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The Tempest Cast

Brian Haney : Sebastian

Chris Black : Alonzo

Colyn Morris : Miranda

Ed Chavez : Caliban

Emiliano Aguilar : Ferdinand

Emily Snell : Spirit Corps

Jay Hobson : Adrian

Kathy Mille Wimmer : Gonzalo

Kendra Rickert : Ariel

Matt Andrade : Antonio

Michelle Eiland : Spirit Corps

Owen Reid Callis : Prospero

Parker Owen : Stephano

Sage Bell : Spirit Corps

Thompson Chesnutt : Trinculo

The Merry Wives of Windsor Cast

Aleah Montano : Mistress Margaret Page

Aodan Luther-Salazar : Peter Simple

Bill Berg : Francis Ford

Bridget S. Dunne : Host of the Garter Inn

Caedmon Holland : George Page

Clifton Chadwick : Sir John Falstaff

Fawn Hanson : Mistress Quickly

Graydon Clarke : Fenton

Janine O’Neill-Loffelmacher : Mistress Alice Ford

Lauren Albonico : Roberta Shallow

Mike (Eddie) Dethlefs : Sir Hugh Evans

Myles Hughes : Bardolph

Patrick W. Hale : Abraham Slender

Rachel Lindsay Thompson-Davis : Anne Page

Tait Petersen : Dr. Caius

Vincent Kirby : Pistol

Production Team

Aislinn Schroeder : Crew Chief

Amber Greene : Poster Design

Avari Abeyta : Crew – The Merry Wives of Windsor

Azriel Butt : Crew – The Merry Wives of Windsor

Bridget S. Dunne : Marketing/Publicity & Webmaster

Donna Marie Barra : Festival Stage Manager

Ernest Trujillo : Crew – The Tempest

Felix Wallace : Crew – The Tempest

Graham Leisey : Associate Technical Director

Jezzica Bouligny : Costume Assistant – The Merry Wives of Windsor

Joey Sauthoff : Set Designer

Josh Brown : Sound Designer – The Tempest

John A. Craig : Assistant Stage Manager and Sound Engineer – The Tempest

Justin Salada : Technical Director

Kate Eade : Assistant Stage Manager – The Merry Wives of Windsor

Kaylee Lynora Silcocks-Gore : Costume Designer

Levi Evarts  : Crew – The Tempest

Lola Sanchez : Costume Assistant – The Tempest

Mattie Roos : Property Designer

Melissa Velasco : Choreographer – The Tempest

Micah Linford : NMSF Artistic Director and Director – The Merry Wives of Windsor

Mychal Bishop : Crew – Sound and Lights

Nick Tapia : Lighting Designer

Paul Ford : Director – The Tempest

Rebecca Smith : Greenshow Coordinator

Sam Frame : Crew – The Merry Wives of Windsor

Thane Kenny : Master Carpenter

Toccoa Clark : Stage Manager and Board Operator – The Merry Wives of Windsor

Tom Monahan : Sound Engineer and Sound Designer – The Merry Wives of Windsor

Vicki Marie Singer : Stage Manager and Board Operator – The Tempest

BIOS

LAUREN ALBONICO (Justice Roberta Shallow Esquire, The Merry Wives of Windsor

Lauren is happy to be a first-time NMSF participant!  She directs, writes, and acts locally (and sporadically). Recent acting credits include Nora in A Doll’s House Part 2 (Vortex) and Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest (Vortex).  Directing credits at the Vortex include Susan and God (2020), Alice in Wonderland (2017), Curse of the Starving Class (2013), and several summers of the site-specific project Shakespeare on the Rail.  Her primary vocation is parenting her five young sons.  Thanks go to her loving husband Nic. 

EMILIANO AGUILAR (Ferdinand, The Tempest)

Emiliano is delighted to be back at the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival for the second time. You may have seen him in Pressing at UNM or in Love’s Labour’s Lost at NMSF a few years ago.  He has recently received a BA in Theatre from UNM and is excited to be trapped on a strange, and magical, island!

