Each year, as a part of its summer season, the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane offers local high school students the opportunity to study Shakespeare and acting under the guidance of theatre professionals and educators. This process culminates in a fully staged production, highlighting each student through Shakespearean scenes and soliloquies.
Silas Cooper will direct the 2015 program. Mr. Cooper is the Chairman of the Drama Department at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and holds a MFA in Acting from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington, as well as a BFA in Theatre from Tulane University. Mr. Cooper is a classically trained stage actor who has worked regionally across the country on numerous classical and contemporary productions. Additionally, he has a noteworthy career in film and television.
Auditions for the 2015 program are complete. Stay tuned for production details.
Chaney Tullos, Director of Operations
The Festival’s All Things Shakespeare Program is dedicated to the memory of Gavin Mahlie, founding company member and one of New Orleans’ most beloved actors. Dr. Buzz Podewell, the late scholar/director and Tulane faculty member, once said of Gavin, “…beyond being an actor, he was the most decent human being I’ve ever met. Just a loving man.”
Giving up a career in law to become a full-time actor, he was the only actor to appear in every one the first 12 seasons of the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, playing such roles as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Brutus in Julius Caesar, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Richard II, Richard III, Laertes in Hamlet and Banquo in Macbeth. Gavin Mahlie passed away suddenly in his sleep in 2006, leaving behind a legacy that still lives on at the Festival.