Master Class Instructors

Tonya Beckman has appeared as an actor at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Kennedy Center, Round House Theatre, Arena Stage, Folger Theatre, Studio Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Theater J, as well as regionally at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Fulton Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Center Stage, Purple Rose Theatre, Totem Pole Playhouse, and Human Race Theatre, among others. She is also a company member at Taffety Punk Theatre Co. Her dialect coaching credits include productions at Woolly Mammoth, Theater J, Constellation Theatre, Lean & Hungry Theatre, Longacre Lea, and The Theatre Lab. She has taught at George Washington University, Shepherd University, Baldwin-Wallace College, Duke Ellington School for the Arts, The Theatre Lab, The Actors’ Center, and as a teaching artist for a variety of theatre companies. She received her MFA from Ohio University’s Professional Actor Training Program.


Dan Crane’s STC credits include Lord Grey in Richard III and Hounslow in The Beaux’ Stratagem. As an actor Dan has worked at companies across the United States, including Imagination Stage (Maryland), Kitchen Theatre (New York), Idaho Shakespeare Festival (Idaho), PCPA Theaterfest (California) and Portland Center Stage (Oregon). 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.


Gregory Linington is an actor and teacher, originally from Los Angeles, CA. DC credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest and Tartuffe (Co-Production with South Coast Rep and Berkeley Rep) at The Shakespeare Theatre; The Night Alive at Round House Theater; Equivocation (World Premiere Co-Production with Seattle Rep and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival) at Arena Stage; and Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter (World Premiere Co-Production with OSF) at The Kennedy Center. Other regional credits include the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, Center Theatre Group, PCPA and Yale Rep. He was a company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 12 years, where he was in productions of Love’s Labor’s Lost, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Henry V, Henry VI, Henry VIII, Troilus and Cressida, Titus Andronicus, As You Like It, The Cherry Orchard, Intimate Apparel, The Belle’s Stratagem, Wild Oats, among many others. He was a company member of Misery Loves Company in Prague, Czech Republic; a company dedicated to premiering new works and works presented in Czech and English – appearing in productions of As You Like It, Cloud Nine, Angels in America, King Stag and many others. He has appeared on television in Grey’s Anatomy, Shameless, Major Crimes and The West Wing and on film in Innocent Sleep, Persuasion and Harrison’s Flowers. Training includes the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, SITI Company, and The Groundlings. Mr. Linington taught for 12 years at Southern Oregon University, and worked with numerous teaching programs at OSF. He is a co-founder of the Los Angeles High School Shakespeare Project at Los Angeles High School, working with students with a variety of backgrounds, including ESL. Mr. Linington is also a reader for Audible.com, Graphic Audio and the Library of Congress. www.gregorylinington.com


Brenna McDonough is a professional actor with 25 years experience in feature films, commercials, and corporate videos in the New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. markets. Her commercial clients have included Duncan Hines, ATT, the IRS, McCormick Spices, Morgan Stanley, Prudential, American Express and Gorton’s Fish.  Her feature film credits include, Guarding Tess, Enemy of the State, and Head of State as well as several independent films, and TV credits include HBO’s Homicide: Life on the Streets and The Wire. She is also the co-Author of YOU CAN WORK ON-CAMERA (published by Heinemann).


Stephen Spotswood is a DC-based playwright, educator, producer and journalist. He received his MFA in Playwriting from Catholic University in 2009. He is a member of the next generation of the independent playwriting collective The Welders, an ensemble member with Forum Theatre and a company member with Pinky Swear Productions. He is the winner of the 2007 Paula Vogel Award, 2009 Mark Twain Award for Comic Playwriting, 2010 Christopher Brian Wolk Award, and the 2015 Larry Neal Award in Dramatic Writing. Produced works include: The Last Burlesque (Pinky Swear Productions); Walking The City of Silence and Stone (Forum Theatre); In The Forest, She Grew Fangs (Washington Rogues); We Tiresias (Best Drama, Capital Fringe Festival 2012); When the Stars Go Out (Bright Alchemy Theatre); Sisters of Ellery Hollow; The Resurrectionist King (Active Cultures Theatre); Off A Broken Road (Imagination Stage); and A Creation Story for Naomi (Bright Alchemy). You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter at @playwrightsteve, learn more about his upcoming projects at playwrightsteve.com, and read his plays on http://newplayexchange.org.


Brent Stansell is the Training Programs Manager at the Shakespeare Theatre Company where he has been a teaching artist for over eight years. He has also taught at The Catholic University of America, American University, Montgomery College, and The George Washington University, 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, has worked on productions with companies such as Round House Theatre, Forum Theatre and The Inkwell. 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.


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, Spooky Action, 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.


Gregory Wooddell is a graduate of The Juilliard School and now resides in Washington, DC. He has taught acting for the Shakespeare Theatre Company as well as Shakespeare for adults and children for City Hearts and Much Ado About Shakespeare in Los Angeles, CA, and for the Bendheim Performing Arts Center in Scarsdale, NY. He is a private audition coach in Washington, DC. As a professional actor, Gregory has performed for STC in As You Like It, The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband, Merchant of Venice, Cyrano, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Othello, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Twelfth Night, The Country Wife, Don Carlos, Richard II, and Comedy of Errors. Broadway credits include The Lyons and Cymbeline. Gregory has worked with Signature Theatre (DC), Arena Stage, McCarter Theatre Center, the Vineyard Theatre (a world premiere by Nicky Silver), Philadelphia Theatre Company (a world premiere by Terrance McNally), Huntington Theatre (a world premiere by David Grimm), Encores! at City Center, Red Bull Theatre, Clurman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Bay Street Theatre, Alley Theatre, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis and Shakespeare On The Sound. Television credits include Person of Interest, 30 Rock, The Good Wife, Third Watch and recurring roles on Guiding Light, One Life to Live and Days of Our Lives.