Shakespeare Festival St Louis - A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

06.03.16 – 06.26.16




The play opens as Theseus, duke of Athens, prepares for his wedding to Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, which will take place in four days. The duke is worried about the wait as his relationship with Hippolyta has not been perfect; he won her during a battle.


FLUTE / THISBY Jay Stalder
SNOUT / WALL Reginald Pierre
SNUG / LION Alan Knoll*
PETER QUINCE Michael Propster*
BOTTOM Stephen Pilkington*
PUCK Austin Glen Jacobs
Ryan Alexander Jacobs
COBWEB Myke Andrews
TITANIA Nancy Anderson*
OBERON Timothy Carter*
EGEUS Whit Reichert*
HELENA Rachel Christopher*
DEMETRIUS Peter Winfrey
HERMIA Cassia Thompson
LYSANDER Justin Blanchard*
THESEUS Paul Cereghino
HIPPOLYTA Jacqueline Thompson

*denotes member, Actors’ Equity Assocation


Nancy AndersonNancy Anderson* (Titania) In St. Louis: Crazy For You (The MUNY), Skinflint (The Repertory of St. Louis). Broadway: A Class Act (Mona) and Wonderful Town (Helen, Eileen). London: Kiss Me Kate (Lois/Bianca-PBS Great Performances). Other television: South Pacific (at Carnegie Hall with Reba McIntyre), Madame Secretary (Alice). Off Broadway: Far From Heaven (Eleanor), Fanny Hill (Fanny Hill – Drama Desk Nomination), Jolson & Company

Myke AndrewsMyke Andrews (Cobweb) was most recently seen in the Webster Conservatory of Theater Arts’ production of The Miser (Harpagon). Some of his favorite credits include To Kill A Mockingbird (Tom Robinson), Les Miserables (Courfeyrac) at Hope Summer Repertory Theater, and Spell #7 (Lou) at Anthony Bean Community Theater. This is his first summer with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Andrews is a rising senior obtaining his BFA in Acting at Webster Conservatory.

Justin BlanchardJustin Blanchard* (Lysander) Shakespeare Festival St. Louis: Othello (Iago), Hamlet (Laertes). Broadway: Journey’s End (2007 Tony Award Best Revival of a Play). Off-Broadway: Into the Woods (Fiasco Theater & Roundabout); The Changeling, The Witch of Edmonton (Red Bull); Macbeth (TFANA); Jesus in India (Ma-Yi); Hamlet, Henry V (New York Classical Theatre). Regional: McCarter Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Actors Theater Louisville…

Timothy CarterTimothy Carter* (Oberon) played Scar in the national tour of The Lion King for four years. He also played lead roles in the national tour of The Three Musketeers and Macbeth with The Acting Company. His most recent theatre credits were Hans in The International at the Origin Theatre Company, Charlie in The Whale at the Adirondack Theatre Festival, and the title role in Henry VIII at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He has also played…

Paul CerehginoPaul Cereghino (Theseus) is making his Shakespeare Festival St. Louis debut. Cereghino has worked locally with HotCity, St. Louis Actors’ Studio, the Tennessee Williams Festival, Young Liars, Mustard Seed and others. He has also appeared Off-Broadway and with the Huntington Theatre Co. Cereghino teaches voice, acting and piano privately and for the Stages Performing Arts Academy. He also works as choir accompanist for Parkway North High,…

Rachel ChristopherRachel Christopher* (Helena) Trinity Rep: The Heidi Chronicle (Susan Johnston); Crime and Punishment (Sonia); Yellowman (Alma). Brown/Trinity Rep: The Lady from Dubuque (Jo); We Are Proud to Present a Presentation (Black Woman). Other Theaters: Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise (The Play Company); Zero Cost House (Pig Iron); At the Table (Fault Line Theatre); House of Home, Western Country (Williamstown Theatre Festival).

Gabriela DiazGabriela Diaz (Peaseblossom) is a recent graduate of Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts. Her previous credits include Tempest (Nymph), Dogfight (Ruth Two Bears), The Pajama Game (Carmen), Remnants of a Dream (Patricia/Rosa), Marisol (Marisol), Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Morgana), and Alice in Wonderland (Mock Turtle).