MATT ANDRADE (Antonio, The Tempest)

In 2002 Andrade was somehow awarded a theater degree in performance by the Universidad de Nuevo México. Although in the year 2001, was the last time Andrade performed any Shakespeare. This was in Paul Ford’s version of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, as Lysander at the Albuquerque Little Theater. Andrade also appeared in Neil Labute’s BASH, Eric Bogosian’s SubUrbia, Tennessee Williams Streetcar Named Desire. He directed Shakespeare’s ‘MACBETH’, and in 2018 Andrade’s play ‘The Paper Wedding Ring’ was selected & produced at The Samuel French OOB Festival in NYC. http://matteodeandrade.com

SAGE BELL (Spirit Corps, The Tempest) is delighted to be making her debut appearance with the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival. Previous dance roles have included various roles in The Nutcracker as well as Wizard of Oz, and Esmerelda with Ballet Repertory Theater of New Mexico. She has performed in numerous musicals including Wednesday in Addams Family, Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, and Little Girl in Ragtime. TV credits include JoJo Kettleman in Better Call Saul and Little Girl in Outlaw Profit. Sage will be attending Boston Conservatory in the fall to  study Commercial Dance.

WILLIAM BERG (Francis Ford, The Merry Wives of Windsor

Bill is very happy to be performing once again in the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival. As an actor, Bill has appeared onstage in Albuquerque at the Albuquerque Little Theatre, first as Edmund in ‘A Murder is Announced,’ and then as Vince Fontaine in ‘Grease.’ His NMSF credits include the Duke of Albany in the 2022 production of ‘King Lear,’ and Dromio of Syracuse in the 2023 production of ‘The Comedy of Errors.’ He also stage managed a beautiful production of ‘Constellations’ at the Vortex Theatre last year, and is proud to be the director of the education outreach program for the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival.  Many thanks to all of the members, actors and crew of the NMSF who work hard to make Shakespeare’s work more accessible to a larger audience. And, of course, much love and gratitude to family and friends near and far.

CHRIS BLACK (Alonso, The Tempest)

Chris is an emerging American actor with an amazing dynamic range. From the dusty plains of the old west and the realms of knights and dragons, to the Captain’s seat of an interstellar ship, Chris’ passion and skill transcend genre.

Chris was initially inspired to become an actor by Patrick Stewart and his portrayal of Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation. The fictional Captain’s love of the classic works of Shakespeare pushed Chris into theater in his teens and twenties and continues to fuel his love of acting to this day. 

Chris’ professional journey began on the stage, delivering powerful performances in roles ranging from Lord Montague in Romeo and Juliet in the early 2000s, to his most recent performance as Kent in the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival’s production of King Lear in 2022. Transitioning to the screen, he has since appeared in several Western, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi films, each role further establishing his presence in these genres. Notable credits include the Knight in The Curse and the Covenant, Michael in Portraits, and John White in Elevate Her.
Beyond the camera, Chris is a fervent student of the craft, continually exploring the depths of character development and storytelling. He aspires to work with visionary directors and writers who seek to push the boundaries of cinema and theater. His ultimate goal is not just to be known for his roles in Western and Sci-Fi genres or his Shakespearean performances but to leave a lasting impact on audiences through stories that challenge, entertain, and inspire.

As he strides forward in his career, Chris carries with him a dedication to the art of acting and a commitment to bringing complex, captivating characters to life. Whether on the dusty trails of a Western, out in the vast cosmic wonder of a Sci-Fi saga, or under the spotlight of a Shakespearean tragedy, Chris’s journey is one to watch.

Below are links to his demo reel, professional profiles, and his resume.


LinkTree

Chris Black Demo

Actor’s Access

IMDb page

My website

Facebook

Resume


Agent info:
Katie Moffitt

katie@johnsontalent.com

Johnson Talent Agency, LLC. (CA)

(310) 270-8453

OWEN REID CALLIS (Prospero, The Tempest)

Owen is returning for their 4th appearance as part of The New Mexico Shakespeare Fest.  They most recently portrayed Edmund in 2022’s production of King Lear.  Owen may also be recognized as Chuck Biggs in She Kills Monsters, Spiros Antonopolis in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Michael Williams in Henry V, and Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet.  Owen wants to thank their friends, family, and two wonderful cats for their support, love, and kindness while chasing this insane endeavor of bringing the bard to life.

