SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE 201538 the directors Laura GordonDirector Much Ado About Nothing is a Milwaukee based actor and director whose directing credits include Venus in Fur Speaking in Tongues Almost Maine Seascape Milwaukee Rep Measure for Measure Loves Labours Lost The Winters Tale Utah Shakespeare Festival In the Next Room or the vibrator play Actors Theater of Louisville Old Times The Royal Family American Players Theater Amelia Skin Tight Memory House Renaissance Theaterworks Red Going to St. Ives Forward Theater Company Richard III Notre Dame Shakespeare Eurydice Nevada Conservatory Theater UNLV. An Associate Artist with the Milwaukee Rep her acting credits there include Good People The Diary of Anne Frank Death of a Salesman Pride and Prejudice The Crucible Doubt The Clean House The Beauty Queen of Leenane Mary Stuart Endgame and Copenhagen. A member of SDC and Actors Equity Association she received her M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Iowa and is a Lunt Fontanne Fellow. ART MANKEDirector The Liar Previous productions for Shakespeare Santa Cruz include Bach at Leipzig The Three Musketeers and A Year With Frog And Toad. For the Jewel Theatre Company he directed What the Butler Saw and Enter the Guardsman. Other work includes productions for South Coast Repertory Pasadena Playhouse Denver Center Theatre Company Mark Taper Forum Oregon Shakespeare Festival Milwaukee Repertory Theatre Magic Theatre Chicago Shakespeare Theatre Laguna Playhouse and American Players Theatre among others. Mr. Manke is a co-founder and former artistic director 1991-2001 of A Noise Within L.A.s acclaimed classical theatre company. A frequent guest lecturer at theatre schools across the country he also directs for television holds an M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theatre and is a five-time winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award. This fall he will direct Amy Freeds The Monster-Builder at the Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley. He is currently writing a new musical about Pearl Bailey entitled Pearls in the House. Kirsten Brandt Director Macbeth SCS The Merry Wives of Windsor. Brandt is an award-winning playwright director and producer. Regional credits Arizona Theatre Company Shakespeare Santa Cruz The Tempest La Ronde San Jose Rep Theatreworks The Old Globe San Diego Repertory La Jolla Playhouse North Coast Repertory Sierra Repertory and Diversionary Theatre. For seven years she served as Executive Artistic Director of Sledgehammer Theatre San Diegos alternative theatre known for innovative and provocative world premieres and reinterpretations of classics. Notable productions include Macbeth The Dream Play Furious Blood Richard III and Sweet Charity. She is the author of the award-winning plays Berzerkergang NU The Waves and The Frankenstein Project. She is the co-adaptor of a new version of Ibsens A Dolls House and a co-author of the new musical The Snow Queen. Brandt lectures in UCSCs Theater Arts Department. She is a member of SDC and a proud alumna of UC San Diego. www.kirstenbrandt.com Katherine Burris Director The Rover Directing Fellow Shakespeare Theatre Company Washington D.C. Assistant Director Man of La Mancha David Ives The Metromaniacs World Premiere The Tempest As You Like It The Winters Tale Free For All. REGIONAL Santa Cruz Shakespeare Assistant Director As You Like It Folger Shakespeare Theatre Assistant Director The Taming of the Shrew Shakespeare Santa Cruz Ensemble Tom Jones Henry IV Part 2 Henry V The Taming of the Shrew The Man in the Iron Mask Back Room Shakespeare Project Two Gentlemen of Verona San Jose Repertory Theatre Assistant Director Next Fall UC Santa Cruz Director Stupid Fing Bird. TRAINING University of California Santa Cruz Masters in Theatre Arts Directing Emphasis B.A. Theatre Arts B.A. English Language Literature.