Christine Nicholson, M.F.A., M.A.
Christine Nicholson has been a professional actor, director, and educator for over twenty-five years. She holds an M.A. from San Diego State University with an emphasis in Acting/Directing, and an M.F.A. in Theatre from UC Davis with an emphasis on Acting, where she is also completing her Ph.D. in Irish Theatre. She has taught Acting, Dramaturg, and Theatre History at UC Berkeley, Solano College, and Sacramento City College.
As an actor, she has performed regionally with the Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Foothill Theatre Company, Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, and Center Repertory Theatre, among others. She is the founding member of the Synergy State in Sacramento and has recently formed Spliter Group Theatre, and will be producing their first production in December. She has written and produced five British Pantomimes, and is currently working on her sixth, Cinderella, which is slated for production this winter.
She currently serves as Director for the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, and her directing credits include work with the Sacramento Theatre Company, Capital State Company, Shakespeare Festival, City Theatre Sacramento and UC Berkeley. At UC Berkeley, she directed A Mid-Summer Night's Dream, as well as An Ideal Husband, Top Girls, Dolly West's Kitchen, and The Conduct of Life. She was Program Assistant for the Irish Theater program in 2012 and 2013.
Jody Allen Randolph
Jody Allen Randolph is currently a research fellow at the Centre for Gender, Culture and Identities at the Humanities Institute at University College Dublin. She has previously lectured in the graduate program in the School of English, Drama & Film at University College Dublin, and served as Assistant Dean of the British Studies at Oxford Programme at St. John’s College, Oxford.
During her graduate studies at UC Santa Barbara, she held research fellowships from the Andrew Mellon/Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, and the UC Regents. Jody’s research and teaching specialties are Irish literature and culture, and Anglophone literature. Her most recent books are A Poet’s Dublin, co-edited with Paula Meehan, Eavan Boland, and Close to the Next Moment: Interviews from a Changing Ireland.