Shakespeare Festival Conference


SCHEDULE INFORMATION (as of 09/05/14)*



[**Michigan teachers must be at ALL scheduled lecture sessions, discussions, performances, AND attend one offering during each “Open Session” in order to receive full SB-CEU.]  


Friday, September 26, 2014 – GVSU Allendale Campus

10:30AM - Registration Begins, in Pere Marquette Room (2204), Kirkhof Center 

11:00AM - Noon – Round Table forum for “Teaching Shakespeare” topics with Dr. Alli Metz, Pere Marquette Room (2204), Kirkhof Center

Noon – 1:30 – Lunch on own (Campus Dining Centers will be most convienent)

1:30-3:00pm – Pigeon Creek workshop, Pere Marquette Room (2204), Kirkhof Center

3:00-3:15pm – break

3:15-4:00pm – Greenshow, Pere Marquette Room (2204), Kirkhof Center

4:00-6:00pm - Keynote Speech & Discussion session with Tony Simotes, Pere Marquette Room (2204), Kirkhof Center

6:00-6:45pm - Break 

6:45 – 7:15pm - Comedy of Errors “Informance” (brief lecture directly pertaining to performance of Comedy of Errors), presented by Jo Miller in Van Solkema, PAC

7:15-7:30pm - Break and find seats for performance

7:30 -10:00pm - Comedy of Errors Opening Night, Louis Armstrong Theatre

10:00-11:30pm - Opening Night Reception, Pere Marquette Room (2204), Kirkhof Center 


Saturday, September 27 – GVSU Downtown Grand Rapids Pew Campus

9:00 – 9:30am - Registration and Coffee, Lubbers-Hagar Lobby 

9:30-9:45am - Welcome Remarks from GVSU Dean’s Office, Loosemore Auditorium

9:45-10:00am - Break 

10:00 - 11:15am - Open (concurrent) Session 1, presenter offerings  (See Chart)

11:15am – 11:30am - break

11:30am-12:45pm – Open (concurrent) Session 2, presenter offerings (See Chart) 

12:45-1:45 – all conference lunch with Bard to Go performance excerpts from 1:15pm – 1:45pm 

1:45pm - 3:00pm – All Conference Plenary Session with Pat Quigley   

3:00-3:15pm – break 

3:15 – 4:30pm – Open (concurrent) Session 3, presenter offerings  (See Chart)

4:30-4:45pm - break

4:45-6:00 – Open (concurrent) Session 4, presenter offerings (See Chart)

6:00-7:15pm – Dinner Break (on own, downtown Grand Rapids)

7:30pm-10:00pm - Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company Performance of Macbeth and talk back, Loosemore Auditorium



KEYNOTE SPEAKER BIO – Tony Simotes, Artistic Director, Shakespeare & Company.

Founding member and current Artistic Director Tony Simotes has either performed in or directed over two dozen productions for Shakespeare & Company during the past three decades.  Simotes also a Master Teacher of Fight and Movement and has been one of the Company¹s Artistic Associates since 1995. For Shakespeare & Company he has Directed:  Othello, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Nights Dream, As You Like It, and Two Gentlemen of Verona to name a few. He has also been an Associate Director and Fight Director on countless of Shakespeare & Company productions over the years. His work as a fight choreographer and director has been featured from coast to coast from the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles to the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Public Theater. Recent directing credits include The Nerd for Madison Repertory Theatre and Fight Direction for Macbeth at Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. Internationally his work has been featured in The Stage X Festival in Brisbane Australia, The Canadian Stage Company in Toronto and in Vancouver at Theater 48 New Play Festival, just to name a few. He’s played to critical acclaim Off-Broadway in Lisa Loomer’s The Waiting Room, Moliere’s In Spite of Himself for The Colonnades Theatre, Henry V and Measure for Measure for the New York Shakespeare Festival.  The Mark Taper Forum: Green Card and The Waiting Room; Pasadena Playhouse: Room Service and Born Yesterday, Mac Welman’s Albanian Soft Shoe for San Diego Rep., and Two Gentlemen of Verona for The Old Globe.  Films include: Pacific Heights, Terminator II, Hot Shots, The Waterdance, Father of the Bride II, Alien Nation, Maid to Order, Whose Life is it Anyway?, A Class Act, and a starring role in the Academy Award nominated short film Bronx Cheers.  For television: “Buddy Rich” for The Sinatra Mini-series on CBS, Oliver Stone’s Indictment for HBO films, plus many other weekly series. Simotes also works as an actor and is a proud member of AEA, SAG and AFTRA. He has also been a featured & guest lecturer at dozens of Performing Arts Institutes, Cultural organizations, private business and University’s across the country and abroad.  Simotes was a Tenured Full Professor and Director of University Theatre for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently lives in the Berkshires with his lovely wife Lucy.


