Who is developing the ISC Santa Fe?
Treasurer of the ISC
Jean Cheek, CPA., retired, holds an MBA from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from Emory University in Atlanta Georgia. She has years of experience in accounting, having been a bookkeeper for several Santa Fe establishments, including thirty years with The Peters Corporation, of which twenty were in the position of controller. Though her background was not in the humanities, she has acquired an interest in things non-quantitative, and has been reading Shakespeare with several groups for the past fifteen years. She has also been involved in music in Santa Fe, and was a member of the first sitting board of the Santa Fe Symphony and sang with the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus for several years.
Secretary of the ISC • Director of the Upstart Crows
Caryl Farkas brings more than 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.
Over a forty-year career, Vincent Faust has designed stage sets for more than 150 theatre and dance productions, including several national touring musicals. He also operated his own design/production studio for many years in Michigan. Design for theatre, in its essence, involves the exploration and application of form within a three-dimensional environment. Vince has carried this simple conceptual approach into multiple disciplines, expanding on his stage design expertise to include broadcast television scenery, corporate showrooms, retail spaces, trade shows, and other creative environments. Since moving to Santa Fe in 2011, Vince has also been working as a fine artist. Through his abstract three-dimensional steel sculptural works, like his stage design, he examines the relationship between positive and negative space as well as the interplay of balance, tension and movement.
Breshaun is a doctoral candidate in the Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies department at University of New Mexico. Her dissertation topic is: “From WTF to Aha!: An Educator’s Journey in Teaching William Shakespeare’s Macbeth” explores how students make meaning or understanding of Macbeth and how does her teaching help or hinder that process. Breshaun has taught in diverse learning environments for more than twenty years and has a particular mission to bring young people and disadvantaged youth to a joyful appreciation of Shakespeare.
Bruce C. McKenna is an award winning screenwriter and producer. He wrote on four of the ten episodes of HBO’s Emmy Award-winning mini-series Band of Brothers, for which he garnered a WGA Award, a Christopher Award, and was a finalist for the Humanitas Prize for his episode, Bastogne. He created, co-wrote, and co-executive produced The Pacific, the Emmy Award-winning Miniseries for HBO, Steven Spielberg, and Tom Hanks, on the Pacific Theater of the Second World War. In addition to winning a producing Emmy, McKenna was nominated for his second writing Emmy, was again a finalist for the Humanitas Prize, and garnered a Producer’s Guild Award, a Critic’s Choice Award, as well as the Marine Corp Heritage Foundation Bill Broyles Image Award.
Amy Meilander has a B.A. in Theatre, an M.F.A. in Arts Administration, a B.S. in Computer Science, as well as a Paralegal Certificate. She worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the field of computers for twenty-five years. Amy is now a member of the State Bar of New Mexico Paralegal Division and is currently paralegal for Chief Justice Judith Nakamura of the New Mexico Supreme Court. She has also have been involved with First Friday Club Shakespeare readers since 2004, has taken several Shakespeare Gym workshops, led several series of The Understanders, and twice studied in summer Shakespeare seminars at Oxford University.
Ali holds a B.A. in Theatre and a Certificate in British and Irish Studies from the University of Georgia. She has worked as an actor, costume designer, director, and dramaturg. Ali also has experience offstage as a theatre educator and in arts administration, having interned under Artistic Directors at Theatre Delicatessen (London), The Earl Smith Strand Theatre (Marietta, GA), and the Roswell Cultural Arts Center (Roswell, GA), as well as having founded and artistic directed a Children’s Theatre Troupe during her time at the University of Georgia. During her time at the University, she spent a summer as a reader at the Folger Shakespeare Library, where she produced and performed in a short piece exploring the gender politics of some of Shakespeare’s works. She recently completed an acting apprenticeship with Out of Box Theatre (Atlanta) and will be joining the ISC Repertory Company.
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.
Paul Walsky has been a practicing neurologist in Santa Fe for forty years, as well as a notable local stage actor. He played King Lear in the ISC 2018 production to full houses and great acclaim.
President of the ISC • 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, an Advisory Board member of New Mexico Actors Lab, and an associate trustee of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust in London at the invitation of Mark Rylance.
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.