Twelfth Night Cast Bios

Cast Members

Quint Bishop

Sea Captain / Officer 1

Quint has loved Shakespeare ever since he read “The Scottish Play” as a junior high school student. Not because it was required though — he did it on his own. Quint performed in his first show in 1974 and has been active in theater ever since. This is the second time he has performed in Twelfth Night. The first time was in 1980 when he played the priest. He is happy now to play the Sea Captain and Officer 1 in this production. He holds two degrees in theater. A bachelor of fine arts from the University of Utah, and a masters degree from the University of Houston. He has worked at many theaters in Conroe and the Houston Area, as well as in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and in his native Utah.

Mayuri Patel

Olivia’s Attendant

Mayuri Patel returns to Shakespeare in the Shade in a unique role as Olivia’s attendant. This is her second production with Shakespeare in the Shade, and she is thrilled to be back on stage. Houston is her hometown and she couldn’t be more excited to be part of the Houston theater community. In her spare time, she is completing her PhD in developmental biology at Baylor College of Medicine and is often working in the lab and reciting her lines.

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Commissioner R. Jack Cagle

Spearholder #2

Commissioner Cagle returns to his familiar role of Spearholder #2 in this year’s production of free, live Shakespeare for the wonderful people of beautiful Precinct 4! Previous roles include a Roman soldier, the Sheriff of Nottingham, Wookie, Atticus Finch, and a barbershop quartet member in Night Court.

Chris Szeto-Joe

Sebastian

Chris is proud to make his debut performance with Shakespeare in the Shade. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, he can’t wait to finally bring one of the bard’s famous works to life. He graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where he starred in everything from musicals to dramas. When he’s not on stage, he enjoys playing video games and making origami art. He’d like to thank his family for their love and support.

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Bob Galley

Sir Toby

Bob is excited to return to Shakespeare in the Shade after our long time apart. Actors are fond of claiming to love playing villains, but Sir Toby has been an unexpectedly challenging role to play. Much thanks to Precinct 4 for continuing this arts tradition! Bob was last seen reading King Creon in Precinct 4’s Greek Reader’s Theater production of Medea last summer, Professor Bhaer in @ZoomShakespeare ‘s Little Women posted in March 2021, and Roy in the Odd Couple with Stage-RIGHT at the Crighton Theatre in Conroe. In the fall, Bob can be found at the Texas Renaissance Festival, working the lanes and leading the German Court as the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.

Lindsey Oakley

Maria

Lindsey is delighted to return to Shakespeare in the Shade for Twelfth Night. She has previously appeared as the nurse in Medea and as Witch 2 in Macbeth. Other credits include Ensemble in the Veterans Day showcase All the World’s a Stage for Artists in Arms, and Denise in Bright Ideas with Theatre Southwest. Twelfth Night is her favorite Shakespearean comedy and she is stoked to play Maria, her favorite character. She thanks her family, friends, and severely neglected cats for their support.

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Allen Karger

Sir Andrew Aguecheek

Allen is a longtime resident of Harris County Precinct 4, who returns for his twelfth Shakespeare in the Shade production. When not indulging his acting bug, Allen is a lawyer in Houston. Along with other lawyers, Allen sings and dances for local legal charities in Houston’s all-lawyer musical theater company, Night Court (www.nightcourt.org). Night Court will return to the stage of the Hobby Center August 17-20, 2022.

Liz Larson

Fabian

Liz Larson is excited for her first ever Shakespeare in the Shade production! She is an actor, improviser, attorney, and writer. Originally from Houston, she grew up around the world, but returned home as soon as she was able. Most recently, she took time off from her legal career to train in practical aesthetics at the Atlantic Acting School in New York City. She’s a regular cast member of Zoom Shakespeare Productions and improviser at Houston’s home for long-form improv, Station Theater. Her upcoming projects including the independent film Bailey’s Voice from Magic Fire Productions and the short film The Dinner Party from Ray Taylor Films.

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Allan MacFarlane

Duke Orsino

Allan is thrilled to be a part of Shakespeare in the Shade’s Twelfth Night. He previously played the Player King in Shakespeare in the Shade’s Hamlet; Macbeth in Shakespeare in the Shade’s Macbeth; Don John in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing; Petruchio in Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew; and Escalus in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. When not performing, Allan spends his time as a dedicated family man, fourth grade teacher, and a personal trainer/nutritionist. Allan would like to thank his son Axal for his support; as well as the directors, cast, and crew for an incredibly enjoyable experience.

Laura Coccimiglio 

Antonia

Laura is thrilled to be back with Shakespeare in the Shade and will enjoy wielding a sword this go-round instead of eye-of-newt and toe-of-frog. Laura has worked with SITS as Witch 1 in Macbeth and with Precinct 4’s Greek Reader’s Theater as Jocasta in Oedipus Rex and the title role in Medea. Laura spent the pandemic at her home in Spring, honing her makeup skills in a variety of Zoom productions, and can now truthfully tell you that it is almost impossible to get acrylic paint to wash out of your hair. She would like to thank her incredibly supportive partner, Mark, and her family for all they do to make her acting possible. (She’s very sorry about the paint.)

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Helen Rios

Viola

Helen is excited to return to theater and to Shakespeare in the Shade! Previous Shakespeare in the Shade shows include: All’s Well that Ends Well and As You Like It. She was last seen onstage at Stages’ Sin Muros: A Borderless Theatro Festival. Some of her favorite roles include Summer from Our Cups Runneth Over, Gloria from Boeing Boeing, Hermia from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Catherine from A View from the Bridge. She would like to thank the cast, crew and Commissioner Cagle for their commitment and hard work for this show two years in the making. She would also like to thank her family, friends, and husband for their endless support.

