Meet the Cast
Meet the Creative and Technical Team
Meet the Cast
Carolyn Cook Associate Artist, 20th Season
Carolyn spent her summer in the pool at Georgia Shakespeare, performing in Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses. Her twenty seasons here include roles in King Lear, The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night, and many others. Atlanta credits include Time Stands Still, Homebody/Kabul and The Syringa Tree at Horizon Theatre, and August: Osage County at the Alliance. She is currently collaborating with Out of Hand Theater to creat a new play about Alzheimer’s called Blackberry Winter. Carolyn is an associate artist at Georgia Shakespeare and Theatre du Reve. She blogs about theater, art, and home life at www.lifelongmetamorphoses.wordpress.com.
Georgia Shakespeare: Noises Off, Antony and Cleopatra, The Tempest, A Christmas Story, King Lear, Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, Cyrano de Bergerac, Twelfth Night . Horizon Theater: Waffle Palace, Legacy of Light, Algae Eaters. Theater Emory: Persuasion, Buried Child, Peer Gynt. Georgia Ensemble Theater: Man Who Came to Dinner, Becky’s New Car. Theater in the Square: Caught in the Net. Serenbe Playhouse: A Walk in the Woods. Other theaters include The Guthrie Theater of Minneapolis, TheaterVirginia in Richmond, Triad Stage in Greensboro, Charlotte Repertory Theater, and The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. Allan holds an MFA from the University of Louisville.
(Marcellus/Auxiliary Male, Debut Season)
Dan Ford Is ecstatic to share the stage with this brilliant cast. Theatrical credits: Les Miserables - Feuilly (Aurora); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Asher, Anything Goes - Ensemble (Lyric); Assassins - Zangara, Little Women - Laurie (Fabrefaction). Film credits: The Internship - Lecturer. Dan holds a B.F.A. from Webster University. Many thanks to the friends and family that help make all this possible.
Neal Ghant Associate Artist, 9 Seasons
Having returned for another season, Neal couldn't be happier or more grateful to share the stage with fellow veterans of Georgia Shakespeare. Since the close of Metamorphoses this summer Neal has kept busy on a number of projects, from audiobooks to the development of a one man show. From fatherhood to freelancing, artistry to activism, Neal seems to wear as many hats in his regular day-to-day as he might right here on stage at Ga. Shakespeare.
Ann Marie Gideon
(Ophelia, 4th Season)
Ann Marie most recently appeared in Metamorphoses. Other favorite Georgia Shakespeare credits include Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest, Brooke in Noises Off, and Bianca in Shrew: The Musical. She has also performed locally with The Alliance Theatre, Horizon Theatre, and Pinch n' Ouch Theatre. Ann Marie received a BFA from The University of Memphis and studied at the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy. Updates at annmariegideon.com. “I am so grateful and honored to do what I love with people that continue to support and challenge me. Thank you and love to all.”
Chris Kayser Associate Artist, 24th Season
This summer Chris is celebrating his 24th Season with Georgia Shakespeare. His heartfelt thanks to all patrons and donors for helping us keep live theatre alive in the modern world.
Mark is so pleased to be working again with Georgia Shakespeare. Locally, his work has been seen at The Alliance, Theatre in the Square, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Theatrical Outfit, Actors Express, and The Aurora, Nationally, he has worked at The Old Globe, The McCarter, Peoples Light and Theatre Company, Mill Mountain Stage, Hope Summer Repertory, and The Hippodrome, The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival and The Acting Company. Last year Mark was presented a Best Actor Suzi Award for his performance in Shipwrecked at Serenbe Playhouse. He is happily married to the beautiful and talented actress, Tess Malis Kincaid, and father to the remarkable Barbara Rose Kincaid.
