Rebecca Bowen - Titania
Rebecca is studying for a Masters in Italian at Somerville College, Oxford. She did her undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh where she performed with a number of theatre companies including extensive work with the Edinburgh University Theatre Company at Bedlam Theatre (among which Charade, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Metamorphoses) various productions with Theatre Paradok (among which Gormenghast, Rosas de Sangre) and a lead role in the Evening News’ Best Fringe Musical 2013 You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. In April 2013 Rebecca produced and directed a production of Nick Payne’s Electra at Summerhall, Edinburgh. She is a member of the National Youth Theatre and a winner of the National Theatre’s Big Break Scriptwriting Competition. This is her first play in Oxford.
Georgie Murphy - Puck
Georgie is a first year English student at Hertford College. Before arriving in Oxford, Georgie acted with the Gloucestershire Youth Players, playing Miranda in The Tempest and Rosalind in As You Like It. In Oxford she has performed in Electra as part of the OUDS Cuppers Competition, where she won best actress (Burton Taylor Studio); she has also played Mrs Frush in Thark (Michael Pilch Theatre) and Cominius in Coriolanus (Regent’s Park College). Later this year she will be performing as Faustus in Doctor Faustus (Keble O’Reilly) and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in a piece of new writing called Touch Therapy.
Brittany Neihardt - Changeling
Brittany is a visiting student studying international law and politics at St. Catherine’s College. She is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the United States and is completing her undergraduate degree at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. At her home university, Brittany is very involved in Mock Trial and ballroom dancing. While she enjoys those activities very much, it has been a pleasure for her to get back onstage after many years. Last term, she was Ines in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers. In the future, Brittany plans to attend law school in the States and hopes to someday practice either international human rights or criminal law.
Laurence Belcher - Oberon
Laurence is a first year Classical Archaeology and Ancient History student at Lincoln College. Whilst at Oxford, he has performed as Ambassador in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Keble O’Reilly). Prior to his arrival at Oxford, Laurence has built up a strong repertoire of professional work in film, television and on stage. Most recent credits include Arthur/Henry in King John (Shakespeare’s Globe), A Song for Jenny (BBC One), The Turn of the Screw (Almeida Theatre) X-MEN: First Class/Days of Future Past, Doctor Who, The Late Middle Classes (Donmar Warehouse) and The Habit of Art (National Theatre).
Chloé Delanney - Fairy
Chloé is a second year undergraduate at Magdalen College, reading Spanish and Italian. She is originally from Nice, in the south of France. Starting dance classes at the tender age of two, she pursued this passion for sixteen years, working with the semi-professional contemporary dance company Moving Parts for a year in 2011. She started exploring the world of theatre during her first year at university, starring as Raymonde in A Flea in Her Ear after a small part in the Italian play Serata Futurista (performed in Italian). Since then she has played both Diaphanta and Isabella in Thomas Middleton’s The Changeling and has also acted in a couple of student films, including starring as Lily Evans in the Harry Potter prequel Mischief Managed, which will be released this autumn. She is delighted to be playing Cecily in an upcoming performance of The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as dancing in Doctor Faustus.
Anushka Chakravarti - Hermia
Anushka is a first year student studying English and Spanish at St Edmund Hall. She has been acting from a young age, having performed in various school productions and at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre multiple times. Whilst at Oxford, Anushka has performed as Veronica in God of Carnage for Teddy Hall’s entry in the OUDS Cuppers competition (Burton Taylor Studio) and a Tragedian in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Keble O’Reilly). She will also be playing Percy in Pripyat later this term (Burton Taylor Studio).
Tobias Sims - Demetrius
Tobias is a first year classicist at Brasenose College. This is his first production in Oxford. Before coming to Oxford, he acted with the Young Shakespeare Company based in Stratford-upon-Avon, performing in a number of plays including The Winter’s Tale and Titus Andronicus. He also performed in a production of Henry V at the RSC in Stratford. Later this term he shall be playing Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest and Clov in Becket's Endgame.
Ivo Gruev - Egeus
Ivo is a DPhil student in law at Merton College, focusing on the constitutional protection of human rights in post-authoritarian societies. He has performed in and directed plays in Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, and the UK. Some of his previous shows include Bernard Marie Koltès’ Roberto Zucco; Ayat Najafi’s Lady Teheran (University Theatre Konstanz); Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet (Tomahawk Oxford). He also staged his original Midsummer Night’s Reading in Konstanz and was assistant director of Federico García Lorca’s El Publico (Theater im Schokohof, Berlin). In 2015 he performed as Pentheus in Sparagmos during the Oxford Turl Street Arts Festival and in Euripides’ The Bacchae at the first International Proscenium in Ancient Olympia, Greece, organised by the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation. He will be portraying Othello for the Oxford Shakespeare Festival in April and in July you can see him in the role of Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (Tomahawk) at the Oxford Castle.