CLIFTON CHADWICK (Sir John Falstaff, The Merry Wives of Windsor)

Born in Burque in the first part of the last half of the previous century, Clifton Chadwick has been on Albuquerque stages since 1978, beginning with La Compañia de Teatro de Albuquerque. He has worked with Community Theater from Deep Creek Lake, Maryland to the San Francisco Bay Area to Managua, Nicaragua – as well as The Adobe Theater, Albuquerque Little Theater, UNM’s X, Rodey Theater and Popejoy Hall. His is many of the voices you have heard on TV & Radio commercials. Clifton was last cast as Mayor Shinn in the ALT production of “The Music Man,” but pandemic, and is so thrilled to be working with the NM Shakespeare Festival once again (2nd time in Merry Wives!). His favorite role is “GrandDude” in the ongoing dramedy “My Three Daughters,” introducing Neveah, Azai, Olivia & Sammy as “The Grandkids.”

 Clifton Chadwick
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ED CHAVEZ (Caliban, The Tempest)

Ed is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. In L.A. he appeared as: Cupid in The Eight, Frank Charles in Flyin’ West, and the title character in Tartuffe. Previous appearances with The New Mexico Shakespeare Festival/Shakespeare On The Plaza include: Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, and Feste in Twelfth Night. Ed thanks his amazing Mom, and the Love of his Life, Yolanda. 

THOMPSON BURNHAM CHESNUTT (Trinculo, The Tempest

This is Thompson’s first year with the NMSF and he has loved every minute of this process! Trinculo is a dream role! His recent theatre credits include Alf in “Peter and the Starcatcher”,  Duke in “Two Gentlemen of Verona”. His recent Film work includes “Tesuque Stucco” Commercial, MEOW WOLF “Dream TV” short film, and VW Commercial. He would love to thank his beautiful, wonderful wife Caitlin (They got married May 4th) and all his friends and family for their love and support in all aspects of life! 

GRAYDON CLARKE (Fenton, The Merry Wives of Windsor)

Graydon graduated from the University of New Mexico with an MBA in International Management. He began his acting career as Prince Fortinbras in Hamlet at the 2021 NM Shakespeare Festival. Other roles include Rudi Scherz in A Murder is Announced (Albuquerque Little Theatre), the King of France/ensemble in King Lear (NM Shakespeare Festival), Angelo in Comedy of Errors (NM Shakespeare Festival), and Understudy for Peter Shaw in Silent Sky (Actors Studio 66). He is very excited to return for his 4th year with the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival!

JOHN A CRAIG (Assistant Stage Manager, Mic Operator, The Tempest) has worked on over fifty productions at seven theatre companies in Albuquerque since retiring from The University of New Mexico ten years ago. From deck chief to fly captain, to stage and house manager John has been involved in all backstage aspects of community theatre, he even had a cameo in Landmark Musicals production of The Pirates of Penzance. John also worked as a crisis intervention counselor for The Trevor Project. Recently elected vice-president of The Albuquerque Theatre Guild and chair of the Youth Programs committee, John now represents youth interests in all aspects of theatre across the entire region as the ATG Drama Fairy. Contact me if you want to see a show or take a class, I have little bags of money. New Mexico Young Actors, where John is the Musical Production Assistant, combines his love for children and theatre into a magical alchemy. Last but certainly not least he adores being able to tell people when they learn about The New Mexico Shakespeare Festival “We’ve got tickets for you, come any night”.

EDDIE DETHLEFS (Sir Hugh Evans, The Merry Wives of Windsor)

Eddie was last seen as Salesman  in Landmark Musical’s  production of The Music Man. Recently he has been in Mousetrap, Little Shop of Horrors, Hamlet, Spamalot, Pride and Prejudice, Deathtrap, Black Coffee, Sister Act, Mary Poppins, The Importance of Being Earnest, South Pacific, and And Then There Were None.  He has performed in and directed a number of shows for Foul Play Café such as Elaine Whales and the Mummy of King Khufu, and Murder at Café Noir. He is grateful for the opportunity to work with such a talented cast.

