Shakespeare for the Young

Annie Houston has performed at many theaters in the Washington, DC area, including The Folger Shakespeare Theater and Washington Shakespeare Company-Avant Bard. She is an Ensemble Member of Forum Theater. Annie has directed over 30 productions of Shakespeare for middle school students at Capitol Hill Day School and was a teaching artist with International Theater and Literacy Project in Tanzania and India. She taught early childhood students for over 30 years.  She conceived of Shakespeare For The Young and has created the puppets, costumes and sets, as well as composed the music for both Midsummer Magic and The Tiniest Tempest.

Cam Magee has performed at theaters throughout the DC area, including The Shakespeare Theatre, The Folger Shakespeare Theater, and Washington Shakespeare Company-Avant Bard, where she is a company member and dramaturg of Shakespeare's works. Cam was a teaching artist with The Folger for over 30 years. She is the Mistress of The Revels at the Folger’s Secondary School Shakespeare Festival.

Dawn Thomas Reidy is an actor and teaching artist in Maryland and DC. She received a BFA in Acting from University of Maryland at the Baltimore Campus and MFA from Indiana University. She is a company member and former teaching artist with Young Playwrights’ Theatre, the only professional theater in Washington, DC dedicated entirely to arts education. She is currently Resident Teaching Artist at Everyman Theatre in Baltimore, MD. Passionate about arts education and arts integration, Dawn also works with Creative Kids, a literature based drama program. As an actor Dawn has performed with Forum Theatre, Washington Stage Guild, Unexpected Stage Company, Brown County Playhouse and the IntersectionsFestival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (Slam Theatre 3.0).

Teresa Spencer is an actor, writer, and teaching artist who has worked in the Washington, DC region for over a decade. She is currently a faculty member in Towson University's Department of Theatre Arts, and has taught acting and Shakespeare to students ranging from very young children through professional actors with such organizations as the Folger Shakespeare Library, Shakespeare & Company, Teatro delle Due (an American Shakespeare company touring Italy), Stevenson University, Goucher College, and the Community College of Baltimore County. Teresa has appeared in over fifty professional productions in the DC-Baltimore region, with companies such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Taffety Punk, Theater Alliance, Constellation Theater Company, Faction of Fools, Happenstance Theater, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, and Maryland Shakespeare Festival. Her work with theatre for the very young includes workshopping new plays and performing with Imagination Stage, Arts on the Horizon, and Synetic Family Theater. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting at the George Washington University.

Ali Evarts is an actress living in Washington, DC. Theater credits include CC in If I Hold My Tongue (Women's Voices Festival, Compass Rose Theater), u/s Amazing Girls in Mary Kate Olsen is in Love (Studio Theatre), Greek Chorus in Murder in the Cathedral (Compass Rose Theater), and Arachne/Philomela in Tales from Ovid (Kenan Theatre Company). Film/TV/Voiceover credits include Redmonton (Chiet Productions), Basilisk (pRaNk Productions), and A Hope in Healthy Soil (USDA NRCA). She holds a BA in Dramatic Art and Global Studies (International Politics) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.