Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre’s 2019 Company


Aly Renee Amedi
Costume Designer (2GWV)

Aly Renee Amidei is pleased to be working again with Lakeside Shakespeare. She has been designing costumes and writing plays in Chicago for nineteen years. She is an ensemble member at Lifeline Theatre, Strawdog Theatre Company, and Buffalo Theatre Ensemble. Her costume and makeup designs have been seen at Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Irish Theater of Chicago, Magick Theatre in San Antonio, Buffalo Theater Ensemble, Stage Left, Artistic Home, House Theater, Piven Workshop, and Vitalist Theater. She is the assistant professor of costume design at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and her research focuses on designing for new works and re-envisioned classics. Upcoming projects include Emma at Lifeline, Pomona at Steep, For Services Rendered at Griffin, and Cake at Buffalo Theatre Ensemble. 


Christy Arington
Interim Artistic Director; Antonia/Thuria (
2GWV); Director (The Rover)

Christy is proud to return with LST to beautiful Benzie county for her 12th summer. Last season she appeared as Elizabeth (Richard III) and Antonia (Twelfth Night)  and directed  She has been seen as Gertrude (Hamlet), Kate in Taming of the Shrew, Calpurnia in Julius Ceasar, The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, and Mistress Quickly in Henry V (just to name a few). She also directed Much Ado About Nothing in 201, Macbeth in 2010 and Alls Well That Ends Well in 2008, and is the educational director and casting director for LST.  Recently in Chicago she appeared in The Life of Death  with Wild Claw and as Stubbs in The Mammals’ All Girl Moby Dick.  She has worked with many Chicago Theatre companies, including Seanachai Theatre Company, Wing and Groove, Tri Arts, Strawdog Theatre Company, and The Factory. Having earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Performance from The University of Georgia, Christy has been a teacher for several years both on the collegiate and high school levels. In 2001, she was honored with the Mark Twain Comedic Acting award at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.


Tatyana Chante
Host/Outlaw #2 (2GWV); Stephano (The Rover)

Taty (They/Them) is so excited to return to Frankfort with Lakeside Shakespeare! They are a recent graduate of Roosevelt University – Chicago College of Performing Arts. Some of their favorite shows include: Top Girls, RU Serious, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), The Venetian Twins (CCPA), Henry VIII (Lakeside), and Girl in the Red Corner (Broken Nose). Taty is represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent Inc.




Jeff Christian
Producing Director; Director/Adaptor
(2GWV); Blunt (The Rover)

Jeff is a founding member of Lakeside Shakespeare and directed the inaugural production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream — as well as writing the music and playing Bottom, Oberon and Theseus. Other credits with LST include:  50 Minute Hamlet (director/adaptor, Hamlet), Henry VIII (Cromwell), Coriolanus (Aufidius), The Merchant of Venice (Duke/Gobbo), The Winter’s Tale (Polixenes), The Rivals(director), Cymbeline (Iachimo/Belarius), The Taming of the Shrew (2015, Grumio), Richard III (Richard), Twelfth Night (2014, Sea Captain/Priest), Romeo & Juliet (2013, director), The Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Syracuse), Hamlet (Claudius), Much Ado About Nothing (Leonato), Macbeth (Macduff), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2011, Egeus/Snug), As You Like It (director, original music), King Lear (Kent), Love’s Labours Lost (director), Henry V (Chorus/Fluellen/King of France/Ambassador of France), Henry IV (Falstaff), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Falstaff), Julius Caesar (Brutus), Twelfth Night (Malvolio), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (director, Proteus) and Romeo & Juliet (2002, Lord Capulet). Jeff was the Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Project of Chicago for eight seasons, adapting and directing some 20 plays and playing such roles as Iago, Richard III, Brutus, Mercutio, Caliban, Ajax, Proteus and Hamlet (in his two-person adaptation, 50 Minute Hamlet). Jeff has acted and directed on stage in Chicago and throughout the country, and is a member of Irish Theatre of Chicago, and directs for the Roosevelt University Theatre Conservatory. Film and television work includes Batman Begins, Chicago PD, Witches’ Night, The Express, The Poker House, Pickman’s Muse, Helix, Happy Hour, Cyrus, Good People and Showtime’s Shameless. He also writes and directs for production companies, plays in the band Ingenious Whittler, teaches directing in Cinema and Television Arts at Columbia College (where he received the Excellence in Teaching Award), and has kissed the Stanley Cup.


