (Tony® nomination), WellRabbit HoleIn My LifeThe Light in the Piazza (Tony Award®, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award), RecklessThe Tale of the Allergist’s WifeSeven Guitars (Tony® nomination), among others. INTERNATIONAL: Hamburg, Germany: Rocky the Musical; Athens and Epidaurus Festival: Kafeneion. OPERA: Washington National Opera: Norma (dir. Anne Bogart); San Francisco Opera: Dolores Claiborne. AWARDS: Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, Michael Merritt Award for Design and Collaboration.

  • Sound Designer
    Nevin Steinberg

    STC: The Tempest. NEW YORK: Broadway: Hamilton, Bright Star, Mothers and Sons, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Tony® nomination), The Performers, Magic/Bird. Off-Broadway: The Vineyard Theatre: The Landing; Playwrights Horizons: Far From Heaven. Over thirty Broadway productions as a former founding principal of Acme Sound Partners. OTHER: Audio Consultant for Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium. AWARDS: Five additional Tony® nominations for The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Fences, Hair and In the Heights.

  • Sound Adapter
    Mackenzie Ellis

    STC: Live Mix Engineer: The Tempest, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. NEW YORK: Broadway: First Wives Club (Asst. Audio; pre-run tryout, Chicago). NATIONAL TOUR: Million Dollar Quartet (Asst. Sound Designer); Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (A1/Sound Engineer). REGIONAL: Western Playhouse: Miss Saigon (Sound Designer). Studio Theatre: Silence! The Musical (Sound Engineer). OTHER: Member of International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees. TRAINING: Virginia Commonwealth University: BFA. WEB:

  • Composer
    Jenny Giering

    STC: The Tempest. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Transport Group: Crossing Brooklyn (Kleban Prize); The Zipper Theater: Alice Unwrapped; New York Musical Theatre Festival: The Mistress Cycle (3 Jeff Awards nominations); New York Theatre Workshop: Songs from an Unmade Bed (Drama Desk nomination for Best Musical); Theatreworks USA: Arthur’s WarIsland of the Blue Dolphins. REGIONAL: Weston Playhouse Theatre Company & ASCAP/Dreamworks Musical Theatre Workshop: Saint-Ex; Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Elizabeth Rex (Jeff Award nomination), As You Like It (Jeff Award nomination); TheatreWorks/Palo Alto: Silent Sky. INTERNATIONAL: Aria Entertainment’s Page to Stage Festival, London, UK: The Mistress Cycle; Empire Theatre, Toowomba, Queensland, Australia: Songs from an Unmade Bed. OTHER: Commissions: Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Summerland (book & lyrics by Sean Barry; story by Laura Eason); Playwrights Horizons: Alice Bliss (book by Laura Harrington, lyrics by Adam Gwon, dir. Mark Brokaw). AWARDS: Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, Constance Klinsky Prize from Second Stage Theatre Company, National Art Song Award (for The Mistress Cycle), National Music Theatre Network Director’s Choice Award (for The Mistress Cycle), Meet the Composer Grant (for work with the Broadway Theatre Institute), Frederick Loewe Award (for The Hotel Carter), Weston Playhouse Theatre Company New Musical Award (for Saint-Ex). TRAINING: NYU: MFA in Graduate Musical Theatre Writing. Harvard College: AB in Music. WEB:

  • Choreographer
    Matthew Gardiner

    STC: The Tempest. NEW YORK: Director: New York Musical Theatre Festival: The Greenwood Tree; Assistant Director: Circle in the Square: Glory Days. REGIONAL: Signature Theatre: Director/Choreographer: Jelly's Last Jam, La Cage Aux Folles, West Side Story, Cabaret, Soon, Sunday in The Park With George, Threepenny Opera, Tender Napalm, Dreamgirls, Dying City, Xanadu, Really Really, The Hollow, Side by Side by Sondheim, Art, |title of show|, See What I Wanna See; Choreographer: Company, Sweeney Todd, Dirty Blonde;Associate Artistic Director. Director: Round House Theatre: Ordinary Days; Ford’s Theatre: The Laramie Project. Director/Choreographer: The Kennedy Center: Snow White, Rose Red (and Fred!); Everyman Theatre: Let Me Sing And I’m Happy; MetroStage: tick, tick…BOOM!; Catholic University of America: La Boheme, Candide. Co-Director/Choreographer: Studio Theatre: Jerry Springer: The Opera; Reefer Madness (2008 Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Musical and Direction of a Musical). Choreographer: MetroStage: Jacques Brel is Alive And Well…; Studio Theatre: Grey Gardens, Adding Machine. TRAINING: Carnegie Mellon University: BFA in Directing.

