Each summer, Camp Shakespeare Teaching Artists create a unique curriculum aimed at optimizing students’ physical, intellectual and artistic development. All Teaching Artists are classically trained professional actors and educators.
The energy and fervor of the faculty is one of the things I value and love best about the camp. They inspire you, and their excitement rubs off on you and makes you want to dive in.
Sarah Hirsch, Camper
Affiliated Teaching Artists
Renea Brown is from Lexington, KY and is ecstatic to be joining Shakespeare Theatre Company as the Resident Teaching Artist this season! She recently obtained her BS in Theatre Arts from the University of Louisville this past May. Her past credits include Measure for Measure, Monsieur Baptist, Sleep Rock Thy Brain, Mad at Miles and others. After graduating she worked as a Teaching Artist at Kentucky Shakespeare. Her credits there include Macbeth, The Tempest, and The Taming of the Shrew just to name a few. She has studied theatre from New York’s Circle in the Square to Shandong University in Jinan, China. She enjoys reading, dancing ballet and speaking Chinese. Renea is excited to begin her journey in Washington, D.C.
Dan Crane’s STC credits include Lord Grey in Richard III and Hounslow in The Beaux’ Stratagem. As an actor Dan has worked at companies across the United States, including Imagination Stage (Maryland), Kitchen Theatre (New York), Idaho Shakespeare Festival (Idaho), PCPA Theaterfest (California) and Portland Center Stage (Oregon). He is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, holds a BFA from Ithaca College and an MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University.
Paul Edward Hope is a 2001 MFA graduate of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University. Prior to moving to D.C. in the fall of 2009, he was based out of New York City where he worked as an actor, teaching artist, fight choreographer and music director. NYC credits include Red Bull Theatre and Folding Chair Classical Theatre, including Cymbeline, Our Country’s Good and The Oresteia. Regional credits include Lake George Theatre Lab, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and Oregon Cabaret Theatre. D.C. credits include Burn Your Bookes, Bootleg Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida and Cymbeline with Taffety Punk Theatre Company. Paul also has a BFA from Millikin University, has studied at the Royal National Theatre Studio and is a member of Actors Equity Association.
Joy Jones is an actor, acting teacher, playwright and native Washingtonian. Joy has performed with the Washington Shakespeare Company, Washington Stage Guild and American Century Theatre. Her New York and regional acting credits include The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, The Lincoln Center Festival, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Denver Center, PlayMakers Repertory, Arkansas Repertory Theatre and others. As a teacher, Joy has taught Shakespeare and classical acting with Theatre for a New Audience, The Shakespeare Project, PlayMakers Repertory, Arkansas Repertory, The American Globe Theatre and the Washington Shakespeare Company. Joy has an MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a BA in Theatre from the University of Virginia, a Certificate in Classical Acting from the British American Drama Academy, a Certificate in Arts in Education from the Actors Fund and a Certificate in Curriculum Development from the University of North Carolina.
Chelsea Mayo joined Shakespeare Theatre Company as an Affiliated Teaching Artist in 2013. She has worked with students Pre-K through 12th grade with STC, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Del Ray Performing Arts Center, Lola's Laboratory and Creative Kids. As an actor, she understudied productions of The Importance of Being Earnest and Tartuffe at STC and has performed at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Quotidian Theatre Company, and The Enlightenment Theatre Project in Williamsburg, VA among others. Chelsea holds a BA in Theatre and French from Vanderbilt University.
Victoria Reinsel is a professional actor, teaching artist, director, arts administrator, and licensed tour guide—or, as she likes to call it, a professional schedule juggler—who has acted and/or taught at a number of local and regional theatres including American Shakespeare Center, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Imagination Stage, Ford's Theatre, Constellation Theatre Company, Taffety Punk Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Maryland Shakespeare Festival, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and Encore Stage & Studio. She has taught additionally through Lola’s Laboratory, Trax (an after-school program in Montgomery County), the Institute of Reading Development and Creative Kids, where she was also the Programs Manager, and has guest lectured at Georgetown University and Eastern Mennonite University. In 2011, she co-founded Brave Spirits Theatre. Victoria holds an MFA and M.Litt in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance with a concentration in acting from Mary Baldwin College in partnership with the American Shakespeare Center, and a BA in Theatre/Literature from Marlboro College.
