BOARD

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

COMPANY

Greg Taber, Executive Producer
This is Greg's fourth year as WSF's Executive Producer. 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, and 12 Angry Men. His WSF acting credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), The Merchant of Venice (Antonio), and Henry V (Pistol). He adapted, directed and acted in WSF's 10th season production of Macbeth. Most recently, he co-directed Theatre Ventoux's production of 'night, Mother and acted in its production of Joshua Taylor's original play, An Actor Prepares. For the Live Theatre Company and Theatre Ventoux, Greg will be playing Creon in Antigone this spring. 

Broderic Beard, Associate Producer
Broderic graduated from the Roosevelt High School Performing Arts Magnet Program where he acquired his love for artistic and technical theatre. He is currently working to obtain his minor in theatre arts at Fresno City College. He has worked on and off stage with Children’s Musical Theaterworks, ART, San Francisco Theater Festival, WSF, and Cali Pub Theater. Past WSF acting credits include Macbeth (Donalbain) and The Tempest (Ferdinand). Most recently, Broderic co-directed Theatre Ventoux's production of 'night, Mother and acted in its production of Joshua Taylor's original play, An Actor Prepares. For the Live Theatre Company and Theatre Ventoux, he will be playing Haemon in Antigone this spring. 

Julia Reimer, Education & Outreach / YES! Project Director
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.

Ann Vermel, WSF Off-season / The Bard Inside 
Ann has an MFA in Theatre Arts from Fresno State University. She has studied with Uta Hagen, Ed Hooks, Stella Adler, Harold Clurman, Peter Schumann and Lee Breuer. Acting and directing credits include the Hartford Stage Company, Maine State Shakespeare Festival, and Berkeley Arts Festival. Management credits include two Shakespeare Festivals, the Pickle Family Circus and the San Francisco Opera.

Celeste Saldivar, Artistic Advisory – Costumes 
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.

Kayla M. Weber, Artistic Advisory – Design, Performance & Production
Kayla has seven years of stagecraft experience, and is currently majoring in theatre arts at Fresno City College. Her recent acting credits include GCPs The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily) and WSFs Macbeth (Lady MacDuff). She recently starred in Theatre Ventoux's production of 'night, Mother and directed its production of Joshua Taylor's original play, An Actor Prepares. She will be featured in the title role of The Live Theatre and Theatre Venoux's collaboration of Jean Anouilh's Antigone.

Joshua Ryan Taylor, Artistic Advisory – Performance & Production
JT has worked with WSF in both artistic and technical capacities, and he looks forward to helping the Festival continue to provide quality art to the community. Theatre Ventoux recently produced the premier of his original play, An Actor Prepares and he is currently working as Assistant Director for their production of Antigone in which he also plays the Messenger.

Christopher L. Campbell, Artistic Advisory – Technical Production
Chris is an attorney and also owner of California Arts Academy, where he coordinates the technical aspects of performance. 

Lisa Taber, Director – The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Lisa acted in the WSFs inaugural season, appearing in Much Ado About Nothing (Ursula) and Romeo and Juliet (Nurse), and also in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Nym) and Henry V (Mistress Quickly).  As co-founder of Theatre Ventoux, with her husband Greg, Lisa directed productions of Childe Byron, The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women, and Twelve Angry Men. Acting credits with Ventoux include Ada (Childe Byron) and Goneril (Lear). For the Live Theatre Company and Theatre Ventoux, she will be directing Antigone this spring.

Aaron Spjute, Director – The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Aaron earned a BA in Theatre and Media Arts from BYU and an MFA in Staging Shakespeare from the University of Exeter, UK. During WSF's 8th season, he performed the role of Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and then returned the following two years to direct A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Taming of the Shrew.  He is excited to be directing not just one play this season, but all of the Bard's great works in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged.

Trevor Thomas, YES! Project leader
Trevor has a BA in Theater from Fresno Pacific University. He began his association with WSF as a student intern with the YES! Project in its inaugural year, 2013, where he acted as videographer for the project, as well as assistant workshop leader. He is now part of the leadership team. 

Anjanette Schmidt, Finance & Logistics

ASSOCIATES

Associates play a significant and ongoing role in the Festival, but may not be directly involved in the current season.

  • Brooke Aiello
  • Erin Baird
  • Brenna Barks
  • Debora Crockett Bolen
  • Jennifer Hurd-Peterson
  • Manny Jacquez
  • Julie Ann Keller
  • Gabriela Lawson
  • Adam Meredith
  • Matt Otstot
  • Michael Peterson

OUR PARTNERS

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