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Visiting Group Highlighted Workshop Leaders

All Workshop leaders for the Shakespeare Studies Visiting Group Program are professionals in their field with exceptional knowledge and experience working with small groups in an educational setting.  A sampling of our leaders follow:

 Sue Carney - Music of Shakespeare's Time Workshop

 Sue CarneyPhotographer:  Christopher Briscoe
Sue is best known for her work as a composer, producer, and performer at the acclaimed Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where she has been regularly commissioned to create music for theater, dance, and video productions. She is also a director and founding member of the Terra Nova Consort, an ensemble dedicated to exploring the roots of today’s world music. Equally at home in modern and historic musical worlds, Carney’s performances effortlessly cover genres from jazz, blues, and rock; to flamenco, Latin and world music. Her songs & compositions likewise draw inspiration from the many musical realms she has explored in her unconventional career. Sue is currently in residence as a music instructor at Siskiyou Waldorf School, in Ashland.


Wayne Carr - Jump Start Theatre and Actor's Lab workshopsWayneTCarr Headshot

In his third season at OSF, Wayne will appear in 'The Tempest' as Caliban and 'The Great Society' as Stokley Carmichael.  He taught at Penn State University, where he received his Masters in Acting. He has also taught with the Classic Stage Company(NY), Hudson Valley Shakespeare(NY), American Players Theatre(WI), as well as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Wayne received his undergraduate degree from Frostburg State University(MD) in Directing.  He is also a company member withThe Pearl Theatre in New York.


Miles Fletcher- Jump Start Theatre and Actor's Lab workshops
Fletcher Miles web

Miles, currently in his fourth year in the acting company of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will appear this season in The Cocoanuts and Into the Woods. He served as the Assistant Director of Education at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis, OR, teaching and directing students of all ages; additionally, Miles taught movement and storytelling in Chicago and served as the Young Artists’ Supervisor on a production with the American Music Theatre Project. Miles holds a B.A. from Northwestern University. 


David Kelly - Stage Combat workshop


TEACHING: 7 years voice, acting and stage Dialects at Southern Oregon University; 20 years elderhostel, senior ventures, and roadscholar teacher at SOU and Teaching for Oregon Shakespeare Festival Education Department. 

ACTING: In 23 seasons at OSF David Kelly has played: Detective Hennessey in Cocoanuts; Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady; Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew; Senator John Falstaff in The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa; Argan in The Imaginary Invalid; Major-General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance; Sir John Falstaff in Henry IV, Part One; Harry Bridges, Ensemble in American Night; Pantalone in The Servant of Two Masters; Benedick in Much Ado about Nothing; Buddy in Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter; Colonel Angelo in The Comedy of Errors; Richard in Richard II; Felix Humble in Humble Boy; Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Third Man in The Baltimore Waltz; Biff in Death of a Salesman; Garry LeJeune in Noises Off; Porthos in The Three Musketeers; and others. 

David Has a B.A. in Drama from UC San Diego, and an MFA in Acting from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee


Dr. Mary Z. Maher - The Play: Genre/Concept/Design/Characters, Shakespeare on Film, What Actors are Saying about Playing KING LEAR and What I Now Know About Acting Lecture/Discussions.

Dr Mary Maher
Dr. Mary Z. Maher is Professor Emerita from the University of Arizona, where she taught 26 years of courses and workshops in performing Shakespeare.  She was chosen for NEH seminars at the Folger Library with scholars Bernard Beckerman and Michael Goldman, received a fellowship from the American Association of University Women to write her first book, a residency at the Centro Studi Liguri in Itally to write her second book, and worked at the BBC on "The Shakespeare Plays series."  She also juries for the U.S. Dept. of Education Jacob Javits Arts scholarship and AAUW Fellowship programs.  She was invited into rehearsals in Kevin Kline's stage and TV productions of HAMLET.  She held a Distinguished Professorship in Renaissance Studies at Arizona State Univ. Her 50-plus articles document a number of Shakespeare on film performances.  She has written MODERN HAMLETS AND THEIR SOLILOQUIES, and ACTORS TALK ABOUT SHAKESPEARE, both available on, and at the Tudor Guild bookstore.