Tara Taheri

Valentine/Priest/Officer 2

Tara is delighted to return to the Shakespeare in the Shade stage, having performed in All’s Well That Ends Well as The Widow, Romeo and Juliet as Lady Capulet, and Macbeth as Lennox. Tara studied music at the University of Houston prior to receiving her law degree from South Texas College of Law. When she’s not lawyering, Tara enjoys singing and playing keyboards with her band, dancing and advocating for animals. Come see her and other attorneys entertain for charity in Night Court: August 17-20, 2022, at the Hobby Center. Tara sends love to Mia, family and friends, and thanks the SITS family for their support.

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Mari Tortorice

Feste

Mari is excited to be back for a second time with Shakespeare in the Shade. She was last seen with SITS as Diana in All’s Well that Ends Well. Mari was born and raised in Missouri City, Texas, where she still resides. A fun fact about her is that Twelfth Night will be her 13th Shakespeare production—with many more to come.

Heba Toulan

Olivia

Heba was born in Cairo, Egypt, and hails from the D.C. area. Her credits include Gwendolen in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Ariel in The Tempest, Hecate in Macbeth at the Woodlands Arts in the Park and Shakespeare in the Shade, Soothsayer in Antony and Cleopatra, ensemble in DeafBroadway’s Les Misérables, Union Soldier in Civil Engagement, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Improv Night, Talent Show, and The Vagina Monologues. She contributed to the DeafCon as a moderator, and in You’re Home, Insomniac, Compromised Experiment, Manny, Bailey’s Voice, and The Love Language. She performed at the Cairo Opera House with the Gallaudet Dance Group. She can be found behind a book, or practicing her Hecate monologue. Heba is dedicating her performance to a longtime collaborator and friend, Bryan Chan. Her web site is www.hebatoulan.com.

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Mitchell Jackson

Mitchell Jackson

Malvolio

Mitchell is excited to return to his second Shakespeare in the Shade production. His first SITS production was Hamlet this past fall, where he played Bernardo/Guildenstern/Osric. Mitchell graduated in May 2020 from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi with a focus on acting and directing, and is glad to see theater start to return. Some college credits include: Ensemble (Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime), Harry Dangle (One man, Two Guvnors), and his senior capstone project as Joe Keller in All My Sons. Mitchell is also an avid improvisor, and hopes to return to that stage as well this summer. He would like to thank his friends and family for their support, as well as everybody in Shakespeare in the Shade for the opportunity.

Production Team

Deborah L. Anderson

(Costume Design)

Deborah has been the Costume designer for Shakespeare in the Shade since the 2016 production of Much Ado About Nothing.  Her other costume design credits include Houston Shakespeare Festival’s Love’s Labour’s Lost and Julius Caesar. She’s also been involved in productions with Main Street Theater, Unity Theatre, the Children’s Theatre Festival of Houston, Lone Star College-Cy-Fair, and the University of Houston. In addition, she is currently an adjunct faculty member at Lone Star College. Deborah received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southwest Texas State University.

Jonathan Minchew-Gonzalez

(Director)

Jonathan is thrilled to be helming his seventh show with Shakespeare in the Shade having previously directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, All’s Well that Ends Well, and Macbeth. He is a New Mexico native who worked as a professional theater artist in California for 25 years before moving to Houston in 2005. Thank you to Commissioner Cagle, Paul, Amy, Deborah, and the cast and crew for your talents and work to bring Shakespeare to North Houston. “It is a banquet to me.”

Alexandre C. Evans

(Assistant Stage Manager)

Alexandre is excited to participate in their first Shakespeare in the Shade production with Twelfth Night. Alex has always enjoyed working in technical theater ever since high school with a wide range of roles – from being covered in paint and sawdust within the scene shop (Private Lives), making props and running around on deck crew (Romeo and Juliet, Barbeque Apocalypse), to now most recently behind the desk of stage management (Hands on a Hardbody, Lincolnesque, Doll’s House) – as shown through their time at Lone Star College. Their next upcoming project is assistant stage management for Something Rotten at Playhouse 1960.

Blake Minor

(Lighting Design)

Blake is making his Shakespeare in the Shade debut. A native Houstonian, graduate of HSPVA and University of Houston, Blake has been working in theater for more than 25 years and has been a theater educator for 12 years. Blake had the great fortune to tour the continent for three years as the lighting designer for Straight No Chaser. Most of his time is spent with his two hilarious daughters and his brilliant wife, at The John Cooper School, and at Class Act Productions. Enjoy the show!

Paul Shanklin

(Executive Producer)

Paul is a Shakespeare in the Shade veteran who has been involved with every production, whether on stage as Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, or working behind the scenes as producer. Paul is proud of his 24 years singing and dancing for charity in Night Court, the all-lawyer musical comedy troupe.

Amy Sutton

(Producer & Stage Manager)

As an original cast and production team member, Amy is participating in her tenth Shakespeare in the Shade production. Amy has always loved Shakespeare and is never happier than when making the Bard’s world come alive whether it is on stage (Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Officer in Comedy of Errors) or behind the scenes (Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, All’s Well That Ends Well, Romeo & Juliet, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Macbeth, and Hamlet.)