Costume Designer for The Illusion
Costume Shop Manager
Ms. Bennett’s recent design work includes Weird Tales (2016) and Small Craft Warnings (2015) with the Tennessee Williams Theater Company of New Orleans, Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera for Austin Opera (2014), Murder Ballad Murder Mystery (2013 and 2014 tours) with Paper Chairs, and La bohème at the Butler School of Music (2014). Hope exhibited her design for Three Decembers at the OPERA America Tobin Director-Designer Showcase in Washington, DC and at the National Opera Center in New York (2015-2016). She received her MFA from The University of Texas at Austin and BFA from MICA in Baltimore. She relocated to New Orleans last August and manages the costume shop for the Theatre and Dance Department at Tulane University.
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 and The Illusion
Ms. Edwell is an emerging theatre technician and designer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has held many design and management positions including production manager, stage manager, properties master, costume designer, and teaching artist. She currently works at Popejoy Hall as the production intern. She also works with Tricklock Theatre Company, UNM department of Theatre and Dance, The New Mexico Shakespeare Company and various community art projects. Ms. Edwell is expecting her BA in Design for Performance from the University of New Mexico this coming winter.
Stage Manager for The Illusion
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.
Author of The Illusion
Mr. Kushner, born in New York City and raised in Lake Charles, LA, is best known for his two-part epic Angels In America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. His other plays include A Bright Room Called Day, Slavs!, Hydrotaphia, Homebody/Kabul, and Caroline, or Change: The musical for which he wrote book and lyrics with music by composer Jeanine Tesori. He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols’ film version of Angels In America, and Steven Spielberg’s Munich and Lincoln. The latter was nominated for an Academy Award and won the New York Film Critics Circle Award, Boston Society of Film Critics Award, Chicago Film Critics Award, and several others. His books include But the Giraffe: A Curtain Raising and Brundibar: the Libretto, The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to the Present; and Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon. His recent work includes a collection of one-act plays entitled Tiny Kushner, and The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, an Emmy Award, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, an Arts Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the 2015 Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater Award – among many others.
Dramaturge and Assistant Director for The Illusion
Mr. Moore is a director, dramaturge, and translator based in New York City where he is currently pursuing his MFA in Dramaturgy at Columbia University (’18). His translation of Euripides’ Bakkhai premiered at Bard College in Spring 2013, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz (Red Speedo, Revolt! She Said. Revolt Again), and was remounted in New Orleans at the Marigny Opera House in June 2015 (Dir. Ned Moore). Recent collaborations include: Mammoth (New York Theatre Workshop), The Conflabbergation (Columbia Stages), The Seagull (Columbia Stages), Antigone (Lux et Umbra), Macbeth (Skin Horse Theater).