TARELL ALVIN MCCRANEY

Midsummer in Oxford 2005 He is best known for his acclaimed trilogy The Brother/Sister Plays: The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water, and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet which have been performed at the McCarter Theatre, The Public Theatre, and Steppenwolf Theatre, and the Young Vic (Olivier Award nomination) in London. Tarell has received the prestigious Whiting Award and Steinberg Playwright Award, the inaugural NY Times Outstanding Playwright Award, and the inaugural Paula Vogel Playwriting Award. IMDb IOBDb

JOHN BARTON

Co-founded the Royal Shakespeare Company and is a renowned teacher of Shakespeare and a distinguished director at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. His television series "Playing Shakespeare" is widely used in Britain and the US. His productions include "War of the Roses" and "Peer Gynt".

SIMON CALLOW CBE

Theatre: Titus Andronicus, Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui, As You Like it and Amadeus among many others.  Films: A Room with a View, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Amadeus, Shakespeare in Love, Howard's End and Maurice. Directing work: The Infernal Machine, Jacques and his Master, Shirley Valentine, Carmen Jones, Die Fledermaus and La Calisto.  Books: biographies of Charles Laughton and Orson Welles, Acting in Restoration Comedy and Being an Actor. Awarded the CBE in 2000.

BRIAN COX CBE

Toured worldwide as King Lear and Richard III for the RNT. For the RSC: Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, Penny for a Song and Frankie and Johnny in the Claire De Lune. His many films include Trials of Henry Kissinger, Rookie and Manhunter.

SIR DEREK JACOBI CBE

Founding company member of the National Theatre, where he appeared with Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Peter O'Toole and others in productions of Othello, Hamlet and a great many others. Won Tony Award for performances in Cyrano de Bergerac and Much Ado About Nothing. He is also well known for his roles in I Claudius and Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet and playing Malvolio at the Donmar Warehouse.

JULIAN GLOVER CBE

Julian trained at the National Youth Theatre, performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and became a familiar face to British television viewers by appearing in many popular series during the 1960s and 1970s. His talent for accents and cold expression made him an ideal choice for playing refined villains. During the 1980s, Glover achieved some fame in Hollywood by playing roles in such popular films as Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), For Your Eyes Only (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). He was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.

HENRY GOODMAN

Theatre work includes The Comedy of Errors (RSC, Best Newcomer Award, 1983), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and After the Fall (National), Angels in America (Best Supporting Actor, 1992), Assassins (Olivier Award, 1993), Merchant of Venice (Olivier Award), Tartuffe (Broadway) Richard III (RSC), Art (Broadway and West End), Chicago (West End) and The Birthday Party (West End).

DAVID HAREWOOD MBE

Theatre productions include Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TFANA); Martin Luther King in the premiere of The Mountaintop by Katori Hall (Theatre503); Hotspur in Henry IV Parts I and II; Lord Asriel in His Dark Materials (National Theatre); the title role in Othello on their world tour; Antony and Cleopatra (Public Theatre). He has had numerous TV roles, most recently playing David Estes in Homeland and Mandela in Mrs Mandela in the BBC drama.

ROSEMARY HARRIS

Founding company member of the National Theater and worked with Laurence Olivier in Uncle Vanya and Hamlet. Tony Award for The Lion in Winter and nominated for nine more. She has starred on Broadway in A Delicate Balance, Hay Fever, Pack of Lies and recently, The Royal Family.

JOHN HEFFERNAN

He has played extensive roles at the National including the title role in Edward II; She Stoops to Conquer; Emperor and Galilean; The Revenger's Tragedy and Major Barbara. For the RSC he has starred as J Robert Oppenheimer in Oppenheimer, performed in King LearThe SeagullRomeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing. Other theatre work includes The Hothouse (Trafalgar Studios), Love and Information (The Royal Court Theatre), and The Physicists (Donmar Warehouse).

