Twelfth Night

05.24.13 – 06.16.13





Twins Viola and Sebastian are separated when their ship capsizes. Each believes that the other has drowned. Viola washes ashore on the coast of Illyria. To survive, she disguises herself as a man and assumes the name “Cesario.”


VIOLA, later disguised as “CESARIO” Kimiye Corwin*
ORSINO Joshua Thomas
OLIVIA Leslie Ann Handleman*
MALVOLIO Anderson Matthews*
FESTE Any Paterson*
SIR TOBY BELCH Eric Hoffmann*
MARIA Candice Jeanine
SEBASTIAN Vichet Chum*
ANTONIO Michael James Reed*
FABIAN Gary Glasgow*
ENSEMBLE Michael Fariss
Kyle Powell
Alex Shaw
Pete Winfrey
Brien Seyle (Violinist)

SCENE: Illyria


Vichet ChumVICHET CHUM* (Sebastian) Regional: Trinity Repertory Company, the Guthrie Theater, Huntington Theatre Company and New Harmony Project. New York: Slant Theatre Project, Theater for the New City, Incubator Arts Project, Amios Theatre Company, Ugly Rhino Productions, the MCC Theater and the Lark Play Development Center. He is also artistic director of THE GROUP LAB. Education: BFA, the University of Evansville and MFA, Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company.

Kimiye CorwinKIMIYE CORWIN* (Viola) is celebrating her second season with SFSTL! She played Ophelia in SFSTL’s HAMLET, directed by Bruce Longworth. Off Broadway: WASTED: AN HISTORICAL BURLESQUE (Ars Nova). Regional: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Syracuse Stage Co.); A CHRISTMAS CAROL (McCarter); NOW CIRCA THEN (Theatreworks Silicon Valley); SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS (Hartford Stage). TV: One Life to Live. Film: Five Dances.

Michael FarissMICHAEL FARISS (Ensemble) is honored to return to the stage in Shakespeare Glen for another fun summer. Michael is a recent graduate of Webster University’s Conservatory of Theater Arts. Michael would like to thank the audience for supporting the arts and his Mom and Dad for supporting him. Enjoy the show!

Gary GlasgowGARY GLASGOW* (Fabian) is pleased to be returning for his tenth season at the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, where favorite productions include HAMLET, (Osric), RICHARD III (Hastings), THE TEMPEST (Sebastian), MACBETH (Porter), ROMEO AND JULIET (Paris) and THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Gremio). Recently, he appeared as Eddie in the New Jewish Theatre production of LOST IN YONKERS. Locally, he has also worked at The MUNY (17 seasons),…

Leslie HandelmanLESLIE ANN HANDELMAN* (Olivia) is thrilled to be appearing at SFSTL, and even more delighted to be working with Rick Dildine again. Chicago and regional credits include HENRY IV PART 2 (Milwaukee Shakespeare), THE CASSILIS ENGAGEMENT (ShawChicago), TROILUS AND CRESSIDA (Shakespeare Project of Chicago), PERICLES (Equity Library Theatre), THE ODYSSEY (Stage One), ENCHANTED APRIL and THE CONSTANT WIFE (Meadowbrook Theatre), and…

Eric HoffmannERIC HOFFMANN* (Sir Toby Belch) is an actor, director, and teacher, Eric recently completed a 3-year world tour playing Officer Krupke in WEST SIDE STORY. Recent credits also include Orgon in TARTUFFE and David O. Selznick in MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS. He’s appeared at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, Theatre Virginia, The Pittsburgh Public Theatre, McCarter Theatre, and the Orlando Shakespeare Festival. He spent nine seasons as a company member…

Candice JeanineCANDICE JEANINE (Maria) ebulliently makes her debut with SFSTL! Her credits include The St. Louis Black Rep’s productions of THE PIANO LESSON (Grace), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Snout/Wall), A SONG FOR CORETTA (Zora), and the Kevin Kline award -winning SARAFINA! (Mistress).She’s also performed with local theatres such as Insight Theatre , A Spoonful o’ Honey and St. Louis Actor’s Studio. Candice is a native of East St. Louis, IL and a graduate of St. Louis University.

