Tom Wells (Artistic Director) Tom’s TWO PENCE credits include directing the company’s inaugural production The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet and The Merry Dogs of Reservoir, acting in The Malcontent and The Tamer Tamed, voice and text coaching Richard II and teaching TWO PENCE's own classes and workshops including the ongoing "Two Pence Lab", "Owning Shakespeare: A Workshop In Progress", "Revealing Shakespeare", "Shakespeare In Play" and "Worthy Warriors" for theatre professionals, students and U.S. veterans all around Chicago and Evanston. Tom spent 6 1/2 years acting, teaching, and directing with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. As a Senior Education Artist as a 5 time director for the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, co-directed Shakespeare & Young Co., and was integral in the design of one of their most popular youth programs, Riotous Youth. He also assisted with the Shakespeare in the Courts program supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as countless professional development workshops, including Shakespeare & Co.’s National Institute on Teaching Shakespeare (NEA grant recipient). He has performed at the The Pearl Theater (NYC) and regional theaters across the country. Tom holds a BFA from Drake University, and is a two-time alum of The National Theater Institute’s Acting and Advanced Directing Programs. Other training includes The Moscow Art Theater and The Royal Shakespeare Company. Tom is currently studying under Kristin Linklater as a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher Trainee and teaches at The Acting Studio Chicago. Member of Actor's Equity.
Sarah Augusta (Managing Director) Training includes Chicago Shakespeare, California Shakespeare Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, La Jolla Playhouse and American Conservatory Theatre, in addition to four years of classical and Linklater training while obtaining her BFA in Acting from Emerson Colleg.e Acting credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, ATL's Humana Festival, Actors Shakespeare Project, Shakespeare Now! and the New York City Fringe Festival. TWO PENCE acting credits include As You Like It, Richard II and The Malcontent and The Two Gentlemen of Lebowski.Sarah is in her second year of the Masters of Arts Administration program at Goucher College. Sarah@TwoPenceTheatre.org
Lucy Carapetyan (Director of Education) Lucy is a graduate of Northwestern University. Over the last 6 years Lucy has taught and performed with TWO PENCE, Actors Gymnasium, The Mime Company, and the National High School Institute Cherub Program. Lucy grew up in the theatre community of Austin, Texas and has studied in Prague, Zurich, and Bali, Indonesia. TWO PENCE acting credits include Jaques in As You Like It and the staged readingsThe Tamer Tamed,Volpone and Gallathea. Chicago acting credits include Steppenwolf, Steep, Lifeline, Griffin, Dog and Pony, House, Caffeine, New Leaf, The Building Stage and Theatre Seven. Lucy@TwoPenceTheatre.org
Michael Mercier (Grants Manager, Education Programs Manager) Michael has worked for the educational company Chicspeare and served as interim managing director of Vintage Theater Collective. A graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program, Michael also studied at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. TWO PENCE acting credits include the title role in Richard II and Oliver in As You Like It, The Malcontent, Volpone, The Two Gentlemen of Lebowski and The Merry Dogs of Reservoir. He has also been seen at 16th Street Theater, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, Sideshow Theatre Company, The Strange Tree Group, and the Great River Shakespeare Festival.
Kathryn Walsh (Director of Training) Kathryn’s directing credits with TWO PENCE include Richard II, As You Like It and The Tamer Tamed. Additional directing credits include breaks & bikes (Pavement Group),The Make-Out Queen (The Common Tongue at Ars Nova, New York), Island of Slaves ( Boston’s Orfeo Group, Elliott Norton nomination, Outstanding Design), A Very Merry (Un)Authorized Children’s Scientology Pageant (Next Theatre) and the Midwest premiere of David Harrower’s Kill the Old, Torture Their Young (Steep Theatre). Assisting credits includeHenry VIII, Feast: An Intimate Tempest, The Madness of George III and Henry VIII (Chicago Shakespeare); Our Town (Lookingglass); August: Osage County, Dead Man’s Cell Phone and When the Messenger is Hot (Steppenwolf). Kathryn has studied and worked at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, and received her B.A. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University. She holds an MFA in Directing at Northwestern University, where she recently taught as an adjunct faculty member and is a classical text coach at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.Kathryn@TwoPenceTheatre.org
Jessica M. Carson (Production Manager, Resident Lighting Designer) Jessica’s TWO PENCE credits include lighting design for Richard II and As You Like It. Recent works include American Wee Pie with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Pink Milk with Chicago Fringe; Finding Peace in this House with Erasing the Distance; The Factory and Two Huts with Gravity Project in PA; Annie, The Big, Bad Musical, Mileep, The Attack of the Jellybean People and The Music Man with the Mayer Kaplan JCC in Skokie; Let Them Eat Cake with About Face Theatre; and The Improv Show and Pluto is Listening with InFusion Theatre where she has also assisted on Rhymes with Evil and Soul Samurai. When not designing she freelances as an electrician and stagehand in and around the city. Jessica holds an MFA from Virginia Tech and a BA from UNC Asheville. Jessica@TwoPenceTheatre.org
Eliza Hofman (Literary Manager) Eliza's TWO PENCE acting credits include Richard II, Romeo and Juliet, The Malcontent, Volpone, The Two Gentlemen of Lebowski and The Merry Dogs of Reservoir as well as directing the staged reading Gallathea. Eliza also works behind the scenes to organize and produce “A Dead Man’s Hand: A Live 2P Reading Series.” Originally from the Philadelphia area, she received her BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and MFA and a Master of Letters in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance from Mary Baldwin College in association with the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA. She has also performed with Organic Theatre, the Delaware Shakespeare Festival and the American Shakespeare Center. Eliza is an adjunct instructor at Columbia College. Eliza@TwoPenceTheatre.org
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