Monday, September 24, 2018

Meet Lysandre from A Midsummer Night's Dream: Bianca Phipps

A Midsummer Night's Dream is on tour now! For this #MeetTheCompanyMonday, we've got Bianca Phipps (@biancaphipps), who is playing Lysandre and Snug the Joiner.


Bianca currently lives in Chicago, IL, but was born in San Clemente, California and was raised in San Antonio, Texas.  This is Bianca's second tour with Nebraska Shakespeare and she loves meeting all the different sorts of people in each community to which we travel.

When not performing, Bianca loves learning about true crime (her favorite podcast is "My Favorite Murder!"), poetry, cross-stitching, playing dungeons and dragons, and snacks.

In her own words: 

Q: What is your overall goal as an artist? 
"My artistic goal is to create & bring life to stories that allow everyone to see all parts of themselves." 

Q: How do you relate (or not) to your character? 
"I think Lysandre and I are both quick to action (for better or for worse)! We love our person, and would do anything to protect them. We're both pretty stubborn and headstrong. I have, thankfully, never been under a fairy's influence!" 
Q: What is telling about you or your life that one may not get from your bio? 
"I love to write! Poems, fiction, campaign plots for my D&D group: I just love to tell stories."

Get further insight into a day in Bianca’s acting life when she takes over Nebraska Shakespeare’s Instagram (@NEShakespeare) tomorrow.

And be sure to see her in A Midsummer Night’s Dream this fall as part of Shakespeare On Tour. For a list of public performances, visit www.nebraskashakespeare.com.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Meet Titania from A Midsummer Night's Dream: Sarah Vishnev

It's the final week of rehearsals for A Midsummer Night’s Dream On Tour, and time for another #MeetTheCompanyMonday! This week, it’s Sarah Vishnev (@vish_the_bish), who is playing HIppolyta and Titania in Midsummer!


This is Sarah's first production with Nebraska Shakespeare. Sarah is a first generation American (she's fluent in Russian!) born in Neptune, NJ. She calls Brooklyn, NY, her home now. 

Sarah is a self-proclaimed weirdo. And when not onstage, Sarah can be found hiking, exploring new cities, road-tripping, or petting a dog.  

In her own words: 
Q: What is your overall goal as an artist? 
"To evoke thought through art and to bring communities closer together." 
Q: What are you excited about for this season On Tour? 
"Any time I get the chance to do Shakespeare's work, I keep digging up clues he left behind and I'm starting to believe the discoveries are bottomless. I'm interested to see what we'll uncover this time."
Q: Guilty Pleasure?  
"Pull and Peel Twizzlers"

Get further insight into a day in Sarah’s acting life when she takes over Nebraska Shakespeare’s Instagram (@NEShakespeare) tomorrow.

And be sure to see her in A Midsummer Night’s Dream this fall as part of Shakespeare On Tour. The first of six public performances is this Saturday, September 22 - 7 PM, at Creighton University. For a list of public performances, visit www.nebraskashakespeare.com.


Monday, September 10, 2018

Meet Oberon from A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Josh Ryan

We’re jumping into week two of rehearsals for A Midsummer Night’s Dream On Tour, so it‘s time for another #MeetTheCompanyMonday! This week, it’s Josh Ryan (@oneduckful), who is playing Theseus and Oberon in Midsummer!

Josh has worked with Nebraska Shakespeare for six years. He is a Nebraska native, originally from Columbus, and now lives in Omaha.

Josh spends his time offstage playing music, reading and listening to audiobooks, watching movies, and is an avid fan of comics and animation (some of his favorites include Batman, Pokémon, The Ninja Turtles, and the films of Don Bluth, Chuck Jones, Aardman Animation, Pixar and Studio Ghibli). He is constantly building his personal library of books, films, and albums.

In his own words: 
Q: What is telling about you or your life that one may not get from your bio?“I’m fascinated with the world’s various cultures and religions. I dedicate a good deal of my free time to the study of these.” 
Q: Would you consider yourself more quirky or conventional?“Quirky fo sho. It’s more fun! I think most people are quirky at heart, but some people are just afraid to let it show, which is such a silly thing to be afraid of.” 
Q: How do you relate to Midsummer, or what is your favorite part of the play?“I totally relate to the foolish things people can do in the name of love. I adore the mechanicals and I’m also a fan of the scene where the four lovers get their love drunk quarrel on.”

