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People

Organization

Artistic Director - Olena Hodges Olena(she/her; Artistic Director; Understudy; Founding ISF Company Member, 10th season with ISF) is honored to lead the team making the magic of ISF happen. Her passion for Shakespeare began early in childhood and has become the driving force of her artistic life. She believes deeply in the humanity inherent to classical texts as a vehicle for contemporary social examination and change. Olena grew up on Whidbey, spending much of her time on the Whidbey Children’s Theater stage, and could not be more proud to now contribute to the rich artistic realm of this community through ISF. She holds a BFA in Performance from Southern Oregon University, and is a graduate of Circle in The Square Theater School. A huge thank-you to Peggy, Bob, Michelle, Angelica, Dave, the entire board of directors, and the entire ISF family.

Managing Director - Michelle Durr durr(she/her; Managing Director; Founding ISF Company Member, 10th season with ISF) has been with ISF since its inception. 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 on numerous productions, including Crimes of the Heart at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Little Women for WCT, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, and Richard III for ISF. Her proudest accomplishments have been raising her two amazing kids and earning her 2nd Degree Black Belt in Uechi-Ryu Karate at Tiger Martial Arts. A Whidbey resident for 40 years, she continues to find ways to serve her community.

Technical Director - David Gignac (he/him; Technical Director; 3rd season with ISF) 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 several fringe theaters in Seattle including Annex Theater, Macha Monkey Productions and Open Circle. David is extremely excited for the opportunity to fill the role of Technical Director for ISF.

Production Manager - Angelica Metcalfe (she/her; Production Manager; 4th seasaon with ISF) is over the moon to return for her fourth year with the Island Shakespeare Festival and her first as their production manager. She graduated cum laude, from Western Washington University in 2015 and received a BA in stage management. Her previous stage management experiences includes five years of the Dance in Concert at WWU, Oliver!, Shrek Jr., and Willy Wonka Jr. at Village Theatre KIDSTAGE in Everett, and The Nerd at the Mount Baker Theatre. 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
Peggy has been a community volunteer most of her adult life and since moving to Whidbey Island 23 years ago her volunteer activities have included: Founding Board President of Whidbey Children’s Theater founding member of Friends of Freeland steering committee Whidbey Art’s Marketing Alliance and Langley Creates and her most distracting and proudest effort Co-Founding the Island Shakespeare Festival (ISF).

Peggy was born and raised in the Pacific northwest has been a practicing studio artist from1977-present, Peggy’s career has spanned 4 plus decades, working in a multitude of mediums including: Surface Design, painting, glass painting, mixed media and clothing design and construction. You may see Peggy’s textile work at The Bard’s Boutique in the Bayview Cash Store, Whatcom Art Museum Shop (Bellingham WA), Webster's (Ashland OR) and www.pjuvedesign.com

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.

Amanda Hertlein-Martin: Raised in Coupeville, she has lived on Whidbey for over 20 years and been involved in theater in some capacity since the age of 5. She graduated with a BA in Theater Management from Central Washington University. She worked at a few regional theaters after graduation, including Taproot Theatre, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, and Broadway Bound. She has a home on Whidbey with her husband and two children, both attending school in the Coupeville School District. She has worked as a Grant Associate for Hertlein Grant Writing for the past 10 years, an Event Coordinator for Whidbey Party Girls! for the past 5 years, and an Event Manager for Serendipity Catering and Events for a year and a half. Last year, she was given the opportunity to work behind the scenes as an ISF intern. She is very excited to join the ISF Board this year and help cultivate this amazing program that is located on our little Island.

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.

Patrick Kennedy brings financial and systems based advisory service to ISF. He has helped coach leaders in many large corporations, non-profits, and emerging businesses throughout his more than thirty-year career in corporate finance. He has held leadership positions at large international, regional, and currently, at multigenerational family owned and operated Peoples Bank based in Western Washington. Throughout his career, Patrick has found the most sustainably successful organizations are those whose leaders build inclusive communities with their stakeholders. These communities become better together when members share their diverse talents and responsibility for the well-being of the group. This single insight drives his passion to contribute to ISF with its core value of inclusivity, expressed in its vision to be accessible to all Island residents. Between program choices designed to bring to life the language and humanity of Shakespeare, and its open door “Pay as you Will” operating philosophy, Patrick deeply admires ISF’s drive to infuse our community with Shakespeare’s ageless ideas and insights, regardless of one’s past exposure to his plays or ability to pay. Since 2017, Patrick calls South Whidbey Island home. Although he enjoyed living full time in Seattle’s Denny Blaine neighborhood for nearly 20 years, he hasn’t looked back since discovering our Island 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 Olena(she/her; Artistic Director; Understudy; Founding ISF Company Member, 10th season with ISF) is honored to lead the team making the magic of ISF happen. Her passion for Shakespeare began early in childhood and has become the driving force of her artistic life. She believes deeply in the humanity inherent to classical texts as a vehicle for contemporary social examination and change. Olena grew up on Whidbey, spending much of her time on the Whidbey Children’s Theater stage, and could not be more proud to now contribute to the rich artistic realm of this community through ISF. She holds a BFA in Performance from Southern Oregon University, and is a graduate of Circle in The Square Theater School. A huge thank-you to Peggy, Bob, Michelle, Angelica, Dave, the entire board of directors, and the entire ISF family.

