2019 Artistic Staff
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.
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.
Tim Dugan, Associate Artistic Director, Director of Education
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
No stranger to Saratoga, David directed last year’s innovative 8-person Henry IV (his adaptation of Parts I and II). He has also previoiusly directed Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, and The Merry Wives of Windsor for the Company, and has also acted in several productions, including Costard in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Louis de Rougemont in Shipwrecked!, Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice. This year, David takes on The Fool in King Lear. David is also the Artistic Director for the Troy Foundry Theatre, where he is focused on developing new work. Through Troy Foundry, He most recently produced the World Premiere of Richard Dresser’s 100 Years, directed and curated their innovative Catastrophe Carnivale: An Evening of Beckett Shorts, as well as developing 12 new plays in 20 months through their innovative Dark Day Mondays series. Most recent directing credits include: Krapp’s Last Tape, Act Without Words I, New World Order: An Evening of Pinter Shorts (Troy Foundry Theatre), Noises Off, 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 Burbage in their hit production of Shakespeare in Love. Acting, Regional: Dan Grady- Lydie Breeze Trilogy; Kodaly- She Loves Me, Haggarty- The Blue-Sky Boys (The Rep); Captain Hook- Peter Pan the Musical (TIS), Freddie Malins- James Joyce’s The Dead, Phaeton- Metamorphoses (Cap Rep); Rutledge- 1776, Curley- Of Mice and Men, The Soldier- Reunion (NYSTI); Arial- The Tempest, Petruchio- Taming of the Shrew (TCHH); Last 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
Marcus Dean Fuller, guest director, The tempest
Mr. Fuller is an actor, writer, director and producer with over twenty years’ experience working in film, television and stage. His produced film works include, Ping Pong Summer with Susan Sarandon, Dial A Prayer with William Macy and Brittany Snow, Darkness Rising and One Fall. In 2017, Dark and Stormy, an original play written, produced and directed by Mr. Fuller premiered at the White Heron Theater on Nantucket. Other directorial and stage production credits include, Small World, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Play, I Remember Me, Evanston Salt Costs Climbing, An Enemy of the People and The Importance of Being Earnest. His work as an actor includes, The Great Game (Broadway-preview); Off Broadway Includes: Something Romantic This Way Comes, Enchanted April, Shakespeare In Love, The Misanthrope, King Lear, Pride and Prejudice (Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey); Coriolanus, Julius Caesar. (Shakespeare NYC); The Black Dahlia, The Psychic Life of Savages (us), You Never Can Tell (Yale Repertory Theater); The Winter’s Tale (Milwaukee Shakespeare Theater); Henry IV Part I and II. (Pasadena Shakespeare Theater); Cymbeline, The Misanthrope (A Noise Within, Los Angeles) As well as: The title role in Hamlet, Orsino in Twelfth Night, the Thin Man in Peer Gynt, and Boxler in In the Heart of America, The Task, The Tempest, and All’s Well That Ends Well, Banditos, Last of the Chatterbox Wolves, and Nora Fung in Ken Lim’s Love-All. Mr. Fuller has been a contributing writer for “The Wrap” magazine and his original screenplay for the feature film One Fall was awarded a permanent place in the Margaret Herrick Library by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2008, he formed Compass Entertainment to focus on the development and production of independent film, theater and media. Mr. Fuller has been a Guest Artist and Lecturer at Skidmore College, R.P.I. and Rutgers. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor for Union College where he teaches Shakespeare in Performance and Acting. Mr. Fuller is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Wesley Broulik, guest director, KING LEAR
Wesley Broulik is an internationally regarded theatre maker who's work in theatre, film, and television has been enjoyed all over the world and here in the United States spans from Off-Broadway, to regional theatres, to national tours and in TV, film, and new media. This is his fifth season with Saratoga Shakespeare Company and he believes wholeheartedly that every community should have free professional theatre available to everyone. One of the hallmarks of a great community (like Saratoga Springs) is access to the arts regardless of financial ability. He is a certified teacher with the National Michael Chekhov Association is a past participant and member of the international director's lab Director's Lab North (Toronto), and is an alum of the Directing Studio at Shakespeare's Globe/Globe Education. His most important work to date is as husband to Amanda and father to Theo (who's already a bigger ham onstage than his father.) BA University of Iowa (go Hawks), MFA Rutgers University (go Scarlet Knights). Proud member: AEA, SAG-AFTRA, SDC, and Dramatists Guild.