Daniel D. Drake
Executive Director/Production Stage Manager

Daniel is thrilled to be working on his third season with the incredible individuals at Lakeside Shakespeare as the Production Stage Manager and Executive Director for Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre. Daniel is currently the Production and Facilities Coordinator for Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts as well as a freelance Stage and Production Manager in Chicago. Selected previous productions include: Mame (Music Theatre Works), Susannah and The Tender Land (Northwestern Opera), Last Train to Nibroc (Haven Theatre); Pygmalion (Oak Park Festival Theatre); The Plough & The Stars, The 39 Steps, and Cabaret (Roosevelt University, CCPA); The Life and Death of Madam Barker (Red Tape Theatre); Metamorphoses, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, and Still Alice (LookingglassTheatre); The Iceman Cometh, RED, and A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre). Daniel spent four seasons with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival as the company manager and member of stage management. Daniel is also the Executive Director and Production Manager for the Bitter Jester Foundation for the Arts, an organization founded to produce and support artists of all ages in Chicago.

Pete Dully
Production Manager/Technical Director

Pete Dully is excited and grateful to be a part of Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre for his 9th season. Pete loves the yearly opportunity to get to work in, with, and for the Benzie area community. Pete does all things theatre production and works at Columbia College Chicago as the Production Manager of the Theatre Department. Pete is also a company member of Steep Theatre Company in Chicago, IL. Favorite Lighting design credits include: Red Rex, Hinter, Hookman, Posh, The Life (and Sort of Death) of Eric Argyle, The Knowledge, Luther, Lakeboat (Steep Theatre), Zastrozzi The Master of Discipline (the Division Theatre), and The Maids (Writer’s Theatre).



Michael Holding
Julius (2GWV); Don Antonio (The Rover)

Michael is thrilled to be back at Lakeside Shakespeare where he was seen last year as Henry in King Henry VIII. Other LST credits include The Rivals and The Winter’s Tale. Chicago credits include: We Are Proud to Present…(Steppenwolf Theatre), Koalas (16th Street Theatre), Truth and Reconciliation (Sideshow Theatre Company), Posh (Steep Theatre, Jeff Award Winner Best Ensemble), Really Really (Interrobang Theatre), Shining City (Irish Theatre of Chicago), The Diviners (Organic Theater Company), and The Madness of Edgar Allen Poe (First Folio). Regional: 4000 Miles (Theatresquared). Film/TV: Chicago Med(NBC), Southside (Comedy Central), and the indie film Finn and the Sea of Noise. Many thanks to his mom for her unwavering support.


Alex D. Joseph
Silvio (2GWV); Belville (The Rover)

Ajax is thrilled to be joining Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre this summer in two beautifully adapted plays with an amazing ensemble. He is currently a senior pursuing a B.F.A. in Acting at Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts. His most recent projects have been a collaborative piece, ‘Take Em Down (Frontier Theatre), Hedda Gabler (Roosevelt University) as Ejlert Lovborg and I and You (Oak Park Festival Theatre) as the understudy for Anthony.


Kate Setzer Kamphausen
Costume Designer (The Rover)

Kate Setzer Kamphausen is so pleased to design costumes for this gender-bending firecracker of a show! Kate is a Jeff Award-winning costume designer working in various Chicagoland theaters and at Niles North High School. She also costumes indy films from time to time. Her recent designs include Artificial Jungle with Hell in a Handbag; the Wizard of Oz with EDGE of Orion Theatre; the Grelley Duvall Show with performance artist Alex Grelle and friends; and most recently, opening vintage clothing store OUTSKIRTS on the north side of Chicago. Kate has pink dreadlocks and five sewing machines and believes that “feminism” is simply another way to say “equality.” 


