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Ian Gallanar Founding Artistic Director
Lesley Malin Executive Producing Director
A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Ian Gallanar
Directed by Lizzi Albert and Erin Bone Steele
Production Manager: Sarah Curnoles
Production Stage Manager: Alexis E. Davis
Scenic Designer, Technical Director: Dan O’Brien
Costume Designer: Kristina Lambdin
Sound Designer: Cheryl J. Williams
Music Director: Grace Srinivasan
Christmas Eve in Baltimore, 1843
CAST (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
Brendan Edward Kennedy+
Zachary Rosen (Male Understudy)
Lauren Engler (Female Understudy)+
YOUTH CAST (in alphabetical order)
Gennie Bone Steele
Penny Bone Steele
ARTISTIC AND CREATIVE TEAM
Lizzi Albert - Co Director+
Erin Bone Steele - Co Director+
Sarah Curnoles - Production Manager+
Alexis E. Davis - Stage Manager+
Magdalene Urban - Assistant Stage Manager
Kristina Lambdin - Costume Designer+
Dan O'Brien - Lighting and Scenic Designer/Technical Director+
Cole Owens - Props Designer
Cheryl J. Williams - Sound Designer
Sandy Spence - Hair, Wig, and Makeup Designer
Nellie Glover - Dance Choreographer+
Grace Srinivasan - Music Director+
Melina Hawk - Wardrobe Supervisor
Jonathan Kollin - Light Board Operator
Majenta Thomas - Run Crew
Keche Arrington, Kate Forton, Elizabeth Ung - Child Wranglers
Ellie Skoda - Health Safety Manager
Dr. Bob Connors – CSC Covid Health Advisor
Pam Forton - Senior House Manager+
Donna Burke, Candice Christmas, Abigail Funk, Stacy Morrison - House Managers
+ CSC COMPANY MEMBER
This production is dedicated to the memory of Tyler Groton.
Show Sponsor PNC Bank
There will be no intermission.
Please note A Christmas Carol will feature fog and light effects
Videotaping, recording, and photography of any kind are prohibited during the performance.
Graphic illustrations and Logo by Brandon W Vernon, based on a concept by Sandra Barton.
CSC Volunteers and Ushers, The Studio at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company,
Doctor Bob Connors, Aldervan Daly, Jesús Lopez and Armando Acosta, Anna Mills Russell, Vision Outdoor Media, Maryland Public Television
A Christmas Carol Renewal
After twenty months of sitting sadly empty and unused, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s beautiful theatre is at last being visited by our favorite spirits—you!
Like Ebenezer Scrooge, we all have survived a long and strange nightmare where little made sense. And now, after almost two years, we can finally come together again.
Our outdoor summer production of Pericles was a huge triumph (one intensified when no one associated with the show got sick) but the Delta variant that unnerved the world led us to cancel our indoor fall production.
Resolute, our staff and board decided that we at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company needed to get back to performing indoors and give you the chance to decide to return. A Christmas Carol seemed the perfect show to resume our work, featuring the beloved story that, as they say, “invented Christmas.”
In order to perform indoors, we have, like all performing arts organizations, had to scramble to create protocols and guidelines to keep both our performers, crews, and staff safe and ensure you in our audiences were safe as well. We had to make and unmake and revise a hundred major and minor decisions. This was all complicated by the fact that we felt that A Christmas Carol without Tiny Tim would be a little less heartfelt. Fortunately, the vaccination for young children came out in time to help protect our youngest performers.
Returning patrons will see some changes to Ian Gallanar’s delightful Baltimore-based adaptation in order to keep the production intermission-less and to offer some new surprises. We hope you’ll enjoy them all.
Our medical advisor, Dr. Robert Connors, vigorously encouraged us to move forward—masked, vaccinated, and without our popular bars open--saying that it was essential that folks begin to return to doing the things that we love and care about after this long, painful COVID time.
And isn’t that what Scrooge does at the end of A Christmas Carol? After years of misery and miserliness, he “opens his shut-up heart freely” and embraces humanity, love, and Christmas.
And isn’t that just what you’ve done? Congratulations for making that journey tonight along with Scrooge. Welcome back. We’ve never been so happy to see you.
Lesley Malin, Producing Executive Director
CAST PHOTOS (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
“I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly.”
Their faithful Friend and Servant, C.D. December, 1843
Charles Dickens was the son of John Dickens, a naval clerk, and Elizabeth Barrow, who aspired to be a teacher. In 1824, when he was just 12 years old, his father was sent to debtor’s prison. The family was living in a poor neighborhood in London. Charles left school to work in a rundown boot-blacking factory. In 1827, he found work as an office boy, and in a couple years began freelance reporting at the law courts of London and later for two London newspapers. He also submitted sketches to magazines and newspapers, which in 1836 were compiled in a book. His experiences left him with a concern for impoverished children, and influenced his writing, as seen in Oliver Twist (published 1838) and A Christmas Carol (published 1843), among many of his short stories, novels, and plays. A Christmas Carol was an immediate hit, selling 6,000 copies.