  • Puppet Designer
    James Ortiz

    STC: The Tempest. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: New World Stages: The Woodsman (co-dir. with Claire Karpen); Theatre for a New Audience: King Lear (dir. Arin Arbus); The Public Theatre: King Lear (dir. Daniel Sullivan); Gotham Chamber Opera: El Gato Con Botas (dir. Moises Kaufman); The New Group: Mercury Fur (dir. Scott Elliott); Naked Angels: Sea Wife (dir. Liz Carlson); Stu42Miss Lilly Gets Boned (dir. David Chapman), My BaseScurvy Heart (dir. Moritz Von Stupenhagel); Stable Cable Company: Nibbler (dir. Stephen Brackett); Making Books Sing: Wringer (dir. Stephen Brackett); 59E59: The Woodsman (co-dir. with Claire Karpen); Glass Bandit Company: The Little Mermaid (dir.); new place players: Midsummer (dir.). AWARDS: 2016 OBIE winner for "his sensitive puppet design" for The Woodsman; Recipient of the 2014 Jim Henson Foundation Grant. OTHER: Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Strangemen & Co. WEB:

  • Voice and Text Coach
    Ellen O’Brien

    STC: More than 70 productions over 15 seasons. ACADEMY FOR CLASSICAL ACTING: 22 productions of Shakespeare and Jacobean plays. REGIONAL: Ford’s Theatre, Arena Stage, Virginia Opera, Charlotte Repertory Company, Aurora/Magic Theaters; People’s Light and Theatre Company; Shakespeare Santa Cruz; North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. PUBLICATIONS: Articles in The Voice and Speech Review, Shakespeare in the Twentieth Century, Shakespearean Illuminations, Shakespeare Survey, Shakespeare Quarterly, Shakespeare and the Arts, The Voice and Speech Review: Associate Editor for Heightened Text, Verse and Scansion. TRAINING: Yale University: MA, MPhil, PhD (English); Central School of Speech and Drama/The Open University (London): Advanced and Post-Graduate Diplomas in Voice Studies. TEACHING: Academy for Classical Acting; University of California, Santa Cruz; Guilford College; Kirkland College.

  • Casting Director
    Carter Wooddell

    STC: The Taming of the Shrew, 1984 (children), Othello, The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound, Kiss Me, Kate, Salomé, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Free For All), Tartuffe, Dunsinane (supernumerary), Man of La Mancha, The Metromaniacs (STC and The Old Globe), The Tempest, As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale (Free For All), The Merry Wives of Windsor, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice. Other Casting Experience (McCorkle Casting, Ltd.): NEW YORK: Broadway: Belasco Theatre: End of the Rainbow (dir. Terry Johnson), Booth Theatre: High (dir. Rob Ruggiero); Off-Broadway (partial): Barrow Street Theatre: Tribes (dir. David Cromer), Our Town (dir. David Cromer), The Acting Company, Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater: Freud’s Last Session (dir. Tyler Marchant), Cherry Lane Theatre: A Perfect Future (dir. Wilson Milam), SoHo Playhouse: The Irish Curse (dir. Matt Lenz), Beckett Theatre: An Error of the Moon (dir. Kim Weild); NYC Other: Lincoln Center Institute: Hamlet, Fly, Sheila’s Day. NATIONAL TOURS: The Acting Company, Riverdance. REGIONAL: Alley Theatre, Center Stage, Barrington Stage Company, The Broad Stage, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Crossroads Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, The Guthrie Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, TheaterWorks Hartford. RADIO: BBC Radio: The Piano Lesson (dir. Claire Grove). TELEVISION: Sesame Workshop: The Electric Company, Pilot: 27 East. FILM: Columbia Pictures: Premium Rush (dir. David Koepp), Choice Films: Junction (dir. Tony Glazer). TEACHING: Guest Lecturer, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, BFA and MFA acting students.

  • Literary Manager
    Drew Lichtenberg

    STC: The Taming of the Shrew, Othello, The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound, Kiss Me, Kate, Salomé, Tartuffe, Man of La Mancha, The Metromaniacs, The Tempest, As You Like It, Private Lives, Henry IV, Part 1 and 2, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Measure for Measure, Coriolanus, Wallenstein, Hughie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Government Inspector, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Servant of Two Masters, Strange Interlude, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Much Ado About Nothing, The Heir Apparent. REGIONAL: STC/McCarter Theatre Center: The Winter’s Tale; Center Stage: Caroline, or Change, Cyrano, Around the World in 80 Days; Yale Repertory Theatre: Lulu (dir. Mark Lamos); Williamstown Theatre Festival: The Front Page, The Physicists, The Corn Is Green; New York Shakespeare Festival: Macbeth (dir. Moisés Kaufman). INTERNATIONAL: National Theatre: Les Blancs (dir. Yaël Farber). OTHER: Yale School of Drama: Tarell McCraney’s In the Red and Brown Water (U.S. premiere); TEACHING: Catholic University of America; Eugene Lang College at the New School. TRAINING: Yale School of Drama: MFA in Dramaturgy & Dramatic Criticism.

