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Chukwudi Iwuji
(Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges) Chukwudi Iwuji can currently be seen in Ava DuVernay’s Emmy-nominated limited Netflix series When They See Us as well as the second season of the ABC/Netflix series Designated Survivor. Upcoming work includes the second season of the BBC drama The Split, Paul Greengrass’s News of the World opposite Tom Hanks, as well as the Amazon limited series The Underground Railroad for director Barry Jenkins.

An accomplished theater veteran, Chuk recently starred in Othello for The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park. Chuk’s performance in The Low Road, directed by Michael Greif, earned him an Obie Award, as well as 2018 Lucille Lortel and Drama League nominations. An Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company for his numerous Shakespearean performances, he has also received two Olivier awards for his titular role as Henry VI in the RSC’s 2009 productions of parts I, II, and III. 

Other stage credits include: the titular role in the Public Theatre’s Hamlet directed by Patricia McGregor; Ivo van Hove’s Obsession opposite Jude Law, and Hedda Gabler opposite Ruth Wilson, both for The National Theatre; The Public Theatre’s productions of King Lear and Antony and Cleopatra; Theatre for a New Audience’s Tamburlaine directed by Michael Boyd; and the Old Vic’s Richard III directed by Sam Mendes.

In addition to his extensive stage work, Chuk has made numerous television appearances including: Quantico, The Blindspot, Madam Secretary, and Doctor Who. Chuk’s film credits include: Netflix’s Barry, Chad Stahelski’s John Wick: Chapter 2 opposite Keanu Reeves, A Woman A Part, Now: In The Wings of a World Stage, the multi-award winning Exam, and Fall to Rise.

Merritt Janson
(Marie Antoinette) Devoted to developing new work, Merritt Janson has originated roles in Robert Woodruff's Notes From Underground and Autumn Sonata (Yale Rep, La Jolla, Theatre for a New Audience); Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine, created by Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Two River); Built with Robert O’Hara at 59E59, Jonathan Franzen’s House For Sale directed by Daniel Fish (Duke Theater, Transport Group); Lloyd Suh’s Great Wall Story (Denver Center); The Deception created by Dominique Serrand (La Jolla); and The Onion Cellar with Amanda Palmer and The Dresden Dolls at the American Repertory Theater. An Off-Broadway regular, Merritt has specialized in classical roles with Theater for a New Audience (Sir Michael Boyd's Tamburlaine the Great, Shana Cooper’s Julius Caesar and Measure for Measure directed by Simon Godwin); Red Bull Theater (Coriolanus); The Public (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Shakespeare Theatre DC’s Othello. Over five seasons with Shakespeare & Company she played Miranda opposite Olympia Dukakis in The Tempest, Viola in Twelfth Night, Rosalind in As You Like It, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Desdemona in Othello opposite John Douglas Thompson. Other works include the title role in The Wilma’s Eurydice directed by Blanka Zizka, American Repertory Theater’s Britannicus directed by Robert Woodruff and Paradise Lost directed by Daniel Fish. She can be found regularly onscreen most recently appearing on “Elementary” (CBS), “Billions” (Showtime), “Quantico” (ABC), and “Madam Secretary” (CBS). Merritt holds an MFA in Acting from ART / MXAT at Harvard University. 

David Joseph
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) David Joseph has been at Shakespeare & Company for fourteen seasons. Past roles include: James in Time Stands Still (nominated for Best Leading Actor Award), Mr Darcy in Christmas at Pemberly and Pride and Prejudice, George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life, Lysander in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Elyot in Private Lives, Dorante in The Liar, Sebastian in The Tempest, Clown 2 (12 Characters) in 39 Steps. David earned a Best Leading Actor nomination for playing Charlie Chaplin in the world premiere of The Consul, The Tramp and Americas Sweetheart at Old Castle Theatre, Shipwrecked, Player 2 (22 Characters) WINNER of Best Ensemble Award, Old Castle Theatre. Other recent roles include: Mozart in The Black Mozart at Tanglewood, Thom in The Last Wife for WAM, Michael in Can You Hear Me Baby (NYC & The Goodwill Theatre), George in Word Play at Playwrites Horizons, (NYC), Johnny in Hotel California (NYC), Coleman in I Married The Icepick Killer at Stella Adler Theatre (NYC). Film Credits: David was Producer and Staring role of the feature film Penny Land which premiered at Manhattan Film Festival, Damsel by Douglas Burgdorf, another feature film, premiered at the Spain International Film Festival, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet for The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock, Glowing Screens Magdalena's Brain. In 2008 & 2010 David had the honor of singing The National Anthem at Fenway Park in Boston.

Bill Barclay
(Captain Chodorlos de Laclos; Writer and Director) Hailed a “personable polymath” in the London Times, Bill Barclay was Director of Music at Shakespeare’s Globe from 2012-2019 producing music for over 120 productions and 150 concerts. Original scores include Hamlet Globe-to-Globe to every country in the world, Emilia, Edward II, Romeo & Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, Pericles and Comedy of Errors. A director, composer, writer and producer, he is the Artistic Director of Concert Theatre Works.

Broadway and West End credits include: Farinelli and the King, Twelfth Night, and Richard III, all starring Mark Rylance. A passionate advocate for evolving the concert hall, he has created works of concert theatre for the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, and annually with The Boston Symphony Orchestra (Peer Gynt, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Magic Flute, L’Histoire du Soldat).

As a composer, Bill Barclay’s original music has been performed in 197 countries and 42 US states, for President Obama, the British Royal Family, for the Olympic Torch, at the United Nations, in Buckingham Palace, and in refugee camps in Jordan and Calais. He is the founder of the label Globe Music, recognized by the BBC, The Royal Philharmonic Society and Songlines (Top of the World, 2016), with releases featuring Ian Bostridge and Soumik Datta.

Barclay recently created a new Four Seasons Recomposed for Max Richter on period instruments with the puppetry masters Gyre & Gimble. In 2019, he composed four new productions for the Globe, directed his immersive work for Washington National Cathedral, conducted his new album, King of Ghosts, on tour with City of London Sinfonia, directed the Grammy-winning Silk Road Ensemble with Heroes Take Their Stands, and directed his original Antony & Cleopatra with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra at the Virginia Arts Festival.

An arts and culture writer for the Guardian, Bill recently published Shakespeare, Music, and Performance for Cambridge University Press, and The Jon Lipsky Play Anthology for Smith & Kraus. He lectures widely on the music of the spheres and is a leading international voice on Shakespeare’s music. He is a contributor to a forthcoming book on Shakespeare’s music with Oxford University Press in 2020.