-Courtesy of the BBC
A Glimpse of the 1800's
1800 – Alexander Brown arrived in Baltimore from Ireland, and with his sons launched a linen business; later, they expanded into cotton, shipping and investments and became financial giants. The city’s population then was 27,000.
1807 – The College of Medicine of Maryland (later known as University of Maryland) was chartered.
1830 – B&O Railroad began America’s first commercial railroad passenger service (horse-drawn), from Baltimore to Ellicott City. Steam locomotives were added in 1832.
1835 – Edgar Allan Poe, about age 25, left his Baltimore home at No. 3 Amity Street to edit the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond, VA.
1840 – With an estimated population of 102,000, Baltimore was the second largest urban center in the country. Only New York City was larger. A gritty city, Baltimore was a center of shipbuilding, trade and finance. Maryland was a slaveholding state, but Baltimore also had the largest free black community in the country, roughly 26,000 people, comprising about one quarter of the city’s population. Their rights were severely restricted and frequently challenged, leaving many destitute, but others achieved a measure of economic success in trades and built their own churches and schools. Around 1840, a wave of German and Irish immigrants poured into the city.
1840 – The city skyline of the 1840s included the Baltimore Basilica, America’s first cathedral; the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon, which was built from 1815-1829; the red brick Phoenix Shot Tower, which was for a long time the tallest structure in the city; and the St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church on Front Street. The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery -- the world’s first dental college – was founded in 1840; it is today part of University of Maryland.
1842 – Charles Dickens toured America and stayed in Baltimore at Barnum’s City Hotel, located at Calvert and Fayette Streets.
1843 – In England, the first Christmas card was invented. Prominent Baltimore attorney and Star-Spangled Banner writer Francis Scott Key died at the home of his daughter, a mansion on the site now occupied by Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church.
1844 – The Maryland Historical Society was founded. Builders of the telegraph first tried laying cable underground in 1843, and by 1844 decided instead to string the line on poles from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore; Samuel B. Morse successfully sent the message, “What hath God wrought” in 1844. Eastern High School and Western High School, for girls, opened.
1845 – Construction on Lloyd Street Synagogue was completed. Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, an African-American abolitionist and poet who was born free in Baltimore, published her first book of poetry, Forest Leaves. Frederick Douglass, who escaped slavery in Baltimore in 1838, published his autobiographical Narrative
Gregory Burgess (Ebenezer Scrooge) is a CSC Company Member, and has performed in CSC’s productions of Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2; The Winter’s Tale; The Fantasticks; Richard III (2017 and 2012); Anne of the Thousand Days; Wild Oats; A Christmas Carol (2014-2018); Titus Andronicus (2015); The Importance of Being Earnest; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014 and 2010); As You Like It; The Merry Wives of Windsor; The Taming of the Shrew (2017 and 2013); and The Merchant of Venice, among many others. His training includes The Martin Blank Studio, the Shakespeare Theater, and Howard University.
Kathryne Daniels (Mrs. Fezziwig, Mary Pickersgill, and others) is a Company Member and Teaching Artist for CSC. She has appeared with CSC in Dracula; Macbeth; Romeo and Juliet (movable and matinees); Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2; Julius Caesar; and A Christmas Carol. Other credits include Sex with Strangers (Fells Point Corner Theater); Urinetown (Stillpointe Theater); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Baltimore Shakespeare Factory); A New Brain, Cloud 9, and Wild Party (Iron Crow Theatre). She holds a BA from Jacksonville State University.
Jonas Connors-Grey (Mr. Fezziwig, The Ghost of Christmas Present) is a CSC Company Member and has worked with CSC since 2012, when he appeared in Pride and Prejudice and Romeo and Juliet. Other CSC credits include Richard II, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Richard III, and Measure for Measure. Jonas currently teaches at The Odyssey School in Maryland.
Diana Gonzalez-Ramirez (Young Belle, the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come, and others) is making her CSC debut. Previous acting credits include La Llamada de Sylvia Mendez: Separate is Never Equal (GALA Hispanic Theatre); East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Avant Bard); Self (Too Much Damn Theatre); Taming of the Shrew (Fat and Greasy Citizen's Brigade); and The Trojan Women Project (Helen Hayes Award Nomination for Best Ensemble) at Brave Spirits Theatre.
Jose Guzman (Bob Crachit and The Ghost Jacob Marley) is the CSC Institutional Giving Manager, a Company Member and Teaching Artist who has appeared with CSC in The Adventures of Pericles; Love's Labour's Lost; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Winter’s Tale; and many others. Additional productions in the DC area include Ana in the Tropics (GALA Hispanic Theatre) and Taming of the Shrew (Lean & Hungry Theatre). In 2018, Jose won the James MacArthur Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play, and a Helen Hayes Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train (1st Stage Theater). Jose holds an MA in Theatre from Binghamton University.
Isaiah Harvey (Fred, Young Scrooge, and others) is returning to CSC for his second production of A Christmas Carol. Past CSC credits include Dracula; A Christmas Carol; and Romeo and Juliet with other credits including Wit with Fells Point Corner Theatre and Etched in the Wall with We Happy Few.
