2016 performers

Alex Ates
Eglamour in The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Mr. Ates is the Education and Engagement Director of The NOLA Project, where he has directed four regional premieres. On the main stage he has directed Shiner and Sive. Mr. Ates oversees The NOLA Project High School Intensive, where he has directed Chops and She Kills Monsters. He is the original director and conceiver of The Shakespearean Jazz Show, which played at the Festival in 2012, 2013, and has run in Boston and Off-Broadway. He collaborates with MTV’s Quinn Marcus and has directed her one-woman shows on tour at Tulane, in Boston, and Off-Broadway. Previous Festival credits include Love’s Labor’s Lost, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He is on the theatre faculty at Lusher Charter School and is the co-chair of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education’s 2017 conference in New Orleans.

James Bartelle
Speed in The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Mr. Bartelle appeared as Jack last season in the Festival’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Previous Festival credits include Orlando in As You Like It, The Thane of Ross in Macbeth, Fabian in Twelfth Night, Sir Hugh Evans in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet. Mr. Bartelle is the current Associate Artistic Director of The NOLA Project where he has appeared in over 30 roles, including Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night, Robin Hood in Robin Hood: Thief, Brigand, A Sheep in Marie Antoinette, Antigonus/ Old Shepherd in The Winter’s Tale, and most recently as Thomasheen Seán Rua in Sive. Mr. Bartelle is a two-time Big Easy Award winner.

John Berner
Outlaw in The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Mr. Berner is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and is a rising junior at Tulane University where he is pursuing a BA in History and English. His most recent credits at Tulane include Much Ado About Nothing (Claudio), The Misanthrope (Philinte), The Children’s Hour (Joe), and Woyzeck (Andres). Other favorite credits include The Foreigner (Charlie) as well as Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio) with the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival. He recently directed a production of Change of Venue for the Tulane Undergraduate Performing Arts Society and will serve as its president next year. This is his first appearance on stage at the Festival.

John Bostic*
Matamore in The Illusion

Mr. Bostic is making his Festival debut. Originally from Oklahoma, John made his professional singing debut as a headliner for the Oklahoma State Fair at 15. He then made his professional acting debut with the Oklahoma Shakespeare Festival the following year. In addition to performing throughout the New Orleans area, John has been seen on stages across the US and in Europe as both a singer and actor. He has worked professionally in Opera, Music Theater, Concerts, Shakespeare Festivals, Jazz clubs, dramas, comedies, TV and film. In 2000 he was elected the Most Memorable Alumni of the 1990’s by the Baylor University Millennium Committee and currently can be seen as Philadelphia merchant Hiram Dearborn in Season 3 of TURN: Washington Spies on AMC. John represents local actors as the Liaison Chair for the New Orleans/Baton Rouge Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) Liaison Committee and serves on AEA’s National Equal Employment Opportunity Committee.

Brendan Bowen
Launce in The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Mr. Bowen is a graduate of the Tulane University Political Science Program. He has been working as an actor with the Festival since he was ten years old. Most recently he appeared in the Festival’s 2016 remount of Cymbeline. He has also appeared as Rosencrantz in the Festival’s 2012 production of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead and as Horatio in Hamlet. Additionally, he helped to relaunch Shakespeare on the Road, a program in which Tulane students create a play about Shakespeare and tour it to local schools at no charge.

Aubrey Brummett
Panthino & Outlaw in The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Ms. Brummett is performing with the Festival for the first time. Her previous credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Echoes, A Streetcar Names Desire, Cloud 9, Star-Spangled Girl, The Grapes of Wrath, and The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. Aubrey graduated with a BFA in Acting from The Chicago College of Performing Arts.

