Artist: Neil Hellegers
Description: ShakeSport III: First Player, Part I is intended as a beta-version of an expanded live performance, when the plague has sufficiently receded next year, Bard willing. In this proof-of-concept event, an actor at one location, The Poet, will operate an interface, The Roll, that will, after selecting a Shakespearean text, deliver said text, with stage directions, and various Rubs, for a second, remote actor, The Player, to follow to their fullest. Think FPS gaming (First Person Shakespeare, obvs) for The Poet, Guitar Hero/Beat Saber (rapier?) for The Player, and method in the madness for all!
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Neil Hellegers is an actor, narrator, and educator who lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, son, and mutt. He has narrated over 250 audiobooks (receiving some nice nominations and awards for a few of them), has appeared in numerous films, programs, and commercials, and has performed and taught Shakespeare internationally. Neil is the creator and director of ShakeSports, a series of competitive acting events using the Bard’s text and tales to combine modern improv & gaming with their original Elizabethan furor. ShakeSports I & II, ShakesRumble and The Mousetrap, premiered at the Hear Now Festival.
Eric Jason Martin is a producer, director, voice performer, and author, based in Los Angeles. He is the AudioFile Earphones and Audie Award–winning narrator of over 300 audiobooks. Eric is the director of Kate McKinnon and Emily Lynne's original series Heads Will Roll, featuring Meryl Streep (Broadway Video/Audible), and produced, directed, and narrated Stinker Lets Loose!, starring Jon Hamm (Audible), both New York Times Bestsellers. His production of Mr. New Orleans, starring Westworld's Louis Herthum, is a 2021 Audie Award nominee. In March 2021, Eric released his first novel as an author, "New Arcadia: Stage One,"" with an all-star multi-cast audiobook featuring an original soundtrack, through his Sound Off Productions label.
Sarah Mollo-Christensen is an Audie-nominated and Earphones Award-winning narrator who works with both major publishers and best-selling independent authors, and has narrated over 300 books. Sarah received her BA from Dartmouth College, graduated from the Atlantic Theater Company's Acting Conservatory in New York, and completed a year-long fellowship with the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, D.C.
Chris Kipiniak is an actor and writer based in New York. He's appeared on and off Broadway, as well as in theaters across the country and internationally, in multiple New York based television shows, independent films, and web videos, including the viral sensation, “Real Actors Read …,” and is a voice actor and Audie-award nominated audiobook narrator. His writing has included multiple episodes of the podcast, The Truth, as well as plays, including Save The World, and Stalled, and comic books, where he co-created Behemoth, published by MonkeyBrain Comics, as well as multiple stories for Marvel Comics. www.chriskipiniak.com.