Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

IU School of Liberal Arts

SLA Spirograph Live. Learn. Lead.

The History of Cardenio Cast and Crew


Thomas Cardwell (Cardenio) a UK native, studied with National Youth Theatre and at Birmingham Theatre School. He is Artistic Director of EclecticPond Theatre Company. Credits include: Hoosier Bard's Young Hamlet; Dr. Faustus (Shakespeare Institute); Q Artistry's Chronicles of Yarnia; and Frog Prince (Lilly Theatre.) Thanks Cat for the love and support. Sponsored by Florida State University.

Alys Dickerson (Violenta) recently received her B.A. in Theatre from the University of Kentucky. Her past roles at UK include Nora Helmer in A Doll House, Lady in Green in for colored girls…, and Babe Catherine Williams in the The Pajama Game. After moving back to Indianapolis, she was cast in the Musical Curtains with Footlight Musicals. "the stage until I die…" Sponsored by Florida State University.

Maria Souza-Eglen (Lucinda) received her BFA from Purdue University and spent two years working with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Recent Indianapolis roles include Ofelia in Young Hamlet (Hoosier Bard), Lilly Booker in Current Economic Conditions: A Comedy (The Phoenix), Dorothy Gale in Dorothy Returns and The Wizard in Oz (Children's Museum), and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (EclecticPond). Many thanks to Mommy and Daddy for their support and guidance, Bianca for her companionship, and Tyler without whom life does not make sense.

Brandon Merriweather (Sancho) is a senior in high school and will be attending Ball State University in the fall, where he plans to study acting. Credits include: Indiana Repertory Theatre's Holes, Hoosier Bard's Young Hamlet, as well as Carmel Rep's Hairspray. Brandon appreciates Hoosier Bard for believing in his skill.

Tyrone Van Tatenhove (Fernando) is a recent graduate of Indiana University. His recent main stage performances include Sandy Tyrell in Noel Cowards Hay Fever and Antigonus in The Winter's Tale. Currently he is playing George Rogers Clark in a statewide educational documentary for Indiana fourth and fifth grade curriculum. Tyrone's stage experience spans over a 10 year period. Sponsored by Florida State University.

Jonah D. Winston (Quesada/Don Quixot) is a 2008 graduate of the Butler Theatre program. He also studied Drama and Film at the Flinders University Drama Center in Adelaide, South Australia. Some favorite roles include Lord Capulet/Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet (EclecticPond Theatre), Antonio in Twelfth Night (First Folio Theatre, Chicago), and Salieri in Mozart and Salieri (Clowes Memorial Hall). Thank you to my family and A.L.M. for all their love and support! Sponsored by Florida State University.

Fernando J. Aké (1st Shepherd, 1st Citizen) is a Mexican American actor originally from Los Angeles. He graduated from L.A. High, and attended Santa Monica College where he majored in theatre.  His acting spans over three decades with various companies. He is a returning student at IUPUI after retiring from 21 years of Army service.

Ben Asaykwee (Barber) is the Artistic Director of Q Artistry and the Arts Director at the Indy Senior Center. Ben has written and performed throughout the Midwest, including Murder On The Radio (Q Artistry/ISC), Cabaret Poe (Q Artistry), Satan LIVE! (IndyFringe). Upcoming projects include: Songs in the Key of Blues (Q Artistry, May 2012) and a May remount of STRIKE! A New Bowling Pin Musical at Q Artistry.

Frankie Bolda (2nd Shepherd, 3rd Citizen) is thrilled to be part of this production. A current IUPUI student studying speech pathology, Comedy Sportz actlete, and AMDA-New York graduate, she thanks all who have helped make the production a success and given her this opportunity. Thanks go to Michael for all his support.

Kevin Burgun (Camillo) is an English and Journalism teacher at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School. When not acting he enjoys writing for the stage. His last stage play was Antigone With a Shotgun: The Musical (and other stories) cowritten with Lyndsey Brown for IndyFringe 2011. He is also a member of the board for Q Artistry.

