Antony and Cleopatra – 2014 Illinois Shakespeare Festival

Director: Kevin Rich Scenic Design: Kristin Ellert Lighting Design: Sarah Maines Costume Design: Sandy Childers Composer/Music Director: Shannon O’Neill Composer/Asst. Music Director: Kieran Pereira Choreographer: Jean Kerr From the beginning we wanted this production of Antony and Cleopatra to be musical, but more rhythmic than melodic. We therefore kept hints of melody throughout the show, […]

The 2014 Illinois Shakespeare Festival Closes

Last night was the final performance of the 2014 Illinois Shakespeare Festival. This year, the festival was presented as a trilogy, as we performed Much Ado About Nothing, Elizabeth Rex, and Antony and Cleopatra. Rex was the glue that tied the other two shows together (the story takes place after a production of Much Ado […]

And 2013 Comes to a Close

As 2013 comes to an end, I look back on a great, but busy, year at Illinois State University. 2013 began with me teaching my regular course load at ISU, while also sound designing our CPA production of Oklahoma! in February and our Westhoff production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in April. I was happy […]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Illinois State University School of Theatre and Dance Westhoff Theatre Director: Vanessa Stalling Scenic Design: Jen Kazmierczak Lighting Design: Caisa Sanburg Composer/Sound Design: Shannon Marie O’Neill (as Shannon O’Neill) Costume Design: Jamie Jones All photos on this page: Pete Guither   This production was unlike any other production of Midsummer you’ve ever seen. Imagine Puck […]

Looking forward in 2013

2012 ended with a bang. It was a great first semester at ISU — I enjoyed the classes I taught and all of the people I encountered in classes, on shows, and in meetings. I did a projection design for Mother Courage and Her Children, which was performed in ISU’s Westhoff Theatre in October. We […]