Artistic & Technical Team

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Jane Cassidy
Projection Designer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Ms. Cassidy is a New Orleans based multi-media artist from Galway, Ireland. Primarily trained in music composition and animation, she earned a Masters in Music & Media Technologies from Trinity College Dublin in 2008. Her main interests lie in visual music, live visuals, electro-acoustic composition and multi-channel work. Experimentation is central to her work and she is constantly attempting to forge new techniques to build new ephemeral environments and architectures.


Leah Farrelly 
Set Designer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Ms. Farrelly’s Scenic Design credits include: The Merry Wives of Windsor and Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare Festival); Equus (Promethean Theatre Company). Stage Management credits include: Samson et Dalia and Madame Butterfly (New Orleans Opera); Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Festival); The Lily’s Revenge (Southern Rep); Titanic/The Actor’s Nightmare (Promethean); The Brain That Wouldn’t Die! In 3D (New York Musical Festival); and Broadway in South Africa: 2011 hosted by Lance Bass (Manhattan Center). Off-Broadway credits: Assistant Scenic Designer on Yank! A WWII Love Story, The Shoemaker, The Pretty Trap, and Love Divided by Three Times. Industrial credits: Assistant Scenic Designer on Martha Stewart Upfront. Leah holds an MFA from Tulane University in Theatrical Design and a BA from University of Houston in Acting/Directing.


Jennifer Gillette 
Costume Designer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

Ms. Gillette recently relocated to New Orleans to pursue her MFA in Costume Design at Tulane University. As an installation and performance artist, she has created immersive events including 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. Most recently she designed costumes for Tulane’s production of Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl.


George Johnson 
Technical Director

Mr. Johnson has worked in lighting & set design, technical direction, trade shows and movie production for over twenty years; with credits at the Coronado Playhouse, Boothcrafters, San Diego Stage & Lighting, A Contemporary Theater, Seattle Children’s Theater, Third Coast Jazz Dance Company, The Capital City Playhouse in Austin, Eggshell Lighting, Themescapes and ATTCO in Honolulu. He has taught at numerous schools and universities, and was the Technical Director for Santa Fe Stages International Theater Festival, and the renovated Lensic Theater. His work on feature films in New Mexico includes No Country for Old Men, The Astronaut Farmer, The Flock, Comanche Moon and Beerfest. He is a member of IATSE and a graduate assistant/candidate in Tulane’s Department of  Theatre & Dance.


Rick Reeves 
Projection Engineer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Mr. Reeves is from Oklahoma where he was on the Oklahoma University Theatre staff as a Scenic, Lighting and Projections Designer. He was also the Projection Area Supervisor and Manager of the 660-seat Reynolds Performing Arts Center. While at OU he designed scenery, lights and projections for Don Giovanni and The Coronation of Poppea; lights for Iphigenia in Tauride; scenery and lights for The Nightingale, The Clemency of Tito; and projections for Julius Caesar. Rick is also the Scenic and Lighting Designer for Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park and has designed on their productions of Othello, Measure for Measure, The Tempest, Ring ‘Round the Moon, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona.


Martin Sachs
Lighting Designer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Sound Designer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Mr. Sachs has designed lighting at such theatres as the Fredericksburg Theatre Company, the Dallas Theater Company, the New Orleans Opera Association, the American Southwest Theatre Company, Tulane Summer Lyric, Le Petit Théâtre de Vieux Carré, and the Contemporary Arts Center. He is the recipient of five Gambit Magazine’s Big Easy Entertainment Awards for Best Lighting Design and is a member of United Scenic Artists (lighting design). He currently serves as Chairman for Tulane’s Department of Theatre & Dance and received his BA in Theatre from Grinnell College and his MFA is Design/Technical Production from Florida State University.


Clare Moncrief

Director of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Ms. Moncrief has served as Managing Director of the Festival since 1999 and is also a member of the Adjunct Faculty in Tulane’s Department of Theatre & Dance. She most recently directed The Merry Wives of Windsor for the summer 2013 season and Hamlet for the 2012 season. Clare has been an active member of the New Orleans theatre community for more than 30 years. A three-time Big Easy Award winner, Clare has appeared in such roles as Cleopatra, Lady Macbeth, Gertrude, Sister Aloysius in Doubt and most recently as Golda Meir in the Le Petit Theatre production of Golda’s Balcony.


Chaney Tullos*
Stage Manager & Assistant Director of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Mr. Tullos is in his 4th year with the Festival and is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Tulane. He teaches Shakespeare on the Road, in which Tulane students create a play about Shakespeare’s life and works and tour to local schools. As an actor he has been a resident 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. As a stage manager Chaney has worked with Southern Rep, The Contemporary Arts Center, Swine Palace, BRCC & LSU. He holds an MFA in Acting from LSU and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.


Mandi Wood
Master Electrician
Props Artisan for A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

Ms. Wood is a Lighting Designer, Electrician, and A/V Technician. She received a BA in Theatre Arts from University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA and is currently pursuing an MFA in Production and Design concentrating in Lighting Design from Tulane University. She has worked with numerous companies in Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland. Recent New Orleans lighting design credits include Red Light Winter at The Shadowbox Theatre, Beirut at Mid-City Theatre, Wolves for Southern Rep (as part of The New Orleans Fringe Festival), A Night in New Orleans at The Contemporary Arts Center, The Taming of the Shrew with The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival 2013, Venom at The Elm Theatre, and The Totalitarians with Southern Rep.

*Denotes members of Actors’ Equity Association: The union of professional actors and stage managers