The Adams Theatre has long been a cornerstone of the Utah Shakespeare Festival.  Meet two people who will, in one way or another, bring patrons quality entertainment on the Adams stage this 2013 season.

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Meet Donna Ruzika, Lighting Designer for the Adams Theatre

Have you ever worked at the Festival before? If so, for how many years and in what roles/capacity?

1998-2005, 2007-2013: in the Adams as Lighting Designer and four fall seasons in the Randall as Lighting Designer.

1973: Box Office Manager

1974 & 1975: First Company Manager

1973: actor, Lady Norfolk in Henry VIII

Where’s your home base?

Orange County, California

What’s your educational/training background?

Theatre, Bachelor of Science, California State University, Pomona

Lighting Design & Theatre Management MA, Cal State Fullerton

Spanish Language Studies in Quito, Ecuador

Where were you working in the last 9 months?

Freelance Lighting Designer...International City Theatre in Long Beach, South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, Hollywood Bowl in LA & Utah

How will you spend your time off while here?

Exploring the small dirt roads of Utah in my All Wheel Subaru

Describe what live theatre means to you in one or two sentences...

Collaboration, Enlightenment & Entertainment.

Describe what the Festival means to you in one or two sentences...

It’s like coming home.

Meet Kaitlin Mills, actor

Have you ever worked at the Festival before? If so, for how many years and in what roles/capacity?

I worked for three years in Concessions. 

Where’s your home base?

Cedar City, UT

What’s your educational/training background?

Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Utah University

Where were you working in the last 9 months?

The Grind Coffeehouse

How will you spend your time off while here?

Hiking, biking, walks, reading. 

Describe what live theatre means to you in one or two sentences...

Nowhere else can you achieve such a strong connection with a group of strangers. The connection you make with your fellow actors and the audience is a deep and lasting one.  

Describe what the Festival means to you in one or two sentences...

It's such a magical place to work. The environment and vibe is so alive and it brings the town to life. 

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We hope you have the opportunity to witness the work of Donna and Kaitlin this season!