About










People

Organization

Artistic Director - Olena Hodges (email, olena.hodges@islandshakespearefest.org) Olenaiis 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. .

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.

Technical Director - David Gignac is a working artist who has made Whidbey Island his home for the last 26 years. He works in all mediums ranging from blown glass, sculpture and architectural iron work to painting and 2D design, with his work shown nationally. Theater has always been a part of David’s creative life and he often refers to it as his first career beginning at summer stock theater company in his home town of Alfred, NY in 1983. Since then he has designed and built many sets for Island Theater and Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, and a number of fringe theaters in Seattle including Annex Theater, Macha Monkey Productions and Open Circle. David is extremely excited for the opportunity to design sets for ISF and fill the role of Technical Director.

Production Manager - Angelica Metcalfe is excited and honored to act as Production Manager for Island Shakespeare Festival. Previously, she worked as part of the Stage Management teams for the 2016 through 2018 summer rep seasons. She graduated from Western Washington University in 2015, and received a degree in Stage Management, Cum Laude. A few previous Stage Management jobs include four years of the Dance in Concert at WWU, The Nerd at the Mount Baker Theatre, and Shrek The Musical Jr. at Village Theatre KIDSTAGE in Everett. She would like to thank her mom and dad, her friends, her professors at WWU, and all those at ISF who work so hard to make this company as amazing as it is!

Board

Peggy Juve Presidentpeggy
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).

neffRene Neff 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.

Melissa Kennedy, PhD. A clinical psychologist, educator, and writer, Melissa has been an ardent admirer of ISF since moving to the island from Seattle in 2017. Though a love affair of short duration, her admiration is sincere, and she is delighted to contribute to the ISF Board. Melissa’s unique combination of twenty years of clinical work as a psychologist and over a decade of teaching from the high school to graduate school level have given her a deep appreciation for the richness of human experience brought alive by the works of Shakespeare and the other original playwrights on stage for all to enjoy. Melissa has worked in private practice with individuals, teens, and couples in the Seattle area for nearly twenty years. She taught at Holy Names Academy for nine years, and at Antioch University Seattle as Core Faculty and currently as an Adjunct in their doctoral program in clinical psychology. She has presented talks on a variety of psychological and educational topics at multiple local and national conferences and events, and coauthored a psychology text. With an understanding of the value of community to heal and support, the mission of ISF and the Pay What You Will philosophy, is close to her heart, and she is truly happy to be part of this magical community.

Clyde Monma retired to Whidbey Island in 2003 with his wife, Marcia, after spending 24 years as a research scientist at Bell Laboratories in Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science.

Clyde has a passion for tutoring and mentoring teens & twenty-somethings. He volunteers in the public middle-and-high school math classes. He also coaches Math Olympiad Teams, Grades 5-12.

Clyde has served on several non-profit boards, including the NSF DIMACS Center Board, Rutgers Preparatory School Trustee, Bayview School Council, Commons Coffeehouse, Whidbey Children's Theater, Whidbey Island Dance Theater, Island Shakespeare Festival, and the South Whidbey Schools Foundation. He is currently serving on the latter three boards.

Clyde was born on the North Shore of Oahu and spent his childhood there, as well as in France, Germany and various states. His parents retired from the military, settling in Tacoma, Washington. Clyde attended Lakes High School, Washington State University, and graduate school at Cornell. He joined Bell Labs immediately after receiving his Ph.D.

Clyde is proud to be the father of an amazing son, his wonderful wife, with an exceptional granddaughter & grandson.

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.

Ken Stephens Ken has always been interested in the arts. He started singing, in school, in the 4th grade. He just followed it from there. After graduating from Webster University in St. Louis, he began working for the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. He worked as the Education Assistant. Ken helped organize and enact 4 educational programs, reaching more than 3,000 inner city students. He and his family moved to Whidbey Island in 2005. Ken got back into the arts after a nearly 20-year hiatus. He has performed at WICA, Outcast, and trod the planks with ISF. He has also sung with a small number of choirs, most recently the Island Consort. A former IT professional, draftsperson, and fine arts manager, Ken looks forward to helping develop and grow the education and outreach opportunities for ISF. I am grateful for this incredible opportunity. Island Shakespeare Festival is an important part of this community.  

