Director of Cymbeline
Mr. Clare was first an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company then a Staff Director at the UK’s National Theatre, before deciding to concentrate primarily on Shakespeare. With a doctorate from Oxford University, where he also taught, he is now an internationally recognized specialist whose freelance credits during the past decade or so include work as a verse and text coach with the RSC core ensemble, and with Steppenwolf here in the US. He has taught and/or directed Shakespeare all over the world, and in the UK he established the MA Classical Acting course at the Central School of Speech and Drama and led it for its first three years. His US credits include recent productions at the Juilliard School, NYU Tisch (Graduate Acting), the Academy for Classical Acting in Washington DC, Kentucky Shakespeare, Marin Shakespeare Company, the American Shakespeare Center, and USC Los Angeles. He also produced and performed in an evening celebrating Shakespeare in Words and Music at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC, starring Andre Braugher, the Last Stand Quartet, and also Reiko Aylesworth, to whom he is married.
Business & Box Office Manager
Ms. Cotter is an arts administrator that recently moved from the Big Apple to the Big Easy. She received an MA in Performing Arts Administration from New York University and her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. During her time in NYC, Ardice had the opportunity to work with multiple companies including: MoMA, Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Webb Management Services: North America’s leading provider of development, planning and consulting services for arts and creative entities.
Costume Designer for Cymbeline
Ms. Gillette is currently pursuing an MFA in Costume Design from University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Recent credits include Crimes of the Heart at Triad Stage directed by Jane Unger (April 2015), UNCSA’s production Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches directed by Jeremy Skidmore (February 2015), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival directed by Clare Moncrief (2014). Earlier credits as an installation and performance artist include The Night Garden at The Columbus Museum of Art; Town + Country Kitchen Document for Domestic Integrities at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; We’ll Meet You There for The Front in New Orleans, and Game Show! in Columbus, Pittsburgh, and Portland. Ms. Gillette holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from The Ohio State University.
Assistant Stage Manager for Cymbeline
Ms. Gorham is an Albuquerque native and received a BFA in Scenic Design from College of Santa Fe. Destany has held positions as a teaching artist, properties master, scenic designer, scenic artist, and stage manager for companies in New Mexico and the New Orleans area. She has worked with PLAY Conservatory, Mother Road Theater Company, Albuquerque Little Theatre, Company, Landmark Musicals, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, The National Dance Institute, Ballet Repertory Theatre of New Mexico, Le Petit Theatre De Vieux Carre, and Rivertown Theaters.
Sound Designer for Cymbeline
Mr. O’Donnell is a musician, sound designer, and composer. Before moving to New Orleans he was based in Chicago, where his work earned him 20 Jefferson nominations and 10 awards. His work has been heard at Steppenwolf Theatre, Lookingglass, Chicago Shakespeare, The Court (Chicago); A.R.T. (Cambridge, MA); The Arscht Center (Miami); Actors Theatre of Louisville; A.C.T. (San Francisco); St. Anne’s Warehouse, The Signature Theatre, 59E59, and The Cherry Lane (New York). As a composer for dance he is currently working with the choreographer Molly Shanahan, with whom he has collaborated on numerous pieces over the years. And as a musician he frequently drums with the multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird, and is on his recently re-issued Weather Systems.