Alex Carrico (Geraldo, Servant, 2nd Citizen) is a student at IUPUI and has returned to the stage after a three year absence. He has acted in a few short films with Polyester Cowboy Productions, which includes a filmed stage adaptation of "Your Life's A Train Wreck Corey Haim" as teen star Corey Haim. Alex hopes that Cardenio will be the start of a big comeback to theater.

Glenn Clifton (Curate) is an Instructor at IUPUI, whose Ph.D in English Literature is forthcoming from the University of Toronto. He has previously appeared as The Gravedigger in Hoosier Bard's Young Hamlet and as Lucio in Measure for Measure with Socn Buskin Theatre Company in Ottawa, Ontario.

Kelley Ellyse (Leonela, 1st Gallant) has been doing theater work since childhood and has appeared as many a star in various Christmas productions at church. More recently, she has performed in A Comedy of Errors at Milligan College, where she studied for two years. She is excited to be in her first professional production. She would like to thank her husband, Jay, for all of his wonderful support.

Ed Faunce (Duke Angelo/Stage Manager) is a commercial actor and a producer through his production company, Not Bad Productions. He has stage-managed The Merchant of Venice for Actors From the London Stage at IU Kokomo, IUPUI's premiere of Galileo with actor Tim Hardy, and helped produce the IUPUI residency of the American Shakespeare Center with Terri Bourus. An Indiana University graduate, Ed is presently finishing his masters in telecommunications at Ball State.

Michael Hosp (Don Barnard) is a graduate of the Butler Theatre Program and an Indianapolis native.  Michael has worked with NoExit Performance, H.A.R.T., the Lilly Theatre at the Children's Museum, and Sapphire Theatre Company. This spring he can be seen as Creon in NoExit's Oedipal Cycle on the grounds of the IMA.

Meagan Matlock (Marcella, 2nd Gallant) studied at the Purdue University Theatre program, and at Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts. Some favorite credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, and When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? Meagan is the Education Manager for EclecticPond Theatre Company. Thanks to Jan Willem for supporting her craziness.

Noah Winston (Master of the Flocks) graduated from Butler University in 2008 with a BA in theatre. His most recent work was playing George in the IU student horror/comedy film "Project Z-6463" and as Chancellor Keesling in Theatre Non Nobis "Troubleshoot." Noah would like to thank his friends and family for their enormous support.

David Zoeller (Ricardo) is a recent graduate of Indiana University where he majored in Theatre and Drama. He was seen in various roles at the Lee Norvelle Center for Theatre and Drama in Bloomington. Since graduating he has appeared in several short films and web-series. He is a Taurus and enjoys long walks on the beach.

Deborah Coatney (Leonela understudy, 1st Gallant understudy) is graduating this spring from IUPUI with a B.A. in English. A long-time lover of dramatics, she practices at home by reading aloud to her children and "doing all the voices." She would like to thank her family for their encouragement and understanding during this very busy, rehearsal-filled semester.

Jorge Dorantes (Ricardo understudy) was raised in Northern Indiana and graduated from Plymouth High School in May of 2010. He was involved in numerous shows during his high school years, acting in three, and directing one. He is currently attending IUPUI and plans on obtaining a double major in Theatre and Journalism.

Rich Steinberg (Don Barnard understudy) has previously appeared in eight plays by local authors, as Judge Taylor in Epilogue's production of To Kill a Mockingbird and as Jonathan Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace at the Westfield Playhouse. He pays the bills as a Professor of Economics and Philanthropic Studies at IUPUI.


Terri Bourus (Director, Producer) is an Equity Actor with a doctorate in Shakespeare studies.  Associate Professor of English Drama at IUPUI, winner of seven teaching awards, General Editor of the New Oxford Shakespeare, and founder of Hoosier Bard Productions, she aspires to make theatre central to the mission of IUPUI.

