About





People

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).

Organization

OlenaInterim Artistic Director - Olena Hodges (email, olena.hodges@islandshakespearefest.org) is a founding ISF acting company member, and is proud and honored to be part of the behind the scenes action, making the magic of ISF happen. Her passion for Shakespeare began early in her childhood and has become the driving force of her artistic life. She believes deeply in the humanity inherent to Shakespeare’s text as a vehicle for contemporary social examination and change. Olena is a graduate of the BFA acting program at Southern Oregon University, and hold a certificate from Circle in The Square Theater School's 2-year Professional Training Program. Olena is also the associate producer of the Theatrical Mustang Podcast.Theatrical Mustang Podcast.



durrManaging Director - Michelle Durr (email, managing.director@islandshakespearefest.org) has been with ISF since its inception. Now serving as Managing Director, she has found her passion working with the people that make up ISF. Michelle also served as Managing Director for Whidbey Children's Theater. Additionally, she worked as a stage manager in numerous productions, including Crimes of the Heart at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Little Women for Whidbey Children's Theater, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, and Richard III for Island Shakespeare Festival. Her most recent accomplishment has been earning her Black Belt in Uechi-Ryu Karate at Tiger Martial Arts, in Freeland, A Whidbey resident for 36 years, she continues to find ways to serve her community.

Board

neffRene Neff- President is a new enthusiastic board member of ISF. Her family moved to Whidbey Island 24 years ago. Rene taught in the South Whidbey School District for 20 years and has recently retired. Rene currently co-owns the Brackenwood Gallery in Langley. She is the founder of the Maxwelton Salmon Adventure (now Whidbey Watershed Stewards) and past president, serving from 1996-2002. Currently Rene serves on the Langley City Council and is a Board Member of Langley Main Street Association.

Ginger Waters -Vice President is new to the ISF board joining in May 2016, shortly after returning to Washington after a 26-year absence.  Her interest in theatre came early, while watching her father perform in Operas and Operettas.  She joined American Musical Theatre Workshop performing in several productions before marrying and leaving that life behind.  Following graduation from the University of Washington, she pursued a career in retail, working for Nordstrom then moving to Hawaii and working for Crazy Shirts and Honolulu Cookie Company.   She served on USPS Customer Advisory Panel and the board of directors for Retail Merchants of Hawaii, where she also served on the executive committee.  An avid supporter of the arts, Ginger is excited to begin her latest chapter in such a vibrant community.

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Kathryn Stevens, PhD, MBA - Treasurer
inherited the values for and commitment to service from her parents, Bob and Ethel Waters, who fell in love with Whidbey Island and moved here in 1979. During her career as a leader and consultant in healthcare, she focused her efforts on financial management and organizational transformation. Kathryn has a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. She and her husband Tucker moved to Langley in 2000 to be with her parents, where they immediately connected with community in the city of Langley. She currently serves as a member of the Good Cheer Board and is also a board member of the Langley Community Club. When she retired in 2013, Kathryn began a new learning journey. After having served on many business-based boards, she put her toe in the arts river by joining the WICA board. She continues her enchantment with the bar-raising-arts community, an integral part of the South Whidbey allure and is delighted to continue that learning with ISF.

nedelmaDeborah Nedelman, Ph.D. - Secretary believes in life-long learning. She earned her A.B. degree from Bryn Mawr College back in the day (1969) and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington (nearly as far back). This year she will complete her thesis for her MFA in fiction at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts (NILA). As a psychologist and a writer, Deborah has a deep appreciation of the power of story to change lives. She values theater in particular as an avenue that leads to the full embodiment of story. In her role as a therapist she has witnessed people healing from tragedy through the process of telling their stories and often using the tools of theater to enact those stories. Deborah sees Shakespeare as the ultimate storyteller whose works can touch every heart. She is an avid theater-goer, particularly seeking out Shakespeare wherever it is performed. Deborah is new to Whidbey Island. She lived in Mukilteo for 35 years before finally succumbing to the siren song and moving across the water in 2013. Prior to her move she served for several years on the board of the Zonta Club of Everett as well as other community boards. Since arriving on Whidbey she has been involved in the writing community, offering writing workshops for adults and working with youth through NILA’s interdisciplinary program in the Langley Middle School. When Deborah discovered ISF she was thrilled! To have such an imaginative and professional Shakespeare theater in her new home is a dream come true. She is dedicated to seeing ISF thrive.

