Ron Scot Fry, who portrays Shakespeare in “To Be!", is the founding Artistic Director for Optimist Theatre. He directed The Tempest, Milwaukee's first free Shakespeare in the Park, for Optimist in 2010 and played Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night in 2011. He began playing Shakespeare in 1994, and has played the role for over fifty schools and organizations in more than a hundred workshops and performances.

In addition to work with Optimist Theatre, Ron serves on the Theatre Faculty at Alverno College in MIlwaukee.

Ron spent nineteen years as the Artistic Director for the Bristol Renaissance Faire, where he created the Bristol Academy of Performing Arts. He has also directed nationally renowned Faires in Virginia and Los Angeles, CA. He taught theatre at Carthage College, and has worked as an Artist in Residence at Columbia College in Chicago, IL.

William Shakespeare in only one of the interactive characters Ron has played. Others include:


Leonardo daVinci
Will Sommers (Fool to King Henry VIII)
Captain Sir Francis Drake
Sir Walter Ralegh

Robin Hood
The Sheriff of Nottingham

He has also worked as a Jouster for Heros and Villains and a Jouster and Master of Arms for the Hanlon Lees Jousting Knights and Steeds, and in stage roles including:


Puck A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Common Man A Man for All Seasons
Inspector Match What the Butler Saw
Harpagon (The Miser) The Miser
The Stage Manager The Skin of Our Teeth

He has been a professional actor and performer for almost thirty years, and has played more than a hundred different characters.

Ron’s work as an actor, director, and writer has been seen by more than three and a half million people.

His educational background includes:


M.A. in Drama University of Virginia
B.A. in Speech, Communication, and Theatre
Magna cum Laude w/Honors
Carthage College
“Training the Trainer” Workshops Second City, Chicago

His skills include full armor jousting on horseback, fire-eating, juggling, high-velocity rappelling, stage combat, saxophone, and both Mac and Microsoft applications.

Learn more about Ron's work on his website: