Cast and Director Bios

Cast & Director Bio for As You Like It

Emily Kees (Rosalind) is honored to play this wonderful role and considers is one of her greatest theatre opportunities. She would like to thank Clint Gill for trusting her with this role. Emily has been seen in many productions at SCCT including Ado Annie in Oklahoma and Babe in Crimes of the Heart. She lives in Simpsonville with her two boys, owns and teaches at Gotta Dance Studio in Shelbyville, and enjoys teaching children’s acting classes right here at SCCT.

Emma Lambert (Orlando) is looking forward to playing one of her most challenging roles to date! As You Like It has always been her favorite Shakespeare comedy, and she is honored to play Orlando alongside this extremely talented cast! Emma calls SCCT home, and has been seen in many shows here. Some of her favorite roles include Patsy in Spamalot, Elizabeth Lavenza in Frankenstein, and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In her everyday life, Emma is a barista, or as she likes to put it, an energy potion brewer. When she’s not making coffee or preforming, Emma enjoys sleeping and following her cat around and telling him he’s perfect. Emma would like to thank her cousins Jacob and Alivia for their support and always being there for her. She would also like to thank Clint for taking a chance on her, and Cheryl for using this bio even though it’s a day late. Emma hopes you enjoy watching as much as she has enjoyed being a part of it!

Sam Borders (Duke Senior/Charles the Wrestler) is happy to be back on the stage at SCCT. He has had the pleasure of being in many shows here in the past, including but not limited to: She Loves Me as Mr. Maraczek and Spamalot as King Arthur. In the meantime, while Sam isnt acting, he spends his time educating the next generation as a middle school social studies teacher. He would like to thank all of his wonderful friends and family for their love and support. 

Lethia Nall (Jaques) has loved the challenge of discovering this legendary character and thanks Clint for a rare opportunity. Her 5th production with SCCT, she has also appeared in Doubt, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Talking With, and Witness for the Prosecution. Next, she will be singing and playing dulcimer in Jack Wann’s Shakesperience! In June. She was an actor and educator in NYC for 11 years and is now raising her two kiddos in Louisville with her husband. She is so very grateful for their love, support and patience which allow her to perform here for you today.

Meghan Graves (Celia) — Portraying Celia in this production is an inexpressible honor, despite Meghan Graves’ affinity to talk forever. Meghan is currently a senior in high school, and an active participant in CAL’s School of the Arts and Theatre Programs. Despite suffering from terminal senioritis, Meghan has participated in UofL Honors Choir,  performed as The Cheshire Cat and Ursala in her school plays, won the Art Song Competition, and was voted Most Talented in her senior superlative. She remains incredibly humble. Her hobbies include hiking, baking, and nitpicking how other people hand wash dishes.

Brooke Spatol (Le Beau / Forest Lord) is from Louisville, but currently resides in Shelbyville. She puts her dual Masters degree in Shakespeare and Performance to good use by being involved in as many Shakespeare shows as her schedule allows and teaching 7th grade Language Arts at Spencer County Middle School. Brooke would like to thank Clint for giving her the opportunity to work on the show, SCCT for providing her theatre fix, and her family and friends for their unlimited support.

Ken Billings (Touchstone) is overjoyed to once again be a part of a Shakespeare play on stage. His first role, in 2018, was in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Since then he has been in Tartuffe (2019), A Christmas Story (2021), and Witness for the Prosecution (2022). During the day, he is an English teacher at Collins High School. Ken would especially like to thank his wife for being patient with him for all the time that he has been away from home in the evenings preparing for As You Like It. I love you, babe! Having the opportunity to be Touchstone has been one of the most fun and challenging experiences of my life. I hope that you laugh and thoroughly enjoy our production!

Janet Parsons (Corin) — Not usually a Shakespearean actress, Janet branched out on this one.  Embracing the challenge of Elizabethan speak, Janet is glad to be part of this interesting piece of theatre and enjoys working with this fabulous cast.  Albeit, playing another character who wears some sort of horns or antlers she throughly enjoys the role of Corin, the shepardess.

Hayden Hauke (Silvius) is an actor and singer. He was recently in “Little Women” at Martha Layne Collins High School. He is a senior at Shelby County High School and plans to attend Northern Kentucky University for theatre. Hayden recently attended Governor’s school of the arts for Drama and he also was selected for all state Choir. Hayden would like to thank his Choir teacher Courtney Sturgill for introducing him to the arts. He also would like to thank his mother for always supporting his pursuits in the arts.

Tracy Bond Bird (Agnes) is always glad to return home to Shelbyville! She has performed in many shows at SCCT, beginning as a wife in “The King and I” mumbledy mumbledy years ago. Favorite roles include Olive Madison in “The Odd Couple (Female Version)” (SCCT) and Miss Preen in “The Man Who Came to Dinner”(Clarksville Little Theatre). She works at Republic Bank & Trust in the mortgage department and is also a professional voice over artist.

Allen Schular (Duke Frederick) is a retired public school educator, and is pleased to be a part of this talented cast in the performance of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” Earlier this year, Allen appeared as Jonathan Brewster in Little Colonel’s production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” He was last seen at SCCT in “Christmas Carol” and “Frankenstein” in the fall of 2022. He insists that he’s nothing like Freddie in real life and is most appreciative of Trish’s indulgence as he’s been acting out.

Shelby Durbin (Audrey) is thrilled to be part of SCCT’s production of “As You Like It,” her first Shakespeare! Credits include her roles in SCCT’s recent productions of “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” and “Frankenstein.” Additionally, she recently participated in Derby City Playwright’s (DCP) New Play Festival as Magda in Exhumed and Maya in Camp Bristlecone. Besides acting, Shelby spends her time reading, writing, hiking, and researching whatever obscure topic peeks her interest. She would like to thank her family and friends for supporting all of her creative (chaotic) endeavors.

Marty Rosen (Amiens) is delighted to find himself (and his guitar) exiled to the forest of Arden in such good company. Previous roles at SCCT include Jordan (Jubilee Barndance), Gaston (Picasso at the Lapin Agile), and Sipos (She Loves Me). When not on the SCCT stage (or in one of Dr. Wann’s classes), Marty writes about performing arts (and food), plays music, carries the spotting scope for his birdwatching wife Mary, and gets pulled around by a Bearded Collie named Dory.

John Richeson (Dennis, Martext, Lord) studied theater at the University of Evansville in the 1980s and performed in the Robber Bridegroom at SCCT. Now moving back to Shelby County after all these years he is glad to see how successful the theater has become and is grateful for the opportunity to train in the arts again.

Clint Gill (Director) — Over the course of more than 40 years Clint has worked locally, regionally, and nationally on both stage and film as an actor, director, and lighting designer. SCCT Directing highlights include The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Crimes of The Heart, A Christmas Story, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and most recently, Nick Dear’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Acting roles of note, several of which were SCCT productions, include Eddie in Fool for Love, Francis Hardy in Faith Healer, Denny in A Steady Rain, Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird, John Proctor in The Crucible, Scrooge in the musical Ebenezer, the title role in King Lear, Prospero in The Tempest, Jaques in As You Like It, and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Clint most recently appeared on stage as Sir Wilfred in SCCT’s Witness for the Prosecution. He has also been cast as Franklin Hart in SCCT’s July 2023 production of 9 to 5, The Musical. He returns in February of 2024 to direct SCCT’s production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, and again in April with Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Clint gratefully makes his home in Simpsonville with his wife, Sacha Powers, and their children, Corey and Kennedy.