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Titus Production Team

Elivia Bovenzi

ELIVIA BOVENZI (Costume Desgner) recently received her MFA in Design from the Yale School of Drama, with a concentration in costume design. Her most recent design work was seen at the Barrow Group Theater in a new play, Dead Special Crabs, written by Daniel Kitrosser and produced by Wide Eyed Productions. Also this season, she designed costumes for AcousticaElectronica, an immersive dance experience created by toUch Performance Art, current artists in residence at American Repertory Theater.  Her credits at Yale include An Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Yale Repertory Theatre/Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Cloud 9 and Richard II (Yale Drama School).  She was the 2014 recipient of the Leo Lerman Graduate Fellowship in Design. www.eliviabovenzi.com

Shane Breaux

SHANE BREAUX (Dramaturg) is a playwright, dramaturg, performer, and teacher. He has worked with New York Shakespeare Exchange since its inception, having dramaturged The One Man (Two Man (not quite)) Hamlet, The Life and Death of King JohnIsland, and many more collaborations with Artistic Director Ross Williams. As a playwright, Shane co-wrote 3 x 3 with NYSX Resident Playwright Kevin Brewer, and they are currently at work on their second play. In addition to his work in the rehearsal room and on stage, Shane is also pursuing a PhD in Theatre from the City University of New York where he is considering the productive intersections of race, musical comedy, and national identity formation in the U.S. He is editorial associate on The Harry Watkins Diary, an upcoming critical edition of 19th century American actor-manager’s fifteen-year chronicle of his theatrical work and play, and he is an adjunct lecturer at City College where he teaches U.S. Black Theatre History. Shane does not get much sleep.

Michele Clarke-Ceres

MICHELE CLARKE-CERES (Associate Producer/Marketing Manager) is a Stand-Up Comedian/Actress and Creator of The.Laugh.Spot. – a monthly stand-up comedy show held in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Michele’s governmental experience includes progressively responsible positions on the city, state and federal levels most notably the US Department of State where she held the position of Deputy Chief of Protocol at the US Mission to the United Nations. She has also worked internationally for the Government of the Principality of Andorra (a country between France and Spain) and the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson. She holds B.A. in English from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia and studied at the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain and has served on several boards, such as the United Nations Development Corporation and PCI-Media Impact. Most recently, Michele Lee Clarke-Ceres served as Chief of Protocol to the former Governor of New York State and as Chief of Staff to the First Lady of New York State. She was later appointed New York State Honorary Chairperson of United Nations Day 2010. Michele is fluent in Spanish, proficient in Portuguese and French; and has a working knowledge of Catalan. Michele loves to travel, write and exercise. She is married to Rudyard Ceres, Esq. and they have a 9 year-old son.

JACK CUMMINS (Sound Deisgner/Production Stage Manager) New York:  Dry Land (Colt Coeur), Hounds of War (Weeman Productions), Two Plays, One Conversation (NYSX), Our Planet (Japan Society), What it Iz (Blackout Arts/NYU), Zapata!, Midnight Madness (NYMF), King’s River (Foxhole Ent.), Mountain Song, Adrift (Sam French). Regional: Our Town (George Street Playhouse), Deathtrap, Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Beauty and the Beast, Jr. (Bucks County Playhouse), Holiday Jubilee 2013 (Crossroads Theatre), Twelfth Night, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Pavilion (Mile Square Theatre).  Jack was the audio intern on the UK premiere of Reasons to be Pretty at London's Alemida Theatre. He holds a BFA in Stage Management from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts.

CASSIE DORLAND (Props/Violence Designer) is a freelance scenic/props designer.  Recent Productions: A Particle of Dread (Props Master; Signature Theatre); Waiting for Lefty (Scenic Designer; CWRU); The Big Funk/Snowfall in Berlin (Scenic Designer; Nylon Fusion Collective); The Open House (Props Master; Signature Theatre).  This is her third production with NY Shakespeare Exchange; she was the Props Designer for Othello and the Assistant Scenic/Props Designer for King John. She has also worked for Kathy Fabian's company Propstar as an Associate on Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.  Most recently for Kinky Boots (1st National Tour & Original Broadway); Betrayal (Broadway); other favorite productions include:  Stick Fly (Broadway); Chinglish (Broadway); Hurt Village (Signature Theatre).  Cassie spent two summers working at Williamstown Theatre Festival in the Properties Department.  She holds a B.A. in Design and Technical Theatre from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.