Get further insight into a day in Josh’s acting life when he takes over Nebraska Shakespeare’s Instagram (@NEShakespeare) tomorrow.

And be sure to see him in A Midsummer Night’s Dream this fall as part of Shakespeare On Tour. For a list of public performances, visit www.nebraskashakespeare.com.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Shakespeare On Tour Returns for its 13th Season with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Touring Nebraska and Iowa September 21 through October 27


NEBRASKA – Nebraska Shakespeare is proud to present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as part of its “Shakespeare On Tour” program. Now in its 13th season, “Shakespeare On Tour” travels to schools and communities throughout Nebraska and Iowa to bring Shakespeare’s work to thousands of students and families annually.

Directed by Ezra Colón, the fully staged 75-minute production will tour more than 30 middle schools, high schools and communities, including many underserved communities where a professional production of Shakespeare’s plays is not regularly made available.

Workshops, including acting, language, movement, and theatrical design and technology, are being made available to students who would like an opportunity to work directly with Nebraska Shakespeare’s professional teaching ensemble. Audiences will also participate in interactive discussions following each performance.

The following public performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” are being held. 
  • Creighton University (Lied Performing Arts), Omaha NE | Saturday, September 22, 7 PM – Free to the public
  • Golden Husk Theatre, Ord, NE | Saturday, September 29, 7:30 PM – $15 for adults, $8 for students
  • Fontenelle Forest, Omaha, NE | Saturday, October 6 – Free to members, with admission to non-members
  • Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha NE | Tuesday, October 16, 6 PM – Free to members
  • Valentine, NE (at Valentine High School) | Sunday, October 21, 6 PM – Free to the public
  • Ainsworth High School, Ainsworth NE | Tuesday, October 23, 7 PM – Free-will donations accepted 
Touring performance study guides are available for teachers and include activities and additional area for study. Please contact Sarah Brown for bookings and questions at 402.689.7614 or by email at sarah@nebraskashakespeare.com, or visit www.nebraskashakespeare.com

For photos, full media kit, and a full list of Shakespeare On Tour productions, please contact Wesley Houston, Director of Communications, at whouston@nebraskashakespeare.com, or visit www.nebraskashakespeare.com.

The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest presents “Shakespeare in American Communities”. Nebraska Shakespeare is one of 40 professional theater companies selected to participate in bringing the finest productions of Shakespeare to middle- and high-school students in communities across the United States. 

The following schools are among those to be reached by the 2018 season of “Shakespeare On Tour”. 
  • Alice Buffet Middle School, Omaha, NE
  • Bellevue West High School, Bellevue, NE
  • Clarinda High School, Clarinda, IA (NEW)
  • Cozad High School, Cozad, NE
  • Garden County Jr./Sr. High, Oshkosh, NE
  • Lexington High School, Lexington, NE
  • Lexington Middle School, Lexington, NE
  • Lincoln Bryan High School, Lincoln, NE
  • Lincoln High School, Lincoln, NE
  • Lincoln North Star High School, Lincoln, NE
  • Lincoln Northeast High School, Lincoln, NE
  • Lincoln Science Focus Program, Lincoln, NE
  • Lincoln Southeast, Lincoln, NE
  • Lincoln Southwest, Lincoln, NE
  • Morton Middle School, Omaha, NE
  • Mount Michael Academy, Elkhorn, NE
  • Omaha Benson High School, Omaha, NE
  • Omaha Burke High School, Omaha, NE
  • Omaha Central High School, Omaha, NE
  • Omaha Northwest High School, Omaha, NE
  • Omaha South High School, Omaha, NE
  • Ralston High School, Ralston, NE
  • Rock County High School, Bassett, NE
  • Valentine High School, Valentine, NE
  • Wahoo High School, Wahoo, NE

Scenes from the Shakespeare On Tour production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be featured at Nebraska Shakespeare's fundraiser gala, "A Wild Thyme in the Garden on September 27, 2018.

For more information about Shakespeare On Tour or the gala, visit www.nebraskashakespeare.com

Monday, September 3, 2018

Meet Bottom from A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Katie Becker Colón


It’s the first rehearsal for A Midsummer Night’s Dream On Tour and we think it's time you get to know the talented actors and artisans traveling across Nebraska and Iowa this year. First up is Katie Becker Colón (@kbcwomanoftheworld), who is playing the roles of Bottom and a Fairy in Midsummer.


