We are very lucky to have two Shakespeare theater experts to work with our large cast. I don't have the time in our tight rehearsal schedule to give everyone the time and attention they deserve. But with Gaen and Lindsay on the team, we are able to take people aside and really dive deeply into the text. It's amazing what discoveries and connections these two women are able to bring to the work.
Gaen Murphree (verse coach) got her start in Shakespeare touring Oregon and Washington as part of Portland’s Shakespeare in the Parks. She holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Washington School of Drama. Murphree taught text analysis and directed productions in the MFA acting program at the American Conservatory Theatre and first came to Vermont to each theatre at Marlboro College. She has worked at such theaters as the Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Intiman Theatre, the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, and the San Francisco Mime Troupe.
Lindsay Pontius (verse coach) As THT’s Education Director and creator of Shakespeare It’s Elementary, Lindsay brings Shakespeare to over 400 students in 10 different schools from Rutland to Winooski. Lindsay is a member of Shakespeare & Company where over the years she has been an actor, director and teacher. She also teaches acting in THT studio programs and directs the THT Young Company. She will be acting in MAW’s upcoming production of It’s A Wonderful Life in December.