Carolyn Kashner (The Ghost of Christmas Past, Laura, and others) has previously performed with CSC in A Christmas Carol and Romeo and Juliet (Student Matinees). Other credits include Pride and Prejudice (Baltimore Center Stage); Kid Victory (u/s) (Signature Theatre); Witness for the Prosecution (Olney Theatre Center); American Spies and Other Homegrown Fables, The Late Wedding, Leto Legend, and Failure: A Love Story (Helen Hayes nomination - Best Supporting Actress in a Play) (The Hub Theatre); What We're Up Against, National Pastime, Rent, Man of La Mancha (The Keegan Theatre) The Wonderful World of Dissocia (Theatre Alliance); Harvey; The Last 5 Years at 1st Stage; and 45 Plays for 45 Presidents, Crimes of the Heart, Richard III (NextStop Theatre Company). carolynkashner.com.
Brendan Edward Kennedy (Topper, Robert Cary Long, Josiah, and others) is an actor and singer from Silver Spring, Maryland. He recently performed with CSC in She Stoops to Conquer; A Midsummer Night's Dream; and The Winter's Tale. Other recent productions include Brave Spirits; Theatre's Henry IV Parts 1 & 2; Henry V; Henry VI Part 1; and Richard III. BEKennedy.net.
Molly Moores (Mrs. Cratchit) has been a CSC Company Member and Teaching Artist since 2011. She most recently appeared in CSC's production of The Adventures of Pericles (2021). Previously with CSC: A Christmas Carol (2014-2019); Macbeth (movable 2019); Macbeth (student matinee 2019); Romeo and Juliet (student matinee 2015-2020); Henry IV Parts 1 and II; A Midsummer Night's Dream (2018 and 2011); The Winter's Tale; Julius Caesar; Anne of the Thousand Days; The Three Musketeers; Macbeth (2016); Much Ado About Nothing; Richard II; The Taming of the Shrew (2013); Antony and Cleopatra; Pride and Prejudice; Romeo and Juliet (2012); and The Merchant of Venice. www.mollymoores.com.
B’Jion Wright (Miss Winthrop, Dorothy, and others) is making her CSC Debut. She has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Catawba College, class of 2018. Since then, she’s been an actor at the American Immersion Theater and A Murder Mystery company that performs in the DMV area. Some of her credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Just Off Broadway); Sister Act: The Musical (Piedmont Players); Godspell (Catawba College), and Measure for Measure (Overlea Arts Festival).
Thomas Alex Jones (Billy Cratchit, Want, and others) is in the 7th grade at the Waldorf School of Baltimore. He is making his acting and CSC debut.
Vivian Klepper (Martha Cratchit) is in the 7th grade at The GreenMount School, and has previously appeared with CSC in A Christmas Carol as Mary, Elizabeth, and Tiny Tim.
Ryan Macdonald (Andrew Cratchit, and others) is in the 8th grade at Waldorf School of Baltimore and has previously appeared with CSC in A Christmas Carol four times as Andrew Cratchit and a School Boy.
Jaylen Palmer (Schoolboy Scrooge, Peter Cratchit, and others) is in the 10th grade at Baltimore School for the Arts as a Theater Major. He is making his CSC debut.
Genevieve Steele (Fanny and Mary Cratchit) is in the 4th grade in Spanish Immersion at William Tyler Page Elementary School and is making her CSC debut.
Penelope Steele (Tiny Tim, Ignorance, and others) is in the 2nd grade in Spanish Immersion at William Tyler Page Elementary School and is making her CSC debut.
Erin Bone Steele (Co-Director) is a CSC Company Member and directed Love's Labour's Lost and The Importance of Being Earnest for the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Other CSC credits include assistant directing or dramaturgy work on The Winter’s Tale, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Antony and Cleopatra, Pride and Prejudice, Cyrano de Bergerac, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Country Wife. She has served on several of CSC's play reading committees and co-curated CSC's exhibit on the life of Ira Aldridge. Erin holds a Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies and taught at The University of Maryland (College Park), Trinity (Washington), Shepherd University (Shepherdstown WV), and Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore) where she recently directed Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale. Erin currently runs the after-school theatre program for Avalon & Brookewood Schools (Kensington, MD). Community directing credits include Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson; On the Razzle; Anton in Show Business; and a different adaptation of A Christmas Carol for Silver Spring Stage. She also directed Finding the Sun for the Edward Albee Festival at Arena Stage, and directed Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the two inaugural productions of the Appalachian Shakespeare Project at Concord University, which marked a return to her hometown of Athens, WV where she was in her first Shakespeare play at age eight. She is settled now in Silver Spring with her husband and two young daughters.
