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.
Hunter Paul will be performing the role of Richmond in Richard III. Recent credits include: The Importance of Being Earnest (Algy), The Tempest (Ferdinand), Macbeth (Angus) and Woyzeck (ensemble).
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.
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 Tongues, Laurel 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 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.