Lauren Antista (SLEEPING BEAUTY) is excited to be performing in her second Southern Shakes play. She most recently played roles in Southern Shakespeare Festival’s The Comedy of Errors and Theatre Tallahassee’s production of Murder on the Nile as Jacqueline de Severac. Lauren has appeared in a number of local theatre productions. Some favorites include Spamalot (Ensemble), the Theatre Tallahassee coffeehouse production, Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Jean), The Secret Garden (Rose Lennox), Nine (Renata), and Bedroom Farce (Suzannah). When she is not on stage, Lauren is teaching yoga and working at Florida State University doing marketing and public relations.
Lance Felton (CAPTAIN HOOK) Rap artist, actor, songwriter and playwright, also known as Lance Markeith, is a bundle package of entertainment. He hosts church functions, school talent and fashion shows, and acts in community theatre. Markeith has a devout passion and training in Emceeing. His mentors range from professional Hip-Hop DJ’s from the Bronx to gospel and black history playwrights to professors of Acting at FSU. He adores Shakespeare, labeling him the most prolific rap artist of all time whose works even surpass Tupac Shakur. He believes sharing Shakespeare with the community opens the world to a humanity we still aren’t quite familiar with and one scholars still debate -similar to the lyrics of his most esteemed rappers (like Andre 3000, Eminem and Nas).
Joe Fisher (SHAKESPEARE) 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.
Robin Jackson (GOLDILOCKS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR) is a Tallahassee native who was involved with SSC as a child. For the past 6 years, she performed with Artspot: Educational Theatre, an international touring company bringing English educational children’s theatre to over fifteen countries. 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 and a BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Central Florida. Currently, Robin teaches at Grassroots Free School, directs Miccosukee Land Co-op Drama Camp, and has partnered with SAIL High School Drama Club, as well as SSC’s Education program. Robin feels strongly about the importance of theatre education and is thrilled to share her experience and love with her hometown.
Dee Selmore (CINDERELLA) received her Bachelor degree from FAMU in Theatre Performance and her Master degree from FSU in Theatre Education. Dee is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and serves on the Theatre Tallahassee board of directors. Dee has been seen in numerous productions including The Color Purple (Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe), To Kill A Mockingbird (Mill Mountain Theatre), Dreamgirls (QMT), The Violet Hour (FSU), and Flyin’ West (FAMU). Dee performed two works at the National Black Theatre Festival 2015 and recently performed in the Laughing Stock Cabaret. Dee would also like to thank her mother and son for making her possible.
Sierra Service (SNOW WHITE) 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 SSC education program with The Bardlings 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.
Erika Stone (RAPUNZEL) is an artist in residence with the FSU College of Motion Picture Arts. She has been seen recently in Theatre Tallahassee’s productions of Calendar Girls and Moon Over Buffalo and enjoys working in front of the camera in her student’s films. Her prior Shakespeare credits include Ophelia in Hamlet, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lady Anne in Richard the Third. Erika appeared in SSC’s touring production of Shakespeare (Abridged) as Jess. Erika would like to thank her very supportive husband and two sons for allowing her to practice her craft in addition to her full-time job.