Graham Burk
Thurio in The Two Gentleman of Verona
Pleribo/Adraste/Prince Florilame in The Illusion

Mr. Burk was last seen as Cloten in Cymbeline with the Festival’s Performance for the Schools. Recent New Orleans productions include Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale (NOLA Project), The Revolutionary in Marie Antoinette (NOLA Project), Cloten in Cymbeline (NOSFT), Fred in A Christmas Carol (Southern Rep). Other credits include Husband-He in 1914 Machine (Traverse Theatre), Robert Sideway/Harry Brewer in Our Country’s Good (Tron Theatre), Dave in Redcross Way (The Arches), Parolles in All’s Well That Ends Well (Globe Education), and Balthasar in Comedy of Errors (Bard in the Botanics). He holds a Masters in Theatre from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.

Silas Cooper*
The Duke in The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Pridamant in The Illusion 

Mr. Cooper’s Festival credits include: Cymbeline, Romeo & Juliet, and Julius Caesar. Recent stage work: Our Town at Le Petit, Orphans at the Allways, and SPILL at Swine Palace. Other local appearances: 33 Variations at Southern Rep and The Diary of Anne FrankTo Kill A Mockingbird and True West for NOCCA Stage Company. Silas has toured nationally in Noises Off and appeared in Moscow, London, and New York. Regional credits include Baltimore Center Stage, Delaware Theatre Company, Colony Theatre, Tulane Center Stage, and Utah Shakespeare Festival. Los Angeles theatres: The Falcon, 24th Street, and Colony. Directing credits include Einstein and the Polar Bear in Los Angeles, The Trip to Bountiful at NOCCA Stage, and Driving Miss Daisy at JPAS. TV/Film: The lead role in Snakeskin Jacket, and roles in The Big Short, The Green LanternColumbiana, Chameleon, Multiplicity, NCIS New Orleans, The Astronaut Wives Club, Treme, Justice for Natalee, Head of the Class, Acceptance, House of Secrets, Back to The Batcave, Jag, and Dr. Vegas. He is currently head of the drama division at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

Kyle Daigrepont
Antonio in The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Mr. Daigrepont is known for portraying Lois in Debauchery.  Other recent productions include Golden Girls, Fancy Nancy’s Splendiforous Christmas, The Book of Liz, Camille, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Normal Heart, Boys in the Band, A Flea in Her Ear, Urinetown: The Musical, Grenedine McGunkle’s Double Wide Christmas, Hell’s Bells, and The Really Desperate Housewives of Stepford Parish. Kyle teaches theater in an afterschool program with Community Works as well as being the owner of Framed by Kyle.

Julia DeLois
Silvia in The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Ms. DeLois is from Concord, New Hampshire and has been a transplant New Orleanian since 2009. She holds a B.A. in theatre performance from Tulane University and is a company member with New Orleans-based companies Really Inventive Stuff and In Good Company, for which she serves as associate producer. Recent stage credits include Lux et Umbra’s Antigone (Ismene) and The NOLA Project’s The Winter’s Tale (Perdita). She was last seen with the Festival as Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest and has stage managed for their productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the 2015 Gavin Mahlie All Things Shakespeare program. Next she’ll be performing with The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans in their 2016-2017 productions of Dangerous Birds and The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore. She is also one third of New Orleans sketch comedy group Work Friends, filming regularly around the city.

Mary Guiteras
Lucetta in The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Ms. Guiteras returns to the Festival after playing Helen and The Soothsayer in Cymbeline. Favorite New York credits: Claudia in Fornicated From The Beatles with New Ensemble, Jay Jay in Cyanocitto at The Beckett, Edeldraut in Birthday Sax at Arsnova, and Salem in La Turista at The Tank. She holds a BFA from NYU.

Levi Hood
Valentine in The Two Gentlemen of Verona 

Mr. Hood is a recent graduate of the University of New Orleans where he studied film and theatre. Levi was last seen on stage as Timmy in The NOLA Project’s production of Clown Bar and before that as Christopher in See ‘Em on Stage’s world premiere production of Flowers in the Attic. Other local credits include roles such as Billy Bibbit in The NOLA Project’s production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Fabian in Twelfth Night; Steve in See ‘Em on Stage’s production of Musical of the Living Dead and, Frank in UNO’s production of The Melancholy Play.

