Adrienne Marquand hails from Montana, where she discovered her love for acting at the ripe old age of 5. Eventually her zeal for performing brought her to Los Angeles, where she earned a B.A. in Theatre at the University of Southern California.
LBSC welcomed Adrienne into its ranks during the summer of 2011 when she played the bearded Sir Hugh Evans in The Merry Wives of Windsor. She will next be seen on the stage of the Richard Goad Theatre as Paulina in The Winterís Tale and most recently portrayed Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew and Maria in Twelfth Night. Other LBSC shows include Romeo & Juliet, A Christmas Carol and Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles. Adrienne joined forces with two other company members to co-direct and star in an all-female production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised], which will be revived in April 2013. She lent her vocal talents to the LBSCís Audio Theatre on the Web in A Christmas Carol, Lights Out and The Shadow, as well as staged readings of The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland. During the summer of 2012 she acted as the Artistic Director of the Go Shakespeare summer day camp for kids and teenagers.
Other Shakespeare acting credits include Beatrice Much Ado About Nothing, Viola in Twelfth Night and Biondello in Taming of the Shrew. When not managing a private tutoring company, Adrienne auditions for countless film, television and commercial projects. She is currently working on multiple webseries and soon hopes to direct a film on which she has been collaborating for the past year.
When not acting, Adrienne can be found enveloping herself in Middle Eastern culture, decoupaging and traveling. Learn more at www.imdb.me/adriennemarquand or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/adriennemarquand. She is currently represented by The Polygon Group and Committed Artists Entertainment.
Ashley has been with LBSC, since the December 2011 production of A Christmas Carol, in which she played nine different characters. She continued this pattern of schizophrenic behavior in several other LBSC productions, playing everything from a clueless servant in The Taming of the Shrew, to a regal queen in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. She is proud to be back on the Goad stage, putting her training from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy to good use! When she's not making costume changes or learning lines, Ashley is busy juggling several artistic projects, including The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged; Revised, which will be returning to the Goad later this April. She also enjoys reading autobiographies and chick-lit novels, collecting anything with glitter, and international traveling.
In May of 2008, Benjamin Briseno graduated from the College of Santa Fe with a BFA in Theatre Performance. Three days before graduation, he began rehearsals with the Santa Fe Opera, portraying Vittorio in Nino Rota's I DUE TIMIDI. Benjamin then went on to perform in Gregg Barrios' new play, Rancho Pancho, at the Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival in Provincetown, MA. He has now lived and worked as an actor in Los Angeles just over two years and has come to realize LBSC is where he is happiest. He appeared in Julius Caesar as Antony, in Much Ado About Nothing as Benedick, in The Comedy of Errors as Antipholus of Syracuse, and provided the voices for Professor Pierson and the Narrator in HG Wells' The War of the Worlds.
A 12-year veteran with the company, Brandon joined LBSC through their educational outreach program at Cabrillo High School. He has performed in over 40 shows with LBSC. He has also performed with Cornerstone Theater Company, The Ahimsa Collective, and New York's Instant Shakespeare Co. Brando (a nickname he earned from his fellows in the company) made his directorial debut at the Goad Theatre with Lysistrata. Since then, he has directed the 2011 LBSC Summer Festival's Merry Wives of Windsor and LB Seafest's Midsummer Night's Dream for Kids. He has a degree in Drama from UCI. Favorite past roles: Silvius in As You Like It, Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra, Yefim in Uncle Vanya, St. Peter in Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and now, Hamlet!
Brian has been building and painting theatrical sets, as well as hanging, focusing, and running lights, for over thirteen years; and has been designing sets and lights, and tech directing, for almost ten years. His scenic designs at other theatres include Dracula, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cinderella. Although on a hiatus for the last show (as well as a couple others last year), Brian has been designing the sets and lights, as well as tech directing, for LBSC since February of 2006. Some of his more recent designs with the company include The Braid of the Muses, Sherlock Holmes and a Scandal in Bohemia, Loves Labours Lost, and Alice in Wonderland. Brian holds a BA in Theatre and a BFA in Art from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI. He has also received a national award through USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology) for his portfolio with an emphasis on his design for Dracula. Brian has a number of credits in theatrical design (and so forth), illustration, and acting and is currently on the hunt for a life path that will allow him to make a career out of a combination of these.
