The Groundlings (Ages 4-6)
Lead Instructor: Isaac Gish
Isaac Gish is an actor currently studying Theatre at Murray State University. His favorite Musical is Little Shop of Horrors, his favorite Shakespeare play is Titus Andronicus, and he can quote the Entirety of The Bee Movie. He is very much looking forward to this summer with Kentucky Shakespeare!!
The Groundlings (Ages 4-6)
Co-Lead Instructor: Michaela Morris
Michaela Morris is a sophomore at Northern Kentucky University. She has spent 6 years at Camp Shakespeare as a camper and is excited to be invited to return this year as a co-instructor. As a theatre major with a major love for theatre, she cannot wait to help out this summer and share what she has learned.
The Noblings (Ages 7-8)
Lead Instructor: Shawn Franklin
Also the Instructor for Locust Grove!
Shawn is excited to return to Camp Shakespeare for his second year after working with the Noblings 1 last summer. He graduated from Hanover College in 2016 with a degree in Theatre. When he was not acting, he enjoyed improv, stage combat and his trip to Stratford-upon-Avon to study Shakespeare. Since he has graduated Shawn he has moved back to Louisville and has joined the local group Improv Anonymous. He looks forward to teaching Shakespeare and watching the campers have fun and engage in artistic expression!
The Noblings (Ages 7-8)
Co-Lead Instructor: Anna Marie Kemple
Anna Marie is a senior English and Theatre major at Hanover College. She has acted in numerous Shakespeare productions throughout her academic career, including Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Love's Labour's Lost, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Anna Marie also has experience working with children and tutoring in English. Recently, she won the Lowes Award in English for her research paper on gender in Much Ado About Nothing. She is looking forward to culminating this experience to provide a fun and educational experience for those at camp this summer!
The Noblings (Ages 9-10)
Lead Instructor: Tessa McShane
Tessa McShane graduated from Hanover College in 2017 with a degree in Theatre, focusing on acting and Shakespeare. Alongside the shows she has performed at Hanover, she has enjoyed working with River's Institute Traveling Theatre, practicing stage combat, and traveling to England to study and perform Shakespeare. This is her third year with Camp Shakespeare and she can't wait to work with campers both new and old!
Co-Instructor: Isaiah Hein
Isaiah Hein is happy to be a part of the Camp Shakespeare experience! Isaiah is a 5th year senior at the University of Louisville, where he is pursuing a marketing and psychology degree. He is actively involved with UofL Theatre Arts as well as multiple other theatre companies across the Louisville area. He has previously worked with Kentucky Shakespeare as an Assistant Stage Manager for their production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. His last Bard role at UofL was the Duke of Cornwall in King Lear. As always, he looks forward to educating young artists about the depth and power of Shakespeare!
The Revelers (Ages 11-12)
Lead Instructor: Andrew Stairs
Andrew Stairs is an honest Puck. After teaching and performing at schools throughout the state and region as an Artist Educator for Kentucky Shakespeare, he is elated to return for his third summer with campers. He is an MAT candidate at Bellarmine University for secondary English education, holds a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from Centre College, and has studied abroad in England, including an immersive experience in Stratford-upon-Avon. Andrew previously served as an international tour actor/director for the Missoula Children's Theatre—acting, directing, and teaching in 36 weeklong residencies across the Midwest, Pacific Northwest, Canada, and Alaska. Now home in Louisville, he continues to perform and share his passion for the arts and education; he recently debuted with the company as a Tragedian in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Other favorite Bard credits include Ferdinand (The Tempest) and Macbeth. Andrew is eager to explore Shakespeare with Revelers and welcome campers seasoned and new. The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen what’s in store!
Co-Lead Instructor: Sara Thesing
Sara Thesing is from Berea, KY. She is currently pursuing a BA in Dramatic Arts and English at Centre College. From Centre, some of her favorite acting credits include Catherine (Proof) and Pip/ Captain Peleg (Moby Dick). She has volunteered at several summer drama camps in the past, and, as a lover of Shakespeare, she is very excited to join the KY Shakespeare team!
The Revelers (Ages 13-14)
Lead Instructor: Sidney Edwards
This is Sidney's first year working with Kentucky Shakespeare Camp as an instructor for the Revelers. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from William Peace University in Raleigh NC, and is currently pursing her Master's of Fine Arts in Performance from The University of Louisville. Previous experience includes Director of Summer Camp for Lakeland Cultural Arts Center in Littleton NC, two years as an instructor with The Justice Theater Projectsummer camp in Raleigh NC, and a five month mid-west tour with Missoula Children's Theater based in Missoula, Montana. Her favorite Shakespearean show is A Midsummer Night's Dream. Sidney is excited to be a part of the team this year and is looking forward to a great summer!
The Revelers (Ages 13-14)
Co-Lead Instructor: Colleen Beasley
A senior theatre and communication major from Hanover College. She does much of the technical work for the productions. She worked as a camp counselor for 3 different Girl Scout camps in Indiana.
The Globe Players (Ages 15-18)
Director: Kyle Ware
Kyle is the director of The Globe Players Conservatory for the 2017 summer season. He is also the Director of Education for Kentucky Shakespeare throughout the year and an actor for the company, most recently appearing in Stratford-upon-Avon for Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations, including the opening of the BBC’s live coverage, Kentucky Shakespeare’s first full indoor production, Twelfth Night, and on the Central Park Stage last summer in Macbeth. Kyle was thrilled to be a part of Kentucky Shakespeare’s record-setting 2014 summer season, appearing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V, Hamlet and Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble’s swan song production, As You Like It.. He can be seen as Antigonus in this season's production of The Winter’s Tale. Kyle is co-artistic director of Think Thank Theatre and formerly Co-Producing Founding Artistic director of the much beloved Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble, two devised works theatre companies. Kyle is thrilled to direct the talented Globe Players ensemble in The Merchant of Venice this summer.
Camp Shakespeare at The Clifton Center (Ages 7-15)
Lead Instructor: Talleri McRae
Talleri (pronounced like Valerie with a T) made Louisville her home six years ago, and she is looking forward to teaching with Kentucky Shakespeare this summer! In summers past, Talleri has taught and administered camps at StageOne Family Theatre, and works as a visiting teaching artist at local elementary and high schools in Kentuckiana. She loves good stories, fungames, and working together, so she can’t wait to bring some of her favorite Shakespeare characters to life during camp! Come play!
Co-Lead Instructor: Patrick Koshewa
Patrick is honored to work with Kentucky Shakespeare this summer! He previously worked with Kentucky Shakespeare as a Globe Player during their production of Love's Labor's Lost playing the character Costard! Patrick has enjoyed performing in shows throughout high school at Sacred Heart, St.Xavier High School, Presentation High School, along with Acting Against Cancer. Patrick is a recent graduate of St. Xavier High School and currently attends Northern Kentucky University for his undergrad!