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Felicia Londre headshot  Felicia Hardison Londré is Curators’ Professor of Theatre at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Honorary Co-Founder of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. She earned her B.A. in French at the University of Montana (1998 Distinguished Alumna Award), her M.A. in Romance Languages at the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Londré has taught at UMKC since 1978, with visiting professorships at Hosei University, Tokyo; Marquette University, Milwaukee; and lecture tours to universities in Hungary and France, including the Sorbonne. She was elected to the College of Fellows of the American theatre (Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.) in 1998 and to the National Theatre Conference in 2001. In 2001 she received the Outstanding Teacher of Theatre in Higher Education award presented by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. She was the founding secretary of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America. She often lectures on the Shakespeare authorship question and on Kansas City theatre history. Among Felicia Londré’s fourteen books are Words at Play: Creative Writing and Dramaturgy (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005), which includes some of her program essays for Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Her most important book is The Enchanted Years of the Stage: Kansas City at the Crossroads of American Theater, 1870-1929 (University of Missouri Press, 2007, 83 illustrations), which every Kansas Citian needs to read. It was awarded the Theatre Library Association’s George Freedley Memorial Award at Lincoln Center in New York and Jackson County Historical Society’s Education Award.

Phil Hooser head shot Philip blue owl Hooser has provided “edu-tainment” for HASF audiences each year since 1996 . His produced playwriting includes the recent Art of Murder at the Kansas City Mystery Train (“...a splendid romp with characters and plot that keep the audience laughing.” and Coyote Mischief Tales at the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theatre (“...alternately funny, warm and wise.” --Beltway Bambinos). Other produced works include Loving Lucy (Unicorn), Kachina Drum (Stone Lion), Little House by the Shores of Silver Lake (Coterie, Skokie Park), The Christmas Carols (HMC), Dottie: A Story of Dorothy Parker (Various theatres), and I Hear America! (Nelson-Atkins). As a Spoken Word writer/performer, he has recently created the event “Pink Triangle Word Factory” at Prospero’s Books and wrote and performed pieces for “ArtSpeak Radio” on KKFI and the Fabulous Queer Writers at the LIkeMe Lighthouse. Philip also curates “Eat Their Words” (comedic readings from books “written” by celebrities), coaches writing workshops (recently at The Writers Place), and can be heard the first two Saturdays each month as a host of KKFI’s The Tenth Voice.