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Our Professional Staff

“With all the learned council of the realm”

Much Ado is directed and staffed by professionally trained Shakespearean actors with extensive teaching experience.  

Stuart Calof co-owner and artistic director

Stuart Calof specializing in Shakespeare, acting, text analysis, stage combat and improvisation, Stuart has taught extensively in homeschool programs throughout Ventura and Los Angeles counties.  Other teaching credits include: The Will Geer Theatricum Botancium, City Hearts and The Lee Strasberg Institute. Stuart is also a professional actor and director, currently working with the Knightsbridge Theatre Company. Acting credits include: Hamlet in Hamlet, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and Boolie in Driving Miss Daisy. He received his training at UC, Berkeley, Stella Adler Theater and the Howard Fine Acting Studio; in addition to his J.D. from UCLA Law School.

Rebekah Czarnecki: co-owner and artistic director

Rebekah Czarnecki teaches Juggling, Clowning, Dance, Music, and Shakespeare. Professional credits include: Company member of Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival:  "Kate" in The Taming of the Shrew, "Ariel" in The Tempest, "Rosalind" in As You Like It and most recently "Lady Olivia" in Twelfth Night;  Company memeber with CFS at Festival Stratford! workings several summers on the lawn at The American Shakespeare Theatre in CT:  Rosalind in Love's Labour's Lost, "Titania" (2004) and "Helena" (2013) in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and also As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Cyrano de Bergerac and assistant directing alongside the Artistic Director for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2009) and The Taming of the Shrew (2016).  Company member of Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum: Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Harold and Maude, and Twelfth Night. Also actor and director for National Theatre for the Performing Arts, The Muckenthaller Theatre, Grove Theatre Centre and a proud alumni of Improv Olympic West Alumni. Dramatic Training: North Carolina School of the Arts.  Most notably, a proud mother of 3 sweet girls and her baby boy. 



Karen Baughn is a Los Angeles based teacher, actor, improviser, and playwright. A high school apprenticeship with the Idaho Shakespeare festival sparked passion for the theater, which brought her from her hometown of Boise, Idaho all the way to Occidental College in the heart of Los Angles where she earned her honors in Theater. She went on to study at The London Dramatic Academy, Improv Olympic Chicago, UCB, The Groundlings, and Bang Comedy Studio to develop her skills as a character actor and director. 
In the midst of her studies, Karen was also teaching. After three years of teaching for Occidental Children’s Theater, Karen successfully partnered with OCT and UCLA to bring her own curriculum to a local high school to teach underserved teens the positive influence of improv. In addition, Karen is currently teaching youth and adult improv classes at Bang Studio, acting classes with City Hearts, and directing the spring production at "A Time To Dance."  She is honored to be a working with Much Ado About Shakespeare teaching Shakespeare, Comedia Del Arte, and Tumbling. She looks forward to every class working with Much Ado performers because they commit to bringing their very best to the classroom and the stage. 


Cylan Brown has worked for several years with the Kingsmen Shakespeare Co.’s educational tour, developing and implementing the program’s curriculum as well as performing for elementary school students.  He has also taught Shakespeare in performance, including text analysis and clowning, at the Sage Ridge Academy in Nevada. As an actor, Cylan has performed such roles as Hamlet, Romeo, Julius Caesar, Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet), Edmund (King Lear), Parolles (All's Well That Ends Well), Philip (King John) and Dromio of Syracuse (The Comedy of Errors). His credits include other notable companies such as: Shakespeare by the Sea, Los Angeles Actors Ensemble and South Bay Civic Light Opera. Cylan received his Bachelor’s degree in Theater from Northern Arizona University, with a minor in English Literature.



J. Tyler Jones specializes in Shakespeare, improv, and stage combat. He received his theatrical education from the Florida State University School of Theatre, including a semester in London, and is a proud member of the Society of American Fight Directors. Tyler has taught theatre to children ranging from elementary to high school in Florida, Georgia, and Southern California. While still in high school he helped found The Shakespeare Studio, a non-profit specializing in Shakespeare performed by and for young adults in the North Metro-Atlanta area. Tyler performs semi-regularly with the main stage company at the National Comedy Theatre, an improv theatre located in San Diego. Favorite theatrical productions include: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry V, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Mud Blue Sky, Now or Later, and Machinal.