Appalachian Shakespeare Center and Blackbird Dance Theatre




William Shakespeare's

The Tragedy of 



Directed by:

Matthew Lewis Johnson and Jenny Fitzpatrick

Choreographed by:

Jenny Fitzpatrick


Lights and Projections by:

Tom Willis


Scenic Design:

Matthew Lewis Johnson

Technical Direction:

Adam Smyth



Jonathan Hibbard, Jenny Fitzpatrick


Stage Manager/Props/sound op:

Paige Adams


Stage Manager/light board op:

Becca Penniston



Evan Daulton



Nell Adkins (Witch/Malcolm)

Sydney Bullock (1st Witch/Seyton)


Kieshaun Butts(Banquo/Witch)


Wylie Caudill (Red)


Kenny Demus (Witch)


Joe Ferrell (Duncan/Scene Coach)


Jenny Fitzpatrick (Lady Macbeth/Choreographer)

Sarah Jo Jacobs (Blue)


Matthew Lewis Johnson (Macbeth)


Bella Keller (Witch)


Irving Morris (Witch, Lennox) 


Hannah Neff (Ross/Witch)


Jon Patrick O’Brien (Macduff)


Roya Ramezankhani (Witch)


Tristan Wilkerson (Witch/Fleance)


Anna Wilson (Witch/Lady Macduff)

Nell Adkins (Witch/Malcolm)

Nell Adkins is a junior at Smith College where she majors in government and dance. She is so grateful to be dancing with her longtime company Blackbird Dance Theatre and collaborating with Appalachian Shakespeare Center for the first time.

Sydney Bullock (First Witch) is an online student at American High School, graduating a year early, this spring. She has a deep passion for the performing arts, which she plans to continue pursuing in the future. She has been dancing with Blackbird Dance Theatre for 9 years and is thrilled to be working with Appalachian Shakespeare Center for the first time!

Kieshaun Butts(Banquo/Witch) is a performing artist, dancer, and teacher at Lexington Dance Factory. He has been dancing with Blackbird Dance Theatre for many years, and is excited and grateful to perform with Appalachian Shakespeare Center for the first time. 

Wylie Caudill (Red) is from Cynthiana, Kentucky, although, some speculate he was born in Fairyland because of how much he likes to twirl. This is Wylie‘s sixth production with the Appalachian Shakespeare Center. Outside of being a thespian, Wylie is a professional paint slinger. Headlines mistakenly refer to him as an artist. Adam Smyth (Technical Director) is from Clay City KY, and is the Technical Director for Appalachian Shakes and EKU Musical Theatre. He has worked with the various forms of EKU Theatre since 2013 2013, as well as various other summer stock theatres. He loves building and designing for Shakespeare and outdoor performances.

Evan Daulton (Videographer) is from Somerset, Kentucky and regularly works with The Appalachian Shakespeare Center. He has performed in The Tempest as Ariel and Romeo & Juliet as The Prince. He was also the Cinematographer and Editor for The Appalachian Shakespeare Center’s Feature Length puppet film, Twelfth Night, or What You Will. He’d like to thank his fellow cast members for their love and support as well as his dog, Ripley Rey, for keeping him humble.

Kenny Demus (Witch) is a Lexington native who has been in several local productions through the years. For the the last 8 years he has been a featured dancer and collaberating artist at Blackbird Dance Theatre under the direction of Jenny Fitzpatrick. This is his fourth Shakespearian show he has been apart of in the last 7 years. Blackbird Dance Theatres productions of Romeo and Juliet(Montague), Titus(Lucius), and Image Theatre Macbeth(Witch). He would like to thank Blackbird and Appalachian Shakespeare Center for this experience to work with such a talented cast.

Joe Ferrell (Duncan/Scene Coach) has been involved in theatre in central Kentucky for 25 years, teaching, directing, acting occasionally. Joe taught at Georgetown College, University of Kentucky, was Artistic Director 0f Phoenix Group Theatre, Lexington Shakespeare Festival, and Summeriest.  Directed for Actor’s Guild, and Woodford Theatre.  His guiding lights are his wife, Sheila, his daughter, Hannah,  and all his theatre colleagues.  My thanks to Appalachian Shakespeare Center and Blackbird Dance Theatre for including me in this project!  in boca al lupo!

Jenny Fitzpatrick (Lady Macbeth/Choreographer)

Artistic Director of Blackbird Dance Theatre. Peace.

Jonathan Hibbard (Costumer) is from London, Kentucky, and is Appalachian Shakespeare’s head of costume design. He has performed in and designed for almost all of AppShakes’ shows since the company’s founding. Jonathan has been acting since he was a child and his favorite roles include Fagin from Oliver and Don Armado from Love’s Labors Lost. He would like to thank his lovely girlfriend Lenée for all her love and support.

