• Meet the Cast – Julius Caesar, Pt. 5

    Katherine Folsom – Soothsayer/Citizen 5

    Born in San Jose, CA, Katherine started dancing at the age of three and became a teaching apprentice at the age of 13. She has been doing Musical theater choreography since 2002 for musicals such as THE MUSIC MAN; GREASE and EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL. Some of her favorite major acting roles have been Robyn in GODSPELL, Marcy in 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE and was nominated for an Elly award for the part of Snoopy in YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN. She received her professional dramatic acting training at The Pacific  Conservatory of Performing Arts, receiving the ‘Jan Severson Scholarship’ for excellence. And was cast in their professional regional theater’s productions of WHITE CHRISTMAS and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. She returned to the Sacramento Area where she teaches dance full time. When she is not on stage, Katherine loves to skateboard and is featured in a new skateboard documentary, “N-Men: The Untold Story” that has been recently released.

    Riley J Burke – Claudius

    This is Riley’s fourth production with City Theatre (EMILA/Howard/Eve, EURYDICE/Orpheus, MACBETH/Murderer/Seyton) and they are so excited to be back for this year’s Sacramento Shakespeare Festival! RJ has also been involved in productions at the Folsom Lake College campus appearing in two Falcon’s Eye Theatre productions in the last year; CABARET/Ensemble and ANTIGONE/Ismene. Riley recently had the opportunity to be invited to be a part of the World Premiere of AN HONEST APOLOGY/Ella at Free Fall stage earlier this year and she will be participating in HELP ME/Stella with the company in August. RJ is originally from the Greater Bay Area and some early credits include: ALMOST MAINE/Sandrine, MIA/Immaculate, ANGEL STREET/Nancy, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, and PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE/Suzanne. RJ plans to study musical theatre well as continue exploring other theatre avenues such as stage management, directing and fight choreography.

    Robert Espinosa – Metellus Cimber

    This is Robert’s return to the stage after a long hiatus. He studied Theater Arts at San Francisco State University and has been in many productions, including GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS/Aaronow, MAJOR BARBARA/Undershaft, TARTUFFE/Damis, NOISES OFF/Lloyd Dallas, and KILLER’S HEAD/Mazon. When not traveling with his wife or spending time with his dog, Robert runs his dog daycare that he has owned and operated in downtown for over 15 years. But he is most excited about being part of a Sacramento Shakespeare Festival production and looks forward more shows with them in the future.

  • Meet the Cast – Julius Caesar, Pt. 4

    Marco Tabayoyon – Cinna

    Marco is absolutely thrilled to be making their Sacramento Shakespeare Festival debut as Cinna the Conspirator. Marco is a local actor with an associate’s degree in theatre arts from San Diego City College, with hopes to find their BFA in acting next year! Some of Marco’s favorite credits include –  MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Big Idea Theatre)  AIRNESS ,(ARC Theatre) MY CORNER (Teatro Espejo), and THE MOUSETRAP(FreeFall Stage). Outside of theatre Marco loves taking walks in nature, and going to the movie theaters. Marco hopes someday to break into more film work, while still balancing their love for theatre!

    Matthew Fairall – Marcus Brutus

    Matthew Fairall is thrilled to be joining this marvelous cast in his premiere show at the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival. He was last seen at PCT’s production of VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE – Spike. He was most fond of his time at The Actor’s Workshop with the great Ed Claudio, there seen in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW – Petruccio, DEATH OF A SALESMAN – Biff, KING LEAR – Edmund, and with the Walking Shadow Players in MACBETH – Macduff, and WAITING FOR GODOT – Estragon. In addition, he has been seen at Celebration Arts, POLAR BEARS, BLACK BOYS, AND PRAIRIE FRINGED ORCHIDS – Tom; Capital Stage, THIS PLAY IS NOT ABOUT MONICA LEWINSKY- The Expat, B Street Theatre, STOP KISS – Peter, and Resurrection Theatre, BALM IN GILEAD – Fick. His other interests include SCUBA diving, being mischievous, and the Oxford comma.

    Esmeralda – Citizen 4

    Esmeralda is extremely grateful to be making her Sacramento Shakespeare Festival debut. As a Theater major at Sacramento State, she has studied for the past two years and is ready to put her skills to practice. She has wanted to be an actor since she was young, and is extremely grateful for the sacrifices her family has taken to grant her the opportunity to follow her dream.  This is her first professional production, and is ecstatic to be given this opportunity. She would like to thank the directors for choosing her to be a part of this talented group. Her cast and crew all were so lovely to work with. And her friends and family who have supported her throughout her life.)

