Staff

laurajohnsonLaura Johnson (Executive Director)
has served on the Board of Directors of Tallahassee’s Irish Repertory Theater, and on the Artistic Advisory Committee of Theatre Tallahassee. Laura’s more notable stage productions include Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), As You Like It (Rosalind), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie), The Changeling (Beatrice-Joanna), and, most recently, Doctor Faustus (Mephistopheles) at the New American Shakespearean Tavern in Atlanta, Georgia for Resurgens Theatre Company. Laura co-wrote and directed a one-act play for the Holocaust Education Resource Council and is highly visible in both episodic television and commercial programming, including working as the on-air host of The Florida Lottery. laura@southernshakes.org  |  Read More >>

lannythomasLanny Thomas (Artistic Director)
appeared for three years in the D.C. Shakespeare Festival in the late 1970s before earning his Masters in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts (1980). He helped start two theatre companies in L.A., and was the Literary Manager for the LA Theater Unit, who produced his play, Imprints. In Tallahassee, Lanny has appeared in multiple productions at Theater Tallahassee (TT) including Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing, and directed three shows at TT. He was on TT’s Board of Directors, and became the Chair of the Artistic Advisory Committee. He was a founding member of Tallahassee’s Irish Repertory Theater (IRT) acting company and has directing four shows for the IRT, including Irish Folktales, which he adapted for the stage. lanny@southernshakes.org  |  Read More >>

Phil Croton (Education Director)Phil Croton 2016
Phil was born and raised in London, and attended The Italia Conti Drama School, making his West End debut at the tender age of eleven, flying around the stage as John Darling in “Peter Pan” at the Scala Theatre, and he was cast again in the same role the following year! He also appeared on television in A Play for Today for the BBC and in minor roles in films and television, but his true love always has been live theatre. phil@southernshakes.org
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Biana MonagueBianca Montague (Bardlings Director)
A student of Shakespeare for over 10 years, Bianca Montague has worked in theatre education in and around the Tallahassee area since 2011. She has served as co-director for Southern Shakespeare Company’s junior company, The Bardlings, for the last year. Prior to joining the Southern Shakespeare family, Bianca served as assistant director for Capital City Shakespeare, and taught several classes at the Young Actors Theatre. She wrote and directed a 10-minute play as part of the one-act play festival at FSU (2010) and has directed several independent productions including Almost, Maine (2014), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2012), and A Doll’s House (2011). Bianca’s most recent stage credits include appearing in The Comedy of Errors (Luciana), Bard Wars (Princess Leia), and The Pillowman (mother).

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Sierra Service (Co-Director, Afterschool Program)
Sierra holds a B.S. in Theater Education from FAMU and is in her fifth year teaching drama at SAIL High School. Last year she assisted in the SSF education program with The Bardling’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and this year with their production of The Tempest and in a new education program, Shaking It Up!, bringing Shakespeare to the Walker Ford Community Center along with the help of her awesome Drama Club students from SAIL High School!

Robin Jackson 2016Robin Jackson (Co-Director, Afterschool Program)
Robin Jackson is a Tallahassee native who grew up involved in the Southern Shakespeare Company (SSC) as a child and many other local theatre productions. For the past six years she has performed with Artspot: Educational Theatre, an international touring company bringing English educational children’s theatre to over fifteen countries. As well as performing, Robin led and developed “Teaching Through Theatre” workshops for teachers and students around the world. She holds an AS in Musical Theatre from Florida School of the Arts as well as a BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Central Florida. Currently, along with her work with SSC, Robin teaches at Grassroots Free School, directs Miccosukee Land Co-op Drama Camp, and has partnered recently with SAIL High School Drama Club on various productions. Robin feels strongly about the importance of theatre education and is thrilled and honored to be back in Tallahassee to share her experience and love with her hometown.