Joe Knezevich Associate Artist, 15th season
Joe was most recently seen at Georgia Shakespeare as Midas in Metamorphoses. Previous credits include Much Ado About Nothing, The Glass Menagerie, Noises Off, The Odyssey, Shrew: the Musical, and Richard III. He has appeared at the Alliance Theatre in Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, August: Osage County, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. TV: “Under the Dome”, “Revolution”, “Teen Wolf”, “Necessary Roughness”, “The Vampire Diaries”. Film: The Last of Robin Hood, 42, Parental Guidance, The Change Up, The Librarian III. Follow him online at joeknezevich.com.
(Rosencrantz/Osric/Francisco, Debut Season)
Tony is thrilled and honored to be doing this play, with this company, at this theatre! Other Atlanta theatre credits include Carapace at The Alliance, Swell Party at GET, Emilie for The Weird Sisters Theatre Project, The Vibrator Play for Synchronicity, Becky Shaw and Fair Use at Actor's Express, and, his most favorite, the world premiere of Clyde & Bonnie: A Folktale at Aurora... among many others. TV: Ben 10: Alien Swarm, Drop Dead Diva, Monk, and GA Lottery. Tony is represented by Atlanta Models & Talent, and would like to give huge thanks to his parents, Cara, and most especially, Richard Garner.
(Horatio, 2nd Season)
Eric is pumped to be making his main stage debut at Georgia Shakespeare with Hamlet. Other GA Shakespeare credits include Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Other Atlanta Credits: Horizon Theatre (The Waffle Palace, In Darfur), Theatrical Outfit (A Confederacy of Dunces, Big River, The Chase), Georgia Ensemble Theatre (What I Did Last Summer, Last Night of Ballyhoo), Theatre in the Square (Tradin’ Paint). Regional: Florida Rep (Other Desert Cities, Bedroom Farce), Florida Stage (The Cha-Cha of a Camel Spider), Hippodrome State Theatre (Dracula) TV/Film: Revolution, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Trouble With the Curve, Lawless, Necessary Roughness, Army Wives, Ben 10: Alien Swarm, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Coma and The Originals later this fall. Eric is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. For more information visit www.ericmendenhall.com.
Tiffany Denise Mitchenor
(Player Queen/Others, Debut Season)
Tiffany is thrilled to be making her Georgia Shakespeare debut in Hamlet! After earning her MFA in acting from the University of California - Los Angeles, she took a cross-country road trip to Atlanta in the summer of 2012, and has been here since. Her Atlanta credits include the role of Aksinya in Theatre Emory's Watching Chekhov Watching and her upcoming role of Lady Macbeth in Theatre Emory's production of Macbeth. She is extremely grateful to the Atlanta theater community for welcoming her with open arms, and of course her family and friends for their unwavering support.
Eugene H. Russell IV
(Guildenstern/Priest/Attendant, 8th Season)
Eugene, a proud Atlanta native and Tennessee State University alumnus, returns to Georgia Shakespeare after previously appearing in Illyria, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, Antigone, and Romeo & Juliet. Other regional theatre credits include What I Learned In Paris, Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL, and Cuttin’ Up at the Alliance Theatre; Our Town and Tambourines to Glory with True Colors Theatre Company; and Before It Hits Home with St. Louis Black Rep, for which he received the prestigious Woodie King, Jr. Award. In addition to his most recent TV credit, Lifetime’s Devious Maids, Eugene has numerous film and commercial credits. “I Am, I Be.”
Meet the Creative and Technical Team
Richard Garner Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director, 28th Season
As a director Richard’s most recent credits include Metamorphoses, Much Ado About Nothing, The Glass Menagerie, Noises Off and the world premiere adaptation of The Odyssey: A Journey Home for Georgia Shakespeare. Richard has also guest directed at the Alliance Theatre, Theatre Emory, Gainesville Theatre Alliance, Berry College and the Springer Opera House. As an actor, he has appeared at the Alliance Theatre and Actor’s Express. He is the past president of the Shakespeare Theatre Association and was a 2011 finalist for the Zelda Fichandler Directing Award. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Theater Conference and the Flourish Award in the Arts for Kennesaw State University. He studied at Berry College and the American Conservatory Theater.
