Daniel C. Vollaro, C.P.A.
Emily Mattina, Artistic Director
Jeffrey Lapham, Executive Director
Chris Gardner, General Manager
Rebecca Shaw, Education Manager
Lisa VanGeersdaele, Marketing Associate
■ 2015 Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellow, Emily Mattina
■ 2015 Mayor’s Arts & Culture Award
■ 2012 Certificate of Special Recognition for Service To Youth in New Britain
■ 2011 Arts Organization of the Year from the Waterbury Neighborhood Council
■ 2004 Celebrate our Communities Award from Community Fdn of Gr. New Britain
■ 2006 Forty under 40, Emily Mattina & Jeffrey Lapham
■ Headlined Shakespeare in the Litchfield Hills (Washington) 2012-2017
■ 2017 named an impactful Cornerstone Partner of the Conn. Community Fdn.
■ Headlined Shakespeare on the Shoreline (Guilford) 2012-2017
■ Connecticut Roster of Teaching Artists includes Emily Mattina
■ Connecticut Roster of Performing Artists includes Shakesperience Productions, Inc.
■ Headlined Shakespeare in Library Park (Waterbury) 2004-2014
■ Headlined Festival! Stratford, at American Shakespeare Festival Theater 2009-2011
The founder of Shakesperience, Ms. Mattina tirelessly guides the company to offering innovative touring productions, including a new program highlighting the culturally and historically rich neighborhoods of Waterbury, CT and starring its youngest residents. In her 15 years of directing, her productions have headlined festivals, including Shakespeare in Library Park, Shakespeare in Hollow Park, Festival! Stratford, Shakespeare on the Shoreline, and Vintage Shakesperience, a tour of Connecticut’s wine trail. Emily’s educational programs and public performances have received high acclaim and recognition, including enthusiastic reviews, presentations for Connecticut’s HOTS Schools, speaking and interviews for UCONN Theatre classes, and guest lectures for her alma mater, the University of New Hampshire.
Ms. Mattina has worked as an actor, director, teaching artist, and arts administrator for companies and regional tours based in California, Connecticut, Minnesota, and New York. She consults with other nonprofit arts groups regarding collaboration, outreach, education and positive company culture. She is proudly listed on the Connecticut Office of the Arts Directory of Teaching Artists. The New Haven Business Times named Ms. Mattina among the 2006 "Forty Under 40" for her professional success and community involvement in New Haven County. Ms. Mattina was also named the State of Connecticut’s 2015 Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellow.
Since attaining her M.A. in 17th Century English Literature with an emphasis on Shakespeare from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, Ms. Mattina has directed approximately half of Shakespeare’s canon at least once. Her favorite ongoing creative endeavor is nurturing her two beautiful children, Thomas Charles and Viola Lucia.
has been working with Shakesperience since 2013. In that time, he has appeared in King Lear (Cornwall), Radium Girls (Markley/Von Sochocky), Julius Caesar (Caesar), and The Tempest (Alonso), among others. He also claims to be the world's greatest narrator, a belief that has yet to face any serious challenge. He is a graduate of Connecticut College and the Eugene O'Neill Center's National Theater Institute.
is thrilled to be a part of the Spring Tour! He is a longtime Shakesperience staff member, and made his acting debut this past summer in the inaugural Shakespeare in the Litchfield Hills performance of The Comedy of Errors (Jailer’s Assistant). He also had the pleasure of working both on and off stage on the 2019 production of The Gift of Peace (Jim, German Soldier, Marcus). He is a recent graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he earned a B.A. in English Literature.
is thrilled to join Shakesperience. Since graduating from Emporia State University in Kansas, she has performed for multiple community theatres in Wichita. Her favorites were Wichita Shakespeare Company’s productions in the park. She played Maria in Love’s Labor’s Lost set in the 1920s, and multiple characters including Pisanio and the soothsayer in Cymbeline. She spent four years in China teaching with Disney English. Shakesperience marks her return to theatre and her first time ever working with a professional theatre company.
has two passions: the arts and working with children. As a child actor, she appeared in dozens of productions including, film, stage, television. She has studied Shakespeare and Chekhov performance technique and stage combat in New York. This past winter, she worked as the Assistant Stage Manager for the Off-Broadway show, The Little Dancer, A Holiday Musical. Moriah taught dance for several years and spends her summers as an overnight camp counselor. She is currently taking a gap year before heading off to college where she will major in Elementary Education.
is a CT native and Summa Cum Laude graduate of URI where she earned a BFA in Acting. She has studied at British American Dramatic Academy and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts with internships at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and Shakespeare on the Sound. Recent credits include: Agnes, Agnes of God, Macbeth, Macbeth, Abby, Our Mother’s Brief Affair, Dromio Double, Comedy of Errors, Nurse/Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet, Sarah Schorr, Trying, Viola, Shakespeare in Love, Ophelia, Hamlet, Helena, Alls Well That Ends Well,Demetrius, Titus Andronicus, Margie, Good People, Myrtle, The Great Gatsby, and Annie, The Vibrator Play. She received the Vocal Excellence Award from the Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association and Square One Theatre’s Outstanding Featured Actress Subscriber Award for her role in Trying.
is a Connecticut native and a recent graduate of Muhlenberg College where he earned a BA in Theatre (acting concentration) as well as Political Science. David studied physical comedy at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo Italy. As a student, David made a name for himself by playing many absurd, larger than life characters such as, “Father Ubu” in Ubu Roi, “The Fire Captain” in The Bald Soprano, and “Dr. Lombardi (il dottore)” in The Servant of Two Masters."