Diane Timmerman (Indy Shakes Producing Artistic Director) is thrilled to be producing As You Like It for the newly renamed Indianapolis Shakespeare Company this summer. Diane extends her thanks to the Indy Shakes board, foundation partners, corporate donors, individual donors and the entire As You Like It team, an amazing group of artists, artisans, volunteers and interns who have given their heart and soul to this joyful production. Diane is happy to partner with one of Indy's favorite actors, Ryan Artzberger, who is bringing this wonderful story to life as the director of our production. Diane is always delighted to work with the stellar design/tech/production team who have created so many wonderful Shakespeare productions in White River State Park. And we welcome into our midst set designer Gordon Strain whose work is well-known to Indy theatre audiences. When Diane is not producing Shakespeare in White River State Park, she can be found chairing the Butler University Department of Theatre where she teaches a wide variety of acting, theatre, and Linklater voice courses. Diane's books include Spare Scenes: 60 Skeletal Scenes for Acting and Directing and ninety-minute Shakespeare adaptations for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet. Diane is a grateful two-time recipient of the Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Fellowship. Diane’s acting credits include HART/Indy Shakes appearances as Emilia in Othello, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice. Other acting credits include August: Osage County, Next Fall,November and Bug at the Phoenix Theatre, Spinning into Butter and Beautiful Thing at Ohio’s Human Race Theatre, Angel Street at the IRT, and numerous Chicago credits. Diane is proud to be part of the wonderful Indianapolis Shakespeare Company.
Ryan Artzberger (Director) is proud to be an Indy Shakes member, having been in Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, In a Dark Dark House, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Othello, and The Taming of the Shrew. Indiana Repertory Theater credits include: The Crucible, Who Am I This Time, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, God of Carnage, Julius Caesar, Romeo & Juliet, The Heavens Are Hung In Black, Rabbit Hole, Iron Kisses, Our Town, Death of a Salesman, Macbeth, and A Christmas Carol. Credits at The Phoenix Theatre include This, and Reasons to be Pretty, which he also did at The Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. Other regional theater credits include: Pericles and Cyrano at The Shakespeare Theatre Company; Pericles and Silk at The Goodman; The Arabian Nights at Berkeley Rep and Kansas City Rep; and Argonautika and The Arabian Nights at The Lookingglass; Hamlet and The Sea Gull at Shakespeare Santa Cruz; Romeo & Juliet at Great Lakes; and The Beauty Queen of Leenane at The Denver Center. Ryan also appeares in the film The Blur Circle. Ryan is a graduate of Ohio University and The Juilliard School. “Thank you to my wife, Marita, and my boys, Will and Cooper.”
Gordon Strain (Set Designer)
Laura E. Glover (Lighting Designer)has lighted TWELFTH NIGHT, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, MERCHANT OF VENICE and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING for Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre. Ms. Glover, the Resident Lighting Designer for Dance Kaleidoscope and for the Phoenix Theatre, has received international acclaim for her lighting with Dance Kaleidoscope, Ballets de San Juan and Workshop Theatre Group. She is also the lighting designer for Time For Three. An adjunct faculty member at University of Indianapolis, teaching lighting design, and a Creative Renewal Fellow, she holds her M.F.A. in Lighting Design from SUNY Purchase.
Guy Clark (Costume Designer) is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. He manages the Indiana Repertory Theatre Costume Shop. During his twenty-one year career in professional theatre, he has created costumes for many original Broadway productions, including The Phantom Of The Opera, Cats, and TheLion King. In 2007, Aretha Franklin commissioned him to design and build a dress for her performance at that year’s Grammy Awards ceremony, and the following year, he created the two gowns she wore to President Obama’s Inaugural Balls. At the IRT he has designed costumes for And Then They Came for Me, An Iliad, The House That Jack Built, God of Carnage, I Love to Eat, Fire in the Garden, and Mary’s Wedding, as well as The Mountaintop.
Nathan Garrison (Stage Manager) is back with HART for his 7th production– he also worked on Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, The Tempest (Stage Manager), & Much Ado About Nothing (Director). He is the Resident Stage Manager at Indiana Repertory Theatre, where he has worked for 19 years.
Jeff Mountjoy (Sound Engineer)
S. Bart Simpson (Props Design) After completing his MFA in Directing from The University of Texas in Austin, Bart returned to Indianapolis and worked with several theatres in the 1980's and 90's. He built scenery and props at IRT, travelled to schools performing adaptations of Shakespeare with the Indianapolis Shakespeare Festival’s troop Will Power, and directed and taught Design, Creative Dramatics and Stagecraft at Marian University. Bart also directed plays at the Phoenix Theatre, Shakespeare in Garfield Park, and Theatre on the Square. Starting in the late 90s Bart produced and performed with THE BLUE MONKEY SIDESHOW. More recently he has designed and fabricated properties for H.A.R.T. productions of THE TEMPEST, TWELFTH NIGHT and A WINTER’S TALE, directed Chris Bungard’s new adaptation of Plautus’ TRUCULENTUS at Butler University, and designed the scenery for the Butler Opera productions of PIRATES OF PENZANCE and TOO MANY SOPRANOS. Over the last sixteen years Bart has spent his time on two main projects: design and construction of the Childrens Museum Guild's Haunted House (this year's theme is the Wicked Woods), and performing on the Bed of Nails with the Blue Monkey Sideshow (it's real, it really hurts). And whenever he has a chance, you’ll find him drumming for Indy Tribal, the belly dance troupe of which his wife, Moira, is a member.
