WSF BOARD AND COMPANY
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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)
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 adaped, directed and acted in WSF's 10th season production of Macbeth.
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).
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.
Brenna Barks, Artistic Advisory - Aesthetics & Design
Brenna Barks is a dress and textile historian and a material culturist, having earned her master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh. She is the managing editor for the academic fashion blog, Worn Through, has contributed to a forthcoming encyclopaedia of American fashion history, and has been published in Jane Austen Knits 2014. She was Assistant Costumer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2013, and designed and constructed the costumes for Greg Taber’s Macbeth in 2014. She loves theatre production and dramaturgy because she can make use of her knowledge and research skills, put the academics away, and just play.
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 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 actong credits include GCPs The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily) and WSFs Macbeth (Lady MacDuff).
Joshua 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.
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).
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.
Brooke Aiello, Teacher / Director - YES! Project
Brooke is an actor, teacher, and costumer, with an MFA in Acting. Her WSF acting credits include two productions as Titania (A Midummer Night's Dream), Portia (Merchant of Venice), and Calpurnia (Julius Caesar). Other recent credits include productions with The New Ensemble and Bay Area Children's Theater.
Anjanette Schmidt, Finance & Logistics
Associates play a significant and ongoing role in the Festival, but may not be directly involved in the current season.
Debora Crockett Bolen
Julie Ann Keller
City of Fresno, PARCS Department
California Arts Academy
Fresno Pacific University
Fresno County Public Library