PLENARY SPEAKER BIO – Pat Quigley, Education Consultant, Stratford Festival.

Pat Quigley graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Victoria College of the University of Toronto, the University from which she later also received her Bachelor of Education. Beginning her career as a secondary school teacher of English, Pat also explored the areas of Drama and Guidance and later taught both Drama and Guidance Specialist courses through the Faculties of Education at the Universities of Western Ontario and Toronto. During her teaching tenure, Pat directed several student productions including Cabaret, Grease, West Side Story, and Our Town.  She was a founding member of an amateur theatre company, Epiphany Theatre, where she performed such roles as Lenny in Crimes of the Heart, May in Fool for Love, the mother in True West, and Ellen/Mrs. Saunders/Betty in Cloud Nine.  For eighteen years, she served as the Education Manager of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, where her dedication to the arts and arts education continued to inspire her work. In 2004 she was promoted to Director of Education and Archives at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Pat retired from this position in 2010 and now serves as Education Consultant for the Stratford Festival.




FEATURED THEATRE COMPANY – Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company activities will be overseen by Grand Valley State University Adjunct Professor Katherine Mayberry.


Founded in 1998, the Grand Haven based Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company is Michigan’s only year-round, touring, professional Shakespeare company.  The company was started by Chicago area actor and director Frank Farrell and a group of West Michigan actors, including current executive director Katherine Mayberry.  From 1998-2007, Pigeon Creek produced plays outdoors in the Ottawa County Parks during the summer months.  In 2008, the company expanded to performing throughout the year, and currently produces 4 mainstage plays per season, as well as numerous staged readings, performances of Shakespearean scenes, and educational programs.  In August of 2012, the company presented the first ever public performance in the Rose Theatre, a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan.


Each of the company’s productions tours to at least 4 venues within the state Michigan, and Pigeon Creek has also been invited to tour to venues in Virginia, Ohio, Iowa, and New York.  The company has a unique performance style, based on the staging practices of Shakespeare’s own lifetime.  Pigeon Creek’s audience members experience a lively, interactive theatre experience, with live musical interludes, cross-gendered casting, and characters speaking directly to the audience.


Audience members and critics alike rave about the company’s performances.  A recent audience member posted on Google Places after viewing Pigeon Creek’s production of Hamlet: “While it takes a lot to impress me, I was utterly thunderstruck by the sheer brilliance and talent in this company! I have seen a lot of Shakespeare but have never been swept up and carried off with it like that because it was alive! If you are into big show-off productions with lots of loud music, garish stage settings, and distracting costumery and props, this isn't for you, and frankly, their acting doesn't need to hide behind superfluous bells and whistles that appeal to the uninitiated. If you prefer to savor Shakespeare on the strength of pure acting talent, a deep understanding of the literature, an incredible finesse with the language (their cadence, emphasis, enunciation of Shakespearian English made it sound "natural") and impeccable timing and synergy between the actors, then GO to the very next performance by this company at this theater.”


