Alli Bostedt (Company whatever; it’s not readily apparent; she/her) took her first foray into theatre at the age of four and has always looked back since. Regularly seen backstage – e.g. props, costumes, office manager, actor wrangler, contracts, tour manager. Native of Las Vegas and until recently a resident of California, she took the peculiar step to move to the UK and have a family instead of washing men’s tights for a living. Alli doesn’t go on the road anymore, she leaves that to others, instead she works behind the scenes pulling the strings. Much like actors, small children are demanding, temperamental and keep strange hours. She could have just stuck to touring really.
Dominic Conti (Performer/Additional Material Hollywood; he/him) was discovered by RSC talent scouts in Chicago, performing America (abridged) with The Noble Fool Theater. He workshopped Hollywood (abridged) in Rohnert Park and St. Louis, premiered it at Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and tours it along with Comedy (abridged), Sports (abridged), Books (abridged), Bible (abridged) and America (abridged). Other regional theaters he’s worked with include: Plasticene, Steppenwolf, Second City, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Goodman, Westport Country Playhouse, Beaver Creek Theatre Festival, Madison Repertory, Chicago Shakespeare, Next, A Red Orchid, Apple Tree TYA, Mary-Arrchie, Griffin, Raven, Prop, Defiant, First Folio Shakespeare Festival, Lost Angeles Theatre and Odyssey Theatre Ensemble. Film/TV credits include: Martian American (Best Actor — Glendale International Film Festival, Best Actor in a Short — Los Angeles Comedy Festival), Stealth, I Am He, Nothing in Los Angeles, A Voodoo Possession, Another Stupid Day, The Interview (Best Actor in a Short — Chicago Comedy Film Festival, also co-writer/producer), April, Saturday, Shades of Hope, Fiona’s Fortune, The Roaring Twenties, Zombie Holocaust and You! and Fiasco. Web series: Broken Dreams Boulevard, The Family Curse, Red Scare and The Best Friend (also co-wrote three episodes; Won LAWebfest Award — “Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series” and nominated for IAWTV Award — “Best Writing in a Comedy”).
Doug Harvey (Performer; he/him) has parlayed his reduced stature into a variety of roles, including these favorites: Heinz in And Then They Came for Me (Mainstreet Theatre Co.), Amos in Amos & Boris (South Coast Rep), Sal in Wing on Wing (Walt Disney Concert Hall) and Hamlet in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised) with the RSC. An LA local, he’s a regular performer in the planetarium at the Griffith Observatory. His award-winning one-man sci-fi show A Time Traveler’s Guide to the Present makes its international debut as part of the 75th anniversary of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2022, and is set to play on NYC’s Theatre Row in the United Solo Festival this fall. #StayOnTheSignal at doug-harvey.com/timetravel
Lijesh Krishnan (Performer; he/him) is thrilled to be in an RSC show. In the Bay Area, he has acted with African American Shakespeare (most recently in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and playing the title role in Richard II), Crowded Fire, Golden Thread, Marin Shakespeare, Aluminous, Altarena, Those Women Productions, Ninjaz of Drama, Theater of Others, and others. His recent Shakespeare credits include Richard II, Macduff, Hotspur, Hamlet, Edgar, Beatrice, Lysander, Quince, Iachimo and Antipholus of Ephesus. Other roles include Pride and Prejudice (Darcy), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Spike), Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Jesus), The Understudies (Evadne), and Killer Joe (Joe).
Adam Long (Founding Member/Writer/Performer; who/what) began his professional life as an accountant for an anti-nuclear political action committee by day and bassist for an acoustic punk band by night. Then he put on a skirt and wig and became a founding member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Adam toured with the RSC, spent five years following The Grateful Dead, performed stand-up comedy in Canada, became a Buddhist, and finally settled in England where he makes cartoon noises and lives in London with wife Alex, son Joe, daughter Tilly, friend John, four guinea pigs, a fish, two tortoises, a cat, and a small grey rabbit called Willard.
Jane Martin (General Manager; she/her): Prior to joining the RSC and sleeping with Reed, Jane was manager/artistic director of the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo, Ireland and then producer of the physical comedy troupe The Right Size, in London, England. In her copious free time away from RSC business, Jane spends time rearing two boys (three, if you count Reed) and teaching Theater at Sonoma Valley High School.
Reed Martin (Co-Artistic Director/Writer/Performer; he/him) is a graduate of UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, The Bill Kinnamon School of Professional Umpire Training, and Clown College. He has performed in 46 states and 11 foreign countries, including New Jersey. Prior to joining the RSC in 1989, he was a clown with Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus where he spent two years frightening children and smelling of elephants. He lives in Northern California with his wife and two sons, all three of whom are much funnier than he is. Reed feels strongly that toilet paper should be fed over the top of the roll. (For a more extensive and less amusing bio, click here.)
