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Flourish for the Players.

--Stage Direction from Hamlet

2017 Acting Company

AMELIA AMPUERO (Lady Macbeth, Macbeth) is the founder and Artistic Director of the award- winning Duke City Repertory Theatre and thrilled to return to the Plaza for the second year in a row. An Albuquerque native, Amelia earned her B.F.A from Texas State University and has also trained with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare & Company. Favorite roles include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Barter Theatre), Catherine in These Shining Lives (DCRT), and most recently, Viola in BardCrawl:Twelfth Night (DCRT). Many thanks to her friends and family, Martin, Kate and the cast and crew for this incredible opportunity. Lastly, a HUGE thank you to the audiences of SOP for letting us serve you. Enjoy the show!

 

MARTIN ANDREWS (Dromio of Syracuse, The Comedy of Errors) is a theatre maker whose work has received support from The Association of Performing Arts Presenters / Met Life Foundation, The New England Foundation for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and more. As an actor, Martin has originated roles in seven world premiere plays with Working Group Theatre and worked regionally at The Kennedy Center, Hancher Auditorium, The Know Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Duke City Repertory Theatre, and more. His on-camera work includes appearances on Better Call Saul and The Night Shift. He earned his MFA in Acting from the University of Iowa, an M.Ed. from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, a BA from Ohio State University, and is a certified teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework.

 

MIKAEL AYELE (Ross, Macbeth) has appeared consistently on screen over the last 10 years (Get Shorty, The Night Shift, Train to Stockholm), but is still relatively new to the stage. He recently appeared in The Jungle Book (Duke City Repertory Theatre), The Whipping Man (Vortex Theatre) and The Member of the Wedding (Adobe Theatre). He holds a B.A. in Communications from USC and is the co-founder of the independent film production company, Practically Lost Productions. Outside of acting, Mikael enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, Catherine, and their dog, Holly.

 

KAITLYN BARLOW (Jailer/Ensemble, The Comedy of Errors) is a senior at UNM studying performing arts who started acting when she was 14 in independent and student films around New Mexico. In college she fell in love with theatre, first appearing in The Trojan Women, which made her realize the power of theatre. Kaitlyn will be applying to graduate schools soon and looks forward to a life in the theatre and arts!

 

EVENING STAR BARRON (Luciana, The Comedy of Errors) is delighted to work with Shakespeare on the Plaza for the second time. Favorite Albuquerque productions include DCRT’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck/Egeus), An Iliad (all 8 characters), and Zastrozzi: the Master of Discipline, where she appeared as both Mathilda and Julia. A bottomless well of gratitude to Gerome, who supports her to the ends of the earth, and to the entire Albuquerque theatre community, without which she would not be where she is.

 

LAYLI BROWN (Lady Macduff/Waiting Woman, Macbeth) is delighted to be part of Shakespeare on the Plaza Festival. She was last seen on stage in Tortilla Sun at the Coal Avenue Theatre. She would like to thank Martin Andrews for helping her discover this new found passion in theatre. “Being on stage, I feel a sense of placeless timelessness yet so very present in the now, I feel alive.”

 

CHAD BRUMMETT (Macbeth, Macbeth) is returning to the stage after a five-year hiatus, last playing the title role in Richard III at the Vortex. He is the host of both New Mexico Living and Legendary New Mexico on FOX New Mexico. He is thrilled to be part of bringing the Bard to 'Burque's Civic Plaza in 2017. As with everything in his life, this one's for Annelise. 

 

ED CHAVEZ (Dromio of Ephesus, The Comedy of Errors) is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. L.A., and his credits include: Tartuffe, Cupid in The Eight, Chuch in A Hatful of Rain, and Frank Charles in Flyin' West. Favorite NM credits include Nicky in The Gavones of Philadelphia, Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew, Ned in The Nance, and most recently as Captain Hook in Peter Pan with Landmark Musicals. Ed thanks his incredible family and the Love of His Life, Yolanda. Enjoy!

 

GABRIEL LIBOIRON-COHEN (Menteth, Macbeth) holds a Master's degree in Operatic Studies from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (2014), and has studied with Cesar Ulloa of the San Francisco Opera, and Pamela Hicks (’79-’80 Met winner). Recent performances have taken him to Notre Dame de Paris, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica of the Vatican. Normally in the world of opera, he is thrilled to be in his first Shakespeare play.

 

AMANDA DAVIS (Courtesan, Townsfolk, The Comedy of Errors) is very excited to be a part of Shakespeare on the Plaza this summer. This will be her first stage production since graduating from CNM as their very first theater graduate. She is thrilled to be working with such a dynamic and diversely talented group of people. Amanda thanks her mom, dad, and the rest of her family and friends for supporting her as she follows her dreams of becoming a professional actress.