BRIDGET S. DUNNE (Host, The Merry Wives of Windsor)

Bridget is so happy to be returning to the NMSF stage for the 5th year! Previous NMSF roles include Puck (Midsummer Night’s Dream), Silvius (As You Like It), and Tranio (Taming of the Shrew). A Northern Virginia transplant, Bridget has lived in ABQ since 2009, and has been active in theatre here since 2010. They recently appeared as Hillary in Hillary and Clinton at The Vortex Theatre. Other New Mexico credits include: Louise in New Moon (Vortex); Judy in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Vortex); Constance Neville in She Stoops to Conquer (West End Productions); Lala Levy in The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Mother Road); Catherine in Proof (Explora); Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice (Adobe Theater). They have been known to direct as well, including Hurricane Diane (Vortex); Lysistrata (Vortex); She Kills Monsters (co-directer, Vortex). Bridget holds a BFA in Acting from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is a member of the board of The Vortex Theatre. They would like to thank their friends and family for their support. Special thanks to Taitertot, Bean, Tobes, and the dearest friendos who mostly hang out in the cul-de-sac by the fire pit.

MICHELLE EILAND (Spirit Corp, The Tempest)

Michelle began training in dance at the age of two. She is trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, Celtic, Latin dance, and character movement. She performs, choreographs, teaches, and assists for many theaters and companies in town. In addition to performing, Michelle loves both teaching and learning and holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Spanish, as well as a Dual License in Special and General Education, K-12. She teaches Spanish to grades 8-12 at The Public Academy for Performing Arts (PAPA). She also has professional and academic experience with Portuguese and American Sign Language. Michelle is dedicated to accessibility and equity of education. She is a childhood cancer survivor and celebrates diversity through her work. She is honored to have roots in such a deeply devoted arts community here in The Land of Enchantment.

PATRICK W. HALE (Slender, The Merry Wives of Windsor)

Patrick was last seen on the stage in NMSF 2023’s Comedy of Errors and is excited for another summer of shenanigans with The Bard! A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Patrick relocated to New Mexico in 2022 for a change in scenery and opportunities, and is glad to have found a home in Albuquerque and another family in the NMSF. In his free time, Patrick enjoys listening to jazz music, cooking, and partaking in the occasional movie marathon. Patrick would like to thank his friends & family for their constant love & support, as well as his team at work for being flexible with his schedule.

FAWN HANSON (Mistress Quickly, The Merry Wives of Windsor

Fawn is thrilled to be a part of The New Mexico Shakespeare Festival for the first time. She was most recently seen on stage playing a wide assortment of roles from spies to ex lovers and everything in between in West End Production’s Love and Information. Some of her favorite roles over the years include Myra in Deathtrap, Lucy Seward in Dracula, Lucia Amory in Black Coffee, Eleanor Vance in the Haunting of Hill House, Ethel Rosenberg in the debut of Guilt, Whitehands in Tristan and Yseult, Jane Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, and Myra Arundel in Hay Fever. Fawn has run the gamut of degrees and employment ranging from customer service to muon tomography, but is now content to be at home raising (spoiling) her two adorable sons. Besides acting, Fawn enjoys writing, baking, and playing video games. She is also a very skilled napper, but rarely gets the chance to pursue this passion. She recently took up running with her eldest son and hopes some day she can keep up with him. Above all, she is eternally grateful for her loving husband, supportive family, and amazing friends, who continually urge her to open new doors and have new life experiences, like being part of NMSF.

JAY HOBSON (Adrian, The Tempest)
Jay is an actor and educator based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He most recently appeared in Gloria and Copenhagen at Actors Studio 66.   Before moving to Albuquerque Jay appeared on stage in Chicago, where he worked with Eclipse Theatre Company, City Lit, Cor and Unheard of Theatre Company.  On camera credits include the independent film Provo, directed by Emma Thatcher, as well as national commercials for ANGI and Winstar World Casinos.  Jay is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf and the Bruce E. Coyle Acting Internship at The Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park.  He is represented by Bankston Talent Agency.

