Jack Cornwell has had over four decades of experience in all phases of classical theatre, beginning as a scholar and ending as a practical artist. As a member of The New Shakespeare Company of San Francisco, he performed in productions of Hamlet, As You Like It and The Tempest, and subsequently performed in Ada Brown Mather’s production of Julius Caesar at the North Shore Music Theatre. Jack was a founding member of The Southbury Playhouse Shakespearean Project in Connecticut, which not only mounted productions of The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It and Twelfth Night but also provided an ambulatory outreach program, making the works of Shakespeare accessible to middle and high school students throughout the state. In New York City, Jack has directed productions of The Merchant of Venice, All’s Well That Ends Well and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. A successful playwright, his comedies have been performed regionally as well as in NYC and LA. He was awarded a CAPS Playwriting Fellowship from NYS for his verse drama, The Tower of Pluto, and a Samuel French Short Play Festival Award for his one-act, The Exquisite Dimensions of Lydia.
Jeffrey Hardy trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and has had an international career as an actor, having been a member of the New Shakespeare Company of San Francisco, worked in London’s West End, repertory theatre in the UK, Off-Broadway and toured in productions in the US, Austria, Germany, Sweden and Australia. He has been featured in several TV series and films in the UK, Australia and in the US. In London he was, with Dame Judi Dench, a founding Director of The Royalty Theatre Company which presented seasons of classical revivals featuring major actors in London during the late 1980’s. Jeffrey has taught Shakespeare for the Actor in London, Australia and in New York and is an Adjunct Professor of Film at the New York Institute of Technology. He has sat on the audition panels of the Arts Educational Schools in London, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, the QUT Academy of Performing Arts in Australia and currently sits on the Board of The Players club, and LAMDA in America Inc, The Artist’s Playground Theater, Horse Trade Presents Inc, and Sweet Prince Productions Inc.
Jennifer Yadav Managing Director
Jennifer Yadav is an actor, singer, writer, videographer, voiceover artist, and teacher who has lived and worked in New York City since 2009. Jennifer has an extensive background in musical theater and performed off-Broadway in The Jackie Mason Musical for five years. She has performed with Essential Voices USA, the Midtown International Theater Festival, and the West Village Musical Theater Festival where she won Best Actress. As a member of the Simon Studio and the Blue Horse Repertory Company, she has played Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing), Portia (Merchant of Venice), Miranda (The Tempest), Kate (Taming of the Shrew), Goneril (King Lear), the Nurse (Romeo and Juliet), and Hermia (Midsummer Night's Dream). Jennifer is a Director and Choreographer at Brooklyn Children's Theatre. She is also a Professor of Science at Berkeley College in NYC. For more information visit www.jenniferyadav.com.
Shad Ramsey has over 15 years of experience in classical theatre as both a principal actor and fight director. He has worked with the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, the Heart of America Theatre Festival and the New York Classical Theatre. Shakespearean roles have included Edgar in King Lear, Laertes in Hamlet, Pistol in Henry IV and Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing. He first started his training in staged combat with the Society of American Fight Directors in 1994 and went on to train with the United Stuntmen’s Association under Fight Master David Boushey. After receiving his MFA in Acting and Directing he moved to New York and has been working professionally ever since, having staged fight scenes for the Julliard School, the McCarter Theatre and the Metropolitan Opera. He recently served as both fight director and movement coach for The Miracle Worker and Carousel at the Greensboro Arts Alliance. Shad also served as Steven Rankin’s associate fight director on the 2010 Tony award winning musical Memphis. Shad is currently the Flying Director at ZFX Flying Effects.