Creative Team

Catherine Taylor-Williams (Producing Artistic Director, The Wharton Salon)

Catherine founded The Wharton Salon in 2009 and has directed Xingu, Summer, Autres Temps, and The Quicksand for the Company. Catherine was an actor, director and Communications Associate at Shakespeare & Company from 2001-2007. S&Co: Other directing: Shakespeare & the Language that Shaped a World, Love’s Labor’s Lost (S&Co) Molly Bloom at the New York Society Library. S&Co: Acting: Vita & Virginia, My Own Stranger, Henry & June, The Servant of Two Masters, The Tamer Tamed and Wharton’s novel The Valley of Decision.

Catherine is an alumna of the two-year Producers’ Lab at The Women’s Project in New York, and of The John F. Kennedy Center’s 2008 DeVos Institute of Arts Management. Currently, Catherine is the Director of Individual Giving at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn. Catherine is grateful to Shakespeare & Company for pioneering adaptations of the stories of Edith Wharton for the stage at The Mount and to Susan Wissler for welcoming us back for our sixth year.

Michael Burnet* (Mr. Crozier in The Rembrandt; Producer/Founder, Pythagoras Theatre Works)

Michael Burnet AEA1 copyBurnet just wrapped the independent film Damsel (Harry) which was shot here in the Berkshires. S&Co: The Servant of Two Masters (title role), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Valley of Decision, The Merchant of Venice, Troilus and Cressida (title role), House of Mirth, The Other Two. Barrington Stage Co: Cyrano (Valvert). Worcester Shakespeare Co: Hamlet (title role), The Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, and Macbeth. Amadeus (title role) at Persephone Theatre Co; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at Weston Playhouse; Romeo and Juliet at Worcester Foothills; Arcadia and Escape From Happiness at The Wilma Theatre; The Taming of the Shrew and A Little Night Music at Arden Theatre. He is an accomplished Fight Director and has been recognized for his work by the New York Times, Boston Globe and Berkshire Eagle. Michael is a freelance producer of large-scale national and international events. As playwright: The Mad Pirate & the Mermaid, The Too-Tight Pants of King John, Clowns & Tabors, The Tamer Tamed (adaptation) and What Would Hamlet Do? -all produced at S&Co., The Difference Engine and Berkshire Ranch Hotties. Michael is the Creative Executive for Ex Machina Films. Proud member of Dramatists Guild and AEA.

Jason Asprey* (Merrick in The Long Run)

Recent Shakespeare & Co.: Julius Caesar (Cassius/Ensemble), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Ferdinand), Accomplice (Derek), The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay), Parasite Drag (Ronnie, won best actor in the Berkshires from Berkshire Eagle), The Memory of Water (Frank), The Winter’s Tale (Autolycus), Richard III (Lord Hastings/ Oxford), and Hamlet (Title Role). Recent Regional: Julius Caesar (Cassius) at Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Betrayal (Robert) at Nora Theatre, Einstein’s Dreams (Eduard Einstein) at Culture Project NYC, and Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio) at Swine Palace, and theatre, TV, and film in England.

Robert Biggs* (Thomas in The Rembrandt)

Biggs headshot '12Biggs is a veteran of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble, playing Jerry in Say Goodnight, Gracie; Phillips in Waiting For Lefty; and Bob in Balm In Gilead. For them, he also composed music and lyrics for The Adventures Of Mutt And Jeff and The Littlest Elf (books by Rob Maxey.) At Shakespeare & Company, he played the roles: Peter Quince, Adam, Stephano, Gremio, Duke of Austria, Hugh Evans, Lodovico, Feste and Stanley, as well as Estaban/Bernard in the world premiere of Joan Ackermann’s The Taster. He directed ShakeSquad & Clown Company, creating Bosun’s Knot and 3. His films include Continental Divide, Severance, Speck’s Last and the documentary One Years Crop, which won Best Documentary at the Embarras Valley Film Festival. Robert is the founder of Outcast Café Theatrix, which produced both the documentary and his musical The Dick And The Rose. It premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 and played the New York Fringe in 2012.

Jamie Greenland (Eleanor Copt in The Rembrandt; Producer/Founder, Pythagoras Theatre Works)

Jamie Greenland 2Credits include: Hamlet (Ophelia), The Comedy of Errors (Luciana), and Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice) at Worcester Shakespeare Company; The Mad Pirate and The Mermaid (Mad Pirate Prettyboy Bart), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World at Shakespeare & Company; Pride & Prejudice (Mary) and Othello (Desdemona u/s) at Pioneer Theatre Company; The Busybody (Miranda) and Caucasian Chalk Circle (Aniko) at the Babcock Theatre; Measure for Measure (Juliet) with Salt Lake Shakespeare; Iphigenia at Aulis (title role) and Agamemnon (Chorus) at The Salt Lake Greek Theatre Festival; Street Scene at Kingsbury Hall; Endgame (Nell) at the University of Utah. Television/Film: “Voices of Hope” (Narrator) PBS/KUED and Elvira in LARP The Movie sizzle reel. Jamie is the Associate Producer and a co-founder of Ex Machina Films. She is a graduate of the University of Utah’s Actor Training Program with a minor in Anthropology. She is currently in the Columbia Masters Program for Sociocultural Anthropology.

