Keith David Sebastian Claverie, Esquire as KEITH


Known in some circles as the Laurence Olivier of Jefferson Parish, Keith Claverie is an actor/singer/“moves well” born and raised adjacent to New Orleans, Louisiana.


Keith’s academic pursuits began at an early age at John Calvin Playschool. From there, his Transcontinental journey continued to St. Ann – it would be there that the acting bug officially infected the Metairie Mariner. Memorable performances include Herald in the annual holiday pageant and the titular role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – the latter would be talked about on the Vacation Bible School circuit for years to come.


Keith has read upwards of five Shakespeare plays, beginning with Julius Caesar in the 10th grade. For his performance as the ill-fated ruler, Keith’s English teacher/Brutus praised his ability to “stay awake” and “always know what page we’re on.” Keith’s appreciation for the Bard deepened junior year after hearing a recording of Macbeth he described at the time as “transformative.” A five-year member of the Archbishop Rummel High School Genesian Players, Keith would take on the multi-faceted roles of Joe Crowell (Our Town), Man 1 and Man 2 (Sorry, Wrong Number) and Keith (Circle), among others. Drama-club moderator, and Broadway veteran, Charles Guajardo once commented to Keith, “People tell me you’re good.”


Keith matriculated at Louisiana State University studying Theatre (minor) and earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. Though he never formally performed on the stages of Baton Rouge (aside from Improv 101 and the one production he left over “creative differences”), Keith did spend summers in Kenner and at Jazzland playing Harold “Stinker” Pinker and The Grinch in By Jeeves and Seussical, respectively.


These days, the four-time Storer Boone Award nominee can be found screaming at various venues throughout the Greater New Orleans area. Keith currently resides off Airline Drive with his two dogs, Fred and Ginger, and patient wife, Leslie.




Professor Ian Hoch III, Ph.D., Esq., and Occasionally Sir as IAN

Meet Professor Ian Hoch III—or Ian, as he insists you call him during curtain calls. A self-proclaimed Shakespeare scholar, Ian has dedicated his illustrious career to uncovering The Bard’s "true intentions," which, according to him, involve a lot more interpretive dance than one might expect.

When he’s not lecturing on the existential symbolism of Yorick’s skull with a fervor that suggests personal acquaintance with the late, great jester, Ian graces the stage with performances that have been described as "startlingly emotive" and "alarmingly unscripted." He specializes in delivering soliloquies with a passion that only slightly exceeds his propensity for accidentally misquoting them.

Offstage, Ian enjoys knitting historically inaccurate Elizabethan neck ruffs and maintaining his blog, "Shakespeare's Lesser-Known Typographical Errors." His next project involves a daring reinterpretation of Hamlet set in a post-apocalyptic Denmark, where the existential question is not "to be or not to be?" but "to reboot or not to reboot?" Join Ian as he brings his unparalleled zeal (and occasional sonnet recital) to a theater near you!

Lauren Malara as LAUREN


Lady Lauren Malara has loved The Bard since first finding a book of sonnets on her mother’s bookshelf. After an engrossing read, young Lauren ran to her mother asking, “Do you know this Shakespeare guy? He’s really good.”


Her love for The Bard continued through middle school. When Audubon Montessori presented a series of Shakespearen scenes and monologues, Lauren insisted on writing her own material. She introduced each scene, creating a through line for the recital - themed in the style of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. A concept show! 


She has played every character in Romeo and Juliet - except Romeo and Juliet. She is pleased to add every Shakespeare play to her acting resume.






William Shakespeare, Playwright, Poet, and Pun-slinger

Meet William Shakespeare, sometimes known as the "Bard of Avon" but more frequently called "that guy who made me buy a dictionary." A big deal in the Elizabethan drama scene, he's renowned for his dramatic flair and profound contribution to English literature. Known for his quick wit and quicker quill, he's the only playwright known to cause both awe and panic when mentioned in a high school classroom.

Off the quill, he indulges in hobbies that keep his spirits high and his sonnets lyrical. When not coining new words or inventing entirely new genres of drama, Bill (as he's known to friends and family) enjoys crafting cryptic crosswords and composing love sonnets for his plants. He also enjoys debunking those who claim his works were written by others, often by cryptically signing his emails "Not Bacon." A lover of fine ale and questionable puns, Shakespeare spends his weekends testing whether "to beer or not to beer" really is the question.

Witty, wordy, and occasionally overwrought, Shakespeare can turn a simple dinner party into a five-act tragedy or make a comedy out of a trip to the market. If you enjoy a good soliloquy or find yourself inexplicably speaking in iambic pentameter, you'll love his newly discovered tragic comedy Pun-demonium.