Peter Garino (Artistic Director) is a founding member of The Shakespeare Project of Chicago and has served as Artistic Director since June 2010. He appeared in Henry V and as Tackleton in Charles Dickens' The Cricket on the Hearth in the current season. He directed direct King John in January 2017 for The Project. This past season, he directed Cardenio, and played The Bard in Cymbeline, Camillo in The Winter's Tale and the title role in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. He also directed the Chicago premier of Tom Stoppard's Darkside (Incorporating The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd). Recent appearances for The Project include Lord LaFew in All's Well That Ends Well and Antonio in The Merchant of Venice. Other directing credits for The Shakespeare Project include: The Revenger's Tragedy, King Lear, The Fair Maid of the West, The Reign of King Edward III, A Woman Killed With Kindness, Othello,The Tempest, Richard II, Measure For Measure, Antony and Cleopatra, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Woman of No Importance, Pericles (1996 and 2008), The Taming of the Shrew, 2 Henry IV, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and his own adaptations of Shakespeare's sonnets and songs, My Name Is Will, and The Rape of Lucrece. On-stage appearances with The Project include Friar Laurence/Lord Capulet in 50-Minute Romeo and Juliet, Agamemnon in Troilus & Cressida, George Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Cardinal Wolsey in Henry VIII, Lord Stanley in Richard III, Duke Senior and Duke Frederick in As You Like It, and many others. Peter has worked with the Steppenwolf and Organic Theatre companies, the Body Politic, Pegasus Players and with the Oak Park Festival Theatre and Illinois Shakespeare Festival (three seasons). Peter attended the National Shakespeare Conservatory and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from Illinois State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from Hofstra University, New York. He is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association, and SAG/AFTRA. Peter serves as co-chair for the English Speaking Union's Shakespeare Committee in Chicago.
Barbara Zahora (Associate Artistic Director) has been The Project’s Associate Artistic Director since 2010, and has adapted and directed All’s Well That Ends Well, Troilus and Cressida, and The Merry Wives of Windsor for their regular staged reading seasons. She’s also collaborated on the adaptation of 50-Minute Romeo and Juliet for their educational programming and will be directing it again this coming winter. Favorite roles with the Project have included Queen Elizabeth in Mary Stuart, Margaret in Jeff Christian's adaptation of Henry VI Parts1, 2, and 3 and Constance Middleton in The Constant Wife. As an actor, Barbara’s Chicago credits include ShawChicago, Writers’ Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre, Northlight, Lookingglass, First Folio Theatre, Illinois Theatre Center, Oak Park Festival Theatre, and Artemisia Theatre, among others. She has also performed at a variety of places regionally and internationally, such as American Players Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, where she was part of the International Artistic Residency in 2004. Barbara teaches at Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. She’s represented by Paonessa Talent and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.