Artist Bios

Dan Beaulieu is an actor, director, writer and the co-founder and Artistic Director of Seven Stages Shakespeare Company. He describes his approach to Shakespeare as “passionate irreverence”. He has shared the gift of Shakespeare with over 40,000 students coast to coast. Itunes: No Holds Bard Twitter: @danbeauknows

Ben Crystal is an actor, author, producer, and explorer in original practices of Shakespeare rehearsal and production, and education. He performed the title role in the world contemporary premier of Hamlet in Original Pronunciation, and in 2012 was the curator and creative director for a CD of Shakespeare in Original Pronunciation for the British Library. Together with Passion in Practice he has led original practice explorations for Shakespeare’s Globe, the British Library, and the British Council, and staged Pericles for the conductor Daniel Harding’s Interplay Festival at the Berwaldhallen in Stockholm. Pericles: Recomposed was raised in three days, underscored by Max Richter’s Four Seasons: Recomposed, played live by the Trondheim Soloists, led by the violinist Daniel Hope. He co-authored the glossary Shakespeare’s Words with his father, David Crystal, and his first solo book, Shakespeare on Toast – Getting a Taste for the Bard (Icon) was shortlisted for the 2010 Educational Writer of the Year Award. He wrote Springboard Shakespeare, a quartet series of introductions, for Arden Shakespeare and An Illustrated Dictionary of Shakespeare was published with OUP (writing again with his father) and was shortlisted for the 2016 Educational Writer of the Year Award. Ben has presented his work in Europe, the USA, Canada, Japan, India, and New Zealand. Twitter: @bencrystal


Sean Garratt is an internationally acclaimed actor, deviser, clown and puppeteer. Growing up right next to the Norwich puppet theatre hugely impacted sean’s idea of how well puppets make theatre. Since this introduction, sean has sought out training from Bunraku masters in Japan and then with the initiative puppet company in U.K. BlindSummit theatre. Where Sean helped create, devise and star in ‘The Table’ 2011-2016. Sean has during this time help create, give workshops and been a puppet consulter for productions and drama schools in U.K, Europe and U.S.A. A few stand out productions include the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, Helmet Lacherman’s 2016 production of Little Match Girl In Spoleto festival, Charleston. The Magic Flute, Bregenzer Festspiele 2014. Twitter: @seangarratt


Helen Foan has a background in devised theatre. She graduated from East 15’s renowned Contemporary Theatre course in 2010, and has since carved out a niche as an international maker, designer, and director of puppetry, with a penchant for working on larger-than-life-size puppets. Her most recent work includes The 101 Dalmatians, and The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe at the Birmingham Rep Theatre, and Significant Object’s magnificent mother and baby Elephants for Circus 1903, currently at the Paris Theatre Las Vegas.


Montgomery Sutton is an actor, playwright, producer, and director with a focus on international collaboration and Early Modern English Drama. As an actor he has appeared in London in Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Henry V (Passion in Practice); Off-Broadway in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with New York Classical Theatre; regionally as the title role in Henry V (Cape Fear Regional Theatre), as Angelo in Measure for Measure, Berowne in Love’s Labours Lost, Clarence in Richard III, and Edmund in King Lear (Trinity Shakespeare Festival), The Winter’s Tale (Seven Stages Shakespeare), Pericles (Passion in Practice at the Savannah Music Festival) and with Florida Studio Theatre, Theatre Three, Second Thought Theatre, Undermain Theatre, Casa Mañana, Circle Theatre, Uptown Players, Watertower Theatre, Shakespeare Dallas, and the Dallas Children’s Theater. His plays include Moonlight Gospel, Ruins, Your Colonel, Advent, and Broken Water which have received readings or productions with organizations including EBE Ensemble, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Metropolitan Playhouse, The Aviary, Salt Pillar Productions, and the Gilbert Theatre. This spring, he will direct his new adaptation of Antigone at the Gilbert Theatre in Fayetteville, NC. Training: BFA (NYU Tisch, Atlantic Theater Company); International Actor’s Fellowship (Shakespeare’s Globe). Twitter: @montgomerysutto