Artistic Director - Olena Hodges (she/her; Founding ISF Company Member, 12th 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 in 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 prouder to contribute to the rich artistic realm of this community through ISF. Favorite roles on the ISF stage include Rosalind in As You Like It, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, Beatrice in Much Ado about Nothing, and Desdemona in Othello (among many others). She holds a BFA in Performance from Southern Oregon University, is a graduate of Circle in The Square Theater School, and in the inaugural class of Leadership Whidbey. She also serves on the board of the Langley Arts Commission. Find her in her other role as a glass blower at Callahan’s Firehouse in Langley!
Administrative Director – Tristan A.B. Steel studied dramaturgy and comparative literature at Yale University and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London, UK. He holds a degree from Yale University with a special concentration in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, which he studied under the tutelage of Harold Bloom and Heather James. A Puget Sound native, Tristan has studied and performed with Cornish College of the Arts, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Ann Graham and the Northwest Actors’ Studio, Seattle Men’s Chorus, and several fringe companies. He is an alumnus of The Society of Orpheus and Bacchus, the second oldest collegiate a cappella chorus in the nation. At Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, in Langley, WA, he has directed and performed in over a dozen productions during the past decade.
Tristan's professional background derives from a business culture, but is leavened with an artistic grounding. A career which began in database and systems technology has found its natural home, combining technology tools, storytelling, and art with a commitment to civic purpose through philanthropy, creative placemaking, and community development.
Operations Director - Angelica Metcalf (she/her; 6th season with ISF) feels so fortunate to be returning to Island Shakespeare Festival for her sixth year with the company; this will be her third year as their production manager. She graduated cum laude from Western Washington University with a BA in stage management. She has stage managed for theatres all over Washington State since graduation including Village Theatre KIDSTAGE, the Mount Baker Theatre, Western Washington University, and, of course, ISF. She officially moved to Whidbey Island last year to begin working at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, where she is now their volunteer coordinator, box office manager, patron services manager, and executive assistant. She would like to thank her mom and dad, her friends, her dog Luna, and the entire staff and board at ISF. Despite all obstacles, ISF continues to work hard to keep theatre alive, in one form or another, and redefine this art form in a time of crisis.
Rob Scott – President (he/him) recently retired from a forty-year career in Information Security and Systems Administration. He has been involved in supporting and encouraging theater and the performing arts on Whidbey Island for over twenty years since his daughter began participating in Martha Murphy’s children’s theater classes shortly after moving his family to Langley. Rob was a founding board member of Whidbey Children’s Theater, serving for the first five years as both a board member and as volunteer Technical Director. He has been involved with over twenty-five Whidbey Island Center for the Arts productions as stage manager, technician, or acting company member, and was a member of Whidbey Chamber Singers and then Island Consort Singers for the past ten years. Rob grew up immersed in music performance and theater near Minneapolis and attended both Hamline University and the University of Minnesota prior to escaping icy winters and moving to the Seattle area. Rob is grateful for the opportunity to be able to support Island Shakespeare Festival in their mission of providing accessible classical theater for all patrons.
Jeff Natter – Vice President (he/him) most recently served as Executive Director of the Pacific Hospital Preservation & Development Authority in Seattle, WA. The organization provided over $3 million annually in grant funds to support health care services for underserved populations, including a focus on LGBTQ, women, and immigrant/refugee communities. He previously served as Manager of Ryan White Part A Program at Public Health – Seattle & King County’s, overseeing $7.5 million in annual federal funding to support the care service needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS. Jeff has also worked with Seattle’s Northwest AIDS Foundation, the National Hemophilia Foundation, and at Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York City. Jeff received a Master of Public Health degree in Sociomedical Sciences from the Columbia School of Public Health and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the Yale School of Drama. He is now retired and living on Whidbey Island with his husband and dog.
Sarah Sanborn - Secretary (she/her) 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 a part of the magic.
