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 acting, voice, text and movement under the guidance of our theatre professionals and educators. This process culminates in the rehearsal and performance of a Shakespearean play. The program takes place on the campus of Tulane University.
This year’s company will present Shakespeare’s beloved comedy Twelfth Night.
For details contact:
Chaney Tullos, Director of Operations
Jessica Podewell will direct this year’s program. Ms. Podewell received her MFA in Acting and New Works at the Ohio State University, and her BFA from Webster University. She originally hails from New Orleans and currently teaches at Tulane University. Jessica has worked professionally in theatres throughout Austin, Chicago, and New York. She is also a proud founding member of the children’s theatre The Patchwork Players and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.
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. The late scholar/director and beloved Tulane faculty member, Dr. Buzz Podewell, once said of Gavin “… and 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.