Cast of As You Like It

“They have their Exits and their Entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts…”

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* Member, Actors' Equity Association
+ Resident Artist of San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

Michael Austin

Michael Barrett Austin* Orlando

Most recently, Michael has performed in Finks at TheatreWorks, The Elephant Man at Hillbarn Theatre (Treves), and in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Me and My Girl (Parchester) and Baker Street (Moriarty) at 42nd Street Moon. Recent appearances also include Boeing Boeing (San Jose Stage), Red Hot Patriot with Kathleen Turner (Berkeley Rep) and the world premiere of Manic Pixie Dream Girl (New York International Fringe Festival), and other favorite outings are Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (SF Playhouse), Dracula (Center Rep), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Berkeley Rep) and of course The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, which started at Shakespeare at Stinson and toured to Florence, Italy. Michael has also worked locally with The Aurora, The Magic, CalShakes, Pac Rep and others, toured the country with The National Theatre for Children and appeared on television, on film and in countless commercials. He is a member of Just Theater and PlayGround, and is the proud husband of Emily and father to Lucille.
www.michaelbarrettaustin.com

Norman Gee

Norman Gee* Adam/Touchstone

Norman returns to SF Shakes after many, many years, having done a school tour of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and understudying Danny Scheie in Love’s Labour’s Lost many summers ago (a lesson in itself). Since then he has been seen all around the Bay, performing with the African American Shakes, Arabian Shakes, Cal Shakes, CentralWorks, TheatreWorks, Ubuntu Theater Project, and his own Oakland Public Theater. Most recently Norman played Dr. Avshalom (the caterpillar) and the White Rabbit in Every Day Alice with Utopia Theater @PianoFight. Last spring he did over two dozen characters (living & dead) in Word for Word’s Lucia Berlin: Stories which included taking the show on tour to France. When not onstage, he also teaches theater, and directs with SF Playground. Somewhere along the way he managed to get married recently to his wonderfully supportive wife, Mara Fox. It will be a joy to join the park crew again this summer.

Akaina Ghosh

Akaina Ghosh+ Silvius/Dennis

Akaina has adored Silvius since reading As You Like It in High School and is delighted to be portraying him on stage. They 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 is a Resident Artist with SF Shakes, and they recently appeared as Lysander in their 2018 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Anne Yumi Kobori

Anne Yumi Kobori+ Celia

Anne Yumi Kobori is an actor, director, playwright, costume designer, and teaching artist. She adapted Chekhov’s The Seagull and played Nina in Utopia Theatre Project’s inaugural production in 2014. Her plays Seeds and Every Day Alice have premiered at Utopia. Her performance credits include the title role in Hamlet, Desdemona in Othello, Ariel in The Tempest (Silicon Valley Shakespeare), Ophelia in Hamlet on Tour (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival), Peggy Maruyama in Allegiance (CCCT), and numerous ShotzSF comedy shorts. Anne is the Education Program Manager of SF Shakes, and will be directing a Butoh-inspired Macbeth with their touring program this fall. www.AnneYumiKobori.com

Gwen Loeb

Gwen Loeb* Le Beau/Audrey

Gwen Loeb is an award winning actress who has been featured in theaters across the Bay Area. Gwen is delighted to be returning to San Francisco Shakespeare Festival where she was last seen playing the Nurse and Lady Montague in Romeo and Juliet. Some of her recent productions include: Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, and Mrs. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, at Livermore Shakespeare Festival; Brenda in Can You Hear Me Baby with Prospect Theatre in New York; Trish in Graveyard Shift with San Francisco Playhouse; Pauline in A Bright New Boise, and Babette in The Arsonists at Aurora Theatre Company; and Gertrude Stein in the one-woman show There There with First Person Singular. Gwen is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Rondrell McCormick

