William and Mary

The People Who Make It Happen...

With over 50 members of the company this year it would be difficult to introduce them all but here are a few of those making this summer happen

Producing Artistic Director - Christopher Owens

Professor Owens first came to the festival and to William & Mary in 2004, and has staged its productions of The Tempest, Macbeth, Love's Labours Lost, The Complete History of America Abridged, Hamlet, Art, The Winter's Tale, and The Merchant of Venice. Prior to heading VSF he was director of professional theatre companies in Dallas (Plaza Theatre, New Arts Theatre) and northwest Virginia (Wayside Theatre) for 18 years.  He is the recipient of the 2013 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence at William & Mary and has directed over 150 professional stage productions from coast to coast.  He received his theatrical training at SMU in Dallas and at The Juilliard School in New York under the direction of John Houseman.  This last season he was on research leave from the college and the festival, directing productions of Serious Money, Crimes of The Heart, Red, and Conversations With A Despicable Character at various theatres from Houston to Richmond to Atlanta.  Last year he staged our production of Julius Caesar.

Costume Designer Patricia Wesp
A Professor of Theatre at the College of William & Mary, Tric has been with the festival almost since its beginning, designing scores of productions, mostly for costumes but sometimes scenery as well.  Recent audiences will remember her Richard III from last season, The Tempest and Complete Works...Abridged in 2005, Macbeth and the first Illyria in 2006, and a stunning Romeo & Juliet and Love's Labours Lost in 2007.

Steve Holliday, Lighting Designer
Steve has been lighting productions for VSF for decades and is also a Professor of Theatre at the College of William & Mary.  Audiences have seen his work consistenly for the last 9 years including such standouts as last season's Richard III, Hamlet & The Comedy of Errors in 2011, Romeo & Juliet, Love's Labours Lost, Macbeth, Othello, Taming of the Shrew and many, many others.