Meet the Cast of the Winter’s Tale: Grant Goodman

Grant Goodman (Leontes)

Grant Goodman (Leontes)

Grant Goodman (Leontes, the King of Sicilia) is thrilled to be “back home again in Indiana” to perform at The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. Off-Broadway credits include: Antony & Cleopatra, The Merchant of Venice (Theatre for a New Audience), King Lear, The Iliad (Lincoln Center), Richard II (New York City Center/Pearl Theatre) and Pericles (Red Bull) among others.  Regional credits include extensive work with: Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, D.C.), The Old Globe, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Court Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, PlayMaker’s Repertory Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, the Illinois, Kentucky, and Utah Shakespeare Festivals, and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey among many others. Television credits include: As the World Turns and Sex and the City. Training: Graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Grant was recently selected to represent the U.S. in the International Actors’ Fellowship at The Globe Theatre in London this coming fall.


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Meet the Cast of The Winter’s Tale: Joneal Joplin

Joneal Joplin (Camillo)

Joneal Joplin (Camillo)

Joneal “Jop” Joplin (Camillo) is pleased to be making his debut at NDSF with The Winter’s Tale. He has appeared in over 300 productions throughout the U.S. and Canada. Recent roles have included Tony Reilly in Outside Mullingar, The Old Actor in The Fantastiks!, Monseigneur Ryan in Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, Uncle Ben in Death of a Salesman, Selsdon Mowbray in Noises Off, Northumberland in Henry IV, Archbishop and King Louis in Henry V, Candy in Of Mice and Men, John of Gaunt in Richard II and Captain Smith in Titanic. He has performed at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Missouri Rep, South Coast Rep, The Muny Opera, Dallas Theatre Center, Atlanta Theatre Under The Stars, Kansas City Starlight, The Hangar Theatre, Country Dinner Playhouse, Indianapolis Starlight, Theatre on the Square, Ensemble Theatre, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, The Human Race Theatre, Actor’s Studio, and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company to name a few. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity, the proud father of two splendid actors, Jen and Jared, and the proud husband for 53 years of his lovely bride, Janie.


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Meet the Cast of The Winter’s Tale: Shanara Gabrielle

Shanara Gabrielle (Hermione)

Shanara Gabrielle (Hermione)

Shanara Gabrielle (Queen Hermione) is happy to be joining the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival for this production of The Winter’s Tale! Regional highlights include: A Christmas Carol (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville), Blithe Spirit (Great Lakes Theatre/Idaho Shakespeare), Clybourne Park, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth (St. Louis Repertory Theatre), Ilona in She Loves Me (Guthrie Theater), Black Pearl Sings!(The Black Rep), The Love List (American Heartland Theatre), Othello, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Twelfth Night (Great River Shakespeare Festival), Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Cooking With Elisa (Upstream Theatre), Guys and Dolls, Lend Me a Tenor (Northern Stage). NYC highlights include: The Wild Party, The Truth, Meet Me In St. Louis, The American Girls Revue, In The Mood. Film/TV highlights include: Chicago Fire, Conviction, Guiding Light, numerous commercials and independent films. BFA – Webster Conservatory, Princess Grace Foundation Award, AEA, SAG-AFTRA. For more information visit shanaragabrielle.com.


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Meet the Cast of The Winter’s Tale: L. Peter Callender

L. Peter Callender (Antigonus/Old Shepherd)

L. Peter Callender (Antigonus/Old Shepherd)

L. Peter Callender (Antigonus/Old Shepherd) is Artistic Director of African-American Shakespeare Company in San Francisco, California, and a proud member of Actors Equity Association. As an Associate Artist at California Shakespeare Theater, Mr Callender has appeared in over 50 plays over the years. Favorites include: Leontes (Winter’s Tale), Laertes (Hamlet), Orsino (Twelfth Night), Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Antony (Julius Caesar), Leonato (Much Ado About Nothing), Roebuck Ramsden (Man and Superman), Colonel Pickering (Pygmalion) and Bolingbrook (Richard II). He has appeared on Broadway in Prelude to a Kiss and on several noted Bay Area stages: Berkeley Rep (SPUNK), A.C.T (The Tempest), San Jose Stage (RACE), Aurora Theater (Breakfast with Mugabe, Permanent Collection). Mr Callender is the recipient of several acting awards and is also a Visiting Professor at Stanford University teaching Acting Shakespeare.


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Meet the Cast of The Winter’s Tale: Jens Rasmussen

Jens Rasmussen (Polixenes)

Jens Rasmussen (Polixenes)

Jens Rasmussen (Polixenes, the King of Bohemia) has performed Off-Broadway in I Came to Look for You on Tuesday, La Ma Ma ETC; Stories from the 99%, Working Theatre; The Strangest, HERE; Carry the Tiger to the Mountain, Pan Asian Rep, The Fundamentalist, Scandinavian American Theatre Co. His regional credits include Skin Tight, Studio Theatre; Conference of the Birds, Folger; Merchant of Venice, Milwaukee Rep; 20th Century Way, Know Theatre of Cincinnati. FILM: The Rebuild, Attack of the Morningside Monster, Survivor Type. Find more information at jensrasmussen.info.


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Meet the Winter’s Tale Cast: Wendy Robie

Wendy Robie (Paulina)

Wendy Robie (Paulina)

Wendy Robie (Paulina) has recent credits in Chicago including The Game’s Afoot with Drury Lane Theatre, Southbridge with Chicago Dramatists, Cyrano de Bergerac, Private Lives, Richard III, Hamlet, and Hecuba with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Sense and Sensibility with Northlight Theatre, Float with About Face, Mother Courage and her Children with Steppenwolf, Trojan Women  with The Goodman Theatre (Jeff nom. for best supporting actress), and A Delicate Balance with Remy Bumppo. Outside the U.S., Robie appeared as “Regan” in Brian Bedford’s King Lear at the 2007 Stratford Festival of Canada, and as “Bishop” in Joan Dark with the Linz, Austria 09 Kulturhouptstadt. Regional credits include the Illinois Shakespeare Festival 2013 Season; The Actors’ Theatre of Louisville; Kansas City Repertory; Arizona Theatre Company; Broadway in Texas, Austin; Portland Repertory Theatre, and South Coast Repertory Theatre (Dramalogue Award, lead actress). Film credits include Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs, and the recently released Were the World Mine. T.V. credits include Star Trek, DS9, and two seasons as “Nadine” in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Robie received the Chicago After Dark Award for Outstanding Season for 2005.


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Meet the Cast of The Winter’s Tale: Giles Davies

Over the coming weeks, we’ll introduce the principal actors of our Professional Company productions: The Winter’s Tale and William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged).  Starting with the character whose profession is self-described as “a snatcher-up of unconsidered trifles,” Autolycus is part thief, part con-man, wordsmith, and ballad-singer, and one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedic creations. Playing the role is Giles Davies.   -NDSF Staff

Giles Davis (Autolycus)

Giles Davies (Autolycus)


Giles Davies (Autolycus) was born in Hong Kong and is of British descent.  He grew up watching his parents on stage and acted from the age of five.  He received his undergraduate degree from Ball State University, and then traveled the globe, performing his solo work wherever possible. After graduating from The Ohio State University’s graduate program (with a specialty in creating solo work), he immediately joined the ensemble with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.  Currently living in Tampa, he is in Cincinnati over the next year as a visiting professor at The University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music & Drama. He loves teaching, directing, and the tropics.  Favorite past roles include Coriolanus, Macbeth, Richard III, Dracula, Frankenstein (solo), Caliban in The Tempest, and Vladimir in Waiting for Godot.


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