Cannon is often compared to Lon Chaney (the Man of a Thousand Faces), and enjoys playing a variety of diverse roles. He does anything from romantic leads to monsters, from Medieval dragons to Draculian wolves, from villains to women. He joined The Long Beach Shakespeare Company in 1997, serving on the board, as an actor, and as a technician. Cannon has also been active in LBSC's educational outreach programs as an instructor, director, and technician. A Cherokee, he credits his American Indian heritage as a great influence on his acting. Cannon was recently featured in an independent film called Rado, and is frequently seen in music clubs around L.A., playing drums in rock-and-roll bands.
An accomplished stage actor, Carl has appeared in over 40 theatrical productions throughout Southern California, many with the renowned Long Beach Shakespeare Company. Carl's current focus is performing for the camera and doing voiceover work. He recently completed an episode of Dark Secrets, which was directed by Pat Kilbane (MadTV), and which will appear on Discovery Channel's 3D network this year. Carl also appeared in a corporate presentation for Sage North America for their annual trade show and corporate website. Carl studied acting at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA, and voice-over with industry professional Lori Tritel. Carl is SAG-AFTRA eligible and currently seeking representation.
Claire joined the LBSC when she was 14 years old, playing the odd page and fairy. She eventually graduated to Juliet and still counts this among her favorite roles. Claire attended UC San Diego for a BA in Theatre and was awarded the Martin B. Saier Award for Acting upon graduation. She just spent a year in the Mojave Desert with Hungry River Theatre Company, a start-up non-profit, as an actor and Director of Education. She is also the founding member of Moving Parts Theatre Company, Interrobang, and Holy Sketch Team, Batman! She has acted, improvised, taught, and devised new work in San Diego, Ridgecrest, LA, and London; a few favorite roles include Hamlet (Hamlet), Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing), Cavale (Cowboy Mouth), Girleen (The Lonesome West), and Wall (A Man, His Wife, and His Hat).
Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, Eduardo now lives in Long Beach. His roles at the Richard Goad Theatre include Angus in Macbeth, Rosencrantz in Hamlet, and Raganeau in Cyrano de Bergerac. At the Long Beach Shakespeare Festival, Eduardo played Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew, Captain Fluellen in Henry V, and Cicero in Julius Caesar. Other acting credits include The Rainmaker at the Whittier Community Theatre, The Importance of Being Earnest at the Westminster Community Theatre, Twelve Angry Men at the Newport Theatre Arts Center, My 3 Angels at the Long Beach Playhouse, and To Kill a Mockingbird at Long Beach City College. There have also been a few musicals, including South Pacific in Santa Ana, El Grande de Coca Cola at the Los Alamitos Dinner Theatre, Abba (in Spanish) at the Eagle Rock Theatre, and Romeo and Juliet as a Spanish rock/opera in Guadalajara, Mexico. In Their Nature, an independent film in which Eduardo played the lead, got an honorary mention at the Kansas City Film Festival. Eduardo is an active member of Nosotros.
A recent graduate of St. Joseph High School, Fiona is pursuing a Political Science major from Loyola University Chicago. An actor and singer, her favorite roles include Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, Officer Barrel in Urinetown the Musical, Dinah Lord in Long Beach City College's production of The Philadelphia Story and characters from Medea, Flowers for Algernon, The Rimers of Eldritch, and The Anatomy of Gray. Fiona joined LBSC in 2007 as the stage manager for The Wakefield Second Shepherd's Play, and since then has been involved in the company's productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Bacchae, Alice in Wonderland, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Acting since he was five years old, Jacob received the International Modeling and Talent Associationís Actor of the Year Award in 2003. Since then, he has had both supporting and lead roles in theater companies in Washington, Florida and California. He is also an experienced voice over, film and commercial artist. His roles with LBSC include Fleance in Macbeth, Solinus in The Comedy of Errors, Simple in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Antonio in Twelfth Night, and Horatio in Hamlet. Jacob is an honor student and plays the violin. Jacob Ochsner is managed by Semler Entertainment, LLC.
