UofL theatre arts professor Rinda Frye spoke before the
UofL theatre arts professor Rinda Frye spoke before the "red out" July 23 performance of "The Tempest" at Shakespeare in Central Park. The 2015 cast and crew is made up of many UofL students, alumni and staff members.

Cardinal red, that is.

Kentucky Shakespeare continues to show its University of Louisville connections both onstage and behind the scenes.

The 2015 season runs through Aug. 9 with daily free Shakespeare productions starting at 8 p.m. in Central Park.

The majority of this year’s cast and crew are made up of UofL graduates as well as current students, and a “red out” event on July 23 drew about 125 alumni, students and UofL fans to hear theatre arts professor Rinda Frye speak about Shakespeare and “Magical Metaphysical Theater” before a performance of “The Tempest.” Audience members were encouraged to wear red to show their spirit.

Two of the UofL grads involved in the production this year are Michelle Gentry and Jeremy Sapp.

Gentry graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts and works as a scenic design assistant and an assistant technical director for Kentucky Shakespeare. Originally from Louisville, Gentry intended on going to Ball State University.

“I chose to go to UofL because they have a smaller theatre department,” said Gentry. “I knew I would get more opportunities as an undergraduate here.”

While Gentry helps keep things running smoothly backstage, Jeremy Sapp works front and center as an actor in the production. The 2007 graduate has a bachelor’s degree in humanities and has starred in several Shakespeare productions, including “Macbeth,” “The Tempest” and “The Taming of the Shrew.”

“My favorite thing about Kentucky Shakespeare is the incredible experience of being able to do this for free for so many people,” said the Hazard, Ky. native. “They keep coming back and it’s great.”

Both of the UofL alums plan to continue their work with Kentucky Shakespeare.

For more information about Kentucky Shakespeare as well as the list of scheduled performances, visit: http://www.kyshakespeare.com/sicp/

UofL at Kentucky Shakespeare 2015


Jeremy Sapp, alum

Kyle Ware, alum

Greg Maupin, alum

Renea Brown, alum

Jon Huffman, alum

Braden McCambell, student


Charles Nasby, alum, technical production manager, theatre arts

Michelle Gentry, alum

Anna Neikirk, alum

Mo Stucker, alum

Elliot Cornett, alum

Kathryn Spivey, alum

Crystian Wiltshire, student

Will Dyre, student

Alex Cooper, student

Megan Fuller, student

Jennifer Siow, alum

Bria Staten-Favors
Bria Staten-Favors is the Graduate Assistant in the University of Louisville’s Office of Communications and Marketing. After completing her bachelor of science in Communication, she decided to pursue her master’s degree at UofL as well. She also works in the Partnership Division at the Louisville Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and is an avid Cards fan.