Our Richard III poster

Richard III PosterI hope we’re not stealing thunder from The Shirt, but we’re very excited to unveil our poster for Richard III designed by Chantelle Snyder, photo by Paul Cerro, Richard – Michael Gotch

Tickets for Richard III go on sale on April 26, 2013 at Noon.

Elizabeth Ledo as Anne in Richard III

Elizabeth Ledo

Elizabeth Ledo

Elizabeth Ledo returns for her fifth season at the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival having appeared last year as Ophelia in Hamlet, and previously as Narissa in The Merchant of Venice, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Adriana in The Comedy of Errors. Elizabeth grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but has been based in Chicago for the past 18 years. Chicago credits include As You Like It, Amadeus, A Midsummer Nights Dream and Funk It Up About Nothin’ (Chicago Shakespeare); The Comedy of Errors, The Illusion, Titus Andronicus, Uncle Vanya and The Real Thing (Court); Homebody/Kabul and Morningstar (Steppenwolf); Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple (Drury Lane Oakbrook); Boleros for the Disenchanted (Goodman); The Homosexuals and Say You Love Satan (About Face Theatre); Arms and the Man (Writers’ Theatre), The Chalk Garden (Northlight); and The Old Curiosity Shop (Lookingglass Theatre). Her regional credits include Arcadia (Indiana Repertory) and over 20 productions with Milwaukee Repertory. Elizabeth is also a voice-over talent and can be heard on numerous commercials, video games and The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas produced by Falcon Picture Group. She is a proud graduate of Loyola University of Chicago. We are looking forward to her portrayal of Lady Anne.

Matt Daniels to make his NDSF Debut in Richard III

Matt Daniels

Matt Daniels

Matt Daniels makes his Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival debut in the roles of Clarence and Tyrell in our upcoming production of Richard III. Based in Milwaukee, his recent credits include the title role in Jeeves in Bloom at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents at Forward Theater, The Chosen at In Tandem Theater, and A Wrinkle in Time at First Stage. He has also appeared at Milwaukee Shakespeare, the Illinois and North Carolina Shakespeare Festivals, Lake Geneva Theatre Co., Shakespeare Project of Chicago, Kentucky Rep., Seven Angels Theater, and on many independent stages in New York. His directing work has been seen in Milwaukee and New York, and he is Associate Director of First Stage Theater Academy’s Young Company, where he teaches Viewpoints, Shakespeare, and Voice. An avid ukulelist, Matt enjoys Ukulele Hour with Il Bazzone’s Wondrous Jumping Flea Circus. Training: Juilliard. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Meet Laura Gordon

Laura Gordon

Laura Gordon

Our director for Richard III, Laura Gordon, is currently receiving rave reviews for her performance in Forward Theater’s Good People. Check out one of the reviews here. And here is some more information about Laura: Laura Gordon joins the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival for the first time this season.  An Associate Artist at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Laura works both as a director and an actor.  Her directing credits include: Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Winter’s Tale (Utah Shakespeare Festival); The Royal Family and Old Times (American Players Theater);  Twelfth Night (Optimist Theater); Well (Milwaukee Chamber Theater); Going to St. Ives (Forward Theater); Skin Tight (Renaissance Theaterworks); In the Next Room or the vibrator play (Actors Theater of Louisville); and Speaking In TonguesLaurel and Hardy, Almost Maine, Seascape, and I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda (Milwaukee Rep). As a long time member of the Resident Acting Company at the Milwaukee Rep, Laura has appeared in over 75 productions including The Diary of Anne Frank (Edith Frank), Death of a Salesman (Linda Loman), Doubt (Sister Aloysius), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Maureen), Mary Stuart (Queen Elizabeth), Richard III (Elizabeth), Twelfth Night (Olivia), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Princess of France), Copenhagen (Margrethe) and The Crucible (Elizabeth).  She was honored with a Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship in 2010.

Jonathan Weir as Lord Stanley in Richard III

Jonathan Weir

Jonathan Weir

Jonathan Weir makes his NDSF debut this summer in the role of Lord Stanley in Richard III. Chicago based, he recently appeared as Geronte in The Liar at Writers Theatre. Other Writers Theatre credits: Frederik Egerman in A Little Night Music, Arms and the Man, Misalliance, Bach at Leipzg, Doctors Dilemma, The Father and Booth. Chicago credits include The Governor in Candide, Ten seasons of A Christmas Carol, The Visit (Goodman Theatre) The Emperor’s New Clothes

(Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) Sunset Blvd. and Ragtime (Drury Lane Oakbrook) Stepping Out (Steppenwolf Theatre) The First, State Fair (Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre) Regional credits include performances at Shakespeare Theatre Co in DC., Skylight Opera Theatre and Next Act Theatre. National tours include; Mob Boss Gyp DeCarlo and other in Jersey Boys, Scar and Pumbaa in Disney’s The Lion King and Scrooge the Musical (US premier). Jonathan is an adjunct professor of theatre in the Dept. of Fine and Performing Arts at Loyola University Chicago.