GREG HICKS

He has played many leading roles for the RSC including the King of France in All’s Well That Ends Well; Leontes in The Winter’s Tale; Julius Caesar in Julius Caesar, and Lear in King Lear. Previous work for the RSC includes Macbeth, Poor Beck, Coriolanus (Olivier Nomination, Best Actor; Critics Circle Award, Best Actor), and Tantalus. Other theatre includes An Enemy of the People (Arcola), Don Quixote (West Yorkshire Playhouse); and Tamburlaine the Great (Bristol Old Vic/Barbican).

KELLY HUNTER

Kelly is an award winning actor, director and writer.   Over the last thirty years she has played major roles for the RSC, National theatre, English Touring theatre and the Icelandic company Vesturport, working with Jerome Savary, Hal Prince, Sir Peter Hall and Sir Trevor Nunn.  She has also worked extensively in film, TV and radio.  Kelly is the Artistic Director of Flute Theatre, for whom her most recent production of Hamlet, Who’s There? performed at the Gdansk Shakespeare Festival in August 2015. In 2014 she directed a production of The Tempest for the RSC which she adapted for children with autism.   She is the author of two books, Shakespeare’s Heartbeat, drama games for children with autism published by Routledge and Cracking Shakespeare; A hands-on guide for actors and directors published by Methuen in December 2015.   From 2002-2006 she was the Artistic director of Touchstone Shakespeare Theatre, which she created to offer Shakespeare to children with no access to the arts. Kelly has created a series of sensory drama games named The Hunter Heartbeat Method, which form her work with children with autism. This methodology has the basis of a longitudinal study at Ohio State University since 2011.

JEREMY IRONS

Starred in Brideshead Revisited on television.  Academy Award for A Reversal of Fortune and Tony Award for The Real Thing.  Starred for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Wild Oats, A Winter's Tale and Richard II. Movies include The French Lieutenant's Woman, Betrayal and The Lion King.

NEIL LABUTE

Films include In the Company of Men (New York Critics Circle Award for Best First Feature, Filmmakers’ Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival), Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Possession, The Shape of Things — a film adaptation of his play by the same title — The Wicker Man, Lakeview Terrace and Death at a Funeral. Plays include bash: reasons to be pretty, latter-day plays, The Shape of Things, The Distance From Here, The Mercy Seat, Autobahn, This Is How It Goes, Some Girl(s), Wrecks, In a Dark Dark House, Helter Skelter, The Furies and The War on Terror.

JANE LAPOTAIRE

For the National Theatre, she has played Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew and Jessica to Laurence Olivier’s Shylock in The Merchant of Venice.  For the RSC, she starred in the RSC’s productions of Piaf (Actress of the Year Award in Britain; Tony Award on Broadway), and has played Viola in Twelfth Night, Sonya in Uncle Vanya, Rosalind in As You Like It, Gertrude opposite Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet and Catherine of Aragon in Henry VIII (Helen Hayes Award) in London and the US.

DAVID LEVEAUX

Recent productions include: Rudolph (Vienna); A Doll's House (Tokyo); Three Sisters (Abbey, Dublin); Cyrano with Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner plus the Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie with Jessica Lange, and Fiddler on the Roof. Previous Broadway productions include: Tom Stoppard's Jumpers (Tony Award nomination for Outstanding Direction); Nine with Antonio Banderas (Tony Award for Best Revival and nomination for Outstanding Direction); Stoppard's The Real Thing (Tony Award for Best Revival); Harold Pinter's Betrayal with Juliette Binoche; Electra with Zoë Wanamaker (Tony Award nomination); Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie with Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson (Tony Award for Best Revival); and A Moon for the Misbegotten with Kate Nelligan (Tony Award nomination for Outstanding Direction).

