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)


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.

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.

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.

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