Staff

laurajohnsonLaura Johnson (Executive Director)
has served as Executive Director of the Southern Shakespeare Company since 2014. Laura also serves on the Board of Directors of Tallahassee’s Irish Repertory Theater and previously 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 Multi-state Powerball and the Florida Lottery. laura@southernshakes.org  |  Read More >>

Phil Croton (Education Director & Shakespeare Man)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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Jimmy Kontos (Program Director) 
Jimmy is a Tallahassee native with over twenty years of experience teaching and developing theatrical curriculum in universities, public schools, and private conservatories.  He has directed and produced over forty productions in the regional and academic arenas, and has taught performance classes at institutions such as Florida State University, Ringling College of Art and Design, and the University of Alabama.  He holds a BA from Florida State University, an MFA in Direction from the University of Alabama, and a graduate certificate in Arts Administration from the University of Connecticut. Read More >>

Robin Jackson (Co-Director, Bardlings & Coordinator, Afterschool Programs)
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.

Bianca Montague (Co-Director, Bardlings) 
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).