MEET THE PLAYERS
Sybille Bruun-Moss is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Shakespeare Forum. Sybille teaches Shakespeare for Actors, as well as Voice and Speech, and Shakespearean Verse/Text courses. She has worked with educational arts outreach programs such as Project Shine and the Brachiate Outreach Division, and developed The Shakespeare Forum's Educational Curriculum, all programming committed to bringing arts and arts education to under-served communities and children with special needs. She received a Masters of Sciences in Education from Pace University.
Sybille has directed numerous productions both in New York and regionally. Highlights include: The Taming of the Shrew (Live Theatre Workshop), The Insatiate Countess (American Shakespeare Center Staged Reading Series), Macbeth (Brachiate Theatre Company), as well as Hamlet (Theatre for the New City), Love's Labour's Lost, and The Merchant of Venice (both at The Gym at Judson) with The Shakespeare Forum.
Tyler Moss is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of The Shakespeare Forum. He believes that every show, every rehearsal, and every audition should be as beneficial to the performer as every class. He is committed to the growth of his students, both as performers and people.
Acting credits include: Cyrano de Bergerac, Hamlet, Henry V, as well as roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Cymbeline, Macbeth, King Lear, The Miser, Speed of Darkness, and Waiting for Lefty. In 2010 he won a FringeNYC Excellence in Performance Award for his original portrayal of Jameson Parks in Terror Superhighway.
Tyler studied with Jim Warren, Dean Irby, Larry Pisoni, Hovey Burgess, Mark Gindick, Dick Monday, and Tiffany Riley. These teachers instilled a love of performance and teaching, something he believes should go hand in hand.
Whitney Busch is the Managing Director of the Shakespeare Forum. With a long history in both theatre and the business world, she brings dedication and passion along with her as she lends support to the rest of the Forum team.
Whitney has been in the acting world for 20 years, starting in a her local community theatre. Since then she has performed all over the country with a variety of companies. Select credits include: Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Shakespeare Forum); Anna Petrovnah in Platonov (Columbia Stages); Rosalind in As You Like It (South Dakota Shakespeare Festival); Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival); Juliet/Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet; Cassius in Julius Caesar (Shakesperience Productions, Inc.); Jeanne in Fat Pig, Mary in It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play (Salem Repertoire Theatre). www.whitneyjbusch.com
Kellie Taylor is the Education Director of the Shakespeare Forum. In addition to being a professional stage manager and director, she is also a teaching artist with The Center for Arts Education. Some of her recent credits include The Wizard of Oz at IS 162 K (director); Hamlet (stage manager) and Julius Caesar (stage manager) with Hamlet Isn’t dead; as well as Who Am I This Time and Other Conundrums of Love(stage manager) with Wise Fish Theatre Collaborative. www.kellietaylornyc.com
Director of Social Media
Bowie Dunwoody is the Director of Social Media at the Shakespeare Forum. They are a New York based actor, activist, and content creator.
Recently, Bowie was the stage manager for the Shakespeare Forum’s debut school tour of Romeo and Juliet and The Scarlet Letter, directed by Jim Warren. They also performed in both shows as Mercutio/Paris and The Narrator. They have also worked alongside several LGBTQ+ playwrights and artists to produce new plays and content that is inclusive and innovative.
Bowie has an Associates Degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. They have trained with Barbara Rubin, Maxon Davis, Gwendolyn Kelso, Jonathan Bolt, Maggie Low, and several other brilliant teachers that have instilled a sense of joy, openness, and kindness in the work they do.
Kevin Stanfa is a New York based actor and teacher. Born in Chicago and raised in Utah, he holds a BFA from the University of Utah, an MFA from Florida State's Asolo Conservatory and is a proud member of Actors Equity. He works throughout the city with several companies, but is most definitely at home with Shakespeare Forum community. As an actor he has been a part of past Shakespeare Forum productions (HENRY V, TITUS). He has also worked with The Humanist Project (Francis Goes to War, Titus Andronicus), Titan Theater Company (Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing), South Brooklyn Shakespeare (Twelfth Night), Artistic New Directions (Human Resources & Night of Eclectic Short Plays). Regional Credits Include: Hearts, The Life of Galileo and the Perfume Shop at Asolo Repertory.
Kelsie Jepsen is thrilled to teach with The Shakespeare Forum. Her love for acting and Shakespeare began in the 6h grade when she performed her first play as Caliban in The Tempest. Her passion for teaching was ignited in 2007 when she started teaching with the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis. Kelsie is committed to working with under-served communities and children. Her mission is to pass on her love for theater while cultivating community and helping children develop social skills and build self-esteem and confidence.
Kelsie is a proud member of Actors' Equity. Select credits include: Henry V (The Shakespeare Forum); Julius Caesar (Pioneer Theatre Company); In a TIlted Place (Troy Deutsch), Undone (directed by Claybourne Elder), The Magic Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Seussical, Tale of a West Texas Marsupial Girl (world premier Lisa D'Amour), Antigone, The Big Friendly Giant (The Children's Theatre Company); Sam I Was, Saturday's Voyeur ('09, '11, '12 Salt Lake Acting Company). Kelsie holds a BFA from the University of Utah Actor Training Program.