Originally from a small town in Missouri, Jesse went on to graduate from the University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Theatre--thus trading in his political and criminal law studies. After dancing for Walt Disney World for two years, he moved to Chicago where he began working in television and film, and on many stage productions, including writing and directing his own first play, Between Friends. Living in Long Beach since 2007, his many projects have led him into getting his membership in the Screen Actors Guild. His stage credits include: Anything Goes, Oklahoma, Butterflies Are Free, What the Butler Saw, and most recently Spider Baby the Musical. Film credits include: Angels and Demons, Undying Love (short), Blue Plate Special (short), and recently Return To Zero, and Boystown, a television series set to air March 2013 on Canada's OutTV. When he is not on-stage or on-screen, he writes both feature film scripts and plays, and works with Turbo Orange Films out of New York City. Jesse is extremely happy to be working once again with LBSC, following his participation in their latest production of The Winter's Tale. You can find more info on him at www.imdb.me/jesseseannatkinson.
Jessie has been performing with LBSC since 2007. Roles include Iva Archer in The Maltese Falcon, Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Luciana in The Comedy of Errors, Desdemona in Fortune's Fools, and many others. She also worked as choreographer for The Bacchae. Jessie is currently serving as a Teacher Collaborator and Community Facilitator in Thailand with the Peace Corps. For more about Jessie's adventures in volunteering, please feel free to visit: http://selflessblogging.blogspot.com/ .
Kevin is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California's theatre program, where he appeared in such plays as Picasso at the Lapin Agile. He has been participating in local theatre and independent film projects. His last production was The Music Man. Kevin comes from Surf City, Huntington Beach, right here in California.
Laura is based out of San Diego where she has recently been seen in San Diego, I Love You (CircleCircleDotDot), The Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (Different Stages), Moon Over Buffalo (Onstage Playhouse), Over the River and Through the Woods (Scripps Ranch Theatre), and Troilus and Cressida (Compass Theatre). Favorite roles with The Long Beach Shakespeare Company include Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest, Roxana in Cyrano de Bergerac, Princess Katherine in Henry V, Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Octavia in Antony and Cleopatra. Hosting the dolphin show at SeaWorld has been her most thrilling job to date. Laura also works in TV production and won an Emmy Award for a news story she produced about the end of Don't Ask Don't Tell.
Lauren is the daughter of two musicians, so she comes by show business naturally. Although she is an accomplished violinist herself, playing since she was seven, and a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, she has always wanted to be an actress. She has had a variety of roles including parts in Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz, Goldie Rocks, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. She has also produced, written and starred in several short movies which include Too Many Tamales, Amelia Bedelia for Mayor, Calvin and Hobbes, and Molly the Brave and Me. With LBSC, she has played two apparitions, Fleance and the son of Macduff in Macbeth, and the midget, Dennis, and the Duke's Page in As You Like It, in which she also played violin. She played several servants and violin in Taming of the Shrew for the LBSC Summer Festival. She was also an ensemble player and violinist in Cyrano de Bergerac, A Christmas Carol, and The Merchant of Venice. Most recently, she was Prince Edward in Richard III, and was co-cast as Cammy with her good friend Heidi Hendricks in Melissa Miller's new work, Breath. Lauren is now attending the Orange County High School for the Arts in Santa Ana.
