Here’s the cast of As You Like It! (in alphabetical order)
JAKE ARMSTRONG (Amiens) is a Tallahassee native and graduate from FSU College of Music. He is ecstatic to be returning for a third season with Southern Shakespeare Festival and is honored to be a part of this production. He is a classically trained tenor, versed in performances from Bel Canto to modern operatic repertoire. SSF Performances: The Comedy of Errors (Twin brothers Antipholus), The Complete Works of W. Shakespeare Abridged (Daniel), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius). Recent local performances: TCC’s The Crucible (Rev. Hale), FSU Opera’s Postcard from Morocco (Man with Paint Box), Romeo et Juliette (Tybalt), Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree (Will Tweedy), Young Actor’s Theatre 42nd Street (Julian Marsh) and a concert performance with Tallahassee Community Chorus as the Celebrant in Bernstein’s Mass. Jake has covered operatic leading tenor roles for Wolf Trap Opera (Les contes d’Hoffmann, Sweeney Todd, and Le donne curiose) Lyric Opera Virginia (La Traviata) and Bronx Opera (Fra Diavolo) and Opera Saratoga.
CHARLES BURDEN (Charles the Wrestler/Oliver Martext) is appearing in his first production with Southern Shakespeare and he’s thrilled to be returning to the stage after a five-year hiatus. He began his theatre career in high school and since then has appeared in over fifty productions in his home state of Colorado. Among his favorite roles are Jake in Sideshow, Ali Hakim in Oklahoma and Mitch Mahoney in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He’s also performed Shakespeare in productions of Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet. Offstage, Charles is a practicing attorney serving as court-appointed counsel for indigent defendants on behalf of the Office of Regional Conflict Counsel.
Dr. KEVIN CARR (Oliver) is the founder of Canopy Roads Productions. Directing credits include Blithe Spirit, The Glass Menagerie, and The Laramie Project (Lesley University), Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night (Theater Tallahassee), Doctor Faustus (Resurgens Theatre Company), If Music Be the Food of Love, A Raisin in the Sun, Zelda at the Oasis, Anne and Emmett, Mercy Seat, Collected Stories, To Kill a Mockingbird (Canopy Roads Productions), Anna in the Tropics (Tallahassee Hispanic Theater). Local acting credits include Osric in Hamlet (FSU), Alonzo in The Tempest (Capital City Shakespeare), Sam Byck in Assassins (New Stage Theatreworks), Eliades in Anna in the Tropics (Tallahassee Hispanic Theater). He also appeared as Alonso in the Resurgens Theater production of The Changeling in Tallahassee and at the Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta, GA. Most recently, he appeared as William Shakespeare in the SSC’s touring production of Zombie Shakespeare.
ANTHONY COONS (Orlando) a South Florida native, developed his love for acting and the Arts in his freshman year of high school, when he was cast as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. From then on, theatre has been an integral part of his life. Though this is his first show with the Southern Shakespeare Company, Anthony has starred in various other productions around Tallahassee such as The Crucible (John Proctor), West Side Story (Diesel), and Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike (Spike). In addition to acting, Anthony is passionate about music, fitness, and writing, and is a junior at Florida State University studying Economics and Computer Science.
PHIL CROTON (Jacques) was born, raised and received his drama training in London, England. He has appeared on the West End stage as well as on BBC Television and on film. Having worked for the Theatre Royal in its education department, he left England to come to Florida in 2011. His love of the works of William Shakespeare led him to Tallahassee and the Southern Shakespeare Company and he was part of their re-birth in 2015, appearing as Theseus and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Phil has appeared in such diverse roles as Sir Thomas More in a Man for All Seasons and R.P. McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Other roles include leads in A Chorus of Disapproval, Separate Tables, The Real Inspector Hound and The Typist. He has also directed various productions including The Donahue Sisters, Humble Boy, and for the Theatre Royal Youth Company, Maria Marten and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
He was part of the SSC troupe that toured The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). He now works full-time for Southern Shakespeare Company as Director of their Education and Outreach department.
JOE FISHER (ADAM) grew up in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Suddenly, he moved to Florida and worked at Disney. He then became a special effects makeup artist. He is an active actor, starring in local theater groups throughout Tallahassee, such as Southern Shakespeare (where he has appeared in all four of the productions to date), Capital City Shakespeare, Irish Repertory Theater, as well as a symphonic Cellist, published poet/author, artist, championship rapier fencer, magician, and all-around Adventurer.
DEVON GLOVER (Touchstone) is a teacher, poet, rapper, from Brooklyn, New York. He performs Shakespeare’s Sonnets in a dynamic way through Hip-Hop in schools, universities and theaters to young audiences nationally and abroad. As The Sonnet Man, Devon has appeared on The Today Show, MSNBC, BBC, NPR, and Shakespeare Festivals throughout the world. The release of his debut video Hip-Hop Hamlet was selected for the Shakespeare Short Film Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon. In April 2016, Devon went on a SonnetMarathon tour through the US, UK, and Morocco—where he rapped all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets in succession on April 24th. Devon also performs with the California troupe, Salty Shakespeare, where he wrote musical pieces and played Clarence & Tyrell in Richard III. For more information, visit www.SonnetMan.com.
