JANICE L BLIXT
Last Season, 2018, Blixt directed the acclaimed Measure for Measure and adapted and directed Aphra Behn's The Rover. In 2017 she directed the stunning Julius Caesar and the brilliant new translation by Alexandra LaCombe (which Blixt also adapted for the stage) of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. She also appeared onstage at the MSF (for the first time in 17 years) as Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew opposite David Blixt, directed by John Neville-Andrews. In 2016 season she directed the award-winning Richard II and Karen Tarjan's play of Michael Shaara's novel The Killer Angels. In previous years, she directed A Midsummer Night's Dream and adapted and directed Henry IV (Wilde Award Winner - Best of the Bard) - an epic collection of both full-length Henry IV plays into one night of theatre, she directed the celebrated Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (BroadwayWorld Best Shakespeare
Production, 2014) and Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest (Wilde Award - Best Comedy). In 2013 she directed the hugely successful Twelfth Night, and in 2012 she directed both Richard III & George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion (Wilde Award nominated for Best Comedy, Best Scenic Design, Best Actor Comedy, and Best Actress Comedy). In her first season she directed Romeo & Juliet, and in 2011 she directed both Much Ado About Nothing and the Wilde-Award Winning Best of the Bard Production of The Winter's Tale. She also adapts and directs the ongoing MSF touring productions of Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth.
Jan has been a working director in Chicago for the past fifteen years where she has helmed Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the recent critically heralded Titus Andronicus. She has also been the vocal director and text coach for Othello, Edward III, and Hamlet. She is a co-founder and Executive Director of A Crew of Patches Theatre Company, a professional Shakespearean repertory company in Chicago that produces full-length Shakespeare plays for high schools. She directed Captain Blood and Women in Jeopardy at First Folio and teaches text analysis and folio technique for professional actors and in colleges and is still, when there's time, a working actor, having appeared onstage at the JET, the Shadow Theatre Co., MeadowBrook, City Lit, First Folio Shakespeare Festival, Timeline Theatre, Next Theatre - and right here at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival.
A graduate of the Hilberry Theater's MFA program, Jan is married to long-time MSF Artistic Associate (from long before she became AD), Author and Fight Director David Blixt, whom she met at the Festival in 1997 when they played Kate and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew. They are the parents of Dashiell and Evelyn.
DANIEL A. HELMER
As an actor in the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Daniel A. Helmer found the company that marries his passion for craft, respect of Shakespeare, and love of his home state. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University and University of Essex, earning him Masters of Fine Arts, Daniel has pursued a knowledge on all sides of theatre’s purview; working as an actor and co-manager of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s touring productions of Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, bringing Shakespeare to thousands of first time theatre going high schoolers across Michigan.
Having worked as lecturer at Eastern Michigan University, Daniel has spent time sharing his passion with an audience with little to no knowledge of the history and humanity of theatre. It was his goal then, and aim now, to share this excitement with people of all experiences. Since January, Daniel has been working as the Administrative Associate, concentrating on marketing and office operations.
AUDIENCE SALES AND SERVICE ASSOCIATE
Peg Marshall is a USA829 Scenic Designer, professor, and researcher, with an MFA from University of Maryland College Park.
Peg has been awarded grants and fellowships for her research and creative work. Her creative work includes theatre and performance installations, and research on sustainability within theatre design, have been presented / performed in several US cities as well as abroad in New Zealand, Serbia, Prague, and Canada.
As an artist Peg emphasizes sustainability and accessibility, as she believes it is important to be socially responsible to the communities in which we create and share our art. Peg brings to MSF her desire to generate theatre audiences in order to provide them with positive theatre experiences to enrich their lives.
JACLYNN CHERRY, CPA
Jaclynn has worked for three years in public accounting on a wide variety of audit and tax clients, and for four years working in nonprofit accounting,
As someone who enjoys accounting and taxes, her goal is to make finances as transparent as possible.
She is also a professional actor & improvisor, Board Treasurer for the Detroit Improv Collective (which produces the annual Detroit Improv Festival), an avid skier and racquetball player, and a baker who watches too much Food Network.
BOOKING MANAGER, MSF TOUR
BOOKING MANAGER, MSF TOUR
Hannah has been the MSF Tour booking manager since 2010. Her duties including marketing to schools in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio and setting up the performance schedule for the MiSFITs, the MSF Tour. She loves the productions and performances at MSF and is proud to be a part of bringing professional classical theatre, that fits the curriculum of the schools in the area, to students who may have never considered theatre as a viable entertainment possibility. She really loves Shakespearean theatre and is grateful to MSF for their work in with educational institutions.
For more information about the MiSFITs, contact MSFTOUR@michiganshakespearefestival.com