Workshop Leaders & Audition Staff
Kristi DeVille (Dance Choreographer), a native of southern Louisiana, received her BA in Theatre from Louisiana State University. Since then, Kristi has lived and worked in London, Atlanta, Portland (ME), and Asheville as a director, choreographer, actor, and fire performer. For Montford Park Players, she has directed Lysistrata, choreographed dances in Comedy of Errors, Double Falsehood, Romeo and Juliet, Christmas Carol, and As You Like It, among many others and was seen on stage as the Courtesan in Comedy of Errors and Violante in Double Falsehood. She serves as the Resident Choreographer for the Montford Park Players and has been the Dance Choreographer for the WNC Unified Auditions since 2014.
John Russell (Chair and Registrar) is Executive Director and CEO of the Montford Park Players, North Carolina’s longest running Shakespeare Festival. Now completing his twelfth year leading MPP, he has spent most of his 30+ year career in nonprofit management, with a focus on the arts. He holds the Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University and has taught in the Nonprofit Management Program. He attended the Governor’s School of North Carolina in 1970 and now serves on the board of directors of the NC Governor’s School Foundation. Mr. Russell has led seminars in strategic planning for a number of organizations. He is an active member in the Institute of Outdoor Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre Association, the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau (where he served a term as chair of the Marketing Committee), The National Speech and Debate Association, and the WNC Theatre League, where he has served as Chair and Registrar of the WNC Unified Auditions since 2008. He was appointed in July, 2017 to the Board of the North Carolina Arts Council by Gov. Roy Cooper. He is the 2018 recipient of the Mark Sumner Award for lifelong contributions to outdoor theatre.