Todd Mack Reischman (Sound Designer) This is Todd's 6th production working with Indy Shakes (formerly HART) both behind the scenes and on-stage. In between shows Todd works on various musical projects with a variety of collaborators. He is also in his 16th season as Resident Sound Designer at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. As a hobby, Todd likes to come up with strange and clever things to write about himself in program bios – but his efforts are often fruitless due to particles of interstellar creativity-deadening dust swarming his brain while he plays hopscotch-dance-party in the cold, dead of winter.
B Sutherlin (TD/Set Construction)
B is a local Carpenter/Artist/Craftsman. In his fourth year working with HART could not be more thrilled to be a part of HART's production of "As You Like It". B also works around the country with various scenic arts companies as well as his own company building sets and scenery for stage, photography and films. As a scenic carpenter B has worked on sets at The Indiana Repertory Theater, The Phoenix Theater, American Cabaret, Theater on the Square and for the last sixteen years has been an intricate part of the design and construction of the Haunted House at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. B has also been a performing member of The Blue Monkey Sideshow since 1999."If all the world is a stage, why dress like an extra!"
Nolan Brokamp (Production Manager)
Kevin Caraher (Sound Assistant) is very pleased to be returning to HART for the third consecutive year, playing the role of the Sound Assistant. Kevin loves to perform Shakespeare as well, and just recently finished a run as The Priest/Gentleman of the Court in First Folio’s production of Hamlet. First Folio also did Henry V at The Studio Theatre in 2013 and Kevin portrayed Bardolph in that production. Other Shakespeare credits include Starveling/Moonshine in the CTS production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. Kevin has performed at Theatre On The Square, The Studio Theatre, The Tarkington, and The Indiana Historical Society to name a few. He is most proud of his one man show based on the life of Robert F Kennedy called RFK Remembered. It was performed at The Indiana Historical Society in 2004 and 2012. RFK Remembered also had a run at Marian University in 2007.
LaKisha Cooper (Event Manager) is joining Indy Shakes again this year as the Event Manager. After attending HART's Tempest, she knew she wanted to be a part of the team in some capacity. A native Chicagoan, LaKisha has worked on special events in both Chicago and Indianapolis. She is excited to working with Indy Shakes and building working relationships throughout Indianapolis. She would like to thank Diane Timmerman for this wonderful opportunity.
Janet Hock (Premium Seat Coordinator) is a retired periodontist and biomedical research scientist, who led various research programs in osteoporosis; environmental risks for cancer; community-based research in child nutrition; and clinical trials for stem cells in orthopedics. With her retirement in 2014, Dr Hock pursues her life-long interests and deep commitment to the arts through volunteer work, and advocating for mentoring women and those in poverty. These days, she is studying to become a lyric soprano, trilling 16th century pop songs. She enjoys working with (and watching) HART bring Shakespeare enthusiastically to life in a wonderful outdoor setting each summer.
Jessica Meister (Craft Services)
Laurel Goetzinger (Craft Services)
Lexi Weixel (Assistant to the Artistic Director)
Megan Renner (Assistant to the Director) is a recent Purdue University graduate from Indianapolis, IN who majored in Film and Video Studies and minored in English and Theatre during her time at Purdue. In the fall she will be heading off to Normal, Illinois to attend Illinois State University to get her Masters in Theatre Studies. This is Megan’s first show with Indy Shakes and she couldn’t be more excited! She loves Shakespeare (see her 1300 page Shakespeare anthology) and is excited to see the direction that the show takes, because Shakespeare is so adaptable. Megan is also happy to get more experience in directing for the stage, which is something she has not gotten to do as often as she did in high school. She wants to thank everyone at Indy Shakes for giving her this opportunity, and thank her family, friends and boyfriend for always encouraging her to follow her dreams.
Gianna Kujawski (Costume/Wardrobe Intern) is thrilled to be working on her first Indy Shakes production. She is currently a junior at Butler University where she studies English Literature and Theatre. Gianna has served as an Actor, Assistant Stage Manager, Light Board Operator, and Sound Board Operator for Butler University Theatre productions including Our Town, Portal 1812, The Seagull, and The Glass Menagerie. She has also stage managed a senior theatre production at Butler University, as well as a production at Crown Point High School in northwest Indiana. Gianna is very excited to broaden her knowledge with this wonderful opportunity as a wardrobe assistant intern with Indy Shakes this summer. She would like to thank her family for their support, and her professors from the Butler University Theatre Department for their never ending support, guidance, and wisdom.
Kylene Warne (Costume/Wardrobe Intern)
Kayla Brandt (Marketing Intern) is going into her Junior year at Anderson University, where she is studying Entertainment and Music Business with a complementary major in Musical Theatre and minor in Marketing. She recently spent a semester working and taking classes through the Disney College Program, and played Jennie Parsons in AU's production of Down in the Valley. She is excited to work with Indy Shakes this summer and looks forward to sharing As You Like It with Indianapolis.
Ariel Laukins (ASM)
Margaret Kosten (ASM) just finished her freshman year at MIT. She is pursuing a double major in Theater Arts and Mechanical Engineering. She is a graduate of Park Tudor School where she was involved with theater throughout middle school and high school. At MIT, she has stage managed a production of Pirates of Penzance, a series of one act plays, and Jekyll and Hyde. She has also assisted in several other shows. Margaret is very thankful to be joining the Indy Shakes team for the summer, and is looking forward to an amazing show.
Laura Smith (Production Intern) attends Franklin College where she has just finished her freshman year. At FC, she studies in Elementary Education and French. While at FC she has lighted Side by Side by Sondheim and The Exonerated. She stage managed for The Clean House, and she acted in Anton in Showbusiness. For the past 11 years, Laura has also acted for and helped her local theatre troupe, Rush County Players, in a technical aspect. Laura is very excited for her first internship with HART and she would like to thank her family, especially her sister, for their support. She would also like to thank Diane Timmerman and Gordon Strain for introducing her to this opportunity.