John Hadden* (Ames in The Long Run, playwright)

For The Wharton Salon, Royall in Summer. Shakespeare & Co, 20 years; Artistic Director of Counterpoint Theater, Boston. Teaching: Ohio U, Dartmouth, Bennington, Boston U, Bryn Mawr, Emerson, Quinnipiac, Harvard Summer School, Berkshire Country Day School, Weston Playhouse, New England Youth Theatre (both current). Acting: Romeo, Hamlet, Iago, Richard II, Leontes, Fool, etc, S&Co; Seagull, USSR; Othello, Alliance; Scrooge, Portland Stage; etc. Film & TV: UPN, ABC, ACE award. Radio: Alamo, WNYC’s The Next Best Thing; Pinter one-acts, WBAI. Award: 2009 Boston Internat’l Film Festival. Directing: Shakespeare plays at S&Co; Counterpoint; Elm; etc. Syncopation, Portland Stage; ChaChaCha, Cologne; The Life and Work of W.E.B. Du Bois, BCD/BTF; Hamlet Project, Yale/New Haven Schools, String Theory, Chester; Hadrian VII, Hubbard Hall; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, NEYT; Fantastic Mr Fox, Dorset; The Madwoman of Chaillot, Hubbard Hall (upcoming). Playwriting: Stray Dogs, EST; Hard Rain, MCC award, Mixed Co; Women at War, Northampton Ctr. Arts; Escher’s Puddle, Firehouse 13. One-acts: PS 122, LaMama ETC, Naked Theater (Northampton), Berkshire Ten Minute Festival, The Good Ear Review. Excerpt: 2006 American Letters & Commentary.

Corinna May* (Penelope Trant Reardon in The Long Run)

Corinna MayThe Wharton Salon: Susy Suffern in Autres Temps, Mrs. Ballinger in Xingu. Other Wharton plays (Shakespeare & Co): The Mission of Jane, The Promise, Roman Fever, The Other Two, Songs from the Heart, The House of Mirth, The Old Maid. Theatre: National Broadway Tour: The Graduate with Jerry Hall/Linda Gray/Lorraine Bracco/ Kelly McGillis/Morgan Fairchild (Mrs. Braddock, u/s Mrs. Robinson). NYC: Thirty Story Masterpieces (world premiere); The Stronger. Regional Theater: Berkshire Theatre Festival, Mixed Company, Redhouse, Syracuse Stage, Capitol Rep., Rep. Theater of St. Louis, Studio Arena Theatre, Virginia Stage Co., Philadelphia Theater Co. Shakespeare & Company (21 seasons): Memory of Water, A Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night, Enchanted April, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Turn Of The Screw, An International Episode, Jack and Jill, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Off the Map, Betrayal, Fortune and Misfortune, Macbeth, Richard II: Deposed, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Berkeley Square. Playwright: Dancing with the Czar. Film: Split Ends (starring); Rain Without Thunder; Speck’s Last. Television: “Bourbon Street” (independent pilot) ; “Law & Order”; “PBS: Evening at the Pops”.Corinna is a Designated Linklater voice teacher, and proud to be a union member (AEA, SAG, AFTRA).

Diane Prusha* (Mrs. Fontage in The Rembrandt)

Diane PrushaFive seasons with The Wharton Salon: Mrs. Plinth in Xingu; Chorus, Miss Hatchard, Dr. Merkle in Summer, Mrs. Lidcote in Autres Temps. Diane has performed for 20 seasons with Shakespeare & Co. and two seasons with the Berkshire Theatre Group. Diane is thrilled beyond words to be returning to spend another summer with with The Wharton Salon. She has performed with many of the theatre companies in the area including Shakespeare & Company, Berkshire Theatre Group, Mixed Company, Aglet Theatre Company, and The New Stage. Some of her favorite roles include, Lottie in Enchanted April, Lottie in Lettuce and Loveage, Hettie in Two-Headed and all of The Wharton Salon characters. The roles dearest to her heart are the ones she encountered throughout the years in the Salon at The Mount. There she was able to grow and hone her craft as an actor through the genius of Edith Wharton’s writings and now, with The Wharton Salon, to continue this never-ending process. She is honored and proud to be a part of such a talented group of artists, craftpersons, and friends. May it flourish and continue.