Lizzi Albert (Co-Director)is a CSC Company Member and former Associate Artistic Director. Previous directing credits with CSC include The Tempest at the PFI (2017), Blood and Courage's inaugural production All's Well That Ends Well (2015), and Macbeth for CSC's collaboration with NDMU (2015). She served as Assistant Director on Alice in Wonderland (2018) and The Taming of the Shrew (2013). Lizzi has also performed in many CSC productions, including Richard III, Anne of the Thousand Days, Wild Oats, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Uncle Vanya. In 2018, Lizzi directed a slate of short plays by local playwright Jack Novak under the title This Historic Night as part of the Capital Fringe Festival. Regional acting credits include Collected Stories (Peter’s Alley), the world premiere of Alexandra Petri’s Never Never (Barabbas Theatre), Absolutely! Perhaps (Constellation Theater Company) and Bang the Drum Slowly (The American Century Theater). In October, Lizzi performed her original monologue “The Family” as a finalist in the Howard County Rising Star Performing Arts Competition. She has taught acting for all ages throughout the DC-Baltimore region, including at CSC. She holds an M.A. in Acting from the University of Essex, where she participated in residencies at Shakespeare’s Globe and GITIS in Moscow, and a B.F.A. in Theater from NYU/Stella Adler. Her work on this show is in memory of Tyler Groton. www.lizzialbert.com.
Sarah Curnoles (Production Manager) (See Staff Bios)
Alexis E. Davis (Stage Manager) was the Stage Manager for CSC’s Dracula; Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2; She Stoops to Conquer; Alice in Wonderland; Romeo and Juliet (student matinees: 2016-2019); Red Velvet; A Christmas Carol (2017 - 2019); Julius Caesar; The Fantasticks; and Othello; and Assistant Stage Manager for A Christmas Carol (2016). Previous credits include: Stage Manager for A Beginner’s Guide to Deicide and Drunk Enough to Say I Love You at Single Carrot. Assistant Stage Manager for By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; stage crew for TopDog/Underdog; and Stage Management Intern for God of Carnage with Everyman Theatre. She has also been a Stage Management intern for Wild! With Happy! at Baltimore Center Stage. Alexis holds a bachelor’s degree in Theater Production from McDaniel College.
Magdalene L. Urban (Assistant Stage Manager) has previously worked with CSC as the stage management intern on Love’s Labour’s Lost (2019), light board operator on A Christmas Carol (2019), and Covid Health Safety Manager on The Adventures of Pericles (2020). Her theatrical management credits include Rumors (The Colonial Players) and In The Heights, The Producers, and 9 to 5 (Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre). Magdalene holds a BA in Theatre, Design & Production from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Kristina Lambdin (Resident Costume Designer & Business Manager) (See Staff Bios)
Dan O’Brien (Technical Director & Facilities Manager) (See Staff Bios)
Chester Stacy (Scenic Carpenter, Painter, and Assistant Technical Director) (See Staff Bios)
Cole Owens (Properties Designer) is working on their first production of A Christmas Carol with CSC. Previously, they worked as a property designer on Measure for Measure, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) in 2020.
Cheryl J. Williams (Sound Designer) is returning to CSC, having previously been Sound Designer on Red Velvet under the direction of her friend, Dr. Shirley Basfield Dunlap. Cheryl has been a professor of theatre and religion studies for over 30 years, having taught a wide range of theatre courses, at various universities including: Morgan State; University of Maryland, College Park; and the University of Ghana (West Africa). She has worked nationally and internationally as a professional director, lighting and sound designer. Ms Williams received a Master of Fine Arts from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts in Theatre (Stage Management); a Bachelor of Arts from Iowa State University and a Master of Theology from Virginia Union University (Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology) and Johnnie Colemon Theology Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.
Sandra Spence (Hair & Makeup Designer) has worked at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company as both Hair/Makeup Designer and Costume Designer, most recently designing costumes for Measure for Measure in 2020. She has also designed costumes at NextStop Theatre Company, UMBC, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre and Illinois Shakespeare Festival among others. Her design experience also includes 8 years as a Fashion Designer in Seattle and New York City. Sandy was nominated for a 2019 Helen Hayes award in the Outstanding Costume Design. She holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Utah and a MFA in Costume Design from Illinois State University. Her work can be seen at www.sandyspence.com.
Nellie Glover (Resident Choreographer) Previous work with CSC includes Pride and Prejudice, She Stoops to Conquer, Alice in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, The Fantasticks, Anne of the Thousand Days, and The Taming of the Shrew.
Grace Srinivasan (Resident Music Director) has programmed and arranged the music for CSC productions since 2016. A soprano who performs a wide-ranging repertoire throughout the region, she appeared as a soloist in a program of works inspired by Shakespeare’s plays, If Music Be the Food of Love, with CSC artists, the Peabody Baroque Band, and the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble. Grace holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory and sings professionally at St. Stephen Martyr Church and the National Cathedral. www.gracesrinivasan.com.
Ellie Skoda (Health Safety Manager) is returning to CSC as the Health Safety Manager for this production. Additionally, she also assists in the Box Office. Ellie graduated with a Bachelors in Theatre Arts at McDaniel College in May of 2021.
Melina Hawk (Wardrobe Supervisor) previously worked as Wardrobe Supervisor on CSC’s Red Velvet and Romeo and Juliet. Additionally, they worked as a wardrobe supervisor or dresser on many productions at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, including Dreamgirls; A Christmas Carol; Assassins; Million Dollar Quartet; West Side Story; and Rock of Ages; as well as Girlfriend at Signature Theatre
Jonathan Kollin (Light Board Operator) previously worked as a entrepreneur and non-profit administrator for 40 years; Jonathan took to the theater during retirement while in Mexico and has worked as Light Board Operator with CSC since 2016.
