Who is developing the ISC Santa Fe?
Caryl Farkas, President of the Board of Directors
Director of Community Engagement
Caryl Farkas brings a decade of experience with educational outreach and production coordination from Madison, Wisconsin, where she worked with a youth Shakespeare group and the Madison Savoyards. She directed young actors and adults in numerous Shakespeare productions and was a founding board member of Fermat's Last Theater, a Madison company taking an experimental approach with classical theater. During her time as president of the Savoyards, she created an advisory board for the company which brought fresh ideas and new support for the group and oversaw their move to a Victorian theater on the UW campus. Caryl’s outreach programs reached numerous schools, libraries, and community centers where she introduced young and old alike to the joys of Shakespeare.
Suzanne Burstall Cross
Suzanne has worked in community theater for the better part of forty years as actor, stage manager, director, or front-of-house roles. She has been an active volunteer for various Shakespearean productions and for the International Shakespeare Center. When not in rehearsal, Suzanne works as a paralegal, intimate caterer, and expert in Elizabethan cooking.
Associate Artistic Director
Anna is the founder and director of Upstart Crows of Santa Fe, a youth Shakespeare company. She has been performing Shakespeare for more than ten years. She recently took part in the Summer Shakespeare Course at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Anna has acted with the Madison Shakespeare Company and has directed and performed with the Young Shakespeare Players, the Lupercalians, Fourth Wall Players, Chrysostomos, and the Upstart Crows Productions in Madison, Wisconsin.
John holds a B.A. in Advertising Arts from Louisiana College. During his graphic career he has worked as an Art Director for more than a dozen advertising agencies and as a freelance designer/illustrator in Dallas and Santa Fe. His current work includes freelance projects focused mainly on fine art, including both traditional painting and drawing techniques, etching, and especially the merging of traditional and digital techniques.
A former Sierra Club activist, Courtney dropped out of the “conflict industry” in 1997 to co-found the Quivira Coalition, a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to building a radical center among ranchers, conservationists, public land managers, scientists, and others around practices that improve economic and ecological resilience in western working landscapes. He served as Executive Director of Quivira for nearly fifteen years before becoming its Creative Director. In 2016, he left Quivira to concentrate on writing and a new project titled “This Moment In Time.”
Born in Philadelphia, Courtney grew up in Phoenix, earned a B.A. from Reed College, and attended UCLA’s graduate school in film making. He worked as an archaeologist for Arizona State University and the National Park Service. He moved to Santa Fe in 1992 – the same year that Wallace Stegner wrote a foreword to Courtney’s photography book, The Indelible West. He is also the author of Revolution on the Range (Island Press); Grass, Soil, Hope (Chelsea Green); The Age of Consequences (Counterpoint Press); and 2% Solutions for the Planet (Chelsea Green). He is currently working on a new book titled The Threshold.
Director of iReadShakespeare.org
Robin holds a Ph.D. from Brunel University London in the history and future of reading Shakespeare—out loud and in community. She has taught Shakespeare courses in places as disparate as cruise ships and universities both here and in London, with a special fondness for working with people who feel Shakespeare is beyond them. Robin is also an award-winning author of more than seventy computer and design books and has founded several non-profit and community groups. Currently she is working on a series of Shakespeare playbooks edited and designed specifically for groups reading the plays aloud and in discussion and is the Director of iReadShakespeare.org, a division of the ISC. She is an active member of the board of TheatreSantaFe.org and an Advisory Board member of New Mexico Actors Lab.
Robin is one of the Santa Fe Scholars of Record for the First Folio: The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare project funded by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.