A Midsummer Night's Dream - Cast
- Brian Allard (Theseus)
Brian Allard is the Artistic Director and Founder of the Original Practice Shakespeare Festival (Ops Fest). Brian comes to Portland via Minneapolis, London and New York, but is now very happy to call Oregon home. His Shakespeare training has taken many courses, from London's Globe to the New England Shakespeare Festival. During his time in New York, Brian appeared off-Broadway as Caliban in The Tempest and Romney Leigh in Aurora Leigh. Since coming to PDX, he played in the US Premeire of Tales of Ordinary Madness in the lead role of Peter, clucked around as Allen in bobrauschenbergamerica at Portland Playhouse, and proudly appeared as Mr. Darcy inPride and Prejudice with Quintessence. He has also appeared in Much Adoe and Midsommer with Ops fest.
- Phillip J. Berns (Flute / Moth)
Phillip J. Berns is thrilled to be making his West-coast Shakespearean debut with Willamette Shakespeare. He is a 2009 graduate of Marquette University and has performed with numerous professional theatre companies in Milwaukee WI. Phillip would like to thank Daniel, the entire cast and crew, and, especially, Nichole.
- Cooper Bomadil (Oberon)
Cooper Bombadil has performed on stage as Caliban in The Tempest, in film as the titular character in The Rat King, with the award-winning a cappella group, On the Rocks, with his band, Nero, and as a classically trained violinist. He loves to write, rock out on the piano, and train his body. You can see him as Dr. Bartolo in SOAP's production of The Marriage of Figaro in September.
- Christy Drogosch (Titania)
Christy was recently seen as Charlotta in The Cherry Orchard with Compass Rep, and as Rosaline in NW Classical Theatre's production of Love's Labor's Lost. Favorite roles include: Contstance Ledbelly in Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet); Bianca in Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief; Lady MacBeth in MacBeth; and Helsa inThe Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. She is a graduate of PSU and a native of Detroit.
- Nathan Dunkin (Bottom)
Nathan is a graduate from England's prestigious East 15 Acting School. He worked in London for fours years and has returned to continue his career in Portland. Nathan enjoys a wide variety variety of genres for performance including film. In the last year Nathan took on his first feature length independent film, Bucksville, which is nearing completion in post production. Recent work on Portland's stages includes various roles in ART's Othello, Tomfoolery for Public Playhouse, Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way the Forum, Rapunzel's Prince in Lakewood'sInto the Woods, Biff in Pentacle Theater's Death of a Salesman. Nathan will never stop performing. Nevermind the poverty.
- Anna Gettles (Starveling / Cobweb)
Anna Gettles is thrilled to make her Portland stage debut with Willamette Shakespeare. Originally from North Carolina, she majored in Theatre Performance at Appalachian State University. Past roles: Tamora, Titus Andronicus; Charlotte, Moon Over Buffalo; Victoria, The Waiting Room; and the Queen; Cymbeline. Many thanks to the cast and crew!
- Emily Gleason (Hermia)
Emily is excited to frolic with the Bard in the outdoors! She has worked with such companies as Imago Theater (company member-2 yrs), Nomadic Theater, Working Theater Collective, Portland Center Stage, Many Hats Collaboration, Miracle Theater and Our Shoes Are Red/The Performance Lab. Thanks to our wonderful cast! And cheese..
- Jim Halliday (Quince / Egeus)
Jim returns to WS after playing Duke Senior & the Curate in last year's As You Like It. Past roles include Higgins inMy Fair Lady, Pseudelous in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sir in Roar of the Greasepaint, Krapp in Krapp's Last Tape, Lazar Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof, Thomas Moore in A Man for All Seasons.
- Meredith Ott (Snout / Mustardseed)
Meredith Ott studied Theatre at the University of Puget Sound and received her MA from the University of Oregon. She currently teaches theatre in Portland at Northwest Children's Theatre and Oregon Children's Theatre. She appeared last year as Audrey in Willamette Shakespeare's inaugural production of As You Like It.
- Clara-Liis Hillier (Hippolyta)
Clara-Liis Hillier is excited to join Willamette Shakespeare this summer! Recent roles include Maria; Lend Me a Tenor(Anonymous Theatre), Fool; King Lear for PAE, Angela (workshop production of Gracie & the Atom), T'Pau the Vulcan Queen and vocals; Trek in the Park, and a member of Original Practice Shakespeare Festival.
- Teresa Lawrence (Helena)
Teresa Renee is delighted to be back! (Played Phebe in As You like it) Favorite Roles include: Rapunzel, Into the Woods (Lakewood), Missy, Winter Wonderettes (Broadway Rose), Tansy, The Nerd (Public Playhouse). Films include: The Gray Area and Little Blue Pill.a She has a B.A. in music and theatre from PSU.
- Andy Lee-Hillstrom (Robin / Philostrate)
Andy is excited to be working with Willamette Shakespeare again, having played Touchstone in last year's As You Like It. Some other favorite local credits include Love's Labour's Lost (NW Classical Theatre Co), To Kill a Mockingbird (Profile Theatre), Trojan Women (Classic Greek Theatre), and Rabbit Hole (Salem Rep). Andy is also an ensemble member of Theatre Vertigo.
- Benjamin Sheppard (Lysander)
Ben Sheppard, a local actor, fresh from Southern Oregon University, was last seen in Henry VIII at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is currently playing the lead role in a feature length B-movie called Stripperland, which will premiere this October. Ben is excited to be part of Midsummer's talented cast!
- Chet Wilson (Snug / Peaseblossom)
Chet C Wilson is thrilled to be making his Portland debut with Willamette Shakespeare. Favorite roles include: Lord Fancourt Babberley (Charley's Aunt), Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Brian (The Shadow Box), Proprietor (Assassins), Kevin/Dad/Ensemble (Pieces of the Quilt) and Charlie (Seascape; Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Award winner).
- Alex Yochim (Demetrius)
Alex Yochim is a BFA Graduate of Southern Oregon University. After the 2009 season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Alex is happy to be back in Portland for A Midsummer's Night Dream.