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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.


Dr. Mary Z. Maher - The Play: Genre/Concept/Design/Characters, Shakespeare on Film, Post Play Discussions 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 - Stage Combat, 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 workshop.

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 and Masks & Movement Workshops

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:


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.