"When he shall die take him and cut him out into stars and he shall make the face of heaven so fine
that all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun."
Bertram Garskof (CFS Executive Producer and Senior Advisor ) was Co-Founder of CT Free Shakespeare, and served as Executive Producer since 2000. Bert wrote the original scripts and adaptations for Dandelion Production social issues educational theater shows. He also wrote over fifteen play adaptations that have toured the country with National Theater for Arts & Education. Prior to his work with Dandelion, Bert appeared on New England stages in leading roles. Among his favorites were: The Psychiatrist in Equus; the Doctor in Elephant Man; Drummond (Darrow) in Inherit the Wind and Darrow in the one-man show, Darrow. He held a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and was a Professor of Psychology at Quinnipiac University. His over thirty research articles in learning and memory have appeared in leading scientific journals. For many years he was QUs director of the Day Care and Child Development Program and their Adult Degree program. He produced Evenings at Quinnipiac; bringing performing artists from many different ethnic groups to the campus community. Our beloved Bertie passed peacefully on April 8, 2017. We will miss and treasure him always.
Leroy Walton joined the shining stars above on April 7th, 2016. He was the resident Production Stage Manager for CFS and spent his time here wearing every hat imaginable as a dedicated Dandelion. Leroy's commitment and belief in CFS's mission permeated his every action and he led several initiatives in community engagement and company management. He was educated in the Hamden public school system and was a senior at Western Connecticut State University. Leroy loved all things New York, acting and theater production and was an active member of the Actors Equity Association. Leroy performed in leading roles at Western including the smash hit “You Can’t Take it With You.” Leroy lived the "choose joy" philosophy to the fullest extent, enjoying his many adventures, both foreign and domestic, during his 22 years. Leroy was a free spirit with a larger than life personality and we remember him every day.