Rondrell McCormick* Oliver/Corin

Rondrell McCormick (Actor/Director/Singer), is an alumni of Sundance's Theater Lab at MASS MoCA (Bella: An American Tall Tale). Creator of hit web series, The Wesley's, long form P.S.A., Black Women Talking and Highway Theater's Vol. 1 A Post Racial America. He was recently seen in SF Playhouse's Graveyard Shift and San Jose Stage's Between Riverside & Crazy. Other notable credits include Joseph McNeil in February One (PBS). D-Mac in Channel 00 (Spike). Leftovers (reading/Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Smokey Joe's Cafe (Center REP/nominated for best ensemble). All's Well That Ends Well (Shakespeare and Company). Still Standing (Vitality Productions). A Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theater). The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window (workshop ft. Michael Stuhlbarg/A.C.T.). Richard II (workshop w/ Carey Perloff), Philistines (ft. Jack Willis), Good Breeding, Little Shop of Horrors, Great Catherine, Ubu Roi, La Ronde, Our Lady Of 121st Street, Seven Guitars amongst a host of others. B.F.A from North Carolina Agricultural And Technical State University.  M.F.A. from the prestigious, Tony Award winning, American Conservatory Theater, Rondrell welcomes his first season at SF Shakespeare Festival with open arms.

Regina Morones

Regina Morones+ Rosalind

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

Dave Sikula

Dave Sikula Duke Frederick/Duke Senior

Dave has acted and directed throughout the Bay Area, Southern California, and Oregon. Previous roles include Samuel Beckett (Sam and Dede, or My Dinner with Andre the Giant; world premiere, San Francisco & New York), George Kraft (Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night; world premiere, San Francisco & New York), Col. Bouvier/Norman Vincent Peale (Grey Gardens), Howard (The Mystery of Love and Sex), Max Tarasov (Superior Donuts), Narrator (Slaughterhouse Five), Edna Turnblad (Hairspray), Lawrence Jameson (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), the title roles in Uncle Vanya and Bullshot Crummond, Boris Trigorin (The Sea Gull), Hildy Johnson (The Front Page), Charles J. Guiteau (Assassins), and Tom in The Speakeasy, Alexander Andrews in The Walls of Jericho, and Tasman Zandt in The Speed of Light, all world premieres. His translation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya won the 2016 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Production in the South Bay. Love to Pidge.

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Maryssa Wanlass*+ Jaques/Lady

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.

Annika

Annika Bergman *Charles/Phebe

is thrilled to return to performing with SF Shakes, having toured in their traveling production of Romeo and Juliet (Tybalt/Capulet). She’s also performed the Bard’s The Tempest all over eastern New Hampshire. Other credits include Sally Bowles (Cabaret), Olympe De’ Gouges (The Revolutionists) and Roxie Hart (Chicago). “I can no answer make but thanks and thanks” to have the opportunity to share this show with you. annikabergman.com

Skylar Adams

Skylar Adams Performance Intern, Green Show, Courtier/Exile

Skylar is ecstatic to be making her SF Shakes debut with the company of As You Like It. Her journey began at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where she later became a Senior Assistant for their Summer Seminar. Since then, Skylar has worked as an actor from Oregon to London with some favorite credits including: Peter and the Starcatcher (Molly Aster) with Topsoil Theatrics, Measure for Measure (Mariana) with Santa Clara University, among many others. Skylar’s gratitude goes out to her family near and far, and her Lord that has lead her down this path of theatre making. Training: Santa Clara University BA in Theatre Arts.

Danielle Ferrer

Danielle Ferrer Performance Intern, Green Show, Courtier/Exile Swing

Danielle Ferrer is a recent graduate of Scripps College with a BA in Media Studies and is excited to be a part of SF Shakes production of As You Like It. Danielle hails from Maui, Hawaii where she first fell in love with theater and is thrilled to be pursuing that passion with SF Shakes.

Griffin O'Connor

Griffin O'Connor Performance Intern, Green Show, Courtier/Exile

Griffin O'Connor is a recent graduate with a BA in Theatre (acting concentration) and a minor in English from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. As a Bay Area native, he is excited to return home and is honored to join SF Shakes as a Performance Intern. He was most recently seen in Mr. Burns, a Post Electric Play by Anne Washburn, as well as Machinal by Sophie Treadwell.

Peter Stielstra

Peter Stielstra Performance Intern, Green Show, Courtier/Exile

Peter is a student going on his third year at UC Berkeley, studying Mechanical Engineering and Theater. He is excited to be making his SF Shakes debut! During his time at school he has performed in a number of shows both on and off campus. Favorite roles include Gorkys in Ubuntu Theater Project's production of Pool of Unknown Wonders, Daryl Grady in Barestage's production of Curtains, and Barrabas in UCB's production of The House of the Spirits. He is also a proud member of BareTroupe, UC Berkeley's only musical theater troupe!