Majenta Thomas (Run Crew) is working with CSC for the first time. A Baltimore-based actor and theater artist, she graduated with a BFA in Acting from UMBC. Majenta's theatre experience includes set construction, and acting. Previously, she was in The Cosby Satires (The Strand Theater) and Rachel (Rapid Lemon Productions). You can listen to her podcast, “We’ll Figure it Out” on Spotify.
Ian Gallanar (Founding Artistic Director, A Christmas Carol Adaptor) In addition to founding the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in 2002, Ian has worked as a professional actor, director, and writer for more than 150 professional productions. He has directed 40 productions for CSC. Previously, Ian has served as Artistic Director for the National Theatre for Children, Minnesota Shakespeare in the Park, and the Repertory Theater of America. Ian is a proud member of the distinguished National Theatre Conference and the Dramatists Guild of America; a Helen Hayes Tribute Award, Telly Award, and Howie Award (Howard County Arts Council) winner. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he is a Member of the College of Fine Arts Advancement Council. He is Immediate Past President of the international Shakespeare Theatre Association, an organization for professional Shakespeare companies around the globe.
Lesley Malin (Producing Executive Director) is a founder of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, and served as its Managing Director since 2003. She managed CSC’s building renovation of an 1885 bank into our modern Shakespeare playhouse as well as the associated $6.7 million capital campaign. She has performed in 28 CSC productions and previously in New York. She was, for 20 years, Vice President of the Board of Trustees of The Lark, the landmark new play development center in New York City, where she earlier was Managing Director. She served for five years on the Executive Committee of the international Shakespeare Theatre Association and organized its annual conference that CSC hosted in Baltimore in 2017. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, NYU’s Arts Management program, Leadership Howard County, and LEADERship Baltimore (2018).
Jane Coffey (Director of Development) is a business development, sales and IT professional who has worked in the banking, staffing, IT, and renewable energy industries, most recently with Microsoft and Clean Choice Energy. Jane has served on the Board of Trustees for Arts Education Alliance of Maryland (AEMS) since 2017. She served on the Board of Trustees of Chesapeake Shakespeare Company from 2006 to 2015, and for several years was its president. She is an ardent supporter of the arts in Baltimore. Her husband is the professional musician and song writer Arty Hill and her daughter, Josie, is an animation artist-in-training at the Columbus College of Art and Design
Michael Lonegro (Director of Operations and Finance) was the lighting designer for CSC’s Julius Caesar (2017) and has operated lighting for numerous CSC productions. He is a member of the Resident Technical and Design Company. Before joining CSC in 2014, he studied law at the University of Maryland and comparative literature at the University of Chicago and worked for 10 years as a university press editor. He holds a BA from Yale University, where he also designed lighting for undergraduate and graduate theatre productions.
Kristina Lambdin (Resident Costume & Business Manager) won the Broadway World Best Costume Design award for her designs for A Christmas Carol (2016). Some of her costuming credits with CSC include Dracula (2013 and 2019); The Diary of Anne Frank; She Stoops to Conquer; Alice in Wonderland; Red Velvet; Anne of the Thousand Days; The Fantasticks; Macbeth (2016); A Christmas Carol (2014-2018); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2005, 2011 and 2014); The Importance of Being Earnest; The Taming of the Shrew (2006 and 2013); Romeo and Juliet (2003, 2012, and student matinees 2015-2019); A Doll’s House; As You Like It (Broadway World Best of Baltimore Award); and The Country Wife. Broadway World named her as a top artist of the 2007 Baltimore Theatre, and she won the Greater Baltimore Theater Award for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2005). For more than a decade, she served as the Costume Supervisor for the Baltimore Opera Company and then Lyric Opera Baltimore.
Brandon W. Vernon (Marketing Manager & Graphic Designer) is an animator, illustrator, and graphic designer who has worked for numerous publications and theatres, including as the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. He served as the Dramaturg for Dracula (2019). He holds an MFA in Visual Communication from Jacksonville State University in Alabama, and a BFA in Traditional Animation from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has designed for theatre, film, television, and has been a featured artist on MTV.com.
Sarah Curnoles (Production Manager) stage managed with CSC for Much Ado About Nothing, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Dracula, A Doll’s House, The Tempest, and Henry V. Before working at CSC, she was self-employed as a life coach. She has also worked at Center Stage as the Executive Assistant to the Artistic and Managing Directors. Sarah created and directed A Fool’s Paradise: 30 Shakespeare Scenes in 60 Minutes which was performed at the Baltimore Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and various stages around Baltimore.
Daniel O’Brien (Technical Director & Facilities Manager) is a founding member of CSC. Daniel has performed, designed scenery, lights, and served as Technical Director for many productions (among other jobs too numerous to name). He oversaw the construction of CSC’s theatre in Baltimore and designed the sets and lighting for Macbeth (2016); for the inaugural season plays A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Richard II; Romeo and Juliet (2015-2019); A Christmas Carol (2014-2019), and many others.