Deborah is the owner and founder of Soundview Writers through which she provides writing workshops and classes based on the Amherst Writers and Artists Method. She works as a book coach, offering support and guidance to those whose books are struggling to be born. Her own work has been published in a variety of venues and can be seen on her website: HERE.

grayDayle Gray first fell in love with Whidbey Island as a child, spending summers on June Beach beginning in 1965. She has a Master’s in Education from the University of Washington, and has been an educator since 1978. She moved to Whidbey full time in 1985, and began working as an Elementary School Counselor for the South Whidbey School District in 1989. In addition to her work with the South Whidbey Schools she is currently teaching Psychology at Skagit Valley College, South Whidbey Center. She is the mother of three, and grandmother of 6, and one more on the way! She believes passionately in the arts and creativity as a central part of life , and the importance of both in educating children to reach their highest potential. “South Whidbey is a magical place, where the arts are embraced, and dreams do come true”. She is thrilled to being part of this amazing team making the Shakespearean experience available to everyone.

robRob Scott is a new ISF board member for 2015. Rob has been an enthusiastic supporter of all things theater and performing arts since moving to Langley with his family 17 years ago. He began his interest in music and theater in middle school, and continued musical study through his college years before becoming enticed into the relatively new computer and networking field. He currently works in IT for Seattle Children's Hospital. Rob is the founding board vice-president of Whidbey Children's Theater and also served as the volunteer technical director of WCT from 2003 through 2008. He has been a frequent actor and volunteer stage manager for the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts since 2008, embracing all aspects of technical theater production. Rob is delighted to be able to support the continued growth and operation of ISF.

Kathryn Stevens, PhD, MBA Kathryn Stevens inherited the values for and commitment to service from her parents, Bob and Ethel Waters, who fell in love with Whidbey Island and moved here in 1979. During her career as a leader and consultant in healthcare, she focused her efforts on financial management and organizational transformation. Kathryn has a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. She and her husband Tucker moved to Langley in 2000 to be with her parents, where they immediately connected with community in the city of Langley. She currently serves as a member of the Good Cheer Board and is also a board member of the Langley Community Club. When she retired in 2013, Kathryn began a new learning journey. After having served on many business-based boards, she put her toe in the arts river by joining the WICA board. She continues her enchantment with the bar-raising-arts community, an integral part of the South Whidbey allure and is delighted to continue that learning with ISF.

 

People

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).

Organization

Interim Artistic Director - Olena Hodges (email, olena.hodges@islandshakespearefest.org) Olenais a founding ISF acting company member, and is proud and honored to be part of the behind the scenes action, making the magic of ISF happen. Her passion for Shakespeare began early in her childhood and has become the driving force of her artistic life. She believes deeply in the humanity inherent to Shakespeare’s text as a vehicle for contemporary social examination and change. Olena is a graduate of the BFA acting program at Southern Oregon University, and hold a certificate from Circle in The Square Theater School's 2-year Professional Training Program. Olena is also the associate producer of the Theatrical Mustang Podcast.Theatrical Mustang Podcast.

Managing Director - Michelle Durr (email, managing.director@islandshakespearefest.org) durrhas been with ISF since its inception. Now serving as Managing Director, she has found her passion working with the people that make up ISF. Michelle also served as Managing Director for Whidbey Children's Theater. Additionally, she worked as a stage manager in numerous productions, including Crimes of the Heart at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Little Women for Whidbey Children's Theater, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, and Richard III for Island Shakespeare Festival. Her most recent accomplishment has been earning her Black Belt in Uechi-Ryu Karate at Tiger Martial Arts, in Freeland, A Whidbey resident for 36 years, she continues to find ways to serve her community.

Board

neffRene Neff- President is a new enthusiastic board member of ISF. Her family moved to Whidbey Island 24 years ago. Rene taught in the South Whidbey School District for 20 years and has recently retired. Rene currently co-owns the Brackenwood Gallery in Langley. She is the founder of the Maxwelton Salmon Adventure (now Whidbey Watershed Stewards) and past president, serving from 1996-2002. Currently Rene serves on the Langley City Council and is a Board Member of Langley Main Street Association.

