Each summer, Camp Shakespeare Teaching Artists create a unique curriculum aimed at optimizing students’ physical, intellectual and artistic development. All Teaching Artists are classically trained professional actors and educators.
The energy and fervor of the faculty is one of the things I value and love best about the camp. They inspire you, and their excitement rubs off on you and makes you want to dive in.
Sarah Hirsch, Camper
Affiliated Teaching Artists
Carolyn Agan is an Equity actress and teaching artist in the DC area. Recent credits include Belle in A Christmas Carol and Olive in The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee at Ford's Theatre. She has also performed locally with The Shakespeare Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Olney Theatre Center, Theatre J, Signature Theatre, WSC Avant Bard, Keegan Theatre, and Adventure Theatre MTC where she will be playing the title role in Pinkalicious the Musical this summer. Carolyn is an affiliated teaching artist with STC and Ford's Theatre. She has been working with students in theatre since 2005 previously with the Fairfax County Park Authority, FCPS, Smithsonian Associates, and Pumpkin Theatre. She studied Theatre for Youth at Shenandoah Conservatory.
Wyckham Avery is the Theatre Director for The New School of Northern Virginia. As a conspirator with dog & pony dc, Wyckham directed Separated at Birth, PUNCH!--that's the way we do it, and Cymbeline, and performed in COURAGE, Beertown, and A Killing Game. She is currently developing a new solo show, Just Sing Me a Song, based on the life and music of Ola Belle Reed. She performed in Woolly Mammoth's Full Circle by Charles Mee, directed by Michael Rohd, Dead City and The Skin of Our Teeth with Rorschach Theatre, The Taming of the Shrew at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Capitol Fringe Festival in her solo clown show, Cordelia's Fool and as Hecuba in Referendum/PAC's Trojan Women. She directed [eureka], a solo physical comedy show by Patrick Bussink for Forum Theatre. She performs and teaches clowning, commedia dell'arte, and physical theatre in the DC area. She is an affiliated Teaching Artist with the Shakespeare Theatre Company and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Wyckham received her MFA in acting from the Catholic University of America and trained at the Dell' Arte International School of Physical Theatre and the New England Center for Circus Arts. Wyckham resides in the Mount Rainier Artists Lofts.
Dan Crane has been an affiliated teaching artist with Shakespeare Theatre Company since 2006. He is also a professorial lecturer at The George Washington University and Howard University, and a teaching artist at Folger Shakespeare Library. Dan is a company member with Taffety Punk Theatre Company in Washington, DC, and co-founder of The Enlightenment Theatre Project in Williamsburg, VA. DC area acting credits include the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, and The Beaux Stratagem, Folger Theatre in Cyrano, Hamlet and The Winter’s Tale, and Taffety Punk Theatre Company in Oxygen, The Rape of Lucrece, Twelfth Night, and Bloody Poetry. Dan received two 2012 Helen Hayes Award nominations for his work in Cyrano at Folger Theater and Hub Theatre’s Birds of a Feather. Other regional acting credits include work with companies across the United States, including Baltimore Shakespeare Festival (as Hamlet), Idaho Shakespeare Festival, PCPA Theaterfest and Portland Center Stage to name a few. Dan directed Romeo & Juliet for the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Young Company, which performed at the Festival International de Companias de Teatro Juveniles in Parla, Spain. He trained at the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, holds a BFA from Ithaca College and an MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University.
Jon Harvey has been teaching with the Shakespeare Theatre Company since 2010. He received his Master of Arts in Shakespeare and Theatre through the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. He has also taught with the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and studied with the American Shakespeare Center. He is a published critic in the academic journal Cahiers Élisabéthains. Jon is also a theatre freelance photographer in DC.
Brit Herring is a long-time theatre professional. He received his M.F.A. from Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting at the George Washington University, where he studied with some of the nation's top instructors for Shakespeare, including Michael Kahn, STC's long time Artistic Director. As a young man, he spent two summers with The British American Theatre Institute, training with acting professionals from The Royal Shakespeare Company. In New York, he has appeared off Broadway at Soho Playhouse and at The Lion Theater on Theatre Row. In the DC area he has worked with Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center, Washington Stage Guild, Quotidian Theatre Company and Bay Theatre Company.