Ron Heneghan (Director of Education) oversees education programs for CSC. More than 13,000 students attended performances in the 2018-2019 student matinee program, while the in-school residency, where CSC Teaching Artists embed in English/Language Arts classrooms as a resource for teachers and a learning experience for their students, served more than 2,500 students in Baltimore City, Baltimore, Anne Arundel, and Howard Counties. Ron is a member of the CSC Resident Acting Company and a member of Actors’ Equity Association. He holds an MFA from the University of Washington and a BS from the University of Maryland.
Gerrad Alex Taylor (Associate Artistic Director) directed Dracula (2019); A Christmas Carol (2018); and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2018), and co-directed Henry IV, Part 2 (2019) for CSC. Gerrad also teaches in the theatre departments at Johns Hopkins University, UMBC and George Washington University. He holds a BA in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has worked as an actor, director, and educator for theaters and educational institutions across the country including the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Pacific Conservatory Theatre-PCPA, Everyman Theatre, Constellation Theatre Company, Washington Stage Guild, and the Children's Theatre of Annapolis. He is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association and leads CSC's Black Classical Acting Ensemble.
Jose Guzman (Institutional Giving Manager) is a CSC Resident Actor and Teaching Artist who has appeared in 18 CSC productions since 2009. He is an education, public affairs, and managerial professional who has worked for the School District of Palm Beach County, New York City Board of Education, and recently, The Pew Charitable Trusts. Jose holds an BA in Mathematics from Florida Atlantic University and an MA in Theatre from Binghamton University.
Mandy Benedix (Box Office Manager) previously worked as the Audience Relations and Box Office Manager at Baltimore Centerstage. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a BFA in Theater. She has had the pleasure of living and working in Chicago and New York prior to calling Baltimore her home.
Pamela S. Forton (Senior House Manager) supports the Box Office and coordinates many of the front-of-house and patron services that make audiences feel welcome in our beautiful theater and at the Ruins.
Miranda Solomon (Marketing & Development Assistant) assists and supports CSC’s marketing and development teams in promoting and funding CSC's work. She previously worked at Omnibus Theatre, a small fringe theatre in London, UK, as a marketing intern. She holds a B.S. in Economics and a minor in Marketing from the Sigmund Weis School of Business at Susquehanna University.
Chester Stacy (Scenic Carpenter/Painter, and Assistant Technical Director) has designed, built, and painted many CSC productions, including Alice in Wonderland, The Fantasticks, Red Velvet, and Titus Andronicus; and for Baltimore Center Stage’s Thoughts of a Colored Man and Shakespeare in Love. Chester Creates LLC, has provided film production design for The Night Watchmen, set decoration for House of Cards and The Wire; and environmental graphics for Crunch Fitness, Royal Caribbean, Bmore Greek Grill, and Healthy Highlandtown.
Russell Laury (Porter) worked with Southway Builders on the transformation of our landmark building into a beautiful Downtown Baltimore theater before joining the CSC staff.
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The Friends of Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
Tom and Nancy Brandt
Edward and Nanci Feltham
The Flieger Family
Scott Helm and Lesley Malin/The Helm Foundation
Robert and Gladys Helm
Pam and Sam Himmelrich, Jr.
Robin and Don Hough
Charlton and Patrick Hughes
Jeanne E. Marsh
Chris and Sarah Meyers
Mary and James Miller
David Warnock and Michele Speaks
Mary Jo and Ted Wiese
Ruby and Bob Hearn
Bill and Ruth Henry
Eva P. Higgins, in honor of CSC's Two Leading Ladies, Lesley Malin Helm and Laura A. Boydston
Renée Lane-Kunz and Werner Kunz
Jack and Donna McCann
Linda and Jeff Pieplow
Mark and Joanne Pollak
Kyoko and Steve Redd
Wally and Brenda Stone
Paul and Chandler Tagliabue, in honor of Emily Rockefeller
Penny Thompson and Charlie Riesz
Matt and Sarah Wilson
Anonymous, in memory of Barry Neal Ochrach
Kevin G. and Susan A. Burke
Virginia Tyler Campbell
Yara Cheikh and Firmin DeBrabander
Jeff and Carolyn Crooks
David Donelson and Joan Speer
John C. Eisner and Jennifer Dorr White
Joseph Ferlise and Barry Carter
Kevin and Sherry Frick
Dennis J. Gallagher
Jesse and Carol Gardner
Judith Golding and Rob Brager
Glen R. Goodwin and Dr. Jennifer Cooper
Carole and Scott Greenhaus
Nick and Cynthia Islin
Chris and Mary Ellen Kiehne
Mr. Richard W. Ley
Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Malin
Janet and Tom McGlynn
Frank B. and Mary Ellen Moorman
Kevin and Joyce Parks
Walter and Mary-Ann Pinkard
Mr. Earle Pratt and Dr. Kelly Emerson
Robert E. Prince
Sean Rhoderick and Ana Kornegay
Sharon and Michael Runge
Scott and Sharon Stewart, CE Science Inc.
