AYLI Artist Profile: Kriston Woodreaux

Kriston Woodreaux plays Orlando in Shrewd's upcoming production of As You Like It. About Kriston Having recently relocated from Chicago, As You Like It is not only Kriston’s theatrical debut in Austin, but also his first time on stage since 2012. Not for lack of trying, though. He spent four years competing on collegiate forensics teams where he got to exercise a different niche of performance. A five-time national champion, and sixteen-time state champion, Kriston now coaches mostly in the Austin area. He’s excited to be welcomed by Shrewd to work with such a stellar production team, and cast. Why are you excited about this production of As You Like It? The spectrum the characters find them

AYLI Artist Profile: Julie Moore

Julie Moore plays Touchstone in Shrewd's upcoming production of As You Like It. About Julie Julie just moved back to Austin after traveling and doing art stuff around the country, including a super weird residency at the Elsewhere museum in Greensboro, NC. In Austin you may have seen her in productions with La Fenice (the Lure of the Maiden's Chest), Trouble Puppet (Wars of Heaven Part 1), the Vortex (Changelings) and Rudy Ramirez/Sky Candy (Cosmicomics). Or you may not have, you're probably busy. Why'd you want to do it Julie? Shakespeare's clowns are so different from the kind of clowning I normally do that this seemed like a fun challenge to take on and a great way to work with a new-to-m

AYLI Artist Profile: Molly Fonseca

Molly Fonseca plays the melancholy Jacques in Shrewd's upcoming production of As You Like It. Why are you excited about this production of As You Like It? Ladies doing it for themselves. I love this. I love all the new ideas that are coming from the script simply by giving women more opportunities. I have always loved As You Like It, it's my favorite comedy. I always dreamed about which roles I would like to play and Jacques never crossed my mind. There's absolutely no reason why Jacques can't be played by a woman. So, I'm excited for the challenge, open to the possibilities and energized by the cast and Lily's direction. About Molly Molly is very excited to work with Shrewd for the first ti

AYLI Artist Profile: Robert Deike

Robert Deike (despite his youthful exterior) plays Adam and Sir Oliver Martext in Shrewd's upcoming production of As You Like It. About Robert Robert Deike is a tactical theatrical, parachuting into productions, quickly getting boots on the ground for rehearsal, all with the simple objective of surviving till the last curtain call. A veteran thespian with almost thirty years of theatrical service, Robert has seen action in the trenches of Stoppard, Dickens, Mamet, Johnson, Sondheim (where he was awarded the Purple Heart), and others, but the majority of his theatrical command has been spent prosecuting the ongoing (400 + years!) campaign against Iron Will, the West's most redoubtable (and wh

AYLI Artist Profile: Fritz Ketchum

Fritz Ketchum plays Duke Senior in Shrewd's upcoming production of As You Like It. Why did you decide to participate in Shrewd's As You Like It - Shakespeare: REPRESENT? I was drawn to the non-traditional casting of women in the works of Shakespeare. There are so few roles for women in the canon, particularly for mature women. I also was excited to work with Shannon and Lily, as well as some of the brightest talent that Austin has to offer. About Fritz Fritz Ketchum has directed and performed professionally for nearly 30 years for many theatres in Atlanta, Athens and Savannah, Georgia, and in Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. With a M.F.A. in Directing and Acting from the University of G

AYLI Artist Profile: Taji Senior-Gipson

Taji Senior-Gipson plays First Lord and Jacques de Boys in Shrewd's upcoming production of As You Like It. About Taji New to both Shrewd Productions and performing, Taji’s love for the creative arts runs deep. She recently made her stage debut at The Vortex Theater in Krysta Gonzales poignant, original drama, Robin Hood: An Elegy, which explored and tackled America’s history with state-sanctioned violence against African Americans. When she’s not exploring Austin’s fascinating world of theater, Taji is helping build the next generation of women leaders as a Marketing and Communications professional for the local chapter of a global non-profit. Why are you excited about As You Like It? I’m be

AYLI Artist Profile: David Boss

David Boss plays Audrey and Duke Frederick in Shrewd's upcoming production of As You Like It. About Boss This is David's (only his mother calls him that nowadays) 24th Shakespeare production, 2nd time in As You Like It, 1st time with Shrewd and 1st time playing a woman. He is a regular performer with Austin Shakespeare and a core acting company member of 7 Towers Theatre with whom he was was last seen as Larry in "Closer." He has also performed with The Hidden Room, Breaking String, Present Company, The Vortex, and Last Act, among others. Before As You Like It opens, you can see him in a long fringe piece for Frontera Fest with Punchkin Theatre. Why this show? Shrewd making its foray into Sh

AYLI Artist Profile: Andreá Smith

Andreá Smith plays Oliver in Shrewd's upcoming production of As You Like It. About Andreá Andreá has been involved in the Austin theatre scene for the past 15 years, as an actor, director, choreographer, and producer. She last played with Shrewds in Big Love, which was one of her favorite experiences, ever! Andreá is a company member of Shrewd, a company member of the Vortex, president of the board of directors of The Hidden Room Theatre, and a member of the B. Iden Payne Awards Council. When she's not working on a production, she works in Human Resources, which provides its own particular brand of theatre. And after more than a year off the stage, Andreá is really excited to work with suc

AYLI Artist Profile: Taylor Flanagan

Taylor Flanagan plays Le Beau, Amiens, William and Hymen in Shrewd's upcoming production of As You Like It. Why did you decide to participate in Shrewd's As You Like It - Shakespeare: REPRESENT? When I got offered the role of Amiens, I was very excited, because he gets to participate in so much of the music, and the songs are one of my favorite aspects of this show. And then I found out about the rest of the cast and I thought: "Holy smokes! This is going to be phenomenal." The concept of the show is fresh while still being true to the original piece. Too often when someone says they're making a "new take" on Shakespeare, what they create is either the same old thing set in a different er

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