ISC Repertory Company
We are very proud of the amazing cast that has been devoted to creating remarkable Shakespearean productions!
Within just a decade, Miles has almost thirty dramatic productions under his belt. He played numerous parts in the ISC 2018 production of King Lear. He has collaborated with a wide range of companies, from Valley Youth Theatre to the Arizona Opera. Miles has also been thrice recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his work in stage performance and sound design. Having loved performing and listening to musical scores since childhood, his extensive knowledge now serves him well as a sound designer. His innate verbal skills were honed by his international background and cum laude degree in Asian Studies at ASU, leading to both a deeper understanding of other cultures and a self-produced and -performed noh play. Miles is equally at home onstage or backstage, and takes great pride in being part of the entire theatrical experience!
Zoe is an actress, director, and theatre educator who recently moved to Santa Fe from Wichita, Kansas. She directed more than twenty productions in Wichita, including everything from classical pieces such as Antony and Cleopatra and Cyrano de Bergerac to productions of contemporary musicals like Hairspray and Godspell. Favorite Wichita acting credits include Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Rosaline in Love’s Labor’s Lost, Kristine Linde in A Doll’s House, and Evelyn in The Shape of Things.
Santa Fe credits include Hero in Much Ado About Nothing and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (both with the Santa Fe Shakespeare Society) and Susan in Strawberry Jam for Theatre Walk 2018.
Mairi grew up attending Shakespeare in Santa Fe performances and reading her grandfather’s old copies of the plays, fostering a lifelong love of theater, and of course, Shakespeare. She played the King of France and Lear’s Gentleman in the ISC 2018 production of King Lear. She has had the privilege of playing Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, the 2nd Wyrd Sister/Lady Macduff in Macbeth, both Ariel and Miranda in staged readings of The Tempest, and Puck in a staged reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other favorite roles include Siobhan in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mrs. Daldry in In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), Karen Wright in The Children’s Hour, Karlie in Luna Gale, and Chloe Baxter in Phoenix. Mairi is also a regular in Santa Fe’s live RPG show, Plus One to Mischief, in which she plays an assortment of roles, including Padget, Your Friendly Neighborhood Demonic Warlock of the Unknowable Abyss.
Ambrose got his start in theater as an injured boy in Commedia dell’Arte when he was five and has since performed in Colorado, New Mexico, and North Carolina. Some of his favorite roles are Jack Worthington in The Importance of Being Earnest, John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, John Hancock in 1776, Pablo Picasso in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Barnette Lloyd in Crimes of the Heart, and Miles in The Drawer Boy. He got to sing steel as The Douglas in Henry IV Part 1, and went on to serve as the fight captain, lead fighter, fight trainer, and fight director in a number of shows, including Romeo and Juliet, Les Miserables, Extremities, Cyrano, Macbeth. Ambrose can be seen in the feature film Eyeborgs and in various TV shows (usually playing some kind of cop). He is a certified Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, and a member of Screen Actors Guild.
Lynn recently directed Just Say It Theater’s production of Constellations and has directed eight collaborative, original theater pieces, each with at least twenty actors from Santa Fe schools. As an actor in Santa Fe, she has been in Body Burden, Bonjour Là, Bonjour, Circle Mirror Transformation, Good People, I Hate Hamlet, Luna Gale, Our Place, Sworn to Water. She played Goneril in the ISC 2018 production of King Lear. Lynn has had principal and supporting roles in film, TV, off-Broadway, and regionally. With playwright Dale Dunn, Lynn serves as Co-Artistic Director of Just Say It Theater, teaching and collaborating with artists intent on keeping live theater alive. Lynn holds a B.A. in Theater (Yale), MFA in Writing (Columbia), and advanced certificate in Screenwriting (UCLA).
Glenna is a native of the UK. She has lived in Santa Fe now for many years on and off. She trained in theatre in London, San Francisco, and Santa Fe. Glenna has worked for the Santa Fe Opera, Theatrework, Red Thread Collective, and Santa Fe Playhouse. She played The Fool in the ISC 2018 production of King Lear. She was recently seen as Gilberte in Michel Tremblay’s play Bonjour La, Bonjour at The Adobe Rose Theatre, directed by Wendy Chapin. Glenna was most recently seen in The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night-time at the Santa Fe Playhouse, directed by Patrick MacDonald.