  • Meet the Cast – Julius Caesar, Pt. 3

    Dakoda “deejay” Jones – Dardanius

    Dakoda Jones, also known as deejay, developed a love for the performing arts at age 13 and has been a proud theatre kid since. He has studied theater for seven years and performed in over a dozen productions; the latest being SWEAT here on the Sac City College campus. Dakoda graduated from City this past May with an associates in social and behavioral sciences. He will go on to Sac State this fall to study theater along with child and adolescent development in order to pursue his dream of teaching in the arts.

    Lauren Ormond – Clitus

    Lauren Ormond is overjoyed to be in her third Sacramento Shakespeare Festival production. When it comes to previous Sac Shakes and City Theatre productions, you may have seen her as Caithness/Macbeth, Louisa Musgrove/Mrs. Clay/Persuasion, Sampson/Romeo and Juliet, Carol Henderson/Decision Height, El Bobo/Life is a Dream.

    Luna Solis – Soothsayer/ASM

    Luna Solis is ASMing their fourth show at City Theatre; this time being the production also as Soothsayer Three. Previous shows at City being Eurydice, SWEAT, and Emilia. They have stage managed four and acted in five productions at Kit Carson International Academy.

  • A Glimpse into…

    Esmeralda – Citizen 4

    I was given the wonderful opportunity to join the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival this year. When I first auditioned for this show, I was intimidated by all the amazing talent around me. As intimidated as I was, I wanted to be included in this community. Thanks to the directors, I was cast to be a part of this show. This is my first show since elementary school, so naturally, I wanted to show that I deserved to be here. I wanted to be considered as an equal to all my talented castmates. Luckily, during our rehearsal process, everyone was treated as an equal importance to the story. I never felt as if I was less important to the story than another person. Everyone had importance on how the show came together. This community welcomed me with open arms and I couldn’t have been more grateful for this amazing cast and crew. 

  • Meet the Cast – Julius Caesar pt. 2

    Ted Muhlhauser – Strato

    Ted is a legislative and legal office manager for the State of California by day. Joining the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival is a bucket-lister for Ted. In 2021, Ted got his first taste of Shakespeare when he played the Bard of Avon’s ghost in City Theatre’s online production of HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: WELCOME BACK (GHOSTLIGHT 2). Although Ted has bounced around California local theatre for five decades, this is the first time he takes the stage in a play written by Shakespeare. Ted’s prior stage credits include MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY/HOMER ACT 3, FROGGY LESUEUR in THE FOREIGNER, and FRED in Edward Albee’s THE LADY FROM DUBUQUE.

    Photo by Bruce Clarke

    Anna Colatrella – Flavius/Citizen

    Anna is excited to be returning for her second show with Sacramento Shakespeare Festival. Originally from Sacramento, Anna is a rising senior at the University of Hartford, where she will be graduating with a BFA in Musical Theater and a minor in Marketing in the Spring of 2025. Previous roles include Juliet/ROMEO AND JULIET (Sacramento Shakespeare Festival); Quincey/Bart/MR. BURNS (The Hartt School); and By My Side/GODSPELL (Musical Mayhem Productions). She hopes you enjoy the show!

    Photo by Bruce Clarke

    Jonathan Plon – Mark Antony

    Jonathan is thrilled to be returning to the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival this year for JULIUS CAESAR. He earned his B.A. in Theatre 2023 at Sacramento State University, and, in the same year, he completed the Irish Summer Theatre Programme at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. Previous credits include: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM/Oberon at Resurrection Theatre, ROMEO AND JULIET/Friar Laurence, and HAMLET/Hamlet for Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, POODLE WITH GUITAR AND DARK GLASSES/Gray at The Happy Hour Theatre, HAMLET/Claudius and THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE/Paunch at Sacramento State University, as well as A CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME/Ed Boone at Sacramento City College.

    Photo by Bruce Clarke

  • Meet the Cast – Julius Caesar 1922

    Lauren Graffigna – Portia, Varro

    You may have seen Lauren Graffigna portray Lady Macduff in MACBETH at the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, or Segismundo in LIFE IS A DREAM at Sacramento City College or Horatio in HAMLET at Sacramento State University where she graduated with degrees in Organizational Communications and Theatre. She has also been involved in the One Act Festival at the Big Idea Theatre and the B Street Theatre’s 24-Hour Plays. Come and say “hi” to Lauren the next time you are visit the B Street Theatre where she works in the Box Office.

