Elizabeth Keith is excited to join the Midsummer cast in her first production with Shakespeare Opera Theatre. Past Shakespeare credits include A Comedy of Errors and Much Ado About Nothing. Most recently, she was part of an eight-week immersive theater experience at the Torpedo Factory by Through the Fourth Wall Productions based on the life and works of Edgar Allen Poe. Other area community theater credits include: Almost, Maine; The Glass Mendacity; The Great Gatsby; Children of Eden; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Proof (WATCH Award for Outstanding Featured Actress); The 39 Steps; Widdershins; Picnic; An Inspector Calls (WATCH Award winner for Outstanding Featured Actress); The Dresser; Arsenic and Old Lace; Prelude to a Kiss; and Room Service.
Michael Harris returns to SOT as a teaching artist after masterfully portraying Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor in the 2016 season. In the 2017 season he will take on the role of Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
A versatile artist, Mr. Harris has served as the Artistic Director of the Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) since 2010. Mr. Harris has been an invited performer at Comedy and Improv Festivals throughout the country. In the DC area, he has performed with Studio, Signature, and Spooky Action Theaters. He is a company member of Lean & Hungry Theater, and is an alumnus and faculty member of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Georgetown. He regularly produces comedy videos as part of the duo, The Siegfried Olsson Band. You can find the videos on Youtube at The Siegfried Olsson Band or follow on twitter @siegfriedolsson
“Radiant in voice and striking in stage presence” (The Washington Post), Dr. Lori Lind is acclaimed for her performances throughout the world. Also an accomplished technician and coach, she discovered a love for administration, stage directing and conducting during her tenure as Executive Director of Maryland Opera Society. After settling in Northern Virginia, she felt a strong pull to share her love of classical theatre and opera in a unique way, and Shakespeare Opera Theatre was born.
Lisa Bloy (Associate Director) is delighted to be working with Shakespeare Opera Theater again. She has been a regular with the company since very early in it’s existence, coaching and sometimes conducting, and at other times playing in the orchestra. She has also been involved with Loudoun Lyric Opera and with George Mason University’s opera program. She is currently a vocal coach at GMU, and in the past, has been on the faculties at Pennsylvania State University, Olivet College, and Blue Lake Fine Arts and has served as music director at Atlantic Music Festival in Maine, and locally, at the Bethesda Summer Music Festival. She holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, Pennsylvania State University, and Michigan State University. She is an active recitalist in the area, both as a soloist and a collaborative pianist. She resides in Haymarket, VA with her husband and two children.