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Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Recognized as the 2017 Arts Organization of the Year by the Missouri Arts Council, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis has become one of our city’s finest cultural organizations, and we thrive because of the wonderful generosity of supporters like you. On behalf of the dozens of artists and thousands of audience members who benefit from our offerings each season, we thank you.


STAFF

Tom Ridgely, Producing Artistic Director, Tom Ridgely has led Shakespeare Festival St. Louis since 2018. A Drama Desk-nominated director, he has developed or presented work at the Public Theater, The Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Society, Red Bull and more. He’s worked with Tony nominees Sting, Sherie Rene Scott, Laura Osnes,…

Susan Rowe Jennings, General Manager, joined Shakespeare Festival St. Louis in 2019.  Since returning to her hometown in 1995 Susan has had the pleasure of working for the Arts and Education Council as Vice President of Administration and Grants and at the Saint Louis Art Museum in their Curatorial and Development departments.  Her time spent at these institutions helped her develop strong internal and external client relations and a love of the arts in St. Louis.  When Susan…

Austin Skinner, Development Director, joined Shakespeare Festival St. Louis in January 2020. A lifelong arts and humanities enthusiast, Austin has led or consulted on major fundraising campaigns for over a dozen of St. Louis’s premiere cultural organizations in the past decade. Most recently, he was the Director of Development and Community Engagement for the Missouri Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit organization and one of five partners in the Missouri Cultural Trust.

Tori Rezek, Development Manager, joined Shakespeare Festival St. Louis in 2019. She holds an MA in Arts Management and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati as well as BA in Theatre Design and Production from University of Northern Iowa. Tori is accustomed to “wearing many hats”, and has worked in non-profit organizations across the country as both an artist and an administrator. She co-founded and costumed designed for a burlesque troupe in her college town,

Adam Flores, Community Engagement & Education Manager, is an actor, director, producer and educator based in St. Louis for over a decade. He holds an MFA in directing from Baylor University, and a BFA and teaching certification from Fontbonne University. As an actor, he has performed with over a dozen local professional companies including the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis as part of the Shakespeare in the Streets program in both New World and Blow, Winds.

Charlie Meyers, Administrative Assistant, is a playwright, comedian, and nonprofit administrative professional originally from Orange County, CA. They hold an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Iowa, and a BA in Theatre and Jewish Studies from Smith College. They have worked in nonprofit administration, marketing, and development since 2014. They are a board member and playwright-in-residence for The Q Collective, as well as the co-host/co-producer of That Queer Comedy Open Mic.

Colin O’Brien Associate Producer
Allie Magee Marketing and Communications Manager
Nancy Bell Resident Artist/Director of the Confluence Regional Writers Project
Bruce Longworth Resident Artist
Tom Martin Resident Artist
Robert Henke Scholar in Residence
Emily Clinger Tour Manager

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chair
Julie Thomas Sward
Partner, Moneta Group
Vice-Chair
Ed Macias
Provost Emeritus, Washington University
Treasurer
Brian Hayden
President, Collaborative Strategies, Inc.
Secretary 
Pam Trapp
Community Volunteer
Meredith Boggess Director of Advisor Engagement, BAM Advisor Services
Greta K. Brown Vice President Human Resources Corporate Information Technology, Emerson
Alison Ferring Community Volunteer
James Hardin Vice President, JP Morgan Chase
R. Alan Jonagan Private Wealth Advisor, U.S. Bank
Mont S. Levy Retired, Wealth Advisor & Board Member, Buckingham Asset Management
Thomas E. Lowther Attorney of Counsel, Armstrong Teasdale LLP
Carla Miller Teacher, Clayton School District
Mary Morgan Community Volunteer
John Nickel President, Switch
Kiku Obata President, Kiku Obata & Company
Ian Patterson Chief Information Officer, evolve24
Penny Pennington Managing Partner, Edward Jones
Thomas F. Schlafly Thompson Coburn LLP; Co-Founder & Co-Chairman of the Board, The Saint Louis Brewery
Bevis Schock Attorney at Law
Dr. Sherman Silber Director, Infertility Center of St. Louis
Mark P. Taylor Dean, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis
Michael W. Weisbrod Gift Planning Officer, The Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri
R. Crosby Kemper III,
Founder
Marvin Moskowitz
Chairman Emeritus
Lana Pepper
Founding Managing Director