    Photo by Bruce Clarke

    Jake Brooks — Casca

    This is Jake’s third go-round with Sac Shakes after his roles as Charles/William in AS YOU LIKE IT in 2011 and Murderer in MACBETH in 2023. He also just finished playing Demetrius in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Resurrection Theatre. Other notable roles are Gary in SISTER MARY IGNATIUS… (Ovation Stage), Max in CABARET (CSUS), the Very Interesting Man in EURYDICE (City Theatre), and Leon Czołgosz in Stephen Sondheim’s ASSASSINS (River Stage). His favorite play was ROBIN HOOD at CSUS because backstage he met his wonderful partner of 12 years, Dechelle (also he got to learn some sick bo staff moves). On weekends, he works at The Lucas Winery in Lodi.

    Photo by Bruce Clarke

    Matthew Malone – Octavius

    Matthew is thrilled to play the role of Octavius. He has acted with the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival since 2012, with previous roles including MACBETH/Witch, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE/Sam, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS/Dr. Pinch, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM/Flute. Matthew edits The Galt Herald and Elk Grove Citizen newspapers, and he spends his free time reading books, studying French and baking sweet treats.

    Photo by Bruce Clarke

  • Julius Caesar 1922 Opens July 5

    “Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears.” ~ Marc Antony

    Jealous conspirators convince Caesar’s friend Brutus to join their assassination plot against Caesar. To stop Caesar from gaining too much power, Brutus and the conspirators kill Caesar on the Ides of March. Mark Antony drives Brutus and the conspirators out of Rome, and there is war.  Still Shakespeare’s original text, but set in 1922 Italy, as the rise of fascism propelled Italy toward World War II. A cautionary tale?

    Sacramento Shakespeare Festival presents Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, from July 5 through July 28. Julius Caesar opens Friday, July 5 at 7:30 pm, followed by a sparkling dessert reception in the Chris Daubert Courtyard for the Arts (all are welcome). Performances continue on July 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 pm, and July 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 2:00 pm. All performances will be held in the Art Court Theatre in the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Sacramento City College at 3835 Freeport Blvd. Ticket prices for Julius Caesar are $20 General Admission; $15 for Seniors, Veterans/Military Personnel, and Persons with Disabilities, and $10 for Students. Tickets may be purchased online, or in-person one hour before the performance begins. All details and tickets are available online at www.sacramentoshakespeare.net.

  • Auditions – Julius Caesar 1922

    Auditions for our summer festival 2024!!

    Saturdays, May 4 & 11, 2 – 5 pm in the Art Court Theatre.

    All roles open, and you will be doing readings from the script. We are looking for 25 actors.

    Please bring a headshot, resume, and conflicts to auditions.

    All participants are required to register for a minimum of 1 unit in our theatre performance series. More information will be given to the cast and crew after casting is complete.

    Questions? Email Lori Ann.


    March 3, 2024

    We are inviting you to a special celebration of life event for Lenore Justman, who has been a pillar of our community for over three decades. Join us in honoring Lenore’s legacy and share your stories and memories with us. It will be a time of love, remembrance, and community support. We look forward to seeing you there.

    This past summer our theatre community lost one of the sweetest souls to grace our theatre.

    Lenore Justman.

    Actor, costumer, stitcher, wardrobe mistress, concierge, friend. A pillar of our theatre community at Sacramento Shakespeare Festival and an ardent lover of all things wonderful. Her laugh made you smile, even if it was just in memory. She was always willing to pitch in and help.

    I was honored to work with her on my very first show here in Sacramento, “The Wake of Jamey Foster” at The Show Below. She was our costume designer and cared so much about how we felt about what we were wearing and if it matched our characters. That started a three-decade friendship that I cherish.

    Many of you may also remember her as the “concierge” at the park for the festival. She was often the welcoming face you saw as you headed into the “bowl” or the person who sold you our merchandise. She would welcome everyone, have a chat, have a laugh, and wish you a pleasant experience.

    If you knew Lenore, we’d love to hear your stories. Please join us.

    When: Sunday, March 10, 2024 at 6:00 pm.

    Where: Art Court Theatre, Sacramento City College, 3835 Freeport Blvd. (parking on 12th Ave. is free on Sundays)

    What: Please bring your stories to share over some snacks and drinks. If you have a treat you’d like to share, please note the ingredients on a small card so those with food sensitivities can be informed. Also, please no alcohol (we are on campus.)

    Plates/napkins/cups would also be appreciated.

  • Catch us on Studio40 Live

    We have been invited to appear for a short segment on Studio40 Live on Thursday, July 20 at noon. Check us out, get your tickets as you’ll surely be inspired by our witches to not miss this show.

    Tickets are going fast, so if you wish to join us as we close this show this weekend, please consider buying in advance. We cannot promise that we will have walk-in capacity at show time.