Scott Renzoni (Jefferson Rose in The Rembrandt)

renzo headshot - vert no border top left white-2 Lost Nation Theater: evening of Christopher Durang one acts, including The Actor’s Nightmare (George Spelvin) and For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls (Lawrence Wingvalley); also Mother Courage & Her Children (Swiss Cheese); You Can’t Take It With You (Donald); A Lie of the Mind (Baylor); Macbeth (Ross); The Tempest (Sebastian); Romeo & Juliet (Benvolio); Stone (Ray Rouleau, Old Tornazzi, et al.); The Crucible (Rev. John Hale) and Judevine (David, Tommy). At S&Co: The Winter’s Tale (Antigonus); The Real Inspector Hound (Magnus); Julius Caesar (Caesar, Octavian); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Azolan); Cindy Bella (Ramiro); The War of the Worlds (Announcer, Stranger, et al). At Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall (Cambridge, NY): Amadeus (First Venticello); You Can’t Take It With You (DePinna); Macbeth (Ross); Twelfth Night (Feste); King Lear (Albany). Carolinian Shakespeare Festival (New Bern, NC): Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick). Waterbury Festival Players Noises Off (Freddie), winner “Best Featured Actor in a Play” from BroadwayWorld.com Vermont. Renzo is a native Vermonter and a four-time “Jeopardy!” winner, and Tournament of Champions participant. Gratitude to Mom, hugs to Team 104, and love to Fraxinus.

Jonah V. Thomas (Cellist & Composer)

Thomas studied Cello and Composition at the Manhattan School of Pre-College before earning a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the Juilliard School, where he also studied Chamber Music with members of the Juilliard Quartet. He has studied and performed for many summers at the European American Music Alliance Festival in Paris, France. Jonah was born in Vermont and currently resides in Western Massachusetts.

Scot Vighi (Reardon in The Long Run)

Scot is a cofounder of the Chelsea Group, and Habitual Rep theater companies in New York City. He directed and acted in Spatial Counterpoint, last year at the Made in the Berkshires Theater Festival. He also has a professional private practice as a holistic healer, and is the founder of The School of Intention and Evolution. Scot became a member of The Players Club, in New York City, in 1999. This is his first time working with his favorite Shakespeare and Company players, and being directed by Mr. Andrew Boswick Leslie.

Patrick Brennan (Set Designer; Properties Master)

Shakespeare’s WillVanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeDibbleDancePrivate Eyes, and It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play; Board Trustee, Shakespeare & Co. BA, Interior Design from Academy of Art College, San Francisco; enjoys restoring houses. Laura Ashley, Pierre-Deux, Anthropologie, Open House Living, S&Co Set Design and Props Mastery. Patrick is very happy to be working once again at The Mount.

Kathleen Doyle (Costume Designer, The Rembrandt)

Doyle designs costumes and puppets for opera, theater, film, dance and animation. Based in NYC, recent projects include The Magic Flute with The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Twelfth Night at the American Repertory Theater; Sunfish at the Daegu Opera House in South Korea; Acteon at The Kennedy Center; The Snow Queen at Here Art Center; Sassy Swings Tokyo at La MaMa; Cendrillon and Musilda at Manhattan School of Music; Fireweather at The Joyce Theater; Lollapalooza at Jazz At Lincoln Center; On The Town at Boston Lyric Stage; Girl of The Golden West at The New Ohio; Xerxes at The Connecticut Music Festival; Der Zwerg, L’Heure Espagnole and The Four Note Opera at Opera Hub; Romeo & Juliet at The Actor’s Shakespeare Project; The Harlem Renaissance Tour in the historic neighborhood; and The Magic Flute, The Musicians of Bremen and The Barber of Seville at Crested Butte Music Festival. Her artwork was recently exhibited in a solo show in Sao Paulo, Brazil. M.F.A. in Theatrical Design, Tisch School of The Arts, N.Y.U. M.A. in Dramaturgy, Villanova University. Goodwill Ambassador to Peru, Fulbright Scholar to Japan, Fulbright Scholar to China. www. KathleenDoyleDesign.com

Lauryn Franzoni (Managing Director, The Wharton Salon)

Lauryn Frazoni

Seventh season with The Wharton Salon. Lauryn has been a devoted reader of Edith Wharton for many years. In prior fundraising work, Lauryn has helped The Mount and Shakespeare & Company raise private support for new initiatives in performance and education. Lauryn leads strategy articulation and organization development including leadership training and career pathing for high growth companies through events that inspire dynamic organizational growth, by aligning people, plans and practices around a shared purpose.