Lindsay has been with LBSC for over a year, where she has enjoyed playing a variety of roles onstage and in the radio broadcasts. She was recently seen onstage as Perdita (The Winter's Tale), Bianca (The Taming of the Shrew) and Viola (Twelfth Night). Outside of LBSC, Lindsay performs as a member of the LA-LA's Women's Acapella group, as well as in various musical projects. She acts as producer/director of the audio web series "Girls Next Door," and voices the character of Sarah. For more information, please visit her website at www.lindsayzana.com
A native southern Californian, Mark is a graduate of both UCLA and USC. He joined LBSC in the summer of 2006 to play Antony in Antony and Cleopatra at the Long Beach Shakespeare Festival. He has since played Cassius in Julius Caesar, Oberon/Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, the King of Bohemia in Sherlock Holmes and A Scandal in Bohemia, Koryphaios in Lysistrata, and Antipholus of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors. Other favorite roles include Tito Merelli in Lend Me Tenor, Charles in Blithe Spirit, Jack Manningham in Angel Street and Bert in Moon Over Buffalo. A member of SAG, Mark has appeared in several feature and short films, and has also appeared in commercials and voiceovers.
This is Michaelís second show with LBSC, but his first at the Goad. He
played Shallow in The Merry Wives of Windsor in this yearís summer
festival at Bixby Park. After graduating with a B.A. in Theatre from San
Diego State, and studying Shakespeare abroad at the British Academy of
Dramatic Arts, Michael moved back to LA to pursue roles in Film and
Television. Stage credits include: The Little Dog Laughed at the Morgan-
Wixson; The Eight Reindeer Monologues, directed by Julia Pace Mitchell;
Tulsa in Gypsy at Covina Center for Performing Arts; Jack/Estragon in
Bunbury at San Diego State; and Barnaby in Hello Dolly at Downey CLO.
Mike made his stage debut in LBSCís 2007 production of The Wakefield Second Shepherds Play, and hasn't missed a show since. Just a few of his credits include A Midsummer Nightís Dream, The Bacchae, Julius Caesar, Lysistrata, The Comedy of Errors, Mandragola, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night and A Christmas Carol. Mike has also performed in the LBSC Audio Theatre on the Web, including Gunsmoke, The Adventures of Harry Lime, The Shadow, and the last three annual productions of The War of the Worlds. A versatile talent, he has served as choreographer for several productions, and has composed and performed music for shows, too. He plays both piano and guitar.
Michael is happy to return to Los Angeles after a brief stint in Seattle. He graduated from UCSD, where he earned degrees in Biology and Theatre (Theatrical Biology). After many performances at UCSD, he became a resident teaching artist of improvisational theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse. He wrote and directed pieces for Planned Parenthood's IMAGES Theater. In Seattle he performed simultaneously as Malvolio and a Mohawk-wearing, banjo-playing Feste in Twelfth Night. Other Seattle credits include Ted in A Series of Consequences and AJ Clikett in the Spinal Tap-esque country music band "Marty Truck and the Big Rigs." While studying leatherback sea turtles in Costa Rica, Michael wrote and acted in a children's conservation piece entitled Las Aventuras de Paula la Baula He also toured the north island of New Zealand with the sketch comedy troupe "In Other Views." Favorite roles for the LBSC include Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Dracula in Dracula, Cassius in Julius Ceasar and Feste in Twelfth Night. These performances are dedicated to all the brave souls who fight for truth and beauty despite malaise and despondency.
Nasi is currently studying Communication Arts with a minor in Radio/TV/Film at Orange Coast College, where she has been a part of the theatre department since 2008. She successfully completed a two-month intensive course in Acting for Film at the N.Y. Film Academy in New York City (Summer 2008), which enriched her knowledge of dramatic arts and set her on her path. Although Miss Nassiri was accepted into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she chose to pursue her academic studies to obtain her Bachelor's Degree in the Arts. Her theatre credits include Felicity in The Christmas Melodrama, Ismenia in Lysistrata, performer of the Vagina Monologues on V-Day 2009 at OCC in the Robert B. Moore Theatre, and several student-written plays at OCC. Much Ado About Nothing is her first performance with the LBSC.