Emily C.A. Snyder
Emily C.A. Snyder is the premiere International scholar on writing and performing new verse. A playwright, director, and educator, she has given courses from England to Ohio on how to embody Shakespearean text, as well as how to free your own natural voice as a verse playwright. She is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of TURN TO FLESH PRODUCTIONS, which develops "new Shakespeare plays" with roles for women+. Her own verse plays have received acclaim, with her Cupid and Psyche and The Other, Other Woman playing to sold-out audiences in New York City, her Merry Widows of Windsor receiving a staged reading production from The Sheen Center, and her Comedy of Heirors being named one of the "Top 15 NYC Shows of '17" by A Work Unfinishing. Her new verse work has received recognition from the Eugene O'Neill, Princess Grace Foundation, and American Shakespeare Center. She is an alumna of Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH and Emerson College, and studied John Barton's method with members of the RSC in London and Stratford-upon-Avon, where her performance of Rosalind was compared with a young Maggie Smith. Learn more at emilycasnyder.info.
Antonio Disla is a theatre practitioner who received his foundational training at The Ohio State University where he attained his MFA. As a Solo Artist, he has devised and written both site-specific pieces and staged works dealing with identity and race, most notably, Nobody, a piece about race, and Travel, which dealt with identity.
As an actor, he has been in a few of The Shakespeare Forum productions: Othello[s], Titus, and LEAR. He has also worked with The Black Lady Tehatre in the production of From the Brought of Brooklyn and Bone Soup.
Brian Smolin is an actor and teacher with an MFA in acting from The UCSD School of Theater and Dance. As an actor he has performed in many theaters across the country, including The Guthrie Theater, The Chautauqua Theater, and 3 consecutive seasons at The Santa Cruz Shakespeare Festival. He has upcoming appearances in Evil and Madame Secretary on CBS, and you can rescue him (or not) in Red Dead Redemption 2.
He has taught acting and public speaking at UCSD, Verse & Text with The Shakespeare Forum, and tutors reading, math, and chess to young children.
Rhys McClelland is a Director and Educator from the UK and has taught English and Performance in spaces ranging from theaters, school classrooms, and prisons. He has directed both professionals and youth on stages around the UK and USA, and created workshop programs with the Learning and Skills Council, NSPCC, Race Equality Council and Police forces in the UK. Rhys' lengthy experience also includes eight years in total as a Youth Theatre Director at the Birmingham Repertory and Chichester Festival Theatres, two of Britain's best loved producing venues. He is the recipient of the 2004 Directors Guild of Great Britain award, a Sunday Times Award for innovation and is also a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and an associate of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Rhys is currently the Education Manager of the Public Shakespeare Initiative at the Public Theater.
Greg is originally from Buffalo, NY, and graduated from Niagara University. He is an alum of the Stella Adler Studio, an AEA actor and a Resident Acting Company member for Hamlet Isn't Dead.
Greg has taught for the Stella Adler Studio, TADA! Youth Theater and his own workshops. Directing credits: the world premiere of 36 Juniper (NYIT 2019 nominated -Wrong House Productions), David's Play (NYFringe), and A.D. As You Like It (Stella Adler Studio). Favorite acting credits: Konstantin The Seagull (Harold Clurman Lab), Berowne Love's Labour's Lost (HID), BABY: the Musical.
Gwenevere Sisco is a New York-based teaching artist, passionate about creating a space for people of all ages to play, connect, explore their world, and express themselves. She has been a teacher-in-residence with Shakespeare Forum, Bright Horizons, Stages on the Sound, and Artworks, providing acting, singing, animation and storytelling sessions to young people, including those with life-limiting illnesses and special needs.
Gwen studied at Loyola University in New Orleans, British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford and Moscow Art Theatre at ART-Harvard, and American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is a NYC Teaching Fellow, earning her Masters in Special Education from Pace University.
Benjamin Curns is delighted to help teach Verse & Text this fall for The Shakespeare Forum. Benjamin is an award winning actor whose work has been seen on television, film, the web, and in theaters both in New York and across the country. As a company member with American Shakespeare Center for 15 years, he served as an actor, director, fight choreographer, principal musician, and teaching artist. Benjamin received his MFA from UNC Chapel Hill and is a recognized Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. He is a proud member of AEA and currently teaches at Southern Connecticut State University. www.benjamincurns.com
Grace Rao is an actor and educator residing in Park Slope, Brooklyn. After graduating with her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University she worked at The Public, Santa Cruz Shakespeare Brave New World Theatre as well as several NY Off-Broadway workshops. She was last seen in the ABC DISCOVERS: New York Talent Showcase.
2020 will mark her fourth year teaching for The Shakespeare Forum where she heads up the PS108 middle school Shakespeare program. When she is not acting, coaching or writing in the third person she can be found shouting out unrequested puns.
Board of Directors
Megan Sprenger - President
Ben Cacchione - Treasurer
Sybille Bruun Moss