Kevin Miller (Technical Director, the tempest & king lear)
Kevin is happy to be Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s resident Technical Director for a seventh season. He has been the Technical Director at Home Made Theater for the past eight seasons. 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.
Samantha Garwood (Costume Designer, the tempest & king lear)
Samantha Garwood is a costume designer and technician with her bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College (‘14) and her Master of Fine Arts from Boston University (‘18). Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has been living and working on the East Coast for the past several years working with theater companies including the Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Huntington Theatre Company, Home Made Theatre, Saratoga Shakespeare Company, and Capital Repertory Theater. Some of her favorite shows to design have been Le Nozze di Figaro, (Boston University Opera Institute in association with the Huntington Theatre Company), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Saratoga Shakespeare Company), and Cabaret (Skidmore College). She would like to give special thanks to Patricia Pawliczak at Skidmore College for helping to make this production possible, and to her husband Matt for his never-ending patience and support.
Tommy Crawford (Composer, Music Director, The TEMPEST)
Tommy Crawford is an actor and songwriter from New York City. He is bandleader and a co-founder of folk-rock band / theater company The Lobbyists. Some recent composing projects: SeaWife (Drama Desk Nomination, Outstanding Music, with The Lobbyists), Cry Eden, Nia, The Golden Spike. Some favorite recent acting credits: Paul McCartney in Only Yesterday (Northern Stage, upcoming at 59e59 in September in NYC) and Carl Perkins in Million Dollar Quartet (Weston Playhouse). Obliged if you would like to learn more about Tommy’s music and projects at tommycrawford.com. Thanks to Marcus and much love to Sarah.
August Sylvester (Sound Designer, King Lear)
August Sylvester (Sound Designer) is a senior music major at Skidmore College. They participate frequently in the theater department, where they work as a carpenter and technician. Their recent sound design credits at Skidmore include Off the Shelf (in collaboration with the Tang Museum), 33 Variations, and Julius Caesar. They also have experience as a master electrician and audio/video technician. They would like to thank Lary Opitz for this opportunity!
Jordan Isaacs (Stage Manager, The Tempest)*
Jordan (Jay) Isaacs is a recent graduate from Union College with a BA and BS in Theatre and Psychology respectively. Having been born and raised in New York City, it is no surprise that she has such a fondness of theatre. Isaacs has stage managed Proctor’s Theatre’s first show of their PB&J Café program: Stuart Little, the Union College Department of Theatre and Dance’s Fall 2018 production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, as well a student-directed production of Fade. Jay thanks Marcus Dean Fuller for this fantastic opportunity as it is a great show with a phenomenal director.
Shannon Humiston (Stage Manager, King Lear)*
Shannon is thrilled to be joining the Saratoga Shakespeare Company this summer. She is a Kansas City native and a recent graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her recent credits include: Mother Courage, Lord of the Flies, Avenue Q, and The Serpent (Nebraska Repertory Theatre); Hairspray (KC Starlight); and Everyone’s Carol (The Morgan Library and Museum). She would like to thank her parents and her brother for all of their love and support.
Devin Goodman (ASsistant stage Manager, King Lear)*
Devin Goodman returns to Congress Park for his second summer with SSC, previously working as Associate Director on 2017's A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After a nomadic few years, Devin has since settled in San Francisco as a producer, performer, director, and arts educator. For how long? Who knows! Most recently, he served as Production Manager of Bay Area Children's Theatre and toured in San Francisco Shakespeare's production of A Comedy of Errors as Adrianna.
*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.