About









People

Organization

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.

Peggy Juve Director of Development

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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).

Board

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Rene Neff- President
MA Leadership and Organizational Design, a founding board member and has been affiliated with ISF almost since its inception. Rene and her family moved to Whidbey Island 30 years ago from Seattle, where she taught for 15 years. Rene taught in the South Whidbey School District for 20 years and is now retired. She is one of the founders of the Maxwelton Salmon Adventure (now Whidbey Watershed Stewards) and past president, serving from 1996-2002. Rene served on the Langley City Council for 12 years and was a past Secretary of the Board of Langley Main Street Association. Being associated with Island Shakespeare Festival and seeing it grow and mature gives her heart joy!

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Deborah Nedelman, Ph.D. - Vice President

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. A relative newcomer to Whidbey, Deborah 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. 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 manuscript 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.

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Dayle Gray - Treasurer
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. She retired from the district in June of 2014. She and her husband David own Island Ductless Heat Pumps she and works in the box office at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts for fun! She is the mother of three, and grandmother of 7. 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.

sarahSarah Sanborn - Secretary 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.


Ervin Knezek
A lifelong educator, Ervin understands the impact of the arts in developing well-rounded individuals. He understands the power that story plays in the development of self and the opportunities theater, in particular, plays in helping people transcend their current experiences, affirm their realities, and imagine what could be. A community is strengthened by the quality of its arts offerings. On a vacation on Whidbey Island in 2009, Ervin and his partner Dave experienced the rich offerings of this magical place. That was all it took. In 2010 they moved to the island, embracing the people, the place, and the potential. Experiencing the Island Shakespeare Festival under the tent punctuated what they love about Whidbey. Ervin’s work in developing school leaders has helped him understand the complexities and the opportunities in systems. He is excited about the opportunity to become part of the ISF board and help imagine and create an awesome future.

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Stephen 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.

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Rob 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.

 





People

Organization

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.

Peggy Juve Director of Development
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).

Board

neffRene Neff- President MA Leadership and Organizational Design, a founding board member and has been affiliated with ISF almost since its inception. Rene and her family moved to Whidbey Island 30 years ago from Seattle, where she taught for 15 years. Rene taught in the South Whidbey School District for 20 years and is now retired. She is one of the founders of the Maxwelton Salmon Adventure (now Whidbey Watershed Stewards) and past president, serving from 1996-2002. Rene served on the Langley City Council for 12 years and was a past Secretary of the Board of Langley Main Street Association. Being associated with Island Shakespeare Festival and seeing it grow and mature gives her heart joy!

nedelmaDeborah Nedelman, Ph.D. - Vice President 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. A relative newcomer to Whidbey, Deborah 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. 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 manuscript 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 - Treasurer 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. She retired from the district in June of 2014. She and her husband David own Island Ductless Heat Pumps she and works in the box office at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts for fun! She is the mother of three, and grandmother of 7. 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.

sarahSarah Sanborn - Secretary 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.

Ervin Knezek A lifelong educator, Ervin understands the impact of the arts in developing well-rounded individuals. He understands the power that story plays in the development of self and the opportunities theater, in particular, plays in helping people transcend their current experiences, affirm their realities, and imagine what could be. A community is strengthened by the quality of its arts offerings. On a vacation on Whidbey Island in 2009, Ervin and his partner Dave experienced the rich offerings of this magical place. That was all it took. In 2010 they moved to the island, embracing the people, the place, and the potential. Experiencing the Island Shakespeare Festival under the tent punctuated what they love about Whidbey. Ervin’s work in developing school leaders has helped him understand the complexities and the opportunities in systems. He is excited about the opportunity to become part of the ISF board and help imagine and create an awesome future.

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.

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
Click HERE for the performance schedule.