CAEDMON HOLLAND (George Page, The Merry Wives of Windsor)

Caedmon is a 33 year old actor from New York, and is once again thrilled to take part in the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival as Master Page. This will be the 5th year Caedmon has been involved in the festival, and he looks forward to many future years to come. His latest theater experiences are a behind the stage role as Stage Manager for Hillary and Clinton, at The Vortex, as well as performing on stage as Brian in The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, also at The Vortex.  

MYLES HUGHES (Bardolph, The Merry Wives of Windsor)

Myles is thrilled to be working with the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival for the first time. His previous theatrical appearances include Unnecessary Farce (as Agent Frank), Rumors (as Lenny Ganz), The Melville Boys (as Owen Melville), Peter Pan (as Smee), The Mousetrap (as Christopher Wren), and Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play (as Sam/Mr. Burns). If you squint, you can see him in the background of Oppenheimer. Outside of his stage work, he is also an award-winning independent filmmaker currently in post-production on his first feature. He would like to thank his wife Kelly and his good friend Parker for all their support.

VINCENT MARCUS KIRBY (Pistol, The Merry Wives of Windsor)

Vincent has a BFA from UNM and a graduate of the Dell Arte International School of Physical Theatre, Blue Lake, CA. Vincent looks forward to auditioning for the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival every year. This marks his fourth production with the Festival, where he has portrayed Pompey in “Measure for Measure,” Costard in “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” Edgar in “King Lear,” and currently, he is playing Pistol in “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” Vincent, an  Army Veteran, expresses gratitude to the Veterans Memorial for their support of the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival. Among other theatrical pursuits, Vincent is spearheading a new company called Front Row VIP LLC, an interactive virtual platform to experience live theatre. This innovative platform offers a front-row, virtual in-person experience, allowing audiences to have a live interactive theatre experience from the comfort of their homes. FrontRowVIP is seeking funding to move into a building and begin production. If you are interested in helping them with this next phase, please email, MyFrontRowVIP@gmail.com. Keep an eye on the website, FrontRowVIP.live; our promotional video is coming.

GRAHAM LEISEY (Associate Technical Director)

Graham is excited to be joining NM Shakespeare Festival for a third season. He is so grateful to work with the most talented and committed theatre nerds in all New Mexico. 

AODÁN LUTHER-SALAZAR (Peter Simple, The Merry Wives of Windsor)

Aodán is thrilled to once again perform with the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival in this year’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. You may have seen him here last summer as Dr. Pinch in Comedy of Errors (NMSF). He’s grateful to have performed in Love and Information and played Kent in The Dresser, both produced by West End Productions, who’s production of April in Paris he was proud to have been the stage manager for. He has additionally worked on the crew of The Yellow Boat (Vortex), performed in the ensemble cast of The Winter Tales (The Vortex), and You Have the Right to Remain Dead (Española’s Main Street Theater). 

Thank you all for joining us as we bring Shakespeare’s hilarious tale and impeccably crafted characters to life together here.

TOM MONAHAN (Sound Designer, Mic Operator, The Merry Wives of Windsor)

Tom is an Emmy Award winning composer who has written original music & provided sound design for various media including CBS Chicago Children’s Television (Beyond the Magic Door), Independent Film (Fat Head), Albuquerque Theatre (UNM, ALT, Adobe) & the Internet (Old Father Williams’ Storytelling Podcast). Tom is currently recording his first EP of songs to be released later this year at a YouTube nearest you. Special thanks to Micah & all the cast & crew for the opportunity to help bring Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor to life Roaring Twenties style. Let’s Misbehave!

ALEAH MONTANO (Mistress Margaret Page, The Merry Wives of Windsor)

Aleah has been part of Albuquerque community theater for many years and is thrilled to be once again joining the many talented people who make the NM Shakespeare Festival a success. Having played in the comedies (The Abbess, Comedy of Errors 2023) the tragedies (Reagan, King Lear 2022) as part of the festival Aleah has truly enjoyed taking on one of Shakespeare’s trickiest works. Aleah is also a musical theater lover and has most recently appeared in Landmark Musical’s “White Christmas” (Betty) and “Music Man” (Ms. Paroo). Aleah is proud to live in a city with such an incredible art scene and glad to be able to show up for Shakespeare due to ongoing city support for such projects. Aleah is grateful for the loving support of her family who all pitch in to make performing possible. In particular thank you to her kids for behaving so well during rehearsals!

