Faculty & Advising

BFA Acting Faculty

Steve Cardamone has acted and directed regionally and was a founding member of Shenandoah Shakespeare Express (now the American Shakespeare Center), with which he had toured for multiple years as an actor, director, and teacher. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Delaware’s Professional Theater Training Program. He served as an Education Artist for Shaw Chicago Theater Company and acted in their shows. Regional credits include roles at the Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Texas, and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festivals, as well as Riverside Theater and the Delaware Theater Company. Originally from the Philadelphia area, his passions are pizza, the Eagles, his brilliant wife Georgina and their amazing daughter Zoey. Steve Cardamone
Lucinda Holshue is a Senior Lecturer for the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. She teaches classes in voice production & text.  She is one of the resident vocal coaches at the Guthrie Theater working on 50 plus productions over the last 14 seasons. She has coached at many theaters including Jungle Theater, Park Square Theater, Minneapolis Children’s Theater, Theater Latte Da, Penumbra, Walking Shadow, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival   Student projects directed include Antony and Cleopatra,  Anna in the Tropics, Cymbelline,  A Lie of the Mind, The Tempest, and Fresh Scenes. Lucinda has an MFA from the University of California, San Diego. She has an eclectic approach to voice & text.  She has worked with teachers from the Roy Hart Theater since 1990 & trained at their center in France.  She also takes inspiration from the work of Patsy Rodenberg and Cicely Berry.  She is a student of Kundalini Yoga. Lucinda Holshue
Bruce Roach is an actor, director and educator whose work has taken him across the U.S. and abroad. He is an M.F.A. graduate of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. Favorite roles he has performed include Iago, Leontes and Richard III. His diverse directing credits range from Shakespeare and Gilbert and Sullivan to Tracy Letts and Suzan Lori-Parks. He recently directed Mike Bartlett’s Earthquakes in London for the BFA program in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater. He has been teaching and directing in the program since 2010. Bruce studied acting with Austin Pendleton, George Keathley, Jim Wise and Brant Pope. He studied Shakespeare technique with John Basil, Lynn Redgrave and Barbara Redmond and holds an M.F.A. from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. Bruce Roach
Jill Walmsley Zager is Senior Lecturer in Voice and Dialects for the BFA Actor Training Program and Resident Voice Coach for the Guthrie Theatre. She has worked regionally at theatres including Milwaukee Rep, American Conservatory Theatre, Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Arizona Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has served as Co-Head of Voice and Dialects for the MFA Actor Training Program at the American Conservatory Theatre, MFA and BFA Actor Training Program University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign. Jill earned her Master’s Degrees in Voice and Dialects from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London) and Northwestern University. She is a member of AEA, SAG and AFTRA. Jill Zager


BFA Acting Leadership & Advising

A Chicago stage veteran, Aaron Todd Douglas (BFA Program Director) has acted and directed at many of Chicago’s finest theatre companies including The Goodman, Victory Gardens, Eclipse Theatre, ETA Creative Arts, Chicago Shakespeare, The Court, Writers Theatre, and Steppenwolf. He was the inaugural Next Generation Theatre Management Fellow at Victory Gardens Theater, and he won an International Ibsen Scholarship from The Norwegian Ministry of Culture in cooperation with Teater Ibsen for his project, The Master Comic.
Aaron Todd is a founding ensemble member of Congo Square Theatre Company, where his acting credits include their multiple award winning production of Seven Guitars, The Piano Lesson, Before it Hits Home, Spunk, and Ali. He originated the role of Flip in the world premiere of Stick Fly by Lydia Diamond (the play was later produced on Broadway) and performed in Joe Turner's Come and Gone at The Goodman Theatre commemorating the Goodman's historic completion of Wilson's Century Cycle. Classical credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Alchemist, Hamlet, Three Musketeers, and he twice played the title role in Othello. Favorite directing projects include: Ruined, Radio Golf, Megastasis, The Nativity, 12 Angry Men, Smash Hit, Pill Hill, Talented Tenth, The African Company Presents Richard III, and most recently Jacqueline Woodson's Locomotion at First Stage in Milwaukee. Aaron Todd is also a former member of the Acting Faculty at Northwestern University and at Loyola University in Chicago, IL.
Aaron Todd Douglas


For BFA advising questions/concerns, please contact Deb Pearson.

Deb Pearson
580H Rarig Center