Christine Albright-Tufts is an Assistant Professor at Oklahoma City University. She got her M.F.A. from the University of California-San Diego. A professional actress for the last 18 years, she has worked at Arena Stage, the Goodman Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, the Marin Theatre Company, the Mint Theatre Company, the La Jolla Playhouse, and many others. She has been a company member at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) since 2006, where she worked as an actor, director, and teaching artist. OSF credits include Juliet, Titania, Lady Percy, and the world premiere of Bill Cain’s Equivocation. Christine was awarded a Theatre Bay Area Critic’s Circle Award for Best Actress for her performance as Mother in the West Coast premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s Oldest Boy. In addition to her acting career, Christine has taught at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts, Southern Oregon University, and the University of California-San Diego. She has devised curriculum for audiences and teachers at OSF, the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago Youth Shakespeare, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and the Guthrie Theatre.
Lezlie C. Cross is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she teaches courses in theatre history, critical analysis, and dramaturgy. She is the Associate Artistic Director of the Nevada Conservatory Theatre and has worked as a dramaturg at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Classic Stage Company, and eight seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where she was the Literary Assistant from 2004 to 2009. Her articles and book reviews appear in Shakespeare Bulletin, Theatre History Studies, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Theatre Survey, and Theatre Annual and the book projects Shakespeare Expressed: Page, Stage, and Classroom and Performing Objects and Theatrical Things. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, a M.A. from The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, UK, and a B.A. from Whitman College.
Howie Seago: Howie’s professional credits include acting, directing, producing and teaching for over 40 years. His film appearances include Wonderstruck, a Todd Haynes film starring Julianne Moore; a featured role in Beyond Silence (Jenseits der Stille), nominated for an Oscar Award – Best Foreign Film (1998); Grisha in post-production. He appeared on television in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Hunter, and The Equalizer. Howie has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., La Jolla Playhouse, Off-Broadway, and in international tours. He performed leading roles in Peter Sellars’s productions of Ajax and The Persians and with the National Theatre of the Deaf. He appeared in multiple roles in fourteen plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival over seven years. His acting work has been recognized through several awards including the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actor, Dramalogue Award and Joe Velez Memorial Award. As an Associate Producer, he was instrumental in the creation of Rainbow’s End, an Emmy award winning PBS television series. In Washington state, he co-founded: the Deaf Youth Drama Program at Seattle Children’s Theatre; The Shared Reading Video Outreach Project, an award winning literacy program delivered to deaf children via long distance videoconferencing; and the Deaf Teen Leadership camp. He is featured in the books Actors’ Lives – On and Off the American Stage (Theatre Communications Group); Chronicles of Courage: Very Special Artists, (Jean Kennedy Smith/George Plimpton, Random House); Living Legends: Six Stories About Successful Deaf People (Butte Publications) His article, “In an Alien World of Sound” was published in Theaterschrift, an international theatre magazine.