Nina has appeared with the L.A. Theatre Center in Habitat (U.S. premiere), D is for Dog at South Coast Repertory, Songs of Bilitis at the Getty Villa, Gogol Project and Mr. Punch at the Bootleg Theatre, and the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio with Rogue Artists Ensemble, The Night Before Christmas (U.S. premiere) with Furious Theatre Co. at the Carrie Hamilton at the Pasadena Playhouse. She has played Lady Macbeth, Cleopatra, Portia, Celia (in As You Like It) and Brigid O'Shaughnessy in the world premiere of The Maltese Falcon at LBSC, the White Witch in Narnia the Musical at Sierra Madre Playhouse. NY theatre credits include Lovesong of the Electric Bear at Atlantic Stage 2, Meg in Crimes of the Heart at Abingdon Theatre, Emilia in Othello, Rosencrantz in Hamlet at Genesis Rep., premiering original musicals, Wild Wind and Whiskey Down at the NY Fringe Festival, The Heartbreak Diet at Theatre for the New City. Regional credits include Gertrude in Hamlet, Middlebury College visiting artist, and The After Dinner Joke by Caryl Churchill with Potomac Theatre Project, DC. Film: Kay, 7 Years, Chance- Hold it Up Prods, Ryan Bates dir. , TV: Mystery ER -Discovery Channel, Ancient Prophesies -NBC Graeme Whiffler dir., Electroshock Therapy -Great Ideas Ent. Nina has a B.A. in Theatre and Spanish from Middlebury College. Proud member of Actors' Equity and SAG-AFTRA. Nina can be contacted through www.lacasting.com/ninasilver.
Phil has played many parts with LBSC, including Polonius in Hamlet, Ross in Macbeth, Stephano in The Tempest, both Tom Polhouse and Joel Cairo in The Maltese Falcon, both Corin and LeBeau in As You Like It, Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew, Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice, several roles in Antony and Cleopatra, and Clarence, King Edward IV, and Tyrrel in Richard III. He has also appeared in productions at the Westminster Playhouse, the Huntington Beach Playhouse, and with the Kentwood Players. He is currently studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Phil's agent is Susan Jones (310-858-1533), and he will entertain any and all offers. Phil is a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
Originally from Texas, this Actor/Dancer/Choreographer has recently moved to Los Angeles from New York City, where she ventured to pursue her dreams of acting and choreography. However, Rachel was intrigued by life on the west coast, so she packed up her things and moved to sunny L.A.
Rachel holds a B.F.A. in Theatre and Dance from Texas State University, having graduated in May 2008. Shakespeare being her ultimate passion, Rachel studied in England under the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Getting to see where Shakespeare lived and breathed was a life-changing experience for Rachel; that was when she knew she wanted to perform Shakespeare professionally.
Besides her classical training, Stanislavsky, Meisner, Strasberg, Adler, Fitzmaurice, and Brestoff add to her training. Rachel is an accomplished dancer and choreographer as well, having taught dance in Texas, New York, Michigan, and California. She is currently Dance Faculty at IDA Hollywood, teaches dance/acting at Cal State LA, and Lead Choreographer/Assistant Director with Theatre 31, staging/choreographing musicals at 5 different schools within Santa Monica USD. She has the opportunity to inspire and affect dancers, in hopes that the art becomes a passion in their lives. A proud company member of the Rag Dolls Burlesque Troupe, and Artistic Director/Founder of her own dance company, Dolls 'n Dames, a vintage 1940s burlesque troupe, Rachel has made a lifelong dream come true.
Randy trained with the Upright Citizens Brigade and is a graduate of P.C.P.A Theatrefest. His credits with LBSC include Metellus Cimber and Messala in Julius Caear; Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing; and a variety of roles in The War of the Worlds.
