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Barbara Opitz, Executive Director

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Barbara Opitz, Executive Director

Barbara is a graduate of New York City’s H.S. of Performing Arts and studied dance with many famed performers. She holds degrees from Queens College and Teacher’s College, Columbia University. A professional dancer in NYC, she has choreographed numerous dance and theater productions. At Skidmore College, she was Assistant Director of the Dean of Studies Office and developed the respected London-based study abroad Shakespeare Program. She teaches Movement for the Actor in Skidmore’s Theater Department. Barbara was president of Skidmore’s credit union and oversaw the merger with SEFCU. She serves on several Capital Region boards.

Lary Opitz, Artistic Director/Scenic Designer

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Lary Opitz, Artistic Director

A founding member of Saratoga Shakespeare, Lary was last seen as Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor.  He has been actor, director, playwright, designer, producer, stage manager, technician, and consultant on countless Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional opera and dance productions throughout the world, including many premieres. A member of Actors´ Equity and United Scenic Artists, his many Shakespearean roles include Shylock, Falstaff, and Polonius. He’s had film roles in Seabiscuit, The Skeptic, Disoriented and The Damned McMarters. Lary has written and directed a number of his own adaptations and has directed many other productions, including, most recently, Saratoga Shakespeare’s 2015 production Love’s Labour’s Lost. Lary is a Professor and Former Chair of Theater at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY where he directs regularly and teaches Shakespearean acting.

Tim Dugan, Associate Artistic Director/Director of Education

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Tim Dugan, Associate Artistic Director

serves as Associate Artistic Director/Education Director in his 10th season with SSC.   Some favorite SSC acting credits: Macbeth (Macbeth), Merry Wives of Windsor (Ford), Twelfth Night (Orsino), and Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick).  Other favorite credits include Straight White Men-InterAct Theatre, Long Live the Little Knife-Inis Nua Theatre, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Crucible and The Marriage of Bette & Boo-Temple University Theaters; Doubt, Song For My Father, Tuesdays With Morrie-Oldcastle Theatre Company.  Tim coordinates and teaches the SSC Intern Company and will be directing them in Much Ado About Nothing in August.  As always for Anne and their three wonderful children-Grace, Helen and Timothy.  MFA-Temple University.  Proud member AEA.  www.tim-dugan.net.  Next Up in October: The Other Place-Walnut Street Theater.

David Girard, Associate Artistic Director for Engagement / 2016 Director in Residence, Romeo & Juliet

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David Girard, Associate Artistic Director

David is thrilled to be directing with his friends at Saratoga Shakespeare Company. No stranger to Saratoga, directed the critically acclaimed productions of  Macbeth and The Merry Wives of Windsor for Saratoga Shakespeare Company. He most recently appeared as Costard in 2016’s Love’s Labour’s Lost and Louis de Rougemont in Shipwrecked! Other roles include Malvolio in 2012’s Twelfth Night and Launcelot Gobbo in 2011’s The Merchant of Venice. Most recent directing credits include: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet (Temple Theatres), Death in the Making and A Clean House (MFA Playfest, Temple U), Cloud 9 (Temple), An Empty Sack (Philadelphia Young Playwrights), The Hothouse, A Steady Rain (Theatre Voices), and Waiting for Lefty (Union College). David works with Capital Repertory Theatre in several capacities, most recently Assistant Directing Gordon Greenberg (and appearing in) their acclaimed production of The Blue-Sky Boys. Regional: Captain Hook Peter Pan the Musical (TIS), Freddie Malins James Joyce’s The Dead (Cap Rep), Phaeton Metamorphoses (Cap Rep), Rutledge 1776 (NYSTI), Curley Of Mice and Men (NYSTI), The Reporter Orphan Train, Petruchio Taming of the Shrew (TCHH) The Soldier Reunion (NYSTI). David is currently an adjunct professor with both Union College and Siena College, as well as a teaching artist for Brooklyn-based Stages on the Sound. MFA in Directing, Temple University. Proud Member of Actors Equity Association. www.davidmgirard.com

