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Geoff Cartwright
Leonato
Geoff Cartwright A teacher of drama, who loves to direct outdoor Shakespeare for secondary schools, and artistic director of The Rough Hewn Theatre Troupe, Geoff has worked as an actor for the Qld Theatre Company and The TN Company in Brisbane, Riverina Theatre Co, New England Theatre Company, Hunter Valley Theatre Co, Belvoir St, and Q Theatre, Philip St Theatre, The Ensemble and Factory Space Theatre.

Roles he has particularly enjoyed playing are Hamlet, Romeo, Lawrence in Abigail’s Party, Torvald in A Doll’s House, The Great Weevil in Clowneroonies and Malvolio in Twelfth Night, his last outing for Shakespeare on the Green.

He is an award winning narrator of audio books and has appeared in guest roles in a range of Australian television programs.
 
Alana Kaye
Hero / Sexton
Alana Kaye Alana is a young Australian actor based in Sydney. Classically trained, Alana has a BA (Hons) Acting from the Italia Conti Academy, London. She’s been at home on the stage since she was 3 years old.

Her stage credits include A Midsummer Nights Dream, As You Like It, Machinal, A Small Family Business and The Glass Menagerie. Alana has also performed at the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and worked recently on a film, The Wedding, with BAFTA Award winning film director, David Skynner (A Fish Called Wanda).

Before her 5 years in London, Alana performed in productions with The Rough Hewn Theatre Troupe, directed by Geoff Cartwright. This is Alana’s first production with SOTG, and she’s delighted to be involved!
 
Cat Martin
Beatrice / Mrs Verges
cat martin Much Ado About Nothing is Cat’s sixth season with Shakespeare on the Green. Earlier this year Cat appeared as ‘Her’ in Ross Mueller’s Construction of the Human Heart (Apocalypse). A career highlight was performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Shakespeare’s Mothers: Mad. Bad and Dangerous in 2010. This show also toured to the Adelaide Fringe in 2011. Other theatre work includes: Electra (No White Elephant Productions), Coup d’Etat  (Bakehouse Theatre Co.), Closer and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Apocalypse Theatre), Hamlet (Harlos, 2011), As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale, The Comedy of Errors, Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (SOTG), As You Like It (The Shakespeare Centre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet (Sport for Jove), To Kill a Mockingbird (Epicentre) and The Vortex (Factory Space Theatre Co.). Film, and television appearances include feature films Damaged Goods and Older ‘n’ Last Time (Myrtle Boys), Tricky Business, Review With Myles Barlow, Home and Away andnerdy scientist ‘Marie’ in a Wagon Wheels campaign.
 
Hayley Schuman-Mitchell
Margaret / Watch
  At the age of six, Hayley Schumann-Mitchell decided that when she grew up she'd like to be a forest fairy. Although that dream has not yet been realised, she has played various roles onstage from a courtesan in Les Liaisons Dangereuses to her most recent performance as a troubled student in David Mamet's Oleanna. She has had no professional acting training so prefers the term "player" to actor. [Interpret that how you will.] Hayley has been involved with Rough Hewn Theatre Troupe as a director and 'player' from 2007, directing her first production, A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2008, and her second, What You Will [or Twelfth Night] in 2012. This is her first production with Shakespeare On The Green.
 
David Halgren
Captain Don Pedro / Watch
David Halgren David graduated from Actors Centre Australia in 2012. Since then, he has performed as Simon in Noel Coward’s Hay Fever, Gunther in Matt Cameron’s Footprints on Water, and has collaborated on a cabaret called Edgar’s Girls, playing the legendary poet, Edgar Allan Poe. David has also just wrapped on his debut feature film Mirror, in which he plays identical twins, currently in post-production. Other stage credits include Vincentio in Measure for Measure (ACA), Shelley Levene in Glengarry Glen Ross (ACA), and the leading male in Tender Napalm (NIDA). Prior to his training, David was a member of the Rough Hewn Theatre Troupe, playing Macduff in Macbeth, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the title role in Tartuffe, to name a few. This is his first production with Shakespeare on the Green.
 
Tristan McKinnon
Leutenant Claudio
tristan mckinnon Tristan Mckinnon loves his Shakespeare. Returning for his seventh production with SOTG. "It feels like a reunion" He says, "I have had the privilege of working with each cast member before and It's extremely exciting to come together in this way, with this play".

Tristan has been acting for a decade, and received his training from reputable institutions across Sydney. Tristan has spent the majority of 2014 working with film-makers and creating unique characters for screen. Commenting on his
involvement with SOTG, "It has been a blast!, I have had such an opportunity to play, and credit much of my development as an artist to this company".