For more information about the company and all of its programming, please visit the website at








*NOTE: Michigan teachers MUST attend one offering in each time slot (in addition to other mandatory lectures, discussions, and performances during the conference) in order to receive SB-CEU. 


10:00– 11:15am

11:30am– 12:45pm

1:45 - 3:00pm

3:15pm – 4:30pm

4:45 – 6:00pm

PANEL: Debut Panel 

Jenna Grossman and Ryan Howland

GVSU Graduate students

CHAIR – Dr. Kiara Pipino

PANEL: Diverse Audiences

Missy Maramara

Kate Busselle

Ashley Pierce

CHAIR – Kate Bode

Plenary Session with 

Pat Quigley


 Dr. Alli Metz



 If Words Be Made of Breath: Exploring Shakespeare's Texts Through the Body's Connection to the Breath


Christopher Duval

Facilitator: Kerissa Bradley


The Geekiest Guide To Dramaturging Adaptations of Classical Plays.


Dr. Martine Green-Rogers

Facilitator: Kerissa Bradley

PANEL: (Pop) Culture in Performance

Dennis Henry

Paul Carbonell

Israfil Shaheen

CHAIR – Katherine Mayberry

PANEL: Performance Techniques 

Francis Boyle (and Pigeon Creek actors)

Manabendra Sarma

CHAIR – Dr. Jo Miller



 "The Fight Master: the Journal of the Society of American Fight Directors."


Steven Schwall

Facilitator: Danielle Cope


 Secondary Shakespeare Strategies with Romeo and Juliet


Becky Black

Facilitator: Danielle Cope 

PANEL: Alternative Staging

Katherine (Kate) Mendeloff

Tiffany Lewis

Steven Schwall

CHAIR – Dr. Jo Miller

PANEL:  Pedagogy 

Caroline Womack

Katie Oliver

Bridgett Vanderhoof

CHAIR – Dr. Alli Metz







Dr. James Bell (Managing Festival Director, Conference Committee) is a theatre scholar, playwright, and dramaturg and is currently continuing as festival managing director for his ninth season. He holds a B.A. in theatre arts from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in theatre history, theory, and criticism from Florida State University. Before coming to Grand Valley, he taught and was production dramaturg for numerous productions at Jacksonville University, Florida Community College at Jacksonville, and at Florida State University where he was also involved in university theatre administration. He worked with Jason Yancey from the Modern Languages Department to write the first English translation/adaptation of Tirso de Molina’s Spanish Golden Age classic Antona García. The subsequent production premiered at the Siglo de Oro Spanish Drama Festival at Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso, Texas and was subsequently performed at Grand Valley. His play Autumn in the Valley, which was first developed at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, premiered at Grand Valley in 2006. He was also the 1994 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Student Playwriting Award winner for his play Prisoner, which was subsequently performed at the Kennedy Center and has been published by Samuel French. His other plays have been featured at the Mount Sequoyah New Play Retreat as well as the Egyptian Theatre in Park City, Utah.

Becky Black  - teaches English and Theatre classes at Wayland Union High School. She earned both her B.A. and M.A. at GVSU, while participating in many of the Shakespeare festival activities. In her current position, she has taught and directed many of the Bard's plays, and feels that each revisit of a play is a new adventure.

Kate Busselle - is pursuing her MA in Theatre Studies at University of Central Florida. Her thesis focuses on female-enacted violence in female minority American playwrights' works. Kate is also an Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors with certifications in Unarmed, Rapier & Dagger, Single Sword, Broadsword, and Quarterstaff. She is also a member of the Equity Membership Candidacy Program through Actors Equity Association. 

