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Our History

Founders

Susannah Rose Woods is the Founding Artistic Director of Island Shakespeare Festival. She has been the Artistic Director of three theatre companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and has worked across the country with both professional and youth theatre companies. She served as Artistic Director for Whidbey Children's Theater and now is on their Advisory Board. She is an award winning screenwriter and playwright as well as a published poet. She was awarded a commendation from Senator Barbara Boxer for her work with youth theatre and is the recipient of a number of awards for both her writing and directing, Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, Humanitarian Teacher of the Year Award, and a variety of national and international awards for her screenwriting.


Peggy Juve
– Co-Founder, Board Member Emeritus has served as ISF Director of Development (2010-2013) and Board President (2013-2016) Peggy is a studio artist and local business owner of Merge: Digital to Textile, print and design studio. She is also a partner in Side Market, which carries “inspired objects from the Isle of Whidbey.” Peggy has been a community volunteer since moving to Whidbey Island 20 years ago. Her past volunteer activities include: founding board member of Friends of Freeland 2001-2003, serving as board president for one year. Peggy became involved with Whidbey Children’s Theatre in 1997 and is the founding board president of WCT, serving in that role from 2003-2007. She continues to act as an advisor WCT. You may see her textile work at www.pjuvedesign.com and at Side Market at Bayview Corner (side.market).

As-You-Like-It: 2010 (Adam Shultz as Silvius and Caitlin Goldbaum as Phoebe in As You Like It, photo by Tyler Raymond)

2010: ISF is born

• Susannah Rose Woods and Peggy Juve co-founded Island Shakespeare Festival with the goal of bringing the language of the great classics, notably the works of William Shakespeare, to the South Whidbey community. They felt that a “Pay What You Will” model would make Shakespeare affordable for everyone.

• Timothy, Fritz, and Vivienne Hull helped realize the dream when they offered ISF its first home at StoryHouse Theatre.

• The Company selected As You Like It for the inaugural production and was astounded when approximately 800 people arrived over the course of two weekends, through rain and shine, at our outdoor stage in the woods.

2011: It’s Official

Olena Hodges and Max Cole-Takanikos as the title characters in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Michael Stadler

• ISF came under the umbrella of Whidbey Island Arts Council (WIAC).

• ISF’s audience doubled, with the production of Romeo and Juliet.

2012: The Dream Becomes Reality

Bristol Branson as Titania and Andrew Fling as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, photo by Michael Stadler

• The company produced A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in four weekends, performed to near capacity, with over 2,500 audience members from near and far.

2013: Standing on Our Own Two Feet


Ahna Dunn Wilder as Hero and Gabe Harshman as Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing, photo by Michael Stadler

• ISF incorporated as a 501-c3 non-profit and a board of directors was formed with Peggy Juve at the helm.

• Managing Director Michelle Durr and Educational Director Eric Mulholland joined Susannah Rose Woods to address the needs of the burgeoning company. The ongoing growth led to a decision to relocate.

• ISF commissioned a vintage-style circus tent where a lively production of Much Ado About Nothing was performed over six weekends.

2014: Another Step Forward


Jimmy Dix as the title character in Richard III, photo by Michael Stadler

• ISF expanded its theatrical offerings with two productions in repertory: The Taming of the Shrew, directed by guest director, Jackie Apodaca, and Richard III, directed by Woods.

• Mulholland created the Classic Conservatory for Young Adults (CCYA), a world class training program for young adults in classical theatre, culminating in a performance of The Importance of Being Earnest.



Winter 2015: Off Season Outreach begins

• Exciting off-season additions of a staged reading series, “Bard & Brew” were created.

• An incredible visit and talk by Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Professor of Shakespeare Studies, University of Birmingham.



Summer 2015: A New Home


Olena Hodges, Michael Robinson, Laurel Livezey, and Zora Lungren as Ariel and her sprites in The Tempest, photo by Michael Stadler

• The new location, at 5476 Maxwelton Road adjacent to South Whidbey Elementary School, offered ample room for growth and a permanent storage solution for costume and prop collections.

• Continuing as a regional repertory theater, the 2015 season included The Tempest, directed by Woods, and a world premiere adaption of Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers, adapted and directed by Gordon Carpenter.

Off Season 2015-2016:

Expanding Reach
• ISF continued development of off-season outreach, to include work with students, staged readings, and member events.

• ISF partnered with Whidbey Children’s Theater to continue the CCYA program.

Putting Down Roots
• Responding to a desire to return to our outdoor roots, ISF laid a literal foundation for the future. A concrete stage was poured and four shipping containers were ingeniously repurposed to serve as a backdrop and backstage.

Summer 2016: The Season Grows



Maya Sugarman as the tile character and Paul Dederick as Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre, photo by Michael Stadler

• To inaugurate the new stage, ISF returned to As You Like It, directed by Woods. Corey McDaniel, Artistic Director of Seattle’s Theatre22, directed Julius Caesar, and rounding out the season, Julie Beckman directed her award-winning adaptation of the Charlotte Bronte classic, Jane Eyre.

• ISF introduced First Read Lab: a series of staged readings of new works.