Paul Edward Hope is an actor, teaching artist and fight director based in the DC metro area. As an actor, he has toured internationally with The Kennedy Center, worked Off- Broadway with Red Bull Theatre and The York Theatre Company, and has performed regionally with The Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center, The Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, The Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, The Oregon Cabaret Theatre and Rep Stage in Columbia, MD to name a few. He is an Affiliated Teaching Artist with the Shakespeare Theatre Company (where he has directed over 16 student productions as part of Camp Shakespeare), and works frequently with the Folger Shakespeare Library where he is a Master Swordsman. The MD Theatre Guide Reader’s Poll recently named him Best Actor in a supporting role for his performance as Robert in BOEING BOEING at Rep Stage. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and a MFA graduate of The Shakespeare Theatre Company Academy for Classical Acting at the George Washington University (ACA).
Chelsea Mayo understudied for Cecily and Gwendolen in STC's The Importance of Being Earnest last season. Since moving to Washington, DC, she has performed with local companies including Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Idly Bent, The Federal Theatre Project, and Pallas Theatre Collective, where she is a company member. She has taught students grades K-12 through her work at CSC, Lola's Laboratory, and Creative Kids. In addition to acting and teaching, Chelsea has designed props for productions at 1st Stage and WSC-Avant Bard. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Vanderbilt University.
Nafeesa Monroe has been a professional film, television and stage actress for over twenty years. She is a graduate of The Meisner School of Acting and received her MFA from The Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University. Some film & television credits include: I’m Through with White Girls, Jamie Foxx Show, and The Bold and The Beautiful. Theatre credits include: Love’s Labour’s Lost & Mother Courage (Shakespeare & Company); Hello Herman (original cast on Off-Off Broadway); For the Love of Freedom (Robey Theatre Co., CA); The Journey to Becoming…(Edinburgh Festival Fringe, UK). As a spoken word artist, Nafeesa has opened for Jewel, appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry, and performed alongside bestselling author Neale Donald Walsch. Nafeesa is also a mastered martial artist and works as a fight director and stage combat instructor. She enjoys teaching and has been teaching theatre and film all over the country for over ten years.
Victoria Reinsel is a classically trained actor, director, and teaching artist who has acted and/or taught at a number of local and regional theatres including American Shakespeare Center, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Imagination Stage, Constellation Theatre Company, Taffety Punk Theatre Company, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Maryland Shakespeare Festival, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, and Encore Stage & Studio. She has taught additionally through Lola’s Laboratory, Creative Kids, Trax, and the Institute of Reading Development, and has guest lectured at Georgetown University and Eastern Mennonite University. In 2011, she co-founded Brave Spirits Theatre. Victoria holds a MFA and M.Litt in Shakespeare in Performance with a concentration in acting from Mary Baldwin College in partnership with the American Shakespeare Center, and a BA in Theatre/Literature from Marlboro College.
Melissa Richardson is a director, stage manager, and teaching artist. She has taught children and adults at all levels throughout the DC Metro Area. She has directed several youth theatre productions, and she also works with students to create and perform original, ensemble-written plays. She has been a Teaching Artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Education through the Arts since 2005. In this capacity, she partners with early childhood classroom teachers to incorporate the arts into daily learning. She wrote an original, ten-minute play that she performed for preschool audiences for the Institute’s Small Bites program and served on the STEM Science Task Force to develop science and engineering curriculum. She has worked with the Heyday Players, Round House Theatre’s acting troupe for senior citizens, for the past five years. She has also taught drama to students from preschool through high school with Arena Stage. Adventure Theatre, and Lenore Blank Kelner and Co. Melissa is passionate about storytelling, whether from children’s literature, folktales from around the world, or stories created with children on the spot. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Directing from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama.
Megan Thrift has been teaching theater for the last 10 years. She holds a degree in Theater and Education from George Mason University, where she returned this Fall for her Masters in Theater Education. She has taught for Acting For Young People and The Keegan Theatre, where she has been a company member for 8 years and has worked on over 20 productions. She also teaches outreach classes for churches and community centers in low SES areas of Fairfax county. She currently teaches Theater and Creative Writing at Key Middle School for Fairfax County Public schools.
Eva Wilhelm holds an MFA in Classical Acting from the Shakespeare Theatre's Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University. Locally, she has appeared in productions at Folger Theatre, Studio Theatre, Maryland Shakespeare Festival, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Faction of Fools and Taffety Punk Theatre Company. In Chicago, she worked with Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Shattered Globe and Stage Left, among many others. She is currently an adjunct professor at Trinity Washington University, and an Associated Artist with Faction of Fools, as well as a book narrator for both Audible.com and the Library of Congress.
(Teaching Artists are subject to change without notice)