2017 Artistic Staff

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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.

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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.

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Tim Dugan, Associate Artistic Director, Director of Education

Tim Dugan serves as Associate Artistic Director/Director of Education in his 11th season with SSC. Some favorite SSC acting credits: Macbeth (Macbeth), 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.

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David Girard, Associate Artistic Director, PR & Audience Engagement

No stranger to Saratoga, David directed the critically acclaimed productions of Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth and The Merry Wives of Windsor for the Company. He most recently appeared as Costard in 2015’s Love’s Labour’s Lost and Louis de Rougemont in Shipwrecked! Other roles include Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice. 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), Death in the Making and A Clean House (MFA Playfest, Temple U), Cloud 9  (Temple),  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. Acting, 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 the Brooklyn-based Stages on the Sound and Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School in Colorado. MFA in Directing, Temple University. Proud Member of Actors Equity Association. www.davidmgirard.com

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WESLey broulik, guest director 2017, a midsummer night's dream

Wesley Broulik is a performer, director, writer, producer, & educator. His work has been seen in television, films, commercials, new media, off-Broadway, New York theatre, regional theatre, and tours. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Practice at The Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film at The University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He has studied Moment Work with Moisés Kaufman and Barbara Pitts-McAdams of Tectonic Theatre Project, is a CTC with The National Michael Chekhov Association, and been a past participant of Director's Lab North (Toronto, ON). Wesley holds an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University/Mason Gross School of the Arts and is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, SDC, and Dramatist's Guild Inc. https://wesleybroulik.net/

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Liz Carlson-Guerin, guest director 2017, the winter's tale

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.

Douglas Seldin, Guest Director, TWelfth Night & Intern Program Faculty

Doug is thrilled to be returning to SSC for his third season.  He is a classically trained stage actor, director, and teacher who specializes in approaches to Shakespeare text, stage violence, and clown. Doug is a ten-year member of Shakespeare & Company (Lenox, MA) where he is a Senior Education Artist and Training Faculty Member. He has also worked with Boston College, University of Washington, Williams College,  Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Proctors Theater Education Program, Capitol 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, HomeMade Theatre, Northeastern Educational Theatre Conference, Caffé Lina, and currently serves on the faculty of Skidmore College and 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 Theatre from Skidmore College and founding member of The Conservatory at Shakespeare & Company.

Garett E. Wilson, Scenic Designer

Garett is the Chair of the Skidmore College Theater Department. He has designed over thirty operas for the 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.

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Samantha Garwood, Costume Designer

Samantha Garwood is delighted to return to Saratoga Shakespeare for a third season, this time in the capacity of costumer designer. 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.

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Cambria Butcher, COMPOSER

Cambria is an undergraduate composer and music educator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She enjoys film scoring, audio recording and production, playing the piano, and musical theater. Cambria has won an award from the Johnny Carson School of Theater and Film for “Best Soundtrack” on a collaborative Capstone Project with a UNL senior animation student. She collaborated with director Wesley Broulik to compose original music for the University Theater’s production of Hamlet in 2016." 

Emily Callahan, SOUND DESIGNER

As an undergraduate student at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, I’ve had the opportunity to sound design numerous productions, including A Bright New Boise, The Baltimore Waltz, Smudge, and Wesley Broulik’s reimagination of Hamlet. I’ve also had the pleasure of working on the Omaha Press Club Show and Omaha Central’s 100th Annual Roadshow, the longest running talent show in the country. I’m thrilled to be working with the Saratoga Shakespeare Company this summer and look forward to many future endeavors in sound design.

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.

Morgan Barbour, Movement Director

Morgan is an actor, writer, movement director, and aerialist. She has performed and directed throughout the USA, UK, Ireland, and continental Europe in Off-West End, touring, and regional productions. She is thrilled to be joining the Saratoga Shakespeare Company as both an actor and movement director for the Summer 2017 season. She is currently completing her MFA in Movement at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, UK. www.morganbarbour.com

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Amy Almond, Company Manager

Amy is thrilled to be back with Saratoga Shakespeare Company for her second season. Originally hailing from Cave Creek, Arizona, Amy is a recent graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently pursuing a career in direction and arts management. While at UNL she served as the Artistic Director of Theatrix Theatre Company and produced two seasons with them, including 10 student-pitched plays and festivals. Last summer Amy was the Assistant Director for SSC’s Romeo & Juliet