Anderson MatthewsANDERSON MATTHEWS* (Malvolio) previously appeared at the Festival as Polonius in HAMLET. He has appeared in 26 Repertory Theatre of St. Louis shows, including BETRAYAL, COPENHAGEN, FLEA IN HER EAR, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, THE PILLOWMAN, and THE GOAT. Other regional credits include Cincinnati Playhouse, Pioneer Theatre, Arena Stage, Old Globe, and Pittsburgh Public Theatre. Broadway: THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM and…

Andy PatersonANDY PATERSON* (Feste) is tickled to be making his SFSTL debut. Regional: New York Classical Theatre, Aquila, La MaMa, The Acting Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Center Stage (Baltimore) , Florida Studio Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Intiman (Seattle), McCarter Theatre Center, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, North Shore Music Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, PCPA Theaterfest, Pig Iron Theatre Company (Philadelphia),…

Kyle PowellKYLE POWELL (Ensemble) is elated to be making his SFSTL debut. Kyle will be attending the University of Houston in the fall for his MFA. He graduated from SLU with a degree in exercise science. He was recently in IMAGINARY JESUS (Mustard Seed Theatre), THE THREE SISTERS (Saint Louis University), TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Insight Theatre) and CORIOLANUS (Saint Louis Shakespeare).

Michael James ReedMICHAEL JAMES REED* (Antonio) St. Louis theatre credits include appearing at the Festival in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW; the Rep in CLYBOURNE PARK, A STEADY RAIN, MACBETH, THE INVISIBLE HAND, THE VIBRATOR PLAY, LIFE OF GALILEO and THE THREE MUSKETEERS; Upstream Theatre in BLOOD WEDDING; the Muny in last year’s THE KING AND I; and the New Jewish in SPEED-THE-PLOW. NY credits include LA BÊTE (Broadway), KING LEAR…

Haas RegenHAAS REGEN* (Sir Andrew Aguecheek) is truly honored to be playing in SFSTL’s “Twelfth Night.” In NYC he has appeared in SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER (White Horse Theater), TWELFTH NIGHT (Fiasco Theater), JUMP JIM CROW (Subjective Theatre), FROGS and DOCTOR FAUSTUS (Fault Line Theatre), among others. Regional credits include: AS YOU LIKE IT (Commonwealth Shakes) and A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Trinity Rep). He is a founding member…

Brien-SeyleBRIEN SEYLE (Ensemble/Violinist) is a composer and violinist with the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra. With the Rats and People, Seyle has written and performed at the behest of the St. Louis International Film Festival, the Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival, the Webster Film Series, and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts’ Sound Waves series, to name a few. In addition to his work with St. Louis’ premier silent-film accompaniment ensemble, Seyle has provided…

Alex ShawALEX SHAW (Ensemble) is making his SFSTL debut! Regional: OTHELLO, LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST, AS YOU LIKE IT (Mainestage Shakespeare). BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, DAMN YANKEES, CAMELOT (MUNY). AS FIVE YEARS PASS, TWELFTH NIGHT, LAS MENINAS (Columbia University). Alex will be starting an MFA in acting at Julliard this fall.

Joshua ThomasJOSHUA THOMAS (Orsino) is excited to be returning to the Festival this year after playing Cassio in last year’s production of OTHELLO. He has performed with many of the professional St. Louis theatre companies as well as several in Australia. His plays include LET THERE BE THISTLES (STL), SEVEN PAGES OF ALIENS IN A CORNFIELD (NYC) and the upcoming ANGELS AND WHISKEY and KINK.

Pete WinfreyPETE WINFREY (Ensemble) is a native St. Louisan and a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis who is ecstatic to be returning to the Shakespeare Festival for a third consecutive summer. Favorite past shows include: CONNECTED at HotCity Theatre, THE ME NOBODY KNOWS (Donald) at The Black Rep, CABARET (Emcee), and CAMDEN & LILLY (Camden) at Wash. U. He sends a huge thanks to Rick, Suzanne, the staff, the crew, and the cast…

Creative Team

Rick Dildine in Shakespeare Festival St LouisRICK DILDINE (Director) is the Executive / Artistic Director of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. His first three seasons were highlighted with the largest attendance in Festival history and expansion of education and community programming. St. Louis Magazine named him to the city’s “2010 A-List” and the 2012 “Power List.” St. Louis Business Journal named him to its 2012 “40 Under 40.” In 2012, the Festival launched its first major programming expansion in a more than…

