2018 Artistic Staff

Lary Opitz, Artistic Director

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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.


Barbara Opitz, Executive Director

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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.


Tim Dugan, Associate Artistic Director, Director of Education

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Tim Dugan serves as Associate Artistic Director/Director of Education in his 12th season with SSC. Some favorite SSC acting credits: Macbeth (Macbeth), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bottom), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Ford), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick) and Twelfth Night (Orsino). Tim coordinates and teaches the SSC Young Theatre Professional Company.  Tim directed SSC's inaugural "Shakespeare For All" touring production of Much Ado About Nothing last summer which brought free Shakespeare and theatre workshops to Skidmore College, Jefferson Terrace, Prestwick Chase and Congress Park.  He looks forward to building on that success with his colleague Doug Seldin and continuing to strengthen SSC's mission of providing authentic theatre experiences to all residents of Saratoga Springs.  Other favorite acting credits include The Other Place-Walnut Street Theatre, Straight White Men-InterAct Theatre, Long Live the Little Knife-Inis Nua Theatre, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and The Crucible -Temple University Theaters; Doubt, Song For My Father, Tuesdays With Morrie-Oldcastle Theatre Company.   He is an Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing at Bates College.  As always for Anne and their three wonderful children-Grace, Helen and Timothy. MFA-Temple University.  Proud member Actors Equity Association.  www.tim-dugan.net.


David Girard, Associate Artistic Director, PR & Audience Engagement / MAINSTAGE GUEST DIRECTOR, HENRY IV

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No stranger to Saratoga, David directed the critically acclaimed productions of Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth and The Merry Wives of Windsor for the Company and has acted in several productions. Roles include Costard in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Louis de Rougemont in Shipwrecked!, Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice. David is also the Artistic Director for the Troy Foundry Theatre, where he most recently produced a immersive production of La Ronde, and directed their inaugural production of New World Order. Most recent directing credits include: Endgame (Siena College), The Birthday Party (Theatre Voices). Other favorites include: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet (Temple Theatres), Cloud 9  (Temple),  The Hothouse,  A Steady Rain (Theatre Voices), and Waiting for Lefty (Union College). David has also worked extensively with The Rep in several capacities, most recently appearing as Kodaly in their hit production of She Loves Me . Acting, Regional: Dan Grady, Lydie Breeze Trilogy; Haggarty, The Blue-Sky Boys (The Rep); 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). This past Spring, David appeared as a principal actor in the world premiere of Tony Award-winning playwright John Guare’s acclaimed and Barrymore-recommended Lydie Breeze Trilogy with EgoPo in Philadelphia. David is currently an adjunct professor with Siena College, as well as a teaching artist for the Brooklyn-based Stages on the Sound. MFA in Directing, Temple University. Proud member of Actors Equity Association. www.davidmgirard.com www.troyfoundrytheatre.com


Liz Carlson-Guerin, MAINSTAGE guest director

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Liz Carlson served for eight years as an associate director at Curio Theatre Company in Philadelphia. She received her MFA in Directing from Temple University and was a member of the 2015-16 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership Class. She is a frequent collaborator with The Manton Avenue Project and The Kenyon Playwrights Conference. Favorite credits include: Twelfth NightRosencrantz and Guildenstern are DeadEurydice, Equus, The Birds, Three Sisters, In the Red and Brown Water, Arcadia, and Love & Information. This fall she will be joining the faculty at Kenyon College.


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 four 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 The Game’s Afoot. Kevin is also a technical director for The Orchard Project, a preeminent NYC-based theatre lab that has a summer residency in Saratoga Springs. Kevin studied the craft of acting at SUNY New Paltz before embarking on a 12 year ramble through Chicago’s professional theater/event/television scene where he worked for such companies as Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Criterion Productions and The Oprah Winfrey Show.


Garrett Wilson (Scenic Designer)

Garett Wilson  is the Chair of the Skidmore College Theater Department. Garrett is thrilled to return to Saratoga after designing last season's productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Winter's Tale. He has designed over thirty operas for Lake George Opera/Opera Saratoga including Ariadne Auf Naxos, Madama Butterfly, Candide, and the world premiere of Ned Rorem’s Our Town. Garett has also designed scenery, projections, and occasionally lighting, for over forty productions at Skidmore including A Balm In Gilead, Sweeney Todd, Macbeth, A Dream Play, and Richard II. Other favorite productions include Fiddler on the Roof at Maine State Music Theater, and the new musical ReUnion! with the New York State Theater Institute.