Cat Cardwell (Assistant Director): B.A – Indiana University. Postgraduate Diploma – Shakespeare Institute, UK., Managing Director of EclecticPond Theatre Company. Credits include: Young Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Dr. Faustus, Much Ado About Nothing, Dracula: the Panto, Macbeth, and Romeo & Juliet. She is teaching her first theatre course at IUPUI this semester. Cat loves working with her husband.

Paige Prill Craigie (Choreographer) has been directing the dance minor at IUPUI and The Moving Company (IUPUI's resident dance company) since 1999; she was just awarded the 2012 Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2009 IUPUI School of Physical Education and Tourism Management Teaching Award. Helped author the Indiana Standards for Dance Education. Professional experience includes direction & performance in both ballet companies and musical theatre productions as well as studio ownership.

Clark Foster (Head Costumer and Visual Designer): From sock puppets in Kindergarten (I literally turned all my socks into puppets!), to every school play and performance possible, to stalwart of community theatre and through wonderful years in regional theatre…*sigh*. Clark has been on or behind stage for, well if you count the puppets, nearly 60 years.

Brian G. Hartz (Sound Design): As a designer, director, producer, and actor, Brian G. Hartz has contributed to central Indiana theatre for over a decade. His work has been featured on stages including the Phoenix, HART, and Bloomington Playwrights Project, and nominated for several awards. He is thrilled to be making history with Hoosier Bard.

Raechel Hennig (Assistant Stage Manager/2nd Shepherd and 2nd Gallant understudy) is currently studying at IUPUI, majoring in Journalism with a minor in Theatre. Her theatrical class=GramE>interests including musical theatre, realism, restoration comedies, and drag shows. She would like to give epic thanks to all who have been patient and supportive of her being weird/awesome.

Al Hoffmann (Musician/Composer) is an undergraduate Education major at IUPUI, a musician, songwriter, writer, and runner. He has years of theatre experience, including work with Hoosier Bard on Young Hamlet.

Yekaterina Komarovskaya (Props assistant) is a first year student at Herron who likes Shakespeare and theater in general. Since general fine arts is her major, set design seemed a natural niche.

Samuel Lawson (Musican/Composer) is a classical guitarist, composer, and musicologist. With degrees from IUPUI and Butler University, he has made his own way performing, teaching, and writing music in Indiana, South Carolina, and Pittsburgh, PA. Samuel has recently begun studies in a Doctor of Arts music programme at Ball State, where he also works as a graduate assistant to B.S.U. guitar professor Paul Reilly.

Colleen Majszak (Front of House Coordinator) attended Munster High School and is a freshman at IUPUI majoring in English Education. She enjoys reading and occasionally writing her own stories.

Fred Margison (Lighting assistant) is from Northwest Indiana where he has been doing theatre since 1987. He attended Vincennes University and also attended Indiana State University where he minored in theatre. One of Fred's theatre glory days was when one of the groups he worked with competed in Glasgow, Scotland and won.

Theresa McMiller (Costumes/Hair and Makeup assistant/3rd Citizen understudy) is currently an IUPUI English undergraduate with a concentration in Creative Writing. The History of Cardenio is her first time working in stage production.

Ben Michaelis (Music Director/Composer) graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. While there, he studied literature and acting, performing in numerous productions. A musician since youth, he has performed and recorded with several bands. He is currently completing his MA at IUPUI and writing and recording with local and regional musicians.

Cassie Mills (Production Assistant) received her B.A. in English Literature from Louisiana State University. She left the warm climate of south Louisiana to join the English M.A. program at IUPUI as a Research Assistant for the New Oxford Shakespeare. You can find her most days at the Shakespeare Underground, huddled up next to her space heater.

Aaron Moon (Deputy Stage Manager/Duke understudy) spent a dozen years honing his skills with the Red Barn Theatre before plying his trade around the country. He and his wife Amy spent five years working in theatres in Minneapolis/St. Paul and have been heavily involved in the Bloomington, IN theatre scene. Aaron plays the father in the film Nathan and the Luthier, recently accepted into the Heartland Film Festival.

