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The WSF Board of Directors continues to work to secure the company’s professional and financial future.

Thornton Davidson, President (Thornton Davidson, Attorney at Law)
Hal H. Bolen II, Chief Financial Officer (Bolen, Fransen, Sawyers, Attorneys at Law)
Christopher L. Campbell, Member, Technical Director (Baker, Manock & Jensen, Attorneys at Law)


Greg Taber, Executive Producer
Greg coordinates and drives WSF production. Here he is able to continue his 30 year love affair with theatre, working to build actor capacity and to promote a vision of excellence in community-based theatre.

He holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Southern California and has acted locally since 1982. He is founder, with wife Lisa, of Theatre Ventoux, where he acted in or directed This Flattering Glass (an adaptation of Richard II), Childe Byron, King Lear, 12 Angry Men, Trio, ‘night, Mother, An Actor Prepares, Antigone, The Pillowman, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. His WSF acting/directing credits include Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Henry VMacbeth, Richard III, Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

Broderic Beard, Artistic Advisor / Performance – Aesthetics – Design
Broderic consults on matters of performer capacity, general aesthetics, and production design.

He  has worked on and off stage with Children’s Musical Theaterworks, ART, San Francisco Theater Festival, and Cali Pub Theater. Acting and directing credits include Henry V, Inherit the Wind, Julius CaesarMacbethThe Tempest‘night, MotherAn Actor Prepares, Antigone, Richard III, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged.), The Pillowman, Romeo and Juliet  and two separate productions of Hamlet.

Celeste Johnston, Artistic Advisor / Costumes 
Celeste works as the company’s principal costumer and costume consultant.

Celeste spent seven years in England studying Renaissance literature  with an emphasis on Shakespeare. It was during a stint at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, studying performance history, that she had the opportunity to costume shows. She has been acting and costuming ever since. Acting credits include Much Ado About Nothing, The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women, and Hamlet.

Jacob Sherwood, Artistic Advisor / Production – Outreach
Jacob consults on general production matters and works to build connections with local area schools..

This will be Jacob’s 4th year with Woodward Shakespeare Festival. He has worked both on stage and behind the scenes and is very excited for the upcoming season. Jacob is a Fresno State theatre major with an acting emphasis and aspires to become a high school drama teacher. His acting and directing work includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Malpractice, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Tar Beach, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

Joshua Taber, Artistic Advisor / Performance – Aesthetics – Sound/Music
Joshua is the company’s principal sound and music designer. He also consults on performance and aesthetics.

Joshua has been a part of the Woodward Shakespeare Festival for the past 5 seasons as both an actor and as sound designer. Production and acting credits include Henry V, Inherit the Wind, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Richard III, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Antigone, The Pillowman, Romeo and Juliet, A Year with Frog and Toad, and Waiting for Lefty (2017 Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Nominee). He is looking forward to what this upcoming season has to offer and is excited to be a part of this team and to help make this season a success.

Julia Reimer, Artistic Advisor / Education & Outreach YES! Project Director
Julia developed and leads WSF’s primary outreach effort, The YES! Project. She also advises on artistic and production matters.

Julia is currently on the faculty at Fresno Pacific University, where she chairs the Theater department, teaches and directs. Areas of expertise are Performance Studies (PhD) and Applied Theater (MA). She is a founding member of the WSF Board.

Kayla M. Weber, Artistic Advisor / Performance – Aesthetics – Dramaturgy
Kayla provides artistic and aesthetic oversight, as well as consulting on dramaturgical questions.

Kayla’s production, management, and acting credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, An Actor Prepares, Antigone, Richard III, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

Renee Newlove, Artistic Advisor / Production – Marketing – Social Media
Renee provides general production oversight as well as developing marketing opportunities and managing the company’s social media efforts.

Renee has worked with the Woodward Shakespeare Festival off and on since the first season. She has acted in numerous productions (Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Richard III, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)) as well as helped with set and costume design. She has performed with  numerous other local companies and was a producer of the Rogue Festival. Being a lover of all things performance art, Renee is excited to be a part of the artistic growth of the Woodward Shakespeare Festival.


Anjanette Schmidt, Finance & Logistics


Legacies have played a significant role in WSF’s success, but may or may not be directly involved with the current season.

  • Adam Meredith — Performance
  • Ann Vermel — Aesthetics, Performance
  • Brooke Aiello — Costume, Education, Performance
  • Debora Crockett Bolen — Costume, Hair, Makeup
  • Gabriela Lawson — Performance, Production
  • Jennifer Hurd-Peterson — Performance
  • Manny Jacquez — Dramaturgy
  • Michael Peterson — Design, Performance, Production


  • City of Fresno, PARCS Department
  • California Arts Academy
  • Fresno Pacific University
  • Fresno County Public Library
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