In an attempt to permanently diversify Barefoot Shakespeare Company’s shows and educational endeavors, we adopted our Resident Artist program starting in January 2021. These incredible theatre practitioners are all Barefoot alumni who we contract seasonally in specific capacities to help produce work that is evocative, innovative, and socially conscious.
RESIDENT FIGHT DIRECTOR
Robert Aronowitz (he/him) serves as Resident Fight Director for Barefoot Shakespeare Company and has been working with the company since the 2016 season. Robert is a Certified Teacher of Stage Combat, a Certified Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructor, as well as the Stunt/Intimacy Coordinator for the New York Film Academy. While NYC based, his work has taken him all over the world and he is a proud member of both the Society of American Fight Directors and the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat. Robert is the Co-Founder of “Neutral Chaos” (www.neutralchaoscombat.com) the largest stage combat training school in the US. As a company Neutral Chaos offers choreographic solutions, combat instruction, and masterclass training opportunities. Robert is also the founder of “The Tourist Trap Stage Combat and Stunt Workshop” held annually in February at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fl. (www.touristtrapscw.com).
RESIDENT DIRECTOR OF VOICE AND SPEECH
Caitlyn McCain is a NYC based Actor, Singer and Teaching Artist. Caitlyn is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she received a BFA in Drama. As an actor, Caitlyn believes that positive representation matters and prioritizes stories that give a voice and platform to historically erased, marginalized and silenced voices on our world’s stage. As a voice professional, Caitlyn currently teaches first year Voice & Speech at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in their 3-Year professional conservatory and youth outreach programs. Additionally, Caitlyn works with New York City Children’s Theater to bring theatre based literature programming to District 75 schools and homeless shelters throughout NYC and is the Artistic Associate in charge of Creative Clubhouse – a digital, interactive and accessible theatre space for young people that fosters social-emotional growth.
RESIDENT DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Regina Renee Russell (she/her) serves as Barefoot Shakespeare Company’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Regina is a New York based actress, writer
and director. Originally hailing from the Bronx and a graduate of Cornell University (B.A. Theatre Arts) and East 15 Acting School in London (M.F.A
Acting), Regina’s favorite recent roles in theater and voiceover include: LCDR Talise Asherah: Primordial Deep (No Such Thing Productions), Trainee: Brimstone Valley Mall (Whisperforge), Evelyn Wesley: Unwell a
Midwestern Gothic Mystery (HartLife NFP), Lysistrata: Lysistrata (Worlds Elsewhere Theatre Company), Lysander: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Barefoot
Shakespeare Company), and Helena: A Midsummer Night’s Charity Stream (Worlds Elsewhere Theatre Company). Instagram: @reggirenee, Twitter: @reginarenee594. Click here to view Regina’s Backstage profile.
RESIDENT MOVEMENT DIRECTOR
Arden Winant (she/her) serves as a Vice President of Barefoot Shakespeare Company, as well as an independent actor and choreographer. Previous Barefoot credits include: Much Ado About Nothing (Margaret), UNREHEARSED: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), and choreographed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All One Forest, and Lady Capulet. Regional theatre credits include: This Sinking Island (The Anthropologists), Measure for Measure (Mercury Glass Theatre Co.), 4.48 Psychosis (Wirehead Collective), House of Bernarda Alba (Theatre of WAR). Film/TV: Adventureland, Bee Season, A View From the Top, “Nurse Jackie”, “Blue Bloods”. Creator of Descendants of the Chalice, a devised dance-theatre piece based off of the fine art installation “The Dinner Party” by Judy Chicago. Training: Purchase College, SUNY. www.ardenwinant.com