Shrewd Artist Profile: Katie Baskerville

Katie Baskerville serves as Shrewd's Literary Manager for our 2015-2016 season. About Katie Making her Shrewd debut as an Ensemble Member of Emma When You Need Her, Katie is very excited to take on a new role as the Literary Manager for Shrewd Productions. Other productions include: Workshop of Slake (Assistant Director),Talking at God (Director), The Diary of Anne Frank (Assistant Director), The Heidi Chronicles (Director), The Laramie Project (Director), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Mag Folan), and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Director). In addition to her directing and performance work, Katie has also served as the President of the University Theatre Guild and an Artistic Direct

AYLI Artist Profile: Clarissa Smith-Hernandez

Clarissa Smith-Hernandez is the Assistant Director for Shrewd's production of As You Like It. About Clarissa Clarissa Smith-Hernandez is from El Paso, Texas and has recently made her home here in Austin. She is the founder of Green Apple Theatre Collective, in where she produced and directed John Cameron Mitchel’s ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ in 2007 and again in 2011 as well as Topdog/Underdog by Suzanne-Lori Parks in 2012. Clarissa hopes to continue to grow her Green Apple Collective tree here in Austin in hopes that she can help to provide the theatre community a place to play and perform all genres of work. Clarissa has performed with the University of Texas at El Paso’s (UTEP) Dinner

AYLI Artist Profile: Mindy Griffin

Mindy Griffin is the Stage Manager for Shrewd's upcoming production of As You Like It. About Mindy Mindy Griffin graduated from Southwestern University with a BA in theatre, and a shamefully low GPA, but hey, if you’ve got good grades, you’re devoting too much time to studying and not enough time to the theatre. Since then she has worked as the resident stage manager, prop master, company manager and master of excellence at Know Theatre of Cincinnati, prop goddess at Bristol Valley Theatre in Naples, NY, and an assortment of other stage managey proppy jobs here and there. For the past five years, she has served on the board of directors for Last Act Theatre Company, as well as being the pr

AYLI Artist Profile: Michael Mergen

Michael Mergen plays Corin and Charles the Wrestler in Shrewd's upcoming production of As You Like It. About Michael Michael has 20 years theater and film experience, with more than 40 productions to his credit as an actor, producer, director and designer. Michael has appeared in more than 20 Shakespearean and other Elizabethan plays, with companies including Shakespeare at Winedale, Austin Free Shakespeare Society, Bedlam Faction and Hidden Room. Most recently, Michael was honored to be chosen to play Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream for the 45th Anniversary Reunion of Shakespeare at Winedale. Michael is also a company member of Rude Mechs theater collective. Why are you excited

AYLI Artist Profile: Lily Wolff

Lily Wolff directs Shrewd's upcoming production of As You Like It. Why are you excited about this production of As You Like It? I'm so pleased to be collaborating with Shrewd Productions on their first Shakespeare play! I had the privilege of working under Shannon as an Assistant Director for Liz Fisher's DEUS EX MACHINA. I continue to be inspired by Shrewd's mission to support new work, women's voices and emerging artists. AS YOU LIKE IT is an exquisite choice for Shrewd with gender fluidity and sexual ambiguity, indeed, identity, swirling at the center of what this play is about. After a major push to invest in new work and new play development, approaching a classical work again has been

AYLI Artist Profile: Valoneecia Tolbert

Valoneecia Tolbert plays Phoebe in Shrewd's upcoming production of As You Like It. About Valoneecia Valoneecia Tolbert is an Austin Texas Native (Unicorn!). She spent her last seven years in New York as a broker before falling back in love with acting and working with groups like My Own Delirium, and on the OWN Networks "Unfaithful". Previously in Austin, you may have seen her in works with Austin Shakespeare Festival, The Vestige Group, Yellowtape Productions and Pro-Arts Theatre. Why are you excited about this production of As You Like It? This is Val's second time in As You Like It and her first time to perform with Shrewd Productions. It has been several years since she's been on stage

AYLI Artist Profile: Kevin Moxley

Kevin Moxley plays Sylvius in Shrewd's upcoming production of As You Like It. About Kevin Still a relatively new arrival to Austin, Kevin’s only local credit was with The City Theatre’s recent production of The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. Kevin has performed across the country in a variety of disciplines including circus, dance, and opera. A big proponent of high-quality performance for and with young audiences (death to pedantic singing/dancing vegetables!), Kevin spends his time offstage working as a Teaching Artist. Why are you excited about this production of As You Like It? When you’re in an audition and you feel excited about a play because of the care given to the text by the dire

AYLI Artist Profile: Robin Grace Thompson

Robin Grace Thompson plays Celia in Shrewd's upcoming production of As You Like It. About Robin Robin Grace Thompson (Celia) is a teaching artist and museum director/curator here in Austin. She spends her summers out in the piney woods with Camp Shakespeare at Winedale and is excited to be working on Shakespeare back in the big city. She holds a BA in Theater from St Edward’s University and was a member of the Actor's Theatre of Louisville Acting Apprentice Program in ’05-‘06. This is her first time to perform with Shrewd and most of the actors in this magical ensemble. She has previously worked with Whirligig, ScriptWorks, Mary Moody Northen Theatre, Palindrome Theatre, Salvage Vanguard The

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