Taylor Bogan is currently an MFA student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa studying Acting and Theatre for Young Audiences. Favorite roles include Estrella in Sueño (UHM), Maria in Twelfth Night, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Olive in Spelling Bee (Shadow Lawn Stage). Taylor is an Equity membership candidate.
Alisa Boland has appeared previously in HSF productions as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream. She is currently studying History and Creative Writing at the University of Chicago where she is an active member of the performing arts community, frequently appearing in both student film and theatre. She can most often be seen performing sketch, improv, and stand-up comedy as a member of Off-Off Campus, the longest running collegiate sketch and improv comedy group in the nation. In addition to performing, she reviews theatre as a writer for Rescripted, a Chicago-based theatre publication, and has worked as Assistant Dramaturg for several professional Chicago productions—most recently Court Theatre's production of Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea.
Chelsea Cox is an undergraduate Linguistics major at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. For HSF she has performed in Much Ado About Nothing, All’s Well that Ends Well, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She also performed in The Moors at Kennedy Theatre and Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding at Manoa Valley Theatre.
Shemya Dang is a graduate of the Theater certificate program at Mid-Pacific Institute and a student at Cornish College of the Arts, working towards her BFA in Musical Theater. Her most recent productions there include Company and Xanadu Jr.
Sharon Garcia Doyle is a local theater artist having served both on and offstage in many capacities including management, design, and performance. She has designed costumes for Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Kumu Kahua Theatre, and Manoa Valley Theatre, performed with Kennedy Theatre, Kumu Kahua Theatre, and the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, and was a company member with Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Sharon has trained with renowned Jingju Master Lu Genzhang and Professor Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak and studied voice with David Smukler at the Canada National Voice Intensive. She has served on several productions as a voice, accent, and acting coach and holds an MFA in Theatre from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Linda Johnson is the Theatre/Vocal Music/Film Department Head of the Mid-Pacific Institute’s School of the Arts where she teaches acting technique and directs their High School musical productions each year. Linda has directed for the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival and Manoa Valley Theatre, acted with Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, Kumu Kahua Theatre, and Manoa Valley Theatre, and has received Po‘okela Awards as both Director and Actress. She last performed for Hawaii Shakespeare Festival as the King of France in All’s Well That Ends Well and played Grandma Nunzio in Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding at Manoa Valley Theatre last Spring. Linda is the Adjudicator Liaison for the Hawaii State Theatre Council.
Brooke Jones has performed with the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival since 2005. Recent roles include Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing, Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night, and Bianca in Othello. Brooke has also performed improvisational theatre with On the Spot Improv in their productions Love Is... An Unscripted Romantic Comedy and The New Messrs, a show inspired by Harry Potter and the slasher movie genre.
Juvy Lucina recently earned her Associate’s degree in Theatre at Windward Community College and will continue her theatre studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She trained in stage combat with Dueling Arts International and traveled to England with a WCC Theatre study abroad group. She was previously seen in Edward III and Macbeth for HSF, A Walking Shadow and Stories of Kūpuna at Palikū Theatre, Men on Boats at Kailua Onstage Arts, and earned a Leading Actor Po‘okela for She Kills Monsters at Leeward Theatre. She is currently featured in a recorded Zoom performance of Hamlet for Leeward Theatre.
Kris10 Misaki previously appeared in productions for Palikū Theatre and PlayBuilders of Hawaii. At Leeward Theatre she was in several shows under the direction of Betty Burdick including She Kills Monsters, Merchant of Venice, Hamlet and received a Po‘okela for her roles in Folks You Meet in Longs.
Lisa Nilsen received her Theatre degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her favorite HSF roles include Dionyza in Pericles, Captain MacMorris in Henry V, and Calpurnia in Julius Caesar—which she also Assistant Directed. Other roles include Katherine in Jane Austen Zombie Apocalypse at The ARTS at Marks Garage, and the Wife in Battle of Will at Kennedy Theatre. She performs burlesque with Cherry Blossom Cabaret, and spins fire with Hawaii Fire Artists at the Great Circle at Burning Man.
