Performers 2017-11-19T15:51:59+00:00

Cast of The Tempest

James Bartelle
Gonzalo in The Tempest

Mr. Bartelle is the Associate Artistic Director of The NOLA Project where he has appeared in over 30 productions including The Wind in the Willows (Badger), 4,000 Miles (Leo), Marie Antoinette (A Sheep), It’s Only a Play (Ira Drew), The Winter’s Tale (Antigonus/ Old Shepherd), and Robin Hood; Thief, Brigand (Robin Hood). With The Festival James has appeared in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Speed), Romeo & Juliet (Mercutio), Twelfth Night (Fabian), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Sir Hugh Evans), What, Has This Thing Appeared Again Tonight, (James), Macbeth (Thane of Ross), As You Like It (Orlando), and The Importance of Being Earnest (Jack).

John Berner
Boatswain in The Tempest

Mr. Berner is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and is currently a senior at Tulane majoring in English and history. His recent credits include The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Outlaw) with the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival and The Zoo Story (Jerry) with the Tulane University Department of Theatre and Dance. In addition to acting, he is president of the Tulane University Performing Arts Society, for whom he directed Proof last spring.

Brendan Bowen
Stephano in The Tempest

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 as Launce in the Festival’s production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Other Festival credits include The Gentlemen in Cymbeline, Ensemble in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, and as Horatio in Hamlet. He recently performed in the NOLA Project’s Oskar and the Countless Costume Changes.

Danny Bowen*
Prospero in The Tempest

Mr. Bowen has been an active member of the New Orleans theatre community since 1977. In the real world he is a physical therapist at University Medical Center.

Graham Burk
Trinculo in The Tempest

Mr. Burk was recently seen as Old Maxpanthus and Snorp The Ogre in The Spider Queen (NOLA Project). Festival credits include Thurio in Two Gentleman of Verona, Pleribo/Adraste/Prince Florilame in The Illusion, and Cloten in Cymbeline. Recent New Orleans productions include Minister Lindstrom in Leaving Cottonwood (generateINK), Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale (NOLA Project), The Revolutionary in Marie Antoinette (NOLA Project), and 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.

Celeste Cahn
Ariel in The Tempest

Ms. Cahn graduated from Brown University in 2015 with a double concentration in Theatre and History (with a focus on Radical Social Change). She now lives in New York City, where she recently performed Alternative Facts Madlibs at the Tank and directed GlenGary Glen Escalator at the PIT Underground. She returned from Minneapolis, working with 10,000 Things on their production of Intimate Apparel. This is her third season with the Festival.

Silas Cooper*
Alonso in The Tempest

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.

Sarah Grace Donnelly
Spirit in The Tempest

Ms. Donnelly joins the Festival as a member of the All Things Shakespeare intern program and is a recent graduate from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, where she studied Drama. She participated in the All Things Shakespeare program two years ago, but this is her first main stage show with the Festival. Some of her favorite productions include Sense and Sensibility as Marianne, Ancestral Voices which she co-wrote, and Waiting for Lefty as Dr. Barnes. In the fall she will attend college in pursuit of a BFA in Drama.

Casey Groves*
Antonio in The Tempest

Mr. Groves last performed with the Festival in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Romeo & Juliet. His other local theater appearances include Lombardi and Death of a Salesmen at Le Petit, A Moon for the Misbegotten with Inner Compass Theatre, Equus with Promethean Theatre, and The Tempest with In Good Company. He wrote a one-man play called Seelos: Doctor of Souls which he has toured nationally. The filmed version of the Seelos play aired numerous times on the New Orleans PBS station, WYES. Casey’s television and film credits include roles on Law & Order, DamagesAstronaut Wives ClubThe Big Short, I Saw the Light, and LBJ. Casey is the Talented Theater Teacher at McMain Secondary School, and he is currently writing a screenplay which brings particle physics together with classical Indian dance and Walt Whitman’s life and poetry.

Keyara Milliner
Spirit in The Tempest

Ms. Milliner is a recent graduate of the Tulane University theater department. She is excited to be joining the Festival for the first time. Most recently she appeared as Joan in Southern Rep’s Fun Home. When she is not performing, Keyara teaches Improv at Isidore Newman’s After 3 program.

Tirol Palmer
Spirit in The Tempest

Ms. Palmer is currently a Junior attending Tulane University studying Performance and English. Born and raised in the UK, she is of New Zealand decent and fluent in Mãori. Recent Tulane credits include Marc Antony in Julius Caesar, Regan in Storm, Still, and Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa. Classically trained in singing, some of her musical credits include Éponine in Les Misérables, and Cinderella in Into The Woods. This is her first show with the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival.

John Graham Parker
Francisco in The Tempest

Mr. Parker is originally from Fairhope, Alabama and is currently a senior at Tulane University pursuing a B.A. in Theatre Performance and a B.S. in Psychology. His recent acting credits include The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Outlaw) with The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival, as well as Dancing at Lughnasa (Michael) and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Caruther/ Young Dogsborough/ Bodyguard) with the Tulane Department of Theatre and Dance. In addition to acting, he has worked with Tulane Theatre and The Festival in stage management, lighting design, and carpentry.

Drew Pearson
Spirit in The Tempest

Ms. Pearson is currently a Junior at Tulane University pursuing a triple major in Linguistics, Theatre Performance, and History. Her Tulane credits include Paula (My Cup Ranneth Over), Alex (On the Verge), and Cinna the conspirator (Julius Caesar). She is also a professionally-trained ballet dancer, and has performed in such ballets as Tarantella, Serenade, Who Cares?, and Rubies. This is her first performance with New Orleans Shakespeare Festival.

Matthew Raetz
Ferdinand in The Tempest

Mr. Raetz is a Senior at the Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas Texas, and is a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. He has appeared around town in the roles of Jack Hunter in A Rose Tattoo with TWTC, and has performed in the Festival’s All Things Shakespeare Program. Outside of NOLA he has appears as Judas in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Antonio in Twelfth Night at SMU. After graduating he plans on moving to Los Angeles to peruse a career in film/television.

Haley Riemer
Boatswain in The Tempest

Ms. Riemer is currently a senior at Tulane University, majoring in Performance and English with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She hails from Mobile, AL and has studied acting in London, New York City, and New Orleans. Recent credits include Ernesto Roma in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at Tulane University, Angel Eyes in Joyce Carol Oates’ I Stand Before You Naked with The Alpha NYC, and Karen in On The Move, a devised physical theatre production at King’s College London. This is her first show with the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival.

Payton Smith
Miranda in The Tempest

Ms. Smith is a junior studying Theater and Performance at Bard College and a graduate of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts’ Drama department and Academic Studio. She appeared on the Festival Stage in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in the All Things Shakespeare production of A Winter’s Tale. Other credits include Iphigenia in Iphigenia Among the Taurians (Bard), Charlotte in Don Juan (Bard), Elmire in Tartuffe (NOCCA), Meg in Little Women (NOCCA), and several independently produced works which premiered at NOLA Playhouse.

Burton Tedesco
Caliban in The Tempest
Fight Director for The Tempest

Mr. Tedesco is proud to be spending his 7th season with SFT. His Festival fight direction credits include: Cymbeline, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hamlet, and Julius Caesar. As an actor he has played such roles as Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, Dr. Caius in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Cinna the Poet in Julius Caesar. Currently Burton is the Chair of the Department of the Arts and Professor of Theatre at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT. He is a Dueling Arts International Associate Instructor of Stage Combat and Teacher Trainee of Michael Lugering’s Expressive Actor Technique.  

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* Denotes members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.