Dan Crane is an affiliated teaching artist with the Shakespeare Theatre Company. STC acting credits include Romeo and Juliet, Richard III and The Beaux' Stratagem. Other regional credits include work with companies across the United States, including Folger Theatre, Imagination Stage, Kitchen Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, PCPA Theaterfest and Portland Center Stage to name a few. Dan is a Guest Lecturer at Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Howard University in Washington, D.C., and serves as Associate Artistic Director of Enlightenment Theatre Project in Williamsburg, VA. He is a graduate of 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.
Jim Gagne is the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Resident Teaching Artist. Acting credits include Jack the Ticket Ripper (Georgetown Theatre Company), We Won't Pay, We Won't Pay (The Hub Theatre), Heart of a Dog, Fool for Love (Spooky Action Theater), The Nature and Purpose of the Universe (Circle of Fools), Cymbeline (Dog and Pony DC), Ninja Motorcycle Babes (Notorious Women), One Man’s War (Triad Theatre), Uncle Vanya (Everyman Theatre), St. Joan, Romeo and Juliet (Olney Theatre Center), Midsummer Nights Dream, Our Town (National Players Tour 55). As a teacher Jim has worked with a wide variety of students ranging from kindergarteners to senior citizens. Jim received a BFA from The Hartt School at The University of Hartford.
George Grant made his professional theatre debut in 1979 at The Goodman Theatre in An Enemy of the People directed by Gregory Mosher. Locally he has appeared at The Shakespeare Theatre Company (with Patrick Stewart), Washington Shakespeare Company, Catalyst Theater Company, and many others. He has directed Leader of The Pack at Totem Pole Theatre (PA), the wildly successful Am I Black Enough Yet?, originally mounted in 2008 and remounted in 2009, for Charter Theatre Company, Bulletins from Fatland for Horizons Theatre Company, and his own adaptation of Antigone for Actor’s Repertory Theatre at The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, where he is a Senior Faculty Member. George has been a Visiting Professor of Theatre at Howard University and Lawrence University, and is a Master Teaching Artist for The Shakespeare Theatre Company. He holds a BA in Theatre/Drama from Lawrence and an MFA in Classical Acting from ACA.
Vanessa Hope is the School Programs Manager at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. She is also a founding member of the Faction of Fools Theatre Company, devoted to the classical style of Commedia dell’Arte. She holds an MFA in Acting from Purdue University, where she taught Acting and Voice, and a BFA in Acting from the University of Maryland. She studied Shakespeare at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Buono also conducts private acting, voice, presentation and interview coaching. Prior to working at STC, she lived in Los Angeles, where she appeared on American Dreams, ER and All of Us and was a member of the improv troupe The Berubians.
Naomi Jacobson joins the Master Acting Class program as a guest teaching artist. She just returned from Arizona Theatre Company where she spent the winter in the world premiere of Ten Chimneys, Jeffrey Hatcher’s new play about The Lunts. This fall she played Katherine of Aragon in Henry VIII at the Folger Theatre. She’s acted on most area stages including Shakespeare Theatre Company (most recently as Mistress Quickly in Henry V), Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre (company member), Ford’s Theatre, Round House, Signature, Olney Theatre Center, Theater J, Theatre of the First Amendment, the Kennedy Center, as well as The Goodman in Chicago, Milwaukee Repertory and the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Naomi has taught acting for 20 years privately and at New Playwrights’ Theatre, Theatre Lab, University of Maryland, George Washington University, Catholic University, George Mason University, American University, Temple University and the Berkshire Theatre Festival. She has received a Helen Hayes Award, 9 Helen Hayes nominations, an Individual Artist Grant from the DC Arts Commission, and a 2009 Inaugural Lunt Fontanne Fellowship – mentored by Lynn Redgrave.
Mark Jaster joins the Master Acting Class program as a guest teaching artist. His skills in mime were developed in training with 20th-century masters Marcel Marceau and his teacher, Etienne Decroux, along with careful observation of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harpo Marx. Jaster served as teaching assistant to Mr. Marceau in a series of seminars in Michigan, and he teaches frequently in Artist residencies, theatres, and dance programs, including The Maryland Opera Studio and The American Academy of Ballet. In his solo performances, Piccolo's Trunk, A Fool Named 'O', and The Maestro, Mark combines live music on unusual instruments and non-instruments, (like the pipe and tabor and the bowed saw), outrageous acrobatics, (like a dive through an impossibly small wooden hoop), and hyper-advanced communication skills with honest, gentle humor. With Artistic Co-director, Sabrina Mandell, he has created and performed in a series of critically acclaimed works for Happenstance Theater. He has also been mime and movement consultant for Our Town at Ford's Theatre, Winnie the Pooh at Adventure Theatre and Elephant and Piggie at the Kennedy Center. Mark is also a proud member of The Big Apple Circus' Clown Care Program, performing at the Children's National Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University Hospital.
