Rush Rehm: translator, adapter (with Courtney Walsh), and director, Euripides' Hecuba/Helen.
Rush is the Founder and Artistic Director of Stanford Repertory Theater (SRT). He has directed many productions for the company, including Clytemnestra: Tangled Justice, Words and Images to End All Wars, Moby Dick – Rehearsed (with Courtney Walsh), Copenhagen, Under Milk Wood, The Exception and the Rule, Lysistrata (adapted by Amy Freed), An Inspector Calls, Betrayed, Electra, Libation Bearers, Curse of the Starving Class, The Wanderings of Odysseus, Happy Days/ Oh les beaux jours, Life of Galileo, Faith Healer, Omeros, War of the Worlds, Deianeira, The Collection (with Ed Iskandar), and The Bear (with Aleksandra Wolska).
He has appeared in Hay Fever (Richard Greatham), Waiting for Godot (Pozzo), The Chairs (Lecturer), Biedermann and the Firebugs (Biedermann), The Lover (Richard/Max), Old Times (Deeley), Les Blancs (Charles Morris), Uncle Vanya (Astrov), and Reykjavik (Ronald Reagan). Rush has worked as an actor or director at various regional theaters, including Magic Theater, TheaterWorks, Cutting Ball, Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater, Alliance Theater, Seven Stages, McCarter Theater, the Pram Factory, and La Mama (Melbourne).
Michael Keck: Composer/Sound Designer, Euripides' Hecuba/Helen
Stanford Repertory Theater: Suppliant Women, Deianeira, Electra, and Moby Dick - Rehearsed (Theater Bay Area Award, Outstanding Sound Design)
Regional: The Piano Lesson, Top Dog, Under Dog, Gem Of The Ocean, Fences, Death and the Kings Horseman, Measure For Measure, Henry IV, Pt. 1, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Intimate Apparel (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); The Bacchae (Portland Center Stage); Intimate Apparel (Guthrie Theatre); Death Of A Salesman, A View From The Bridge, The Great White Hope, Derek Walcott's The Odyssey, Community Carol, I AM A MAN (Arena Stage); Jitney, Escape From Happiness, Criminal Genius, The Norman Conquest, Copenhagen, Intimate Apparel, The Glass Menagerie (Milwaukee Rep); Othello, An Ideal Husband (Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Great Lakes Theatre Festival); It Ain’t Nothing But The Blues (Barrymore nomination, Prince Music Theater); Doubt and Young Lady From Rwanda (both Barrymore nominations, Peoples Light and Theatre Company); As You Like It, Looking Over The President's Shoulder, Gem of the Ocean, Searching for Eden, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Rabbit Hole (Indiana Repertory Theater); A Village Fable (AATE Distinguished Play Award, Mark Taper Forum), Fences, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Brothers Size, Gem of The Ocean (Syracuse Stage); Miss Evers' Boys (Cincinnati Playhouse); A Doll's House, Wit, Dinner with Friends (Alliance Theater); Holidays for Children Video Series (Writer/Host/Composer, Fabian-Baber Productions)
International: The Brothers Size (Market Theatre – Johannesburg, and Baxter Theatre Center -Cape Town, South Africa); A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman (The National Theater of Croatia); Miss Evers' Boys (Barbican Theatre Center and Bristol Old Vic)
AEA, SAG-AFTRA, ASCAP, NTC, PEN, and The Dramatists Guild.
Courtney Walsh: Co-adapter; title roles in Euripides’ Hecuba/Helen
Courtney has worked with Stanford Repertory Theater since 2006, where she has appeared in twenty-nine productions. Among those, she co-directed and acted in Moby Dick – Rehearsed (winning Theatre Bay Area Awards for Outstanding Production, Direction, and Ensemble), appeared in Hay Fever (nominated for Best Production by the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle), and played Jocasta in Oedipus (hailed by the San Francisco Examiner critic as "the finest piece of classical drama I have ever seen"). Other SRT appearances include Happy Days (Oh, les Beaux Jours) in the U.S. and France (in both English and French); The Wanderings of Odysseus at the Cacoyannis Theater in Athens, Greece; and a multi-continent tour as the title character in Clytemnestra: Tangled Justice.
Recently, Courtney appeared in the title role of Mother Lear with We Players, which she co-wrote and co-directed, and will be touring nationally. She was nominated as Outstanding Actress by Theatre Bay Area for Phèdre at Cutting Ball Theater, appeared in the West Coast premiere of Native Son at Marin Theatre Company, created the role of Anna in the world premiere of Seared by Theresa Rebeck at San Francisco Playhouse, and played a six-month run as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet with We Players. Courtney is also an Associate Artist with 3Girls Theatre.