DANIEL HENDON (Le Beau, Second Brother) is a senior at Maclay High School. An actor since a very young age, he is currently the president of the Maclay Company troupe for the second year in a row. He has performed scenes at the District 1 Thespian festival for multiple years, receiving three superiors for duet acting and One Act and the Critic’s Choice award for his monologue performance. Recent performances include: George in Moon Over Buffalo; Eugene in Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Charlie in Kill Me, Deadly; as well as Brutus in Julius Caesar for SSC’s Bardlings.
DUNCAN HOEHN (Corin) is pleased to attempt a more benign role after having played the respective Shakespeare (step)fathers-from-hell to Hermia, Hamlet, Cordelia, and Juliet. After an extended period of theatrical semi-retirement, he’s back in action, with recent appearances as Tito in Lend Me A Tenor (MadCo), Justice Wargrave in And Then There Were None (Theatre Tallahassee), and Creon in Jean Anouilh’s Antigone (Polyphonic Bonsai Productions).
ROBIN JACKSON (Phoebe) performed for six years with Artspot: Educational Theatre, an international touring children’s theatre company and most recently in Tallahassee, she was the Assistant Director and Stage Manager for the Irish Repertory Theater’s Sea Marks. Robin was seen in SSC’s Zombie Shakespeare (Assistant Director/Goldilocks). 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. Robin teaches and coordinates SSC’s after school programs and summer camps, teaches theatre at Grassroots Free School, and directs the Miccosukee Land Co-op Drama Camp.
LAURA W. JOHNSON (Rosalind) was last seen on the Capital City Amphitheater stage as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Southern Shakespeare Festival. She is Executive Director of Southern Shakespeare Company and a professional stage/film actor. Laura has performed with both local and regional theatre companies including Theatre Tallahassee in Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie), Witness for the Prosecution (Romaine), Boys Next Door (Sheila), Bug (Agnes), and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (Mindy); Canopy Roads Theatre Company in Zelda at the Oasis (Zelda); the Irish Repertory Theater (Outside Mullingar, The Donahue Sisters, and A Galway Girl); and Resurgens Theatre at the New American Shakespearean Tavern in Atlanta, Georgia (Mephistopheles in Doctor Faustus and Beatrice-Joanna in The Changeling). Laura will be seen on the Ruby Diamond Auditorium stage in Requiem of Defiance, and is highly visible in episodic television, commercials, and as on-air host for the Multi-state Powerball.
JESSICA LOWE-MINOR (Celia) is thrilled to be a part of SSC’s production of As You Like It. A graduate of the Florida State University School of Theatre, Lowe-Minor is returning to the stage after nearly ten years. While at FSU, she performed in student productions of Uncommon Women and Others, A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The 24 Hour Play, Emotional Baggage and Lysistrata. Currently, Lowe-Minor works as a nonprofit administrator and is incredibly grateful for the love and support of her husband, Rick, and three-year-old daughter, Madeline.
JOSHUA WEINSTEIN (Silvius) is a junior at Florida High. As a previous member of The Bardlings, the Southern Shakespeare Festival’s junior company, since its original creation. This is Joshua’s first appearance in the adult show. Josh has performed in a wide variety of shows ranging from school productions to works produced by the Irish Repertory Theater. He has performed as Bartley in The Cripple of Inishmaan, Cassius in Julius Ceaser, Jem in To Kill A Mockingbird, and a variety of other roles. He is very thankful for the opportunities presented to him, especially those from The Bardlings and the Southern Shakespeare Festival.
TERRY WELLS (Dukes Senior and Frederick), a native Tallahassean, began acting just a mile away on the stage of Leon High School. As a student there, he was active in the Thespian Society and the Choral Dept. Upon graduation, he travelled a mile west to FSU’s School of Theatre to earn his BA. Since then, he has performed in both the US and Canada including a stint at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to earn his MFA from the University of Alabama. He is excited and optimistic about the mission of the Southern Shakespeare Festival to bring Shakespeare to Tallahassee on a continuing basis and is honored to be a part of this production.
Among his credits are: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Atlanta Shakespeare Company, York Shakespeare Festival (Ontario), Shakespeare in the Square (Ontario), Shakespeare in the Rough (Ontario), Vineyard Theatre (NYC), Ensemble Studio Theatre (NYC), NYU Festival of New Works (NYC), Gulfshore Playhouse (Naples), Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (Sarasota), Mad Cow Theatre (Orlando), Theatre Emory (Atlanta) and the Dixie Theatre (Apalachicola). He is a member of Actors’ Equity in both the US and Canada.
His work in this production is dedicated to the legacies of Mrs. Mina Cubbon, Mr. Ray Kickliter and Dean Richard Fallon in appreciation of their devotion to the performing arts and education in Florida.
REED WORRELL (First Lord) is a graduating senior at SAIL High School, and this is his first time with Southern Shakespeare’s adult company. He has previously acted in SSC’s junior company, The Bardlings, in The Tempest, Julius Caesar, and Antony and Cleopatra. He is also very involved in the theatre program at school, acting as The Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland and The Thump in Cage Bird, among others.
MIRANDA WONDER (Audrey) is very excited to be participating in her first production with the Southern Shakespeare Festival! Her love of theatre is second only to writing. Miranda holds an MFA from Columbia University in Fiction Writing, and she loves all things literary. Previous credits include the Nurse from Romeo and Juliet (Capital City Shakespeare), Nerissa from Merchant of Venice (Capital City Shakespeare), as well as an Assistant Director credit for Merchant.