Founders

Susannah Rose Woods is the Founding Artistic Director of Island Shakespeare Festival. She has been the Artistic Director of three theatre companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and has worked across the country with both professional and youth theatre companies. She served as Artistic Director for Whidbey Children's Theater and now is on their Advisory Board. She is an award winning screenwriter and playwright as well as a published poet. She was awarded a commendation from Senator Barbara Boxer for her work with youth theatre and is the recipient of a number of awards for both her writing and directing, Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, Humanitarian Teacher of the Year Award, and a variety of national and international awards for her screenwriting.

Peggy Juve – Co-Founder, Board Member Emeritus has served as ISF Director of Development (2010-2013) and Board President (2013-2016) Peggy is a studio artist and local business owner of Merge: Digital to Textile, print and design studio. She is also a partner in Side Market, which carries “inspired objects from the Isle of Whidbey.” Peggy has been a community volunteer since moving to Whidbey Island 20 years ago. Her past volunteer activities include: founding board member of Friends of Freeland 2001-2003, serving as board president for one year. Peggy became involved with Whidbey Children’s Theatre in 1997 and is the founding board president of WCT, serving in that role from 2003-2007. She continues to act as an advisor WCT. You may see her textile work at www.pjuvedesign.com and at Side Market at Bayview Corner (side.market).

Our History

As-You-Like-It: 2010 (Adam Shultz as Silvius and Caitlin Goldbaum as Phoebe in As You Like It, photo by Tyler Raymond)

2010: ISF is born

• Susannah Rose Woods and Peggy Juve co-founded Island Shakespeare Festival with the goal of bringing the language of the great classics, notably the works of William Shakespeare, to the South Whidbey community. They felt that a “Pay What You Will” model would make Shakespeare affordable for everyone.

• Timothy, Fritz, and Vivienne Hull helped realize the dream when they offered ISF its first home at StoryHouse Theatre.

• The Company selected As You Like It for the inaugural production and was astounded when approximately 800 people arrived over the course of two weekends, through rain and shine, at our outdoor stage in the woods.

2011: It’s Official

Olena Hodges and Max Cole-Takanikos as the title characters in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Michael Stadler

• ISF came under the umbrella of Whidbey Island Arts Council (WIAC).

• ISF’s audience doubled, with the production of Romeo and Juliet.

2012: The Dream Becomes Reality

Bristol Branson as Titania and Andrew Fling as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, photo by Michael Stadler

• The company produced A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in four weekends, performed to near capacity, with over 2,500 audience members from near and far.

2013: Standing on Our Own Two Feet


Ahna Dunn Wilder as Hero and Gabe Harshman as Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing, photo by Michael Stadler

• ISF incorporated as a 501-c3 non-profit and a board of directors was formed with Peggy Juve at the helm.

• Managing Director Michelle Durr and Educational Director Eric Mulholland joined Susannah Rose Woods to address the needs of the burgeoning company. The ongoing growth led to a decision to relocate.

• ISF commissioned a vintage-style circus tent where a lively production of Much Ado About Nothing was performed over six weekends.

2014: Another Step Forward


Jimmy Dix as the title character in Richard III, photo by Michael Stadler

• ISF expanded its theatrical offerings with two productions in repertory: The Taming of the Shrew, directed by guest director, Jackie Apodaca, and Richard III, directed by Woods.

• Mulholland created the Classic Conservatory for Young Adults (CCYA), a world class training program for young adults in classical theatre, culminating in a performance of The Importance of Being Earnest.



Winter 2015: Off Season Outreach begins

• Exciting off-season additions of a staged reading series, “Bard & Brew” were created.

• An incredible visit and talk by Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Professor of Shakespeare Studies, University of Birmingham.



Summer 2015: A New Home


Olena Hodges, Michael Robinson, Laurel Livezey, and Zora Lungren as Ariel and her sprites in The Tempest, photo by Michael Stadler

• The new location, at 5476 Maxwelton Road adjacent to South Whidbey Elementary School, offered ample room for growth and a permanent storage solution for costume and prop collections.

• Continuing as a regional repertory theater, the 2015 season included The Tempest, directed by Woods, and a world premiere adaption of Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers, adapted and directed by Gordon Carpenter.

Off Season 2015-2016:

Expanding Reach
• ISF continued development of off-season outreach, to include work with students, staged readings, and member events.

• ISF partnered with Whidbey Children’s Theater to continue the CCYA program.

Putting Down Roots
• Responding to a desire to return to our outdoor roots, ISF laid a literal foundation for the future. A concrete stage was poured and four shipping containers were ingeniously repurposed to serve as a backdrop and backstage.

Summer 2016: The Season Grows



Maya Sugarman as the tile character and Paul Dederick as Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre, photo by Michael Stadler

• To inaugurate the new stage, ISF returned to As You Like It, directed by Woods. Corey McDaniel, Artistic Director of Seattle’s Theatre22, directed Julius Caesar, and rounding out the season, Julie Beckman directed her award-winning adaptation of the Charlotte Bronte classic, Jane Eyre.

• ISF introduced First Read Lab: a series of staged readings of new works.








FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: 360-331-2939 or email
July 14-September 3,
Shows Thursday through Sunday at 6:00,
(matinees at 1:00 Sundays in August).
Island Shakespeare Festival is located at 5476 Maxwelton Road, Langley, WA 98260 (MAP)
Mailing address:
PO Box 1262
Langley, WA, 98260
Click HERE for the performance schedule.