Paul Carbonell - Polk State, Theatre Professor.  Carbonell holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting/Directing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.   In between his undergraduate and graduate studies, he originated the roles of Bob in The Men’s Room, which was staged in New York City, and Dutch in Hejira. He also played principle roles on Matlock, and is featured in films like The Program, Days of Thunder, and The Wormkiller’s Last Spring.  Carbonell has also appeared in several commercials and taught theatre at Daytona State College, Seminole State College, and the UW.  Since joining Polk State in 2009, he has directed Richard III, The Star-Spangled Girl, To Be Young, Gifted & Black, You Can’t Take It With You, Proof, Beyond Therapy, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Key Exchange, Girls We Have Known, and Once Upon a Mattress.

Dr. Martine Kei Green-Rogers, PhD  - is currently an Assistant Professor in the Theatre department at the University of Utah.  She is a freelance dramaturg who has worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Pioneer Theatre Company, the Classical Theatre Company, Stages Repertory Theatre, CATCO and Plan-B Theatre Company and currently serves as the Dramaturg for the Court Theatre in Chicago.

Dennis Henry - Dennis Henry is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he also recently completed his MFA in Directing for Stage and Screen. He is a member of Actors’ Equity and has toured extensively with National Theater for Arts and Education (Brideport, CT) and American Shakespeare Center (ASC, Staunton, VA).  He also was the education director for ASC on Tour for six years.

Ryan Howland - is entering his second year as an MA Theatre Education student at Emerson College and a native Vermonter where he earned his BA in Theatre  Ryan has worked professionally as a director, performer, technician, and teaching artist in multiple schools, festivals, and theatre companies including the Vermont Children's Theater, the Barre Opera House, Kingdom County Productions, Lyric Theatre Company, Vermont Stage Company, and the Ruotalibera Teatro in Rome, Italy.

Tiffany Lewis - is currently a doctoral candidate at The Ohio State University studying arts policy and administration. Lewis works as a Research Associate for Measurement Resources Company and as a Teaching Artist for Columbus Children’s Theatre. She has constructed and implemented evaluations for the King Arts Complex and Phoenix Theatre for Children.  Lewis’s participation in OSU’s Program for Arts & Humanities Development and Summer Research Opportunities Program enabled her to address the issue of effective arts evaluation.  She received a bachelor of fine arts in theatre from DePaul University.  Her Master’s thesis investigated Ohio arts program evaluation tools and their relationship to public value. Lewis’s current doctoral inquiry focuses on cultural diplomacy and cultural outcomes of the Olympics.

Missy Maramara - (Philippines) is a Fulbright Scholar, professional theatre and television actor, and a fulltime instructor at the Ateneo de Manila University. In the United States, she performed for TheatreSquared (Fayetteville, AR) and Alea Iacta Est (Grand Rapids, MI), the United Solo Festival (New York, NY) and the New York Improv Festival (New York, NY).  Missy earned both her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater (2002) and Master of Arts in English Literature and Cultural Studies (2009) from the Ateneo de Manila University, and her Master of Fine Arts in Performance (2014) from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville).

Katherine Mayberry (Panel Chair, Conference Committee) – Katherine Mayberry is a professional actor and director and the executive director of the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company.  She also teaches as an adjunct professor of English and Theatre at Grand Valley State University, and as the Shakespeare Major instructor at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.  She received her undergraduate degree at GVSU, and holds Master of Letters and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance from Mary Baldwin College in Partnership with the American Shakespeare Center.  She has also received actor training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, the London Theatre Exchange, and the Chekhov Institute.

Kate Mendeloff - Kate Mendeloff, a graduate of Princeton University and the Yale School of Drama, has been on the Residential College Drama Faculty of the University of Michigan since 1990. She initiated and is Artistic Director of “Shakespeare in the Arb”, now in it’s 14th season, directing productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Love’s Labors Lost, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Winter’s Tale and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Dr. Allison Manville Metz (Conference Chair, Panel Chair) - Assistant Professor of Theatre Education and Theatre Research. “Dr. Alli” holds a Ph.D. in Theatre Research, and a B.A. in Theatre and English, from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, as well as an M.F.A. in Drama and Theatre for Youth from the University of Texas – Austin.  Dr. Metz has led teacher training workshops all over the United States and has co-authored two editions of “Introduction to Integrating Music, Art, and Theatre in Elementary Education, an arts integration textbook from Kendall Hunt Publishing.  In addition to teaching classes at GVSU, Professor Metz works in the GVSU Women's Center as the Director of "ReACT!," a peer theatre education troupe which produces interactive theatre programming to help prevent incidents of violence against women on campus.  She is honored and thrilled to be chairing the 2014 conference after serving as Teacher Liaison in 2012.

