The Company of Shakespeare LIVE! 2018


The Creative Team

BRIAN B. CROWE (Director, The Comedy of Errors) is in his 22nd season with The Shakespeare Theatre where he is currently the Director of Education. Directing credits: The Bungler, Coriolanus, Love's Labour's Lost (2004, 2015), The Learned Ladies, Pericles, Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, Timon of Athens, The School for Wives, The Winter's Tale, Henry VI: Blood & Roses, Julius Caesar, The Tempest (2002), and The Comedy of Errors (2001) on the Main Stage, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2007) and The Taming of the Shrew (2006) on the Outdoor Stage, and the 1999 world premiere of his original script, Wonderland (...And What Was Found There) on the Other Stage; as well as more than 20 productions for the Shakespeare LIVE! touring program. Mr. Crowe also directs in-school residencies, teaches in the Summer Professional Training Program, and works with the Junior and Senior Shakespeare Corps for the Theatre. The Star-Ledger called Mr. Crowe "one of the state's most ingeious directors" for his work on Love's Labour's Lost and named him Best Director of a Drama (Julius Caesar and Wonderland), as well as one of three "theatre artists to look for in the new millenium." Mr. Crowe received BFA degrees in directing and acting from Wright State University, and was a Fellow at the 2000 International Salzburg Shakespeare Seminar.

VANESSA MOROSCO (Director, Macbeth) is in her second season with The Shakespeare Theatre. She most recently played opposite her husband Peter Simon Hilton in What the Butler Saw, after appearing on the Outdoor Stage in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Credits include: Arcadia (Palm Beach Dramaworks); Disgraced, Frost/Nixon (Maltz Jupiter); The Importance of Being Earnest, opposite Sian Phillips (Shakespeare Theatre Company, D.C.); The Way of the World (Yale Rep.); The 39 Steps, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry VIII (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); The Tempest, Henry IV, Parts One and Two, Henry VI, Part One, Othello, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado About Nothing (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Lend Me a Tenor (Fulton Theater); Around the World in 80 Days (Off-Broadway); One Man, Two Guvnors, Dancing Lessons (Florida Studio Theatre); Love's Labour's Lost (Folger Shakespeare Theatre); School for Scandal (PICT); and seven seasons with the American Shakespeare Center, including: Macbeth, All's Well That Ends Well, The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Pericles, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, and The Duchess of Malfi. Vanessa is also a director and teacher with expertise in Original Practices Shakespeare, a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, and holds an MA from Yale in Ethics.

DOUG WEST (Fight Director, Macbeth) is in his 16th season with The Shakespeare Theatre where he is the Associate Director of Education. Company acting credits: Main Stage productions of Henry IV, Part One, Macbeth, King John, The Tempest (2002), and three tours with Shakespeare LIVE!; Fight choreography credits: Coriolanus, Romeo and Juliet, and Henry VI: Blood and Roses on the Main Stage, and Shakespeare LIVE! touring productions of Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Henry V, and Julius Caesar; Directing credits: It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, as well as the Shakespeare LIVE! touring productions of Romeo and Juliet (2016), Julius Caesar (2017), The Taming of the Shrew and The Rover with the Next Stage Ensemble. He is also the resident Stage Combat Instructor for the Shakespeare Theatre's Summer Professional Training Program. Doug has an MFA in Acting from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

JACLYN LUSARDI (Tour Manager) is in her second season with The Shakespeare Theatre. Company credits: The Taming of the Shrew with the Next Stage Ensemble in 2017. She most recently was the Stage Manager for the Sans Limites Fall 2017 Dance Festival and Assistant Stage Manager on Di and Viv and Rose at Theatre Row in New York. She is a graduate of Adelphi University.

STEVEN BECKEL (Sound Designer) is in his 15th season with The Shakespeare Theatre, where is Director of Production & Facilities. Company sound design credits: It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, What the Butler Saw, A Child's Christmas in Wales, The Diary of Anne Frank, Much Ado about Nothing, Henry VIII, Wittenberg, The Devil's Disciple, The Playboy of the Western World, Man of La Mancha, Oliver Twist, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Grapes of Wrath, Noises Off, Private Lives, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, A Child's Christmas in Wales (2003), Of Mice and Men, Illyria, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Rivals, and Pride and Prejudice on the Main Stage; A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Servant of Two Masters, That Scoundrel Scapin, and A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings on the Outdoor Stage; and numerous shows for Shakespeare LIVE!. Other credits: sound designer for Butler at 59E59, sound supervisor for Mark Morris's The Hard Nut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; resident sound designer and master electrician at The Mountain Playhouse for over 40 shows. He attended Penn State University for Engineering and The Sheffield Institute in MD for Audio Production.

ELIVIA BOVENZI (Costume Designer) is in her first season with The Shakespeare Theatre. She has designed numerous productions for New York Shakespeare Exchange, including Titus Andronicus, Hamlet, and Much Ado About Nothing. She has worked extensively in New York City and regionally at theatres including Two River Theater, Barrington Stage Company, The Public Theater, 59E59, and LaMaMa. She holds an MFA from Yale, where she designed An Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Yale Repertory Theatre), Cloud 9 and Richard II (Yale School of Drama).