Michael Bahr is the Education Director for the Utah Shakespeare Festival. In this position he has created numerous outreach programs including the Shakespeare-in-the-Schools Tour, a 16 week touring production that performs for 70 schools, serving 40,000 students in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho and Wyoming annually. He has been called “Peter Pan, the Energizer Bunny and the Pied Piper all rolled into one.” He was a teacher of theatre arts in Utah and California schools. During this time he developed numerous educational theatre programs for grade schools, junior highs and high schools. He has received many awards for his work with children, including a two year nomination for the Huntsman Award, outstanding teacher of the year (Kern County, CA and Box Elder School District, UT) and others. Michael has served on many state educational development committees, including Beverly Sorenson’s Arts Works for Kids, ArtsFusion, the Utah State Office of Education Theatre Advisory Board, and has been a founding board member on two theatre companies. He has directed 120+ school, community and university productions. Michael holds a BA in Theatre Arts with an Acting/Directing emphasis and a Master’s degree in Education from Southern Utah University, with teaching certificates in theatre and history.
Kevin Costa, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
Kevin Costa is the Director of Fine & Performing Arts and Director of the Academic Program & The Curiosity Shop at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland, where he serves as the head of the Drama program. He is the founding director of the school’s Institute for Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies, an interdisciplinary program that explores the plays and history of Early Modern England through a scholar/practitioner approach. Kevin is also Education Director for the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in Ellicott City & Baltimore, MD. He holds a Ph.D. in English with a concentration in Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, and dramatic theory, and has taught at the secondary and post-secondary level. Kevin has trained in classical theatre at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and he was the recipient of an NEH award to study the teaching of Shakespeare at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, where he now serves as a teaching artist for the Library’s Education Division. Active on stage and as a director with the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, he is also an active member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association, an international organization of Shakespeare theatre companies.
Sarah Enloe, American Shakespeare Center
Sarah Enloe holds a Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in dramaturgy, a Master of Letters with an emphasis in teaching from Mary Baldwin College’s Shakespeare and Performance Program, and a B.F.A. in theatre studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Sarah taught theatre arts at the high school level in Texas for five years, and in 2003, she won recognition as Teacher of the Year and an NEH fellowship to study with Shakespeare & Co. At the American Shakespeare Center, Sarah directs programming in the areas of College Prep, Research and Scholarship (including facilitating the ASC’s partnership with Mary Baldwin College’s Masters in Shakespeare and Performance Program), Personal Renaissance, and Educator Resources. She serves on the advisory board of The Shakespeare Factory, the editorial board of the online journal This Rough Magic, and is on the executive board of the Shakespeare Theatre Association. Sarah’s current work is focused on the practical application of performance techniques for the English classroom.
Kirsten Giroux, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Kirsten Giroux has performed in regional theaters across the country for over twenty years. She has appeared in over thirty Shakespearean productions in theaters such as Boston Shakespeare Company, Sacramento Theater Company, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Since 1999, Kirsten has devoted her time to teaching, working as a Curriculum Specialist and Lead Teaching Artist for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She has created over fifty workshops for the Festival’s Education department; taught hundreds of events for students of all ages and seminars for teachers on teaching Shakespeare. All of her teaching and curriculum work is designed to get students up on their feet exploring and learning about the works of William Shakespeare.
Mary Hartman, Bard on the Beach
Mary Hartman is Director of Education and Training at Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. Since 1987, Mary has acted in and directed dozens of Shakespeare plays, and given students of all ages the opportunity to play Shakespeare. At Bard on the Beach, Mary leads a team of teaching artists in delivering Bard in the Classroom workshops, delivers popular pre-show talks and podcast introductions and supports the productions as a voice and text coach. Before moving to the Lower Mainland, she offered professional development workshops for classroom teachers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut and New York, as well as being Project Director for the National Institute on Teaching Shakespeare, funded by the US National Endowment for the Humanities.
Joan Langley, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Joan Langley has served as Education Director for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival since 1988, producing annual tours of Festival actors to schools throughout the western United States, leading resident workshops in Ashland for playgoers of all ages, and seminars for teachers on teaching Shakespeare. In her 25 years at OSF, Joan has developed lessons for nearly all of Shakespeare’s plays and has led workshops at the Cambridge Shakespeare Conference, Shakespeare Theatre Association of America, National Association for Humanities Education, Northwest Council of Teachers of English, among others. She has served on the Editorial Board for Shakespeare Magazine, Education Grants and Policy Panel at the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Across Oregon Panel for the Oregon Arts Commission.
Beru Tessema completed a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from the London Film School where he graduated with distinction. He first trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). Upon graduating from RADA — before turning to writing and directing — he worked professionally as an actor, mainly in theatre, spending several seasons at Shakespeare’s Globe and various other theatres around the UK. Now, Beru’s work in the theatre is aimed at education, mainly with an emphasis on classical theater. His work as Globe Education Practitioner is focused on making Shakespeare’s language more accessible to a wide range of people through practical engagement with the text and lively action. As well as directing theatre, he creates and conducts workshops for people of all ages and backgrounds. Beru’s work is informed by the practices of the Globe theatre and has a strong emphasis on play and performance.