Catherine Ann Restivo is currently a graduate assistant and third-year MFA Acting candidate at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She received her BFA from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas and has been doing theatre worldwide for over 20 years in such places as NYC, Pennsylvania, Texas, England, and Spain. Some favorite Shakespeare roles have been Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Stephanie Conching (Music Consultant) has performed in HSF productions of The Bear and as Malvolio in Twelfth Night. Other credits include directing Sylvia at Manoa Valley Theatre and A Jive Bomber’s Christmas at Kumu Kahua Theatre, and Stage Managing Allegiance for Manoa Valley Theatre. She has been a chorus member for many Hawaii Opera Theatre productions, most recently for The Marriage of Figaro.
R. Kevin Garcia Doyle (Director) is one of the founders of HSF. Among the plays he’s directed since 1989 are Measure for Measure, Macbeth, Comedy of Errors (twice), Hamlet (twice), Henry IV Part 1, All’s Well That End’s Well, The Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, The Tempest, Troilus and Cressida, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, She Stoops to Conquer, King Lear, and most recently As You Like It (his lucky 13th production for HSF).
He is active in the local improvised theatre scene with On The Spot (with whom he’s toured to Chicago, Seattle, and London) and Oil in the Alley (with whom he’s toured to Seattle, New York City, Washington DC, and Los Angeles). He’s directed several shows at Kumu Kahua Theatre and Manoa Valley Theatre, his most recent directing work was MVT’s 2019 production of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding.
Becky McGarvey (Choreographer) is a Honolulu-based dancer, choreographer, singer, actor, and producer. She has danced with IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre and Divino Ritmo. She has choreographed for the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, Playbuilders of Hawaii Theatre Company, and StageLeft Summer Theatre Program. She has produced and choreographed work for the Oahu Fringe Festival and has devised and choreographed work for Taimane Gardner. She is the creator of The Love Cafe, a cabaret-style theatre show at the ARTS at Marks Garage, which is co-produced and directed by local musician Ruth Shiroma Foster.
William Shakespeare (Playwright) has been a regular participant in the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival since its inception, contributing two or three plays per season. He is thrilled to be making his first appearance on stage with HSF, introducing As You Like It.
Peggy Anne Siegmund (Associate Director) is an actor, director, singer, theatre educator, and playwright. She made her Broadway debut at the age of five and has been involved in some aspect of performing arts ever since. Film/TV credits include Hawaii 5-0 (the original), the movie Hawaii, Blue Hawaii, Danger Island, Magnum PI (the original), and Lost. She has been in some national and 8,000 local (yes, really) TV commercials. As founding director of Kaimuki High School’s Performing Arts Center she taught Acting and Musical Theatre and directed over 60 mainstage productions including plays she wrote for her students. She has directed for TAG, Manoa Valley Theatre, PlayBuilders of Hawaii, and the Hawaii Theatre. Peggy Anne has been seen in more than 30 local stage productions. With HSF she acted in Henry V, Richard II, and Richard III and was Music Director/Sound Designer for Othello and King Lear. Her work has been recognized with several Po‘okela Awards.
CoCo Wiel (Puppetry Specialist) is from Oahu and this is her first HSF production. A love for the art of acting led her to graduate from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and study at American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco where she directed numerous productions. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Master’s degree in Theatre for Young Audiences from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She has been teaching puppetry and performance and directing annual shows for 15 years at Mid-Pacific Institute School of the Arts. She was the director and giant puppet creator/designer for East of the Sun, West of the Moon at Hawaii Theatre. CoCo received an honorable mention from the Jane Austen Society for directing Pride and Prejudice and a Po‘okela for her work with the puppets in Manoa Valley Theatre’s 2018 production of Avenue Q.
Cindy Meiers (Stage Manager) has spent many years as a stage manager and sound/light board operator for many local theaters. SM credits with Hawaii Shakespeare Festival include Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, Othello, Edward III, and Twelfth Night. She also stage managed Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding at Manoa Valley Theatre, Secret in the Wings at Leeward Theatre, Who Killed Gilbert Botello? at Kumu Kahua Theatre, and Pack of Lies at The ARTS at Marks Garage. She was awarded an Excellence in Service Po‘okela from Hawaii Shakespeare Festival in 2016.