Direction by Arlene Schulman

Thursday – Friday – Saturday @ 8:00pm
June 14 – July 7

Othello — LaVon Jean-Pierre

Desdemona — Alexis Elisa Macedo

Iago — Casey Ballard

Emilia — Laura Dodds

Cassio — James Anderson

Roderigo — Alex Serrano

Brabantio — Janice Sales

Duke of Venice — Jessica Reedy

Montano / Messenger — Renee Newlove

Bianca / Senator / Gentleman 1 — Summer Session

Lodovico / Gentleman 2 — Dakota Simpson

Gentleman 3 / Officer 1 — David Miller

Arlene Schulman — Director — Returning to Woodward Shakespeare Festival 10 years after her acclaimed production of Hamlet, Arlene is thrilled to have been invited back to direct Othello this season. At home both in the spotlight and behind the scenes, with over 35 years of theatrical experience in both professional and community theatre from coast to coast, Arlene has studied and worked with some of the most acclaimed names in the worlds of theatre and Shakespeare. With a degree in Theatre Arts and a postgraduate diploma from The Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, she has a passion for new play development as well as for the great playwrights & composers of the past eighty years, such as Tennessee Williams, Noel Coward, Neil Simon, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Sondheim, along with, of course, Shakespeare. Arlene’s other directing credits include Kiss Me, Kate, The Lion in Winter, Blithe Spirit, Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific, Cabaret, Barefoot in the Park, Present Laughter, Sylvia, and Rumors, among many others. Much love and thanks to the amazing cast and crew of Othello for all your talent, commitment, dedication and hard work. You’ve been a joy to work with, every one of you! I hope I don’t have to wait another 10 years to do it all again!
 LaVon Jean-Pierre LaVon Jean-Pierre — Othello — LaVon is local actor who last performed in Us&Them, at Fresno Soap Co., as John. He received a B.A. in Theater from Fresno State; and is currently looking into different M.F.A. programs to continue his educational journey. This is his first show with the festival and is eager to participate it different shows to follow.
 Alexis Elisa Macedo -- Desdemona -- Othello Alexis Elisa Macedo — Desdemona — Alexis is very proud to be making her Woodward Shakes debut this season as Desdemona (Othello) and Margaret (Much Ado About Nothing). She recently completed her first year at Fresno State as a Theatre Arts Major with an Acting Emphasis and made the Dean’s list both semesters. Her most recent theatre credits include Fresno State’s Theatre for Young Audiences: Wondrous Tales of Old Japan, (Koken/Pheasant), Fresno State’s Experimental Theatre Company: Den of Thieves (Boochie) and Selma Arts Center’s: The Little Mermaid (Atina/Princess). Alexis grateful for the opportunities she has been given and the wonderful people she has meet along the way. And of course, thanks Dad.
Casey Ballard -- Iago -- Othello Casey Ballard — Iago — Casey is thrilled to be working with the Woodward Shakespeare Festival for this production. Her recent roles include Coco in The Dish (Theatre J’ Nerique); Viola/Sebastian in ‘Swill (The Motley Fools); Thea in Hedda Gabler (The New Ensemble), Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night (WSF); Mazeppa in Gypsy (Selma Arts Center); Clementine in Onionheads (Fresno Soap Co.); Jenny/Marge in Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Selma Arts Center); Laertes in Hamlet (WSF); Mrs. Cheveley in An Ideal Husband (2nd Space). She would like to thank WSF for this opportunity to play, and her friends, family, and dog, Cowboy, for their constant love and support.
Laura Dodds -- Emilia -- Othello Laura Dodds — Emilia — Laura is thrilled to be making her Woodward Shakespeare Festival debut in Othello! She has previously performed with Fresno Grand Opera in Les Miserables.
James Anderson James Anderson — Cassio — James is excited to welcome you to the show. Though this is his first time performing with the Woodward Shakespeare Festival, he could not be more proud to be a part of their 14th season. He invites you to come see him in their following show, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Claudio). He has previously been in shows at Fresno City College: WAITING FOR LEFTY (Joe), BAD JEWS (Jonah US) and numerous roles in TEASERS: 10-MINUTE PLAYS. KING LEAR (Kent) at the Fresno Soap Co. theater with Theatre Ventoux. He hopes you enjoy the show!
Alex Serrano Alex Serrano — Roderigo –This is Alex’s debut in the Woodward Shakespeare Festival, he has been involved in the production of References to Salvador Dali Makes me Hot playing as the role of Martín, the Wildcat Playhouse’s production of the Outsiders playing as Ponyboy Curtis, Rumours playing as Ken, and A Migrant Farmworker’s Son as Henry. He is excited to be apart of the WSF’s production of Othello and wishes the whole cast and crew to break a leg!
