Staff

photo_curt_svsuCURT L. TOFTELAND
Founder & Producing Director
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CURT L. TOFTELAND brings forty+ years of professional theatre experience to his current role as a freelance theatre artist - director, actor, producer, playwright, writer, teacher, program developer, prison arts practitioner, and consultant.

Curt is the Founder of the internationally acclaimed Shakespeare Behind Bars (SBB) program, now in its 25th year of continuous operation. From 1995-2008, Curt facilitated the SBB/KY program at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange, Kentucky. During his thirteen year tenure, Curt produced and directed fourteen Shakespeare productions. Multiple participants in the SBB/KY program have garnered Pen Literary Prison Writing Awards, as well as been published in academic journals.

During the 2003 SBB production of The Tempest, Philomath Films chronicled the process in a documentary that premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and forty+ film festivals around the world winning a total of eleven film awards.

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MATT WALLACE
Director of SBB|KY Programs
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Matt has been Director/Facilitator of the Shakespeare Behind Bars program at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex and the Kentucky programs since 2008, directing SBB seasons of King Lear, Midsummer Night's Dream, Julius CaesarTwelfth Night, Pericles, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, Merchant of Venice, The Winter’s Tale, and Macbeth. He served as Program Director and Facilitator of the SBB Multidisciplinary Juvenile Arts Program at the Audubon Youth Development Center for several years and created the Shakespeare Beyond Bars programs at Louisville Day Treatment Center, Home of the Innocents, and Uspiritus. He also created and facilitated the Journeymen Programs for 18-21 year olds at Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex and Luther Luckett Correctional Complex, a partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education and Arts for All Kentucky, the state organization on arts and disability. The Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency awarded Matt the Volunteer of the Year Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Kentucky Criminal Justice System.

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KeithKEITH MCGILL
Co-Facilitator, SBB|Kentucky

Keith McGill has been a free-lance theater teacher and workshop leader for over a decade for organizations including Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, ArtsReach, and Walden Theatre and Actors’ Theatre’s New Voices playwriting program. He has also appeared in productions with various theatre organizations, such as Actors Theatre, The Necessary Theatre, Pleaides Theatre, Louisville Repertory Theatre, Looking for Lilith Theatre Company and the Royal Palm Players. Keith is very excited and proud to be part of Shakespeare Behind Bars.


BRIAN HINDS
Co-Facilitator, SBB|Kentucky

Brian Hinds is a theater teacher at the Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS), where he teaches freshman theatre majors and playwriting. Originally from Maine, Brian spent ten years with the Children’s Theatre of Maine, where he served as an actor, instructor, and director. Since moving to Louisville, Brian worked as an outreach artist with Kentucky Shakespeare and Commonwealth Theatre Center. As an actor, Brian has performed with Kentucky Shakespeare (Burbage in Shakespeare in Love, Macbeth in Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: Macbeth, Richard in Richard III, Macduff in Macbeth, Sir Toby in Twelfth Night, Cassius in Julius Caesar), StageOne Family Theatre, The Bard Theater (Rx, Seminar), Liminal Playhouse (Captain Tock in The Fastest Clock in the Universe) and Savage Rose Classical Theatre (Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, and Prospero in The Tempest). Recent directing credits include The Comedy of Errors, The Crucible, Tom Jones, Hamlet, and Our Town at YPAS. Brian is also a member of Louisville Improvisors.

kateKATE THOMSEN
Co-Facilitator - SBB|Michigan

Kate currently teaches at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

JosephByrdJOSEPH BYRD
Co-Facilitator - SBB|Michigan

Joseph relocated to Portland, Oregon.

EDWARD HARTLINE
Co-Facilitator SBB|Michigan

Edward joined Shakespeare Behind Bars|Michigan as a facilitator-in-training in 2013.  He began his career as a Systems Design and Analysis analyst for the US Air Force. Following his Honorable Discharge, Edward worked for Reynolds Electrical and Engineering Company (Operations Management Company for the Nevada Nuclear Test Site) in Las Vegas Nevada. While in Las Vegas, he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on Personnel Management, from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas; he taught Systems Design and Analysis and Introduction to Computers at the Clark County Community College; and he began his consulting business, Hartline and Associates, LLC.

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mary.bridget.mccarthyBRIDGIT MCCARTHYCo-Facilitator SBB|Michigan

Bridgit relocated to Atlanta, Georgia.

Laura Peach_pixLAURA PEACH
Co-Facilitator SBB|Michigan

Laura relocated to Los Angeles, California.

DonnaLawrenceDONNA LAWRENCE-DOWNS
Costume Designer – SBB|Kentucky

Donna joined the SBB team in 2010. She has designed costumes for SBB at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex productions of King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, Pericles, Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, and Richard III.

Donna has been part of the Louisville Theatre family for over 25 years.  Currently, she is the resident costume designer for Kentucky Shakespeare.  She was costume shop manager, draper and resident designer for StageOne for 18 seasons as well as costume shop manager and resident designer for Music Theatre Louisville for 15 seasons and worked as shoe mitress and draper/first hand at Louisville Ballet for 6 years.  She has been lucky enough to work with many theatres in town, including Kentucky Opera, Pandora Productions, CenterStage,  Bellarmine University, Actor’s Theatre, Kentucky Country Day and Derby Dinner Playhouse.

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