b'dashwaterbury (TheTwoNobleKinsmen) isastagedirector, performer and educator. He has worked internationally in opera and creates theatre projects that cross genres and styles. Theater directing credits include Sondheims A Little Night Music for Baylor University, Shrek: the Musical for the Cascade Players, and Over There: The Great War, a retelling of Americas experience in World War I, which he wrote. Credits in opera include Argentos Postcard from Morocco and Handels Apollo e Dafne for Florida State University, Adamos Little Women and Mozarts Die Zauberflte for Opera in the Heights, Dido and Aeneas for Chicago Summer Opera, Handels Oreste in its Southwest premiere at Baylor, and the world premiere of Lolly Willowes, a chamber opera, in Houston. In 2018, he served as interim Director of Opera for Baylor. He holds two degrees in vocal performance from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a degree in directing from Florida State University.The playwrightsWilliam Shakespeare(15641616)was an English poet and dramatist, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the worlds pre-eminent dramatist. He was born in 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Between 1585 and 1592, Shakespeare began a successful career as an actor and playwright in London. He was also one of the seven sharers who built and owned the Globe Playhouse in 1599. Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. Shakespeare retired around 1613, having written 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. He died in 1616, and was buried in Stratford-upon-Avon. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.KateHamill (PrideandPrejudice)isanactor/playwright.WallStreetJournals Playwright of the Year, 2017. Her work includes her play Sense and Sensibility (in which she originated the role of Marianne)Winner, Off-Broadway Alliance Award 2016; Nominee, Drama League Award; 265+ performances off-Broadway. Other plays include Vanity Fair at the Pearl Theatre (in which she originated the role of Becky Sharp; Nominee, Off Broadway Alliance Award 2017), Pride and Prejudice at Primary Stages and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (originated the role of Lizzy Bennet; Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award). Her plays have been produced off-Broadway at A.R.T., Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Dallas Theater Center, PlayMakers Rep, Folger Theatre (8 Helen Hayes Award nominations; Winner, best productionS&S), Arvada Center and others; upcoming/recent productionsatShakespeareTheatreofDC,A.C.T.,TrinityRep,PortlandCenterStage, Syracuse Stage, Pittsburgh Public, Kansas City Rep, Dorset Theatre Festival and more. Recent world premieres: Little Women at the Jungle Theater and Primary Stages; Mansfield Park at Northlight Theatre. She is currently working on new adaptations of The Odyssey and The Scarlet Letter, as well as several new original plays (Prostitute Play, In the Mines, Love Poem). Kate is one of the top 20 most-produced playwrights in the country this season. www.kate-hamill.comJohnFletcher (TheTwoNobleKinsmen)wasahighlysuccessfulJacobean playwright, known for his tragicomedies. Following Shakespeares tenure, Fletcher was the house playwright for the Kings Men. While he did write his own plays, he collaborated widely with other playwrights of the time, most consistently with Francis Beaumont. After Beaumonts retirement and early death in 1616, Fletcher continued working, singly and in collaboration, until his own death in 1625. By that time, he had produced or had been credited with close to fifty plays. This body of work remained a part of the Kings Mens repertory until the closing of the theatres in 1642.SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE 2019 47'