  • Assistant Director
    Craig Baldwin

    STC: The Taming of the Shrew, Othello, The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound, Tartuffe, The Metromaniacs, The Tempest. NEW YORK: 59E59: C.O.A.L. (Confessions of a Liar); New York International Fringe Festival: Magic Kingdom, The More Loving One (Best Overall Production of a Play); Marymount Manhattan College: Columbinus; August Strindberg Rep Theatre: Mr. Bengt’s Wife; Atlantic Acting School: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; HERE Arts Center: Ingmar Bergman’s Persona; Classic Stage Company: MacB**h (workshop); Outhouse Theatre Co: Mercy Thieves (U.S. Premiere), The Boys (U.S. Premiere); Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab: MacB**h (workshop). REGIONAL: Opera House Arts: Antony and Cleopatra; SUNY Purchase College: The Miser. INTERNATIONAL: The Aliens by Annie Baker (Sydney Premiere); 4 Minutes, 12 Seconds (Australian Premiere). OTHER: Red Bull Theater (Associate Artistic Producer), Lincoln Center Theater Directors’ Lab (member). TRAINING: The Julliard School. WEB:

  • Directorial Assistant
    Charlie Marie McGrath

    NEW YORK: Broadway: SDCF Observer, A Time to Kill (dir. Ethan McSweeny).  REGIONAL: Assistant Director: Goodman Theatre: Smokefall (dir. Anne Kauffman); Court Theatre: A Long Day’s Journey Into Night (dir. David Auburn); Northlight Theatre: Mothers and Sons (dir. Steve Scott). OTHER: Chicago: Director, Piccolo Theatre: Private Eyes; The Side Project: Lysistrata; AstonRep Theatre Company: Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Dead Writers Theatre Collective: Game of Love and Chance (Remount), House of Mirth; Open Door Repertory Company: Game of Love and Chance, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks; Proud Kate Theatre Project: The Ruby Sunrise, November, Dumb Waiter; G&S Opera Company: HMS Pinafore. TRAINING: Northwestern University. WEB:

  • Production Stage Manager
    Joseph Smelser

    STC: The Taming of the Shrew, The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound (also at the Guthrie Theater), Kiss Me, Kate, Tartuffe, Man of La Mancha, The Tempest, A Winter’s Tale (2014 Free For All), Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 (in rep), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Measure for Measure, Wallenstein and Coriolanus (in rep), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mainstage and 2015 Free For All), The Government Inspector, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Strange Interlude, Much Ado About Nothing, The Heir Apparent, All’s Well That Ends Well. REGIONAL: Arena Stage: Let Me Down Easy; Seattle Repertory Theatre: An Ideal Husband, A Doll’s House, Play On!, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Peter Brook’s The Tragedy of Hamlet, Golden Child, Don Juan, Purgatorio, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (with Lily Tomlin); American Conservatory Theater: The Rivals, The Circle, The Government Inspector, Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo, Vigil; Berkeley Repertory Theatre: Journey to the West, An Almost Holy Picture, Having Our Say; Regional Tour: Let Me Down Easy, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (both with Anna Deavere Smith). TRAINING: Oberlin College: BA.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Assistant Stage Manager
    Kate Kilbane

    STC: The Tempest (2005), Much Ado About Nothing (2004 Free For All). REGIONAL: The Kennedy Center: First You Dream, Follies, The Lisbon Traviata, Ragtime. Ford’s Theatre: Violet, The Laramie Project, Our Town, Fly, Necessary Sacrifices, Parade, Sabrina Fair, A Christmas Carol (2009, 2006), Black Pearl Sings!, The Heavens Are Hung In Black and Jitney; Theater J: Production Stage Manager: Falling Out of Time, Stars of David, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Admission, Mikveh, The Seagull on 16th Street, The Price, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Either Or; Assistant Stage Manager: The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide; Mosaic Theater: Production Stage Manager: Unexplored Interior; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: Stage Manager: American Utopias, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs (2012) and Arias with a Twist (Tandem Otter Productions); Fellowship for the Performing Arts: Stage Manager: The Screwtape Letters at the Lansburgh Theatre (2008) and at The Mercury Theater, Chicago.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

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    Lighting Adapter
    Jennifer Reiser
    Spirit Movement/Vocal Arrangements
    Nancy Anderson
    Flying Effects
    ZFX, Inc.
    Original New York Casting
    Laura Stanczyk, CSA
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The Tempest

Aug 16 - Aug 28

Sidney Harman HallBy William Shakespeare
Directed by Ethan McSweeny

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Leadership Support:





The Free For All Community Partners

Friends of Free For All

Philip L. Graham Fund

Additional Support:
The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation

D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts

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