This is Katie’s third season with Nebraska Shakespeare. Katie is originally from Topeka, Kansas, but now lives in Albuquerque, NM.  

Katie is an avid reader - usually reading a book a week - loves to travel, cook, hit a mid-week movie, or keep up with anything to do with British royalty. When not performing, Katie manages her own health and wellness business and is a proponent of kombucha and regular trips to the gym.

In her own words:
Q: What excites you about returning to Nebraska for Midsummer?
“The stellar company, playing the role of Bottom which few women get to play, and eating my weight in golden milk ice cream at Coneflower Creamery”

Q: How do you relate (or not) to your character?
“My role was written for a person of a different gender. But I like that Nick Bottom is trying to make something the best it can possibly be. Even if she steps on some toes while she does it.

Q: What is your goal as an artist:
To inspire others to live a full and brave life.

Get further insight into a day in Katie’s acting life when she takes over Nebraska Shakespeare’s Instagram (@NEShakespeare) tomorrow. And be sure to see her in A Midsummer Night’s Dream this fall as part of Shakespeare On Tour. For a list of public performances, visit www.nebraskashakespeare.com.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Nebraska Shakespeare Announces its Gala, “A Wild Thyme in the Garden”


OMAHA, NE - Nebraska Shakespeare announces the organization’s 2018 gala, “A Wild Thyme in the Garden” in Omaha to be held on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the spectacular Lauritzen Gardens.

The event will honor Nebraska Shakespeare co-founder and 32-year supporter, Marian Andersen. The evening begins with cocktails coupled with the opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens, encountering enchanted scenes from Shakespeare’s beloved “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. The event culminates with a delicious autumn-inspired, farm-to-table dinner and program emceed by local celebrity, Rob McCartney, that showcases Nebraska Shakespeare’s continued impact on education.

“A Wild Thyme in the Garden” is an opportunity for the Nebraska community, Shakespeare supporters and friends with an interest in arts education to give back to the thousands of students reached annually by Nebraska Shakespeare’s year-round educational programming. Nebraska Shakespeare Galas have attracted a diverse and aware audience of Shakespeare enthusiasts, community leaders and advocates for arts in the classroom. Nebraska Shakespeare demonstrates the power of collaboration and support to bring arts-based education and programming to people across the region, including those in underserved communities.

“In collaboration with our generous sponsors, the NEA, NAC, Creighton University, and UNO, as well as educational leaders across the state, ‘Shakespeare On Tour’ has grown to serve over 10,000 students annually,” said Executive Director Mary Ann Bamber. “Funding raised through this gala will directly fuel expansion of the diversity and numbers of students served. Through their own words, students find the tailored tour performances and workshops to be engaging, thought-provoking and relevant to the character-defining decisions they make daily." 

For information, sponsorship opportunities, tables and tickets, contact Executive Director, Mary Ann Bamber, at (402) 280-2391 or by email at mbamber@nebraskashakespeare.com, or visit www.nebraskashakespeare.com/wild-thyme

“A Wild Thyme in the Garden” is supported by Borsheims Fine Jewelry and Gifts, the Hawks Foundation, Omaha Steaks, and feature sponsors: Don Wurster and Joan Gibson, Northern Natural Gas, and Ann and Ken Stinson, who are serving as Corporate Chairs for the event.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Nebraska Shakespeare sees a change in artistic leadership

After completing the 32nd season of Shakespeare On The Green, Vincent Carlson-Brown has left the position of Artistic Director for Nebraska Shakespeare to pursue a doctorate degree and expand his career path beyond Nebraska borders.

Vincent Carlson-Brown passionately contributed his vision and talent to Nebraska Shakespeare for 19 years, acting first as an intern while a student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and ultimately serving as the Artistic Director for the 2018 season.

Nebraska Shakespeare intends to utilize this opportunity to reassess the needs of the organization and the communities it serves prior to holding a search for a new Artistic Director.

Sarah Carlson-Brown will serve as Interim Artistic Director during the transitional period. Sarah Carlson-Brown has been a part of Nebraska Shakespeare for 18 years; she has served variously as an educator, director, Associate Artistic Director and, in 2013, was named the full-time Director of Education. In 2016, Sarah Carlson-Brown launched Nebraska Shakespeare’s all-female production program, titled “Juno’s Swans”.

“We thank Vincent for his many contributions”, says Executive Director, Mary Ann Bamber, “and wish him well as he pursues his professional and personal goals.”