Isabel Karp
Panthine/Outlaw #3 (2GWV); Valeria (The Rover)

Isabel Karp is excited to be working with Lakeside Shakespeare for the first time. She is a current student at Columbia College Chicago where she has been in many shows including As You Like It, Peer Gynt and Helen. In her semester abroad in Dublin she helped devise the show Peter Pan’s Cirque D’Imaginaire. Credits outside of academia include Singing in the Dark Times (Fermat’s Last Theater Company).


laidlawElizabeth Laidlaw
Founding Artistic Director

Elizabeth Laidlaw (co-director, HENRY VIII) is the Artistic Director and Founder of Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre (LST), producing or co-producing every season. Onstage with LST she has appeared as the title role in CORIOLANUS, Nerissa (THE MERCHANT OF VENICE,) Hermione (THE WINTER’S TALE,) Kate (THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, 2015), Caius Lucius (CYMBELINE) The Prince, (ROMEO AND JULIET 2013,) The Courtesan (THE COMEDY OF ERRORS,) Laertes (HAMLET), Beatrice (MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING), Lady Macbeth (MACBETH), Hippolyta/Starveling (A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, 2011), General (KING LEAR), Jaques (AS YOU LIKE IT,) Helena (ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, Viola (TWELFTH NIGHT), Marc Antony (JULIUS CAESAR), Mercurio (ROMEO AND JULIET 2004), Silvia (THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA), Titania/Hippolyta (MND, 2003), and various roles in HENRY V, HENRY IV, and THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR. She directed THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (2008) and ROMEO AND JULIET (2004), and co-directed the inaugural 2003 production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.

Ms. Laidlaw has worked in Chicago Theatre professionally since 1993, appearing at Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, Writer’s Theatre, Court Theatre, About Face, The Next, Strawdog and many, many others. Her regional credits include THE THREE MUSKETEERS and THE CRUCIBLE with Indiana Repetory Theatre, A SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS and MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION (Irish Classical Theatre Company, Buffalo NY) and THE BIRTHDAY PARTY (American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge MA.) Film credits include the features, HENRY GAMBLE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY, INTO THE WAKE (directed by LST member John Mossman), EASTERN COLLEGE, DIMENSION, and THREE DAYS. Television includes CHICAGO PD and CRISIS (NBC), BETRAYAL (ABC), and BOSS (Starz), THE CHICAGO CODE (FOX). She co-produces and stars in the dramedy web-series THE HAVEN, due for internet release in autumn 2018. Her voice can be heard narrating Hard Earned, a documentary produced by Kartemquin Films for Al-Jazeera America, and in numerous television commercials, audiobooks, and video games. She received her BFA from Illinois Wesleyan University and completed post-graduate Shakespeare studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art of London, UK. Over the years she has taught theatre at elementary, high school, and collegiate levels, including directing and producing the Frankfort, MI Jr/Sr High Drama Club in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2006. As always, she thanks her son, Owen, for cheerfully going along with all of this. In March of 2018, Ms. Laidlaw was cast in a series regular role as Officer Vic Renna on THE RED LINE, a new drama series for Warner Bros and CBS television, produced by Ava DuVernay and Greg Berlanti. Production for the series will begin in August of 2018, with an anticipate premiere date in January of 2019.


Kendyl Meyer
Assistant Stage Manager

Kendyl is absolutely thrilled to be joining the Lakeside Shakespeare company this summer. She is currently a senior acting major at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Kendyl’s recent stage management gigs include; CCPA: Animal Farm, A Touch of Madness, and RUSerious? She would like to thank Daniel and everyone at Lakeside for this opportunity.



Almanya Narula
Eglamour/Outlaw #1 (2GWV); Don Pedro (The Rover)

Almanya is happy to join Lakeside Shakespeare for the first time.



Kelsey Phillips
Protea (2GWV); Florinda (The Rover)

Kelsey is excited to return to Frankfort, MI for her sixth season with Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre. Last year she was seen as Lovell in Henry VIII and Gal in 50 Minute Hamlet. Her Chicago credits include Noises Off (Windy City Playhouse) By the Bog of Cats (Artistic Home Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing, Top Girls (The Arc Theatre) Duck & Cover (Prologue Theatre Company). Regional: Love’s Labour’s Lost, Tartuffe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). TV: Chicago Fire (NBC). She holds a BFA from Illinois Wesleyan University..


