Ann-Elizabeth Shapera is an actor, singer, musician, storyteller, comedian, teacher and professional court fool, and the Official Municipal Jester of the City of Milwaukee (with many thanks to the esteemed Jim Owczarski and help from her husband Tom Charney).
A 16-year veteran of Renaissance festival street performance around the country, trained originally by Ron Scot Fry, Eric Forsberg, Jimmy Ellis, Carol Black and Tim Ferguson, she was one of the most recent Directors of Street Theatre for the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Bristol, Wisconsin.
Molly McClean (1991-92)Edit
Jane the Phoole (1993-present)Edit
see Jane the Fool for historical info
As played by A-E Shapera, Jane the Phoole wields Mr. Whackes (her oversized, leering marotte), bellows from balconies, subverts the dominant paradigm, is the Royal Lemur-Keeper, and is the Official Municipal Jester of the City of Milwaukee (kudos to Jim Owczarski and Tom Charney).
Background Outside of FaireEdit
She has been performing for 25 years. Under an acting merit scholarship at Northern Illinois University, she trained in Linklater vocal technique, studied historic period costuming, and learned mime, juggling, fencing, stage combat and commedia dell’arte movement from the legendary Bill Lengfelder. While there she appeared in, among many productions, Marat/Sade (chorus) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Bardolph). She has taken part in many fringe-stage and environmental/street theatre events around the world, including Push & Shove Inc.’s 2000 production of Red Noses at Stage Left Theatre in Chicago.