The Company of Shakespeare LIVE! 2017


CLAIRE TAYLOR (Tour Manager) is in her second season with The Shakespeare Theatre. Company credits: Stage Manager for Lend Us Your Ears programs (The Lady's Not for Burning and The African Company Presents: Richard III), and Assistant to the Stage Manager for Richard III and Exit the King. She was also a member of the 2016 Summer Professional Training Program as a Stage Management Intern. Other credits include Assistant Stage Manager for The Mountaintop, Hound of the Baskervilles, and My Name is Asher Lev (Portland Stage); The Marriage of Figaro (The Princeton Festival). She is a graduate of Muhlenberg College.

BRIAN B. CROWE (Director, A Midsummer Night's Dream) is in his twenty-second season with The Shakespeare Theatre where he is currently the Director of Education. Directing credits: 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 twenty production sofr 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 inthe 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.

DOUG WEST (Director, Julius Caesar) is in his sixteenth season with The Shakespeare Theatre where he is the Associate Director of Education. Comapny 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.

STEVEN BECKEL (Sound Designer) is in his fourteenth season with The Shakespeare Theatre, where is Director of Production & Facilities. Company sound design credits: 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.

BENJAMIN KRAMER (Scenic Designer, Julius Caesar) is in his third season with The Shakespeare Theatre. Company credits: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised) and Shakespeare LIVE!'s Romeo and Juliet. Ben currently works as part of the Production Management Team for The Shakespeare Theatre.

PAMELA PRIOR (Costume Designer, A Midsummer Night's Dream) is in her third season with The Shakespeare Theatre. Company credits: Romeo and Juliet (2010) and Costume Supervisor (2010-2011). She received an MFA in Costume Design from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked with Disney's The Lion King (Las Vegas production, Costume Assistant) and has designed for productions for the Abingdon Theatre.

BRIAN RUGGABER (Scenic Designer, A Midsummer Night's Dream) is in his tenth season with The Shakespeare Theatre. Company credits: Pericles, Oliver Twist, Measure for Measure, Timon of Athens, Cymbeline, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Love's Labour's Lost, and The Glass Menagerie. In addition to these plays, Brian has designed over 100 theatre, dance and opera productions for a variety of companies across the United States. Mr. Ruggaber is an Assistant Professor of Scenic Designer at The University of Memphis; he has also taught design at the University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music, and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte/ He is a memberof the United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829.

ROBIN SHANE (Costume Designer, Julius Caesar) is in her first season with The Shakespeare Theatre. Robin has been designing costumes for theatre, opera, and television for almost 25 years. Favorite designs include: New Victory Theater/Yale Rep/Berkeley Rep: Maurice Sendak and Tony Kushner's operas Brundibar, But the Giraffe, and Comedy on the Bridge; Rider University (Resident Costume Designer): Inherit the Wind, Catch Me If You Can, White Christmas, She Kills Monsters, Metamorphoses (KCACTF Honorable Mention), and The Full Monty; Montgomery Theater: God of Carnage and Greetings!; and PAC: The Captive. Robin is also the current Resident Designer at Passage Theater in Trenton where her designs include Fixed, Out of the City, White Guy on the Bus, Song for the Disappeared, Little Rock, Tamer of Horses, Roundelay, Blessed Are..., Slippery as Sin, The History of Light and Samuel J and K. She has previously served as the Resident Designer for EgoPo Productions in Philadelphia. Other credits include Jean Coteau Rep, Soho Rep, The Mint, Chicago Opera Theater, ReVision Theater, The Julliard School, New York University, and The Harrisburg Opera, as well as the large and small screen. Robin serves on the board of Yes! And Collaborative Arts in Philadelphia, earned her MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.