DREW FLORIDA (Lighting Designer) is a New York based lighting designer originally from Flint, Michigan.Experienced in lighting design for Architecture, Corporate Events, Fashion Shows, Film and Theatrical productions.New York theatre credits include: Public Forum: Talking About Race (The Public Theater), Marathon Dancing (The New School/La MaMa), The π-roject (La MaMa, Montreal Fringe Festival and The Greek Cultural Center), Peninsula (NYC Fringe, Manhattan Rep), Caucasian Chalk Circle (Columbia University and Shanghai University), Other theaters include The Ailey Citigroup Theate, Theater for a New City, Peterborough Players, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and Kennedy Center. Recipient of the Midtown International Theatre Festival’s 2012 Award for Outstanding Lighting Design for a Short Subject for the play Stage Reading by Sean Michael Welch. He’s the owner of the production design company Ch’i Design Studio and the artistic director of the up and coming theater company 5 Pointz Arts Collective where he has the honor to working with many of NYSX family.

Timothy S. Jones II

TIMOTHY S. JONES II (Associate Producer/Company Manager) Timothy S. Jones II (New Haven, Connecticut) is a freelance choreographer and director. He is currently a third year MFA Theatre Management and Producing student at Columbia University. Timothy has worked at LIFT Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico, Parsons Dance Company, New York Theater Workshop, PDNYC "Sleep No More," as well as Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Dance Theater Workshop Reimagined. His interest meet at the intersection of immersive experiences, international discourse, community, and literature. 

JASON LAJKA (Scenic Designer) With director Ross Williams, Jason designed the sets for Hamlet at Manhattan Theatre Source and The One Man (Two Man (not quite)) Hamlet at HERE Arts Center. The Ring Award (an international opera competition hosted in Graz, Austria) selected Ross and Jason to present their conceptualization of Rigoletto at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York City. He was the associate set designer for the Broadway revival of On the Town and The Kennedy Centerʼs Little Dancer. Jasonʼs film work includes designing sets for the feature stop-motion animated films Coraline (based on the children's book by Neil Gaiman) and ParaNorman. His design work has been seen in window displays for Tiffany & Co., Harry Winston, Macyʼs, and Bergdorf Goodman, among others. Jason received a Master of Fine Arts degree in set and film design from New York University.

CRISTINA LUNDY (Assistant Director/Intern Coordinator) For NY Shakespeare Exchange, Cristina has directed last season’s Othello, as well as staged readings of The Wall, Spring’s Awakening and Romeo & Juliet. She has also assisted Ross Williams on past productions of King John and Island, and has been a regular ShakesBEER director since 2011. Other directing credits include: Studio Tisch, Columbia University, T. Schreiber Studios, 3 Roads Productions and aWe Creative Group (NYC), and the Exit Theatre (San Francisco).

Alicia Rodis

ALICIA RODIS (Fight Choreographer) is a fight director, actor and stunt performer residing in New York City.  A graduate of Wright State University, she is the stage combat instructor at CW Post University among other schools. Fight choreography credits include Big Love (Columbia, LIU), Hamlet (Stonybrook), Henry IV (Exant arts), Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew and Titus (Manhattan Shakespeare Project).  Alicia is an Equity actor who also performs with the Vixens En Garde, an all female fight troupe.  She is absolutely thrilled to be working with NYSX again. 

JOSHUA SHAIN (Technical Director)

Ross Williams

ROSS WILLIAMS (Director/Producer/Founding Artistic Director) is a theater director, teacher, and performer committed to the development of highly theatrical work. In 2009 he founded New York Shakespeare Exchange as vehicle for engaging new audiences with classical theater. As the company’s Producing Artistic Director, Ross has created numerous shows including a critically-acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Life and Death of King John, as well as Island and The One Man (Two Man (not quite)) Hamlet both by Kevin Brewer. In 2012 Ross introduced the world to the now internationally-renowned The Sonnet Project, www.SonnetProjectNYC.com. This massive multi-media experiment brings each of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets to life as a short film, each starring a different actor and each filmed in a different historic NYC location, and provides free access to the films to people in all corners of the world. The Sonnet Project is now being used as a teaching tool in places from Indianapolis, Indiana to Hyderbad, India. Most recently, the project has partnered with Shakespeare’s Globe as the only North American Project to be featured on the Globe Player video-on-demand platform. Prior to diving into the world of directing and producing, Ross appeared on stage throughout North America; most notably he originated the role of Gimli the battle-axe wielding dwarf in the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings musical extravaganza in Toronto. As a teacher Ross focuses on exploring the nuances of classical text with authenticity and emotional connection. He has taught in Toronto, Cleveland, Dallas and in NYC with Judith Shakespeare, Actors Shakespeare, New York Shakespeare Exchange and Red Bull Theater. He holds an MFA from the Cleveland Play House Professional Actor Training Program, and a BFA from Southern Methodist University.