Terri McMahon -  Actor's Lab and Jump Start Theatre Workshops

Terri McMahon

Terri McMahon has been an actress with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for over 18 seasons.  She has taught through the Festival's comprehensive Education program for more than 25 years.  She has also taught through Elderhostel now called Road Scholar and with Southern Oregon University's Shakespeare Studies.  Terri most enjoys  as a teacher providing the bridge for students, young and old, as they connect to William Shakespeare's plays, theater and it's one-of-a-kind storytelling and sharing storytelling in surprising ways be it physical or verbal.  Terri appears in OSF's 2010 season in THE IMAGINARY INVALID and AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY


Oona Meade - Theatrical Makeup, Women and Swords workshops.

Oona Meade
Oona J Meade has 20 years of makeup experience which encompasses film, fashion, print work, television and theatre.  Oona was moved by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to Ashland, OR to accept a position in the hair and makeup department in 2004.  Previous to that Oona held positions at both the Seattle Opera and Seattle Reperetory Theatre in hair and makeup.
Oona has taught Theatre Makeup skills seasonally through Southern Oregon Universities Shakespeare outreach education program for the last 8 years; engaging youth in theatre.
 In 2012 Oona co~developed a workshop called "Women and Swords".  This workshop had its inception and inspiration through the personal sword and dance study Oona was doing with her teacher and trainer Ms. Tenley Wallace, a trained swords woman.  Oona has also studied locally with Joshua Grainer, whom works with young men and swords and personal youth empowerment.
"Women and Swords" offers a brief history of some major archetypes and their connection to the sword, as well as the use of "Women and Swords" in productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The workshop offers an opportunity for sword play/technique and ends with group presentation of skits presented by the students.
Both workshops offer hands~on experiences.  Come play and laugh with Oona.


Jamie Peck -  Stage Combat Workshop

Jamie Peck has been a professional actor, teacher, director and mask artist for 29 years.  He was in the acting company at OSF for 19 years and has performed in regional and touring theaters including Berkeley Repertory in California, Imago Theater in Portland, Oregon and The Geese Theater for Correction/Prisons in Chicago.  Jamie has his Bachelors degree from Northwestern University and MFA from Naropa University.  He also has a certificate in Ensemble Theater from the Del’ Arte School and is certified as a stage combatant by Dueling Arts International.  He has taught and directed at Southern Oregon University and Ashland High School.  He is the founding director of Nutshell Masks & Theater and has toured his Carnival of the Animals mask, dance and poetry show to several orchestras in Oregon and Pennsylvania.  He lives with his family in Ashland, Or.  For more information visit his website:


Benjamin Peltson -  Jump Start Theatre and Actor's Lab Workshops


Benjamin, a second year company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, currently appears as David Ragin in THE SIGN IN SIDNEY BRUSTEIN'S WINDOW.  He's performed at theaters in New York City, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, the Berkshires and elsewhere around the country.  Benjamin has taught and/or toured to schools through the Education Departments of OSF, the Wilma Theater, the McCarter Theater and Island Theatre Workshop.


Geoff Ridden -  The Play: Genre/Concept/Design/Characters Discussion & Lecture, Shakespeare on Film and Shakespeare's Language Workshops

Geoff Ridden

Geoff Ridden was a Professor of English at the University of Winchester for more than 30 years where he acted in and directed a number of Shakespeare plays.

He has been associated with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival since 2004, giving talks on the plays and also writing reviews of productions for Early Modern Literary Studies.  He has written a number of books and articles on Shakespeare, and has presented conference papers all over the world. He is currently teaching at Southern Oregon University, as well as being a regular host on Jefferson Public Radio.


Alice Risser - Ye Olde Project RunwayWorkshop

Alice has been a stitcher in the costume department at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival since 2005. She has also worked as a wardrobe technician since 2010. Over the years, she has taken on various sewing projects for other theaters including the Guthrie Theater, Portland Center Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Opera, and Willamette Repertory Theatre. She also frequently creates crafts and art for sale at local events.  Originally from New York, she received a BA in Visual Art and Classical Indian Dance at The Evergreen State College, 1995. She has worked for various health food stores and offices in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Calistoga, and Santa Rosa, and was co-owner, with her husband, of a bakery in Talent, OR. For the past 10 years Alice has lived in Ashland, OR, and is raising three daughters.