Courtney studied acting at Yale University and then continued her work on stage and screen in Los Angeles. During a hiatus from acting she earned a law degree, representing children in child abuse cases. Since returning to the stage in 2006, she has played nationally (Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Antonio, Jackson, Salt Lake City, and others) and internationally (Paris, Athens, Berlin, Amsterdam, Cardiff, Corfu, Sydney, Wellington, Auckland, and others). Courtney periodically co-teaches a CSP Drama course at Stanford and workshops on acting in the U.S. and Europe. She is also a mother of four, a competitive equestrienne, and a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. Find her at courtneywalsh.net.
Joe Estlack: Odysseus, Polymnestor, Menelaus in Euripides’ Hecuba/Helen
Making his SRT debut, Joe has appeared in Shotgun Players’ Blasted, Bonnie and Clyde (Clyde), Woyzeck (Drum Major), and God’s Ear (Guy); in Aurora Theater’s Little Erik (Freddie) and The Lyons (Bryan); in Magic Theater’s The Lily’s Revenge (Groom Love) and 13 Hallucinations (Danny); in SF Playhouse’s Stupid Fucking Bird (Dev, 2015 TBA award winner), Promises, Promises (Ensemble/Karl), and Jerusalem (Troy); in San Jose Stage’s The Rainmaker (File); and in Boxcar’s A Lie of the Mind (Jake, 2012 BACC nominee). A member of AEA, Joe is a founding member of Mugwumpin.
Aleta Hayes: Choreographer, Hecuba/Helen
Aleta Hayes is a choreographer, performer, and lecturer in Stanford’s Department of Theater and Performance Studies. She has performed leading roles in Robert Wilson and Bernice Johnson – Reagon’s Temptation of St. Anthony, Martha Clarke’s Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck), choreographer Jane Comfort’s Asphalt, and director Ping Chong’s Chinoiserie. For Stanford Repertory Theater she choreographed Hansberry’s Les Blancs and Sophocles’ Electra, and performed the title role in Deianeira, a solo piece adapted from Sophocles’ The Women of Trachis.
In 2009, Hayes founded the Chocolate Heads on the Stanford campus, a troupe that creates original site-specific dance and performance installations, including the opening of the Bing Concert Hall, the Anderson Collection (Scene in Action), the Mc Murtry Art and Art History Building (Building Scene), the Windover Contemplative Center (Flower, A Moving Meditation), and Roble Gym (Ghost Architecture). Other notable performances of the Chocolate Heads include the first Stanford TedX (Red Shift), the Pace Gallery in Palo Alto (David Hockney), the Djerassi Artist Residency (Artful Harvest), and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
Connie Strayer: Set and Costume Designer, Hecuba/Helen
Connie has designed for theatre, dance, opera and fashion. Some of her recent costume design credits include: Wanderings of Odysseus, Importance of Being Earnest, Moby Dick – Rehearsed, and Hay Fever (TBA and SFBATCC nominations) for Stanford Repertory Theatre; Cosi fan Tutte and The Flying Dutchman for Opera San Jose; Radio Golf for TheatreWorks; Silence! The Musical for Cloud 9 Productions; two new world premiere operas by Giancarlo Acquilanti, Oxford Companions, and Jonathan Bergers’ Visitations (co-design) directed by Rinde Eckert, and Love Sick for Jewish Circle Theatre and Zorro Productions, which won the 2017 Glickman Award for best world premiere play in the Bay Area. Dance credits include Amy Seiwart’s Les Biches, Robert Moses’ Bloom for Oakland Ballet, Nuage for Mark Foeringer Dance Project, and It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker for Menlowe Ballet. Connie contributes regularly as a textile artist and painter for companies including Alonzo King Lines Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. She teaches theatrical design in the TAPS Department at Stanford and is a member of United Scenic Artists.
Jennie Brick: Chorus Leader, Porteress, Theonoe, Euripides’ Hecuba/Helen
Hecuba/Helen marks Jennie’s Stanford Rep debut. Recently she played Agatha in Jeeves Intervenes (Sonoma Arts Live), Sharon in Pussy Hat (TheatreFIRST), Adlean in Barbeque (SF Playhouse), the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet (WePlayers) Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast and Yente in Fiddler on the Roof (Berkeley Playhouse), Eugenie and Judge in Ondine at Sutro (We Players), Mattie Fae in August: Osage County (Contra Costa Civic), and Liz in The Book of Liz and Luella in Why Torture is Wrong (Custom Made Theatre), Silda in Other Desert Cities, and Thelma in ‘night Mother (Stray Dog Productions). Jennie was nominated for Theatre Bay Area Awards for her portrayals of Eugenie/Judge in Ondine and Mattie Fae in August: Osage County. She also has performed with Shotgun Players, DivaFest, Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco, Three Girls Squared, and Town Hall Theatre.