James Jones
Outlaw in The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Mr. Jones is currently attends the prestigious Idyllwild Arts Academy where he has appeared in a number of plays including The Disappearance of Daniel Hand, The Comedy of Errors, and The Importance of Being Earnest. He has also contributed, as both an actor and writer, to a number of student films and plays at the academy.

Lyndsay Kimball
Elicia/Lyse/Clarina in The Illusion 

Ms. Kimball recently played Gwendolyn in the Festival’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Other credits include A Midsummer Nights Dream (New Orleans Shakespeare Festival), High School Musical and Hair (Swine Palace), Heidi Chronicles (Swine Palace, China Tour). Television: American Horror Story: Coven (FX), Treme (HBO), and Memphis Beat (TNT). Lyndsay has co-starred with Drew Brees in two national commercials. Film credits include Hallmarks’ Remember Sunday and the upcoming The Whole Truth starring Keanu Reeves and Renée Zellweger. She holds a BA in Theatre Performance from LSU.

Cristine McMurdo-Wallis*
Alcandre in The Illusion 

Ms. McMurdo-Wallis (seen in last season’s Incarnate) has performed in theatres across the country. Highlights include: Nickel and Dimed (original cast, Intiman Theatre, Seattle and 
Mark Taper Forum, LA; dir: Bartlett Sher); Angels in America, Millenium and Perestroika (ACT, San Francisco, dir: Mark Wing-Davey, Drama-Logue and Bay Area Critics Circle Awards); Cymbeline (Hartford Stage and McCarter Theatre,
 dir: Mark Lamos), Collected Stories (Berkeley Rep, Drama-Logue Award); two seasons with Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Other theatres include: Seattle Rep, A Contemporary Theatre, Denver Center, Alaska Rep, The Huntington (Boston) Papermill Playhouse, Diamond Head Theatre (Honolulu), New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Indiana Rep, Portland Stage Company, Swine Palace, and Southern Rep (The Last Madame, Rising Water). McMurdo-Wallis has appeared in several off-Broadway productions, and 
with Al Pacino in Salome (Stamford, CT). Film and TV: The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, American Heart (with Jeff Bridges), The Guiding Light. Cristine is a regular narrator for
 Recorded Books, Inc. in New York.

Chivas Michael*
The Amanuensis in The Illusion 

Mr. Michael returns to the Festival where he made his professional debut sixteen years ago. Some recent works include: London- Antony and Cleopatra, The Royal Shakespeare Company. New York-Broadway: SuperFly the Musical (workshops/lab) dir. Bill T Jones; Off-Broadway: Antony and Cleopatra, The Public Theater; Brooklyn Omnibus, Brooklyn Academy of Music; Romeo and Juliet, Classic Stage Co.; The Broadway Problem, Lincoln Center; Sliding into the Beast (adapted from the book Beast of No Nation), New York Theater Workshop Regional- The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Yale Rep.; Wild with Happy, Baltimore Center Stage; The Servant of Two Masters, The Guthrie Theater; A Doctor in Spite of Himself, Yale Rep/Berkeley Rep; Much Ado About Nothing/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare on the Sound; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (all-male cast), Williamstown Theater Festival; Oklahoma/A Chorus Line, Port House Theater FilmFish Zoo-Zoos and Wham-Whams: The True Story of a Boy in a Men’s Prison. MFA from the Graduate Acting Program at NYU.