 
Patrick Trumper
Leutenant Benedick
Patrick Trumper Patrick Trumper is delighted to be returning to Shakespeare on the Green, for whom he has previously played Orsino in Twelfth Night and Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors. Since then, he has had the good fortune to play Will Shakespeare in Shakespeare's Queens: She Wolves and Serpents, touring to the Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and to Stratford on Avon, before finishing with a season at the Arts Theatre on London’s West End.

He recently performed at Riverside in The Westlands and at the King St Theatre in Deeming. As well as acting, Patrick teaches English and Drama and has recently seen Mellow Yellow (his adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream), successfully performed by the Ryde Secondary College Drama Club. Patrick’s other credits include the role of Bill Barnacle in the premiere of The Magic Pudding at Marian St Theatre, the national tour of It’s a Dad Thing and Darwin’s Brave New World for ABCTV.

 
Jared Morgan
Sub Leutenant Don John / Watch, George Seacoal
Patrick Trumper This in Jared’s second production with Shakespeare on the green, his first playing ‘Petruchio’ in their production of the Taming of the shrew.  Since graduating NIDA Jared has performed in numerous rolls both around Australia and Singapore including New Theatres productions of  America Hurrah! and The man who, a Singaporean version of Lysistrata Lysistrata Lah!, Semion Medvidenko in the Seagull, Tom in Away and Count Van Waldersee in the Chinese Theatre Circle opera Tragedy of an Emperor.

Jared has also appeared in a number of Australian feature films including Damaged Goods and Older n last time, however the roll he is most proud of is his portrayal of the evil skinless clone of a Roman senator in the Japanese Sci Fi / Horror feature Infinity Quest.

Jared would also like to point out he’s never actually SEEN this film but after spending so long on set wearing women’s underwear and smothered in body paint and petroleum jelly he would very much like to- If you have seen this film please contact the production company on this program.
 
Brendon Taylor
Able Seaman Borachio
Brendon Taylor Brendon is a graduate of the University of Wollongong (Bachelor of Creative Arts – Performance) and the Actors Centre Australia. Recent performances include the Sydney premier of Trainspotting, La Ronde and the Christmas pantomime Santa of the Never Never.

In 2012, Brendon performed in Shakespeare On The Green’s production of The Winter’s Tale. Other Shakespeare credits include Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night and Macbeth. Other credits include Room, Careers For Attractive Ladies, Songs From The Musicals That Never Were, The Happy Prince, Cosi, Man With Bags and Hercules. Film credits include The Devil Walketh About, The Yowie, Sin and The Majesty of the Wetlands. Brendon has featured in The Maze Runner Live! and Prison Break Live! for Sudden Impact Entertainment and has also worked as a stilt walker and clown.

 

 
Emily Weare
Mrs ARP Warden Dogberry
Emily Weare

Previously for Shakespeare on the Green, Emily appeared as a ‘nun’ and a ‘bawd’ in The Comedy of Errors. She had such fun she’s looking forward to trampling on the green with them again.

Emily has worked extensively in theatre as an actor, director and teacher with companies around Australia. Performances include: The Dysfuncshonalz; Twelfth Night, Lady Windermere’s Fan; The Frail Man; Fit to be Tied; Cox 4; Fallen Angels and Daisy Bates and the Dancer. She has a BA in acting from WAAPA; a Grad Dip. Ed., Master of Ed., and a Cert. IV in TESOL. Emily has also appeared on numerous Australian TV Dramas and films and has been a proud member of Equity since 1983.

 
Chris Lewis
Antonio / Chaplin Francis
Chris Lewis Chris has performed in pantomime, theatre in education, comedy and drama.

His first professional appearance was in Sonny at the Ensemble Theatre where he also performed in Savages, Deeds and A Street Car Named Desire. He toured Victoria in Cinderella, South Australia in a poetry show Songs of innocence and Experience, NSW in The Les Darcy Show and The Roy Murphy show, and NSW and ACT in Mr Nguyen Throws a Party. Other performances include PS Your Cat is Dead at the Wayside Theatre, Cop Out and Muzeka at the Stables Theatre and The Secret of the Seven Marbles and A Punch in the Face at The Bondi Pavilion. Feature films include Midnite Spares, The Empty Beach, Kiss the Night, I own the Racecourse and Resistance. He has had guest performances in many television series.

 
Aaresh Madon
Seaman Conrad / Waiter
Aaresh Madon Aaresh Madon is 19 years old and is currently studying at the University of New South Wales. He has been acting from a young age, being part of productions at Marian Street Theatre for Young People in Killara, Kick Performance Group, as well as school productions.

In 2010, he performed in the first live-actor production of Norman Lindsay’s “The Magic Pudding”, playing the role of Sam Sawnoff. This is his first production with Shakespeare on the Green, and he is excited to be part of the show.

