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 of 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.