COLYN MORRIS (Miranda, The Tempest

Colyn is beyond excited to be joining the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival, for the first time, as Miranda in The Tempest. Colyn is a local actor and artist in the Albuquerque area, who typically specializes in contemporary theater, but is thrilled to start expanding to more classical works. She most recently was seen onstage at the Vortex in The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley (Cassie) by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon. Some of her favorite acting credits include: The Yellow Boat (Benjamin) by David Saar, and Hurricane Diane (Carol) by Madeleine George, Polaroid Stories (Skinhead Girl/Ariadne) by Naomi Iizuka, and Mud (Mae) by Maria Irene Fornes. Outside of theater, she holds a Bachelors in psychology from The University of New Mexico, and is looking to return to school soon in pursuit of a Masters Degree. Colyn wants to thank this wonderful company for taking a chance on her, and letting her dive headfirst into the world of Shakespeare.  Website:https://www.colynmorris.com/ 

JANINE O’NEILL-LOFFELMACHER (Mistress Alice Ford, The Merry Wives of Windsor)

Janine has been lucky enough to be a part of the Albuquerque theatre community since 2007. Her first ever community production was Taming of the Shrew (Hortencio) at Sol Arts Performance Space ( 2007) and is thankful to be given the opportunity to finally do another Shakespeare play! Janine has performed in several theaters around Albuquerque and Santa Fe as well as being a part of several musicals and straight theatre plays. More notable roles include Rusty in Footloose the Musical ( MTS 2012), Gladys in The Pajama Game (MTS 2013), Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical (MTS, 2014), Carnelle Scott in The Miss Firecracker Contest (The Adobe 2015), Regina in Rock of Ages (MTS, 2016), Amy in Company (MTS, 2017), Heather in American Idiot: The Musical (MTS both original 2017 production and revival 2019), Susan Hendrix in Wait Until Dark (ALT, 2018), Annie in the world premiere of The Wait (The Adobe, 2018). Mary Hatch Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life (ALT 2018), Kathy Seldon in Singin in the Rain (ALT, 2019), and Mary Haines in The Women (The Adobe, 2019).

While also being a part of the Albuquerque theatre community, Janine is also the part owner of Alley Kats Tap Dance Studio and Company where she teaches tap dance to adults and teens as well as performs as a Core A member of the professional company and one of the directors of the Senior Alley Kats Tap Company. She is a proud public school teacher and currently teaches Kindergarten at North Star Elementary School. She holds a Masters of Art in Education in Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies from UNM (2019). She is married to professional choreographer and Artistic Director and Owner of Alley Kats, Luke Loffelmacher. They have a daughter, Liberty Rose, who turns 4 this summer. 

PARKER OWEN (Stephano, The Tempest)

Parker is thrilled to be working under the creative direction of Paul Ford and with this incredibly talented cast and crew. Parker has a career in professional theatre and theatre education spanning almost 20 years. He holds a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College and an MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College. Broadway national tours include; 1776, How To Succeed in Business.., and A Funny Thing…Forum. He has performed in roles Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, and several regional productions from NYC to Orlando, Florida to Los Angeles,  California. Some of his favorite local roles include Dennis in The Play That Goes Wrong (for which he won Best Performer in a Play for the 2023 Albuquerque Broadway World Awards), Monsieur Bouc in Murder on the Orient Express (ALT), William Moore in Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (Vortex), Mr. Bardolph in Lettice and Lovage (West End Productions), and Brian Doyle in Laughter on the 23 rd Floor (Adobe). He would like to offer his deepest love and gratitude to Drew, the rest of his family, and dear friends for their love and support over the last few years.