Deborah Fisher - Treasurer (she/her) has been writing since she could write, giving her license to ask all kinds of questions that under normal circumstances would be viewed, at best, as impertinent. After a stint as legal affairs reporter for Minnesota Public Radio and National Public Radio contributor, Deborah launched a career writing instructional materials for the federal government including the White House. She is the author of six books on positive youth development for the Minneapolis-based Search Institute and co-author with Kellen Diamanti of Stamp of the Century, a retelling of 100 years of American history inspired by the purchase of a sheet of famous misprinted postage stamps called the Inverted Jenny. Deborah has also worked on stage, performed in Midwest ballet and jazz companies, and recently retired as an assistant director in charge of the Pirates of Puget Sound, a division of the Seattle Knights, a sword fighting and jousting theatrical group. She won a coveted six-week, Writer’s Guild-sanctioned internship at Paramount Studios with the writing staff of Star Trek: The Next Generation during its final season. Besides working as staff to various non-profit boards, Deborah has also served on several, mostly notably as board chair of the Clarion West Writers Workshop, a six-week program held each summer in Seattle for writers preparing for careers in science fiction and fantasy. She now lives on Whidbey Island with her husband and American Eskimo dog, a scant mile from her writing partner and best friend of 45 years. Joining the ISF board combines everything she loves to do.
Clyde Monma (he/him) 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 and grandson.
Christina Parker Christina Parker came to "visit" Whidbey in 1994 on her way south from Alaska and a stint "off the grid." The visit has been going well for 26 years now, and daughters Sarah and Megan were born and raised right here in Langley. Originally from Washington, Christina grew up in Colorado where she graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver. Embarking on a career in aviation, Christina had a change in heart and was happily "grounded" permanently when Sarah was born, knowing she had found her true vocation. Christina, Sarah and Megan all have a deep appreciation for the art and theater culture of the island. When the girls were young, they didn't think they would "get" a Shakespeare play, but attending ISF's A Midsummer Night's Dream changed their minds. They became fans of ISF and "the bard" from that time on. Both Mom and daughters have been involved in theater separately and together over the years, enjoying work onstage, backstage, and in the booth. Christina is fortunate to have a long-established real estate career on South Whidbey which intensifies and expands her connection to the community. She has been an active member of the local Realtor's Board for the last 12 years including serving as President. She has also been a member of the State Realtor's Board and her time there included government affairs outreach to legislators on behalf of homeownership. Because she also likes to get her hands dirty while helping, Christina spent 19 years as a volunteer with South Whidbey Fire and Rescue as an EMT and fire officer. This experience gave her a deep sense of affection and concern for her community. She feels deeply connected to this wonderful place.
Cassidy Patnoe (he/him) grew up on South Whidbey and is a 2020 graduate from the Seattle University School of Law. After working in secondary education for over five years, Cassidy decided to change paths and pursue the legal profession. Prior to his legal pursuits, he coached public forum debate in Sitka, Alaska and was awarded “Coach of the Year” for the state in 2015. After spending the past two years as a law clerk, Cassidy is thrilled at the opportunity to continue as an attorney with Gleam Law. Along with his brand new law degree, Cassidy holds a BA in English Literature with a focus in medieval literature from Western Washington University and a Master’s in Teaching from the University of Alaska Southeast. Outside of work, Cassidy enjoys working on classic cars, tabletop gaming, blacksmithing, and spending time outdoors with friends and family.
Roxanne Kröon Shepherd (she/her) It all started with a mask, or perhaps the need for a mask. The plan was to slowly renovate the home outside Coupeville over the next several years and eventually retire there from day jobs in Bellevue. But “Man plans; God laughs” and it turns out “Cliff House” is an ideal place from which Roxanne and her husband, Jerry Kröon, could work remotely throughout the pandemic. And one day, wearing a Bard’s Boutique-purchased mask in Langley, Roxanne was delighted to hear Olena Hodges say “Hey, I made your mask!” launched her journey to join the Board. Roxanne is a 37-year veteran fundraiser currently leading the team working to bring an arts organization, and the facility it will ultimately build and operate, into service in the heart of downtown Bellevue to serve the greater Eastside. Previous roles included: five years as Executive Director of the Bellevue Schools Foundation, almost 11 years raising money for the arts at ArtsFund; and five years of service to Bellevue’s Overlake Hospital Medical Center as executive director of their Foundation and Auxiliaries. Managing a group of high-level executive volunteers in seven cities across the country, Roxanne supported the regional portion of the mid-'90s University of Washington $250 million capital campaign. Prior to that, she served her own alma mater, Whitman College, in Walla Walla, WA, as campaign director of their successful $52 million campaign. Today, in addition to her work at Performing Arts Center Eastside (PACE), she lives “service above self” as an active member of Bellevue Rotary.
Peggy Juve – Emeritus (she/her) has been a community volunteer most of her adult life and since moving to Whidbey Island over 20 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 and has been a practicing studio artist from 1977-present. Peggy’s career has spanned 4+ 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 and at www.pjuvedesign.com.