Christine AdaireClick to Show/Hide Bio
Christine Adaire is a Designated Master Linklater Voice teacher, trained by world renowned voice teacher Kristin Linklater. She has worked as an actor, voice coach and director in regional theatres including: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Court Theatre, Theatre for a New Audience (NYC), American Shakespeare Theatre and Illinois Shakespeare Festival.
She has been a core company member of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts since 1983. Ms. Adaire has taught at DePaul University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, National Theatre School of Canada, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the Shanghai Theatre Academy in China.
Louis ColaianniClick to Show/Hide Bio
Louis Colaianni is a teacher and coach in the professional theatre. He recently coached the Off-Broadway production of Emotional Creature by Eve Ensler. He also coached Bill Murray as Franklin Roosevelt for the film, “Hyde Park On Hudson,” Will Ferrell for the Broadway and HBO productions of “You’re Welcome, America,” Anna Gunn (Braking Bad) for the film “Little Red Wagon,” America Ferrera as Mrs. Cesar Chavez for the film, Chavez, and the Off-Broadway production of “The Little Flower of East Orange,” directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman at the LAByrinth Theatre. He served as Voice and Text Director for three seasons at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and has coached productions at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Milwaukee Rep, Trinity Rep, Seattle Rep, Kansas City Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre and Williamstown Theatre Festival. His books include “How to Speak Shakespeare,” “The Joy of Phonetics and Accents,” “Bringing Speech to Life,” and “Shakespeare’s Names: a new pronouncing dictionary.” Colaianni is adjunct associate professor of Acting Classics at The Actors Studio MFA program at Pace University, in New York City.
“Elements is a company that strives for artistic excellence, continually training and refining their process. Their work is honest and inspirational.”
Patrice EglestonClick to Show/Hide Bio
Patrice is a certified Feldenkrais® practitioner and has also been trained extensively in period movement (dancing, behavior and movement signatures of past cultures), the Alexander Technique of self-use, and stage combat. She has directed several productions at The Theatre School, including Hedda Gabler, Steal Away Home, Bridge To Terabithia, Our Country’s Good, Talking To Terrorists, War, Doggs Hamlet, Dancing At Lughnasa, Epson Downs, The Gut Girls and Living Together. Patrice has directed and choreographed dances, movement and combat for more than thirty productions at a variety of theatres, including Remy Bumppo Theatre in Chicago; the Dallas Theatre Center, Stage #1, New Arts Theatre and Moving Target Theatre in Dallas; and at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, the Texas Shakespeare Festival and Shakespeare in the Park, Ft. Worth. As a professional actress, Patrice has worked at Steppenwolf Theatre, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, Noble Fool Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Stage Left and other theatres in Chicago as well as at various regional theatres and Shakespeare Festivals.
Deborah Frances-WhiteClick to Show/Hide Bio
Deborah Frances-White is a stand-up comedian, corporate speaker, screenwriter and executive coach.
Deborah was adopted at ten days old, was raised in Australia, became a Jehovah’s Witness as a teenager, left her religion and family to come to London with a one way ticket, has worked as an interpreter in both sign language and Japanese, read English at The University of Oxford, and has lived in a number of countries including America and Israel.
She founded the innovative improv company The Spontaneity Shop in 1997. She and her partner Tom Salinsky wrote The Improv Handbook which was published in 2008. She is also a Chicago Improv Festival Artistic Associate. As well as staging improvised comedy shows and teaching the principles of improvised comedy, The Spontaneity Shop is very active in the corporate arena, teaching advertising executives, bankers, lawyers, charity workers and many others how to give better presentations, network with ease, be more charismatic leaders or be more inspiring and creative. Deborah’s corporate work has tended to be as an executive coach or delivering seminars to large groups.
Elizabeth IngramClick to Show/Hide Bio
Associate Professor of Drama, Syracuse University
All Star Cast Program Co-ordinator
Elizabeth Ingram worked for many years as an actress in England and Scotland, and in the USA is a member of Shakespeare and Company, Lenox, MA where she has performed in several Shakespeare productions. She is a Designated Kristin Linklater voice teacher, a faculty member of the Drama department at Syracuse University, and the founder and faculty person for ‘The All Star CAST’ drama program for people who have special needs.