Zach Moore (Sound Designer/Stage Manager) is super-extra happy to return to the bosomy warm embrace of the RSC. He has stage managed and sound designed with RSC since the first American tour of The Complete Millennium Musical (abridged) over 20 years ago. Since then he’s worked on all of the RSC shows in one way or another. Zach’s a native of Pittsburgh, a freelance Sound Designer, and has designed over 100 shows for the Pittsburgh Public Theater where he is the Head Sound Engineer.
Davey Naylor (Current Web Dude and erstwhile ASM/DSM/Stage Manager/Lighting Designer/Tour Manager/Producer/Finder of lost luggage/Locator of mandolin strings in the middle of Austin/Priser of the rent out of the local Hebrews) was born in England at the age of 5. Davey first met up with the RSC in 1996: he was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar. They picked him out and shook him up and turned him around, turned him into something new. That much is true!
Since then he’s toured all over the world with the RSC as and his left hand can be seen in the Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) DVD. He worked his way up all the way from RSC dogsbody to RSC producer but soon realized that the jobs were exactly the same so he ran off with the other RSC Stage Manager Alli Bostedt. He and Alli bumped into each other on a flight to Auckland from Los Angeles in 2011, now that bump is a boy called Boo and four years later a girl called Gee. He’s vaguely on twitter at @gingerdaveski.
Albert Park (Performer; he/him) is thrilled to be with Reduced Shakespeare Company. Select theater credits: Man of God (Geffen Playhouse); Bina’s Six Apples (CTC/Alliance Theatre); The Supreme Leader (Dallas Theater Center); Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (South Coast Repertory); Cambodian Rock Band (City Theatre Company/Merrimack Repertory); Yoga Play (MOXIE Theatre); Vietgone (East West Players); The Oldest Boy (San Diego Repertory); The Winter’s Tale and All’s Well That Ends Well (The Old Globe); Extraordinary Chambers and Yellow Face (Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company); The Odd Couple (North Coast Repertory); Flower Drum Song and BFE (SDAART/La Jolla Playhouse). Select film credits: Borrowed Light; Last Summer of Nathan Lee. He especially thanks RSC, the cast, and crew. Albert is eternally grateful to Jenny, Felix, Henry, and Coral. He is represented by CESD.
Michael Perez (Performer, US; he/him) couldn’t be happier to join the ranks of the extended RSC family. With a great deal of experience speaking and shouting the Bard’s language, Michael has performed Shakespeare under the stars, under the influence, and under short notice. Michael has been seen on NBC’s Chicago MED, Chicago PD, and various medical ads (if you work for Deloitte, you may have watched him during training). Online he can be seen in Creative Light Pictures’ Friends of the Bride and Pardon Her French. Before his transition from Chicago to LA, Michael was seen as Sam in the Jeff-nominated Yasmina’s Necklace at Goodman Theatre; Shakespeare In Love and Romeo and Juliet at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf and The Liar at Writers’ Theatre; and Funnyman with George Wendt and Tim Kazurinsky at Northlight Theatre. Other regional credits comprise work with Berkeley Rep, American Players Theatre, and Door Shakespeare. Michael is a very proud Stakeholder of the Back Room Shakespeare Project (and can be heard talking about it here on the RSC Podcast).
Elaine M. Randolph (Stage Manager) Elaine’s credits include stage management (compulsive) and lighting design (creative) in theater, music, and dance, for the Kennedy Center, Walnut Street Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, Theatre J, Washington Stage Guild, and 12 years at Totem Pole Playhouse. Recent projects include The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Dana Tai Soon Burgess, Bowen McCauley Dance, Barbara Cook in Concert, The International Ballet Festival, The Sondheim Celebration and The National Heritage Awards. Favorite projects include: Quilters, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Noises Off, Pump Boys & Dinettes, Radio Gals, A Tuna Christmas, Forever Plaid, and A Christmas Carol.
Cedes Rivera (Stage Manager; they/them) has been involved in theater since their angsty high school years. They began working backstage as stage manager and assistant stage manager for various Napa Valley College productions as well as Shakespeare Napa Valley in 2013. Cedes first worked with The Reduced Shakespeare Company as a dresser for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) which then lead to them stage managing the workshop production of Hamlet’s Big Adventure! (a prequel). Cedes continues to work as an amateur SM among professionals when the responsibilities of their retail day job allows it.
