Teaching Artists

Bay Area Shakespeare Camps are led by trained theatre professionals!

Akaina Ghosh

Akaina Ghosh+ Resident Artist

Akaina Ghosh trained with One Year Lease and New York Stage and Film while attending Vassar College in New York, where they received a BA in Drama as well as a BA in Philosophy. Akaina’s specialties include music composition, devised theater, and ensemble performance. Recent performances with SF Shakes include Silvius in As You Like It and Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Akaina is passionate about reconstructing historically significant narratives through a feminist lens and generating new works that center feminine and non-binary voices and perspectives. Follow Akaina at akainaghosh.com.

Amelia Adams

Amelia Adams+ Resident Artist

Amelia Adams is a performer, director, choreographer specializing in clowning, mask work, puppetry, and partner acrobatics. She is a Resident Artist with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and a teaching artist with The Quinan Street Project, Cal Shakes, Performing Academy, Arabian Shakespeare Festival and Circus of Smiles. Amelia performs with Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Berkeley's Balinese performing ensemble. Recent credits include Malvolio/Sebastian in Twelfth Night with the Arabian Shakespeare Festival. Amelia's solo work has premiered at SF Fringe and Utopia Theatre Project. She wrote and directed Fortune's Fool, a theatrical circus inspired by the Odyssey. She has toured commedia dell'arte shows to Fringe festivals on both coasts with her company AlulA Ensemble. Amelia is a graduate of Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.

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Ayelet Schrek Teaching Artist

Ayelet Schrek works as a professional theatre artist and educator throughout the Bay Area. She is thrilled to be back at SF Shakes for her 18th season, and her 7th as a teaching artist. She has directed, taught, acted, and been a playwright for Playground SF, 3Girls, 6NewPlays Collective, SF Olympians Festival, PianoFight's Shortlived, Hearthfire Theatre, Pint Sized Plays, Young Playwrights Inc, Artists’ Theater of Boston, among others. She holds a BA in English and minors in Theater Arts and in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation from Brandeis University, and currently works as Production Manager for the Jewish Community High School of the Bay's Theater Department. She also enjoys costuming, acting coaching, prop construction, and a wide variety of non-theatrical artistic pursuits.

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Carolina Morones Teaching Artist

Carolina is an Actor and Bilingual Teaching Artist focused on theatre that empowers through poetry and movement. She returns to the Bay Area after 7 seasons in residence at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Graduate of Santa Clara University with a BA in Theatre & Performance and of Kent State University with an MFA in Acting. Currently in her 2nd year teaching in-school residency programs for A.C.T in San Francisco, and is excited to be teaching this fall at Studio A.C.T. Most recently she played the role of Sonia Sotomayor in She Persisted, the Musical at Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Beatrice in Shakespeare In Detroit’s Much Ado Para Nada and Darushka in Central Works’ Ward 6.

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Christian Haines Manager

Christian Haines is the founding Artistic Director of Amios in NYC and the Producing Artistic Director of ShotzSF in San Francisco. Directing credits include: Boeing Boeing (coming up at RVP), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Tides), A Message (Arabian Shakespeare Festival), Heroes and Other Strangers (Best of Fringe NYC), Strictly Convenience (Fourfold Productions), Icarus' Mother (Actors Theatre of San Francisco) and a bunch of Shotz plays. Ensemble creations include: Brundibar (The Actors Center), Aloyisius in New York (Amios), Woyzeck, (Wits End). As an Actor he has been seen in The Elephant Man, Romeo & Juliet, Miss Julie, Death of a Salesman, Macbeth, King John, Woyzeck, Richard III, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Trip to Bountiful and dozens more. Mr. Haines holds an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory.

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David Everett Moore*+ Resident Artist

David is a Bay Area actor and teaching artist. A Resident Artist of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, David has performed in numerous Free Shakespeare in the Park productions as well as the SF Shakes School Tour, and has taught in the Midnight Shakespeare program along with other in-school residencies. As an actor, David has worked with several regional and local theaters, including Crowded Fire Theater, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Marin Shakespeare Company, Word for Word, Just Theater, and Marin Theatre Company. David also teaches with Tomorrow Youth Repertory, and has worked as a Teaching Artist at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. David is a proud graduate of UC Berkeley and its Theater and Performance Studies program.

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Ed Gonzales Moreno Teaching Artist

Ed Gonzalez Moreno is a Bay Area Based Actor in the Film, Theater, and Commercial Industry as well as a Teaching Artist. He has spent the beginning of this year understudying for Berkeley Rep in Metamorphoses and Cal Shakes in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Recent credits include: Ivan in Chekhov’s Ward 6 at Central Works, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at SF Shakespeare Festival and Pompey in Measure for Measure at Marin Shakespeare Company.

