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photo_curt_svsuCURT L. TOFTELAND
Founder & Producing Director
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Curt brings thirty-nine years of professional theatre experience to his current role as a freelance theatre artist - director, actor, producer, playwright, writer, teacher, program developer, and prison arts practitioner.

Curt is the Founder of the internationally acclaimed Shakespeare Behind Bars (SBB) program, now in its 21st year of continuous operation.  From 1995-2008, Curt facilitated the SBB/KY program at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange, Kentucky.  During his thirteen year tenure, Curt produced and directed fourteen Shakespeare productions.  Several participants in the SBB/KY program have garnered multiple Pen Literary Prison Writing Awards.

During the 2003 SBB production of The Tempest, Philomath Films chronicled the process in a documentary that premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and forty+ film festivals around the world winning a total of eleven film awards. 

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mattMATT WALLACE
Director of SBB|KY Programs
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Matt has been Director/Facilitator of the Shakespeare Behind Bars program at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex since 2008, directing SBB seasons of Twelfth Night, Pericles, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, Merchant of Venice, The Winter’s Tale, and Macbeth. He served as Program Director and Facilitator of the SBB Multidisciplinary Juvenile Arts Program at the Audubon Youth Development Center for several years and created the Shakespeare Beyond Bars programs at Louisville Day Treatment Center, Home of the Innocents, and Uspiritus. He also created and facilitated the Journeymen Programs for 18-21 year olds at Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex and Luther Luckett Correctional Complex, a partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education and VSA Kentucky, the state organization on arts and disability. For this work with SBB he received the 2010 Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency Volunteer of the Year Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Kentucky Criminal Justice System.

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IMG_6701_aHOLLY STONE
Director of Technology & Communications
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Holly is a freelance artist, graphic/website designer, and photographer who works primarily with theatres, musicians and artists, including SBB, Kentucky Shakespeare, Looking for Lilith Theatre Company, Derby Dinner Playhouse and Jane Rose (Nashville, TN). She has been working with the Shakespeare Behind Bars team for over 15 years, doing marketing, graphic design, photography, web design and IT. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2010. Holly’s poster design for SBB’s RICHARD III at Luther Luckett was included in Presenting Shakespeare (Mirko Ilić and Steven Heller), a collection of 1,100 posters for Shakespeare’s plays, designed by an international roster of artists representing 55 countries, from Japan to Colombia, India, Russia, Australia, and beyond. 

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KeithKEITH MCGILL
Co-Facilitator, SBB|Kentucky

Keith McGill has been a free-lance theater teacher and workshop leader for over a decade for organizations including Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, ArtsReach, and Walden Theatre and Actors’ Theatre’s New Voices playwriting program. He has also appeared in productions with various theatre organizations, such as Actors Theatre, The Necessary Theatre, Pleaides Theatre, Louisville Repertory Theatre, Looking for Lilith Theatre Company and the Royal Palm Players. Keith is very excited and proud to be part of Shakespeare Behind Bars.


KATHI E.B. ELLIS
Co-Facilitator, SBB|Kentucky

Kathi is a professional theatre director, a member of the Lincoln Center and Chicago Director’s Labs, and an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.  She directs professionally across the country, and has been nominated for the South Florida Regional Theatre Carbonell Award. Shakespearean directing credits include The Winter’s Tale and Cymbeline (New Theatre, FL); Much Ado About Nothing, Women of Will (Looking for Lilith, Louisville); Macbeth, The Tempest, and As You Like It (Josephine Summerstage, Frankfort, KY); and she had the honor of being assistant director to Dennis Krausnick of Shakespeare and Company for The Winter’s Tale and Titus Andronicus. She has also been assistant to Livui Cuilei (Ghosts, Arena Stage), Susan Booth (As If Body Loop, Humana Festival of New American Plays, Actors Theatre of Louisville) and Seret Scott (Spunk, Actors Theatre of Louisville). She received her MFA in Directing from the University of Louisville.

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kateKATE THOMSEN
Co-Facilitator - SBB|Michigan

Kate joined the Shakespeare Behind Bars|Michigan circle as a facilitator-in-training in 2011. She brings with her a passion for both Shakespeare and outreach theatre and is thrilled to be able to combine her theatrical loves as she learns the SBB process. Kate first learned of SBB when she saw Curt L. Tofteland give a presentation at a 2005 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region III event; the experience inspired her to keep using theatre as a tool for social and individual evolution. Her work has taken her to North Miami to establish free theatre camps for ‘gang-risk’ youth and to nursing homes in Southern California to create life-story performances. Kate received her BA in Writing and Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University and her MFA in Acting from University of California, Irvine.

JosephByrdJOSEPH BYRD
Co-Facilitator - SBB|Michigan

Joseph joined Shakespeare Behind Bars|Michigan as a facilitator-in-training in 2012. His love of the interior process, and of how the arts and social justice collide, has happily led him toward working with Shakespeare Behind Bars|Michigan.

While living in Berlin, Germany, Joseph was a member of Open Forum, a traveling discussion group which engaged former East Berlin high-school students in conversations including Euthanasia, Religiosity in America, Sex, Love, and Prayer. As an intern at Fr. Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation, Joseph worked with the women and children of the Centro Santa Catalina in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

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EDWARD HARTLINE
Co-Facilitator SBB|Michigan

Edward joined Shakespeare Behind Bars|Michigan as a facilitator-in-training in 2013.  He began his career as a Systems Design and Analysis analyst for the US Air Force. Following his Honorable Discharge, Edward worked for Reynolds Electrical and Engineering Company (Operations Management Company for the Nevada Nuclear Test Site) in Las Vegas Nevada. While in Las Vegas, he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on Personnel Management, from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas; he taught Systems Design and Analysis and Introduction to Computers at the Clark County Community College; and he began his consulting business, Hartline and Associates, LLC.

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mary.bridget.mccarthyBRIDGIT MCCARTHYCo-Facilitator SBB|Michigan

Bridgit joined the Shakespeare Behind Bars/Michigan circle as a facilitator-in-training in 2015.  Bridget's journey with SBB|MI began in 2011, when she visited periodically during her time at Hope College. Those visits changed Bridget's own performance philosophy, as well as her mission statement as an artist.  She began to see theatre as a tool for social justice. Bridget is a graduate of Hope College. She could not be more thrilled or humbled to journey with the circles this year and learn from those around her.

Laura Peach_pixLAURA PEACH
Co-Facilitator SBB|Michigan
Laura holds a Diploma of Musical Theater, a Bachelor of Performing Arts and is currently completing her Masters degree in Applied Theater at the University of New England, Australia.  Her passion for theater as a vehicle for individual and social catharsis has led her on this path with her most recent work being in performance with both women and migrants in the Middle East as part of the Revolution Project. She is overjoyed to be part of the SBB program.

 

 

 

DonnaLawrenceDONNA LAWRENCE-DOWNS
Costume Designer – SBB|Kentucky

Donna joined the SBB team in 2010. She has designed costumes for SBB at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex productions of Twelfth Night, Pericles, Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet and Richard III.

Donna has been part of the Louisville Theatre family for over 18 years. She was costume shop manager, draper and resident designer for StageOne for 18 seasons. She has also been costume shop manager and resident designer for Music Theatre Louisville for 15 seasons. She has been lucky enough to work with many theatres in town, including Pandora Productions, CenterStage, Walden Theatre, Louisville Ballet, Kentucky Opera, Assumption High School, Bunbury, Actor’s Theatre and Derby Dinner Playhouse.

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