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SHAKESPEARE
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 Biographies

 Puppeteers

                             ANNIE HOUSTON  ​has performed at many theaters in the Washington, DC area, including The Folger Shakespeare Theater                                        and Washington Shakespeare Company-Avant Bard.  Annie has directed over 30 productions of Shakespeare for middle                                          school students at Capitol Hill Day School and was a teaching artist with International Theater and Literacy Project in                                                Tanzania and India. She taught early childhood students for over 30 years.  She was a awarded a Helen Hayes nomination                                        in 2018 as lead actress in Still Life with Rocket. She conceived of Shakespeare For The Young and has created the puppets,                                      costumes and sets, as well as composed the songs for Midsummer Magic, The Tiniest Tempest, and Adventures in Arden


                              CAM MAGEE has performed at theaters throughout the DC area, including The Shakespeare Theatre, The Folger Shakespeare                                  Theater, and Washington Shakespeare Company-Avant Bard, where she is a company member and dramaturg                                                            of Shakespeare's works. Cam was a teaching artist with The Folger for over 30 years. She is the Mistress of The Revels at the                                    Folger’s Secondary School Shakespeare Festival.




                               DAWN THOMAS REIDY is an actor and teaching artist in Maryland and DC. She received a BFA in Acting from University                                             of Maryland at the Baltimore Campus and MFA from Indiana University. She is a company member and former teaching artist                                 with Young Playwrights’ Theatre, the only professional theater in Washington, DC dedicated entirely to arts education. She is                                   currently Resident Teaching Artist at Everyman Theatre in Baltimore, MD. Passionate about arts education and arts                                                   integration, Dawn also works with Creative Kids, a literature based drama program. As an actor Dawn has performed with                                       Forum Theatre, Washington Stage Guild, Unexpected Stage Company, Brown County Playhouse and the INTERSECTIONS                                         Festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (Slam Theatre 3.0).

                               TERESA SPENCER is an actor, writer, and teaching artist who has worked in the Washington, DC region for over a decade.                                         She is currently a faculty member in Towson University's Department of Theatre Arts, and has taught acting and                                                         Shakespeare to students ranging from very young children through professional actors with such organizations as the                                             Folger Shakespeare Library, Shakespeare & Company, Teatro delle Due (an American Shakespeare company touring Italy),                                       Stevenson University, Goucher College, and the Community College of Baltimore County. Teresa has appeared in over fifty                                       professional productions in the DC-Baltimore region, with companies such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,                                       Taffety Punk, Theater Alliance, Constellation Theater Company, Faction of Fools, Happenstance Theater, Chesapeake                                                 Shakespeare Company, and Maryland Shakespeare Festival. Her work with theatre for the very young includes                                                           workshopping new plays and performing with Imagination Stage, Arts on the Horizon, and Synetic Family Theater. She holds                                   a Master of Fine Arts from the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting at the George Washington                                           University. 

                                DEVIN NIKKI THOMAS, a Washington DC native, is a versatile Actress, Producer and Teaching Artist who has portrayed a                                            wide range of characters. From ditzy Hippie, to psychotic psychiatrist, to novice detective, Devin enjoys the challenge of                                            developing complex characters for film and television.  Her recent credits include “Dr. Anne Rice” in Unitivity Productions,                                        LLC’s short film Dark Therapy and “Tamela Dennis” in Issa Rae’s Color Creative Black Actress the Web-series. She has trained                                    with esteemed Acting Coaches Patsy Rodenburg and Vera Katz. This is in addition to her training at the Studio Theatre                                              Acting Conservatory, the British American Drama Academy, and with the Upright Citizens Brigade.  Devin also combines her                                    training in Public Health with her passion for Theatre as a certified Life Stories Instructor, which helps her create socially                                          conscious content for Unitivity Productions, LLC. An avid reader and traveler, she enjoys dancing, making people laugh, and                                    practicing conversational Spanish.
   
                                GREGORY FORD has been active in theater in Washington, DC for many years. In the 1980s he was a member of the musical                                    revue company Off the Circle Theater Company. He was a member of DC Playback Theater Company from 1994 to 1998 and                                  founded Positive Image Performance Project (PIPP) in 1997. After serving as an intern at St. Elizabeths Hospital, he went on                                      to become a Clinical Practitioner of Psychodrama. He is partially retired and looking to resurrect PIPP to help establish a                                          larger Playback theater presence in the DMV region.
   
 

 Designers

 
Maxwell Houston, sound designer.
 
Marianne Meadows, lighting designer.

Ali Evarts, Thomas Mobley, videographers