 
Sher Kearney
Director / Producer
sher kearney Sher Kearney worked as an actor for theatre companies including Sydney Theatre Company and Griffin Theatre. For MSTYP, Sher‘s directing credits include co-directing Babe at Killara and return season at Seymour Centre wining a Glug award for Babe (2011) Midnite, The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe and Danny in the Toybox. Sher directed The Taming of the Shrew for Bardmaids Theatre in 2005.

For  Shakespeare on the Green, Sher directed Twelfth Night 2007, The Taming of the Shrew (2008), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2009) and Winter’s Tale (2012). Sher co-produced The Comedy of Errors in 2010.
For the last five years, Sher has directed for North Sydney Council’s Page to Stage.

Sher was producer for 2013 production of As You Like It. In 2014, Sher directed The Crossing for Blaxland and Daughter which toured primary schools in the metropolitan area and NSW.
 
Sarah Chelkowski
Costume Design
Sarah Chelkowski Sarah trained at Tafe Ultimo and graduated in Costume for Performance in 2013.
She comes from a background in Fine Arts and has lived in Sydney since moving from the UK in 2007.
Since graduating, Sarah has designed costumes for To Kill a Mockingbird (New Theatre), An Ideal Husband (Epicentre Theatre Co, Zenith Theatre) and Talking With (New Theatre)

Most recently, she has designed Set and Costumes for the inaugural production of Aunt Agony (New Theatre) as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival.

Sarah is currently designing for her first pantomime Cinderella (Bare Productions) Oh yes she is!
 
Eden Fordham
Stage Manager
Eden Fordham Eden has worked in theatre and event industry on numerous Melbourne and Sydney productions, festivals and events. She has just completed an Advance Diploma in Stage Management in 2013 at Actors College of Theatre and Television (ACTT) in Sydney as well as Double Diploma in Event Management (2010) and Cert IV in Live Production, Theatre and Events(2009) in Melbourne.

Since completing her recent course, Eden has worked on Short and Sweet Festival 2014, Love Song (TAP), Four Places (TAP) and ACTT. She is thrilled to be working on the upcoming production of Shakespeare in the Green and she hopes to continue her pursuit with a career in Stage Management.

 
James Kearney
Producer
james kearney James Kearney has been a barrister for longer than he cares to remember.

James established Shakespeare on the Green in 2007 producing Twelfth Night, (2007) The Taming of the Shrew, (2008) A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (2009) and The Comedy Of Errors, (2010).

James was assistant producer for 2013 production of As You Like It.

 
Sally Taylor
Publicity
 
Louise Harding
Program
 
Nicholas Papademitriou
Creative Consultant
nicholas papademetriou Nicholas Papademetriou graduated from WAAPA In 1984 and since then has worked extensively in theatre, film and television.

As a theatre actor he has worked for all the major companies including STC, MTC, Ensemble and Company B Belvoir. Theatre highlights include the national tour of his solo show SNAG which also played to sell out seasons in Edinburgh, London and New York, and working with film director Mike Leigh on Greek Tragedy which played in London Theatre Royal.

He has directed many productions, including the critically acclaimed The Importance of Being Earnest (Darlinghurst Theatre) and Anna in the Tropics (B Sharp Belvoir) and this will be he second association with SOTG having directed As You Like It for the company in 2013.
 
Pete Blackburn
Choreographer
nicholas papademetriou Born, raised and educated in Brisbane, Peter had a music career in the late 60’s before heading to Sydney in the early 70’s and appearing on the national theatre circuit in productions of Hair, JC Superstar. He studied theatre at the Independent Theatre and Dance with the Australia Academy of Ballet.

Peter has performed in Evita, Guys and Dolls (Dance Captain), Man of La Mancha and many more, as well as branching out into television and films, which led to directing, writing and choreographing for some of Theatre South’s most successful productions throughout the 1980’s. These include Tommy, Erma Vip, The Man from Muckinupon and Tonight We anchor in Two Fold Bay at the Sydney Theatre Company.

In the mid 80’s he worked with some of the biggest producers here in Australia and internationally, staging some of this nations largest productions, including ARL Grand Final Spectaculars, State of Origin, Children’s segments of GTV 9 Carols by Candlelight, TV Logie Awards, Arias, international productions for AT&T Global, NCR. and was head Jazz teacher for 4 years at Sydney Dance Company.

Resident Movement Director for the Marian Street Theatre for Young People for the past 9 years on such productions as Midnight, Aladdin’s Tales, Snow White, Peter Pan The Magic Pudding and the awarding winning Babe.

 
Imogen Ross
Set Design Consultant