• Bjorn Anderson (Sampson, Paris) is excited to be working with Willamette Shakespeare. Bjorn holds a degree in Theatre from SCSU and is a 2012 graduate of Portland Actors Conservatory.  Bjorn was last seen as Donald in Boys in the Band with Defunkt Theater Company. He would like to thank this inspiring cast and Matt for this wonderful experience. 

  • Brian Burger (Gregory, Peter, Page, Servants) is ecstatic to be returning to the Willamette Shakespeare stage(s) after appearing in last summer's Much Ado About Nothing! Other recent credits include Mike in Manos: The Hands of Fate (Capital I Productions), Noel/Sergeant in Moving Out and A Garden Party (Readers Theatre Repertory), and Jack in Leading Ladies (Sandy Actors Theatre). Brian received his B.A. in Drama from University of Portland and completed his Acting Apprenticeship at Florida Studio Theatre. He would like to thank his friends and family for their continual support, even after he made the economically practical decision to drop pre-med to focus on acting.

  • This is Tamara Burgess’ (Juliet) first season with Willamette Shakespeare. She joins us after a season with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival performing as Cheerleader in The Very Merry Wives of Windsor Iowa, understudying White Snake in The White Snake written and directed by Tony Award winning Mary Zimmerman  and Portia in Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella. Other credits include Cordelia in King Lear opposite Barry Kraft (Southern Oregon University), Silvia in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Portland Actors Ensemble), Antigone in Antigone (Blue Monkey Theatre) among others. Education: BFA in Theatrical Performance - Southern Oregon University. MA in Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre - London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (Candidate).

  • Jennifer Elkington (Lady Montague) received her BA in Theatre from Southern Oregon University, as well as  a Certificate in Performance from American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She moved back to Portland in 2010 and has worked for Portland Actors Ensemble, The Working Theater Collective, and The Reformers. She has also performed in four original musicals, and is an ensemble member of the online sketch comedy show pottytalkpdx.

  • Michael Godsey (Montague) is thrilled to be making his Willamette Shakespeare debut, though he is no stranger to area Shakespeare fans.  Michael is the Artistic Director of Portland Actors Ensemble, which is celebrating its 44th season of free Shakespeare-in-the-Parks.  He has appeared for PAE as Brutus in Julius Caesar and Cornwall in King Lear, among others, and was last seen on stage as Worchester in Henry IV part 1 last summer with Post5.  Dr. Godsey also teaches biochemistry and acting as a newly-promoted full professor at Concordia University, and thanks his fiancée Heather for her love, support, and patience.

  • Josh Gulotta (Balthazar, Citizen) is thrilled to be working with Willamette Shakespeare! He is a recent transplant from New York. Previous credits include Louis in Angels in America (Seaview Playwrights Theatre), Lockwood in The History Boys (Gallery Players), and a dog in From Rags to Riches (Metropolitan Playhouse).

  • Mindi L. Logan (Nurse) is currently Associate Professor and head of the acting program at the University of Portland in Portland, OR, where she continues to work as a professional actor on stage and film. Recent rolls include Amanda in “Pas*sage” in New York City and Kate Keller in “All My Sons” at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland. Other roles include Lady Macbeth, Betty in “The Sure Thing”, and John of Gaunt from “Richard II.”  Mindi received her M.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University where she studied under William Esper and Maggie Flannigan, she was awarded the National Acting Fellowship from the Kennedy Center in 2004 and received the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion in 2013.

  • Kristopher Mahoney-Watson (Tybalt, First Watchman) has been performing in and around Portland for several years, principally as an actor but sporadically as a singer and guitarist. He is thrilled to be working with Willamette Shakespeare for the third year running, having previously appeared as Bertram in All's Well That Ends Well and more recently as Conrade in last summer's production of Much Ado About Nothing.

