Go Beyond the Show brings the community together following a performance to further educate and discuss the world of the play. Audience members are encouraged to stay after the show and participate in the conversation with local experts.


Thursday | April 20

Join a panel of Shakespearean experts to chat about gender roles both in Elizabethan theatre and our modern society.


Suzanne Withem has been active in the Omaha theatre community for most of her life. Most recently, she directed Much Ado About Nothing at the Bellevue Little Theatre. Suzanne has also worked as a teacher, actor, stage manager, and director for Nebraska Shakespeare, The Rose Theater, The Omaha Community Playhouse, Bellevue Little Theatre, The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, Ballet Nebraska, Opera Omaha, The BlueBarn, The BlueBarn’s Witching Hour, and Bridget St. Bridget. Suzanne earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre and Master’s Degree in English from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In addition to her creative work, Suzanne also serves as an Advisor/Program Coordinator for UNO’s Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking program (, and is the former Artistic Director for RESPECT, an organization that works to build healthy relationships through theatre.


Marshall B Garrett is a Maryland-based director of over 30 productions in less than 10 years., most recently of Rubber City Shakespeare Company's Julius Caesar. He's currently in Omaha teaching theatre at the College of Saint Mary, where he is directing a new play by Merlyn Sell and William Shakespeare called Sweet Are the Uses. He's also the founding director of the Susquehanna Shakespeare Ensemble, premiering their first production in Maryland later this spring. MFA/M.Litt.: Mary Baldwin University. BA: Illinois Wesleyan University. Associate Member, Society of Directors and Choreographers.

Sarah Carlson-Brown has her master’s in theatre education from the University of Northern Colorado and her bachelor's from University of Nebraska at Omaha in theatre performance. Sarah has worked with Nebraska Shakespeare for the past 16 years as an actor, director, and educator. In 2013, she was named Nebraska Shakespeare’s Director of Education. For NS, Sarah has directed The Tempest On Tour, As You Like It On Tour, and A Midsummer Night's Dream collaboration with the Omaha Symphony. In 2016, Sarah launched Nebraska Shakespeare's Juno's Swans, an all-female production program. Sarah has worked with Utah Shakespeare, NTC productions, and Folger Library Theatre in DC, as well as many theatres in Omaha. She is also a teaching artist throughout Nebraska and has worked with the Rose Theatre, Omaha Community Playhouse, Omaha Performing Arts, and was recently selected for the Nebraska Arts Council's Teaching Artist roster.