Jillian Rafa
Valentine (2GWV); Hellena (The Rover)

Jillian is thrilled to be back for her 10th season with Lakeside! Previous LST credits include Henry VIII (Norfolk), The Rivals (Julia), The Winters Tale (Clown), Richard III (Lady Anne), Twelfth Night (Fabian), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), A Comedy of Errors (Emilia), Much Ado About Nothing (Hero), Hamlet (Guildenstern), King Lear (Cordelia), As You Like It (LeBeau/Audrey), Henry V (Chorus/Montjoy/Alice), Loves Labours Lost (Moth), Taming of the Shrew ‘07 (Bianca), Henry IV (Bardolph/Vernon), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Hostess). Many thanks to Benzie County for your continued support of live theatre!




Ian R.Q. Slater
Speed (2GWV); Officer/Musician (The Rover)

Ian is thrilled to be working with LST for the first time. A fresh graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Ian has been seen most recently in shows like The Venetian Twins​, ​Measure for Measure​, and ​Pirates of Penzance​, among others. Outside of acting, Ian is an avid juggler and musician, and can be found teaching at CircEsteem (a nonprofit social circus organization in Chicago), or making music and rock climbing with friends.




Danni Smith
Duchess of Milan (2GWV); Willmore (The Rover)

Danni is so happy to be back at Lakeside where she’s had the pleasure of working on Henry VIII, Richard III, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, and Comedy of Errors. Around Chicago she’s enjoyed working with Victory Gardens, Paramount Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Steppenwolf, Theatre at the Center, Theo Ubique, BoHo Theatre, Shakepeare Project of Chicago, and others. Danni stars in indie horror feature film The Gateway (Curtain in the U.K.), available on Amazon. She also tours her feel-good trio concert We Three with songstresses Meghan Murphy and Cassie Slater. Danni is a co-founder and artistic associate with Firebrand Theatre, the world’s first equity feminist musical theatre company. A proud graduate of Ball State University, Danni has been honored with four Joseph Jefferson awards. She’d like to thank the Lakeside crew for inviting her back for another magical season, and to all of the folks in Benzie Country that come out and support every year! 


Danny Taylor
Education Director; Launce (2GWV);  Frederick (The Rover)                    

Danny is thrilled to be returning to Lakeside for a ninth season! Previous roles with Lakeside include Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Witch, MacBeth; Balthazar, Much Ado About Nothingand Osric/Player Queen, Hamlet; Paris, Romeo and Juliet; Angelo, The Comedy of Errors;Gremio/Widow, The Taming of the Shrew; and Andrew Aguecheek, Twelfth Night. In addition to performing with Lakeside, Danny is entering his third year as Education Director for LST. Regional acting credits include: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company; Utah Shakespeare Festival; Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. Chicago credits include: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Cor Theatre, The New Colony, Signal Ensemble Theatre, Strawdog Theatre, Emerald City Theatre & Griffin Theatre. Thank you Benzie County for making us feel at home during the summer months so we can share the joy of Shakespeare!


Brennan Urbi
Lucetto (2GWV);  Angelica Bianca (The Rover)                    

Brennan Urbi is thrilled to be working with Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre. Previously Brennan has worked on Baby with the Bathwater (Eclipse Theatre); Animal Farm, A Touch of Madness, and Urinetown (CCPA); My Dear Boy (Pride Films and Plays); Gruff, Bunnicula, On Golden Pond (Old Creamery); Parade, Funny Girl (Revival Theatre Company). Brennan currently attends the Chicago College of Performing Arts in pursuit of a BFA in Acting. All the love for my family, friends, and mentors; thanks for your endless support!


Interns:  Eve Beiting, Sam Buzzell, Rachel Colby, Hannah Glass-Chapman, Mahalabelle Gigous, Miranda Guzman-Shrake, Tucker Hubbard, Quinn Jonas, Thomas Karunas, Ella Shreiner, Lucy Straubel