Jess Behar has been a company member since 2007. Credits with BSF include: Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale, The Two Gentleman of Verona, Loves Labours Lost, Hamlet, Henry IV Part I, Antony and Cleopatra, Othello, and King John. She has also performed with Fells Point Corner Theatre, Vagabond Players, and Baltimore Playwright’s Festival. She is a graduate of McDaniel College and holds a BA in Theatre Arts. She also holds an MAT in Elementary Education from Towson University. Jess has been certified by Paul Meier in Original Pronunciation. She is an elementary school teacher with Baltimore County Public Schools.
Kerry is a Maryland native who studied acting at Towson University. 2018's A Chaste Maid in Cheapside marked her third appearance in the Shakespeare's Contemporaries series at BSF, following The Sea Voyage in 2017 and The Shoemaker’s Holiday in 2016. Other local acting credits include performances with The Mobtown Players, the Audrey G. Herman Spotlighters Theatre, Theatre Hopkins, Fells Point Corner Theatre, Baltimore Improv Group (BIG), the Strand Theater Company, Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS), Glass Mind Theatre, Annex Theater, and Center Stage.
Dean Carlson has been a company member at the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory since 2017. Since arriving at the factory, Dean has appeared as Albert in The Sea Voyage, Caliban and Ferdinand in The Tempest, and as King John in King John. Dean was trained in acting at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington Illinois, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts. He also trained in acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London as a part of their Summer Shakespeare Intensive. He holds certifications from the Society of American Fight Directors in both Broadsword and Rapier and Dagger.
Sian Edwards has been a proud Baltimore Shakespeare Factory company member since 2017. Making her BSF debut as Tibalt in The Sea Voyage, Sian has gone on to appear as Ariel in The Tempest, Cardinal Pandolph in King John and Mr Alwitt in A Chaste Maid in Cheapside and hopes to try her hand at directing someday soon. Sian studied at the Royal Holloway University of London where she gained a BA in Film theory and Television histories. She has also trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London as part of their Summer Shakespeare Intensive courses. Her dream role is Queen Margaret in Henry VI Part 2!
A local improv actor and musician (guitar), Adam's passion for Elizabethan/Jacobean theater and verse was ignited by the BSF production of King John in the summer of 2018. Since then he has been in two productions with BSF: Cymbeline (Posthumous Leonatus) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (George Page). Prior to BSF, Adam was a member of the Murder Mystery Company with 95 performances under his belt. Other interests include 18th and 19th century European and American literature, the history of class revolutions, and Film Noir--especially anything with the inimitable Daniel Duryea. Outside of BSF, Adam is working on his first album of acoustic folk-rock focused on the lives and times of his fellow Baltimoreans.
Bethany Mayo is a midwest flower, having grown up in Iowa and lived in Kansas City after college. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Theater with a focus in Musical theater and did almost no Shakespeare before she moved to Maryland. She likes to learn new things and work in different environments, so she has worked or been a company member at Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Cohesion Theater Company, Strand Theater in Baltimore, and Baltimore Shakespeare Factory. She is also BSF’s Director of Education. When not on stage or in a classroom, you can find her dancing in ballroom competitions, making quilts while listing her way through BBC’s list of 100 Books To Read Before You Die. She is at 43%.
Micaela Mannix (EMC) is a DC based actor, singer, and Shakespearean. She holds a BM in Musical Theatre from The Catholic University. Micaela is also the founder and host of Bowls with the Bard, a web series aimed at making Shakespeare more accessible while removing the stigma around recreational marijuana use. Credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Julius Caesar, The Tempest, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (BSF); Macbeth, King Lear (Commonwealth Shakespeare); Henry V, Pirate Macbeth (Cohesion Theatre Company); Antony and Cleopatra (Brave Spirits); The Laramie Project, Into the Woods (Catholic University.) Learn more at micaelamannix.com
Grayson has been working with BSF for a little under a year, premiering in their recent OP production of Othello, and has loved every second of it. A graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory, Grayson has lived in Baltimore for the past 5 years, and has performed at varying venues around the city. He currently presides as Vice-President on the board of Fell’s Point Corner Theatre. Grayson’s love of Shakespeare hearkens back to his childhood when his mother would read him excerpts from R&J and Hamlet, and would sit him down to watch Kenneth Branagh movies, and he hasn’t been able to stop since. He is incredibly excited to work with such a unique and passionate company as BSF.
Tegan Williams has been performing with BSF since Romeo and Juliet in 2013. She recently celebrated her 20th credit with her fight choreography in King John. Her favorite roles include: Luciana (Comedy of Errors), Lady Percy (Henry IV, 1), Antonio (Twelfth Night), Jane (Shoemaker’s Holiday), Macduff (Macbeth). Some of her favorite choreographed fights could be seen in The Complete Deaths of William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, and Macbeth. Training: BA in Theatre Arts from Nazareth College, MA in Musical Theatre from The Guildford School of Acting. Advanced Certifications in 8 weapons from the Academy of Performance Combat. Tegan spends her days running Xpose Fitness in Towson.