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Ella Ruth Francis+ Teaching Artist

Ella is a writer and performer who first came in contact with SF Shakes in their summer camps when she was 6 and fell completely in love with the Bard's language. Since then she completed the actor training program with the Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA). Some favorite acting credits include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (SF Shakes) and Natalie in Next to Normal (Los Altos Stage).

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Emily Cooper Teaching Artist

Emily Cooper is thrilled to be teaching at SF Shakes this summer. She's a Bay Area native with over eighteen years of theatre and performance training, including five years of study at Oakland School for the Arts. She recently graduated from The University of the Arts with BFA in Directing, Playwriting, and Production. Emily has worked with California Shakespeare Theatre and Theatre Philadelphia, and just finished a year-long education and artistic direction internship with Marin Theatre Company. Past directing credits include Icecream, To The Sticking Place, Metamorphize, Wet Nurse, Dim the Lights, and Milk. www.emilyrosecooper.com

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Halli Gibson Teaching Artist

After receiving her BFA in Acting and Theatre Arts, Halli jumped into the world of theatre education. She wrote and produced two original scripts for Hanby Middle School in Gold Hill, Oregon. She then moved to the Bay Area teaching playwriting, acting, voice and movement, dance, directing, and arts integration with TheatreWorks, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, San Carlos Children’s Theatre, and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Currently, Gibson is pioneering a theatre program through Cornerstone Academy in San Jose, California, and working as the costume supervisor for Palo Alto High School’s theatre department. Gibson is also in the process of spearheading her company, Glover’s Son Theatre, first season. GST is committed to breathing life into Shakespeare’s classics through new and devised work that fully represents the vast array of peoples and life experiences in our world.

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Henry Alper Teaching Artist

Henry Alper is a longtime member of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival family, since  joining as a camper in the first grade! The Festival is what sparked his love of Shakespeare and has kept him coming back ever since. He is currently on a gap year while pursuing his BFA in theater at Emerson College. He has taught previously with SFShakes, most recently As You Like It this past summer. As a performer, he most recently could be seen as the titular role in Hamlet with Pale Fire Theater, the Palo-Alto based community theater he founded. He’d like to thank SFShakes for sticking with him for over a decade.

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Holly Vander Hyde Teaching Artist

Holly Vander Hyde is originally from Palmdale, in Los Angeles County, where she grew up acting, singing, and dancing. She recently graduated from PCPA, where she took part in productions such as Peter Pan, Freaky Friday, and Shakespeare in Love. She has taken part in numerous student productions there, such as Macbeth, where she played the role of Lady Macbeth. She will be attending Cornish College of the Arts in the fall to pursue a BFA in Theatre.

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Isabelle Bushkov Teaching Artist

Isabelle Bushkov will be joining the SF Shakes community as a teaching artist this year after working as an education intern for the past three summers. Isabelle, a recent graduate of Lowell High School, is looking forward to attending Northeastern University in the fall. She was involved in her high school’s theatre department through acting in the annual plays, landing roles such as Olivia in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Elektra in Robert Turney’s Daughters of Atreus, and directing scenes and one-acts for the Advanced Drama class. She also won the school branch of the English Speak Union’s National Shakespeare Competition in 2017 and 2018 and went on to compete at the regional level both times. Up until recently, Isabelle was the lead artistic director and producer for MoveAbout Theatre, a Bay Area, student-run theatre organization for which she directed Spider’s Web by Agatha Christie and, most recently, Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare.

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Iven Webster Teaching Artist

Iven is a theatre practioner who is excited to work with children on some of his favorite plays and stories. He has an M.A. in Classical and Contemporary Text from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He graduated from PCPA (class of 2017), where he played Donald in You Can’t Take it With You, Richmond Soldier in Richard III, and was a featured actor in a Conservatory Project, Community Speaks! For Patriotism.

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Jacob Alcazar Teaching Artist

Jacob is a Bay Area native and a graduate of PCPA (Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts) where he performed and received extensive training as an actor, ranging from classical to contemporary, Shakespeare, singing, dancing, movement, stage combat, and more. His most recent shows are Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Tom Stoppard's Shakespeare in Love. Jacob has also studied with Margo Hall and Dov Hassan at Chabot College, and has worked with and observed many wonderful directors who have shaped his understanding of theater in a way that has inspired him to pass along the knowledge and trade to our youth.

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Joshua Merwise Teaching Artist

Joshua is a native San Franciscan and a sophomore at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He is a Theatre Arts major and soon to be psychology minor. This past school year he starred in LMU's New Works Festival, and in a YouTube series with the school's on-campus production company, ROAR Studios. He has been acting since age seven and grew up attending Bay Area Shakespeare Camp. Earlier this summer he worked for the camp as an Education Intern. This session, he is a Teaching Artist, directing As You Like It and teaching Voice and Movement class. He hopes to become a professional actor and is currently writing a screenplay.