Samantha Garwood (Costume Designer)

Samantha is delighted to return to Saratoga Shakespeare for a forth season after designing last season's productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Winter's Tale. A Skidmore College alum, she is entering her final year in Boston University’s MFA Costume Design program. Her recent credits include Le Nozze di Figaro in partnership with the Boston University Opera Institute and the Huntington Theater Company as well as Mad Forest in partnership with the Boston University College of Fine Arts.


Emily Callahan (Sound Designer)

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As her second year with the Saratoga Shakespeare Company, Emily Callahan is a sound designer, composer, and Nebraska native. She sound designed Wesley Broulik's reimagination of A Midsummer Night's Dream as well as Elizabeth Carlson-Guerin's The Winter's Tale during last year's Season of Magic. Some other sound design and composition credits include 4.48 PsychosisA Bright New BoiseHamlet, and Nebraska Repertory Theatre's productions of The SerpentAvenue Q, and soon to be An Act of God. Emily is thrilled to be back in Saratoga Springs for this summer's Season of Transformation.


K. O'Rourke (Choreographer & Fight Director)

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"K.O." is an actor, choreographer, and teaching artist. Honored to be working along side Saratoga Shakespeare friends. Barrymore nominations for Outstanding Choreography:Anna (EgoPo Classic Theater), It Girl (Simpatico Theater) and Emma (The Lantern Theater), Outstanding Supporting Actress: Detroit (Philadelphia Theater Company), and Taming of the Shrew (Lantern Theater). Certified Yoga Instructor. Ballroom dance instructor. Director of Programming with the Philadelphia/L.A. nonprofit Dancing With The Students. Villanova University, MA Theater Studies. Temple University, MFA Acting. Proud member AEA. Insta: KOKOActor 


Sarah Markley  (Associate Scenic Designer)

Sarah is a senior Theater major with a concentration in design at Skidmore College. She recently scenic designed Everything You Touch, worked on Julius CaesarWho Will Carry the Word, Orphan Sea and Fragments as charge scenic artist and as assistant designer/charge scenic artist on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale and Balm in Gilead. She would like to thank Gary and the entire cast and crew for making this experience so wonderful.


Ethan Botwick* (AsT. Stage MGR, As You Like It ; PROD. Stage MGR, Henry IV

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Ethan is thrilled to be returning to Saratoga this summer. He most recently appeared in Troy Foundry Theatre's production of La Ronde and Last summer Ethan appeared in The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar. Other credits include Romeo and JulietMerry Wives of Windsor (Saratoga Shakespeare Company), Comedy of Tenors, and Lion In Winter (Old Castle Theatre Company). Ethan also made his theatrical film debut last spring in Super Dark Times. It premiered at the TriBeCa Film festival and is now available on Netflix. Ethan is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.


Samantha Dugan* (As You Like It, Production Stage Manager)

Samantha is a Philadelphia based Stage Manager and a graduate of Temple University.  She spent eighteen months at sea with the Royal Caribbean International before moving back to Philadelphia, post grad.  Her recent credits include: Blood Wedding; Passing Strange and Passage while the Stage Management Fellow at the Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia.


Louis Butelli* (Acting Company / Teaching Artist) 

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Louis was born and raised on Long Island, NY. Saratoga Shakespeare Festival debut. Off-Broadway includes: Sleep No More, New Victory Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, Carnegie Hall, ARS Nova, New York Musical Theatre Festival. Regional includes: Folger Theatre, South Coast Rep, ART, La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Alabama Shakes. TV includes The KnickLaw & OrderL&O Criminal IntentBendersAll My Children. Recipient of Helen Hayes and NYMF Awards, jury-nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. For Antoine.


Leah Walton (Teaching Artist)

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Selected Teaching credits: Temple University, University of the Arts. Selected Acting Credits: Off-Broadway: Ars Nova. Philadelphia: Arden, Walnut Street Theatre, InterAct, Theatre Horizon, Lantern, Pig Iron. Barrymore Award 2015: Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. Training: National Theatre Institute, Moscow Art Theatre, Michael Chekhov Association, MFA Temple University. www.leah-walton.com


Andria Rabenold (Acting Company & Company manager)

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Andria is delighted to return to Saratoga Shakespeare for a third season! She's appeared in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Cyrano, as well as the Shakespeare For All touring productions of Twelfth Night (Viola) and Much Ado About Nothing (Don John). She graduated in May from the University of Rochester where she appeared in Circle Mirror Transformation (Theresa), Yerma (Yerma), and Octavia (Ghost of Agrippina). 


*The Actor appears through the courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.