PIPPA NIXON

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Pippa Nixon trained at Manchester School of Theatre. She has had numerous roles in film and television as well as recording drama for BBC Radio, but she is best known for her critically acclaimed theatre work. During her early successful stage career, Nixon took on a mixture of roles in both contemporary and classical writing. In 2011, after stints at Shakespeare’s Globe where she was commended in the Ian Charleson Awards for her portrayal of Jessica in The Merchant of Venice, Nixon moved to the Royal Shakespeare Company to take on a number of lead roles. Other theatre roles include Ophelia in Hamlet; Rosalind in As You Like It, and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the RSC. Also for the RSC: Days of Significance, King John and Cardenio. Other theatre work includes Bea, Joe Guy, The Zoo Reading (Soho Theatre); Timon of Athens, Holding Fire! (Globe); The Trestle At Pope Lick Creek (Belfast/Tour); The Method (Oval House); Balm in Gilead Masterpieces (50th Anniversary Season) (Young Vic); and Reading (Royal Court).

FIONA SHAW CBE

Theatre: Electra (voted Actress of the Year), Taming of the Shrew (RSC), The Good Person of Setzuan, Machinal (voted Actress of the Year) The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Richard II As You Like It, The Waste Land, Medea, Happy Days and Mother Courage (National).  TV includes Hedda Gabler (BBC / HBO.)  Film includes My Left Foot, Catch and Release, The Black Dahlia, Fracture and the Harry Potter films. In 2001, she was awarded an honorary CBE.

JONATHAN SLINGER

Leading roles at the RSC include the title role in Hamlet; Paroles in All’s Well That Ends Well; Prospero in The Tempest; Macbeth in Macbeth, Richard in Richard III, Lenny in the The Homecoming; Malvolio in Twelfth Night; Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Outside the RSC, theatre work includes Yes, Prime Minister (Chichester); Duchess of Malfi; The Coast of Utopia; The Machine Wreckers (National Theatre); Uncle Vanya (Young Vic); The Maid’s Tragedy (Shakespeare’s Globe); Bones (Newcastle Live/Hampstead).

DAVID SUCHET

Though his best-known work has been as Poirot, David Suchet earned acclaim for his roles in the miniseries Blott on the Landscape and The Life of Freud. He also appeared as domineering Hollywood studio head Louis B. Mayer in the well-received HBO feature RKO 281 (1999), about the making of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. He has also appeared in numerous Hollywood films and as Poirot on a PBS series.

BRANDON VICTOR DIXON

Midsummer in Oxford '98 Broadway: Hamilton, Shuffle Along... (Tony Award Nominee), The Color Purple (Tony Award nominee), Scottsboro Boys (Drama Desk nominee) TV: Power IMDb IBDb

DEBORAH WARNER CBE

Recently directed Mother Courage and Medea, both with Fiona Shaw, and Julius Caesar with Ralph Fiennes. Director of the Year for the RSC's Titus Andronicus (with Brian Cox), Electra (with Fiona Shaw) and Hedda Gabler (Fiona Shaw). Other productions include King John (RSC), King Lear, The Good Person of Setzuan and Richard II, The Waste Land in London and abroad, Coriolanus (Salzberg Festival), Medea in London and abroad, and The Angel Project in New York.  Operas include Don Giovani and Fidelio (Glyndebourne), Wozzeck (Opera North), Paul Bunyan (ENO) and Medea in Dublin and London.

MARK WING-DAVEY

Mark Wing-Davey first came to prominence in the United States with his highly acclaimed 1992 production of Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest at New York Theatre Workshop. Since then he has worked extensively in New York City, for NYTW, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center, Playwright’s Horizons, LAByrinth, and the Public Theater - directing Troilus and Cressida and Henry 5 in Central Park. He directed Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play at the Goodman in Chicago, Yale Rep, and for Epic Theater in a site-specific production at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn. Recent productions include Molière’s School for Wives at Two River Theater New Jersey and Pericles, his fifth production for Berkeley Rep: 36 Views, The Life of Galileo, The Beaux’ Stratagem, and Mad Forest preceding it. He also directed an acclaimed Angels in America for ACT. Additional US and international credits include productions of new and classic plays at ART, Cincinnati, La Jolla, Mark Taper, McCarter, Milwaukee Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Playmaker’s Rep, Seattle Rep, Yale Rep; London’s Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre, the Edinburgh Festival, and musicals in the West End, and Australia.