Michael Ramsaur: Lighting Designer, Hecuba/Helen
Michael has had a 40-year career in theater as lighting designer for over 200 productions in the San Francisco Bay Area, working with Berkeley Rep, San Jose Civic Light Opera, West Bay Opera, Grace Cathedral, Foothill Summer Theatre, Lamplighters, TheatreWorks, and Broadway by the Bay. For Stanford Repertory Theatre he has designed the lighting for Hay Fever, Moby Dick - Rehearsed, The Importance of Being Earnest, Oedipus, Old Times, Under Milkwood, The Wanderings of Odysseus, and Electra.
Michael also has designed for Exile Santa Fe, Aspen Theater Company, California Center for the Arts, the Chicago Art Institute, Baltimore’s Center Stage, and the Samuel Becket Center in Dublin, Ireland. He has received Outstanding Lighting Design awards from the San Francisco Bay Area Critics Association, Dean Goodman Award, and the Drama Logue Award.
Doug Nolan: Agamemnon, Theoclymenus in Euripides’ Hecuba/Helen
Doug is making his Stanford Repertory Theater debut. Credits include: American Conservatory Theater (Enrico IV, Threepenny Opera), Cutting Ball Theater (Timon of Athens), Shakespeare Santa Cruz (Kean, Love's Labour's Lost), Marin Shakespeare Company (Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream), Magic Theater (Balm in Gilead, Scattering Poems All Through the Night- directed by Jeffrey Bihr), Shotgun Players (Arrivals/Departures), Half Moon Bay Shakespeare Company (Macbeth- title role, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet), Coastal Repertory Theatre (August: Osage County, Every Christmas Story Ever Told, Coney Island Christmas).
Katerina Zacharia: video/image research and videography, Hecuba/Helen; symposium speaker, “The Trojan War, Then and Now;” film discussant for SRT’s film festival, “Women in Resistance: Films of Cacoyannis and Von Trotta”
Professor of Classics at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, Katerina has collaborated on theatrical performances, workshops, artistic events, and film projects with the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation (MCF) and Hellenic American University (HAEC) in Athens, Greece. She organized the US tour of Michael Cacoyannis’ adaptation of Lysistrata in 2006, and she serves as consultant on Letters and the Arts for the Cacoyannis Foundation. In 2012, she organized an extensive program of workshops, seminars, and performances of SRT’s The Wanderings of Odysseus at MCF, funded by the European Union under the National Strategic Reference Framework 2007–2013, Improvement of Cultural Services in the Region of Attica/Operational Program of Attica–Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Hellenic Republic.
Katerina also serves as the Director of Education and Culture for the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. She currently is directing and producing a short documentary on the 11th-century church of Hagioi Theodoroi in Vamvaka, Mani, exploring identity, social structures, and village piety.
Benoît Monin: Talthybius, Egyptian Messenger, Hecuba/Helen
Benoît is delighted to make his debut with Stanford Repertory Theater. Acting credits include Silent Sky (Piedmont Center Theater), Adieu Monsieur Haffmann (Generation Theatre), The Normal Heart (Theatre Rhinoceros), Wait Until Dark (Coastal Repertory Theater), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Shelton Theater), Female Ashkenazi with a Sewing Machine (Inferno Theatre), Couple (Generation Theatre), Dinner with Friends (Generation Theatre), The Winter’s Tale (Ragged Wing Ensemble), The Tempest (Inferno Theater), Quantum Desire (Inferno Theater), Tartuffe (Generation Theatre), King Lear (Inferno Theatre), The Real Inspector Hound (JCCSF Players), Fanny (Generation Theatre), Carmen (Opera on Tap), and Opus (Piedmont Center Theater). He also performs regularly with the improv group RagTag Improv.
Benoît trained at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. He also received extensive training in improvisational theater at BATS Improv in San Francisco. At Stanford since 2001, Benoît is a professor in the Psychology Department as well as the Graduate School of Business, where he co-teaches Acting With Power, an MBA course that applies insights from theater and psychology to organizational presence.
Brennan Pickman-Thoon: Greek soldier, Castor, Hecuba/Helen
Making his SRT debut, Brennan has appeared in Timon of Athens and Phèdre (Cutting Ball Theater), Hamlet (Marin Shakespeare Theater), #bros (Faultline Theater), Outspoken (NCTC), Landscape of the Body (The Breadbox), and Julius Caesar and The Winter's Tale (California Shakespeare Theater). In New York, he performed in The Mormon Bird Play (New York Fringe Festival), Stalled (Unchained Theatre Festival), and The Lion in Winter and Aesop's Fables (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble). For more, please visit brennanpickmanthoon.com.
