Rob Crisell is an author, poet, actor, and teacher, and in Temecula, CA. He teaches poetry and Shakespeare with the Murrieta Valley Union School District as part of its Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) program. He is a Shakespeare lecturer with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. He has acted in The Merchant of Venice, Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), Baskerville, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Tempest (Prospero), Macbeth, Othello (Iago), and others. During the quarantine, he acted in Much Ado About Nothing and Merry Wives of Windsor in “A Working Actor’s Journey” productions, and King Lear with the Quarantine Players. He has written and performed several one-man plays featuring Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Shakespeare in America. He’s the author of the children’s novel The Zoo of Impossible Animals (De Portola Press: 2016) and Shakespeare’s Book of Wisdom: Advice on Living a Wiser, Happier Life from William Shakespeare & Friends (De Portola Press: 2018). His 2016 TED Talk is “How NOT to Hate Shakespeare” can be found on You Tube. His poetry has been published in The Lyric Magazine, among other publications. His verse adaptation of Sophocles’ Electra will be produced by Full Circle Players in Riverside, California in 2021. He is a graduate of Yale University and George Mason University Law School. For more details, email him or visit his You Tube Channel.