Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare
directed by Blanka Zizka
January 15, 2019February 9, 2019

Meet the Artists


Krista Apple • Nurse
Taysha Marie Canales • Juliet
Keith J. Conallen • Prince, Apothecary
Suli Holum • Lady Capulet
Justin Jain • Tybalt
Anthony Martinez-Briggs • Mercutio
Steven Rishard • Lord Capulet
Kevin Meehan • Benvolio
Matteo Scammell • Romeo
Lindsay Smiling • Friar Lawrence

Production Team

Blanka Zizka • Director
Matt Saunders • Set Designer
Maria Shaplin • Lighting Designer
Chris Sannino • Sound Designer
Vasilija Zivanic • Costume Designer
Silvana Cardell • Choreographer
Walter Bilderback • Dramaturg
Patreshettarlini Adams • Resident Stage Manager
Clayton Tejada • Production Manager
Gracie Martin • Composer, Music Director, Vocals
Maria Shaplin

Maria Shaplin is a Philadelphia-based theater designer who received her MFA in lighting design from Temple University. She has a BA in Anthropology and Sociology from Hampshire College. In addition to lighting, Maria practices graphic and web design. Although she works on many forms of performance, Maria is especially versed in devised processes, new play development, experimental performance and game design. Maria is the co-founder of Applied Mechanics, a collective that devises immersive, multi-narrative plays. Maria began her theatrical career as the resident lighting designer for The Riot Group, with whom she has toured all over the world. Maria received the 2018 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Lighting Design, and the 2015 Independence Fellowship in the Arts. Maria is a frequent collaborator with many companies in Philadelphia including The Riot Group, Swim Pony Performing Arts, InterAct, Arden, New Paradise Laboratories, 1812 Productions, The Wilma Theater, Orbiter 3, People’s Light, The Berserker Residents, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Quintessence Theater Group, Team Sunshine Performance Corporation, Theater Horizon, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental, UArts, PlayPenn, and Headlong Performance Institute.