Maureen Gallagher to Play The Duchess of York in Richard III

Maureen Gallagher

Maureen Gallagher

Maureen Gallagher returns to the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival in the role of The Duchess of York. She has been a member of the companies of Cymbeline (Belaria), The Comedy of Errors (Emilia), and Romeo and Juliet (the Nurse). As a long-time Chicago actor, she has performed at many of the city’s theatres including Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Victory Gardens, Northlight, and Court Theatre. Roles include Paulina in The Winter’s Tale, Goneril in King Lear, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Peggotty in David Copperfield, Meg in The Birthday Party, Helen in The Infidel, and Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst, for which she received a Joseph Jefferson Award. Playwriting has become a big part of her work in the theatre. Her play Martin Furey’s Shot, about a photojournalist, was produced at TimeLine Theatre in Chicago. Her new play, Comrades Mine / Emma Edmonds of the Union Army premiered in April at City Lit Theate as part of their five year project marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Saren Nofs-Snyder as Queen Elizabeth

Saren Nofs-Snyder

Saren Nofs-Snyder

Saren Nofs-Snyder will be making her debut with the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival in the role of Queen Elizabeth. As as Jeff Nominated, Chicago based actor, Saren has worked with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Lookingglass, Remy Bumppo, Piven Theatre, and many others. Regionally, she has appeared at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Artists Repertory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, Michigan Shakespeare, and Door Shakespeare, among many others. Favorite roles include Lady Croom in Arcadia, Masha in Three Sisters, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Mrs. Cheveley in An Ideal Husband, and May in Once in a Lifetime a role for which she received a Drammy Award (Portland, Oregon) for Actress in a Lead Role. Saren worked with Lanford Wilson on his 2006 revision of Sympathetic Magic, originating the role of Barbara. Saren holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

La Shawn Banks Returns to NDSF to Play the Duke of Buckingham

La Shawn Banks

La Shawn Banks will play the role of the Duke of Buckingham in this season’s Richard III. La Shawn returns to Notre Dame for a third season where he was last seen in Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors. Chicago credits: The Liar, Travels With My Aunt, Old Glory, The Turn of the Screw, Othello, The Duchess of Malfi and To the Green Fields Beyond (Writers’ Theatre), The Island (Remy Bumppo Theatre) Edward II (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Execution of Justice (About Face Theatre), A Year With Frog and Toad (Chicago Children’s Theatre) and five seasons of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre). Regional credits: Twelfth Night, Richard III, Troilus & Cressida, The Liar, The Taming of the Shrew and Of Mice and Men (American Players Theatre). Around the World in 80 Days (Indiana Repertory) and the Amen Corner (Cleveland Playhouse).

Barbara Robertson as Queen Margaret

Barbara Robertson

Barbara Robertson

Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival welcomes Barbara Robertson who will play the role of Queen Margaret in Richard III, August 20 through September 1, 2013.

Barbara Robertson recently did Julius Caesar at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre where she has also performed in Hamlet, A Little Night Music, Winter’s Tale, Kabuki Lady Macbeth, King Lear, and Antony and Cleopatra.
She’s received numerous awards. In addition to tours of Wicked and Angels In America I & II, and Kabuki Medea, Chicago theatre credits include: The Detective’s Wife; (Writers’ Theatre), The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?; Camino Real; House & Garden; Pal Joey; Black Snow; (Goodman Theatre), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?; Mary Stuart; La Bete; (Court Theatre), Working; Love, Loss and What I Wore; Grand Hotel;(Broadway Playhouse), Pursued By Happiness; Secret Rapture; (Steppenwolf Theatre Company),Yeast Nation (ATC), Hard Times (Lookingglass Theatre Company), Emma’s Child (Victory Gardens). Film credits include The Company; A Straight Story; After Christmas; Hunter and LOL. Television credits include projects for NBC, CBS. Paramount and Disney. Barbara’s a member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA and teacher at Columbia College.