Director of Development
Oneké (o-NEE- kaye) graduated from The New School for Drama with an MFA in acting. Her professional acting journey began at Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, she worked with Georgia Shakespeare also in Atlanta. She then spent a year as an actor/educator at C.L.I.M.B. Theatre, an educational theatre company in Inver Grove Heights, MN. Oneké is also the managing director and co-curator of Blackboard Plays. Her acting credits include; Lady MacDuff (Macbeth), Hippolyta & Titania, (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Goneril (An Evening in the Theatre with Charles Dutton), Calpurnia, Wife of Cesar, (Beware the Ides of Monday), Richard Radcliffe (Richard III), Viola (Twelfth Night). Personal Website.
Director of Education
Katie graduated from the New School for Drama with her MFA in acting. She has spent the last decade in New York and Boston working to integrate theatre arts into the modern day classroom. She taught English and theatre classes at Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School from 2008-2010 while working towards her MS in Education at Lehman College. Previously, she served as a teaching assistant at Hamilton College in NY and a teaching artist at the Citi Center for the Performing Arts in Boston. She is a proud member of the actor company of the Sanguine Theatre Company since 2011. Acting highlights include Henrietta Iscariot (The Last Days of Judas Iscariot), Donna (Objects in Mirror), Julie (Exit Carolyn).
John Robert Hurley hails from just off Highway 41, just outside of Macon, Georgia. John holds an MFA in Directing from the New School Drama and has completed his studies for an MA in History from Georgia College & State University. Currently John works as freelance director and camera operator for theater, film, tv and commercials. John directed RSG's award winning R & J and Othello. Some of his favorite theater credits include directing a sold out run of Tony Kushner's The Illusion with Mapless Theatre Company and creating projections for 3LD's Tyson vs. Ali. John's work focuses on embracing modern tools for classical storytelling and creating a dialogue between communities separated by geographical and experiential distances. Personal Website.
Ready Set Go Theatre Co. was founded in 2011 to bring Shakespeare into the 21st Century classroom. We bring the still vibrant bones and flesh of Shakespeare onto the digital turf of the average sixteen year old. We adapt Shakespeare’s plays into a modern-setting web series, and each episode is accompanied with unique lesson plans for the classroom. We’ve made YouTube our Elizabethan stage, and we are revolutionizing how Shakespeare is taught in American high schools.