Scott-Neale-webSCOTT C. NEALE (Scenic Designer) is thrilled to return to the Shakespeare Glen after last designing the set for “The Taming of the Shrew*.” Scott received his MFA from Northwestern University and currently resides in St. Louis, MO, where he runs his design business. St. Louis credits include “Jackie and Me,” Metro Theater Co.; “Clybourne Park†,” “The Invisible Hand,” Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; “Awake and Sing,” The New Jewish Theatre**; “Conversations with an Executioner,”…

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 seventh season with the Festival.

Dottie-EnglisDOTTIE ENGLIS (Costume Designer) is pleased to return to the Festival, where she previously designed costumes for ROMEO AND JULIET, JULIUS CAESAR and HAMLET. Long associated with The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, she has designed many shows including MACBETH; AMADEUS; KISS ME, KATE; THE TAMING OF THE SHREW; and SAINT JOAN. For Illinois Shakespeare Festival, designs include A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, OTHELLO, THE MERCHANT…

Rusty_Wandall-Sound-Designer_ResizedRUSTY WANDALL (Sound Designer) is excited to be joining Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for the second consecutive year. He is currently Head of Sound Design at Webster University and the Resident Sound Designer at the Repertory Theater of St. Louis. Rusty holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Sound Design from UMKC. Recent designs include: RACE (Kevin Kline nomination), CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION (Kevin Kline nomination), A STEADY RAIN, THE COMEDY…

Matt PaceMATT PACE (Music Director) is a composer, teacher, and performer living and working in St. Louis. He received an M.A. in composition and a Ph.D. in music theory from Washington University, and teaches courses in musicianship and music theory at both Washington University and Webster University. As a composer and pianist/guitarist/trumpeter for the Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra, he has written and performed a number of silent film scores over the past decade,…

Blank-SquareSUZANNE MILLS (Voice & Text Coach) had the privilege of working as the voice and text coach for the Shakespeare Festival productions of HAMLET, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, and OTHELLO. She has taught both voice and acting for Mustard Seed Theatre, Lindenwood University, Saint Louis University and Fontbonne University. Suzanne is a member of Actors’ Equity and has collaborated with Bruce Longworth on over two dozen productions.

RatsAndPeopleLogoThe Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra (Composers) has actively redefined both the music and film cultures of St. Louis. In addition to its prolific compositions and live performances of new film scores for the films of the Silent Era, the ensemble — equal parts indie/punk stalwart and academically trained composers/musicians — has provided soundtracks for many of St. Louis’ most vital and acclaimed locally-produced contemporary films. They have written and performed…

Paul DennhardtPAUL DENNHARDT (Fight Choreographer) is delighted to return to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for his sixth season as fight director. Paul is a Professor of Theatre at Illinois State University where he heads the movement training for the MFA in Classical Acting. He is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (M. AmSAT), a Fight Director/Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, and a Master Teacher/Fight Director with Dueling Arts International.

Emilee BuchheitEMILEE BUCHHEIT (Stage Manager) is delighted to be returning to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis this year. She previously stage managed SFSTL’s production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW in 2011 and assistant stage managed THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR in 2009. During the winter months Emilee works for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Other stage management credits include the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, New Jewish Theatre, The Foolish…

Blank-SquareALEX SEIDEL (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be returning to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis this year after being the Production Assistant on last year’s OTHELLO! Alex just completed his junior year at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, where his is currently pursuing a BFA in Stage Management. Alex has worked with The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and the New Jewish Theatre. Other credits include TITANIC…

Director’s Note

Twelfth Night, or What You Will is one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies and one of my favorite plays (I’ve played both Feste and Orsino). The play was originally written sometime between 1601 and 1602, part of the annual Twelfth Night celebrations, with the first recorded performance on February 2, 1602. The foretitle is believed to be an afterthought. When Shakespeare was writing the play, we think he intended the play to be entitled What You Will; however, at the same time there was another popular play by that name on the boards in town. Thus “Twelfth Night” was added!

I am excited to share this show with you. Twelfth Night has been a popular request for many years. See you in the park in 2013!

~ Rick Dildine, Executive Director