Othello Creative

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Beatriz Esteban-Messina
Beatriz was an arts educator and high school principal for 40 years. Since retiring in 2011, she has worked on over 50 shows both on and off stage. In 2018, she received an NJACT Perry Award for direction of an original play, Pets & Their Humans. Additionally, she has been nominated for “best featured actress” in Moon Over Buffalo & To Kill a Mockingbird, and for directing 'Night Mother. She is presently directing RADIUM GIRLS at Old Library Theatre and OTHELLO at HACPAC and WHATco. Beatriz is president of Teaneck New Theatre, and serves on the boards of Nutley Little Theatre, WHATco, and Hudson Theatre Works where she runs the Children's Stage Project. She is thrilled to return to WHATco where she directed Steel Magnolias, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, andElf Jr. Thanks to this amazing cast & crew, and to Superwoman, Brandi-Leigh.
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Production Assistant/Lighting Operator
Jonathan A. Brantley
Jonathan is thrilled to be working with TNT and WHATCo on Othello. When he is not involved in writing, Jonathan serves as Adjunct Professor at Saint Peter's University, where he teaches Theatre, Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature. Regional Credits: Hudson Theatre Works, Nutley Little Theatre, WHATCo and Juno Theatre Company. HTW: Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs, and Almost Maine. NLT: Yes Virginia There is a Santa Claus. JTC: Sentimental Journey, Why Must the Show Go On?: An Evening of One-Act Plays, and Proud Peacocks Variety Show.
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Julia Sharp
Julia, a retired professor of fashion, has costumed many plays for Centenary Stage Company (Equity) and for several community groups. Julia is the author of textbooks on textiles, and on the use of design elements in creating apparel and costumes. Thanks Bea for the opportunity to costume Othello.
Sound Designer
Derrick Jerinsky

Original Creative Team

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564. He rose to fame in London as a playwright, actor and partner in a company of players known as the Lord Chamberlain’s Men. King James I, after ascending to the throne in 1603, would eventually patron the group, thereby changing the name to The King’s Men. During Shakespeare’s career, he wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets and several other famous epic poems. There are many apocryphal plays thought to be Shakespeare’s and he alone is credited with contributing close to 2,000 words to the English language. He is without question the most highly regarded and studied playwright in the history of literature. In 1613, Shakespeare is said to have retired to the place of his birth. It is believed that he died there on his birthday, April 23, 1616.