 





People

Organization

Artistic Director - Olena Hodges (email, olena.hodges@islandshakespearefest.org) Olenaiis 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. .

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.

Technical Director - David Gignac is a working artist who has made Whidbey Island his home for the last 26 years. He works in all mediums ranging from blown glass, sculpture and architectural iron work to painting and 2D design, with his work shown nationally. Theater has always been a part of David’s creative life and he often refers to it as his first career beginning at summer stock theater company in his home town of Alfred, NY in 1983. Since then he has designed and built many sets for Island Theater and Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, and a number of fringe theaters in Seattle including Annex Theater, Macha Monkey Productions and Open Circle. David is extremely excited for the opportunity to design sets for ISF and fill the role of Technical Director.

Production Manager - Angelica Metcalfe is excited and honored to act as Production Manager for Island Shakespeare Festival. Previously, she worked as part of the Stage Management teams for the 2016 through 2018 summer rep seasons. She graduated from Western Washington University in 2015, and received a degree in Stage Management, Cum Laude. A few previous Stage Management jobs include four years of the Dance in Concert at WWU, The Nerd at the Mount Baker Theatre, and Shrek The Musical Jr. at Village Theatre KIDSTAGE in Everett. She would like to thank her mom and dad, her friends, her professors at WWU, and all those at ISF who work so hard to make this company as amazing as it is!

Board

Peggy Juve Presidentpeggy
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).

neffRene Neff 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.

Melissa Kennedy, PhD. A clinical psychologist, educator, and writer, Melissa has been an ardent admirer of ISF since moving to the island from Seattle in 2017. Though a love affair of short duration, her admiration is sincere, and she is delighted to contribute to the ISF Board. Melissa’s unique combination of twenty years of clinical work as a psychologist and over a decade of teaching from the high school to graduate school level have given her a deep appreciation for the richness of human experience brought alive by the works of Shakespeare and the other original playwrights on stage for all to enjoy. Melissa has worked in private practice with individuals, teens, and couples in the Seattle area for nearly twenty years. She taught at Holy Names Academy for nine years, and at Antioch University Seattle as Core Faculty and currently as an Adjunct in their doctoral program in clinical psychology. She has presented talks on a variety of psychological and educational topics at multiple local and national conferences and events, and coauthored a psychology text. With an understanding of the value of community to heal and support, the mission of ISF and the Pay What You Will philosophy, is close to her heart, and she is truly happy to be part of this magical community.

Clyde Monma retired to Whidbey Island in 2003 with his wife, Marcia, after spending 24 years as a research scientist at Bell Laboratories in Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science.

Clyde has a passion for tutoring and mentoring teens & twenty-somethings. He volunteers in the public middle-and-high school math classes. He also coaches Math Olympiad Teams, Grades 5-12.

Clyde has served on several non-profit boards, including the NSF DIMACS Center Board, Rutgers Preparatory School Trustee, Bayview School Council, Commons Coffeehouse, Whidbey Children's Theater, Whidbey Island Dance Theater, Island Shakespeare Festival, and the South Whidbey Schools Foundation. He is currently serving on the latter three boards.

Clyde was born on the North Shore of Oahu and spent his childhood there, as well as in France, Germany and various states. His parents retired from the military, settling in Tacoma, Washington. Clyde attended Lakes High School, Washington State University, and graduate school at Cornell. He joined Bell Labs immediately after receiving his Ph.D.

Clyde is proud to be the father of an amazing son, his wonderful wife, with an exceptional granddaughter & grandson.

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.

Ken Stephens Ken has always been interested in the arts. He started singing, in school, in the 4th grade. He just followed it from there. After graduating from Webster University in St. Louis, he began working for the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. He worked as the Education Assistant. Ken helped organize and enact 4 educational programs, reaching more than 3,000 inner city students. He and his family moved to Whidbey Island in 2005. Ken got back into the arts after a nearly 20-year hiatus. He has performed at WICA, Outcast, and trod the planks with ISF. He has also sung with a small number of choirs, most recently the Island Consort. A former IT professional, draftsperson, and fine arts manager, Ken looks forward to helping develop and grow the education and outreach opportunities for ISF. I am grateful for this incredible opportunity. Island Shakespeare Festival is an important part of this community.  

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: 360-331-2939 or managing.director@islandshakespearefest.org
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.