Kentucky Shakespeare Staff
Matt has served as Producing Artistic Director of Kentucky Shakespeare since August 2013 where he has directed productions of Titus Andronicus, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest, Richard III, and Shakespeare in the Parks Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Hamlet. He recently performed the role of The Player in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. He was previously an Artistic Associate with the company 2001-2010.
Matt has been Director/Facilitator of Shakespeare Behind Bars at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex since 2008. He served as Program Director and Facilitator of the SBB Multidisciplinary Juvenile Arts Program at the Audubon Youth Development Center and Journeymen Programs for 18-21 -year olds at Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex and Luther Luckett Correctional Complex, a partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education and VSA Kentucky, the state organization on arts and disability.
He was Director of Children’s Theatre and Audience Development at Derby Dinner Playhouse for several years where he acted, directed, and created the Performing Arts Academy. Matt has also directed and performed professionally at Chicago theaters, across the Midwest, and throughout the region for over twenty years. Film and TV credits include roles in The Perfect Gift, 1 Message, Pieces of Easter, and Forrest Gump.
He holds a BFA in Regional Theatre from the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis.
Matt was in the inaugural class of Alden Fellows at the Community Foundation of Louisville and was recipient of the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts Marlene M. Helm Alumni Award, Fund for the Arts Allan Cowen Innovation Award, Broadway World Louisville Regional Awards, and Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency Volunteer of the Year Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Kentucky Criminal Justice System.
Matt met and proposed to his wife Tina Jo on the Kentucky Shakespeare stage in Central Park and they are now the proud parents of two wonderful daughters.
Robert Silverthorn, III, Director of Operations and Marketing
Robert is a veteran of the marketing and advertising industry. He operated his own advertising agency for 10 years where he worked with Fortune 500 companies like RCA and General Electric developing marketing strategies for their direct sales forces.
He spent 2 years with Creative Alliance handling Humana, Darden Restaurants, University of Louisville and Einstein Brothers Bagels in a number of different channels from intranet design to franchise development.
Robert then moved on to Louisville Public Media where he developed marketing and branding strategies as well as worked in sales for the three public radio stations in Louisville, KY.
Robert has a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Louisville and he holds a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University – Bloomington in Journalism and Philosophy.
Kyle Ware, Director of Education
Kyle Ware is an actor, educator, artist and writer. He first came to work with Kentucky Shakespeare as an educator and development specialist in 2006; he returned in 2004 as a teaching artist and as part of the company for Kentucky Shakespeare’s 54th season.
He served as Executive Director for Tourism Honors Academy, an academic leadership program for high school seniors in Jefferson County, championing a diverse population united by success through adversity.
He is Co-Artistic Director of Think Tank Theatre, a collaborative theatre ensemble, and was a Producing Founding Artistic Director of Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble, which concluded its 10-year run in Central Park as a Community Partner in the 2014 summer season.
Kyle is a graduate of the University of Louisville, holding degrees in Art, Theatre and English.
Amy Attaway, Associate Artistic Director
Amy joins Kentucky Shakespeare as Associate Artistic Director after three summers directing with the company: Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, and The Winter’s Tale. She is a director, actor, teacher, and occasional on-air host for WFPL. Amy and several colleagues founded Theatre , a Louisville company dedicated to recent and relevant theatre, where she still serves as Co-Artistic Director.
In the summer of 2015, Theatre  was a community partner for Kentucky Shakespeare’s summer season. Theatre  commissioned, and Amy developed and directed, a piece by playwrights in residence Diana Grisanti and Steve Moulds called The Two Lobbyists of Verona. The play was written specifically for the Kentucky Shakespeare stage.
Also for Theatre , Amy directed the regional premieres of Red Speedo, Auctioning the Ainsleys, Broadsword: a heavy metal play, and Futura, as well as the world premiere of the commissioned serial play The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn.
Amy spent five seasons as Associate Director of the Apprentice/Intern Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she spent her time training young actors and developing new plays. She directed several commissioned works in the Humana Festival of New American Plays, including Sleep Rock Thy Brain, Oh,Gastronomy!, and The End.
Amy is a graduate of the University of Evansville and a member of Actors Equity.
Amy’s husband, Brian Owens, is the Senior Flying Director at ZFX Flying Effects, and he choreographed the effects for Kentucky Shakespeare’s recent The Tempest. Their daughter Maisie has been a part of Ky Shakes for her whole life, and she can now say “Shakespeare” with the same approximate clarity and enthusiasm as “spaghetti.”
Hannah Pruitt, Education Programs Manager
Hannah is loving her return to Kentucky Shakespeare as the Education Programs Manager where in addition to her arts administration duties, she also has managed Camp Shakespeare for 5 years, teaches residencies, and creates the curriculum for residencies and workshops.
In the past, she has served in the positions of Camp Shakespeare Intern/Stage Manager for the Globe Players, Assistant Director for the Spring Tours of Julius Caesar, Macbeth, and Romeo & Juliet, as well as the Arts Education Coordinator.
In addition to her time with Kentucky Shakespeare, she continues her involvement in the arts community as an actress and as a Ticketing Supervisor in the Box Office of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.
Hannah hails from the lovely city of Henderson, KY. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Louisville with a BS in Theatre Arts.