Ginger Waters -Vice President is new to the ISF board joining in May 2016, shortly after returning to Washington after a 26-year absence.  Her interest in theatre came early, while watching her father perform in Operas and Operettas.  She joined American Musical Theatre Workshop performing in several productions before marrying and leaving that life behind.  Following graduation from the University of Washington, she pursued a career in retail, working for Nordstrom then moving to Hawaii and working for Crazy Shirts and Honolulu Cookie Company.   She served on USPS Customer Advisory Panel and the board of directors for Retail Merchants of Hawaii, where she also served on the executive committee.  An avid supporter of the arts, Ginger is excited to begin her latest chapter in such a vibrant community.

stevensKathryn Stevens, PhD, MBA - Treasurer inherited the values for and commitment to service from her parents, Bob and Ethel Waters, who fell in love with Whidbey Island and moved here in 1979. During her career as a leader and consultant in healthcare, she focused her efforts on financial management and organizational transformation. Kathryn has a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. She and her husband Tucker moved to Langley in 2000 to be with her parents, where they immediately connected with community in the city of Langley. She currently serves as a member of the Good Cheer Board and is also a board member of the Langley Community Club. When she retired in 2013, Kathryn began a new learning journey. After having served on many business-based boards, she put her toe in the arts river by joining the WICA board. She continues her enchantment with the bar-raising-arts community, an integral part of the South Whidbey allure and is delighted to continue that learning with ISF.

nedelmaDeborah Nedelman, Ph.D. - Secretary believes in life-long learning. She earned her A.B. degree from Bryn Mawr College back in the day (1969) and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington (nearly as far back). This year she will complete her thesis for her MFA in fiction at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts (NILA). As a psychologist and a writer, Deborah has a deep appreciation of the power of story to change lives. She values theater in particular as an avenue that leads to the full embodiment of story. In her role as a therapist she has witnessed people healing from tragedy through the process of telling their stories and often using the tools of theater to enact those stories. Deborah sees Shakespeare as the ultimate storyteller whose works can touch every heart. She is an avid theater-goer, particularly seeking out Shakespeare wherever it is performed. Deborah is new to Whidbey Island. She lived in Mukilteo for 35 years before finally succumbing to the siren song and moving across the water in 2013. Prior to her move she served for several years on the board of the Zonta Club of Everett as well as other community boards. Since arriving on Whidbey she has been involved in the writing community, offering writing workshops for adults and working with youth through NILA’s interdisciplinary program in the Langley Middle School. When Deborah discovered ISF she was thrilled! To have such an imaginative and professional Shakespeare theater in her new home is a dream come true. She is dedicated to seeing ISF thrive.

Deborah is the owner and founder of Soundview Writers through which she provides writing workshops and classes based on the Amherst Writers and Artists Method. She works as a book coach, offering support and guidance to those whose books are struggling to be born. Her own work has been published in a variety of venues and can be seen on her website: HERE.

grayDayle Gray first fell in love with Whidbey Island as a child, spending summers on June Beach beginning in 1965. She has a Master’s in Education from the University of Washington, and has been an educator since 1978. She moved to Whidbey full time in 1985, and began working as an Elementary School Counselor for the South Whidbey School District in 1989. In addition to her work with the South Whidbey Schools she is currently teaching Psychology at Skagit Valley College, South Whidbey Center. She is the mother of three, and grandmother of 6, and one more on the way! She believes passionately in the arts and creativity as a central part of life , and the importance of both in educating children to reach their highest potential. “South Whidbey is a magical place, where the arts are embraced, and dreams do come true”. She is thrilled to being part of this amazing team making the Shakespearean experience available to everyone.

stephenStephen Merritt is a recent addition to the ISF board. He and his wife, Sheila, became full time Whidbey residents 3 years ago after coming up to the Island on weekends for many years. He came to a show two seasons ago and was so taken with the quality of the actors, he was hooked!

Stephen has been a professional entertainer for many years. As a musician, singer, songwriter, and producer, he has had a wide variety of experience. He has performed on cruise ships, been a musical director for a number of spiritual communities, and recorded 3 of his own CD’s.

He is delighted to be involved in the Whidbey Island arts community and believes that the Island Shakespeare Festival is a real treasure worth supporting.

sarahSarah Sanborn is excited to join the ISF board. A native of Whidbey Island, Sarah has a passion for literature and the arts. When not at her day job, she writes fiction and has a small stock photography business. She first discovered Shakespeare at Skagit Valley College and fell in love with the language. In 2010 she stumbled upon a small outdoor production of As You Like It in the middle of the woods. Enchanted, she became a loyal fan, coming to multiple shows a year. Now, she’s eager to be apart of the magic.

robRob Scott is a new ISF board member for 2015. Rob has been an enthusiastic supporter of all things theater and performing arts since moving to Langley with his family 17 years ago. He began his interest in music and theater in middle school, and continued musical study through his college years before becoming enticed into the relatively new computer and networking field. He currently works in IT for Seattle Children's Hospital. Rob is the founding board vice-president of Whidbey Children's Theater and also served as the volunteer technical director of WCT from 2003 through 2008. He has been a frequent actor and volunteer stage manager for the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts since 2008, embracing all aspects of technical theater production. Rob is delighted to be able to support the continued growth and operation of ISF.

 

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