Will McKay grew up in Vermont. He studied theater and English literature at Middlebury College and classical acting at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art. He is a founding member of Ducdame Ensemble, with whom he has appeared in Fuente Ovejuna at the New York Fringe Festival. Other Off-Broadway credits include: Victory, Lovesong of the Electric Bear and A Question of Mercy (Atlantic Theater PTP/NYC). Regional credits: 4000 Miles and Eurydice (VT Stage Co) and Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, and Cyrano! (Middlebury Actors Workshop). He has worked as a theater educator, teaching at summer theater camps Acting Manitou and Turtle Lane, as well as directing Shakespeare plays with children for the Middlebury Town Hall Theater and The Lake Champlain Waldorf School. Will had directed acting workshops for the Crows.
Natalie Elliot is a faculty member at St. John’s College, where she teaches cross-disciplinary courses in classics, history of science, mathematics, English literature, philosophy, and music. Natalie’s research focuses on early modern literary works that explore the cultural and philosophical significance of scientific discovery and technological change. Her past research has uncovered Francis Bacon’s mythological teaching on life-extension and explored the conflicts between classical tragedy and scientific progress. At present, she is at work on a book that explains Shakespeare’s poetic engagement with early modern science. Natalie holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Texas, where she specialized in political theory and focused on the study of politics through literature. In addition to her appointment at St. John’s College, Natalie has held research and teaching positions at The Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, Indiana University’s Hutton Honors College, and Southern Methodist University. She led a seminar with Crows for their production of The Tempest on the nature and identity of Prospero and participated in the Tabling episode with them.
Ariana is an alumna of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) with an MA in Classical Acting for the Professional Theater. She received early theatrical training with Richard and Anne DiPrima at the Young Shakespeare Players in Madison, WI, a program that performs uncut Shakespeare with children ages 6 to 18; Ariana was an actor in thirty-six classical productions over six years.
After receiving her BA in Literature-Theater from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, in 2011, she returned to the Young Shakespeare Players as a director. She works with Stairwell Theater Company in Brooklyn as an actor, dramaturg, and assistant director. She is a producer, director, and contributor of “Tabling: the Podcast.” Ariana is also a founding member of the Ducdame Ensemble and was the revival director for the production of Fuente Ovejunaby Lope de Vega (1562–1635). Besides classical theater, Ariana also has a passion for playing cello, something she has enjoyed doing since the age of five.
Ariana has done visiting directing for the Crows as well as leading acting workshops for them, recording music for their productions, and hosting them on an episode of Tabling: the Podcast: Listen here! http://www.tablingpodcast.com/episodes/2016/12/12/tabling-the-tempest-with-the-upstart-crows-of-santa-fe
Director, Caryl Farkas C Caryl has worked with a youth Shakespeare group and the Madison Savoyards for a decade in Madison, Wisconsin. She directed young actors and adults in numerous Shakespeare productions with the Young Shakespeare Players, the Shakespeare Circle, and Upstart Crow Productions, and was a founding board member of and performer with Fermat’s Last Theater, a Madison company taking an experimental approach with classical theater. Caryl’s Shakespeare and Gilbert-and-Sullivan outreach programs reached numerous schools, libraries, and community centers where she introduced young and old alike to the joys of Shakespeare. For the past three years she has been directing productions for Upstart Crows of Santa Fe.
The Upstart Crows of Santa Fe supports company members who are interested in learning how to stage productions of Shakespeare’s plays. Actors who have been in three productions (or two productions and outreach programs) and would like to explore the directorial process can apply to apprentice a production.
UCSF is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with no paid staff and no overhead. Tuition and donations to the company go directly to productions costs: stage rental insurance, costumes, props, make-up, sets, and a modest director's stipend. Any additional funds collected go toward scholarships for actors.
The Crows are associated with the International Shakespeare Center, participating in their educational outreach, and community events and annual Youth Shakespeare Festival.
Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus,
Anna has been performing Shakespeare for fourteen years. She recently took part in the Summer Shakespeare Course at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. She has acted with the International Shakespeare Center, Madison Shakespeare Company and has directed and performed with The Young Shakespeare Players, Fourth Wall Players, The Lupercalians, Chrysostomos, and Upstart Crow Productions in Madison Wisconsin. She is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe.
Robin holds a Ph.D. from Brunel University London in the history and future of reading Shakespeare—out loud and in community. She has taught Shakespeare courses in places as disparate as cruise ships and universities both here and in London, with a special fondness for working with people who feel Shakespeare is beyond them. Currently she is working on a series of Shakespeare playbooks edited and designed specifically for groups reading the plays aloud and in discussion and is the Director of iReadShakespeare.org, a division of the ISC. She holds discussions on dramaturgy with the Crows and provides workshops on Shakespeare's language. Whenever possible the Crows use her books as scripts because of their extensive glosses and explanations. She is an active member of the board of TheatreSantaFe.org and an Advisory Board member of New Mexico Actors Lab. Robin is one of the Santa Fe Scholars of Record for the First Folio: The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare project funded by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.
Ambrose got his start in theatre as an injured boy in Commedia dell'Arte when he was five and has since performed in Colorado, New Mexico, and North Carolina. Some of his favorite roles are Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest, John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, John Hancock in 1776, Pablo Picasso inPicasso at the Lapin Agile, Barnette Lloyd in Crimes of the Heart, and Miles in The Drawer Boy. He got to swing steel as The Douglas inHenry IV, Part 1 and went on to serve as the fight captain, lead fighter, fight trainer, and fight director in a number of shows, including Romeo and Juliet, Les Miserables, Extremities, Cyrano, and Macbeth.
Ambrose is a certified Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, and a member of Screen Actors Guild. Ambrose can be seen in the feature film Eyeborgs and in various TV shows, usually playing some kind of cop. He does stage-fighting workshops with the Crows and fight direction for some of their plays.