Hannah Marsters - Helena
Hannah is a third year Classics student at Wadham. In her time at Oxford she has played Clytemnestra in The Furies (Oxford Playhouse), Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Brasenose Quad), as well as having roles in Medea (Christchurch Cathedral Garden), His Dark Materials Part 2 (Keble O’Reilly) and Playhouse Creatures (Burton Taylor Studio). Most recently, she performed as Octavian in Julius Caesar (Michael Pilch Studio). She is also currently producing a forthcoming production of A Streetcar Named Desire (Keble O’Reilly).
Joe Stephenson - Lysander
Joe is a third year classicist at Christ Church. While at Oxford, he has performed as Titus in Titus Andronicus (Corpus Christi Auditorium) and as Oliver in As You Like It (Christ Church Cathedral Gardens). Later this term, he will be playing Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night (Worcester Gardens).
Beth Evans - Duke
Beth is a first year history student at St Anne’s. She co-wrote and directed Wires (Burton Taylor Studio), was the hair and makeup artist for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Keble O’Reilly), and has acted in Valuables (Simpkins Lee Theatre) and Mercury Fur (Michael Pilch Studio). She will play the role of June in the upcoming short film Ensemble, will assistant direct Fahrenheit 451 (Michael Pilch Studio) and will perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Master and Margarita. She is also part of the Experimental Theatre Club and the OUDS Standing Committee.
Gregory Coates - Bottom
Gregory is in his second year reading Ancient & Modern History at Brasenose. Theatre credits at Oxford include Garry in Noises Off (Oxford Playhouse), Laertes in Hamlet, Will in His Dark Materials: Part Two, and roles in Never Mind Where Your Daughter Lies (Keble O'Reelly), Playwright, Macbevved (Burton Taylor Studio), Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Brasenose College). Outside Oxford, he has performed at the Rose Theatre, Kingston (Captain Stirrick, Youth Music Theatre), at the Edinburgh Fringe (A Matter of Life and Death, KCS Theatre Company), and at the N16 Theatre in Balham (Salomé, Ethrael Theatre).
Alannah Burns - Quince
Alannah is a first year Philosophy and German student at Lady Margaret Hall. She has very recently performed as Amy in a production of Mark Ravenhill’s Citizenship as part of this year’s National Theatre Connections Festival. In sixth form she played the title roles in school productions of Antigone and Hamlet. In 2013 Alannah performed as Mistress Page in Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare’s Globe). She was also a member of Wimbledon Young Actor’s Company from 2013-2015. This is the first production Alannah has performed in at Oxford, and she hopes it will not be her last!
Arya Rallan - Starveling
Arya is a first year graduate student reading English at Regent’s Park. She has achieved her Bronze and Silver Shakespeare Awards with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and has performed in Julian Joseph’s production of Bridgetower with The English Touring Opera at several theatres across the UK.
Will Spence - Flute
Will is a second year PPE student at St Catherine’s College. Oxford theatre includes Don’t Say Macbeth, I Nominate, Moliere’s The Doctor in Spite of Himself, Binding (all Burton Taylor Studio), Cold Warm (New Writing Festival 2016, Burton Taylor; Award for best individual performance) Macbeth (Regent’s Park College), Hay Fever (New College Cloisters), The Three Musketeers, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Keble O’Reilly), A Town Called Freedom (North Wall) & King Leir (rehearsed reading with the Malone Society, Somerville Chapel). Theatre in Manchester includes The Tree of War (a new musical commemorating the First World War, St Nicholas’ Church, Burnage). Upcoming; directing a rehearsed reading of Caryl Churchill’s Blue Heart for Catz Arts Week 2016, Prospero in The Tempest, and XX at the Edinburgh Fringe. He is also aiming to put together a bid to direct Yasmina Reza’s Art in Michaelmas 2016.
Zeenia Framroze - Snug
Zeenia is first year graduate student in Comparative Social Policy at St John’s College, studying the state-sponsored philanthropy in the developing world. She was born in the United States, raised in India and Canada, and graduated from Harvard College in 2015. Zeenia represented Canada in debating and public speaking for three years, and participated in small college performances as an undergraduate. At St John’s, she is a member of the Boat Club.
Ella Langley - Snout
Ella is a first year English student at Lincoln. She performed in One for the Road as part of Oxford’s Drama Cuppers festival, and is very excited to be performing at the Playhouse for her first full production at Oxford.