Guided by the original practices and direct address techniques practiced at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, Goodly Frame Theatre consistently models innovative staging choices that open minds and challenge typical conceptions about the relationships between texts, actors, and audiences. By rediscovering and redefining the boundaries of performing Shakespeare, we reconnect with all forms of theatre, classical and contemporary, and encourage sustainable dialogues among the voices of Greensboro, the region, and across “this goodly frame," the earth.
Meredith DiPaolo Stephens, previously assistant managing director of the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival and managing and producing artistic director of Shared Radiance Theatre, is the founder and Executive Director of Goodly Frame Theatre in Greensboro. Meredith's extensive training in Shakespeare’s language and performance includes work at UNC Greensboro, Oxford University, Harvard University, the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Lives!, the American Shakespeare Center, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. Her recent acting credits include Banquo in Macbeth (Studio 1) Philanthropist/Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol: Pedro's Legacy (GFT), Venus in Dido, Queen of Carthage (TSMGO), Sarah in The Malone Family in the Enchanted Forest (Clint Festa), Antonio in The Merchant of Venice (TSMGO), Carol in Season's Screenings (Spring Theatre), Duchess of Gloucester in Richard II (TSMGO), Chancellor Whitemarsh in Lock-In (Spring Theatre), Ebenezer Scrooge in An Old Salem Christmas Carol (Little Theatre of Winston Salem), Banquo in Macbeth (Andy Griffith Playhouse), Feste in Twelfth Night (Shared Radiance Theatre), and Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shared Radiance Theatre); recent directing credits include Much Ado About Nothing, Affairs of the Heart, Finding Shakespeare, Reboot, A Simple Jester, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Meredith is currently on hiatus from GFT while she is working on her MFA Acting Classical and Contemporary Text at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. www.meredithdipaolostephens.com
David Sebren is excited and humbled to have been asked to serve as Goodly Frames next Artistic Director. He looks forward to engaging with Greensboro audiences and hopes you are excited about the upcoming season as he is. He holds an MFA in Directing from Florida State University, and a BFA in Acting from UNCG. He has worked professionally as an actor, director, designer, and fight choreographer since graduating from UNCG in 2006, and has worked with companies from North Carolina to California. David currently serves on the faculty of Greensboro College, and Wake Tech. He also serves as the resident fight choreographer for GLOW Lyric Theatre in Greeneville, SC. Some of David’s past credits include - Directing: Macbeth, From This Day forward, Tartuffe, Servant of Two Masters, The Cat in The Hat. Acting: Wrights of Passage, Fortune, Jackie and Me, Spamalot!, Hatfields and McCoys. Fight Choreography: Stinney, AIDA, Carmen, Fidelio, Romeo et Juliette, West Side Story, The Crucible (Opera). www.davidssebren.com