Sarah Neville (Colloquium Secretary/Props Mistress) is an Editing Research Associate at IUPUI and an Assistant Editor on the New Oxford Shakespeare. She wishes her wages were paid in islands. 

Kisan Shah (Electronics/Sound assistant) is a computer science/pre-med undergrad at IUPUI and attended Pike High School.  Kisan is excited to be a part of the crew this year, assisting with sound design electronics in the play.

Gary Taylor (Playwright, Dramaturg, Producer) is General Editor of the New Oxford Shakespeare, author or editor of 22 books, and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University. He's enormously grateful to Terri Bourus, FSU, IUPUI, and the entire cast and crew for their inspiring talent and hard work.

Rebekah Taylor (Costumes and Make-up Coordinator) has been involved in theatre as early as kindergarten Christmas pageants. Due to wonderful teachers and professors, her love for theatre has continued to grow. After taking a class with Dr. Bourus, she could not pass up the opportunity to participate in theatre on IUPUI's campus.

Camille Williams (Props Mistress) is a Kentucky native. While in Kentucky she acted as Emily in Bang Bang You're Dead, Elma in Bus Stop, and Columbia and props manager in a monthly production of Rocky Horror Picture Show. Now, Camille is a Communications major at IUPUI where she hopes to further her theatre career.

Gary Taylor, Ph.D.

Dr. Taylor is editor and co-author of The History of Cardenio. He received his doctorate from Cambridge University, and worked for eight years as one of the general editors of the Oxford University Press Complete Works of Shakespeare (published in 1986-7). He is now lead General Editor of the New Oxford Shakespeare project, forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2016. He co-edited John Fletcher's The Tamer Tamed, and was General Editor of OUP's 2008 edition of The Collected Works of Thomas Middleton ("our other Shakespeare"), which won both the Modern Languages Association prize for a Distinguished Scholarly Edition and the Elizabeth Dietz award for Outstanding Book in Early Modern Studies. Dr. Taylor has won fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

His 22 books include Reinventing Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Two Versions of King Lear, Castration: An Abbreviated History of Western Manhood, Buying Whiteness, and The Quest for Cardenio: Shakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes and the Lost Play (forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2012). He has lectured widely at theaters and universities around the world, written for the Guardian (London) and Time Magazine, and been interviewed on "Fresh Air," "All Things Considered," the BBC, and Canadian and New Zealand TV and radio. He was the first Visiting Scholar at the Shakespeare Festival in Ontario. He developed his reconstruction of The History of Cardenio through a series of nine readings and workshops, beginning with the New York Public in 1992, including the Washington Shakespeare and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatres, and culminating in a reading at Shakespeare's Globe in London in November 2011. He is currently Distinguished Research Professor of English at Florida State University.

Terri Bourus, Ph.D.

Dr. Bourus is General Editor of the New Oxford Shakespeare, and director of the team of editors working on that project at Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis. She is co-founder of Hoosier Bard Productions, for which she directed Young Hamlet at the Indy Fringe Theatre in 2011. She has performed professionally as actor, singer, and dancer in New York, San Diego, and Chicago (where she won a Kelly award for best performance by an actress in a classic play). As a producer, she brought Tim Hardy's Galileo, Actors from the London Stage, and the American Shakespeare Theatre to Indianapolis.

She has edited multimedia editions of Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and digital editions of two plays by John Fletcher. She has written essays for Oxford University Press on the experience of contemporary actresses performing the plays of Thomas Middleton, and on the theatrical evolution from 1992 to 2010 of Taylor's reconstruction of The History of Cardenio. Dr. Bourus has taught musical theatre, auditions, and stage combat in Chicago, New York, and London. She is currently Associate Professor of English Drama at IUPUI, and has won six Indiana University teaching awards.