Sarah Jo Jacobs (Blue) is the Education Director for The Appalachian Shakespeare Center and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with her Degree in Theater and English. SJ has been part of AppShakes productions since the beginning as one of the founding members of the company.  She has participated in numerous productions including,  The Tempest (Caliban), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio) and Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice). SJ is thrilled to work with her AppShakes family (especially her clowns) and would like to thank her family, her Ben, and her Dinsdale for being the very best support system a person could hope for.

Matthew Lewis Johnson (Macbeth) is the Director of the Appalachian Shakespeare Center, the area head of  Musical Theatre, and an Associate Professor of Music at EKU. Matt has directed all the past AppShakes shows, as well as designing scenery and sound for many of them.  A professional actor for the last 28 years, favorite roles include Falstaff (Henry IV), Hamlet, Pseudolus (A Funny Thing…) , Gayev (The Cherry Orchard), and Francis Henshall (One Man Two Guvnors). Special thanks to Millie and Ollie Johnson for mining meaning from the chaos, to Megan for making everything better, and to the hardworking Kentucky artists of Blackbird Dance Theatre.

Paige Lambert (Production/Stage Manager) is from Mt. Sterling, KY and a native to Appalachian Shakespeare Center. She is excited about working alongside Blackbird Dance Theatre and sharing this collaborative piece! Some of her favorite roles with App Shakes have been Balthasar in Romeo and Juliet, co-puppet designer in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and prop’s master in The Tempest. 


Bella Keller (Witch) recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northern Kentucky University, where she received a BFA in Dance. Putting her extensive training to work, Bella functions as both a performer and a teacher. Her recent performances include NKU’s Dance ’20 and Dance ’21 concerts, Emerging Choreographer’s Showcases, and was a member of Jacob’s Pillow Summer Program.  Bella is currently going into her fifth year as the co-director of her dance studio, Belladance. She is so grateful to be performing with Blackbird Dance Theatre and collaborating with the Appalachian Shakespeare Center for the first time. 

Irving Morris (Lennox/Witch) is a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington and has been dancing with Blackbird Dance Theatre for six years. This is his first time acting in a Shakespeare play, and he is excited to collaborate with Appalachian Shakespeare Center!


Hannah Neff (Ross/Witch) Dancer, musician at heart, handyman on occasion. Sometimes the stories we tell ourselves are more powerful than the truth. 

Jon Patrick O’Brien (Macduff) is excited to be a part of the Blackbird/Appalachian Shakes collaboration of MacBeth. This is his first production with either company. Based in Louisville and having primarily worked with Kentucky Shakespeare, Jon has had a blast spreading his little wings and flying to Lexington to do a show indoors… finally. Son of William, father of Atlas: Spread Love not Covid stay healthy, and keep safe.

Becca Peniston (Stage Manager) is from Lexington, KY. She has been a member of Blackbird Dance Theatre for nine years. Peniston has spent time onstage with Blackbird, as well as stage managing for their productions. Some of her favorite credits with Blackbird include Titus (Stage Manager), Metamorphoses (Venus), and This is Madness (Stage Manager).


Roya Ramezankhani (Second Witch) is a multidisciplinary artist and dancer currently based in central Kentucky. She is a company member and dance instructor at Blackbird Dance Theatre. 

Adam Smyth (Technical Director) is from Clay City KY, and is the Technical Director for Appalachian Shakes and EKU Musical Theatre. He has worked with the various forms of EKU Theatre since 2013 2013, as well as various other summer stock theatres. He loves building and designing for Shakespeare and outdoor performances.

Tristan Wilkerson (Fleance/Witch) is a 7th grader at Edythe J. Hayes Middle School. She has been dancing under Ms. Jenny Fitzpatrick at Blackbird Dance Theatre since 2013. With this being her first Shakespeare show, she is grateful to have the opportunity to dance with the Senior Company and to be a part of this production of Macbeth. 

Tom Willis (Light and co-projection design)

Tom is a lighting and scenic designer in Central Kentucky.  Memorable designs include Blackbird Dance Theatre's Robando, On The Verge's A Doll's House, and A Doll's House, Part 2, Athens West Theatre Company's production of 33 Variations and To Kill a Mockingbird, Transylvania University Theater's Silent Sky, and UK Opera Theatre's Silent Night. He is the Technical Director for the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center, where he works with a variety of artists to present performances to all ages. He holds a BA in Drama from the University of Kentucky, College of Fine Arts.


Anna Wilson (Witch/Lady Macduff)

Anna Wilson (Third Witch/Lady Macduff) is a dancer, choreographer, and musician based in Lexington, KY. She teaches dance at Blackbird Dance Theatre, Dancers' Studio, SCAPA Bluegrass, and the University of Kentucky, and has a private cello studio at Hurst Music. Anna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Sociology from the University of Kentucky.