A writer, director, producer, and actor, Adam is a New Zealand citizen, who hails from the UK, where he ran the ITV Television Workshop for a decade, and worked for a wide range of professional film, television, radio and theatre companies. He holds a BA in Drama and English, and a Masters in Creative Writing from The University of Auckland. A regular film and TV reviewer for Flicks.co.nz, Adam was Director of Auckland’s South Seas Film & Television School, and Producer for Whoa! Studios. He is currently Senior Drama Teacher at ACG Parnell College, and working towards a PhD in Performance Studies. Adam wishes to be cremated – but only once he’s dead.
Francesca (Frankie) Browne is an Auckland based actress and improviser. She worked in Massive Theatre Company’s emerging artist programme, The Nui Ensemble since 2016, performing in a number of their showings as well as their emerging artist show in 2019.
In 2018, she performed in her first touring show for Duffy Theatre, performing 260 shows in primary schools all around New Zealand, finding her love of children’s theatre and clowning. She has been performing as a part of Auckland based improv troupe Improverished since 2016 and now directs and devises show formats for the group, including for Auckland Fringe Festival 2019, 2020 and 2021 respectively. Last year, she worked with leading children’s theatre company Tim Bray as an interning director, understudy and performer for the show Greedy Cat. Last Year she Played Romeo for the USC 2021 tour, directed her first show in the International Comedy Festival, toured once again with Duffy Theatre for term 4 of Duffy in Bubble Trouble, worked as a writer for ShoreSide Theatre Company and directed her second show! She is so very excited to come back and work with USC again as she loves the Kaupapa and message that Ugly Shakespeare promotes.
Isabella is a Kiwi-born actress who moved to Paris at 18 years old to complete a three year undergraduate drama training, and then a one year postgraduate in London. She returned to Aotearoa one year ago and since last year’s Ugly Tour, has furthered her love for improvisation via teaching and is the newest recruit for National Youth Theatre’s production of Oliver!, as Assistant Director. Shakespeare holds a very special place in her heart – Titus will become her fifth production of Shakespeare’s works, with hopefully many more to come. She brings an interesting mix of skills to Ugly, specialising in stage combat, improvisation and accents. She’s always down for a silly goose time and adores performing comedy more than just about anything. Catch us all on stage in 2023!