Staff & Teachers
Meet BAYFEST Founder and Director, Robert Shampain
Robert Shampain is the Founder and Director of the 21-year-old BAYFEST program. He has taught and directed theatre training programs with major companies around the US and UK for over 25 years, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Jacques d’Amboise’s National Dance Institute in New York, National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, Boston University, Catholic University of America, University of Southern California, Clwyd Youth Theatre, Tyne Youth Theatre and Seattle Children’s Theatre among many others. His work as a professional stage actor and director has been seen around the US and UK, as well as having acted in many TV and film projects. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Gina Angelique Founding Artistic Director (through 2006) of Eveoke Dance Theatre in San Diego, California.
Seth Barrish is Artistic Director of the acclaimed Barrow Group Theatre Company and School in New York City. His work as an actor and Director has been seen in New York and regional theatres around the US, and he has also acted in numerous TV productions.
Dean Byfield was founder of The Engine Room Theatre Company in London. He was Assistant Director of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, and his teaching, performing and directing work has taken him all over the UK and Europe.
David Deblinger is an actor and writer living in New York City.
Sam Gold trained as an actor and physical performer at Pomona College in California. Combining classical theatre training with a background in Corporeal Mime, Sam has performed his solo work and taught physical theatre at home and abroad in schools, workshops, and international festivals. Selected as a 2011-2012 Watson Fellow, Sam traveled the world studying the connections between puppets and people in performance.
Rachel Glass works nationally as a specialist in acting, movement, voice, and speech and has directed more than 20 theatrical productions involving young people since 1996. As a dialect specialist, Rachel coaches actors on dialects and foreign languages for stage, television and film. She works regularly as a Dynamic Public Speaking coach in academic settings, as well as for corporate, non-profit and theatrical organizations. Rachel records national and regional commercials, voiceovers, and audio books. She is a part of KIRO-FM’s on-air weekend team in Seattle, and is a core company member with Jim French Productions, which produces nationally syndicated weekly radio shows. She has performed in regional theatres all over the US and her on-screen work includes being featured opposite Sharon Stone in the film Last Dance.
Hildi Handel is a founding board member and Associate Director of BAYFEST. She has studied and is certified in a number of communications and body-work modalities, including Polarity, Reiki, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Molly Kenny is the Founder of Rubicon Dance Cardiff, South Wales. She worked for many years as Movement Specialist with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
David Quicksall received a BA in Theater at the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to receive an MFA in acting at UCLA. In Seattle, David has worked in the professional theater as an actor, director, and writer for ACT, the 5th Avenue, Intiman, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and Book-It Repertory Theatre. This last winter, David directed his original adaptation of Frankenstein for Book-It Repertory Theatre. He will be directing The Two Gentlemen of Verona this summer for the Seattle Shakespeare Company. Over the last 13 years, David has worked as a teacher and artist mentor for Arts Impact, an organization that trains classroom teachers to infuse the arts into their curriculum.
Dr. Gideon Rappaport is an award-winning Shakespeare, literature and humanities teacher at La Jolla Country Day School (formerly at The Bishop’s School, also in La Jolla, California). He has worked as Dramaturge for the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and California Shakespeare Festival, among other theatres, and has taught and guest-lectured at colleges and universities around the country.
David Robinson is a painter, storyteller, and theatre artist living in Seattle, Washington. His travels and work have taken him all over the world.
Mary Rochon is thrilled to re-join the BAYFEST team after working with them in La Jolla, CA for summer 2013’s The Winter’s Tale. As a multi-award winning Costume Designer, Mary has focused her career on story telling through fabric, color and silhouette. She is a visiting artist with the NW Children’s Theater in Portland, OR and has worked for esteemed companies like The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse and Artist’s Repertory. Mary holds an MFA in Design from the University of California, San Diego and a BFA in Fashion Design from the Art Institute, Chicago.
Jean Taylor is a Master Teaching Artist with Lincoln Center Institute. She also taught for many years at the Berkeley Carroll School and Stella Adler Conservatory, and is a certified Alexander Technique teacher. Her work as an actress and clown performer has taking all over the US.
Other Staff and Teachers
Each year, BAYFEST participants work with a number of teachers, directors, choreographers and designers – all professionals in their fields — most of whom have national and international credits.