The Louisville Improvisors
Workshop Instructor: Chris Anger
Chris Anger is Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Louisville Improvisors, and has been a professional actor working in improvisation for over 30 years. As artistic director Chris heads up the Louisville Improvisors Training Center facilitating both corporate and private workshops. Chris is co-creator, along with Alec Volz and Brian Hinds, of the Louisville Improvisors’ improvised Shakespeare show Late Night Shakes, which has been performed at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival since 2013. Chris also teaches improv in schools and universities throughout the Midwest and Southeast.
While performing regularly throughout Kentucky and Indiana over the last 19 years, Chris has also done improv shows in cities around the country including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, St. Louis and Nashville among others.
Louisville Improvisors are the hosts and executive producers of Improvapalooza, since the year 2000. It is the longest running Improv Comedy festival in the Southeast, bringing together the best improvisers in the country, including writers, producers and performers from The Simpsons, SNL, The Groundlings and The Daily Show among others. Improvapalooza has also featured the top groups from Louisville, Nashville, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Ft. Wayne, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.
Chris has also written and performed 5 solo shows, the latest one "Terminal Buses Only" will premiere at the 3rd Annual Single Shots Solo Theatre Festival, November 24-25th at The Bard's Town Theater.
Shakespeare Off the Page
Workshop Instructor: Gregory Maupin
Gregory Maupin has appeared in many Kentucky Shakespeare productions since 2004, and he has served as our resident dramaturg for the last four seasons. He has appeared in Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Guildenstern), The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Launce), The Tempest (Stephano), Hamlet (Polonius), Twelfth Night (Malvolio), Henry V (Fluellen), and The Dark Lady of the Sonnets (Shakespeare), among others. He and his wife Abigail co-founded Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble in 2004, co-creating many original works, adapting classics, and building masks; they also perform as Prohibition-era ukulele duo Rannygazoo and co-wrote The Glorious Adventures of the Mighty Robin Hood, produced locally at StageOne Family Theatre. With Actors Theatre: Macbeth, Luna Gale, At the Vanishing Point, Our Town, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 43 Plays for 43 Presidents, among others. With the Dell’Arte Company: Vaudeville (co-creator); Paradise Lost. With ImprovBoston: Musical! The Musical. Gregory is a graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Follow his Shakespeare blog at YellowstockingTales.com.
Speak the Speech - Shakespeare for the Actor
Workshop Instructor: Kyle Ware
Kyle Ware is an actor, artist, writer and educator, proudly serving as Kentucky Shakespeare’s Director of Education. Kyle has appeared onstage with the company in Much Ado About Nothing (Dogberry), The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V and Hamlet. Kyle heads The Globe Players professional training program and directed productions of The Merchant of Venice, The Comedy of Errors and As You Like It. He is Co-Artistic Director of Think Tank Theatre, a collaborative theatre ensemble, and was a Producing Founding Artistic Director of Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble, co-creating and performing in nearly 20 new works. He is a featured writer at Insider Louisville, where he originated the weekly “In Other News…” column.
Stage Combat - Elizabethan Style
Workshop Instructor: Eric Frantz
Eric Frantz has worked at the Frazier History Museum for over ten years as a Teaching Artist/Historical Interpreter, performing swordfights for the public every day. At the Frazier, he leads the research on sword fighting and combat using historical manuals and texts. Eric is excited to be working with Kentucky Shakespeare again in addition to his fight choreography for the summer season.