STOLEN SHAKESPEARE GUILD

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Organization Mission Statement

The Stolen Shakespeare Guild is founded to create a family of artists and audiences, and is dedicated to exploring stories with enduring themes. Our mission is to make outstanding classical theater available to everyone in the Fort Worth and Dallas communities. Through affordable and diverse programming, we seek to debunk the myth that Shakespeare and other forms of classical theatre are irrelevant to the modern audience. We always embrace the timeless masterpieces of William Shakespeare, the works from which he drew his inspiration, and plays that have been influenced by the Immortal Bard himself.

Organizational History

The Stolen Shakespeare Guild began in 2004 as a master’s thesis project at the respected Texas Woman’s University. Founding Artistic Director Jason Morgan felt strongly that North Texas needed a theater that could bring together a remarkable group of actors and artists to read, study, rehearse, and perform great classical plays. After 13 years the SSG is still at it having performed over 65 productions in our history. The SSG is a theatre ensemble comprised of accomplished equity and non-equity actors, directors, and other theatre artists dedicated to bringing classical theatre to Fort Worth. After performing our first couple productions at different theaters in the metroplex we incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2006. The company moved to our current space at the Sander’s Theater which is a part of the Fort Worth Community Arts Center in 2007. The SSG expanded its reach in 2008 by presenting a full season of shows and has since expanded from 4 shows a year to 8 shows a year. In 2015, we embarked on an experiment presenting children’s shows with a classical twist. This program is called Billy’s Globe House and its focus has been to encourage young children to attend and enjoy theater while teaching them valuable life lessons. Also, in 2015 we started a High School Shakespeare monologue competition and this has allowed us to try and reach out to youth across Fort Worth area and teach them the importance of studying, watching, and performing Shakespeare. As the SSG continues to grow and mature, we remain committed to producing full seasons of plays and educational outreach programs.

SSG Values

Stolen Shakespeare believes that theater should be intimate, engaging, and affordable for everyone.

We believe that classical theater can be relevant and captivating to modern audiences.

We create opportunities for local actors, designers, and technicians to use and develop their talents.

The SSG provides excellent service and hospitality to our patrons.

We recognize that financial health and stability are essential to fullfilling our mission.

Biography of Artistic and Administrative Leadership

JASON AND LAUREN MORGAN, Co-Executive and Artistic Directors
Lauren and Jason Morgan serve as co-artistic and executive directors. Lauren, as a native of California, has worked throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She has performed with Masquer’s Playhouse, Chanticleer’s Theatre, Amador Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Playwrights Center of San Francisco, and Diablo Light Opera. Some of the roles she has played while in San Francisco were Laurey in Oklahoma, Luisa in The Fantasticks, and Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods. Lauren received her theatre training from San Francisco State University and has a Bachelor of Music degree from Texas Christian University. After graduating, Lauren has performed at some of the top theatre companies in the DFW area, including Lyric Stage, Plano Repertory Theatre, Fort Worth Opera at Bass Hall, Artisan Center Theatre, and Theatre Arlington. Her favorite roles include Marian Paroo in The Music Man, Milly in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, and Bobby Melrose in Stage Door. Also, she has performed with The Fort Worth Opera Company in the productions of Romeo et Juliette, Dialogues of The Carmelites and La Boheme. For The Stolen Shakespeare Guild, she has been seen on stage in the roles of Nora in A Doll’s House, Amalia in She Loves Me, Rosa Bud in The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, and many more. In addition she has a passion for arts education and teaches voice lessons at South Lake Music Academy, and has also taught classes for young people in acting, musical theatre, and Shakespeare. Jason is a graduate of Texas Woman's University with a Master of Arts in theatre and Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre. As an actor, Jason has appeared in over one hundred stage and independent film productions. Some of his directing credits include Ginger Goldman's Francines's Mitzvah's at the Pocket Sandwich Theatre; Bye Bye Birdie at Artisan Center Theatre; Barefoot In The Park & Run For Your Wife at Onstage; Suburbia, The Foreigner, Sylvia, Two Rooms, Extremities, and As You Like It at TCC South Campus and Spamalot, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, and Romeo and Juliet for SSG. Lauren and Jason direct many productions of the SSG together. Past credits include: Grease, On The Town, Sense and Sensibility, Much Ado About Nothing, Love’s Labour’s Lost, A Christmas Carol, Tartuffe State Fair, Pride and Prejudice, Oklahoma, Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentleman Of Verona, As You Like It, All’s Well That Ends Well, Emma, The Winter’s Tale, Spamalot, Pride and Prejudice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Crazy For You, Love Labour’s Lost, Double Falsehood, Anything Goes, Much Ado About Nothing, A Christmas Carol, Kiss Me Kate, From The Beginning To The Nativity, and Condensed Shakespeare Festivals.

