• Michael Biesanz (Leonato / Sexton) studied acting at the University of Minnesota. He worked as company member with the Eastside Theater (St Paul), Minneapolis Children’s Theater Company, and the Firehouse Theater Company (Minneapolis and San Francisco) before embarking on a 30+ year corporate career. Locally Michael has appeared with Northwest Classical Theater, Imago, ART, Lakewood, and Public Playhouse. 

  • Brian Burger (Friar Francis / Watch) is extremely excited to be making his Willamette Shakespeare debut! Brian recently returned to the Portland area after completing an Acting Apprenticeship with Florida Studio Theatre, where he toured statewide with FST’s Playmaker’s Tour. Other recent credits include Sancho in a workshop of The Quest for Don Quixote (Florida Studio Theatre) with playwright Mark Brown and Bruno in The Mutilated (Readers Theatre Repertory). Brian received his B.A. in Drama from University of Portland. 

  • Matthew DiBiasio (Borachio) was most recently seen in NWCTC’s production of King John, and Stanford University Summer Theatre’s production of Ted Hugh’s Oedipus. Matt’s other theatre credits include. ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Oh The Humanity, This Lime Tree Bower, Ursula, Thom Pain (based on nothing), Glengarry Glen Ross. He is a proud member of the Portland-based ensemble Our Shoes Are Red/The Performance Lab. Gratitude to God and all who have supported. 

  • Clara-Liis Hillier (Dogberry) is thrilled to work with Willamette Shakespeare after performing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and take on Much Ado for the third time this year but in a totally new role! Favorite recent roles include Mariana/ Mistress Overdone in Measure for Measure (NWCTC), Mrs. One in The Adding Machine (Theatre Vertigo), and choreographing Snoopy for MHCC. She is a proud Original Practice Shakespeare Festival company member and new Northwest Classical Theatre Company member. 

  • Kristopher Mahoney-Watson (Conrade / Messenger) has been performing in and around Portland for several years now, principally as an actor but sporadically as a singer and as a guitarist. He most recently appeared as The Drum Major in an original translation of Woyzeck, the premiere production of new company Ominous Horse. Other roles of note include John in Oleanna, Prince Hal in Henry IV, Part 1, and Bertram in last summer’s Willamette Shakespeare production of All’s Well That Ends Well. When not performing, he is an avid metal fan and an amateur basketball player with delusions of one day making it in the NBA.

  • Jason Maniccia (Benedick) has most recently been seen as Lucio in Measure for Measure and Claudius in Hamlet, both for Northwest Classical Theatre Company. Other credits include Iago in Othello (Portland Actor’s Ensemble), Tranio in Taming of the Shrew (Tygre’s Heart Shakespeare), Wilding in Enchanted April (Artists Repertory Theatre), Gil in Thief River (Drammy Award – Acting Ensemble; Profile Theatre), and many others.

  • Sarah McGregor (Margaret) is thrilled to be returning to Willamette Shakespeare after playing Diana in last year’s All’s Well That Ends Well. She spent the last year apprenticing with the Portland Playhouse, where she developed her first solo piece, The Devil You Don’t. Sarah has performed with many companies around town, including CoHo Productions, The Quick and Dirty Art Project and The Working Theatre Collective, among others. Special thanks to Daniel and this wonderful cast and crew!

  • This is Lauren Modica’s (Verges) first show with Willamette Shakespeare, and she’s thrilled about it. Recent projects include Public House Theatre’s Raisin in the Sun (Lena Younger/Mama), Well Arts’ I:You, and Gretchen Icenogle’s Trailing Colors (Rose). Prior roles and recognition include Falstaff in Henry IV, St. Monica/Pontius Pilate in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and the KCACTF Marvin J. Simms Award (Region 7). Overwhelming love and gratitude to Cast and Crew, Family and Friends.

  • Charlie Pierce (Don Jon) is an actor and he promises that he isn’t nearly as cruel as Don John and even if he was he’d be a much better villain. Charlie was last seen as the Gravedigger (among others) in PAE’s Hamlet and Algernon Moncrieff in the North End Players’ Importance of Being Earnest.

  • This is Jon Plueard’s (Don Pedro) fifth official Shakespeare show. He has played the roles of Petruchio, Horatio, Iachamo and others that didn’t end with the letter “O”. He returns to the names ending with “O” with Don Pedro. Jon is a recent transplant from Bend, where he had a long community theater career. Locally, he was recently seen in Club Morrocco for Stumptown Stages and as Herr Grossvetter for Tears of Joy’s production of The Telltale Heart.

  • Chris Ringkamp (Claudio / Watch) is very excited to be making his Portland debut with such a wonderfully talented cast and crew. Upon recently graduating from the University of West Georgia, he piled all of his belongings into a U-Haul and drove straight from Atlanta to Portland. He then began an acting apprentice program with Portland’s own Portland Playhouse, and now, with the apprenticeship over, Chris is elated to have found a home in such a one as Portland, Oregon.

  • Ithica Tell (Beatrice) is so excited to play Beatrice with Willamette Shakespeare!! Portland credits include: Jo Cabbott in Reservoir Dolls with Guinolfest, Athena and the Chorus Leader in Trojan Women with Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon, Sister Chantelle in Bare with Blue Monkey as well as a myriad of voices in Puppet Shows with Tears of Joy Theatre and Dragon Puppet Theatre. Ithica is delighted for another opportunity to do one of her favorite things, Act.

  • Clara Weishahn (Ursula / Balthasar) is an actor and director with a B.A. in Theater from Portland State University. Favorite roles include Hansel in Hansel and Gretel (Perseverance Theatre), Laura in The Labyrinth of Desire (Miracle Theatre), Hippolita in ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Compass Repertory), Cordelia in King Lear, Imogen in Cymbeline (Portland Actors Ensemble). Clara is thrilled to work with Willamette Shakespeare, and thanks her family, friends, and Rob for their love. www.claraweishahn.com

  • Holly Wigmore (Hero) is thrilled to be working with Willamette Shakespeare for the first time. Portland credits include Broadway Rose Theater Company, Pixie Dust Productions, Northwest Classical Theatre Company, The Working Theater Collective and Action/Adventure Theater. She is a proud graduate of the actor training program at PCPA Theaterfest. During her time in California, she was in shows such as Les Miserables, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Life X3, Henry VI, and The Music Man.