Doris S. Sweet
Joe and Valerie Yingling
Anonymous, in memory of Jed and Grace Tucker
Dr. Murry Bentley and Ms. Linda J. Clark
Pamela H. Bilger
Don and Patricia Black
Sherilyn Brinkley and Jeff Brotman
Glenn and Sandy Campbell
Robert and Kathryn Cole
Ernie and Linda Czyryca
Natalie Davis and Brian Corwell
Chris and Mary Alane Downs
Caroline Griffin and Henry E. Dugan, Jr.
Rabbi Joanne and Dr. Gary Heiligman
Chris Hendrie and Carolyn Hitt
Mark A. G. Huffman
Laura Kerris and Edward McCarthy
Tim and Jennifer Kingston
Steven Kittner and Mary Farmer, in honor of Roger Sherwin
Bob and Deeley Middleton
David Mintzer and Cinda Hughes
Professor Megan Olsen and Professor Tim Wood
Nancy and Tom O'Neil
Paul and Jenny Oxborough
Frederick N. Pearson
Erin and Steven Prumo
Kathleen and Rich Rattell
Charles Wheatley and Kimberly Reeves
Keenan and Natasha Rice
Susan Shaner and John Roberts
Morrie and Martha Ruffin
Carolan and Brian Stansky
George and Holly Stone
Beth and David Tohn
Marguerite VillaSanta and the Dr. Frank C. Marino Foundation, Inc.
Charlie and Kathy Beach
Cheryl Bernard-Smith and Chip Smith
Leslie and Hugh Bethell
Susan Betso and Carol Clark
Jean and Randy Boone
Peter Bouxsein and Jodi Dunn
Jean Waller Brune
Bob Burke and Helen Blumberg
Bob and Jan Busch
Mike and Elsa Cain
Susan and Geoff Carey
Jeffrey and Elaine Christ
Dr. Martha J. Connolly
Bruce and Lindsay Fleming
Donna and Joe Flynn
Dean Ford and Mary Turos
Pamela S. Forton
Anna and Charlie Gable
Ian Gallanar and Maria Trujillo
Teresa and Carl Gilbert
Jefferson M. Gray
Frank Heneghan, in honor of Helen Heneghan
Mary Parker and Adam Hill
Paul and Moira Larsen
Jill and Aaron Levin
Alison and Laddie Levy
Brooke Lierman and Eben Hansel
Tom and Fran Lonegro
Sara Marie Massee, in memory of Tina Blevins
Victor McGlaughlin M.D.
Nora Brigid Monahan
Ken Moss and Patryce Toye
Morgan and Michael Nebistinsky
Jacob Lauinger and Marisa O'Connor
David and Cheryl Pace
Steve and Cynthia Parr
William and Nancy Paternotte
Mr. Samuel M. Peters and Dr. Suzanne Hurst
Nicole Ripken and Family
Sarah S. Robinson
Brian and Barbara Scheetz
Mark and Kathy Schmidt
Andrew Tagliabue and Mark Jones, in honor of Emily Rockefeller
Mary Jo Tydlacka
Lorraine and Leon Ukens
Eric and Mary Walker
Maria J. Wawer
Trevor and Rosemary Williams
Jenny Wright and Josh Osborne
Patricia and Sushil Advaney
Charley Albert, in honor of Lizzi Albert
Paul and Irene Aldridge
Nathan Thomas and Maura McNally
Robert and Martha Armenti
Keith and Erica Arnold
Mackenzie and Jennifer Astin
Richard and Kathleen Baum
Michael and Teri Bennett
Erik and Jen Berry
Teresa and Michael Betenbaugh
Kristi and Dan Blackwood
Joe and Jane Brinley
Elizabeth Burin and Avishai Ben-David
Sue and Drew Carlson
Richard Chambers and Heidi Herr
The Schenkel Family
Theresa Childs and Mark Kinzie
Lea Ann Christenson, Ph.D.
Cindy and Nick Clemens
Janet and Sean Coleman
David and Sara Cooke
E. Darrin and Kathi Cox
Jim and Rae Cumbie
Ann Ottewil and Dr. J. Stephen Cunat
Grace and Frank Cunningham
Janice and Robert Davis
Trisha and Bobby Deen
Ray Mercer and Patricia Delk-Mercer
Vinny DeMarco and Molly Mitchell
David Ditman and Denise Valancius-Ditman
Barbie and John Dunning
Karen and Dave Eske
Vanessa and Kevin Eskridge
Mary and George Evering
Elaine and George Farrant
Bruce and Lisa Field
Dr. Dale J. Fixsen and Elizabeth A. Fixsen
Eric and Esther Frey
Ellen Flynn Giles and R.H. Giles
Gil and Terry Gleim
Carol and John Green
Ms. Laura Gregorzak
Pamela Gueverra-Johnson and Mike Johnson
Dianne and Darren Hackett
Drs. Forrest Hall and Cynthia Tifft
Eric Hansmann and Cheryl Torsney
Lily Hill, in honor of the Fletcher-Hill Family
Katharine Hudson, in honor of Robin Hough
Dr. and Mrs. Wayne Hunt
John and Jennifer Husson
Dr. Linda J. Jacobs
Roch and Linda Kallmyer
Jerri Kamicker and Ned Brooks
Robert and Marcia Kargon
Hattie and Eric Katkow
The Kempton Family
The Klipp-Lischner Family
Susan M. Krabbe, in honor of Helen Holden
Rita M. Kurek, D.D.S.
