About the Crew

Bard in the Yard is different, unique, one-of-a-kind. It's Shakespeare outdoors and in your face. “Everyone I know needs to go watch this!”

Providing technical, production, writing, and project expertise in Bard in the Yard 4 - Royally Screwed are Heidi DuSoleil, Erika Patrick, Derek Burwell, John Wright, Emily Anderson, John Wells, Wendy Ramirez, Don Jones, Josh Webster, Sam Nyberg, DA Rowley, Jennifer Anderson, Jacques Errecart, Joan Anderson, and Frank L. Sawyer. More announcements as they become available!

Bard in the Yard IV - Royally Screwed


Kate serves as BITY4's Costume Designer. Kate is delighted to be performing with SSP again for the first time in 17 years. An EHS alumni, she has spent the past 11 years performing in professional and regional theatre, and independent film. Select theatre credits: Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Lake Tahoe Shakespeare festival); Shiner, King Lear, The Nether, Evil Dead: The Musical, Clown Bar, The House of Yes, The 5th Wind*, The Importance of Being Earnest (Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Co.); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Ubu the King, The Charm of Preparedness (Nevada Repertory Company); Macbeth, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Wonder of the World, Compleat Female Stage Beauty (Brüka Theatre of the Sierra); Cahoots, Talking With (Theatreworks of Northern Nevada); Love Song (Reno Little Theatre); Mattress of the Heart* (Potentialist Workshop). Kate is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association Membership Candidate program. * World premier productions by Elko-born playwright Marvin Gonzalez.


John Wright is a local theater technician and writer. Mr. Wright made his local theatre debut in Silver Stage Players’ 2000’s live/simulcast radio theatre production of War of the Worlds also directed by Frank. Since then he has tech’ed such shows as Nunsense, Much Ado About Nothing, the Bard in the Yard project, and Poe & Pints, among others. For BITY I-4 he composed all of Puck’s lines. John makes his home in Elko with his daughter Angela.


Emily Anderson, like most theatre junkies, has been interested in the theatre from a young age. She is the Executive Director and founder of Ghost Light Productions, and she continues to act, direct, and write for her passion. She graduated from UNR with a BFA in performance and technical theatre. She believes that in order to be a good theatre artist, one must have an understanding and respect for both the acting and technical side of theatre. After Reno, Emily traveled to Las Vegas where she worked for the nation’s most recognized children’s theatre group: The Rainbow Company. While there, Emily taught children acting classes, technical theatre, and the basic principles and understandings of performance art. RC won the Children’s Theatre Medallion of America and was inducted into the UNLV Artistic Hall of Fame during this time. Emily believes in presenting quality theatre that can be both original, innovative, and can provide a home for the people or children who seemingly may have nowhere else to fit in. Emily serves as our Costuming Consultant.


Wendy Ramirez made her local stage debut in Great Basin College’s musical production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Since then, she has appeared in such shows as The Seagull, The Odd Couple, Poe & Pints, Romeo and Juliet, The Phantom Tollbooth, and Bard in the Yard among others. Miss Ramirez made her directorial debut in the early 2000’s at the helm of The Vagina Monlogues and later directed The Laramie Project. She has acted, directed or has been a technician with groups including the Silver Stage Players, Ghost Light Productions, and the GBC Theatre program. Wendy brings her many years of make-up design to tonight’s performance of Bard in the Yard 4!


Mr. Jones serves as our Technical Director. Donald has been in the Elko area since 1995. His first show was in 1998, playing Neville Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood with SSP. In 2005, Donald played Conrade and created the set for Much Ado About Nothing. He has been involved, as an actor or technician, in almost all of the SSP shows since then. Among others, stage manager for the children’s theatre production of Land of the Dragon, played the Priest in The Man of La Mancha, technical director in Ghost Light Productions' Poe & Pints, set design for Glengarry Glen Ross, and participating in Bard in the Yard. Mr. Jones has directed such shows as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Princess and the Enchanted Swans, and The Pirates of Penzance.