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Marie Sadd Teaching Artist

Marie Sadd (she/her) is a recent graduate of Santa Clara University, where she majored in theatre. She made her professional debut at Cal Shakes in The War of the Roses. Her dedication to Shakespeare led her to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival summer seminar for high school juniors in 2014. She has also studied Shakespeare at Queen Mary University of London.

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Maryssa Wanlass*+ Resident Artist

Maryssa is an SF Shakes Resident Artist and Bay Area based actor, director, and teaching artist. On the SF Shakes stage she has played Lady Macduff in Macbeth, Hermione in Winter's Tale and Horatio in Hamlet. Other regional performance credits include As You Like It (CalShakes), Breaking The Code and Book Club Play (Jewel Theatre Company), As You Like It, Hamlet, Merry Wives of Windsor (Livermore Shakespeare Festival), Betrayal (Pear Avenue Theatre), Persuasion (San Jose Stage), Crime and Punishment (San Jose Repertory Theatre), Enchanted April, Witness for the Prosecution (Center REPertory Company), Much Ado About Nothing, Good Person of Szechuan (Woman's Will), How I Learned to Drive, Gaslight (Hapgood Theatre Company), Picture of Dorian Gray, All About Eve (Theatre Rhinoceros). As Engagement Director for the Festival, Wanlass is helping to carry out SF Shakes' mission of making all our communities understand that their stories are as powerful and vital as Shakespeare's.

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Michaela Stewart Manager

Michaela Stewart is very proud to be celebrating her 9th year as a teaching artist and manager with SF Shakes! A Bay Area native, Michaela has been involved in the performing arts for over 13 years, working as an actress, director, assistant director, choreographer, dancer, musician, and teacher for several companies including SF Shakes, the California Theatre Center, and Los Altos Youth Theatre--where she has been involved as an actor and/or staff member in over 25 productions. Michaela attended Chapman University, where she received a B.F.A. in Film Production with an emphasis in directing, as well as attending Second City's Harold Ramis Film School in Chicago. More info at www.cinemamichaela.com

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Myles Romo Teaching Artist

Myles is excited to join the teaching staff at San Francisco Shakespeare Festival after having toured with the company as Romeo. Other credits include: King Pelias in Argonautika (PCPA), Mr. Henderson in You Can't Take It With You (PCPA), Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (Delta Drama), and El-Fayoumy in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Delta Drama).

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Nick Trengove Teaching Artist

Nick Trengove is a California born-and-raised actor, currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. After graduating from UC Berkeley, he worked as a professional actor in the SF Bay Area for 5 years, performing in a multitude of workshops, classical and contemporary plays, and new works. He was nominated for a Theater Bay Area Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Orin Scrivello (The Dentist) in Altarena Playhouse's production of Little Shop of Horrors. In 2015, he relocated to Chicago to attend The Theatre School at DePaul University's prestigious MFA program in Acting. During the 3-year program, he performed in DePaul's mainstage productions, including Tarell Alvin McCraney's drag Wig Out! and a wholly-devised thesis production on the nonviolent movements of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. After graduating in 2018, he performed for a short while in Chicago's incredible storefront theater scene. In 2019, he returned to the Bay Area and, bolstered by his training and experience, is thrilled to see what this new chapter has in store for him.

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Rachel Share-Sapolsky Teaching Artist

Rachel Share-Sapolsky is thrilled to once again be returning to her roots at SF Shakes, having started as a camper in the program at age five. Since then, she has continued to pursue theatre, performing around the Bay Area in locales such as SF Playhouse, ACT, and Hillbarn Theater, as well as in summer stock at The Muny in St. Louis. Rachel is currently studying Theater, Dance and Media as well as Psychology at Harvard University and enjoys being part of the vibrant arts community there. She also teaches with Harvard’s STAGE program, which brings theater to public schools in Boston. Rachel can’t wait to help ignite a love of Shakespeare in campers just as it was ignited in her.

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Rainier Pearl-Styles Teaching Artist

Rainier Pearl-Styles (she/her/hers) is thrilled to be back at SFShakes this summer, where she began her career as an actor and teaching artist after coming up through their intern program. Last summer, Rainier had the opportunity to train and work at Bard on the Beach in Vancouver, Canada. She just graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Theatre Studies, and will pursue theatre education in Boston next year. Her favorite Shakespeare play is The Winter's Tale and her favorite quote is "Let the sky rain potatoes!"


