Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Welcomes Associate Artistic Director, Sets Fall Lineup

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Welcomes Associate Artistic Director, Sets Fall Lineup

The dog-days of summer don't slow things down at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Artistic Director Davis McCallum recently announced the appointment of a new Associate Artistic Director/Director of Education, Sean McNall. In addition McCallum also announced a number of special performances planned for the fall.

"We are pleased to welcome Sean McNall as our new Associate Artistic Director. Sean will also serve as our Director of Education. He is a talented actor and will bring a wealth of experience and energy to HVSF" said McCallum.

This is a return to HVSF for McNall who appeared as Romeo in the 2001 production of Romeo and Juliet. A graduate of the Julliard School, he has been a member of The Pearl Resident Acting Company for the past 12 years, appearing in over 35 productions. He has also appeared on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country. He is the recipient of the 2005 AEA Joe Calloway Award for best performance in a professional production of a classic in the New York metropolitan area. In 2008 he was awarded an OBIE for Sustained Excellence in Performance. He assumes the position of Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education from Christopher V. Edwards who left HVSF earlier this summer to become Artistic Director of the Nevada Conservatory Theater.

McCallum also announced that HVSF will present a theatrical adaptation of The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher in October, and a concert reading of All is Calm, by Peter Rothstein with musical arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach in December. For more details and to purchase tickets visit http://hvshakespeare.org

Celebrating their 28th season, HVSF is the only resident Shakespeare company in the Hudson Valley region. HVSF's productions and education programs reach 75,000 people of all ages each year, and its performances are consistently acclaimed for their spontaneous, spare and freewheeling playing style. HVSF makes its home under a specially designed, open-air theater tent perched high on the banks of the Hudson River on the grounds of historic Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, New York. Using the dramatic views of the Hudson Highlands as near-perfect stage scenery, HVSF presents unparalleled productions in a perfect marriage of theater and nature.

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