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Screen Shot 2014-02-26 at 8.51.51 PMDavid Hartstone – Romeo

Previously with CityShakes: Bassanio, The Merchant of Venice. A south Florida native, but here by way of New York City, David has always possessed a passion for visual arts. Beginning his career behind the camera, David continues to write, direct and star in his own work. Outside the realm of film, Shakespeare remains his home away from home and he is incredibly grateful to CityShakes for giving him the opportunity to perform.

Megan RubleMegan Ruble – Juliet

Previously with CityShakes: Jessica, The Merchant of Venice. Megan is incredibly excited to be working with City Shakes on one of her favorite Shakespeare plays! Some of the most memorable experiences from her time at UC Irvine and in the Los Angeles area include: Eurydice in Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Ruth Elder in the world premier of Powder Puff Pilots, and a chorine in Ragtime.  She can’t wait to share all the hard work of this exhilarating cast with you.  All the glory to God, and infinite love to her supportive group of family, friends, and Travis, who inspire her to continue on her journey.   Ephesians 3:17-19

Daniel LandbergDaniel Landberg – Musician, Prince, Paris

Previously with CityShakes: Musician, The Merchant of Venice. Born and raised in Maine, Daniel is a self-taught musician, and has been singing, playing guitar, and writing songs since he was a tween. He has played in Maine, Boston, Berlin, Los Angeles, and at Burning Man. His folk-acoustic styling in Merchant received rave reviews, and now he’s tackling an electro-pop score for Romeo and Juliet.

Colin MartinColin Martin – Mercutio, Capulet

Previously with CityShakes: Petruchio, Shrew ; Jaques, As You Like It ; Macbeth, Macbeth. Colin is an actor, musician and visual artist who comes from a large family of artists, writers  singers, and actors. Born and raised in Southern California, he has devoted most of his life to the study of theatre; acting on stage and in film, as well as working in the administrative areas of stage production. He was a founding member of the American Russian Theatre Ensemble Laboratory (ARTEL), and a co-founder  of Racer Theatrical whose main objective was to bring live performance to the artistically under-served in LA. In 2011, he was nominated for an Elly award for his performance of Iago in ARC’s production of Othello, and in 2012 he received special recognition in the VC Star for his portrayal of Hamlet in The California Shakespeare Company‘s production of the play.  Having somewhat of an obsession with Shakespeare, it is such a luxury to be involved with the immensely talented group of artistic visionaries that make up CityShakes.

Gilbert MartinezGilbert Martinez – Tybalt, Montague, Father Lawrence

Previously with CityShakes: Clown, The Merchant of Venice ; Duncan/Macduff, Macbeth. Gilbert is an LA native who grew up in the suburb of Pico Rivera. He has loved performing since the first grade and fell in love with theater during a high school production of Singin in the Rain in which he played comic relief, Cosmo. His Shakespeare journey began with the role of Orlando in As You Like It. He went on to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. There he was able to learn a variety of acting methods and apply them in productions like Our Country’s Good and Much Ado About Nothing in which he played Borrachio. After a 4 year hiatus, Gilbert returned to acting at Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA. There he studied with two of his mentors Kevin Hoggard and John Zamora. They each directed him in roles that change his life in theater. First as Mr. Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank which truly showed him the power of collaboration and ensemble acting. Then as the titular role in Hamlet which no actor is the same after playing. He also became part of the college’s touring improv troupe The GIPS. He went on to work with Fleabitten Productions/Rude Guerilla Theatere Company in One Flew Over in the Cuckoo’s Nest and with Fleabitten performing improv with the Varmints. In  2010 he produced and starred in Tape in Long Beach followed by a successful run as Peter in Urban Theatre Movement’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. He then went through the training center at iO West (formerly Improv Olympic) where he honed his improv skills and performed weekly for over two years with his team, Teen Police. The chance City Shakes has given him to return to Shakespeare and collaborate with such amazing artists is both wonderful and humbling.

Allison VolkAllison Volk – Benvolio, Lady Capulet / Producer

Co-Founder, CityShakes ; Portia, The Merchant of Venice ; Katherine, Shrew ; Rosalind, As You Like It ; Lady Macbeth, Macbeth.  Allison is a Los Angeles-based playwright and actress. Originally from Colorado, she studied theater at Wellesley College and the O’Neill National Theater Institute. She moved to Los Angeles four and a half years ago to dig in and get her hands dirty with “real-world” experience. In 2011, Allison wrote, produced, and acted in the short film, Last Ditch Therapy, which premiered at the BuSho International Short Film Festival in Budapest, Hungary in 2012 and won the Short Film category at the California Film Awards in 2012. She recently made her major motion picture debut as Jane in Gore Verbinksi’sThe Lone Ranger, due in theaters summer 2013. Producing is tough work, but it’s the best. It means you get to tell people what to do and they do it. That’s why CityShakes is so appealing – Allison loves making art on her terms. Allison’s plays have been work-shopped and produced on both coasts. In 2010, her one-act playThe Last Two People on the Platform was performed alongside work by Lee Blessing and Wendy McLeod at the Attic Theatre one-act play festival, and took theDenise Regan Wisenmeyer Award. In 2012, New York-based theater company Lunar Energy Productions selected Rite of Seymour for their Moonshine reading series. What a blessing to be able to work and play as an artist in Los Angeles! Allison will continue to strive for artistic expression forever, and love it the whole time. ~Allison … www.allisonvolk.com

Mallory WeddingMallory Wedding – Nurse, Lady Montague

Previously with CityShakes: Nerissa, The Merchant of Venice. Mallory is a dancer, classically trained actor, and recent Los Angeles transplant getting her start in film acting. Most recently seen onstage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Willful and The Black Swan as Sally in Dog Sees God, other favorite roles include Goneril in King Lear, Clov in Endgame and Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit. She is thrilled to be joining CityShakes for her first season.

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