TAIT PETERSEN (Dr. Caius, Fight Choreographer, The Merry Wives of Windsor)

Tait is back with the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival for Merry Wives of Windsor! He received a BFA in Theatre Performance at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he discovered his passion for stage combat and theatrical violence. He moved to Albuquerque in 2017 and has worked on a myriad of productions as an actor and fight choreographer. His NM acting credits include Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, & A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival; Zorro with Opera Southwest; She Kills Monsters, Lysistrata, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Susan and God with the Vortex; as well as How the Stars Used to Shine There and Wolves with Theatre 3. Tait sends his love to his community of friends, his fam bam, and his Mom for all of their love and support.

KENDRA RICKETT (Ariel, The Tempest)

Growing up in ABQ, Kendra was active in the local theater scene performing extensively with Albuquerque Civic Light Opera, the New Mexico Ballet Company, and others. Kendra Rickert received her BFA in Acting from the College of Santa Fe and then went on to study and perform with Rachel Rosenthal, the great ‘Mother of Performance Art’ in Los Angeles.  Kendra created and performed many of her own solo performance pieces including ‘The Match Girl’ and ‘Societal,’ in notable theaters in LA including Highways Performance Space and Espace DbD.  She performed with the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts playing the roles of Louise in Carousel and Sandy in Grease. While on the west coast she also had the joy of playing Moll in The Cradle Will Rock and Creusa in Medea at Will Greer’s Theatricum Botanicum. Her favorite directing credits include Curse of the Starving Class at UCLA and Home Free! at Weckesser Studio in Santa Fe.  She most recently direted LAVA at the Vortex Theater. While living in New York City, Kendra worked with the Manhattan Theater Source creating original pieces and performing at The Moth. 

While residing in both LA and New York Kendra studied and taught yoga, then went on to further her studies of Yoga and Buddhism focusing on meditation, theory, dialectic, and service for nearly a decade at Diamond Mountain University.  Kendra has traveled extensively teaching in China, Europe, and the US and in April 2014, she and her husband completed a 3 year, 3 month, and 3 day traditional silent meditation retreat in a small cabin in the Chiricahua Mountains of Southern Arizona. They now live in Albuquerque with their son Ezra and are the co-owners of Nirguna Yoga in Albuquerque. Kendra is thrilled to be a part of the local Albuquerque theater scene once again!

JUSTIN SALADA (Technical Director)

Justine was born in Erie, Pennsylvania and lived most of his life in the Greater Allegheny National Forest Area. He graduated from Brockway Area Jr/Sr High School in Brockway, PA and attended Clarion University of Pennsylvania where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. He then taught Music and performing arts for eight years at his home school district. Justin furthered his education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania receiving an MA in Music Education and his Principal’s certificate. He directed the Theater program at Brockway Area Jr/Sr High School, and was involved in the community at the Reitz and Warren Theaters as a director and member of the board. Justin moved to Albuquerque in 2021 to become an Assistant Principal at School of Dreams Academy in Los Lunas. Since coming to Albuquerque, Justin has joined the Albuquerque Theater Guild, serving as its President in 2022, and is currently the Technical Director for the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival and Musical Theatre Southwest.

JOEY SAUTHOFF (Set Designer)

This is Joey’s first season with NM Shakespeare. He earned his MFA at Ohio University and since has been designing sets and structures for various theatres, festivals, and live events across the country. Locally he has worked with MTS, Fusion, and The Vortex. And early this year Joey created the ABQ Tech Open Call to help facilitate connecting local designers and technicians with local theatres. Joey would like to thank his new fiancé for all her support. He would like thank you, the patrons, for supporting local theatre and spending your evening on the lawn to enjoy the Bard. 

VICKI MARIE SINGER (Stage Manager, The Tempest)

Vicki received her stage managing training under the guidance of New York City director, Gary John LaRosa, from 1999-2004. She works with various directors, organizations, and theatre venues in Albuquerque such as: Popejoy Hall, Albuquerque Little Theatre, National Hispanic Cultural Center, KiMo Theatre, Route 66 Casino, African American Performing Arts Center, Musical Theatre Southwest, Rodey Theatre, and South Broadway Cultural Center. She works behind the scenes on straight plays, comedies, dance, youth productions, but mostly musical theatre. She is the resident stage manager for the New Mexico Ballet Company as well as New Mexico Young Actor’s musical productions. Vicki is the President of The Albuquerque Theatre Guild (abqtheatre.org), served 12 years on Musical Theatre Southwest’s board of directors, and is currently on the board of Theatre-in-the-Making. She launched her current graphic design firm in 1991 and accepted the position of art director for American Archaeology magazine in 2001 designing their national magazine. She is also the former creative director for Albuquerque The Magazine. Vicki enjoys running agility courses with her 3 year old yellow lab, Ladybug.