Michael A. Newcomer*
Calisto/Clindor/Theogenes in The Illusion

Mr. Newcomer makes his New Orleans stage debut with the Festival. Highlights include: world premieres of Tallgrass Gothic (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville); Antigone and Flesh & Blood (Portland Center Stage); regional premieres of Wintertime (ACT Seattle); The Devils (Portland Center Stage and Actor’s Express); and Celadine (Colony Theatre). Other theatres include: The Old Globe (two Shakespeare Festival seasons), South Coast Repertory, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Alliance Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Intiman Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, and A Noise Within. Film and TV work includes: Person of Interest, All My Children, A Father’s Revenge, A Thousand Cuts (starring opposite Michael O’Keefe), Harmony, Burning Away, and Redemption. Michael has also worked commercially appearing in national campaigns for Volvo, Verizon FiOS, and Old El Paso. He can also be seen and heard in Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V.  Proud Member of Actor’s Equity Association.  www.michaelanewcomer.com

John Graham Parker
Outlaw in The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Mr. Parker is originally from Fairhope, Alabama and is currently pursuing a B.A. in Theatre Performance and B.S. in Psychology from Tulane University. This is his first appearance on stage with the Festival, but he previously worked as a Marketing Intern and Box Office Representative. Recent credits with the Tulane Department of Theatre and Dance include I Hope I Someday Get to Meet You Nancy Dreaux: A Radio Play (Carson Drew), The Misanthrope (Acaste), and A Night of Ives (Swift/Ramon). He also worked as Assistant Stage Manager of Julius Caesar with the Tulane Department of Theatre and Dance.

Joseph Pilka
Outlaw in The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Mr. Pilka is returning to the Festival after appearing in the 2013 productions of Merry Wives of Windsor and Romeo & Juliet. He spent the following year sailing the seas with Norwegian Cruise Lines as a member of the cruise director’s staff. Following his return to dry land he has returned to the scene shop working for various theatre companies across central Florida as well for the Home Shopping Network. He hails all the way from Lakeland, Florida and earned his BFA in Acting and Scenic Design from Florida Southern College.

Devyn Tyler
Julia in The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Melibea/Isabelle/Hippolyta in The Illusion

Ms. Tyler was born and raised in New Orleans and has recently returned home. She studied theater at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, and she graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in French and Francophone Studies. She is fluent in French and her research interests include cultural exchanges between Louisiana, West Africa, and France as well as Free People of Color in 19th century New Orleans. She is a YoungArts Gold Winner in Theater and a Presidential Scholar in the Arts (2009). Her past theater credits include Six Americans and Home, Again—both performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts through the YoungArts Millennium Stage performance series. Her recent film credits include Margaret Northup in 12 Years A Slave, Seraphina in WGN America’s Underground, and Amelia Boyd in NCIS: New Orleans. She will be playing her first supporting lead role as Kate Stone in the upcoming indie thriller Cut Off.

Lisa Wolpe*
Performer and Creator of Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender 

Lisa Wolpe is an international activist working for the empowerment of women and diversity on the stage. Since 1993 she has been the Founding Producing Artistic Director of the all-female Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company (http://www.lawsc.net), where she produces, directs, and has performed roles including Hamlet, Richard III, Angelo, Leontes, Romeo, Shylock, and Iago. Lisa is currently touring her solo show Shakespeare & the Alchemy of Gender to venues around the world. She has directed and acted regionally at theaters including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Company, Shakespeare & Company, Arizona Theater Company, San Diego Repertory Theater, and more. She is a teacher/writer/actor/director who has studied deeply in Clown, Voice, Shakespearean text, and new work, and has received multiple awards for excellence in Directing, Acting, and promoting diversity and excellence onstage. She has taught and directed at universities including NYU, UCLA, USC, Cal Poly Pomona, Whittier College, ACT San Francisco, Boston University, MIT, the American Shakespeare Center, University of Colorado, and more.

Kyle Woods
Proteus in The Two Gentlemen of Verona 

Mr. Woods’ recent credits include The Bear in The Winters Tale (The NOLA Project), France in King Lear (Captains Coat), Friday in Out (A New Play by Logan Faust), and Kev in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Theatre UNO) which received Kennedy Center Honors for Best Play (region six) and a Big Easy Award. Other credits include The Taming of the Shrew, Marie Antoinette, SubUrbia, Bent, Album, The Night of the Iguana, and Annie Get Your Gun. Kyle received training from UNO and is a regular face on the Stand Up Comedy stage.

* Denotes members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

aeaActors Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, is the union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.