Managing Director - Michelle Durr durr(she/her; Managing Director; Founding ISF Company Member, 10th season with ISF) has been with ISF since its inception. 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 on numerous productions, including Crimes of the Heart at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Little Women for WCT, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, and Richard III for ISF. Her proudest accomplishments have been raising her two amazing kids and earning her 2nd Degree Black Belt in Uechi-Ryu Karate at Tiger Martial Arts. A Whidbey resident for 40 years, she continues to find ways to serve her community.

Technical Director - David Gignac (he/him; Technical Director; 3rd season with ISF) 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 several fringe theaters in Seattle including Annex Theater, Macha Monkey Productions and Open Circle. David is extremely excited for the opportunity to fill the role of Technical Director for ISF.

Production Manager - Angelica Metcalfe (she/her; Production Manager; 4th seasaon with ISF) is over the moon to return for her fourth year with the Island Shakespeare Festival and her first as their production manager. She graduated cum laude, from Western Washington University in 2015 and received a BA in stage management. Her previous stage management experiences includes five years of the Dance in Concert at WWU, Oliver!, Shrek Jr., and Willy Wonka Jr. at Village Theatre KIDSTAGE in Everett, and The Nerd at the Mount Baker Theatre. 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
Peggy has been a community volunteer most of her adult life and since moving to Whidbey Island 23 years ago her volunteer activities have included: Founding Board President of Whidbey Children’s Theater founding member of Friends of Freeland steering committee Whidbey Art’s Marketing Alliance and Langley Creates and her most distracting and proudest effort Co-Founding the Island Shakespeare Festival (ISF).

Peggy was born and raised in the Pacific northwest has been a practicing studio artist from1977-present, Peggy’s career has spanned 4 plus decades, working in a multitude of mediums including: Surface Design, painting, glass painting, mixed media and clothing design and construction. You may see Peggy’s textile work at The Bard’s Boutique in the Bayview Cash Store, Whatcom Art Museum Shop (Bellingham WA), Webster's (Ashland OR) and www.pjuvedesign.com

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.

Amanda Hertlein-Martin: Raised in Coupeville, she has lived on Whidbey for over 20 years and been involved in theater in some capacity since the age of 5. She graduated with a BA in Theater Management from Central Washington University. She worked at a few regional theaters after graduation, including Taproot Theatre, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, and Broadway Bound. She has a home on Whidbey with her husband and two children, both attending school in the Coupeville School District. She has worked as a Grant Associate for Hertlein Grant Writing for the past 10 years, an Event Coordinator for Whidbey Party Girls! for the past 5 years, and an Event Manager for Serendipity Catering and Events for a year and a half. Last year, she was given the opportunity to work behind the scenes as an ISF intern. She is very excited to join the ISF Board this year and help cultivate this amazing program that is located on our little Island.

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.

Patrick Kennedy brings financial and systems based advisory service to ISF. He has helped coach leaders in many large corporations, non-profits, and emerging businesses throughout his more than thirty-year career in corporate finance. He has held leadership positions at large international, regional, and currently, at multigenerational family owned and operated Peoples Bank based in Western Washington. Throughout his career, Patrick has found the most sustainably successful organizations are those whose leaders build inclusive communities with their stakeholders. These communities become better together when members share their diverse talents and responsibility for the well-being of the group. This single insight drives his passion to contribute to ISF with its core value of inclusivity, expressed in its vision to be accessible to all Island residents. Between program choices designed to bring to life the language and humanity of Shakespeare, and its open door “Pay as you Will” operating philosophy, Patrick deeply admires ISF’s drive to infuse our community with Shakespeare’s ageless ideas and insights, regardless of one’s past exposure to his plays or ability to pay. Since 2017, Patrick calls South Whidbey Island home. Although he enjoyed living full time in Seattle’s Denny Blaine neighborhood for nearly 20 years, he hasn’t looked back since discovering our Island 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.