Ben Tebbe (Duke/Corin) is a founding member of HART and was Company Manager for the first 3 years of its existence. With HART he has performed in Death and the Maiden, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, Taming of the Shrew, staged readings of Happy Birthday, Wanda June and An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe, and stage managed the world premiere production of Midwestern Hemisphere. Other regional credits include performances with Indiana Repertory Theatre (Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, A Christmas Carol), Phoenix Theatre (Clybourne Park, Avenue Q, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Urinetown: the Musical, Orson’s Shadow), and ShadowApe Theatre Company (Gorey Stories, Not A Peep). He is a 2011-2012 Creative Renewal Fellowship recipient from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. A proud Equity member, Ben earned his B.A. in theatre from Marian University where he is now the Director of Marian University Theatre.
Peter Scharbrough(Oliver/Martext) is thrilled to be making his Indy Shakes debut. Peter has been performing around Indy since 1994. Indianapolis credits include Shrek in Shrek the Musical, Joey in Sister Act, and Rueben in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Beef & Boards, Ted in Peter and the Starcatcher and Tiny Tom in Urinetown: The Musical at The Phoenix Theater, Regional credits include Billy Elliot at Drury Lane Oakbrook, and Little Mermaid at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Peter lives in Indianapolis with his wife and son.
Grant Niezgodski (Orlando) is extremely happy to be joining Indy Shakes for the first time. Chicago credits include: King Charles III (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); This (U/S - Windy City Playhouse); Father of the Bride, The Odd Couple (Oil Lamp Theater); Wounds to the Face (Runcible Theater); Other regional credits include: Richard III and Cyrano de Bergerac (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company); The Matchmaker and Much Ado About Nothing (Indiana Festival Theater). Grant received a Bachelor's degree in Theatre from Indiana University. He would like to thank his family, friends, and Courtney for their love and continued support.
Joanna Bennett (Charles/Audrey) is elated to be making her Indianapolis Shakespeare Company debut! Joanna has graced innumerable stages in roles transcending age, gender, and even species for almost 10 years. She is a proud graduate of Butler University with a degree in Theater. Following BU, she delved deep into museum theater as an educational interpreter. Every major museum in Indianapolis has enjoyed her work as an actor and/or a professional storyteller as part of NABS (National Association of Black Storytellers). Her recent theater performances include Prospero in Tempest: Adrift in Time, Aaron in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, Cassius in Julius Caesar: Beware the Ides of March, and Eddie/Dr. Scott in The Rocky Horror Show. You can catch Joanna this fall at the Indyfringe Festival on TOTS Mainstage in The Gab., written & directed by Zack Neiditch. Be sure not to miss her performances year-round as an actor interpreter at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Lauren Briggeman (Rosalind) is ecstatic to be back for her third outing with Indianapolis Shakespeare Company (or the Company formerly known as HART)! Her previous productions here in the park were Othello (Desdemona) and Taming of the Shrew (Bianca). Other favorite credits from around the city include To Kill A Mockingbird and Finding Home at the IRT, Typhoid Mary and Seminar at the Phoenix Theatre, and Hamlet with Acting Up Productions. Coming up, Lauren will be beginning a new chapter in her career, starting a new theatre company with co-founder Georgeanna Smith Wade (former Artistic Director, No Exit Performance) which will be housed in the Phoenix theatre's brand new state-of-the-art facility, (please be on the lookout for more info!) Lauren would like to thank her beautiful wife and co-new-mom Sally for her strength, love, and support through this and all theatrical endeavors, her loving family, and all of You for coming out this year to support local art and artists, this is my favorite theatrical event in this city, thank you for making it possible year after year!Sarah Hunter (Celia)
Sarah Hunter (Celia) is incredibly excited to make her Indianapolis Shakespeare Company debut in As You Like It! Sarah is a recent graduate of Marian University where she received the Theatre Department’s Senior Service Award and was named in the 2017 list of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She was also nominated for an Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship in the 2016 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Some of her previous credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Peaseblossom) with the Richmond Shakespeare Festival, Antigone (Antigone), The Addams Family (Morticia), Twelve Angry Jurors (Juror #8), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Almost, Maine (Glory), and Songs for a New World (Company). She would like to thank Ryan and Diane for this incredible opportunity and her family for their love and support.