Regina Morones+ Resident Artist

Regina is a native Bay Area actor, singer, educator, a resident artist at San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and a company member at Ubuntu Theater Project. She was recently seen as Meredith in Woman Laughing Alone With Salad at Shotgun Players. Bay Area credits include Woman On Fire (Those Women Productions), Richard III, The Winter's Tale (African American Shakespeare Company), Palace Wreckers, Strange Ladies (Central Works Theater Company), A Streetcar Named Desire, Mother Courage (Ubuntu Theater Project), Love Sick (Jewish Circle Theater), Othello (Marin Shakespeare Company), and Romeo & Juliet (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival). As a Resident Artist Regina is committed to creating theater that uplifts the voiceless, empowers the youth, and promotes unity in her community. www.reginamorones.com

Robyn Grahn

Robyn Grahn+ Resident Artist

Robyn Grahn has been seen in the last two years in the San Francisco Shakespeare Tour and she's loved it! She's thrilled to join the RA Company this year and looks forward to collaborating with all the talent and art in the company. Favorite roles include Adriana and the Courtesan (Comedy of Errors), Viola (Twelfth Night), Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet), and Phoebe (As You Like It). She studied with ACT and the Moscow Art Theatre School. robyngrahn.com

Ryan Lee

Ryan Lee Teaching Artist

Ryan recently moved from New York City, where he worked as an actor, director, and theatre teacher. He has enjoyed working in Regional Theatres around the country such as Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Artists Repertory Theatre, Rubicon Theatre Co, Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, Sierra Repertory Theatre, and Ensemble Theatre Co, having played such Shakespearean roles as Hamlet, Berowne, Feste, Mark Antony, Polixenes, Cassio, Edgar and ALL OF THE ROLES in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As a teacher, he currently teaches for Livermore Shakespeare Festival, and has taught for Bishop O’Dowd High School, the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, Queens Theatre, Stagedoor Manor, and was an adjunct professor at Lee Strasberg Institute, NYU and CSULB. He was the Artistic Director and teacher of a theatre education program in NYC, where he taught in over one hundred public schools. www.ryanleetheatre.com

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Sean Garahan+ Resident Artist

Sean is an actor, teaching artist, and performing arts everyman. When he’s not acting he’s either tour managing a rock band, teaching theatre to all ages, or working stage crew at a Bay Area theatre. Sean earned a BA in Theatre from Emerson College in 2008, is an EMC member of Actor’s Equity, and is a Resident Artist with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. You can follow what he’s currently working on at seangarahan.com

Sydney Schwindt

Sydney Schwindt+ Resident Artist

Sydney is an actor, fight director, teaching artist, and visual artist. She joined the SF Shakes family in 2015 playing Rosalind in the tour of As You Like It. Favorite acting credits include: Laertes Hamlet, SF Shakes; Sally Ride She Persisted the Musical: Bay Area Children’s Theatre; Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Benvolio Romeo and Juliet, Helena Landless Mystery of Edwin Drood Davis Shakespeare Festival; Cassandra Jihad Jones & the Kalashnikov Babes Arabian Shakespeare Festival; Hartford Stage, Berkeley Rep, Mirage Entertainment, The Hampton Theatre Company. Education: BFA Hartt School of Music, Dance, and Theatre, Accademia dell’Arte, Society of American Fight Directors, DAI, SF Clown Conservatory. www.sydney-schwindt.com

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Trevor March Teaching Artist

Trevor is an actor, singer, and storyteller based out of LA. He most recently played Cornelius in Hello, Dolly, and some of his other favorite past roles include: Gabe in Next to Normal, Finch in How to Succeed, and Davey in The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Trevor is a proud graduate of The Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) and is originally from the Bay Area. Trevor also has studied at The Groundlings and has a large background in Improv. He is very excited to be joining the teaching staff at SF Shakes and can't wait to share his love of this art. Trevor-March.com

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Will Shattuc+ Resident Artist

Will Shattuc is an Oakland-born and Oakland-based director, playwright, teaching artist, and graphic designer. An SF Shakes legacy, they got their start at a 2001 camp as Marc Antony wearing a pillowcase, and have since gone on to Assistant Direct The Winter's Tale and serve on the 35 Speeches Committee. They started and run Oakland Classical Theater Co., dedicated to putting on free work with under-30 artists in Oakland; they have since performed Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing. They also do the graphic design for a number of companies, including SF Shakes. Will graduated from Hampshire College with a B.A., focusing on ensemble theater and conservation ecology. They are an alumni of the Shakespeare Academy at Stratford, CT, and studied Viewpoints at Divadlo Archa in Prague. Their play Voidmother was workshopped at the New Works Lab in Stratford.