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 who will be making this next summer happen.

Christopher Owens, Producing Artistic Director
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.  Last year he staged our production of Julius Caesar, then moved his production of Conversation With A Despicable Character from Atlanta to the Edinburgh Festival.  He will stage Lend Me A Tenor for the Springer Opera House - the State Theatre of Georgia - this January before returning to the festival to direct the 2015 production of Antony & Cleopatra.

Patricia Wesp, Costume Designer
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.  She designed both Illyria and Julius Caesar in 2014,  Richard III in 2013, 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 2013'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.

George Hillow, Scenic Designer
George came to Tidewater in 1987 as the resident scenic designer for The Virginia Stage Company. He began teaching, designing and directing at Christopher Newport University in 199 and is a member of the United Scenic Artists Local 829, the union of professional theatrical designers, since 2003. Aside from numerous credits in TV, film and advertising, George has designed scenery and lighting for well over one hundred productions, and he is proud to note that his designs have appeared many times at The Sandler Center in Virginia Beach, Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, The Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA, The Wayside Theatre in Middletown, VA and at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival in Williamsburg. 

Tamara Johnson, General Management Assistant 
Whether in front of the camera co-starring with celebrities or organizing behind the Production desk, she’s proficient in either role. Tamara’s an international film and television actor, a VSF company member for nine years, and a Regional Theatre actor while working as an Instructor of Acting at W&M for the past eight years.  Behind the camera, she worked many years as Casting Associate for Betsy Royall Casting in Baltimore, casting the shows of West Wing as well as National  (yes, Superbowl!) and Regional commercials.  As Casting Associate she designed and taught Advanced Camera Skills classes for the Professional actor. Prior to those years in Baltimore, Tamara instigated Educational programs in under- privileged schools and designed Theatre programs for the rehabilitation of juvenile delinquents, illuminating the understanding of human relationships. She’s worked as a Company Manager, Production  Manager, Assistant to the Artistic Director, Director, Costume Designer, Prop Designer, Stage Manager and General Management Assistant at Wayside Theatre in northwest Virginia for 12 years.  During that time she was also the founding Educational Director for Wayside Theatre.      

Olivia Levering, Promotions & Box Office Manager
Olivia hails from Chesapeake, Virginia and just moved back to Virginia, coming to us from Lincoln Center in NYC where she was the Group Sales Manager for that illustrious complex of companies.  Prior to her work with the Lincoln Center Group she was the Audience Services Manager for the Boston Conservatory for three years and a year prior to that at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.  She holds a Masters in Arts Administration from Florida State University and is excited to be starting her first year with the festival.

Sarah Pidcock, Casting Associate
Sarah Pidcock is a senior accounting major at the College of William & Mary. Sarah plans to pursue a Master of Accounting degree after graduation in May. Originally from Balitmore, Maryland, Sarah moved to Williamsburg in 2011 and began work with the Virginia Shakespeare Festival in the Fall of 2012. She has greatly enjoyed her work with VSF and is excited to continue working with the festival this year.