 

LEV HANDMAKER (Donalbain, Macbeth) is a senior at Bosque School where he has performed in several mainstage productions and most recently in She Stoops to Conquer produced by West End Productions. He is a dedicated actor and will major in acting in college and pursue it as a career.

MARK HISLER (Banquo, Macbeth) is thrilled to be back on the Plaza after appearing last summer in Much Ado About Nothing and The Tempest. Vortex credits include Glengarry Glen Ross, Jerusalem, Red Herring and The Seagull. What Mark really wants to do is direct! Credits include Killer Joe (with Casey Grimm), Terra Nova (with Aaron Worley) and Life and Limb. For Cyn, with all of my love.

 

ABRIANA LAVALLEY (Witch/Murderer, Macbeth) was recently seen in Oy! (Aux Dog) and in Alice in Wonderland (Vortex). Past plays include: The Henry Project (Vortex); The Game's Afoot (Adobe Theatre), Red Herring (Vortex). Training and other roles are long ago and far away. Thank you to the entire team behind this amazing production for this opportunity! Be enveloped in this wondrous world of Shakespeare and enjoy the show!

 

SAMUEL LEWIS (Malcolm, Macbeth) is a junior at UC Irvine, where he intends to complete a triple major in Economics, Drama, and Data Science. He is thrilled to be working with SOP! He sends his deepest thanks to his parents, who have supported him in his meandering journey to acting, his friends and family, who are there for and with him more than is remotely reasonable, and most of all, Emma, who continues to inspire him more with each passing day.

 

MICAH LINFORD (Macduff, Macbeth) was last seen as Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest at The Vortex. His last appearance for SOP was as Brutus in Julius Caesar. Other Shakespearean credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream (Oberon), The Merchant of Venice (Lorenzo), Richard III (Clarence) & Macbeth (Macbeth)

 

PIP LUSTGARTEN (Adriana, The Comedy of Errors; Witch, Macbeth) is excited to do double duty by joining both of SOP casts this summer. Pip is a proud member of Mother Road Theatre Company: With Mother Road, she has appeared in The Penelopiad, The Illusion, Pirates!, and The Memory of Water, as well as in the mysterious new Secret Room Series (ssshhh!). Pip is also a Dialect Coach whose credits include The Mousetrap (AL T) Alice in Wonderland (Enchanted Rose) The Real Thing (Vortex) and Titanic (MTS). Thank you to Martin, Dennis, Kate, and the cast and crew!

 

EMMA MONTOYA (Seyton, Macbeth) is very excited to be a part of SOP this year. Having just graduated from Santa Fe High School with a focus in theater and performing arts, this festival is her first professional theater experience, and she is excited to start her career with The Vortex Theater Company.

 

YANNIG MORIN (Duke Solinus/Second Merchant, The Comedy of Errors) started acting before audiences at Universal Studios in Orlando. He would eventually escape Florida (Yes, it's really that bad!) and move out to New Mexico to pursue other artistic endeavors. He quickly made his return to the stage and has been active in the local theatre community ever since. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Stetson University and is also a trained designer/illustrator.

 

LARA PATTON (Lennox, Macbeth) is pursuing a Master of Music degree at the University of New Mexico. She is a Mezzo Soprano in the UNM Opera program, often performing pants roles as she is in Macbeth. She has performed the roles of Giannetta in L'elisir d'amore, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, and Stephanie in Speed Dating Tonight. This is Lara’s debut performance with SOP and first non-musical play.

 

ORION PIKE (ASM/Fleance, Macbeth) is pleased to return to Civic Plaza for a second year in a row. He was last seen as a butler and ASM for The Importance of Being Earnest. Before this he’s stage managed for several shows at The Adobe including My Three Angels and The Curious Savage. In the future he’s already set to work The Vortex’s production of The Realistic Joneses, alongside Micah Linford, and looks forward to seeing everyone there.

TAIT ALEXANDER PETERSON (Antipholus of Epesus, The Comedy of Errors) is an actor and fight choreographer who was most recently seen in How the Stars Used to Shine There (Theatre 3). He has a BFA in Theatre Performance from the UC Boulder, and he has performed with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Much Ado About Nothing, Othello and Henry V. Look for Tait this August in The Vortex’s upcoming production of SHE KILLS MONSTERS!

