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Imogen in the Wild Film (2021)

We are pleased to announced that spring 2021, we filmed an original screenplay adapted from Shakespeare's Cymbeline, called Imogen in the Wild. The cast and crew of professional, community, and student actors quarantined and tested prior to filming and many, including all high-risk actors and crew, were vaccinated.

Songs and scenes from the film were released our YouTube channel for Earth Day (April 22) and Shakespeare's birthday (April 23). The entire film will premiere in September, and be available in its entirity on YouTube. Hit SUBSCRIBE to see all of our content as it is released.

The movie was filmed on location in Merced, Mariposa, and Yosemite National Park, and features original music throughout.  

The project is co-sponsored by UC Merced, Yosemite National Park, and Misfit Press and is part of the worldwide Cymbeline in the Anthropocene project (further info here, too).

If you are interested in teaching the film, this page has educational resources on the film, Cymbeline, and environmental justice, as well as California State Standards information (high school).




Imogen: Sofia Andom, UC Merced student 

Iachimo: Lisa Wolpe

Cymbeline: Dennis Brown

Queenie: Connie Stetson

Belarius: Lee Stetson

Leo (Posthumous): Tonatiuh Newbold, Aramark/Yosemite National Park

Cloten: Chase Brantley

Pisanio: Andrew Perez, UC Merced student

Guiderius: Amber Loper, UC Merced student   

Arviragus: Angel Nuñez, UC Merced alum

Ranger (Caius) Lucia: Jess Rivas, UC Merced alum, National Park Service

Rangers: Emily Dayhoff, Yosemite National Park

Scott Gediman, Yosemite National Park

Shelton Johnson, Yosemite National Park

Jamie Richards, Yosemite National Park

Kate Templeton, UC Merced and NPS

Celia: Rachel Rodrigues Battisti

Orlando/Young Cymbeline: Andrew Hardy, UC Merced student

Himself: Devon Glover AKA the Sonnet Man

Imogen's Mother: Debra Ann Byrd

Young Belarius: Guy Roberts

Young Queenie: Jessica Boone

Leo's Father: Alejandro Gutiérrez, UC Merced faculty

Leo's Mother: Bristin Jones, UC Merced faculty

Young Guiderius: Rohan Boone Roberts

Young Arviragus: Landon Boone Roberts

Young Imogen: Ciara Garcia Magaña

Young Leo: Curtis McClure V

Singers: Cat Flores, Rena Johnson, UC Merced students

Additional vocals and instrumentals: Tonatiuh Newbold, Bella Camfield, Rena Johnson, Adelaide Lamont (Nicholas Koch) 

Dancer: Tawanda Chabikwa 


Artistic Director and Producer: Katie Brokaw, UC Merced faculty

Associate Director: Paul Prescott, UC Merced faculty

Production Manager and Associate Director: Billy Wolfgang, UC Merced faculty

Adaptors: Katie Brokaw, Paul Prescott, and Billy Wolfgang and members of the cast

Associate Production Manager: Angel Nuñez, UC Merced alum 

Cinematographer: Shawn Overton

Steady Cam: Chase Brantley

Camera 2: William Serg George, UC Merced alum

Boom mic operator: Angel Nuñez

Original songs by: Cat Flores, Tonatiuh Newbold, Chase Brantley, Rena Johnson

Associate Producer: Kim Garner, UC Merced staff

Film editing: Brandon Cooper, Will Darpinian, and Rilee Hoch, UC Merced students

Music video film editing: Abby Samuelson

Design and Properties: Remy Sumida-Tate, Sam Flores, Noah Khal, Angelica Flores, UC Merced students; Katie Brokaw

Sound engineer: Mike Camfield

Research associate and communications: Monica Perales, UC Merced alum

Communications and Post-Production: Samely Martinez, Darah Carillo Vargas, UC Merced students

Education and Accessibility: Katherine Hernandez, Anooj Vadodkar, Preethi Merugumala, Abigail Raven

Archivist: Yael Andugar

Researchers: Randall Martin, Rebecca Salazar

Curriculum Advisor: Bella Camfield

NPS Education Liason: Kate Templeton

Drone pilot: Lloyd Naval

Thank you: Merced Shakespearefest (Heike Hambley, Janell Barnes), Playhouse Merced (Beth Christensen), Fatima Burney and Aron Nussbaum, Carole Whitehill, Alejandro Gutiérrez, Bristin Jones and the students of her "Writing to Save the Planet" Class, Spring 2021; the students of Katie Brokaw's "Shakespeare and Ecology" class, Fall 2020.