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These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Suzanne Witucki

Born and raised on the East Coast, Suzanne Witucki lived in the Midwest while completing her graduate studies, raising a family and pursuing her teaching career at the Detroit Country Day School. Now retired and a resident of Ashland, Oregon, Suzanne runs a college consulting business and has taught Shakespeare for more than 15 years through the Siskiyou Center. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, theater, hiking, bridge, gourmet cooking and activities with the Ashland branch of the American Association of University Women.

Michael J. Hume

During his 22 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Michael Hume has appeared in numerous productions, including "Great Society," "The Heart of Robin Hood," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," “Twelfth Night,” “Paradise Lost,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “Henry V.” A member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers (SDC), Michael has directed 40 full-scale, professional productions on both coasts. He is also a published playwright, and is the co-author of “Dogpark: The Musical” and “They Came From Way Out There!” Michael was a founding member of the Capital Repertory Theater in Albany, N.Y., and has performed with other regional theaters including the Hartford Stage Company and the South Coast Repertory. When not on stage, Michael has found time to share his love for theater with eager students at Southern Oregon University and Road Scholar participants.

Kimberley Barry

Kimberley Barry has been with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 35 seasons. She’s been production stage manager since 1991, managing 36 productions at the Festival — half of which were Shakespeare productions. She also managed the world premiere of "Daughters of the Revolution [Continental Divide]," both on the Festival stage in Ashland and on its tour in England. Kimberly also organizes the backstage explorations at the Festival, as well as the Daedalus Project AIDS benefit shows.

Tyrone Wilson

For more than 15 years, Tyrone Wilson has been sharing his love for theater and knowledge of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) with Road Scholar participants. As an actor, Tyrone has performed for more than 18 seasons with the OSF, including in productions such as “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” He has appeared in the motion picture, “The Super,” as well as on TV shows including, “Daniel Boone,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” and “The Mod Squad.” Tyrone holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Terri McMahon

A long-time member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Acting Company, Terri McMahon has appeared in more than 50 productions, including as Lady Bird Johnson in Robert Schenkkan's two-part series "All the Way" and "Great Society," and Titania in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Other credits include "The Taming of the Shrew," “The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa,” “Macbeth,” “As You Like It,” “Julius Caesar,” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” When not on stage, Terri shares her talents as a teacher in outreach, middle-school, grade school and high school programs. She has led theater and acting classes at colleges and universities, and is a favorite lecturer on Road Scholar learning adventures. Terri has performed with a number of other theaters, including La Jolla Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company and California Shakespeare Theater. She holds a B.F.A. from the University of Southern California.

Robin Goodrin Nordli

Robin Goodrin Nordli is a classically-trained actress who has enjoyed more than 19 seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Among her many performances at OSF, she ahs appeared in “Macbeth,” “The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa,” “Cyrano de Bergerac,” “Richard III” and “The Merchant of Venice.” Robin was the recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission 2009 Individual Artist Fellowship, and has received awards from organizations including the Bay Area Theatre Critics and Back Stage West. An adjunct professor at Southern Oregon University, Robin has also taught at National Taiwan and I-Lan universities in Taiwan, and at Peking University in China. She holds an M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theater and a B.M.E. from the University of Tulsa.

Paul Nicholson

Paul Nicholson was the executive director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 17 years, retiring at the end of 2012. Prior to his appointment in 1995, he served as OSF’s general manager for 16 years. Paul has been a guest lecturer at Stanford University, Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Oregon, and is a frequent speaker at regional and national arts conferences. He has consulted with many U.S. arts organizations and is actively involved in arts advocacy for the state of Oregon. Paul has served or serves on many local boards, and on the national level, was on the Theater Communications Group (TCG) board for seven years. He has a graduate level business degree from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand..

Darcy Danielson

Darcy Danielson is the production music coordinator at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. During her 10 years at OSF, Darcy has served as associate music director for "The Cocoanuts" and "My Fair Lady," as well as arranger, composer and/or pianist for productions including “The Pirates of Penzance,” “The Music Man” and “The Comedy of Errors.”

Geoff Ridden

Geoff Ridden divided his time between Winchester, England and Ashland, Oregon from 2002 until 2008. He was associate dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Winchester, and has also taught Shakespeare courses at Southern Oregon University as well as giving lectures for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Geoff has performed a number of Shakespearean roles in England and the U.S. Since his retirement from the University of Winchester in 2008, he has settled permanently in Ashland, where he continues to be associated with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and with Southern Oregon University. He is also a regular volunteer-host on the Classics and News Service of Jefferson Public Radio, and has recorded audio books for Bolinda.com through Bee Audio.

Oona Meade

Oona Meade has had over 18 years of experience in makeup, focusing on fashion, film, theatre, medical and day-to-day application. She is also knowledgeable about hair, from wig making, styling, cutting and coloring. Oona moved to Ashland in 2004 to accept a position in the hair and makeup room at the world renowned Shakespeare Festival. She had previously worked at the Seattle Opera and The Seattle Repertory Theatre, both in hair and makeup capacities. She now resides in Ashland, where she has her own esthetician practice called Hipmamastyling, her own skincare line called Komboona and teaches part-time at Southern Oregon University through the Shakespeare outreach program.

