"Rj" is co-owner of Bare Bodkins and the husband of Jayna Fitzsimmons. He has a B.F.A. in technical theatre and design from Western Kentucky Universtiy and has worked for Augustana University, the Black Hills Playhouse in South Dakota, Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, Jenny Wiley Theatre in Kentucky, and the Arundel Barn Playhouse in Maine.
Jayna is an instructor in the theatre
department at Augustana University where she directs productions and teaches courses in acting, theatre history, playwriting and improv. She has a B.A. in theatre arts from SMSU, an M.A. in theatre with emphases in theatre history and literature, directing, acting and Elizabethan drama from USD, and is currently working toward her PhD in English at USD. Originally from the Sioux Falls area, Jayna grew up enjoying Bare Bodkins performances. Now, in her fourteenth summer working with Bare Bodkins, Jayna is thrilled to be serving as the producing artistic director of the company and has enjoyed collaborating with this season's incredibly gifted company!
Nadine Purvis Schmidt (she/her)
Nadine is Professor of Theatre at Southwest Minnesota State University, where she directs shows, teaches various acting, directing, and other courses, and is the producer and program coordinator. Credits include Nickel and Dimed (Barbara) with TheatreMidwest, Superior Donuts (Lady) with TheatreSquared, As You Like It (Dukes Frederick and Senior) and Henry IV (Mistress Quickly) with the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, as well as 7 previous seasons with Bare Bodkins, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania, Theseus, Snug), Macbeth (First Witch, Malcolm), The Winter’s Tale (Paulina, Shepherd), Hamlet (Gertrude), All’s Well that Ends Well (Countess, Widow), Romeo and Juliet (Friar Laurence, Capulet), and The Tempest (Prospero). Nadine has an MFA in acting from the University of Arkansas, a certificate in Shakespeare performance from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and a BA in English from Harvard.
Kale just graduated from Augustana University with a double major in English and Theatre. While there, Kale acted in 14 shows and participated as part of the crew for numerous others as a sound board operator, painter, costume staff, and shop staff. At Augustana, they also directed She Kills Monsters, I'm Only Sleeping, and a scene from Rabbit Hole. They also wrote a short play, What My Code Doesn't Tell Me, which was produced on the Augustana stage. Additionally, Kale participated in a staged reading of Plus One for Monstrous Little Theatre Company. They plan to attend graduate school with an emphasis on acting in the near future.
Jeff is excited to be joining Bare Bodkins for his seventh production. He is a graduate of Augustana University with a B.A. in Theatre and Philosophy and will be pursuing his M.F.A. in Directing from the University of South Dakota starting in the fall. He has been serving as the Artistic Director for Monstrous Little Theatre Company for the past few years in addition to working with all the local companies at some point in some capacity. Jeff would like to thank his loved ones for their invaluable support and would like to welcome everybody back to the theatre!
Nolan is a current student at Augustana University majoring in Multimedia Entrepreneurship and Music. He is also actively involved in Augustana's Theatre company and has acted in both mainstage and short student-directed plays.
Tatiana is a junior Elementary Education Major at Augustana University. While this is her first time working with Bare Bodkins, this is not her first time doing Shakespeare. Her favorite Shakespearean roles that she has played are Macbeth in Macbeth, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Proteus in Two Gentlemen of Verona. Tatiana has two dogs that she loves deeply and a mother that she loves dearly. Tatiana is originally from Babylon, Long Island. New York, but calls Sioux Falls home. She is beyond excited to work with Bare Bodkins for the first time. This group has pushed her to be better, and she is so proud to be a part of it.
Tristan is a recent graduate of Augustana University where he majored in theatre and accounting. This is Tristan's third season with Bare Bodkins--you may remember him from A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Comedy of Errors. When he's not on stage, Tristan is a bartender at Lucky's.