Rebecca has been working with LBSC since the ripe old age of 18 (which means more than seven years). At the moment she is completing her studies at CSULB, and choreographing for her dance company, Sema4 Dance Theater. She acts, dances, choreographs, and also fancies herself a writer on certain occasions, but is never an elitist.
Her credits with LBSC include The Player Queen in Hamlet, a Goddess in The Tempest, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, and the Mystery Character in The Braid of the Muses.
Sean is a recent graduate of California State University Fullertonís BFA Acting program, where he acted in productions of The Idiot Box, Trojan Women, and Romeo and Juliet. Before that, he completed the Actor Training Program at Solano College in Suisun, California, and worked for various Bay Area community theatres. Other credits include: The Underpants, The Comedy of Errors (both at Solano), As You Like It (Napa Valley College), The Importance of Being Earnest (Butterfield 8). His credits with LBSC include Paris in Romeo and Juliet, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, and Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew.
Stephanie is excited to be back performing with the Long Beach Shakespeare Company. Her previous credits with LBSC include Francoise in Pan, Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest, Olivia in Twelfth Night and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. She was most recently seen on stage as Baroness Christa Winsloe Hatvany in The Room at the Open Fist Theatre and as Georgie in Spike Heels as part of Scene Bites at Edgemar Center for the Arts. Stephanie is a member of SAG and studies her craft with Michelle Danner. She is also a member of the Open Fist Theatre Company, the Edgemar Theatre Group and Nosotros.
Summer is a native of southern California. She has performed on stage since childhood, acting and singing, and began to formally study theatre at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. She went on to earn a Bachelorís Degree in English and Creative Writing from California State University Long Beach. Summer is currently working on her graduate studies in Library Science at San Jose State University. Previous roles with LBSC include Mrs. Barrymore and Laura Lyons in The Hound of the Baskervilles, Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Desdemona in Fortuneís Fools, and Fan, Belle, and numerous other roles in A Christmas Carol, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and Olivia in Twelfth Night. She co-directed and acted in an all-female version of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)[Revised] for LBSCís birthday tribute to W.S. She has also provided her vocal talents for several staged reproductions of classic radio programs, including an episode of Gunsmoke.
Teena studied at California State University Long Beach, where she received her BA in Theatre, with an emphasis in directing. She discovered her inner clown while working with director Orlando Pabotoy, and continued her training at Studio Six Clown School. Some of her favorite credits include; Sandy in Grease, Lucy in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Lola in Forever Fosse, and FRANK! in That Beautiful Laugh. She is currently studying Active Analysis at the Stanislavski Institute for the 21st Century with Dr. Sharon Carnicke. You can find out more about her at teenapugliese.com.
The 2012 production of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight marked William's 5th production with LBSC. Previous productions include Love's Labour's Lost, Sherlock Holmes and the Scandal in Bohemia, Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles, and the 2010 production of Sir Gawain. Additionally, he performs regularly as Cut-Throat Jack, the Red Pirate, at Pirates Dinner Adventure in Buena Park, and is a member of SAG/AFTRA.
William is also an accomplished martial artist and recently was inducted into the 2012 Master's Hall of Fame. He and his wife co-own the Kaizen Dojo (www.kaizen-dojo) in Torrance, CA. which offer classes in Karate, Tai Chi, and Yoga.
Zobelle joined this company ten years ago, when it was still called The Bard in the Yard, and has played a wide variety of roles including Lady Macbeth, Juliet, a Bride of Dracula, Celia in As You Like It, the Lady of the Castle in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, among many others. She played Helena in the company's touring version of A Midsummer Night's Dream in Renaissance faires all over southern California and at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. She reprised this role in the 10th Annual Long Beach Shakespeare Festival this summer. Outside this company, her most recent role was Rosalind in The Palos Verdes Players' production of The Curate Shakespeare As You Like It by Don Nigro. Zobelle is also a singer, performing Acid Jazz in venues around Los Angeles.