Education Tour
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Dana Brown Charitable Trust



Adapted and directed by Tom Martin (Approx. 50min. Grades 5 – 12.)
Antony and Cleopatra tells the epic, intriguing, and enchanting tale of a Roman general caught under the spell of history’s most stunning and powerful queen. Will Marc Antony neglect his duties, his friends, and the empire he loves for a lavish and passionate life with his Cleopatra? Or will he remain committed to be a part of the backstabbing, political collective that now rules Rome?

Adapted and directed by Shanara Gabrielle (Approx. 50min. All Ages.)
Two gentlemen, Valentine and Proteus of Verona, are best friends. But when they arrive in the city of Milan, they both find themselves in love with the Duke’s daughter, Silvia. Hilarity ensues when Proteus’ first love from Verona, Julia, disguises herself as a man and becomes his page! What will become of these two- or seemingly three- gents as love is professed, secret plans are made and friendships are betrayed?


Shakespeare: See it! Read it! Write it!
Now that you have seen the play, you can write your own. Through storytelling techniques and physical theater activities, students will use the themes from Antony and Cleopatra and The Two Gentlemen of Verona to create a mini-play in their own words. Using performance as an entry point to the literary arts, our teaching actors will help students build their literacy skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Speak the Speech: Playing with Shakespeare’s Language
Shakespeare wrote plays to be performed! Students will engage in a theatrical approach to understanding poetry, prose, rhythm, and sound. By playing with the language of the Bard, students will unlock the character clues and story details packed into some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.

To Thine Own Self Be True: Character Education with Shakespeare
Shakespeare’s characters have got grit! Using key principles of character education, our teaching actors will guide students through hands-on, experiential activities to explore the moral dilemmas of some of the Bard’s most infamous characters. Students will construct understanding around ethical and civic values such as respect, integrity, courage, justice, perseverance, and self-discipline within the context of Shakespeare’s plays.


Education Tour: 2015


Cast of Characters

Antony and Cleopatra The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Adrianna Jones Octavia Julia
Steve Isom* Domitius Enobarbus and Lepidus Speed
Laura Sexauer Cleopatra Silvia
Gerrad Alex Taylor Mark Antony Proteus
Peter Winfrey Octavius Caesar Valentine


Adrianna JonesAdrianna Jones is a recent graduate of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. Her recent credits include A Raisin in the Sun (Beneatha) and The Doll People (Nanny Doll/Spider) at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre in Holland, MI. Some of her favorite credits include Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Brenda), Into the Woods (Jack’s Mother), and Legally Blonde: The Musical (Serena). When not acting, Adrianna enjoys singing as a member…

Steve IsomSteve Isom* is new to the Tour this year, but no stranger to the Festival, having previously performed in the main stage productions of Much Ado About Nothing (Leonato), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Dr. Caius) and The Taming of the Shrew (Baptista). Other recent credits include Day of the Dog (59e59, NYC), Swallows and Amazons (COCA), Billy Eliot (The Muny), Blithe Spirit (St. Louis Actors’ Studio), Fiddler on the Roof and How to Succeed in Business …

Laura SexauerLaura Sexauer returns for her fourth Education Tour with the Festival. Favorite tour productions include Othello (Desdemona), As You Like It (Rosalind), and Henry V (Worcester/Mistress Quickly). In 2011, Laura appeared in the main stage production of The Taming of the Shrew (Haberdasher/Widow). Most recently she performed in the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre’s productions of A Christmas Carol (Xmas Past), and Lend Me a Tenor (Diana)….

Gerrad Alex TaylorGerrad Alex Taylor ‘s most recent regional acting credits include A Christmas Carol (Young Scrooge), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Fenton) at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in Baltimore, MD; The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio) at the Pallas Theatre Collective in Washington, D.C.; The Merry Wives of Windsor (Host), Hamlet (Gravedigger/Marcellus)…

Peter WinfreyPeter Winfrey was most recently seen in Stairs to the Roof (Sudden View Productions). He has appeared in the following Festival productions: Twelfth Night, Othello, and The Taming of the Shrew. Other favorite credits include The Spitfire Grill (Insight Theatre Company), Prayer for the Gun Bug (OnSite Theatre), and Parade (R-S Theatrics). In 2014, he was honored to be named Best New St. Louis Actor by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Go! Magazine. Peter is also new to the Tour this season.

*Denotes member, Actors’ Equity Association

Creative Team

Tom MartinTom Martin (Director, Antony and Cleopatra) is the Production Manager of the Shakespeare Festival St Louis. Tom has also worked at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, the Barter Theatre, New Harmony Theatre, The MUNY, Stages, and the Repertory Theatre of St Louis. Tom has directed productions at Insight Theatre, On-Site Theatre, New Jewish Theatre, Theatre Project Company, The Orange Girls, The New Theatre, and The Repertory Theatre of St Louis….

Shanara GabrielleShanara Gabrielle (Director, The Two Gentlemen of Verona), a midwest-based artist working in a wide variety of theatrical mediums, is interested in finding these arts’ points of intersection and discovering news ways to shape the future of the American Theatre. Ms. Gabrielle’s directing credits include: Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis); Blues for Mister Charlie (Assistant Director, Washington University);…

Emily ClingerEmily Clinger* (Stage Manager) returns for her third year on the Festival Education Tour. Locally, she has stage managed at Upstream Theater, The New Jewish Theater, Winter Opera St. Louis, and The Playhouse at Westport. Regional credits include The Old Creamery Theatre, Charleston Stage, Triad Stage, and Heritage Repertory Festival. Emily is a member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Michael B PerkinsMichael Perkins (Sound/Props Design) has been working with the Festival since 2007 and is currently the Company & Special Projects Manager. He also works locally as a freelance audio/visual designer, most recently designing sound for the regional premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Stairs to the Roof. His work has also been seen at Yale University, HotCity Theatre, Union Avenue Opera, New Jewish Theatre, Blue Rose Stage Collective…