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Liane Giroux
Liane Giroux, CAE
Executive Director

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Laura Johnson
Laura Johnson
Producing Artistic Director

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Robin Jackson
Robin Jackson
Education & Outreach Director

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Bianca Montague
Bianca Montague
Director of Digital Media & Communication

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Liane Giroux
Liane Giroux, CAE
Executive Director

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Laura Johnson received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Florida State University. After a career in health care and medicine–both at Archbold Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia, founder of a private consulting firm, and teaching as an adjunct professor at The Florida State University’s College of Human Sciences, she has split her time between working professionally in the theatrical arts and raising a family.

Laura currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Irish Repertory Theater and previously served on the Artistic Advisory Committee of Theatre Tallahassee. She has performed in many local venues including Theatre Tallahassee (Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Lucia in Black Coffee, Sheila in Boys Next Door, Agnes in Bug), Monticello Opera House (Zelda at the Oasis, If Music Be the Food of Love) and at the New American Shakespearean Tavern (Beatrice-Joanna in The Changeling, Mephistophilis in Doctor Faustus). She also co-wrote and directed a successful one-act play performed at Florida High for the Holocaust Education Resource Council, and is highly visible in both television and commercial programming, including working as the on-air host of the Multi-State Powerball and Florida Lottery.

Laura Johnson
Laura Johnson
Producing Artistic Director

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Robin Jackson is a Tallahassee native who grew up involved in the Southern Shakespeare Company (SSC) as a child and many other local theatre productions. For the past six years she has performed with Artspot: Educational Theatre, an international touring company bringing English educational children’s theatre to over fifteen countries. As well as performing, Robin led and developed “Teaching Through Theatre” workshops for teachers and students around the world. She holds an AS in Musical Theatre from Florida School of the Arts as well as a BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Central Florida. Currently, along with her work with SSC, Robin teaches at Grassroots Free School, directs Miccosukee Land Co-op Drama Camp, and has partnered recently with SAIL High School Drama Club on various productions. Robin feels strongly about the importance of theatre education and is thrilled and honored to be back in Tallahassee to share her experience and love with her hometown.

Robin Jackson
Robin Jackson
Education & Outreach Director

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A student of Shakespeare for over 10 years, Bianca Montague has worked in theatre education in and around the Tallahassee area since 2011. She has served as co-director for Southern Shakespeare Company’s junior company, The Bardlings, for the last year. Prior to joining the Southern Shakespeare family, Bianca served as assistant director for Capital City Shakespeare, and taught several classes at the Young Actors Theatre. She wrote and directed a 10-minute play as part of the one-act play festival at FSU (2010) and has directed several independent productions including Almost, Maine (2014), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2012), and A Doll’s House (2011). Bianca’s most recent stage credits include appearing in The Comedy of Errors (Luciana), Bard Wars (Princess Leia), and The Pillowman (mother).

Bianca Montague
Bianca Montague
Director of Digital Media & Communication

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Phil Croton
Phil Croton
Shakespeare Man

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Phil was born and raised in London, and attended The Italia Conti Drama School, making his West End debut at the tender age of eleven, flying around the stage as John Darling in “Peter Pan” at the Scala Theatre, and he was cast again in the same role the following year! He also appeared on television in A Play for Today for the BBC and in minor roles in films and television, but his true love always has been live theatre.

He has worked in Theatre in Education, in the UK, for Freshwater and Konflux Theatre companies. He was also the Head of the Education Dept. for the Theatre Royal in Bury St. Edmunds. He is working to instill a love of Shakespeare to the children and young adults in Tallahassee through frequent in-school workshops and as Co-Director of The Bardlings.

Phil has appeared in such diverse roles as Sir Thomas More in a Man for All Seasons and R.P. McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Other roles include leads in A Chorus of Disapproval, Separate Tables, The Real Inspector Hound and The Typist. He has also directed various productions including The Donahue Sisters, Humble Boy, and for the Theatre Royal Youth Company, Maria Marten and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He appeared as Oberon/Theseus in Southern Shakespeare’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2014.

