Laura decided on a career in acting when she performed her first Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, for Athens Creative Theatre under Tom Kidd. She went on to perform many shows with ACT and her high school drama department. Laura received her Bachelor’s of Science in Acting from Northwestern University. In addition to her training in classical theatre, while at Northwestern she received the Young Choreographer’s Prize her senior year for her choreography work in the Dance Program under Lynne Blom and Susan Lee.
Laura has made her acting career performing professionally in Atlanta. She has worked as a professional actor for many companies, including The Academy Theatre, Actor’s Express, The Alliance Theatre, Art Attack, The Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Jewish Theatre Of The South, Theatre Gael, Theatre In The Square, 7 Stages and, of course, The Shakespeare Tavern.
Her specialized training in Shakespeare includes advanced work with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA with Tina Packer, Dennis Krausnick, Kevin Coleman and Mary Hartman, among others. She is currently a Text Teacher in training with Shakespeare and Company. Laura is a Senior Acting Company Member with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse and Text Coach for the Company as well as Education Programs Director and Apprentice Company Director.
As an Education Artist, Laura has taught Shakespeare and Acting to children and adults alike with Actor’s Toolbox Workshops, The Alliance Theatre, The Company Acting Studio, Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia Shakespeare Festival and Offshoot Productions.
Laura is also an Individual Member and previous Board Member of the Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts and an Individual Member of Theatre Communications Group.
Andrew graduated from Greensboro College in Greensboro, NC in 2001 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre. After graduation, he spent two years working with Rags to Riches Theatre for Young Audiences in Durham, NC, where he acted as tour manager and performer. He moved to Atlanta and became a member of the 2005-2006 Apprentice Company with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company. He helped direct the inaugural Shakespeare Intensive for Teens program in the summer of 2006, and became an Artistic Associate that same season.
Andrew’s acting roles with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company include Macbeth in Macbeth, Iago in Othello, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, and Orsino in Twelfth Night. Andrew’s ASC directing credits include The Comedy of Errors, Our Town, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Double Falsehood, and Edward III. As an Atlanta Shakespeare Company Education Artist, he acts as a text coach/teacher for the Apprentice Program, runs the Shakespeare Intensive for Teens, and has conducted or participated in numerous playshops throughout the state of Georgia.
Locally, Andrew has also worked with Theatrical Outfit, Aurora Theatre, the Agnes Scott Blackfriars and Theatre Decatur, as well as Unto These Hills in Cherokee, NC.
Some favorite Tavern Mainstage Acting credits include Edward III (Countess of Salisbury), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena), Othello(Emilia), The Tempest (Miranda) and Hamlet the Musical (Minion of the Afterlife)
Making her ASC directing debut in the 2016-17 season, she has brought to life two productions each of The Canterbury Tales and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a short-lived, though much beloved, production of Twelfth Night. The Canterbury Tales and Twelfth Night were both recognized as Suzi Bass Award Recommended and The Canterbury Talesreceived a nomination for Best Acting Ensemble.
As a Teaching Artist, Kati Grace has directed numerous productions for students through both artist-in-residency initiatives and Tavern Summer Programs. She created the Shakesploration Days programming for Homeschool students and various in-class programs such as Play On! Theatre Games to Build Your Classroom and the Literacy Through Drama Workshop series.
Kati Grace has also worked regionally as an actress, director, teaching artist and arts administrator with the Barter Theatre (VA), Flat Rock Playhouse (NC) and Faulkner Dinner Theatre (AL) as well as for several Atlanta theatres such as Shakespeare on Draught (where she recently played the title role in Titus Andronicus), Remedy Theatre Project, the Aurora Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Serenbe Playhouse, Georgia Shakespeare Festival and the Alliance Theatre Acting Program.
Adam holds a BFA in Acting from Webster University and is a graduate of the 2013-14 ASC Apprentice Company, where he appeared in the mainstage productions of Othello and King Lear, in addition to working with the education department both as a Teaching artist and as part of the touring show Shakespeare: A Language that Shaped the World. Some of his favorite Tavern Mainstage credits include The Complete of Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Our Town, The Tempest, Cymbeline, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night. Adam also played Romeo in R&J:60 and Lysander/Puck/Demetrius in Shakespeare for Kids: Dream Scheme for ASC’s Educational Tours. As an actor, he has been working in Atlanta for over a decade and has worked with the Alliance, the Aurora, Actor’s Express, and the Academy Theatre.
Amanda is a 2007 graduate of Andrew College with an Associate of Theatre, where her highlight roles included A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), Steel Magnolias (M’Lynn) and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). She then graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre performance in 2010. Her theatre credits from UWG include The Foreigner
(Catherine), Lady Windermere’s Fan ( Mrs. Erlynne), Twelfth Night (Maria), and Bat Boy: the Musical (Shelley). After graduating, she has performed here in Atlanta with The Collective Project in The Great McGanigan (Mrs. Twembley) and Essential Theatre in Stray Dogs (Violet). Amanda is a recent graduate of the ASC Apprentice Company 2013-2014. Her credits here at the Tavern include Timon of Athens (Phrynia) and Macbeth (Witch/Gentlewoman). Her Education Department touring programs credits include Shakespeare for Kids: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Shakespeare: A Language That Shaped a World.
Tony completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Theatre at Berry College, where he won a national championship in oral interpretation of prose literature. The next two years were spent on Masters studies in Speech Communications at Auburn University, where as a graduate teaching assistant he coached the individual speaking events team to their first-ever national team championship at the D S R -T K A national invitational tournament. He has studied with Ann Jagor, Lloyd Williamson of the Actors’ Movement Studio of New York, and Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass. As a Senior Acting Company member and Education Artist he has been involved with a variety of educational programs, including in-school residencies, The Shakespeare Intensive for Teens, and Shakespeare Superheroes, as well as matinee performances, post-show talk-backs and teaching playshops both at ASC and in schools. He also works with the Apprentices, both assisting in their scene work as a part of their formal studies and as a work-a-day mentor.