Jaddy Ciucci (Touchstone) is happy to be joining Indianapolis Shakespeare Company on stage after understudying for Taming of The Shrew. Some of her recent Indianapolis credits include My Fair Lady (Beef and Boards), Cabaret Poe (Q Artistry), Into The Woods (Beef and Boards), Hand To God (The Phoenix Theatre), Killer Joe (Theatre On The Square), and ZirkusGrimm (Q Artistry. Jaddy has also worked locally with NoExit Performance, Eclectic Pond, Hoosier Bard, Acting Up, and The Bloomington Playwrights Project. Much of Jaddy’s work has been for young audiences including the title characters in both Junie B. Jones and Pinkalicious at Beef and Boards, and numerous shows at The Childrens Museum’s Lilly Theatre; How I Became A Pirate, Mulan, The Paper Bag Princess, The Magic Snowman, and Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile. She is currently appearing as the title role in Gruf! at The Childrens Museum this Summer. Jaddy has been a member of the Act Out Ensemble focusing on social issues and anti-bullying in Indianapolis schools, has directed with Young Actors Theatre, and reads for Civic Theatre’s Storytime program in local preschools. She will be appearing in Trike Theatre’s upcoming 2017-2018 season in Northwest Arkansas. Jaddy studied music and theatre at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Joshua Coomer (Jacques) is excited to make his debut with the Indianapolis Shakespeare Company. Other Shakespearean credits include Macbeth (Macbeth, Minnestrista), Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio/Paris, National Theatre Conservatory/Denver Center), Much Ado about Nothing (Conrade, Denver Center; George Seacole, Illinois Shakespeare Festival), Measure for Measure (Lucio, NTC; Justice, Illinois Shakes), and The Falcon’s Pitch (Edward IV, adapted from the Henry VI trilogy, Illinois Shakes). He’s also been seen around town at the Phoenix Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, and Brown County Playhouse. He is a graduate of the National Theatre Conservatory and Ball State University. Much love and thanks to Charles for everything!
Claire Wilcher (Phebe) This is Claire’s first production with ISC, although she is no stranger to past shows (don’t worry, she won’t be wine-drunk during this one). In recent seasons, Claire played the role of Mistress Page in Wisdom Tooth’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale, and she’s excited to be diving further into the realm of Shakespeare this summer. A 13-year member of CSz Indianapolis, Claire performs and teaches improv when she doesn’t have a script in hand. She has played at all 23 ComedySportz theatres in the US, thanks to a four-month cross-country improv trip in her trusty RV, Large Marge. Enjoy the show, thanks for supporting local artists, now go get wine-drunk.
Michael Hosp (Sylvius/Adam) is thrilled to be working with the Indianapolis Shakespeare Company! He played in the park with HART twice before in Othello and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. His more recent brush with the Bard was as Sir Hugh Evans in Wisdom Tooth Theatre's The Merry Wives of Windsor. He last appeared onstage at the Phoenix Theatre in An Act of God and Peter and the Starcatcher. Next up, he will direct Tom Horan's adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night for the IndyFringe Festival. Michael is an Indianapolis native and lives with his lovely wife Katelyn and his handsome cat Rusty.
Ramon Hutchins (Amiens/Et All) is both overjoyed and humbled to be a part of Indy Shakes premiere production of As You Like It. This will be his second go at Shakespeare, his first being (don’t you dare say it!!!.. Wait, does being outside, count?), and his 21st show overall. “A 21st I hope to remember.”... But seriously, it’s been a long journey of learning and self discovery and I am here, and I get to work with such talented people. I am absolutely grateful.
Chinyelu Mwaafrika (Le Beau/Et All)
Will Skidmore (On-stage Musician) is a senior attending North Central High School and is interested in several kinds of art such as photography, film, ceramics and drawing. Will has been in the production of A Christmas Carol at the IRT and North Centrals production of Arabian Nights as well as Junior Spec and currently takes drum lessons and runs cross country.
George Schatzlein (On-stage Musician)
Mike Lamirand (On-stage Musician) Mike has been manipulating air pressure changes into harmonious frequency modulations since his tenth rotation around the sun. After logging too many solar rotations to count, Mike has experimented with a variety of tools for cruising air pressure changes, but has focused primarily on the larger, slower waves for the last ten years or so. He is excited to be pushing waves for Indy Shakes.
Todd Reischman (On-Stage Musician/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.