Meet the Board

Emily Gallagher is a co-founder and the President of Barefoot Shakespeare Company. In her third year of study at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Emily studied abroad at RADA in London where she spent the semester immersed in a Shakespeare Intensive. She believes that it is impossible to not fall in love with Shakespeare when exposed to it by the right people. Emily has performed in many of Barefoot Shakespeare Company’s productions including: Twelfth Night, Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, and Taming of the Shrew, and has enjoyed directing many a production too.

Courtney Moors is a founding member and the Managing Director of Barefoot Shakespeare Company. Regional credits include: Actors Theatre of Louisville (Dracula, HEIST!), Orlando Shakespeare Theater (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pride and Prejudice), Portland Stage Company (Hidden Tennessee, The Snow Queen, The Savannah Disputation, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play), Triad Stage (VROOOMMM!), and Shakespeare Kennesaw (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). NYC: I, Horatio, Chains of Dew, and HAL: A live Radio Play. With Barefoot Shakes: Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth. Courtney received her BFA in acting from the University of Central Florida. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. www.courtneymoors.com

screen-shot-2016-10-29-at-8-27-58-pmJillian Markowitz Musarskiy is the Vice President of Barefoot Shakespeare Company. She studied business, marketing and film at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU. This unique focus led her to accept a full scholarship to Hofstra Law, where she graduated cum laude and received an achievement award in intellectual property. She works as a Associate Attorney in midtown, New York where she represents purchasers, sellers and lenders in commercial and residential real estate transactions.  She made her Assistant Directorial debut with Barefoot’s productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth in 2017.

Emily Thaler serves as Production Manager and Volunteer Coordinator for Barefoot Shakespeare Company. She is an actor and stage manager based here in New York City. She studied at The University of Tampa were she received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, and was part of The Barrow Group Acting Apprenticeship program from 2016-2017. Her most recent acting credits include: Shayna at The Fear Festival in NYC, and The Widow in The Taming of the Shrew with Barefoot Shakespeare. Her most recent stage management credits include: Pizza Man with Company of Fools, Macbeth and A Midsummer’s Night Dream with Barefoot Shakespeare Company, Orion with Ruddy Productions and Taking Shakespeare at Florida Studio Theatre.

Samantha Gronwoldt serves as Secretary for Barefoot Shakespeare Company. She is an Early Childhood Educator based here in New York City at the Medical Center Nursery School. Samantha has her degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has served as Barefoot Shakespeare Company’s properties mistress since our 2016 season. Samantha has also recently worked with Company of Fools as props goddess on their production of Pizza Man and with RSTC as Youth Ensemble Coordinator of their production of Oliver! Samantha will be spending the summer of 2018 volunteering as a childcare provider in Mombasa, Kenya!