Janice Sales Janice Sales — Barbantio — This is Janice’s first year as part of the Woodward Shakespeare Festival. She is grateful for the opportunity to be part of such a great cast. Janice wishes to thank her husband who supported her with love and encouragement. She would also like to thank her daughters who put up with her crazy schedule and helped with all of her preparations. Janice celebrates her 41st birthday during opening weekend. She wishes to thank all of her friends who came to support and celebrate with her. Without her friends urging she would not be here. Janice would also like to dedicate her performance to her late father. His love and encouragement to always seek the good have been an inspiration to her.
Jessica Reedy -- Duke of Venice -- Othello Jessica Reedy — Duke of Venice — Jessica was in Woodward Shakes inaugural show of Much Ado About Nothing. Has been in company performances of Richard lll, Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew, and Titus Andronicus. Repertory company member of Theatre 3 in 90s. Most recently seen as Gloucester in Theatre Ventoux Lear.
Renee Newlove -- Montano / Messenger -- Othello Renee Newlove — Messenger/Montano — Renee has worked with the Woodward Shakespeare Festival off and on since year 1. You have recently seen her in many previous productions including: Twelfth Night (Viola), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Rosencrantz), Hamlet (Rosencrantz), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, Revised (Renee), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Outlaw), Richard III (Elizabeth), Taming of the Shrew (Christopher Sly), and MacBeth (Lennox). Renee recently made her directorial debut in The Soap Co’s production of The Tempest. She has also worked with College of the Sequoias in their production of Tartuffe (Madam Pernelle) and HeyDay Productions’ performance of Frankly Auto-correct I’m Tired of Your Shirt (Renee) in the 2018 Rogue Performance Festival. Renee also works for WSF by sitting on the Board as well as heading up the Library Reading program. She really loves to cut the plays and work with Shakespeare’s language. She really hopes you enjoy the show!
Summer Session Summer Session — Bianca / Senator 2 / Gentleman 1 — This is her first time working with the Woodward Shakespeare Festival. She will be Directing MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING this Summer for the Woodward Shakespeare Festival’s 14th season and invites you to attend. Recently, she graduate from Fresno State with a Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts. Previously she directed 4.48 PSYCHOSIS with ETC at Fresno State. Her previous acting credits include AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (Mrs. Rogers), WAITING FOR LEFTY (Ensemble), MULAN AND THE BATTLE ON BLACK MOUNTAIN (Puppet Master/Opera Dancer/Soldier) at Fresno City College and ANONYMOUS (Naja/Serza) at Southwestern College. She hopes you enjoy the production.
Dakota Simpson Dakota Simpson — Lodovico/Gentleman 2 — Dakota Simpson is a Fresno native who is making his debut on the WSF stage with Othello. Dakota has been in numerous shows in the Central Valley including: Island of the Blue Dolphins (Capt. Orlov), Mary Poppins (Bert), Ass: Or How I learned to stop worrying and love the bong (Eileen/Others) and Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Sebastian). Dakota thanks you for supporting local theater and hopes that you enjoy Othello, The Moor of Venice
David Miller David Miller — Gentleman 3 / Officer 1 — David first performed in the McLane High School production of “Once on this Island”(Ensemble). Since then he has performed in “Fantastic Mr. Fox”(Small Badger) and “Waiting for Lefty”(Ensemble) at Fresno City College, as well as the last three productions for the California Opera Association where he will again be seen this August in ” La Traviata”. He hopes that you enjoy the show.
John Peter Phillips

John Peter Phillips — Assistant Director — A newcomer to the Woodward Shakespeare Festival, New Orleans native John Peter, currently a NYC/NJ resident because that’s where the bright lights are, brings his life-long love of theatre with him to Fresno. He is excited to add Othello to his recent theatrical partnership with Othello director, Arlene Schulman. Their previous collaborations included such shows as No Mansfield Slocum!, Where We Always Go, and Sylvia. This has been an amazing experience. He tips his many hats to the whole Othello cast and crew for the enthusiasm and commitment they brought to this adventure. Well done, my brothers and sisters in the Bard!

“But we in it shall be remembered—
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; …
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here!”

Sabrina Sierra Sabrina Sierra — Stage Manager — Sabrina is a recent graduate from Fresno State where she majored in Theatre Arts, with an emphasis in acting. She recently played the Mexican woman in Streetcar Named Desire at Fresno State. She was the assistant stage manager for the Contemporary Dance Ensemble, as well as for ETC’s production of Den of Thieves this past semester. She is also a member of Fresno State’s Improv club. This is her first production with Woodward Shakespeare Festival.