Jessica Romero (Performer, Wardrobe Goddess; she/her) made her performance debut at her 11th birthday party after teaching her friends boy band choreography and forcing them to perform in front of her guests. However, it wasn’t until college (where she met Reed Martin) that she was officially bitten by the theatre bug, and has since been involved in the North Bay Area theatre community in California for almost 15 years (on and off stage). She was a guinea pig in RSC’s workshop of Hamlet’s Big Adventure! (a prequel), and a backstage wardrobe goddess when the show made its world premiere. She is absolutely delighted to be a part of the RSC Family! Other favorite Bard-themed stage credits include Romeo and Juliet (Nurse), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Speed), The Tempest (Trinculo), As You Like It (Rosalind), and The Comedy of Errors (Adriana).
Jennifer Ruygt (Stage Manager; she/her) is currently the Production Manager with Aurora Theatre Company. Stage Management credits include work with Berkeley Playhouse, Spreckels Theater Company, Napa Valley Playhouse, Cinnabar, Napa Valley College Conservatory Theatre, Shakespeare Napa Valley, SRJC’s Summer Repertory Theatre, Naples Dinner Theatre, and the Ashlawn Opera Festival. Jenn workshopped several productions with the Reduced Shakespeare Company and jumps in on tour from time to time. Jenn holds an MFA in Production Management and an MA in Arts Administration from Boston University.
Dan Saski (Performer, US, Hong Kong, Singapore, Qatar; he/him) has been helping the RSC reduce expectations for years. He’s performed internationally in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), and regionally in The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) and The Complete History of Comedy (abridged). Dan was also in the workshop premiere of William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged), and was introduced to the RSC when he was seen in The Complete History of America (abridged). He’s been an actor in and around the SF Bay Area for fifteen years; and also teaches theater so he can pay rent. Dan is a proud alumni of The Meisner Technique Studio.
William Shakespeare (Dead Playwright) supposedly wrote some, most, or all of the 36 plays published in the “First Folio” as well as Pericles, Two Noble Kinsmen, and reams of poetry. He must have been an interesting guy to have written all those keen plays, but there is no evidence that he was fun at parties, handy around the house, or even good at Chinese checkers. The RSC claims that were Shakespeare alive today, he would not only approve of their interpretations of his plays, but would also go bowling with them after the show. As a foolhardy seventeen year old, Will wrote a massive hundred-hour long play that, internal evidence suggests, he never meant to be performed. Nonetheless, as a public service, we present it to the world, and you can’t claim to have seen Shakespeare’s complete works until you’ve seen William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged).
Daniel Singer (RSC Founder/Writer/Performer; he/him/his), has been a theatrical impresario from the moment he looked up the word ‘impresario’ in the dictionary, founding his first company, General Amazement Theater in Santa Rosa, California, when he was just 18. Upon his return from studying “proper dramatic technique” in London, he became a director at the original Renaissance Pleasure Faire, where he founded the subversive Reduced Shakespeare Company, whose three-man farce The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) enjoyed a record-breaking run in London’s West End and has since become one of the world’s most popular comedy shows. In 1989 Daniel hung up his doublet-and-hose to design theme park attractions at Walt Disney Imagineering, where he also co-founded the Flower Street Players, an in-house theater company for Disney employees. Since 2000, Daniel has been a freelance designer, writer and event producer in Los Angeles. His new hit comedy A Perfect Likeness chronicles Lewis Carroll’s (fictitious) attempt to get his literary hero Charles Dickens to pose for a photograph in 1866 Oxford. Coming soon to a theater near you!
Erin Sweeney (Wardrobe Goddess; she/her) is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies (she’s in it for the money and job security) and has completed a fellowship in stage management with the American Conservatory Theater. After several forays out into the surrounding world, she is so, so happy to be back working in theater. Once, in an attempt to be helpful, Erin purchased a soccer ball, which has directly led to her getting to live out her dreams of working for and touring with the RSC!
Austin Tichenor (Co-Artistic Director/Writer/Performer; he/him) is a fifth-generation Californian born on the 54th anniversary of the San Francisco Earthquake and the 185th anniversary of Paul Revere’s Ride, which makes him older than he looks but short for his weight. Since his debut writing and performing his boldly conceived kindergarten puppet show, Austin’s interest in sticking his hands up the backsides of interesting characters continues to this day.
An intellectual welterweight, Austin remains disappointingly average despite three expensive degrees (two from UC Berkeley and one from Boston University). For seven seasons, he served as Associate Producing Director of the American Stage Festival in Milford, NH, writing over 20 plays and musicals for young audiences, as well as directing summer-stocky things like The Foreigner and Jesus Christ Superstar. His productions there of A Christmas Carol and Frankenstein (which he wrote) and Much Ado About Nothing and The Tempest (which he directed) were seen by literally dozens of people. Fortunately, children’s theatre, summer-stock Shakespeare, and puppets proved to be the ideal training ground for the RSC, which he joined in 1992.