 

FREDRICK PONZLOV (Duncan, Macbeth)  is an awarding winning actor, appearing in numerous feature films and television series.  A graduate from the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York  he has acted in regional theatres throughout the country and off Broadway. His first screenplay Undertaking Betty produced by Miramax garnered the film a BAFTA for best comedy. Most recently he has been seen in Educating Rita (West End Productions) and prior to that directed The Shadow Box (Adobe Theatre).  He was the artistic director of Long Beach Repertory Theatre and presently teaches the Meisner acting technique here in Albuquerque.

 

ANDRE SCHWALL (Child Macduff, Macbeth) is thrilled to be performing with SOP. Previously, Andre held roles such as Hamlet with Imagine Action Conservatory, a Polecat in the children’s opera, Noah’s Flood, and Peter Pan in Sol Acting Academy’s Peter Pan. When Andre is not performing, he can be found singing in choir, competing in math competitions, reading Shakespeare, writing his own stories, or playing video games. Andre is grateful and appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of this talented cast.

 

ZACHARY TAFOYA (ASM/Duke’s Assistant, The Comedy of Errors) is a stage manager that is excited to be working on his second production at through the vortex. Past work includes stage managing We Will Survive and The Murder Room at UNM as well as being assistant stage manager for Hir at the Vortex and Hedda Gabler at UNM. This is Zach’s first time doing Shakespeare on the plaza and hopes to work more stage managing in the Albuquerque community.

 

EBONI RITANN THOMPSON (Witch, Macbeth) is a recent Theatre graduate from UNM. Some of her favorite roles include: The Wall in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Irina in The Seagull and Elizabeth in In the Next Room. This is the second production Eboni has performed with the Vortex and the first time being a part of Shakespeare on the Plaza. CRYSTAL TWITTY (Luce/The Comedy of Errors; Porter, Macbeth) is a writer, actor, director and vocalist. Crystal was last scene as Jill in 2021: A Yard Sale by the Susan Erickson (The Vortex Theatre) and Soldier in The Story of a Black Witch by Erin Philllips (Tricklock). She last directed Little Red Riding Hood at Eastern New Mexico University. Thanks to Kate, Martin, Dennis and theSOP personnel for this opportunity to share Shakespeare with the entire community, free of charge! Art should be available to everyone!

 

ROSEANNE VAU (Abbess, The Comedy of Errors) has acted in 60 full productions since highschool. Graduating from UNM with an acting scholarship, she studied at the William Esper Studio, and appeared Off-Off Broadway. Later, Vau received an MA in Film from Regent U. After moving to L.A., she joined S.A.G. and was a member of the Actors Co-op Company. She married the best guy on earth in 1998, returned to Albuquerque and was blessed with 3 amazing kids.

RICK WALTER (Balthazar/Officer, The Comedy of Errors) is a retired actor, broadcaster, scriptwriter, and college professor. He has worked in theatrical and industrial productions in Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, and LA. Specializing in the classics, improv, and children’s theater, Rick’s favorite stage roles include Oedipus, Maxwell Smart, the King of Siam, Mr. Beethoven, Gandalf, and the Wicked Witch of the West.

 

MATTHEW VAN WETTERING (Antipholus of Syracuse, The Comedy of Errors) is thrilled to be on the plaza for the first time. Matthew has worked with Mother Road, Adobe, Desert Rose, Aux Dog, Vortex, ALT and others playing roles such as Callisto/Clindor/Theogenes in The Illusion (Mother Road), Chris Keller in All My Sons (Adobe), Christopher Wren in Mousetrap (ALT) and Vince in Tape (Desert Rose). He is very grateful to all those who support the Theatre and to Rachel, Joshua and Charlotte.

BRIAN WILKENING (Soldier/Seward, Macbeth) teaches English (and Shakespeare) to middle schoolers, and his recent return to theater was inspired by his desire to understand Shakespeare more comprehensively. He enjoyed his experience on the Henry Project so much that he continued to pursue other opportunities to act in the Bard's plays, and loves sharing his love of Shakespeare with everyone. He thanks his wife and daughters for their perpetual love and support.

 

JOHN WYLIE (Ageon, Pinch, The Comedy of Errors) is thrilled to be returning to Shakespeare on the Plaza for a second consecutive year after playing Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing last year. He portrayed Polinious in Hamlet in the NM Shakespeare's Production in 2016. John’s been active in local theatre for over a decade and recently appeared on OY! At the Aux Dog and Anatomy of a Murder at the ALT. He's a card carrying member of SAG-AFTRA and has appeared in TV and film roles. John will appear in the upcoming Netflix series Godless. John won Best Actor in the Duke City Shootout in 2010. Enjoy the show!

