MEET THE TEAM
Owner / Founder
You probably recognize this face from our logo! Chris Schultz aka Buck Kinnear is excited to bring the Cape Cod Pirate Festival back for a second year! Chris has been working in Environmental Theater for almost 2 decades as a performer, manager, and producer. He started this journey at King Richard's Faire and worked several events with Pastimes Entertainment. Chris also worked in Boston with the Freedom Trail Foundation as a costumed guide. Along with his friend Daniel, he was a founder of Cambridge Historical Tours. He moved to Florida for a few years to work on the executive team at the Florida Renaissance Festival. In 2016, Chris returned to Cape Cod and began work in the local theater community. He served for three years as the Artistic Director of Eventide Theatre Company during some very tumultuous times and had a hand in producing some challenging works on the Cape including the regional premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” and the widely celebrated pandemic project, “Teacher of the Year” by Jim Dalglish, co-produced alongside Cotuit Center for the Arts. For Chris, the Cape Cod Pirate Festival represents a dream and a beginning. He and his team are already actively developing a “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Halloween project, a Celtic Festival & Highland Games and a Steampunk themed event for the Cape in the years ahead.
Joe D'Arrigo is the Fight Director for the Cape Cod Pirate Festival cast. Joe has over 25 years of fight direction, stage combat, jousting, equestrian and stunt experience for film, television and live action theater. Joe's past work can be seen on the History Channel, Animal Planet and Fox Television Network. Many of you know Joe as the knight Sir Joseph as he has directed the joust and performed for thousands in renaissance faires across the country. For more information about Joe, go to http://darrigoproductions.com/
Sharon has directed and produced four of Hollywood’s largest film festivals in venues as prestigious as the Shrine Auditorium and Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles. In addition, Sharon worked as a Producer and Event Director for Collective Entertainment at Paramount Studios. Sharon also produced an independent film starring Patrick Stewart of Star Trek and X-Men fame. Sharon’s bachelor’s degree is in Graphic Design, a field in which she possesses over 25 years of experience. Her previous employer and client list includes Lloyd Klein Couture, Disney, the Los Angeles Kings and Clemistry Music among others. An international champion figure skater and choreographer, Sharon choreographed the original Main Title for HBO’s hit television series Big Love starring Bill Paxton. The segment was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Main Title. Sharon also skated in and choreographed Hallmark Channel’s made for television movie Ice Dreams. Sharon’s other film and television appearances as an actress include License to Wed, The West Wing, Good Night & Good Luck and Alias. Sharon’s love for costuming and performance is the reason she has attended renaissance and pirate festivals across the country for over 25 years. Sharon’s credits prior to 2021 appear under her maiden name: Sharon Wissel. More information can be found on her website at www.sharondarrigo.com.
Jennifer Kangas is the Cast Music Director for the Cape Cod Pirate Festival. When not performing, she will act as a liaison for the Festival Manager with the core cast of the CCPF, communicating with cast members to assure fluid transitions between acts, stages and performances. She also directs the day-ending pub sings.
Jennifer is a founding member of the Whydah Washashores, a group comprised of talented actors and singers from the Cape Cod Stages. Dressed in authentic pirate gear, they offer tales of the sea along with memorable sea shanties. In 2021, Jennifer became the musical director for the Whydah Washashores, recruiting new members from further abroad and honing their presentation and sound.
Jennifer has a background in musical education, with a BA in Education from SUNY Plattsburgh. She taught and directed in several capacities for 15 years including guitar, piano, general music and children’s musicals. She is currently the Company Manager and Music Director of the Cape Cod Carolers, an acapella group that performs Christmas Carols in Victorian costumes at local events.
Jennifer has performed with Cape Cod Opera, Falmouth Chorale, Chatham Chorale, and the Cape Cod Symphony. She has appeared on many local stages: Academy of Performing Arts Playhouse, Chatham Drama Guild, Cape Cod Theater Company, Cotuit Center for the Arts, and Eventide Theater.
When Jennifer is not scallywagging around, she is easing chronic and acute pain with gentle touch in her Kangas Myofascial Massage practice in Chatham.
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