Breshaun-Birene has performed numerous stage roles for more than twenty-five years, including Bernada Alba in The House of Bernada Alba and Marquise de Merteuil in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Waldron Arts), Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet (Starrynight Production Theater), and a very acrobatic Anne Bonny in Treasure Island (Cardinal Stage Company). She has also written and performed a one-woman show, Once More with Fire, which played to sold-out houses and selected to be in the Indianapolis and Minneapolis Fringe Festivals. Breshaun has taken a bit of a hiatus from the stage to pursue graduate degrees in children’s literature and Shakespeare pedagogy. This is her first production with the International Shakespeare Center and first time on the Santa Fe stage.
Ariana is an alumna of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) with an MA in Classical Acting for the Professional Theater. She received early theatrical training with Richard and Anne DiPrima at the Young Shakespeare Players in Madison, WI, a program that performs uncut Shakespeare with children ages 6 to 18; Ariana was an actor in thirty-six classical productions over six years. After receiving her BA in Literature-Theater from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, in 2011, she returned to the Young Shakespeare Players as a director. She works with Stairwell Theater Company in Brooklyn as an actor, dramaturg, and assistant director. She is a producer, director, and contributor of “Tabling: the Podcast.” Ariana is also a founding member of the Ducdame Ensemble and was the revival director for the production of Fuente Ovejuna by Lope de Vega (1562–1635). Besides classical theater, Ariana also has a passion for playing cello, something she has enjoyed doing since the age of five. She played Regan in the ISC 2018 production of King Lear.
Kelly holds a BFA in Theatre Arts, is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and has worked in professional regional theatre and film for more than twenty-five years. She trained extensively in classical theatre during her tenure as a young company member of the American Stratford Festival Theatre in her home town of Stratford, CT, with artistic director and Broadway producer, Louis Burke. While a company member, she had the privilege to study Shakespeare with John Barton of the Royal Shakespeare Company as a participant in his Playing Shakespeare USA tour, and Chekhov with Professor Murray Biggs of Yale University. She has performed locally in productions with Oasis Theatre Company, For Giving Productions, and Santa Fe Playhouse, and along with fellow members of Santa Fe Classic Theater, produced and assistant-directed the 2019 season of Shakespeare in the Garden, Romeo & Juliet, at the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens. Regional theatre credits include American Stratford Festival Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Connecticut Free Shakespeare, and Shakespeare in Santa Fe.
Marc attended Columbia College Chicago, where he studied the craft of acting and received a BFA in Theatre, Film Production, and Cinema History. He played the Duke of Albany in the ISC 2018 production of King Lear. He was recently seen at the Albuquerque Little Theatre as Hoke Coleburn in Driving Miss Daisy and at the Vortex Theatre as Joe Mott in The Iceman Cometh. Some of Marc’s favorite roles include: Queequeg (Moby Dick), Turkle (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Sargent Carlino (Wait Until Dark), Baylen (Glen Garry Glen Ross), Shamrayev (The Seagull), Diamond Louie (The Front Page), TT Williams (Member of the Wedding), Hamlet (Hamlet), Juror #3 (12 Angry Men), Danny (The Gravones of Philadelphia), and Bailey (The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail), among many others. Marc is delighted to be in the International Shakespeare Center’s production of King Lear and working with the fabulous cast and production crew in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and following in the footsteps of all the other actors in the world who have played the Duke of Albany.
Marty played Gloucester in the ISC 2018 production of King Lear. He has also recently been seen in the Santa Fe Playhouse productions of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play; and Benchwarmers. Last season, Marty played the role of John in Oasis Theatre Company’s production of David Mamet’s The Shawl. Marty’s film work includes writing the feature film Musical Chairs (directed by Susan Seidelman), as well as writing and directing his own feature film, Cotton (starring Gary Cole).
Dylan is known for
a knave, a rascal, an eater of broken meats;
a base, proud, shallow, beggarly,
filthy, worsted-stocking knave . . .
He played Oswald in the ISC 2018 production of King Lear.
Ali recently moved to Santa Fe from Atlanta, GA. She is an actor, dancer, musician, director, and costumer. She received a BA in Theatre and a Certificate in British and Irish Studies from the University of Georgia, where she founded and artistic directed the University’s Children’s Theatre Troupe. After graduating, Ali completed an Acting Apprenticeship with Out of Box Theatre in Atlanta, and then worked as a freelance actor and costumer in the Atlanta theatre and indie film communities. Ali plays bass guitar, flute, and hand bells. She is a silver level ballroom dancer (Smooth, Latin, Swing). Her favorite style is Lindy Hop, which she has begun teaching in the Santa Fe community. Her credits include Dr. Savini in Santa Fe Dead: Mutation (Santa Fe Playhouse), Linda in Evil Dead: The Musical (Out of Box Theatre, Atlanta), Tilly in She Kills Monsters (OOB), Trish in Honor the System (Originated, OOB), Dipsy in The Final Tubby Bye-Bye (independent project), Little Stone in Eurydice (OOB ’16 Apprentice Class), Clarice in The Servant of Two Masters (UGA Theatre), Richardis in Virtue (Originated, Thalian Blackfriars), Kate in Seminar (Thalian Blackfriars), Velva in Belladonna (Originated, Thalian Blackfriars), and Tinkerbell in Peter Pan (UGA Children’s Theatre Troupe).
