PlayFest: Bringing the Talent to Orlando

Have you ever wondered how Orlando Shakes gets so many great playwrights, directors, and actors to the Theater for PlayFest? Well, you’re in luck! Just the other day, we were able to get a behind the scenes look at the planning for Orlando Shakes annual new play festival from Paige Gober, Company Manager for Orlando Shakes. OST: Read More

The Many Faces of Hyde

In the vein of Dracula and Nicholas Nickleby, Orlando Shakes is tackling their next Goldman Theater production, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, in a richly artistic manner. Staging and costumes will lend themselves to the dualities found in the timeless narrative, yet the most innovative hallmark of this production lies in Jeffrey Hatcher’s script: Hyde is Read More

Employee Spotlight – Brandon Yagel

West Side Story is open, which means Orlando Shakes‘ blog hiatus is finally over (or at least until our next 30+ cast musical theater production)! Despite the madhouse atmosphere I found myself in on this, the day of my daughter’s wedding opening West Side Story, I found time to interview Brandon Yagel, our new Education Coordinator. Brandon comes to Orlando Shakes after Read More

Employee Spotlight – Kaylyn Kriaski

Growing up, the only association I had with “theater” was energetic actors in elaborate costumes. Occasionally a vision of a puffy-pantalooned director with a megaphone would swim into my thoughts, but that was it. Not impressed on me were the hundreds of people who make sure that the curtain rises on opening night, and every night Read More

A Fresh Take on the Tale As Old As Time

  Did you know that Central Florida playwright and actor Brandon Roberts adapted Orlando Shakes’ production of Beauty and the Beast? Brandon Roberts is an accomplished actor, director, playwright, and the co-founder and Artistic Director for the Gromalot Theatre Factory. He has received praise for his Theater for Young Audiences adaptations, including Orlando Shakes’ productions Read More