Archduke Cast and Creatives 

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Scott Coopwood
Jeremy Kahn
Luisa Sermol
Adam Shonkwiler
Stephen Stocking
Rajiv Joseph
Giovanna Sardelli


SCOTT COOPWOOD (Apis) Regional favorites include title roles in Hamlet, Macbeth, Cymbeline, King John, Edward III, and Cyrano De Bergerac. Other favorites: Othello, King Lear, Measure for Measure, Lonely Planet, The Scene, Take Me Out, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, The Seagull, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar, Born Yesterday, Frost/Nixon, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, and Groundswell. Regional theatres: Arkansas Rep; Artists Rep; Capital Rep; San Jose Rep; Center Rep; Berkeley Rep; Capital Stage; the Utah, Colorado, Orlando, and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festivals; Arizona Theatre Co.; Sacramento Theatre Co.; Marin Theatre Co.; Portland Center Stage; Seattle Shakespeare Co.; Profile Theatre Project; Shotgun Players; SF Playhouse; Jewel Theatre Co.; and work with the Toronto, Windsor, and Oregon Symphony Orchestras.


JEREMY KAHN (Trifko) returns to TheatreWorks where he previously appeared in Peter and the Starcatcher as well as the New Works Festival readings of Laugh, The Disappearing Man, and Born in East Berlin. Other theatre work includes: Office Hour (Berkeley Rep/Long Wharf Theatre co-pro), Everything is Illuminated, Dry Powder, Wittenberg (Aurora Theatre Co.), peerless (Marin Theatre Co.), Bad Jews (Capital Stage), Tortilla Curtain (San Diego Rep), The Liar, Baskerville, It Shoulda Been You (Center Rep), Another Way Home (Magic Theatre), 1 2 3, Tigers Be Still, The Fantasticks (SF Playhouse), Red Velvet (Jewel Theatre Co.), and The Rover (Shotgun Players). Film/TV: Looking (HBO), Unleashed (Netflix), The Etruscan Smile, and Dirt. He holds a BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University.


LUISA SERMOL (Sladjana) is delighted to make her TheatreWorks mainstage debut after appearing in the 2018 New Works Festival (They Promised Her the Moon). NY credits include Broadway: Roundabout– (Hamlet), Lincoln Center (Tennessee and His Women), Classic Stage Co. (Macbeth). Regional work includes: Portland Center Stage (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Williamstown Theatre Festival (Romeo and Juliet, A Little Night Music, The Maids); and Artists Repertory Theatre (The Humans, Cuba Libre, The Goat, Sideman, Three Sisters, Master Class, Night of the Iguana). Recent Bay Area credits include: City Lights (The Siegel) and Hillbarn Theatre (Noises Off). Film/TV include: Grimm, Leverage, Zero Effect, and Insect Poetry. Ms. Sermol is a graduate of The Juilliard School, holds a MAT, and is proud to be a teaching artist.


ADAM SHONKWILER (Nedjelko) After appearing as John Birt in Frost/Nixon this winter, Mr. Shonkwiler is happy to return to the TheatreWorks main stage. Regional: Boy in Peter and the Starcatcher, Fun Home (Weston Playhouse), Red (Goodman Theatre), Mordred in Camelot (Goodspeed, TUTS), and Luke in Next Fall (San Jose Rep). National Tour: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind. Film/TV: The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, NBC’s The Playboy Club. He is a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf in Chicago and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, England.


STEPHEN STOCKING (Gavrilo) is happy to be making his TheatreWorks debut. His New York and regional credits include Rajiv Joseph’s Obie-winning play Describe the Night at Atlantic Theater Co. and Alley Theatre (Feliks); the World Premiere of Archduke at the Mark Taper Forum (Gavrilo); Great Expectations (Pip) at Portland Center Stage; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander) for Shakespeare Theatre Co. in DC and Macau, China; Flood in the Valley with Gung Ho Productions in Liangshan, Chengdu, and Beijing, China; the Aspen Ideas Festival with director Lonny Price; Every Good Girl Deserves Fun at Walkerspace. TV credits include: The Good Fight (CBS) and Z: The Beginning of Everything (Amazon). Mr. Stocking earned his MFA from NYU Graduate Acting.


RAJIV JOSEPH (Playwright) is the author of Broadway’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Pulitzer Prize finalist) and Obie Award-winning plays Guards at the Taj and Describe the Night. Other works include All This Intimacy, Animals Out of Paper, Gruesome Playground Injuries, The North Pool (TW World Premiere 2011), The Monster at the Door, The Lake Effect (TW 2015), and Mr. Wolf. He wrote the libretto for the opera Shalimar the Clown, as well as works for film and television. Mr. Joseph received his BA in Creative Writing from Miami University and his MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.


GIOVANNA SARDELLI (Director) is TheatreWorks’ Director of New Works, and has directed Crimes of the Heart, The Velocity of Autumn, The North Pool, The Lake Effect, and Somewhere. She recently directed the World Premiere of Archduke (NWF 2016) at the Mark Taper Forum and Guards at the Taj for the Geffen Playhouse, which won the 2017 Ovation Award for Best Production of a Play. Off-Broadway World Premieres include Little Children Dream of God (Roundabout), Wildflower, Animals Out of Paper, and All This Intimacy (Second Stage). Her production of An Entomologist’s Love Story, which was part of the TW New Works Festival in 2014, had its World Premiere at SF Playhouse. Her regional credits include: Describe the Night (TW New Works Festival 2014; Alley Theatre), The Whipping Man (The Old Globe), and numerous shows at Dorset Theatre Festival, Cleveland Play House, and Barrington Stage Co. She recently directed the Regional Premiere of They Promised Her the Moon at The Old Globe, and will direct it for TW in March 2020.