Geoffrey has a BS with Honors from Skidmore College where received the Periclean Scholar Award for his performance as Peck in How I Learned To Drive, and he is an honors graduate from the British-American Drama Academy in London. He played Edmund in the ISC 2018 production of King Lear. His New York and California theater credits include Rabbit Hole, Cowboy Mouth, The Immigrant, Oedipus, Waiting For Lefty, Henry IV parts 1 & 2, Henry V, The Hostage, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Antigone, Arcadia, as well as Verklarte Nacht at Carnegie Hall. In Santa Fe, Geoffrey has appeared in Ever The Twain, Proof, The Glass Menagerie, and November. His television and film credits include Better Call Saul, Manhattan, and War on Everyone. As a writer, Geoffrey’s short film, Hypothetically, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and has won several awards nationwide.
Alex played Edgar/Poor Tom in the ISC 2018 production of King Lear. He has appeared on stage in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Zoo Story, La Rhonde, Cowboy Mouth, and Terrorism. After a long stint of running through the wild weeds and climbing into the clouds with nothing but the pond mantle and tadpoles to guide him, Alex makes his return to the stage in the role, audiences will surely agree, he was born to play. In addition, Mr. Reid is currently helming a Clarke Gable biopic starring himself.
Noah Segard is a new New Mexican! He is a transplant to Santa Fe from Wichita, Kansas. Noah played Cornwall in the ISC 2018 production of King Lear. He has performed previously in Santa Fe with the Santa Fe Shakespeare Society’s productions of Much Ado About Nothing as Don John, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Demetrius. He spends his days as part of the behavior team at the Santa Fe Humane Society loving on puppies (adopt, don’t shop!). He wants to send a shout out to his truly incredible cast mates, director, dramaturg, and crew. Most of all he wants to tell his parents he’s thankful for the love and support they’ve given him, to show his puppies Benedick, Beatrice, and Puck they’re are loved in turn, and to give his lovèd-be, Zoe, the sweetest of kisses.
Paul, a practicing neurologist in Santa Fe for forty years, played King Lear in the ISC 2018 production. He has chiefly done eccentric character roles, some of which are Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Charlemagne in Pippin, Willie Clark in The Sunshine Boys, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Roy Cohn in Angels in America, Cervantes/Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Mick in The Caretaker, Donny Dubrow in American Buffalo, Egerman in A Little Night Music, Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady, The King in The King and I, Jonathan in Arsenic and Old Lace, Bill Sykes in Oliver!, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Lenny in Of Mice and Men. As you can see, he never gets the girl.
Caryl Farkas • Director: Caryl is a co-founder and President of the International Shakespeare Center. She has been directing Shakespeare plays for more than fifteen years in Madison, Wisconsin, and now here in Santa Fe. She directed both young actors and adults for the Young Shakespeare Players, was a founding board member of Fermat’s Last Theater (a Madison company taking an experimental approach with classical theater), and founded Upstart Crow Productions and Upstart Crows of Santa Fe—youth Shakespeare troupes with an emphasis on collaborative creation. She spent ten years on the board of the Madison Savoyards, serving as President and Vice-President, and acted as an assistant production manager for their yearly operas. She created an outreach program to schools for Savoyards and YSP that reached numerous schools, libraries, and community centers where she introduced young and old alike to the joys of Gilbert and Sullivan and Shakespeare. She is over-joyed to be working with Robin Williams and Ariana Karp to create a Shakespeare repertory company in Santa Fe.
Robin Williams, Ph.D. • Dramaturg: Robin has a forty-five–year history of studying Shakespeare, eventually formalized with an M.A. and Ph.D. in Shakespeare studies from Brunel University London. She has a particular passion for and background in what Shakespeare tells the Reader or Actor from inside the text using rhetoric, meter, forms of address, verse vs. prose vs. rhyme, and more.