M.F.A., Technical Design and Production, Yale School of Drama
Steven Schmidt is a Davis native and the Technical Director for California Shakespeare Theatre. Over the past ten years he has worked as the Associate Head of Production for Yale Repertory Theatre, a freelance Technical Director for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Technical Director for B Street Theatre. He is a co-author of Structural Design for the Stage – 2nd Edition. He was also a founding member of Barnyard Theatre.
Keith Hennessy is an independent artist-scholar-activist-teacher dancing in and around live performance. Born in northern Ontario, he lives in San Francisco since 1982 and tours internationally. His performances engage improvisation, ritual, collaboration, and protest as tools for investigating political realities.
Dr. Alex Boyd graduated from the University of California at Davis Graduate Program in Performance Studies in June 2014. His dissertation, “The Sustainability of Traditional Knowledge Systems: Embodied Learning through Practice, Teaching and Application,” draws on 20 years of professional practice and teaching in Daoist Qigong arts (Daojiao Lishi Quanfa) that he has studied since 1985 with his main teachers Chee Soo (who passed in 1994) and Desmond Murray.
Stuart Carroll is the Artistic Director of the Sacramento-based Capitol Ballet Company. He has presented The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Paquita, La Bayadère, andDon Quixoteto local audiences and the surrounding communities with support and funding from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and the California Arts Council.
Ms. Cavanaugh has choreographed for Oregon Shakespeare Festival (for five seasons as choreographer and actor), Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The New Victory Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Brisbane Arts Festival, La Mama E.T.C., Aurora Theatre Company, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, TheatreWorks, Shakespeare at Stinson, Mills College Rep, and Summerfest Dance and California Shakespeare Theater (where she is an Associate Artist) for 17 seasons.
Michele Apriña Leavy is a professional actor and theatre educator. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she has performed locally with such companies as the American Conservatory Theater, Alameda Civic Ballet, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Center Repertory Company, California Conservatory Theater, Livermore Shakespeare Festival, Marin Theatre Company, and TheatreWorks, among others. In farther locales, she has appeared with Theatre Key West (Florida), The Elephant Theatre Company (Los Angeles) and Theatre167 (New York City).