(Scenic Designer, 15th Season)
Kat Conley has been with Georgia Shakespeare since 1999. A native of California, Kat is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. Following college, she worked as freelance designer and scenic artist in New York and Pittsburgh. Now based in Atlanta, Kat has designed scenery at the Alliance Theatre, Actor’s Express, The Center for Puppetry Arts, Theatrical Outfit, Theater in the Square, Marin Theatre Company (CA), Theatre Emory, Horizon, Aurora, 7 Stages among others. She is the Charge Scenic Artist for the Alliance Theater, winner of the 2007 Regional Tony Award, painting over 80 productions since 2000. Some favorite Georgia Shakespeare productions include Pericles, Richard III, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Antigone and the next project on the horizon.
(Stage Manager, 20th Season)
Margo is delighted to return to Georgia Shakespeare for another season with this terrific company of artists and production personnel. It has been her good fortune to witness joy & tragedy, wit & wisdom, hope, jealousy, ambition, damnation, redemption, love and loss played out across the GS stage for many years. Local and regional credits include Theatrical Outfit, Theater Emory, Theatre du Reve, The Alliance Theatre, Virginia Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville and Tennessee Rep. In the off-season, Margo works on show and project management for business meetings and special events.
Scott & Kelly Mann
(Fight Choreography, Debut Season)
(Lighting Design, 14th Season)
Mike is an Atlanta based designer who has been working in town for over 10 years. He has designed lights for many theatres including Tennis at Nablus at Alliance Theatre; Cotton Patch Gospel, Driving Miss Daisy at Theatrical Outfit and most recently Les Miserables at Aurora Theatre. He has credits at many other theatres including the Alabama Shakespeare Festival where his work included Doctor Faustus and Always, Patsy Cline; Actor's Express for Some Men and Slasher; and the Montana Rep for A Streetcar Named Desire. Mike has very much enjoyed his time with Georgia Shakespeare and is happy to return for the 28th season.
(Costume Design, 13th Season)
Sydney returns to Georgia Shakespeare after designing costumes for Mighty Myths and Legends this past summer. Atlanta theatre includes: Alliance, Horizon Theatre, Theatre Emory, True Colors Theatre Company, Theatrical Outfit, and Actor’s Express. Regional work: Portland Center Stage (Oregon), Geva Theatre (New York), Red Mountain Theatre Company (Alabama), and Swallowtale Dance Company (Tennessee). Besides theatrical costumes, Sydney also designs wedding gowns, debutante dresses and bicycle jerseys. She is a member of United Scenic Artists 829.
(Composer, 9th Season)
Kendall Simpson has designed and composed original scores for several Atlanta-area theaters including Georgia Shakespeare, Alliance Theater, Theatre in the Square, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Horizon Theater, Theatrical Outfit, and Theater Emory. Working in film, Simpson recently scored The Promotion (2011), other independent films include the The Etiquette Man which has received top honors at several film festivals. Television credits include scores for “Sesame Street” and Elmo DVDs. Simpson's most recent work for dance is a video, disrepair, was premiered at the 2009 American Dance Festival. Other works include Papillon that was premiered by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Lee Harper and Dancers. Simpson is also honored to have won three Suzi Bass awards. He is currently the music director to the Dance Program at Emory University
Kate Wicker (dramaturg)
Kate is delighted to be back with Georgia Shakespeare after last season’s Macbeth. She recently finished a literary internship with Goodman Theatre, working on The Happiest Song Plays Last and Mary Zimmerman’s new adaptation of The Jungle Book.She has also interned at Alliance Theatre as dramaturg on The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta. Kate is a proud graduate of Oglethorpe University and is therefore forever indebted to Matt Huff, Robert Hornback, and Richard Garner for any theatrical success.