Raina HoustonRaina Houston (Mustardseed) is grateful to be returning to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. She was most recently seen in the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University’s The Miser (Justice of the Peace) and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre’s Junie B. Jones (Mom). Her favorite credits include Safe House (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis), Spring Awakening

Austin JacobsAustin Glen Jacobs (Puck) is thrilled to be making his debut with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Previous credits include My Fair Lady (Quartet), Beauty and the Beast and The Addams Family at The MUNY, Mary Poppins at Variety, Me, Myself and I (OTTO) at Edge Theatre, and the upcoming Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (Tweedle Dum) and The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster #2) at Stages St. Louis. Austin is a proud recent graduate of Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts.

Ryan JacobsRyan Alexander Jacobs (Puck) is ecstatic to be returning to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis after appearing in last summer’s production of Antony & Cleopatra. Other favorite credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Mary Poppins (Variety Children’s Theatre and Grandstreet Theatre), Me, Myself and I (Edge Theatre). Later this summer Jacobs will be appearing in Alice in Wonderland and The Drowsy Chaperone at…

Alan KnollAlan Knoll* (Snug/Lion) is thrilled to return to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis after playing Mardian in Antony and Cleopatra last summer. Since then, he appeared as George Hay in Moon Over Buffalo at Insight Theatre and was part of the ensemble in the Repertory Theatre of St Louis’ All the Way. Other favorite roles include Captain Hook in Peter Pan (Variety Children’s Theatre), Phillipe in Heroes (Nebraska Rep), President Smith in November

Reginald PierreReginald Pierre (Snout/Wall) Pierre’s credits include Stick Fly (Flip) at The Black Rep; The Normal Heart (Bruce) at HotCity Theatre; Topdog/Underdog (Lincoln) at St. Louis Actors Studio; Jackie and Me (Jackie Robinson) at Metro Theater Company; and Antony and Cleopatra (Maecenas) and Henry IV and Henry V (Westmoreland) at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis.

Stephen PilkingtonStephen Pilkington* (Bottom) Broadway: One Man, Two Guvnors (Music Box), The Winslow Boy (American Airlines); Off-Broadway: Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors (The Acting Company), Nights and Fights, Schemes and Dreams (The Public), If I Were Your Superhero (Cherry Lane), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Blessed Unrest), Othello (American Globe Theater); Regional: As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre, DC), Pinterís Mirror (Shakespeare & Company),…

Michael PropsterMichael Propster* (Peter Quince) is making his Shakespeare Festival St. Louis debut. Favorite credits include: Orphans (Phillip) at Seacoast Rep, Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Sam) at Bay Theatre, A Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit) and Paris by Night both at Trinity Rep, Perceval (Perceval) in the NY Fringe, all his work with the 52nd Street Project, and his first professional credit, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander) with the National Players. Other credits…

Whit ReichertWhit Reichert* (Egeus) is very happy to return to the Festival for his sixth mainstage show. He was last seen as Brabantio in Othello. The other Festival shows included Hamlet, Richard III, As You Like It, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2002). Reichert also appeared in the 2014 Festival Education Tour as Falstaff in Family of Kings (an hour and five-minute version of Henry IV and Henry V) and the Dukes and Corin in a version of As You Like It.

Jay StalderJay Stalder (Flute/Thisby) is a rising senior at the Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts. His credits include The Winslow Boy (Ronnie) at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and Spring Awakening (Ernst), Dogfight, and The Tempest at the Webster Conservatory.

Cassia ThompsonCassia Thompson (Hermia) was most recently seen in The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ production of Safe House (Roxie). Favorite credits include Stop Kiss (Sara), Shotgun (Mattie Godchaux), and The Tempest (Ariel). Cassia is a graduating senior of Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts.

Jacqueline ThompsonJacqueline Thompson (Hippolyta) is delighted to make her mainstage debut after directing Shakespeare in the Streets production of The World Begun and performing in Old Hearts Fresh as Hermione in 2013. Selected credits include Insidious (The Black Rep) Gees Bend (Mustard Seed), Prayer for The Gun Bug (Onsite Theatre) A Kid Like Jake (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis) Afflicted: Daughters of Salem (Metro Theatre.) She holds an M.F.A….