Melissa Richardson is a teaching artist, director, and stage manager. Ms. Richardson has taught drama to youth with Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, InterAct Story Theatre, Round House Theatre, Alden Theatre, Adventure Theatre and the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts. Ms. Richardson directs the Heyday Players, a senior citizens’ repertory company, at Round House Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. She has also stage managed productions for the Washington Shakespeare Company, American Century Theater, Horizons Theatre, and Active Cultures Theatre. Ms. Richardson received a BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama.
Rebecca Swislow is honored to be a part of the Shakespeare Theatre Company team as an Affiliated Teaching Artist! A Chicago native, Rebecca received her BA in Theater Studies and Psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She then moved to D.C. to complete her MFA from the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University. Rebecca is thrilled to be making the D.C. theatre community her new permanent home and was most recently seen performing in Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center. This year’s acting projects include taking on the roles of Lady Macbeth with the Annapolis Shakespeare Company and Regan in a new film production of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Rebecca has always enjoyed sharing her love of the dramatic arts with eager young minds and she has extensive experience leading workshops with students in elementary, middle and high school classrooms.
Megan Thrift is an Affiliated Teaching Artist for the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. She received her BA in Theater from George Mason University, with minors in Education and Dance Performance. She will be returning to GMU for her Graduate Certificate in Theatre Education this Fall. Previously she has taught for Acting for Young People and provided Technical Theater workshops for drama students in Fairfax County. She has been a company member of The Keegan Theatre for 7 years, working on over 20 productions – stage managing, directing, acting, and designing. As Co-Artistic Director of Wild Rumpus Productions, she strives to foster new playwrights in readings and workshops from DC to NYC. Wild Rumpus most recently participated in the Capital Fringe Festival where her production of Sanka, Ya Dead Mon? received "Pick of the Fringe" from The Washingtonian.
Kathryn Tkel is a theatre artist originally from Northern California. She received a BA in Drama and Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine and an MFA in Classical Acting from The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University. Most recently she was seen in Everyman Theatre’s production of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. Regionally she has performed with San Jose Repertory Theatre, The San Francisco Playhouse, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, California Conservatory Theatre, Willows Theatre, Just Theatre, Boxcar Theatre, Second Wind Productions, and the Collegiate Players. Kathryn is very excited to be making Washington, D.C. her home and is thrilled to be teaching with STC!
Eva Wilhelm holds an MFA in Classical Acting from the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University. Locally, she has appeared in productions at Folger Theatre, Studio Theatre, Maryland Shakespeare Festival, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Faction of Fools and Taffety Punk Theatre Company. In Chicago, she worked with Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Shattered Globe and Stage Left, among many others. She is currently an adjunct professor at Trinity Washington University, and an Associated Artist with Faction of Fools, as well as a book narrator for both Audible.com and the Library of Congress.
Jaysen Wright is an actor and teaching artist based in Washington, D.C. His regional credits include Looking for Roberto Clemente (Imagination Stage); Sons of the Prophet (Theatre J); Now Comes the Night and Take Me Out (1st Stage); Choir Boy (Marin Theatre Company); Choir Boy (Studio Theatre); Love Godfrey/Love George (Blind Pug Arts Collective); Pinkalicious and 12 Days of Christmas (Adventure Theatre MTC); The Carolina Layaway Grail (The Welders); Measure for Measure, Wallenstein and Coriolanus (Shakespeare Theatre Company); The Rocky Horror Show (Studio Theatre 2nd Stage); You Can’t Take it With You and The Taming of the Shrew (Indiana Festival Theatre); The Nerd (Brown County Playhouse). Mr. Wright holds an MFA in Acting from Indiana University, and is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association. He is a teaching artist at both the Shakespeare Theatre Company and Young Playwrights’ Theatre, and has taught courses in Shakespeare, Suzuki, stage combat, playwriting, acting and many other styles. www.jaysenwright.com
(Teaching Artists are subject to change without notice)