Phil Croton
Phil Croton
Shakespeare Man

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Liane Giroux
Liane Giroux, CAE
Executive Director

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Laura Johnson
Laura Johnson
Producing Artistic Director

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Laura Johnson received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Florida State University. After a career in health care and medicine–both at Archbold Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia, founder of a private consulting firm, and teaching as an adjunct professor at The Florida State University’s College of Human Sciences, she has split her time between working professionally in the theatrical arts and raising a family.

Laura currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Irish Repertory Theater and previously served on the Artistic Advisory Committee of Theatre Tallahassee. She has performed in many local venues including Theatre Tallahassee (Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Lucia in Black Coffee, Sheila in Boys Next Door, Agnes in Bug), Monticello Opera House (Zelda at the Oasis, If Music Be the Food of Love) and at the New American Shakespearean Tavern (Beatrice-Joanna in The Changeling, Mephistophilis in Doctor Faustus). She also co-wrote and directed a successful one-act play performed at Florida High for the Holocaust Education Resource Council, and is highly visible in both television and commercial programming, including working as the on-air host of the Multi-State Powerball and Florida Lottery.

Robin Jackson
Robin Jackson
Education & Outreach Director

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Robin Jackson is a Tallahassee native who grew up involved in the Southern Shakespeare Company (SSC) as a child and many other local theatre productions. For the past six years she has performed with Artspot: Educational Theatre, an international touring company bringing English educational children’s theatre to over fifteen countries. As well as performing, Robin led and developed “Teaching Through Theatre” workshops for teachers and students around the world. She holds an AS in Musical Theatre from Florida School of the Arts as well as a BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Central Florida. Currently, along with her work with SSC, Robin teaches at Grassroots Free School, directs Miccosukee Land Co-op Drama Camp, and has partnered recently with SAIL High School Drama Club on various productions. Robin feels strongly about the importance of theatre education and is thrilled and honored to be back in Tallahassee to share her experience and love with her hometown.

Bianca Montague
Bianca Montague

Director of Digital Media & Communication

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A student of Shakespeare for over 10 years, Bianca Montague has worked in theatre education in and around the Tallahassee area since 2011. She has served as co-director for Southern Shakespeare Company’s junior company, The Bardlings, for the last year. Prior to joining the Southern Shakespeare family, Bianca served as assistant director for Capital City Shakespeare, and taught several classes at the Young Actors Theatre. She wrote and directed a 10-minute play as part of the one-act play festival at FSU (2010) and has directed several independent productions including Almost, Maine (2014), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2012), and A Doll’s House (2011). Bianca’s most recent stage credits include appearing in The Comedy of Errors (Luciana), Bard Wars (Princess Leia), and The Pillowman (mother).

Phil Croton
Phil Croton
Shakespeare Man

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Phil was born and raised in London, and attended The Italia Conti Drama School, making his West End debut at the tender age of eleven, flying around the stage as John Darling in “Peter Pan” at the Scala Theatre, and he was cast again in the same role the following year! He also appeared on television in A Play for Today for the BBC and in minor roles in films and television, but his true love always has been live theatre.

He has worked in Theatre in Education, in the UK, for Freshwater and Konflux Theatre companies. He was also the Head of the Education Dept. for the Theatre Royal in Bury St. Edmunds. He is working to instill a love of Shakespeare to the children and young adults in Tallahassee through frequent in-school workshops and as Co-Director of The Bardlings.

Phil has appeared in such diverse roles as Sir Thomas More in a Man for All Seasons and R.P. McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Other roles include leads in A Chorus of Disapproval, Separate Tables, The Real Inspector Hound and The Typist. He has also directed various productions including The Donahue Sisters, Humble Boy, and for the Theatre Royal Youth Company, Maria Marten and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He appeared as Oberon/Theseus in Southern Shakespeare’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2014.

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