 

SOPHIA ELLIS YOUNG (Soldier/Ensemble, Macbeth) is a student at Amy Biehl High School, and an active member of New Mexico's theatre community. She was recently seen as a member of the Happy Few in the Vortex's Henry Project, and onstage with Theatre in the Making last summer. Thanks to Martin, the Vortex community, and Brian Haney. We miss you, Brian!

2017 Production Staff

KATE CLARKE (Director, Macbethis an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of New Mexico, where she specializes in acting, voice, and movement techniques.  Previously, she was the Program Director of Theatre at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA. She has directed in many different styles of performance, with favorite projects including Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman, Middletown, by Will Eno, Angels in America:  Part One—Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner, and Arcadia by Tom Stoppard to name just a few. As an actor Kate’s passion is to be on the ground floor of new and emerging work.  In Seattle, she has worked at Annex Theatre, Alice B., The Seattle Group, The Empty Space, New City Theatre, Printers Devil, Seattle Shakespeare and others.  On the East Coast, she appeared at the Merce Cunningham Studio, N.A.D.A., the 78th /street Theatre Lab, and as a regular actor for ASCAP’s Musical Theatre International in showcasing new musicals in NYC.
A graduate of Oberlin College (B.A. 1990), and the University of Washington's Professional Actor Training Program (MFA, 2000), Kate brings 15 years of experience to coaching actors, creating dynamic theatre classes (both privately and at the college level), and to cultivating holistic practices for actors and singers through movement and voice work. Kate is an Associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, and a certified instructor of Open Source Forms. Her teaching pedagogy also  includes: Viewpoints, Suzuki, Laban, Alexander Technique, Stella Adler and Meisner studio work, Shakespeare, Musical Theatre, Singing, and Low Flying Trapeze.

KIP CASWELL (Costume Designer, Macbeth) is excited to be working with SOP again. This is her 20th year working in the theatre, and she doesn’t know what she’d be doing without it - probably sleeping. Kip loves sewing, painting, building, and any other hands-on project she can, well, get her hands on. Kip received a BA in Design for Performance from UNM, and her mad sewing skills were most recently seen in the Henry Project (Vortex 2016). Kip hopes you enjoyed the show, even though a lot of people died in it.

NINA DORRANCE (Props and Set Decoration, Comedy of Errors and Macbeth) is also a costumer and occasional stage manager. Her recent design credits include The Henry Project, The Lady In Question, and The Importance of Being Earnest (The Vortex), My Three Angels (The Adobe), Jack and the Beanstalk (The Dolls at NHCC), and Little Shop of Horrors, A Christmas Story, and And Then There Were None (ALT).

DENNIS ELKINS (Director, Comedy of Errors) holds a PhD in theatre from the University of Colorado, an MA in Speech and Theatre from the University of Tennessee and a BA from Milligan College. He is a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and a member of Actors’ Equity Association.  Elkins has held teaching and administrative positions in higher education in Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and Colorado.  Recent directing credits include Pirates of Penzance, Spring Awakening, and Thoroughly Modern Millie for Fort Lewis College, Little Women, The Secret Garden and Titus Andronicus for Milligan College, Love’s Labour’s Lost for Central College and All My Sons and The Learned Ladies for the Savannah College of Art and Design.  Elkins’ acting credits include productions with the Clarence Brown Company, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Single Carrot Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, and Thingamajig Theatre Company, Pagosa Springs.

LEAH ELLIS (Stage Manager, Macbeth) is studying Design for Performance at UNM and is thrilled to be venturing into theater outside UNM with Shakespeare On The Plaza. This is her first work with the Vortex; recently she stage managed School For Scandal, ME101, and Constellations all at UNM. When not in the theater, Leah works at a local bakery and spends time watching too much TV with her partner Paul and their two dogs.

VANESSA EVANS (Stage Manager, The Comedy of Errors) is a senior at UNM pursuing her BA in Design for Performance. Previous credits include El Matador, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and a five month internship with Walt Disney World. This is her first production with Shakespeare on the Plaza and she is incredibly excited to be a part of it. Vanessa would like to thank her parents and her boyfriend Sam for all their amazing support.

 

ALICIA WEBB (Festival Stage Manager) earned her degree in Stage Management from Southeast Missouri State University and has worked professionally with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and Huron Playhouse. She is the Resident Stage Manager of Duke City Repertory Theatre. Alicia would like to thank her husband for being the most supportive person in her life. She could not sustain a crazy theatre life without him. She would also like to thank the hardworking technicians behind the scenes of SOTP. Without you this massive project would not be possible!