KATREEVA PHILLIPS, Youth Director
Katreeva Phillips is happy to be a part of such a wonderful organization. She directs all the Billy's Globe House productions and writes many of them. She graduated from TX Wesleyan, and taught for 3 years at BISD. She's performed for programs including Lyric Stage, Casa Mañana, Fort Worth Opera and Stage West.

NATHAN AUTREY, Artistic Associate Emeritus
Nathan Autrey is a graduate of The University of North Texas with a B.F.A. specialized in Acting and Directing. He has studied Directing in Ireland at The University of Ulster under Carol Ann Upton a direct pupil of Pinter and under Marjorie Hayes a pupil of Growtoski. He is currently a graduate research assistant at Baylor University where he is earning his M.F.A in Directing. Nathan is a co-founder of the theatre company Broken Gears Project theatre in Dallas, where he directed and acted in numerous productions, including the direction of a production of John Patrick Shanley’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea voted by Dallas Morning News, one of the top ten plays of 2010 in Dallas. As well as a U.S. premiere of Valerie Goodwin’s The Magdalen Whitewash with a featured talk back with Valerie Goodwin from England. Nathan has acted with Stolen Shakespeare Guild, Second Thought Theatre, and Nouveau 47. He has directed at University of North Texas Theatre Department, University of Ulster (Ireland), Poor Man Theatre Group, Duncanville Community Theatre, Baylor University Theatre and Stolen Shakespeare Guild. Nathan is currently in New York attending the Actor's Studio for an MFA in directing.

Production History

2017
Stolen Shakespeare Festival, "Love's Labour's Won" featuring Much Ado About Nothing and Love's Labour's Lost
Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility by Jessica Swale
On The Town

Grease

2016
Stolen Shakespeare Festival, "The Battle Of The Sexes! featuring The Taming Of The Shrew and The Tamer Tamed
Jane Austen's Persuasion
State Fair
Singin' In The Rain
SGG Classic Fest featuring Moliere's Tartuffe and Ibsen's A Doll's House
A Christmas Carol

2015
Stolen Shakespeare Festival, "Verona, Verona!" featuring Romeo and Juliet and The Two Gentleman Of Verona
Our Town (Pulitzer Prize Series)
Oklahoma!
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Blithe Spirit
She Loves Me

2014
Stolen Shakespeare Festival, "All The World's A Stage" featuring As You Like It and All's Well That Ends Well
The Complete Works Of Shakespeare Abridged
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Pulitzer Prize Series)
The Last Five Years
Gypsy
The Mystery Of Edwin Drood
Emma

2013
The Winter's Tale
Purgatorio (Watertower Theater / Out Of The Loop Festival)
Picnic (Pulitzer Prize Series)
Guy's and Dolls
Spamalot
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

2012
Stolen Shakespeare Festival, featuring A Midsummer Nights Dream and The Birth Of Merlin
Twelfth Night
Emma
Crazy For You

2011
Love's Labour's Lost
Sense and Sensibility
Stolen Shakespeare Festival, featuring King Henry V and Double Falsehood
Anything Goes
Hay Fever

2010
The Importance Of Being Earnest
Condensed Shakespeare Festival, "Toga Party" Featuring Comedy Of Errors, Antigone, and Medea
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
Pride and Prejudice
Much Ado About Nothing

2009
A Christmas Carol
Kiss Me Kate
Condensed Shakespeare Festival 2009 "Battle of the Sexes" Featuring The Taming Of The Shrew, The Mistress Of The Inn, and 15 Min. Macbeth
The Tragedy Of Romeo and Juliet

2008
From The Beginning To The Nativity
The Tempest
As You Like It
Condensed Shakespeare Festival 2008 featuring The Merry Wives Of Windsor, and 15 min. Much Ado About Nothing

2007
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Condensed Shakespeare Festival 2007 featuring Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and 15 min. R&J

2006
Much Ado About Nothing
Bare Foot In The Park

2005
Condensed Shakespeare Festival


Stolen Shakespeare Guild
Fort Worth Community Arts Center
1300 Gendy St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107

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