Alex Johnson: Associate Artistic Director, Stanford Repertory Theater
For SRT, Alex has acted the title role in Brecht’s Galileo and in the WW1 tribute Words to End All Wars. He directed Naomi Wallace’s Slaughter City, Chekhov’s The Bear, The Proposal, and The Anniversary and the devised version of Meyerhold’s 33 Swoons for the company.
As a playwright, Alex’s work has been seen locally at the Cutting Ball Theater's RISK is This Festival, and at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn. Alex serves as the Director of Outreach and Programing for the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild in Boston, producing and developing theater programs for underserved schools throughout the state. He holds a BFA with Honors in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an MA in Theater and Performance Studies from Stanford University.
Lizzy Ten-Hove: Executive Producer, Company Manager, NEVERTHELESS THEY PERSISTED; symposium speaker, "The Trojan War, Then and Now"
A PhD Candidate in Classics, Lizzy plays an active role in the Society for Classical Studies’ Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance. Next year she co-directs Aristophanes’ Assemblywomen, having assistant directed Max Frisch’s The Arsonists (2018) and directed Aristophanes’ Nerds(2016). Other credits include director/translator of Sophocles’ Philoktetes (Montréal Arts Interculturels, 2013) and stage manager of Euripides’Hippolytos (Oimoi Productions, 2012). She has appeared onstage in Thesmophoriazusai (Stanford Classics in Theater, 2017), Iliad≈1 (Oimoi Productions, 2013), Bacchae (Centaur Theatre, 2012), Hippolytos (McGill Classics Play, 2012), Agamemnon (McGill Classics Play, 2011), and The Tempest (Nashua Theater Guild, 2010).
Lea Claire Zawada: Polyxena, Chorus, Hecuba/Helen
A Communications major, Lea recently directed, designed, and played the title role August Strindberg's Miss Julie (Theater Lab) and appeared in SRT’s 2017 summer festival The Many Faces of Farce as Natalia in Chekhov’s A Marriage Proposal and in the ensemble in Meyerhold’s 33 Swoons. A member of Stanford Improvisors, Lea also has played Ariel in The Tempest (directed by Amy Freed), Angie in Top Girls, and Joan in Far Away.
Brenna McCulloch: Chorus, Hecuba/Helen; Marketing and Publicity Producer, NEVERTHELESS THEY PERSISTED
A double major in Theater & Performance Studies and English/Creative Writing, Brenna has performed in Life Is a Dream (directed by Dominque Serrand) and The Tempest (directed by Amy Freed), and sings with the a capella group Everyday People.
Gianna Clark: Chorus, Hecuba/Helen
A Theater and Performance Studies major, Gianna has appeared in St. Joan of the Stockyards (Joan), The Mammaries of Tiresias (Presto/Self), 12 Angry Men (Juror 8) and Oh, What a Lovely War! (M.C.). In her hometown Chicago, she has worked with Lookingglass Theater and appeared in the Chicago Musical Theater Festival.
Shayan Hooshmand: Ghost of Polydorus, Pollux, Hecuba/Helen
A rising senior at Gunn High School, Shayan has played the roles of Pantalone in Servant of Two Masters (Gunn Theatre), Lear in King Lear (Gunn Theatre), Mason in School of Rock (New York Lab), Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Palo Alto Children's Theatre), and Oliver in Oliver! (Broadway by the Bay). He would like to thank his parents and his theatre teacher Jim Shelby (an SRT veteran!) for their help and support.
Eve La Puma: Assistant Stage Manager, Hecuba/Helen
A Theater and Performance Studies major, Eve serves as professional outreach coordinator on the board of [wit]: a gender conscious theater company. Recent theater credits include Dr. Fine/Madden in Next to Normal (TAPS) and Polonius in Hamlet ([wit]), as well as providing the musical direction for Disrupt! (Ram’s Head).
Alexis Dowdell: Box Office/Ticketing, Hecuba/Helen
A Stanford junior, double majoring in Theater and Performance Studies and Psychology, Alexis was born and raised in LaFayette, Alabama. At Stanford, she serves as a BLACKstage board member, and has assistant stage managed Ragtime: The Musical, performed in the Original Winter One Acts, and directed the short film Imperfect.
Claire Breger-Belsky: Stage Manager, Hecuba/Helen
Majoring in Theater and Performance Studies with a Translation Studies Minor, Claire recently stage-managed Ram’s Head’s Chicago. She is currently co-Artistic Director of [wit], a gender conscious theater company, for which she has served as rehearsal stage manager for Hamlet and production stage manager for Doctor Voynich and Her Children.