William & 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 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 Antony & Cleopatra.

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 second year with the festival.

Sarah Pidcock, Casting Associate
Sarah Pidcock is a graduate student at the College of William & Mary pursuing a master's degree in accounting. She attended the College as an undergraduate and began work with VSF in the Fall of 2012. Over the years Sarah has assisted with many aspects of the Festival, but now chiefly handles all audition scheduling and website management. Sarah has greatly enjoyed her work with VSF and is excited to continue working with the Festival this year.