ASC - Education Artists


ASC Education is pleased to incorporate the talents of our Education Artists into our workshops, lectures, and other events. Drawn from the Mary Baldwin College Shakespeare and Performance graduate program and from the Staunton theatrical community, these instructors represent a wide range of specializations within the realm of Shakespeare studies.

Liz Bernardo is a student at Mary Baldwin College's Masters in Shakespeare and Performance Program. She hopes to graduate with her M.Litt in 2017 and her MFA with a directing concentration in 2018. She loves the ASC, especially for their unique use of Shakespeare's staging conditions. After graduation, Liz would love to be able to direct or to work in some capacity with the ASC or to move across the pond to England to continue fostering her love for theatre and the Bard.

Sarah Blackwell is a graduate of the Shakespeare and Performance Graduate Program of Mary Baldwin College.  She is a professional actress who has been seen in many shows at Wayside Theatre in Middletown, VA, such as A Christmas Carol, Harvey, The Comedy of Errors, and Romeo and Juliet.  She also directed Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  She has a BS in theatre from Radford University.

Alex Clark is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College where she studied English literature. After a brief period abroad, she moved to Staunton to immerse herself in the Shakespearean world through the ASC, starting as an intern in October 2015. This experience has led her to join the MBC Shakespeare and Performance graduate program, an adventure she cannot wait to experience.

Mary Finch: Before enrolling in the Mary Baldwin Shakespeare and Performance MLitt graduate program, Mary Finch (or just Finch if you are feeling friendly) earned her BA in Secondary English Education at Messiah College. She currently works as the liaison between the American Shakespeare Center and the college, along with her position with the ASC education department. When not studying, teaching, discussing, or performing Shakespeare, Finch dabbles in journalism, calligraphy, swing dance, and horticulture.

Patrick Aaron Harris is an MFA candidate in Mary Baldwin College’s Shakespeare & Performance program and a member of the 2015/16 MFA company, Sweet Wag Shakespeare. His research interests include Shakespearean dramaturgy, early modern English social history, and Shakespeare in popular culture. He holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Allison Jean Jones is a second year graduate student in the Shakespeare and Performance program at Mary Baldwin College in pursuit of a Master of Letters.  An Indiana native, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and English Literature from Ball State University and has performed with the National Theatre for Children, Prairie Fire Children's Theatre, and the Round Barn Theatre.  Allison's primary field of interest is Shakespeare for young audiences and plans to perform in educational theatre following her Masters work.

Katie Little: Though originally a native of Dallas, Texas, Katie received her BA in French and English Literature from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduation, she spent a year teaching English to middle and high school students in Strasbourg, France before moving to Staunton to begin her graduate studies. Katie is now half-way towards receiving her Master of Letters in Shakespeare and Performance at Mary Baldwin College, and she hopes to also receive a Master of Fine Arts from the same program. Her other passions include singing, dancing, photography, traveling, and all things French. 

​​Justine Mackey is an Education Artist with the American Shakespeare Center, and a Graduate student working on her MLitt/Mfa in Shakespeare and Performance, while holding a BA in Theatre from Mary Baldwin College.  A New York Native, she is credited with being involved in over fifty productions from film to stage as an actress, director, and costume designer.