Jerry VogelJerry Vogel* (Starvling) is a St. Louis based professional actor. Favorite past roles for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis include; As You Like It (the Dukes), Much Ado About Nothing (Don Pedro), Henry IV/Henry V (Pistol). Recent acting credits include; All the Way (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Old Wicked Songs (New Jewish Theatre), and Shining City (Upstream Theatre). Regional theatre credits include; Cincinnati Playhouse, The Black Rep,…

Ben WattsBen Watts (Philostrate/Moth) was most recently seen in Young Liars’ production of The Dispute. Other credits include The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet (St. Louis Shakespeare), The Normal Heart (HotCity Theatre), Stairs to the Roof (Sudden View Productions), Angels in America, Little Shop of Horrors and Psycho Beach Party (Stray Dog Theatre). Ben is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Pete WinfreyPeter Winfrey (Demetrius) is thrilled to be back with the Shakespeare Festival for his fourth show in the park. Previously, he performed in the 2015 Festival Education Tour, Twelfth Night, Othello, and Taming of the Shrew. He has worked with a number of companies around St. Louis including Upstream Theater (Shining City), New Jewish Theatre (Bad Jews, St. Louis Theatre Circle Award nomination), Insight Theatre Company (Moon Over Buffalo,…

*denotes member, Actors’ Equity Assocation

Creative Team

William Shakespeare (Playwright) rose from obscurity to become the most read, adapted and translated writer of all time, but also the subject of great speculation. We know he was baptized at Stratford-upon-Avon on April 26, 1564, and was buried at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford on April 25, 1616. Tradition holds that he was born three days earlier, and that he died on his birthday—April 23—but this is perhaps more romantic myth than fact.

Rick DildineRick Dildine (Director) is Artistic and Executive Director of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Since his arrival in 2009, Festival attendance and revenue have grown over 30 percent and the organization has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Excellence in the Arts Award from the Arts & Education Council of Greater St. Louis and the Exemplary Community Achievement Award for the State of Missouri. Dildine was named 2014…

Scott C. NealeScott Neale (Scenic Designer) is excited to return to Shakespeare Glen after designing the set for Antony and Cleopatra (St. Louis Theater Circle Award Nomination), Henry IV & Henry V, Twelfth Night, and The Taming of the Shrew. Recent St. Louis design credits: Georama, One Man Two Guvnors (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis) and The Very Last Green Thing (Opera Theatre of St. Louis). Scott is in his 10th year as Resident Set Designer for Albany Park Theater Project…

Dottie EnglisDottie Englis (Costume Designer) designed costumes for previous Festival productions of Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and The Henry Project and Antony and Cleopatra. Other designs include All the Way, The Winslow Boy, Macbeth, Amadeus, Kiss Me, Kate, The Taming of the Shrew, and Saint Joan (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Indiana Repertory Theatre); Othello, The Merchant of Venice,…

John WylieJohn Wylie (Lighting Designer) is the Head of Production Programs at Webster University where he teaches Technical Direction and Lighting. He is a graduate of Augustana College and the University of Missouri at Kansas City. John has designed for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the Missouri Rep, the St. Louis Black Rep, Metro Theatre Company, Variety Children’s Theatre and Geva Theatre in New York, among others. This is his tenth season with the Festival.

Rusty WandallRusty Wandall (Sound Design) is excited to be returning to the festival for his fifth year. He is currently the head of sound design at Webster University and the resident sound designer at the Repertory Theater of St. Louis. He has also worked with Variety Children’s Theatre, Metro Theater Company, Opera Theatre St Louis, Hot City Theatre, and Mustard Seed Theatre here in St Louis. Wandall has also worked with regional theaters including…

Brien SeyleBrien Seyle/Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra (Original Score, Composer) happily returns to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for his second production. Along with Matt Pace, Seyle wrote music for the Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 production of Twelfth Night. He appeared as an extra in that show, playing violin as part of the incidental music ensemble. Seyle is a founding member, violinist, and composer for the Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra,…

Matt PaceMatt Pace/Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra (Original Score, Music Director)is delighted to be part of another Shakespeare Festival St. Louis production, his second as music director after 2013’s Twelfth Night. A co-founder, composer, and multi-instrumentalist in the Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra, Pace has worked in the fields of scoring and live accompaniment for film, theatre, and museum exhibits, as well as maintaining an active schedule…

Blank-SquarePeter Mark Kendall (Original Songs) is an actor and musician based out of New York City. He has created music for many theaters, including Trinity Repertory Company, Playmakers Rep, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Baltimore CENTERSTAGE, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, among others. As an actor, he has worked extensively in television and film, as well as with numerous theatre companies in New York City and regionally. He studied jazz guitar…

Blank-SquareSuzanne Mills (Voice and Text Coach) This is Suzanne Mills’ seventh year and eighth production as Voice and Text coach with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. She began as a professional actor in New York over 40 years ago. She has been a text coach for the past 30 years and some of her favorite Shakespeare productions have included Hamlet, As You Like It, Othello, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, Winter’s Tale, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.