Sue LeftonClick to Show/Hide Bio
Sue Lefton is known as one of the foremost Movement Directors in Britain. She was Head of movement at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she and her team trained the acting and opera students.
Her extensive career spanning thirty years has been mainly in live theatre although she has worked widely in film, including the award winning ELIZABETH with Cate Blanchett and THE LIBERTINE with John Malkovitch and Johnny Depp.
Sue Lefton has collaborated with Adrian Noble over the last twenty years. She worked closely as his movement director and choreographer during his time as Artisic Director of The Royal Shakespeare company and has worked with him regularly in Opera most recently at The MET in New York on his critically acclaimed production of Verdi’s Macbeth.
Glynn MacDonaldClick to Show/Hide Bio
Since 1997 she has been Resident Master of Movement at Shakespeare’s Globe on all the theatre productions. She works for Globe Education giving movement workshops for schools, undergraduates and Continuing Professional Development for teachers. She heads the Movement Department for the Conservatory Training Programme for Rutgers University at the Globe and has made a documentary on the work called In Form and Moving.
Glynn MacDonald trained in the Alexander Technique at the Constructive Teaching Centre with Walter and Dilys Carrington in 1972.
She has worked in the Actor’s Centre and the Field Day Theatre Company in Ireland, Dramaten in Stockholm, Norskspillersforbund in Norway, Holback Angstheatre in Denmark, Bremen Opera Company in Germany and in Poland, Switzerland, Japan, Australia and the USA.
In 2002, she directed Transforming September 11th at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House for Peace Direct.
She has written three books and is a Director of Bardo Productions.
Kestutis NakasClick to Show/Hide Bio
Kestutis Nakas is a writer, performer, director, and teacher whose work has been presented at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Yale Rep, La Mama, Dixon Place, P.S. 122, St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, 8BC, The Kitchen, Highways, and numerous other national venues.
He was active in New York’s East Village performance scene and was Artistic Director of Gates of Dawn, which showcased cutting edge performers such as Holly Hughes. He has taught at NYU, UCLA, CUNY, and Univ. of New Mexico.
M.F.A., NYU; B.A., Michigan State Univeristy.
Jane NicholsClick to Show/Hide Bio
Directing: Founder/Artistic Director of Crosswalk Theatre in Boston. Original productions – Firework; Baby and the Bear, Cords; House That Oliver Built. Harvard University – Les Liaisons Dangereux; Feed the Monkey; Noises Off; and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare & Co schools program – The Tempest; King Lear; Julius Caesar; A Midsummer Nights Dream. Logic Limited, Ltd. (NYC company of former students) – Desdemona’s Dream; Schaden, Freude, and You: A 3 Clown Seminar; TiVO la Resistance; New Shorts; A Night at the Trojan Wall: a Clown version of the Iliad; Washington Ensemble Theatre – Tall Skinny Cruel Boys; Intiman Theatre – We Wont Pay.
Acting: Dallas Theatre Center, Portland Stage Co, En Garde Arts, Synapse Productions, New Georges, Shakespeare & Co, Gloucester Stage Co, Nora Theatre, Lyric Stage, Berkshire Public, Counterpoint Theatre, Cambridge Theatre Co.
Film and TV: School Ties; Heights (written/directed by Chris Terrio); The Living Room Waltz; Ed; Law & Order SVU; America’s Most Wanted; Connect With English; Rachel’s Dinner with Olympia Dukakis. Numerous voice overs and commercials.
Teaching: Yale School of Drama; Juilliard; Harvard University; Brown University; ART; ACT; the Actors Center in NYC; Stella Adler Conservatory; Shakespeare & Co, Lenox MA; Emerson College; Simon’s Rock College of Bard; Lesley College Graduate School; University of Washington.
“Open, eager, and the buoyant – The group was so supportive of one another; so willing to take risks and to play! It was a festival of the human spirit from start to finish.”
Lenard PetitClick to Show/Hide Bio
Lenard Petit is a stage director and actor who resides in New York City. He has been working in the theater for thirty years, collaborating with other artists to create original works for the stage, cinema and television.