  • Tom Mounsey (Friar Lawrence, Abrahm) graduated from the Portland Actors Conservatory in 2008. Since then, he has been doing this acting thing all over town, with companies such as Theatre Vertigo, Northwest Classical Theatre Company, Quintessence Language and Imagination Theatre, Post5 Theatre, defunkt theatre, Original Practice Shakespeare Festival, and the Quick and Dirty Art Project. This is Tom's first production with Willamette Shakespeare, and could not be happier to part of such a great team. Tom is proud to be a member of Theatre Vertigo.

  • Meredith Ott (Lady Capulet) is happy to be acting in her third Willamette Shakespeare production after As You Like It and A Midsummer Night's Dream. She has obtained too many degrees from the University of Puget Sound, the University of Oregon, and Portland State. Meredith feels very fortunate to have a job up in Battle Ground, Washington teaching Drama to 3rd through 8th graders. Only seven years ago, Meredith found herself playing the role of Juliet and is excited to revisit this beautiful play from the role of Lady Capulet. Thanks to the wonderfully supportive members of Willamette Shakespeare, her fellow cast and crew, and her undyingly supportive parents and friends.

  • Chris Porter (Capulet) is a literally grizzled veteran of Portland stages and Shakespearean productions thereon, from New Rose to Tygre's Heart to Portland Actors Ensemble to NW Classical and more. This, nevertheless, is his first onstage foray with R & J, and his first show with Willamette Shakes. He's pleased to be here at last. Now, if Montague will quit being such a troublemaker...

  • Chris Ringkamp (Romeo) is incredibly excited to be back with Willamette Shakespeare this summer, and with such an incredible cast and crew.  Romeo has been a dream role since the tender age of twelve, and to be able to realize that now is an incredible gift.  Since completing the Portland Playhouse Acting Apprenticeship, Chris has worked with several Portland based theatre companies including: Defunkt Theatre, as the Cowboy in The Boys in the Band, Andrew, in Sowelu Theatre Ensemble’s Hard Time Come again No More, The Rocking Horse, in Tears of Joy and Bag and Baggage’s production of The Velveteen Rabbit, and, of course, with Willamette Shakespeare as Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing.

  • Jennifer Rowe (Prince, Apothecary) is an actor and director from California where she appeared in shows like Sylvia and Mere Mortals. Her work as an Actor in Portland includes performances at Miracle theater (Labyrinth of Desire), Profile theater (Independence), Artists Repertory Theater (Speech and Debate, Distracted), Portland Playhouse (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), and Portland Center stage (JAW). She founded The Quick and Dirty Art Project in 2010 and since has directed DasVedanya Mama (CoHo), Waiting (Market Street Theater), Brecht: The Jewish Wife/The Informer (ADX Portland), The Unseen (CoHo), Unda (CoHo), and Phaedra's Love (Portland Playhouse). Jennifer has just completed a year with Portland Playhouse as their first directing apprentice.

  • Chip Sherman (Mercutio, Third Watchman) is thrilled to be a part of this his first outdoor Shakespeare production and even more elated to be fulfilling another dream role this summer. The first being Cleopatra in Human Being Curious' progressive production of Antony and Cleopatra. Before, you could of caught him in "Arabian Nights", "Scrooge's Last Christmas"(Commedia), "Eh, Things"(Clown), and "The Tempest" as both performer and choreographer. He would like to thank; his Mama, his Ohm family, his man, the players of this show and around town, and you! "There never was a good war or a bad peace." -Benjamin Franklin

  • Jim Vadala (Benvolio, Second Watchman) is so happy to be working with Willamette Shakespeare!  A native of Philadelphia, Jim uprooted to Portland in August 2012 and has spent the last year training as an Acting Apprentice Company member with Portland Playhouse. In his time with the Playhouse Jim performed in Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson(John Quincy Adams u/s) and an original piece Super-Complex. Thank you to Matt for the Opportunity, Olivia for the love, and all of you for supporting live theatre.