Wayne Carr

Wayne T. Carr has been with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival since 2012. His OSF credits include: Caliban in "The Tempest," Stokely Carmichael, Lewis, Harrison, and Ensemble in "The Great Society," Lucentio in "The Taming of the Shrew," and Demetrius and fight captain in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Wayne has performed on stages throughout the country, including Red Fern Theatre Company, Joe's Pub, and The Pearl Theatre Company in New York City as well as the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, Milwaukee Shakespeare Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and the Indiana Repertory Theatre. He has also performed on television shows including "The Wire." Wayne holds an MFA from Penn State.

Armando Duran

Armando Duran has performed in over 30 shows in his 14 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In addition to his work at OSF, he has performed on the stages of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, the Yale Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and the California Repertory Company (among others). He holds an MFA from Long Beach State University.

Rodney Gardiner

Rodney Gardiner has been with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) since 2011 with roles in performances such as “The Comedy of Errors,” “Pirates of Penzance,” and “My Fair Lady.” In addition to his acting credits, Rodney performed as part of the My Fair Lady Cockney Quartet and as dance captain in “Comedy of Errors.” He has performed extensively off-Broadway and in other regional theatres including the Fountain Theatre, GableStage, and Utah Shakespeare Festival. Rodney is a writer for the Waterwell theatre company and worked with Teo Castellanos performing in jails, rehab centers, and homeless shelters in Miami, Fla. He holds degrees from the New World School of the Arts and SUNY Purchase.

Barzin Akhavan

Barzin Akhavan has been with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival company since his 2012 debut as Don Montague in “Romeo and Juliet,” and Pandarus in “Troilus and Cressida.” He performed in “Cymbeline” and “King Lear” in 2013 and “The Tempest and Water” by the Spoonful in 2014. Barzin has worked with theatre companies across the country, including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Repertory Theatre. He performed Amir in the world premier of “The Kite Runner” with San Jose Repertory Theatre and Arizona Theatre Company in 2009. Barzin holds an M.F.A. from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program.

Susan Stitham

For more than 30 years, Susan Stitham has taught English and history to students of all ages, ranging from seventh grade students to adult students at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Fairbanks, Alaska. One of her favorite classes that she taught was a semester of Shakespeare to underachieving 12th graders. While teaching this class, she saw how powerfully Shakespeare speaks to everyone, even teenagers in the 21st century. In 1992, Susan received the prestigious Milken National Educator Award. Since moving to Ashland in 2010, Susan has been teaching "Shakespeare 101" classes at Ashland OLLI, introducing Oregon Shakespeare Festival plays to folks who want some help with language, conventions and background in increasing their enjoyment of the productions.

Rebecca Carey

Rebecca Clark Carey is the head of voice and text at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In the 2014 season, she is the voice and text director for “The Cocoanuts,” “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window,” “The Great Society,” “Water by the Spoonful,” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” She is co- director of voice and text for “Into the Woods.” In addition to her eight seasons at OSF, Rebecca has also worked at the American Repertory Theatre, Royal & Derngate Theatre, Royal National Theatre, and Shared Experience. She has taught at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the Central School of Speech and Drama, and the Oxford School of Drama. Rebecca co-authored the Vocal Arts Workbook with David Carey and holds an M.A. in voice studies from The Central School of Speech and Drama (London), an M.F.A. from the University of California at Irvine, and a B.A. from Harvard University.

Suzanne Seiber

Suzanne Seiber has performed and choreographed at many venues including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival, and others. In 2015, Suzanne is choreographing “The Breasts of Tiresias” and “The Impresario” at Brava Opera, and “The Spelling Bee” and “Leading Ladies” for Ashland High School. She is also teaching workshops there in movement for the actor, as well as Renaissance dance. Through the partnership with OSF and Ashland High School, she has choreographed and directed many musicals there over the years, including “Guys and Dolls,” “The Music Man,” “Anything Goes,” “West Side Story,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Grease,” and others. Suzanne received her M.A. in dance from the University of Oregon, and has been teaching musical theatre dance, jazz, tap and ballet at Southern Oregon University since 1991.

Group Leaders

Group Leaders make sure your program runs smoothly and are attuned to the needs of Road Scholar participants. These Group Leaders are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Jennifer Bagshaw

Jennifer Bagshaw graduated from Southern Oregon University in 1993, and returned to the Ashland area with her husband to teach at Ashland Middle School. She took some time off to have two children (now pre-teen boys), and has been running her own retirement community for the last decade. Jennifer has travelled extensively to five continents, and currently leads explorations in various parts of the United States. She is an avid reader, and enjoys road biking, hiking and laughing in her free time.

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
14 Expert-led lectures
2 Field trips
3 Performances


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