Bob Barnett, Kim Larson
Frank G. Lemoine
Kim and Andy Lennon
Mary Beth Lennon, in honor of Kevin and Susan Burke
John and Carrie Leovy
Donna and Alex Levy
Karyn and Barry Marsh
Judy and David Mauriello
Suzan and Alex Mecinski
The Miller Family
Janet Minke and Wes Dixon
Nancy and Scott Moores
Jeffrey Mose, in honor of Melisa Paye
Jennifer C. Munch
Delise and Matthew Munroe
Dr. and Mrs. Michael S. Murphy
Janet and Douglas Neilson
Russell and Karla Nemec
Wells and Mary Obrecht
Lynne O'Brien and Roger Mitchell
Dr. Bodil Ottesen
Kazimiera and Jon Patterson
Rebecca Pearlman and Peter Evans
Marian and Mitch Perkey
Chris and Mary Pohlig
Kate and Mike Primm
Timothy and Julia Reda
Paula and Charles Rees
Art and Evelyn Renkwitz
Stasia and Patrick Reynolds
Mike and Jo Ann Rich
The Robin Family
Scott and Megan Rodgville
Erica and Tadd Russo, in honor of Jennifer Judd and Kira Brunton
Peter Terry and Joan Salim
Richard and Kayleen Saucier
Sheila Schanck, in honor of Chris Schanck
Kim Shapiro and Mike Pierce
Tim Allard and Darylle Sheehan
Ken and Lois Sheeler-Duncan
The Shore/Swann Family
Ann and Stuart Silver
Patricia E. Smeton
Mr. and Mrs. David Smith
F. Louise and Wayne F. Smith
Phil and Pat Stackhouse
Anne K. Stratton
Stephen and Carolyn Sutton
David and Irene Tabish
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Techau
Michael Terrin and Bess Keller
Elva E. Tillman, Esq.
H. Mebane and Ivana Turner
Barbara Vaeth, in honor of Molly Moores
Peter Van Allen, in memory of Andrea Kramer
Katharine George and Jon Velapoldi
Dr. Charles Emerson Walker, in honor of Michael Sullivan
Susan M. Watts
Anne and Ray Wedgeworth
Michael and Roberta Wentworth
Suellen Wideman and Virginia Shimak
Judy Wixted and George Dappert
Mr. and Mrs. H. Ronald Zielke
David and Karen Zolet
Corporate, Foundation, and Government Support
The Helm Foundation
Maryland State Arts Council
MD Dept. of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
State of Maryland
U.S. Small Business Administration
Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
Baltimore Civic Fund
Maryland Department of Labor
The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation
Howard County Arts Council, through a grant from Howard County Government
The John J. Leidy Foundation
Maryland Department of Commerce
Maryland Department of Education
The Morris A. and Clarisse Mechanic Foundation
T. Rowe Price Foundation
Baltimore National Heritage Area
Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
The M&T Charitable Foundation
The Nora Roberts Foundation
Southway Builders, Inc.
Applied Development LLC
Benevity Community Impact Fund
Carroll County Arts Council
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Miles & Stockbridge Foundation
Paradise Interiors LLC
PayPal Giving Fund
Shapiro Sher Guinot and Sandler
Stanley Black & Decker
The Sylvia Meisenberg Endowment for Shakespeare Education
The Walther Charitable Fund
The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Portfolios, www.Bakerartist.org
Trice Talent Services
Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Maryland Charity Campaign
Pew Charitable Trusts
T. Rowe Price Program for Charitable Giving
Maryland Public Television
Board of Trustees
Laura Boydston, President
Robin Hough, Vice President
Bill Henry, Treasurer
Lesley Malin, Secretary
|Kevin G. Burke
Joseph Ferlise, JD
Renée S. Lane-Kunz, JD
Nora Brigid Monahan
Earle W. Pratt, III
Ian Gallanar - Founding Artistic Director
Lesley Malin - Executive Producing Director
Jane Coffey - Director of Development
Michael Lonegro - Director of Operations and Finance
Kristina Lambdin - Resident Costume Designer & Business Manager
Brandon W. Vernon - Marketing Manager & Graphic Designer
Sarah Curnoles - Production Manager
Daniel O’Brien - Technical Director & Facilities Manager
Ron Heneghan - Director of Education
Gerrad Alex Taylor - Associate Artistic Director
Jose O. Guzman - Institutional Giving Manager
Mandy Benedix - Box Office Manager
Pamela S. Forton - Senior House Manager
Miranda Solomon - Marketing & Development Assistant
Chester Stacy - Assistant Technical Director & Assistant Facilities Manager
Russell Laury - Porter
|THE ARTISTIC COMPANY|
Isabelle Anderson - Distinguished Artist in Residence
Kevin Costa - Educator in Residence
Nellie K. Glover - Resident Dance Choreographer
Kristina Lambdin - Resident Costume Designer
Grace Srinivasan - Resident Music Director
Brandon W. Vernon - Resident Graphic Designer
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|COMPANY MEMBERS EMERITI|
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