EMILY SNELL (Spirit Corps, The Tempest

Emily has been a trained dancer and performer since the age of eight. Her first and most formative training is in Irish dance (for which she is a seventeen-time World Championship qualifier, as well as the first New Mexican to win a major championship), and also belly dance (starting at age ten with the legendary Amaya). Since then, she has received training in many various other dance forms, including ballet, modern, ballroom dance, jazz, and hip hop. She has worked in a variety of spheres as a dancer, teacher, and/or choreographer: a ballet/modern company and dance conservatory, competitive dance teams, a pro arena football dance team, music videos, magic shows, and other professional dance gigs.

As an actor, she began in theatre, and has had the opportunity to portray many enjoyable characters, including Florence, the neurotic half of The Odd Couple in the female version of the play, Annie Sullivan in the Miracle Worker, and the green witch in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair (for which she won Encore! Youth Theatre’s Best Actress award). Her performing travels led her to film and tv work, and she is now a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Her most notable film/tv work to date is a recurring role as Miryam Salam in Netflix’s Daybreak.

She is thrilled to be a part of the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival for the very first time, and has had an amazing time working with the cast of talented, artistically generous, and overall wonderful actors and dancers. Many thanks to our incredible director for steering the ship of this production, to our choreographer for her knowledge, expertise, and belief in us, and to all of the production team for their art, dreams, thoughtfulness, and hard work.

RACHEL L. THOMPSON-DAVIS (Anne Page, The Merry Wives of Windsor)

Rachel is thrilled to return to the stage with Shakespeare Fest. She has been seen in productions in Albuquerque such as Comedy of Errors, The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, and The Curious Savage. Outside of her own acting endeavors, she has worked as a Drama Director with Albuquerque Public Schools, helping extend the magic of theatre to the next generation. Off the stage, Rachel enjoys being a part of Albuquerque’s local food and music scenes, tending to their garden, and spending time with her cats. She would like to thank her partner, students, and family for their continued support. 

MELISSA VELASCO (Choreographer, The Tempest)

Melissa is a choreographer, professor, dance teacher, author, and stage manager. As the author of the Hollywood High Chronicles book series, she loves dark themes and stories with punch. It’s with the utmost gratitude that she has the privilege of working on The Tempest. There’s nothing like a little magic and mayhem with this incredible cast of creatives! When she isn’t in a studio or theater, she enjoys expansive views in her mountain home, especially when accompanied by a cup of hot tea and an entire day to write and choreograph. Her greatest loves are her three children and husband. The four pillars of her ultimate happiness include her family, friends, dance, and laughter.

KATHY MILLÉ WIMMER (Gonzalo, The Tempest)

Kathy has been acting in and around Albuquerque for ages and is a member of various musical groups.  She performed in and was the musical director for the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival’s 2022 production of As You Like It.  She has also written scripts for musical narration and short plays, and for telling stories with her harp as a member of the duo Bardic Sisters. Since 2015, Kathy has been the narrator for Música Antigua de Albuquerque’s Christmas concerts, a role passed down from local theatre legend Phil Bock. https://musica-antigua.org/about/

She recently retired from her career as a producer for NMPBS’s “New Mexico In Focus.”

Some of her favorite roles have been in productions at the Vortex Theatre in its former location on Buena Vista. They include Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa, Ouisa in Six Degrees of Separation, and Paulina in The Winter’s Tale. Some other favorites include Mag in The Beauty Queen of Leenane with Mother Road Theatre Company and Lorraine in A Lie of the Mind with FUSION Theatre Company.  She has a BFA in Theatre Arts from UNM, but still credits her high school drama teacher, the late and great Joan Kent, with much of her inspiration.