Claudia Alick is a community producer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In 10 seasons at OSF, credits include hip-hop coach, Vietgone; assistant director, The Liquid Plain; hip-hop dramaturg, Hamlet; national producer, The Every 28 Hours Plays; curator and producer, Martin Luther King Jr. Day City Celebration, Daedalus Project, Southern Oregon Pride, Love’s Labors, OSF Presents, Mixing Texts, and The Green Show (since 2008); audioplay director (Pericles; Richard II) audioplay producer (Romeo and Juliet; Measure for Measure; Hamlet; King Lear). Other credits include artistic director, Smokin’ Word Productions; director/developer of Phoenix Blues (OSF Presents, Britt Festival); co-president of Network of Ensemble Theaters Board; writer/performer, Fill in the Blank (OSF Presents, CaliFest, OSF Midnight Project); director, Come Back to Me; Six Hits; 365 Plays/365 Days (Cherry Lane Theatre/Downtown Urban Theatre Festival, NY Neofuturist, The Public Theater); Brothers Size (OSF Midnight Project); Countdown to the Happy Day (ANPF 2011). Member of the NY Neofuturists; performer on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Awards include Fresh Fruit Festival Best Director and DUTF Audience Award; identified by American Theatre magazine as one of the 25 theatre artists who will shape American theatre in the next 25 years. Claudia has an MA from New York University and a BA from George Washington University.
Jackie Apodaca is an associate professor of acting and the head of performance at Southern Oregon University. She has worked as an actor, director, and producer in theatre, film, and media, with companies such as Roundabout Theatre Company, Denver Center Theatre Company, National Geographic, Graphic Films, filmscience, Summer Repertory Theatre, Elephant Theatre Company, Island Shakespeare Festival, RE:ACT, Modern Media (head of production), Venice Theatre Works (associate artistic director), and Shakespeare Santa Barbara (producing director). She spent more than a decade at Backstage, where she was a contributing editor and wrote the actors’ advice column “The Working Actor.” Jackie co-runs the Acting Trainee Program at OSF, with Company Development Director Scott Kaiser. For ANPF, she directed Constellations and The Bottle Tree, and played the role of Kit in EdanEv. She has a BFA from UC Santa Barbara and an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory, under the guidance of Royal Shakespeare Company founding member Tony Church.
Stefanie Sertich is new to ANPF but not new to Oregon. In 2005, while working on her MFA in directing at the University of Portland, she was assistant director/assistant dramaturg on Napoli Milionaria! with Libby Appel, as a F.A.I.R. Recipient at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She’s delighted to return to Ashland! For the past 12 years, New York City has become home. Stefanie has directed several new works and readings Off-Broadway and across the country. She is an associate professor and program director of theatre at LaGuardia Community College (LGCC) in Queens, CUNY. She is also the co-chair of Kennedy Center’s American Collegiate Theatre Festival (KCACTF), Region I. Her productions of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and Passing Strange have both been recognized and presented by the National Committees at KCACTF. Passing Strange received 5 recognitions by the National Committee, including Distinguished Director of a Musical. Next spring, she’ll be collaborating with Stew on a new musical at LGCC. She recently won the Innovative Teaching Award from KCACTF and ATHE, and is the University of Portland’s 2017 Contemporary Alumni Winner.
Holly L. Derr is a writer, director, and professor of theater specializing in viewpoints & composition, the performance of gender, applied theater history, and new play development. She has served on the faculties of Marlboro College and Smith College, and has taught and directed at the American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company Consortium, CalArts, the University of California at Riverside, and Chapman University. She is currently the Producing Fellow at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Recent directorial credits include The Comedy of Errors (Saratoga Shakespeare Company); Macbeth and her own play, American Medea (Skidmore College); Romeo and Juliet (Stonington Opera House); and Harry and the Thief, by Sigrid Gilmer (The Know Theatre in Cincinnati). Favorite past projects include As Long As Fear Can Turn to Wrath; In the Penal Colony; Speak; and new plays by Gregory S. Moss, Lauren Yee, Timothy Braun, and C. Denby Swanson. Holly is also a feminist media critic who writes about theater, film, television, video games and comics, using the theoretical and analytical tools of the theater to reflect upon broader issues of art, culture, race and gender politics. Originally from Dallas, she has an MFA in directing from Columbia University, where she studied with Anne Bogart and Robert Woodruff, and a BA in theater from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.