Floyd King is a veteran of the Shakespeare Theatre Company stage and teaches comedy at The Juilliard School. His performance credits for the Shakespeare Theatre Company include Fool in King Lear, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Master Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Corbaccio in Volpone, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Dromio of Ephesus and Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors, Touchstone in As You Like It (1989) and Parolles in All’s Well That Ends Well (1988 - Helen Hayes Award). Other performance credits include appearances at the Studio Theatre, Alley Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Alliance Theatre Company, Syracuse Stage, the American Stage Festival and Woolly Mammoth.
Andrew Long is a veteran of the Shakespeare Theatre Company stage where he recently appeared as Jaques in As You Like It, Albany in King Lear, Fainall in The Way of the World and Mark Antony in Julius Caesar 2008 and Antony and Cleopatra 2008. He has also appeared in Major Barbara, Edward II, Tamburlaine, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, as Coriolanus in Coriolanus 2000, Don Carlos, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet (Carter Barron), King Lear 1999, The Merchant of Venice 1999, Richard II 2000 and The Duchess of Malfi. Long appeared as Richard III at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and as Ben Jonson in Swansong by Patrick Page in NYC as part of the Summer Play Festival on 42nd Street. Locally he has appeared at Arena Stage, Studio Theatre (Helen Hayes Award), Theater J, Olney Theatre Center and Signature Theatre (most recently in I am My Own Wife). Regionally he has appeared at the Guthrie Theater (most recently in M Butterfly), Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pioneer Theatre, Chautauqua Theater and the Oregon, Illinois, New Jersey and Alabama Shakespeare festivals. He holds a BFA from the University of Nevada and an MFA from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival/University of Alabama.
Sabrina Mandell joins the Master Acting Class program as a guest teaching artist. She is the founder and Artistic Co-director of Happenstance Theater. She has written, produced and performed prolifically since the company's founding in 2006. Works have included Prufbox based on the TS Eliot poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”; The Seven Ages of Mime, Low Tide Hotel (voted Best Comedy of the 2007 Capital Fringe Festival); Manifesto! (a 2008 Capital Fringe hit with a subsequent run at the New York Clown Theatre Festival); and Cabaret CooCoo (Best Comedy, Capital Fringe Festival, 2009). They also created FarFar Oasis, a desert companion piece to Low Tide Hotel; Look Out Below! at Round House Bethesda; the Fringe hit, Handbook for Hosts and the Helen Hayes recommended Cabaret Macabre which has become an annual event and has toured to the New Orleans Fringe. Clown teaching credits include Washington Theater Lab, Constellation Theatre Co., Centerstage and Everyman in Baltimore, Universite St Anne in Clare, Nova Scotia, and Round House Theater. Sabrina performs regularly with the Big Apple Circus’ Clown Care Program in DC and Baltimore, and as "LaLa", partner to A Fool Named “O” at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. She is also a visual artist and poet.
Jennifer L. Nelson is a Washington DC-based theatre professional who has worked for more than 40 years as an actor, playwright, professor and director. She is the former Producing Artistic Director of the African Continuum Theatre Company (ACTCo) for whom she directed more than twenty full productions and readings. Other directing credits include productions at Ford’s Theatre, Round House, Theatre J, Forum, Imagination Stage, Adventure Theatre, Washington Shakespeare, Rep Stage, Everyman Theatre, the Hangar Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, the Fulton Theatre, Manhattan Class Company and the Kennedy Center Youth and Family Programs; also University of Maryland at College Park, University of Maryland Baltimore County, George Washington University, Virginia Commonwealth University and University of South Carolina. She is a graduate of the University of California at Davis.
Dat Ngo is the Training Programs Manager at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Dat was formerly the Assistant Director of Education and Outreach for Philadelphia Young Playwrights and the 2003–2004 Directing Fellow for Philadelphia Theatre Company. Over the past nine years, he has served as a teaching artist in Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Washington, DC for the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services, Intercultural Family Services, Asian Arts Initiative, Arts and Technology Academy Public Charter Elementary and DC Arts and Humanities Collaborative. He holds a BS in Film and Television from Boston University.
Alan Paul is the Associate Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company. At STC he has directed the Bard's Broadway production of The Boys From Syracuse, STC's 25th Anniversary Gala performance, the Free For All production of Twelfth Night as well as numerous readings for the theatre’s ReDiscovery Series. At STC he has assistant-directed 13 shows for Michael Kahn, David Muse, Rebecca Taichman, Gale Edwards, Mary Zimmerman, Jonathan Munby and Maria Aitken. Other directing credits include I Am My Own Wife at Signature Theatre, numerous productions at the Source Festival, Man of La Mancha at Catholic University, and regional productions of Richard II and Six Degrees of Separation. Last season he directed readings for Georgetown University’s Tennessee Williams Centennial Festival, Arena Stage’s Edward Albee Festival, and Six Degrees of Separation at the Phillips Collection.