He created the roles of The Conspirator Guy, Moses, Adolph Hitler, the World’s Ugliest Rhinemaiden, Don Quixote, Lucas Butch Cassidy Rowdy Rooster Sundance Jennifer McShane, ‘Scoop’ Tichenor, King Herod, William Shakespeare, and both Ophelia and Hamlet’s Father in the Complete (abridged) shows he also co-wrote. He blogs monthly for the Folger Shakespeare Library and has performed his own material on the BBC, NPR, and England’s Channel 4; other writings have appeared in The Independent newspaper in London, the Washington Post, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the New York Times Book Review, and the men’s room wall of Spenger’s Fish Grotto in Berkeley, California. Largely ignored on the awards circuit, his script for The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play.
As an actor, Austin has logged many hours on episodic television, playing recurring roles on 24, Alias, Felicity, Ally McBeal, and The Practice, as well as guest starring as Guys In Ties on The West Wing, Gilmore Girls, The X-Files, E.R., NYPD Blue, and shows like them. With Reed Martin, he also co-created and co-starred in the TBS pilot The Week Reduced.
Austin possesses a heartwarming spirituality and a delightful suspicion of organized religion; over the years, he’s been an Agnostic (lapsed), a Pantheist (reformed), and now considers himself a Utilitarian – he believes in God when it’s useful. This theological confusion is described in his comic memoir (written with Reed Martin) called How The Bible Changed Our Lives (Mostly For The Better), available as an e-book at blaspheming online bookstores everywhere. He also collaborated with Reed on Pop-Up Shakespeare (illustrated by Jennie Maizels) and the definitive compendium of Shakespearean scholarship Reduced Shakespeare: The Complete Guide for the Attention-Impaired (abridged). Like all his RSC scripts, his stage adaptations of Frankenstein and Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” (Dancing on the Ceiling) are published by Broadway Play Publishing.
He also produces and hosts the Shorty Award-winning Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast. He has two kids in college and lives in Chicago, where he is writing the Great American Novel and the Terrible Lithuanian Screenplay. Find him on Twitter @austintichenor.
Tré Zijuan Tyler (Performer; he/him) is an actor and teaching artist originally from San Diego, California. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Drama with an emphasis in Performance. A recipient of the Clarence Miller Musical Theatre Scholarship, he has taught musical theatre at several theatre education institutions in California including Christian Youth Theatre in San Diego and Pied Piper Players in San Mateo, CA. Favorite credits of his include The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) with the African American Shakespeare Company and Officer Lockstock in Urinetown: The Musical at San Francisco State University.
Jess Winfield (Founding Member/Writer/Performer; he/him/his) is a co-author of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and wrote and performed with the troupe from its founding in 1981 until 1992, when he realized he’d played the title role of Hamlet more times than John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier combined and suddenly felt old. He left the troupe and became a Writer/Producer at Walt Disney Television Animation which made him feel young again — until he’d been there for ten years, at which point he felt old again. After completing work as showrunner on the Lilo and Stitch franchise, he left Disney in 2006 to write My Name Is Will — A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare (Twelve Books). Depicting the 18-year-old Immortal Bard in 1580s Stratford-Upon-Avon made Jess feel young again, but his second novel bombed, which made him feel old again. He lives in Hollywood with his wife (and original RSC costume goddess) Sa Winfield and is working on his third novel, which makes him feel like he’s in his forties (which he hasn’t been for over ten years.)
Jon Weber (Composer/Arranger) has toured all over the world and received numerous honors for performance and composition. “A virtuoso pianist” (UK’s Jazz Journal International), Jon has opened for jazz luminaries Pat Metheny, Freddie Hubbard and Buddy Rich, as well as selling out Carnegie Hall four times and scoring for television since 1987. His newest CD, Simple Complex, was voted 2004’s #1 Jazz CD by the Chicago Tribune, Swiss National Radio, Norwegian National Radio, Estonian National Radio, and BBC Online. His website is www.jonwebermusic.com. Why he’s worked with the RSC on three shows is anybody’s guess.
Chad Yarish (Performer/RSC Guinea Pig; he/his/him) What can be said about Chad that hasn’t already been said about creme brulee? White, sweet, and best when lightly toasted. Chad was part of the original workshop productions of The Complete World of Sports (abridged), The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged), The Complete History of Comedy (abridged), William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged), and Hamlet’s Big Adventure! (a prequel). This makes him eligible for the esteemed Bingo! (abridged) award. He’s performed All the Great Books (abridged) with the RSC, as well as The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged). Primarily a stage and voice actor, Chad lives and performs (largely) in Northern California, and does all his own beard stunts, an ability woefully under-utilized by the RSC. Chad served 4 years in the U.S. Army, played a lot of D&D during the pandemic, makes his own mead, and has no formal theatrical training to speak of – which is either impressive or obvious. Find out more at his website. You can also catch his livestream D&D game at twitch.tv/misfit_table.