Door Shakespeare Announces its 2017 Actors

Door Shakespeare is pleased to announce an exciting acting company of veteran and upcoming players for its 2017 summer productions of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by Joseph Hanreddy, and The Heart of Robin Hood by David Farr, directed by Shanara Gabrielle.

Artistic Director Amy Ludwigsen said, “The 2017 season promises to be imaginative, exciting and relevant. This company of artists holds unparalleled skill and creativity and will surely bring these classic stories to life in a way that will provide our growing audience with a bold, human and adventurous experience in our unique theater space.”

This season audiences will enjoy several familiar faces, including returning actors Neil Brookshire, Elliott Brotherhood, Mark Corkins, Elyse Edelman, Carolyn Hoerdemann, Colin Morgan, Norman Moses and Demetrios E. Troy.

Additionally, Door Shakespeare is excited to introduce Milwaukee-based, critically acclaimed actress Deborah Staples to this summer’s audiences in the Garden at Björklunden! Staples joins Door Shakespeare for the first time after playing the title role in Hamlet at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival last summer. Furthermore, actors making their Door Shakespeare debuts include Scott McKenna Campbell, Mason Conrad, Mitchell Ferguson, Taylor Harvey, Torsten Johnson and Ken Sandberg.

Jaclyn Bjornson (costume designer), David Blake (set designer), Scott McKenna Campbell (music director), and Amie Root (fight choreographer) are joining Door Shakespeare’s artistic team for the first time.

Melissa L. Wanke and Claire Kedjidjian will reprise their roles as producing stage manager and assistant stage manager, respectively.

Door Shakespeare’s 2017 season will run July 1 – Aug. 19, with preview performances June 29 & 30. Twelfth Night and The Heart of Robin Hood will run Mondays through Fridays at 8 pm and Saturdays at 5 pm.

Door Shakespeare will continue to offer educational programming for all ages, including the “Will-in-the-Woods” pre-show series and “Doorways” theatre camps for young people.

For more information, visit or call 920.839.1500.

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