Katie Lynn Cotaya
Ms. Cotaya has designed props locally at Rivertown Theaters for such productions as Spamalot, Aladdin, Young Frankenstein, Shrek, A Christmas Carol, When Ya Smilin’, and more. She recently created props for several shows at Le Petit Theatre including The Bluest Eye and The Glass Menagerie. This is her first season with the Festival. Katie also works as a performer and has graced several local stages. A Northshore native, she has studied at both LSU and UNO.
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.
Assistant Stage Manager for The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Ms. Gorham is currently pursuing her MFA in Stage Management and Costume Design at Tulane University. She has worked around the country as a theatre artist and educator; including productions with The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, Le Petit Theatre, PLAY Conservatory in Albuquerque; New Mexico, and the National Dance Institute. She is a graduate of The College of Santa Fe.
Costume Designer for The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Ms. Jacobs is currently the Costume Design Professor at Tulane University. She joins the Shakespeare Festival and Tulane University for her first year after twenty years living and working as a costume designer in New York City. Her credits include numerous productions in theatre and opera at Julliard, The Santa Fe Opera, Soho Repertory Theatre, and The McCarter Theatre, among others; as well as over 70 films, commercials, TV shows, and corporate events. She holds an MFA in Design from New York University and is a member of United Scenic Artist Local USA 829.
Sound Designer for The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Mr. O’Donnell is a musician, sound designer, and composer, splitting his time between New Orleans and Chicago, where his theatre work has earned him 20 Jefferson nominations and 10 awards. New Orleans credits include last year’s New Orleans Shakespeare Festival (Cymbeline, Incarnate), The Southern Rep (Stage Kiss, Colossal), and Le Petit Theatre (The Bluest Eye, The Glass Menagerie). Regional credits: 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); The Berkely Rep; The Seattle Rep; St. Anne’s Warehouse, The Signature Theatre, 59E59, and The Cherry Lane (New York). As a composer for dance he has collaborated numerous times with the choreographer Molly Shanahan; as a drummer he has worked extensively with multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird, amongst many others.
Mihai Razvan Plaiasu
Set Designer for The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Mr. Plaiasu was born in Romania after the fall of Communism, which fostered his powerful curiosity and desire for everything ‘new’ and his interest in theatre with its constant change of time, place, materials and people. With a strong desire to draw and create new spaces, Mihai studied fine arts and theatre design at the main art high school in Bucharest. He continued to study set design at the National University of Theatre & Film with Viorica Petrovici, the designer for the National Opera. Mihai worked in many theatres as an assistant to Puiu Antemir, one of the greatest set designers in Romania, in the independent small theatre movement. He is a recent graduate of Tulane University with a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre and Dance Design focusing on Set Design and Technical Direction. This is his second season with New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane. Other companies he has worked for in the U.S. are, the Oklahoma Shakespeare Festival and Southern Rep Theatre.