Lorraine Ressegger is an affiliated teaching artist with the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Ressegger is an actor, fight choreographer and teaching artist whose teaching credits include STC, Washington National Opera, Round House Theatre and Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles). Ressegger is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors and the Globe Fighters Guild. She is a founding member of dog & pony dc and holds an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Nancy Robinette is a veteran of the Shakespeare Theatre Company stage, where she was recently seen in The Winter’s Tale and The Government Inspector. Other STC performances include Birdie in The Little Foxes, Aunt Nonnie in Sweet Bird of Youth, Mrs. Malaprop in The Rivals, the Duchess of Berwick in Lady Windemere's Fan, Mistress Quickly in Henry IV, Toinette in The Imaginary Invalid, Mistress Otter in The Silent Woman, Lady Bountiful in Beaux Strategem, and Lady Wishfort in Way of the World. Other recent D.C. roles include Florence Foster Jenkins in Souvenir, Nancy in Frozen, and Mother Courage in Mother Courage and Her Children. She has performed at the Old Globe Theatre, the McCarter and Papermill theatres in New Jersey, and at Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts, and at the New York Theatre Workshop and Roundabout in New York. She has been a guest teacher at George Mason University, and has taught at Woolly Mammoth Theatre and at Signature Theatre.
Marcy Spiro is joining Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Master Acting Class program as a guest teaching artist after five years on staff in STC’s Education department. While at STC, Marcy taught workshops to students of all ages, including introductory Shakespeare, community building, acting and improvisation basics, physicality and characterization. Marcy was formerly the Administrative Assistant in the Education & Outreach Department at Round House Theatre. She also teaches 3rd grade and 10th grade at a local Religious School. Marcy holds a BA in Arts Administration and Dance from State University of New York College at Fredonia.
Brent Stansell is the Training Programs Coordinator at the Shakespeare Theatre Company where he has been a teaching artist for over five years. He has also taught at The George Washington University, American University, Montgomery College, and The Catholic University of America, and as an affiliated teaching artist with the Folger Theatre and Round House Theatre. As a professional dramaturg with an MFA in Dramaturgy from Brooklyn College, he has devised original work with his company DC Theatre Collective, developed new plays most recently with The Inkwell, and has worked on productions with companies such as Round House Theatre and Forum Theatre. Brent has worked as an actor with several DC companies including Rorschach Theatre and the National Player’s Tour 55 out of the Olney Theatre Center. He has a BA in Dramatic Literature and in English with honors from The George Washington University.
Craig Wallace joins the class program as a guest teaching artist. He has appeared in numerous productions at the Shakespeare Theatre Company including the Tamburlaine, Edward II, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra and Romeo and Juliet. Other DC area credits include Permanent Collection, Tabletop and The Little Prince at Round House Theatre; Much Ado about Nothing, Othello in Othello, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet and Measure for Measure at Folger Theatre; Jitney at Ford’s Theatre; K2, All My Sons, The Great White Hope and Hot-n-Throbbing at Arena Stage; The Last Orbit of Billy Mars, Tommy J & Sally, Our Lady of 121st Street and Starving at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Cherry Orchard, The Soul Collector(world premiere) at Everyman Theatre; Angels in America, Parts 1&2(Helen Hayes Award Nomination for Part 2) at Signature Theatre. Wallace has worked regionally at Shakepeare Theatre of New Jersey, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Wallace trained at Howard University, BFA. The Pennsylvania State University, MFA. Royal National Theatre, London.
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 Associate Producer with Faction of Fools, as well as a book narrator for both Audible.com and the Library of Congress.
Samantha K. Wyer is the Director of Education of Shakespeare Theatre Company provides vision and direction for STC’s School, Community Engagement, Training and Audience Enrichment Programs. Previously, Ms. Wyer was Associate Artistic Director at Arizona Theatre Company in Tucson / Phoenix where her directing credits include Lost in Yonkers, The Lady with All the Answers, It’s a Wonderful Life, To Kill a Mockingbird (co-production with Kansas City Repertory Theatre), I Am My Own Wife, Tuesdays With Morrie, Permanent Collection, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Proof and Wit. Ms. Wyer has directed workshops of Wetback by Elaine Romero for Voice and Vision, NY, Arkansas Repertory Theatre and ATC, and has developed other Elaine Romero’s plays including, Ponzi, Barrio Hollywood, Like Heaven and Secret Things. Additional directing credits include An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Betrayal, The Philadelphia Story, Noises Off!, The Three Sisters, Two Gentlemen of Verona and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Arcadia, The Eight: Reindeer Monologues by Jeff Goode and Two Days of Grace at Middleham by Toni Press-Coffman, a play she also directed for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. She has been a guest director and instructor for University of Arizona, University of Missouri/Kansas City and Arizona State University. Ms. Wyer received her MFA in Directing from the University of Missouri and was awarded the Buffalo Exchange Arts Award by the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. She is a proud member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Union.
*Faculty subject to change.