South Dakota Shakespeare Festival 2023 Season Board of Directors

Carol Geu, President

University of South Dakota, Art Department

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Carol Geu (She/Her) is a senior lecturer for the Art Department at the University of South Dakota, teaching online art history courses and faculty led programs to Europe. She was born and raised in southeast Nebraska. Geu received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with majors in painting and art history and a minor in business administration and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of South Dakota. She continues to be a student of art history, art criticism, and philosophy. Before moving to South Dakota, Geu worked as a graphic designer for newspapers, advertising agencies, and educational institutions in Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C. and also had the pleasure of serving as an intern for the curator of works on paper at the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington, D.C. In her free time Geu enjoys supporting the arts, reading, gardening, and spending time with her family.

Joe Stollenwerk, Vice President
University of South Dakota, Assistant Professor of Directing


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Joe Stollenwerk is Assistant Professor of Directing at the University of South Dakota where he oversees the MFA Directing program and also teaches acting, playwriting, film, and theatre history. He received his Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama from Indiana University, his MA in English and Master of Education from Xavier University, and his BA in Drama from Kenyon College. He has worked with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Know Theatre, Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Indiana Festival Theatre, Black Hills Playhouse, and many others, including Ovation Theatre Company in Cincinnati, which he co-founded and served as Artistic Director for nine years.

Rich Holland, Treasurer

Vermillion Community Member

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Rich Holland was raised, educated, and worked in Los Angeles, California. He is an electrical engineer who had a 35-year career as an Aerospace Engineer and Manager. In California, Rich’s hobbies included early music performance, management of early music workshops, and performances for the Southern California Recorder Society. After retirement and moving to South Dakota, Rich was elected to the Vermillion City Council and has served nine years to date.   

Evelyn Schlenker, Secretary

University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine


For over 36 years Evelyn Schlenker taught and conducted research as a Professor in the Sanford School of Medicine teaching a variety of students including undergraduates, graduate, medical students and residents.  Evelyn serves as a Board member and Secretary on the Clay County Historic Preservation Commission, on the Board of the Friends of the W. H. Over Museum, where she also volunteered in museum cataloging and exhibit design, and volunteers at the Vermillion Food Pantry. Recently she started work at the USD Library in Archives and Special Collections. Evelyn serves as secretary and Board member of the Vermillion Community Theatre which puts on children’s workshops and plays during the summer and, more recently, a dinner theater during the winter to early spring. In that context she helps with fundraising and the production of costumes and sets as well as being on stage. Finally, Evelyn has published six books as follows: two documenting stained glass windows in old St. Agnes Church and Wakonda Saint Patrick’s church, houses owned by a physician who practiced medicine in Vermillion during the first half of the 20th century, development of Dakota Hospital, the history of two Carnegie libraries in Vermillion, SD, and a history 138 year of  2-3 Main Street (built in 1884), one of the first commercial buildings constructed in Vermillion when it moved above the bluff in 1881 that still is operational.

Rebecca Bailey, Director

Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Education Program Director

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Rebecca Bailey has spent the past four years serving as Asst. Professor of Theatre at The University of the Ozarks.  This summer she began a full-time position serving as the Education Program Director for the Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault where she will use theatrical techniques in training Victim Advocates and other first responders. In 2021, she received a Visionary Voice Award for her work here. She has served as the Arkansas State Chair for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VI.  Rebecca now freelances as a director and movement/intimacy coach teaching classes focused on Acting, Directing, Shakespeare, Movement, and Voice.  In November, she directed a devised production, For Hurting Hands which received two national awards from KCACTF including a Citizen’s Artist Award.  She directed this production devised by seven students approaching their perspectives on equality and diversity following recent events.  Rebecca is thankful to continue directing with companies including Prairie Repertory Theatre and North Dakota Shakespeare Festival.

John Howe, Director

University of South Dakota, Associate Dean of Students

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John Howe serves as Associate Dean of Students at the University of South Dakota. In this role he manages various departments across the Division of Student Services and enjoys the opportunity to work closely with USD’s amazing students. John’s path to South Dakota was not a direct one; he was born in India and raised as an Army brat in Germany and throughout the United States. He has also served as an educator and administrator in Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, India, and Afghanistan. He now calls Vermillion home.

Mark "Papa D" Daniels, Director

Sanford Vermillion, Integrated Health Therapist

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Mark “Papa D” Daniels, PhD, Ho-Chunk, Dine, Nooch (he/him/his).  Papa D is a Native American Clinical Psychologist currently working at Sanford Health in Vermillion as an Integrated Health Therapist. He is past president of the Society of Indian Psychologist.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of The TRANSformation Project whose mission is to support and empower transgender youth, young adults, and their families while educating communities in South Dakota and the surrounding region about gender identity and expression. He works with numerous causes in the community, advocating for the Two Spirit, Trans, LGBTQ+ community, Indigenous peoples, and other marginalized groups.  

Shekendra Morgan, Director

University of South Dakota, Theatre Department

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Shekendra Morgan (They/Them) is a non-binary actor/stage manager from Rapid City, South Dakota and a grad from the University of South Dakota with a degree in theatre performance. They have been dancing, singing, and putting on theatrical productions since age five. Over the years they have found a true passion for classical texts in theatre and exploring ways in which to incorporate diversity to these texts and the community itself. They have been seen performing on stages all over South Dakota from the Black Hills Playhouse to South Dakota Shakespeare Festival. They also do some voice acting in shows including Y2K Pod. They are so excited to bring Shakespeare to the community and beyond.

Alexis Mabel Oskolkoff is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud Sioux) from her mother’s side and Unangan (Alaskan Aleut) from her father’s side. She received her A.A. in Business Management at Sinte Gleska University with an emphasis in Cultural Resource Management. There she was vice President of Student Council and Ms. Founders Day Runner-up. She received a dual B.A. degree in Anthropology and Native Studies at The University of South Dakota with minor in Archaeology &  Earth Science. She was a member of the Student Government and an active member of  many campus clubs and organizations. Oskolkoff has worked in cultural reparation and language revitalization for area tribes. She has a strong passion for and does work in HIV/AIDS awareness in tribal communities. She is currently a stay-at-home mom of three boys and a girl, and enjoys beading, sewing, and painting in her free time.

Alexis Mabel Oskolkoff (Hákinktá Wín), Director

University of South Dakota, Native America Studies

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Sarah Wells, Director

Vermillion Community Member

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Sarah Wells is Mother of 3, self-employed Herbalist at Vitruvian Vines and Wellness Coordinator at Nostalgia Vintage and Wellness. She’s also a Master Gardener, Board Member for the local Native American Parent Board, Reader for the South Dakota State Braille and Talking Book Library, KonMarie Method Consultant-in-Training, and on the Volunteer Administrative Team for The Hurdle Life Coach. Sarah is committed to the SDSF Board most especially for the drama and community involvement! Her young children became enthralled with Shakespeare after a youth workshop hosted by SDSF. Their family has since been involved with and supporters of SDSF.