Lenard has directed plays and performance pieces on and off Broadway and in, as well as out, of the United States. As an actor, he has performed in the works of such notable directors as Julie Taymor, Meredith Monk, Richard Foreman, Ping Chong, and many others. Lenard Petit is the Artistic Director of The Michael Chekhov Acting Studio.
As one of a handful of teacher-students trained by the original members of Michael Chekhov’s Theater School, his knowledge of the technique, coupled with his gifts, have brought him to be recognized as one of the foremost teachers of this technique in the world.
As a member of the International Michael Chekhov Association, he has been invited to teach Master classes at the Moscow Art Theater, The International School for Film and Television in Munich, Helsinki University, as well as at acting workshops in Denmark, Amsterdam, Madrid, Berlin, Zurich, London, Riga, and Irkutsk, (Siberia). For the past fourteen years, Lenard has been teaching the Chekhov Technique in the MFA Acting program at Rutgers University.
In spring 2012, especially for OPEN WORKSPACE in close collaboration with ACT – Escola de Actores, in Lisbon, Lenard has giving a leading Master Class – Comprehensive Training in the Chekhov Technique.
Patsy RodenburgClick to Show/Hide Bio
Patsy Rodenburg has been the Director of Voice at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London for 26 years and until recently at the Royal National Theatre. She trained in Voice Studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama and is recognized as one of the world’s leading voice teachers and coaches, and also as a renowned authority on Shakespeare. Patsy has worked regularly with the best-known actors of the British theatre, including Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, and Daniel Day-Lewis, to name a few, as well as many of the biggest stars of film and television such as Nicole Kidman, Orlando Bloom, Hugh Jackman, and Natalie Portman. She was previously in residence with the Royal Shakespeare Company for 9 years and has worked with The Royal Court Theater, Donmar, and Almeida Theater in London. She has also worked extensively with many of the great world theaters such as the Moscow Art Theatre and Comedie-Francaise. Patsy’s home in America is at the renowned Michael Howard Studios in New York City where she teaches workshops for the professional actor. Under the Michael Howard Studios banner, Patsy travels around the world teaching and speaking, from Los Angeles to Canada to Portugal to Australia, and in November 2012, she will bring her expertise to India. Patsy is also a best-selling author whose notable publications include Speaking Shakespeare, The Right to Speak, The Need For Words, The Actor Speaks, The Second Circle, and Power Presentation. We are thrilled to announce that a series of DVD’s which chronicle the first thirty years of Patsy’s work has just been released entitled Patsy Rodenburg Brings You: Shakespeare in the Present.
Nick Sandys PullenClick to Show/Hide Bio
Nick Sandys Pullen
NICK SANDYS Pullen is an award-winning actor, director, and fight choreographer, now based in Chicago, though originally from north England. He became the Artistic Director of Remy Bumppo Theatre Company in 2012, where he has been an Artistic Associate since 2002. He has directed Seascape, Fiction, American Ethnic, and 365 Days / 365 Plays for the company and his acting credits include The Goat Or Who Is Sylvia? (Jeff Nomination 2011, Chicago Magazine’s Best Actor Award 2011), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Jeff Nomination 2010), Old Times, The Marriage of Figaro, The Real Thing (Jeff Nomination 2007), Tartuffe, Arcadia, Money, The Secret Rapture (After Dark Award 2003), No Man’s Land, and Hapgood. Other directing credits include: Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth (First Folio—Artistic Associate); Bedroom Farce (Eclipse Theatre); Twelfth Night (Noble Fool Theatricals); Persuasion, The Consul (Chamber Opera Chicago); Taming Of The Shrew, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Merry Wives Of Windsor (Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park); Breaking The Code, I’m Not Rappaport, Walk In The Woods, Zoo Story (Stage West, TX); Separation, Goodnight Desdemona Goodmorning Juliet (Circle Theatre, TX), among others. His other acting credits include The 39 Steps (Cleveland Play House/Syracuse Stage); Turn of the Screw, Blithe Spirit (Jeff Nomination 2011), Twelfth Night (Jeff Nomination 2010), Much Ado About Nothing (Jeff Nomination 2008), Richard III, Midsummer Night’s Dream (First Folio Theatre); Camelot, My Fair Lady (Light Opera Works); Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Pride & Prejudice (Northlight Theatre); Oedipus Complex (Goodman Theatre); Around The World in 80 Days (Lookingglass); Othello, Romeo & Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); The Misanthrope (Jeff Nomination 2004) (Next Theatre); and productions at Chamber Opera Chicago, Marriott Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, and Irish Repertory Theatre, as well as regionally and Off-Broadway. Nick is a certified Fight Director with The Society of American Fight Directors, his choreography appearing on Broadway (Steppenwolf’s Tony-winning Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), at The Metropolitan Opera, Goodman Theatre (over 25 productions), Lyric Opera (over 35 productions), Northlight, Shattered Globe (Jeff Award 2008), Northlight, Victory Gardens, Remy Bumppo, Timeline, and at The Theatre School at DePaul University (adjunct since 1995). He has received twelve Joseph Jefferson Nominations, six of them for Actor in a Leading Role, and winning in 2008 for his fight choreography, as well as an After Dark Award, and a Dallas Critics Circle Award. He holds MAs in English Literature from both Cambridge University and Loyola University Chicago. And he is the recipient of a 2011 Achievement Award from The Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier Charitable Foundation For The Arts.