Mr. Wells provides his expertise as our Sound Engineer for Bard in the Yard 4. John has acted locally in the Bard in the Yard project and been a technician in Bard in the Yard, as well as, Poe & Pints. John has been behind the scenes of several plays in sound and lighting. He recently assisted Frank lending his sound skills for Elko's Centennial celebration program. He loves working with anything mechanical and has long had a love of the arts. He is a longtime Elko resident where he and his wife are raising their four daughters.


Producer, Manager at Duncan LittleCreek Gallery.


Kate Garrison found her theatre family in her debut performance with Ghost Light Productions during last year‘s Poe & Pints, playing the part of “Rowena” in the tale Ligeia. She participated in her first play at the age of 12 and continued in the Theatre Arts until graduating high school. Two highlighted roles from that time period are “Maria” in The Sound of Music and “Laurey” in Oklahoma. Late spring of this year, Kate was Stage Manager for GLP’s Welcome to Rex’s! A few of the many other things Kate enjoys are spending time with her sons, working in Special Education for Elko County School District, and playing violin in the Elko Community Orchestra. kate serves as our House Manager for BITY4.


Producer, Owner Duncan LittleCreek Gallery.


After having a small part in The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge and playing “Audrey” in Little Shop of Horrors, she wanted to try her hand at the classics. Her adventures continue. Her resume features more recent shows including Bard in the Yard II and III, Steel Magnolias, Poe & Pints, The Last US Mail Stage Robbery, Psycho Beach Party, and The Shape of Things. Sandy has performed with such groups as Ghost Light Productions, GBC Theatre program, and Silver Stage Players to name a few. Sandy serves as our Box Office Manager for BITY4.


Producer, Owner Duncan LittleCreek Gallery.


Josh Webster is the last practitioner of an obscure and obsolete form of haruspicy devised by a misanthropic sect of Norman alchemists days before The Battle of Hastings. As the divination method requires a distinct species of Welsh tree frog extinct since 1712, it’s study and current practice is purely theoretical. Because of this, in addition to his haruspex duties, Josh also teaches at Great Basin College and writes in his spare time. He reads far too many comic books and struggles to take any autobiographical writing task seriously. Mr. Webster serves as Assistant Director for Bard in the Yard 4 while making his Silver Stage Players directorial debut with tonight’s performances of Titus Andronicus and The Merchant of Venice.


Directing Bard in the Yard for the fourth time is local director, actor, and community volunteer Frank L. Sawyer. A 30+ year resident of Elko and 1984 Elko High School graduate, Mr. Sawyer received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Theater from the University of Nevada in 1989. He has worked with such groups as Ghost Light Productions, GBC Theatre Department, Area 52 Productions, Nevada Repertory Company, Pioneer Lab Theater, Nevada Children’s Theater, Elko Overland Stage Theater, and the Ruby Mountain Symphony, among others. Frank has appeared in many productions including Antigone, I Am Legend, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, The Reluctant Doctor, The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge, Sarcophagus, and The Vagina Monologues among others. Mr. Sawyer has directed such shows as Glengarry Glen Ross, War of the Worlds, The Zoo Story, Talk Radio, Seascape with Sharks and Dancer, I Do! I Do!, Much Ado About Nothing, Lysistrata, The Last U.S. Mail Stage Robbery, and Poe & Pints, among others. Frank most recently helped direct the Elko Centennial program this past May. Frank is employed at GBC. He has served on the city Arts and Cultural Advisory Board, the GBC Arts and Cultural Enrichment committee, and the NEH Grant Committee. He is a member of Alpha Psi Omega national theatre and Phi Theta Kappa honor societies. He lives in Elko with his family and theatre puppy Starbuck.

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Did you know?

The Tempest from Bard in the Yard III - Behind The Veil starring Sandy Beeler as Trinculo, Emily Anderson as Stephano, Derek Burwell as Caliban, and Becky Brown as Ariel. The season's highlight for Silver Stage in 2015. One patron commented, “Been singing your praises all day long!”

Caption: The Tempest

Sandy Beeler as Trinculo, Emily Anderson as Stephano, Derek Burwell as Caliban, and Becky Brown as Ariel