A creative strategist and inspirational leader, Lauryn has recruited, trained and led high-performing creative and business teams for international research, media, and training companies in the U.S., U.K. and Europe in telecommunications, financial services, banking, energy, health and wellness, social media, education and the performing arts. Lauryn holds an MA from The American University and a BA from Dickinson College.

Whenever possible, Lauryn shares her time and skills in work with cultural and educational organizations that are launching new projects and may need an extra set of hands clarifying strategy and implementing fundraising and audience development initiatives.

Bill Greenland (Painter of “The Rembrandt”)

Greenland is a painter based in Salt Lake City. His best-known works are of various landscapes around Park City and Kamas, Utah, and one or two of the coast of Maui, Hawaii. He is an avid skier, golfer, father and grandfather, and prefers spending his time in the great outdoors.

Andrew Hitzhusen (Associate Producer/Assistant Director, The Rembrandt)

Credits include: Midnight’s Dream (Producer), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Director). Andrew is currently a History and Theatre Major at Northwestern University.

Lyn Liseno* (Production Stage Manager)

Lyn is thrilled to return to The Wharton Salon for her 3rd season. Some of her favorite credits include, The Wharton Salon: Xingu and Summer. Shakespeare & Co (7 years): The One Acts, Dibble Dance, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coriolanus, Jack and Jill, Love’s Labours Lost, Vita and Virginia. Regional Theatre: Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Worcester Foothills Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. Lyn also works with Playhouse Education out of Watertown, MA and Express Yourself out of Beverly, MA.

Govane Lohbauer (Costume Designer, The Long Run)

Lohbauer is in her thirty-fourth season as Costume Director and is a principal designer at Shakespeare & Company. Recent S&Co. credits include The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Shakespeare’s Will, Private Eyes, and It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Selected S&Co. credits: Love’s Labor’s Lost, Kaufman’s Barber Shop, King Lear, The Liar, The Learned Ladies, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Taster, Mengelberg and Mahler, Twelfth Night, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Shirley Valentine, Golda’s Balcony, The Ladies Man, Enchanted April, Ice Glen, Lettice and Lovage, Ethan Frome, Macbeth, Glimpses of the Moon, Summer, Wit, House of Mirth; Favorite Regional credits include: WAM Theater’s In Darfur, and Emilie; also Arabian Nights, Red Noses, Metamorphosis, Once Upon A Mattress, Top Girls, H.M.S. Pinafore, Gianni Schicci, Carousel, The Merry Widow. She is thrilled to be back designing a Wharton piece performing once again in the salon.

Maia Robbins-Zust (Technical Director)

Five seasons for The Wharton Salon. Maia has a BFA in arts management from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and is an ETCP Certified Rigger and Entertainment Electrician. Currently she is Technical Director for Williams College’s Department of Theatre and Shakespeare on the Sound. She also owns Berkshire Production Resources, a production company that provides technical support for the many live performance venues of western Massachusetts including The Wharton Salon.

Maia and her company have worked with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Barrington Stage Company, Boston Early Music Festival, Berkshire Theater Festival, Berkshire Opera Company, Capital Repertory Company, The Colonial Theatre and the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center just to name a few.

Chuck Schwager (Producer/Founder, Pythagoras Theatre Works)

World premieres: The Last Jews: An Apocalyptic Comedy (Morty) at Boston Playwrights; Sub-Zero (Fenton) for Ridge Town Productions; Worm in the Bud (He) for Blue Room Theatre (Samuel French Competition); The Fourth Nail (Paul) for AYTB Theatre and most recently The Bear of the Berkshires (Gregory). Other roles include: A Delicate Balance (Tobias) and The Crucible (Rev Hale) for Salem Theatre Company; Macbeth (Duncan/Lennox/Doctor) for Shakespeare Now!, Twelfth Night (Aguecheek) and King John (Chatillon/Melun) for Town Cow; Comedy of Errors (Aegeon) and Hamlet (Gravedigger) for Worcester Shakespeare Company; Comedy of Errors (Aegeon) for Brandeis Theatre; Romeo and Juliet (Friar Laurence), Much Ado About Nothing (Don Pedro), Loves Labors Lost (Holofernes) for LSB Players; The Diary of Anne Frank (Van Daan) for New Rep, Spring Awakening (Herr Steifel/Masked Man) for Zeitgeist Stage; Indian Ink (Eldon Pike) at Boston Actors’ Theatre and Some Fatherly Advice (Father) for Playwright’s Platform (Best Actor Award). Film: Marranos (Balthazar) for Charles River Media, This Killing Business (Accountant) for Federico Muchnik, The Ascendent shorts (Charles River Media), Dust (Dr. Sam Weinstein) for Howard Woolf.

*Courtesy of Actors Equity Association, the union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under Special Appearance Contract
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