Artistic & Technical Team

Rob Clare
Director of Cymbeline
Mr. Clare was first an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) 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 include working regularly as a verse and text coach with the RSC core ensemble, and with Steppenwolf (Chicago) here in the US. He has taught and/or directed Shakespeare all over the world, including directing three Hindi productions in New Delhi, India. 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 (Staunton, VA), and USC Los Angeles. He devised a special programme of Shakespeare sonnets with jazz which he performed in Hobart, Australia and Limerick, Ireland, and is soon to perform at Blues Alley in Washington DC. 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.

Jessica Podewell
Director of The Importance of Being Earnest
Ms. Podewell originally hails from New Orleans and has directed and acted in theatres throughout Austin, Chicago, and New York. She currently teaches in the Theatre Department at Tulane University and is the Literary Manager at Southern Rep Theatre. She is also a proud founding member of the children’s theatre The Patchwork Players.

Chaney Tullos
Director of Incarnate
Mr. Tullos is in his fourth year with the Festival and is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Tulane. In 2012 he revived the Festival’s Shakespeare on the Road program: An intensive class for Tulane students that culminates in a touring show about Shakespeare’s life and work. In 2014 he directed the Festival’s interdisciplinary shows, in collaboration with Compleat Stage, entitled The Luna Series. As an actor he has been a company member at Virginia Stage Company, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, The American Shakespeare Center, and Swine Palace. In 2009 he had the honor of being one of the first actors to perform live for then newly inaugurated President Obama at the reopening of Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. He holds an MFA in Acting from LSU and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. Chaney is also a guest instructor at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, coaching students on Shakespeare and stage speech.