“Theatre is all about passionate curiosity, about learning about alternative journeys and worlds, and the Elements Company embodies that wonderful celebration of our current crucial need for lifelong-learning, compassion, and joy in the processes of life.”
Rachel SlavickClick to Show/Hide Bio
Rachel Slavick is an alum of The Theatre School’s MFA Acting program and has been an adjunct faculty member for sixteen years. She is also the Artistic Director of Theatre Mir and founding teacher at the Chicago High School of the Arts where she teaches Acting I, II and Professional development. She recently completed the film Petersburg with Split Pillow Productions, which ran for 6 weeks at Chicago Filmmakers. Recent stage rolse include Floss in Theatre Mirs’ American premiere of David Edgars’ The Prisoner’s Dilemma, Rena in Arab Israeli Cookbook, Mary Raft in Beautiful City and multiple roles in Jon Berrys’ Caucasian Chalk Circle. Rachel has directed many plays, among them: My Sin and Nothing More, The Exonerated, Brutality of Fact, Boy Gets Girl, The Glory of Living, Glengarry Glen Ross and Top Girls. She is the proud mother of Isabelle and Leo, loves gardening and hates doing laundry.
Daniela VaronClick to Show/Hide Bio
Daniela Varon is a New York-based director and acting teacher and a longtime member of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. Her work, including Shakespeare, modern classics, contemporary and new plays, has been seen at some forty theater companies around the country. Daniela has taught and guest-directed at Barnard, Bennington, Dartmouth, Emerson, and Smith Colleges and the University of Connecticut, as well as many conservatories and actor training programs, and she has been a Shakespeare specialist with Lincoln Center Theater’s Open Stages program. Daniela is a co-producer, director and moderator of the series Conversations with Shakespeare, which played three seasons at Symphony Space and is in development for public radio. She was Associate Director and co-founder, with Kristin Linklater, of The Company of Women. She is a Drama League Fellow, a New York Theater Workshop Usual Suspect, an alumna of the LCT Directors Lab, and has taught frequently for The Linklater Center for Voice and Language.
Joanna Weir OustonClick to Show/Hide Bio
Joanna Weir Ouston
Joanna Weir Ouston is a voice, text and dialect coach of international repute. She is Head of Voice at the Oxford School of Drama, a guest lecturer on the MA in Voice Studies program at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and teaches on the Florida State University London program.
Joanna also works as a voice coach for theatre and film/television, and does one-to-one coaching with actors and business people. Through her management training company, Vocal Profile, she runs courses and does individual coaching for many blue chip companies and and non-profit organizations, including the BBC.
A Designated Linklater teacher since 1991, Joanna has taught voice and text for over twenty years in the UK, Australia and the USA. She also works as a director, actress and writer, and is regularly invited to lead workshops and speak at conferences in the UK and internationally.
She is based in London and Buckinghamshire.
“It is always a great pleasure to work with Elements. Their work is bold and full of humanity, underpinned by their commitment to excellence, both in the high artistic standards of their productions and the development of their skills and talents. Their production values are always very high, and the actors and production team are totally professional and dedicated to their craft. They are also a lovely bunch of people making work a joy!”