We hope our readers are enjoying their summer and have experienced a show at the Festival this season.  We'd like you to meet two company members: Barry Funderburg, a Sound Designer and Composer for the Festival and an integral player in our productions and Katie Keener, a First Hand and Costume Stitcher.

Barry Funderburg:

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

This is my fourth season here.  I designed for the Fall of 2010, Summer and Fall of 2011, Summer of 2012, and now Summer and Fall of 2013.

Where’s your home base?

The Chicagoland area.

What’s your educational/training background?

I have a BA with a double major in Theatre and Music Theory/Composition, and an MFA in Sound Design from Purdue University.

Where were you working in the last 9 months?

Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Resident Ensemble Players in Delaware, Theatre at the Center in NW Indiana.

How will you spend your time off while here?

Sleeping.  Also occasionally hiking and going to movies.

Describe what live theatre means to you.

I love being part of the storytelling process...telling stories about the universal human experience, and exploring the truths found in everyday life...telling stories that move, inform and inspire us.

Describe what the Festival means to you.

Telling great, classic stories in a community of consummate professionals, in a beautiful part of the country.

An important player in the quality of our Festival is Katie Keener.

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

This is my first year working at Utah Shakespeare Festival

What is your title/role?

I am the first hand, costume stitcher for The Greenshow

Where’s your home base?

I'm from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. My husband and I recently sold our house in a record of two weeks and packed everything up and moved out right before my trip out here! While I am in Utah, Wes is in North Carolina solidifying a job and a place to live. When I return to the east coast I will join him in North Carolina and start graduate school in the fall at UNC Chapel Hill for Costume Technology.

What’s your educational/training background?

I have a B.S. in Fashion Design from Philadelphia University. After graduating in 2007 I started working retail and the following year landed a stitcher position at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Within two months I was promoted to Costume Shop Manager and Costume Designer for all PRF Productions.

Where were you working in the last 9 months?

At the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.

How will you spend your time off while here?

Exploring the area and relaxing.


Welcome to the Festival family, Katie!