Dr. Jo Miller (Panel chair, Conference Committee) - Associate Professor, Department of English in Language and Literature at Grand Valley State University.  B.A., University of Oregon; M.A., Colorado State University; Ph.D., University of Utah.

Kathleen Oliver  - Katie is a second-year PhD student studying Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has an MA in English from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Her primary research interests include Performance Studies and tourism. 

Ashley Pierce - is a current MFA Graduate student in her final year at Mary Baldwin College in their Shakespeare and Performance program. Having obtained her Masters of Letters recently she looks forward to presenting at the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival Conference.

Manabendra  Sarma – from Assam, India.  Holds a Master of Arts in English Literature (Literary Theory as Specialization) from Gauhati University (2004).  Currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, B.Borooah College, Guwahati – 7, Assam, India.  Area(s) of Interest include Shakespearean Studies, Theatre and Body, Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies.  Research Area: Shakespeare and Cultural Proxemics (in Indian context).

Steven M. Schwall - Fight Choreographer Steven Schwall has been staging fights professionally since 2006. He holds the rank of Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. He is recognized as Proficient in all eight weapons in which the SAFD tests, with the higher Recommended status in five forms. He is also a practitioner of Historic European Martial Arts (HEMA), and Ko-Ryu Kabudo (Okinawan weapons). He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Fine Art and did his graduate work in Theater/Performance Studies at Eastern Michigan University. He has been an instructor at several SAFD regional workshops and has presented workshops for the Community Theatre Association of Michigan (CTAM) and at the South East Theater Conference (SETC) twice.

Dr. Mohammad Israfil (Israfil Shaheen) - is a Dhaka based theatre-director, Professor and ex-Chair of the Department of Theatre, University of Dhaka, India.  He did a M.A from the National School of Drama (New Delhi) and obtained a PhD (on Street Theatre in Bangladesh and India) from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. He has taught at Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, Rajasthan University in India, and has also conducted numerous workshops on Theatre in Bangladesh, India and United Kingdom. He has published over 20 research essays in Bengali and published in the different journals in Bangladesh and India.  He has edited Performing Arts in Bangladesh (published by Bangladesh Asiatic Society, Dhaka 2007) and written a book titled “Street Theatre in Bangladesh and India” (Bangladesh National Academy for Performing and Fine Arts, Dhaka 2008).  Israfil’s performance credits include direction of over 30 plays, mostly as a Shakespearian director in the domain of Bangladeshi theatre. 

Dr. Kiara Pipino (Panel Chair, Conference Committee) - joined the School of Communication at GVSU in 2012. She is an Italian director and architect. She is interested in classic theatre, acting and directing for the stage. She has directed over 22 productions including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown", "The Tempest", "The XII Night", "A Number", "The Unseen", "Anon(ymous)".

Bridgett Vanderhoof - is currently a second-year Master's student in Theatre Research/Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her main research interests are contemporary American theatre practices, American television, and young adult popular culture; however, she also has a love for Shakespeare studies that was cultivated during her time as an undergraduate theatre major at Grand Valley State University, and as a member of the GVSF board.

Caroline Womack  - Caroline has a diverse educational background which includes studying abroad in Japan and England. She holds a MA degree from the University of Leeds and a BA degree from Michigan State University. Part of her dissertation on chivalry in T.H. White’s The Once and Future King was published in 2008 through Edwin Mellen Press. She currently teaches Pre-AP English II in Richardson, Texas.


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