William Finlay, Artistic Director Emeritus

William Finlay, Artistic Director Emeritus / 2016 Director in Residence, Cyrano
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William A. Finlay is a founding member and former Artistic Director of the Saratoga Shakespeare Company, where he has directed Twelfth Night (twice)A Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Taming of the ShrewThe Complete Works of William Shakespeare( Abridged),The TempestMuch Ado About NothingAs Y’all Like ItHamlet, and The Merchant of Venice His professional work has been seen at Blue Heron Theater in NYC (Resident Director), the George St Theater, the People’s Theater, the Hartman Theater Company, the Huntington Theater Company, Portland Stage, Trinity Square Repertory Company, Capital Repertory Theater, and the American Repertory Theater. As a nationally known combat choreographer for the stage, his work has been seen in regional theaters throughout the country and in guest artist residencies at colleges across the nation.  A former senior faculty member in the Professional Actor Training Program at Boston University, he has been Chair of the Theater and Dance Department at Union College for the past 20 years.  He is extremely pleased to be returning this season as Artistic Director Emeritus to direct Cyrano for the Saratoga Shakespeare Company!

would like to thank her wardrobe interns, family, and especially her husband and son for their constant support of her theatrical endeavors.

Douglas Seldin (Romeo and Juliet Fight Director and Intern Program Faculty)
Doug is thrilled to be returning to Saratoga Shakespeare Company.  Doug has served as fight director and teacher for Shakespeare & Company, Skidmore College, Williams College, Proctors Theatre Education Program, Capital Repertory Theatre, WAM Theatre, Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, Worcester Shakespeare Company, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Rep, Barrington Stage Company, Las Vegas Stunt Team, New England Youth Theatre, Saratoga Shakespeare Company, Boston College, University of Washington, HomeMade Theatre, Notheastern Educational Theatre Conference, Caffé Lena, and currently serves on the faculty of the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. Doug is a Certified Advanced Actor-Combatant through Dueling Arts International & The Society of American Fight Directors. Training: BS in Theater from Skidmore College and founding member of The Conservatory at Shakespeare & Company.

Brittney Belz, Costume Designer
Brittney is pleased to be working at Saratoga Shakespeare Company for her fifth season. Her work has been seen at theatres across the country including Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, The Weston Playhouse, and Williams College. Her costume construction credits at Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, NY include TraviataThe Marriage of Figaro, and Medea. She spends the rest of her year as Resident Costume Designer for Union College’s Department of Theatre and Dance. She

Christine MacLellan, Production Stage Manager, Cyrano
Christine graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Boston College. She worked in professional theater as a production assistant until taking a break to get married, move to the Saratoga area, and start a family. She returned to theater as a volunteer for Home Made Theater here in Saratoga Springs, where she still serves as Volunteer Coordinator.  She joined Equity in 2008 when she became the Stage Manager for the Lake George Dinner Theatre. Christine joined Saratoga Shakespeare Company last season, stage managing both LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST and SHIPWRECKED. She would like to thank her family for their support and encouragement.

Tom Helmer, Production Stage Manager, Romeo and Juliet, Asst. Stage Manager, Cyrano
Tom hails from Southern New Jersey and is looking forward for his 1st opportunity to stage manage outdoors at Saratoga Shakespeare. Tom is a 26 year member of Actors’ Equity Association, working as an actor and stage manager.  Over 80 productions as stage manager include seven seasons at Interact Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Other theatres include Oldcastle Theatre Company (VT), Weston Playhouse Theatre Company (VT), Delaware Theatre Company and Actors Shakespeare Project (Boston). His acting credits include John Adams, “1776”, Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre (VA), Louis Howe/Bert Healy, “ANNIE”, Walnut Street Theatre (PA), Howie Newsome/Sam Craig, “OUR TOWN” and Bob Cratchit in “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” at Delaware Theatre Company. Tom is a former National Councillor of AEA and continues as Liaison chair of the Philadelphia AEA Liaison Committee.

Kevin Miller, Technical Director
Kevin is happy to be a part of the Saratoga Shakespeare Company once again. Kevin has been the company’s resident technical director for the past three seasons. He has been the technical director at Home Made Theater for the past six seasons, where he was the scenic designer for their recent production of Leading Ladies as well as the scenic and lighting designer for two Youth Conservatory productions. Kevin is also a technical director for The Orchard Project, a preeminent NYC-based theatre lab that has a summer residency in Saratoga Springs. A current resident of Saratoga, he studied acting at SUNY New Paltz before moving to Chicago, where he made the transition from being on stage to working on the technical side. Kevin would like to thank his family for their seemingly endless love and support.

Jay Rogoff, Dramaturg
Jay is a poet who teaches Shakespeare and other literature and writing courses at Skidmore College. His fifth book of poetry, Venera, was just published this SPRING by LSU Press. http://lsupress.org/books/detail/venera/