Sound Designer for The Tempest
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 (Chicago’s theatre award). New Orleans credits include designing for the last two years of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival (Two Gentleman of Verona, The Illusion, Cymbeline, and Incarnate), The Southern Rep (Stage Kiss, Colossal), and Le Petit Theatre (The Bluest Eye, The Glass Menagerie, and Freud’s Last Session, for which he was nominated for a Big Easy Award). 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 musician he has collaborated frequently with Andrew Bird, and also recorded and/or toured with The Squirrel Nut Zippers, Kelly Hogan, Nickel Creek, Jon Rauhouse, and many others.
Set Designer for The Tempest
Mr. Raphel is currently employed at Tulane as the ATD for the Theatre Department. Prior to working for Tulane, David helped to create Lynx Productions – a production shop geared toward supporting non-profit theatres in New York City. Clients include the Irish Arts Center, the Irish Repertory Theatre, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and La MaMa. On returning home to New Orleans David has had the pleasure to work with many theatres and theatre companies in the New Orleans area and would like to salute Buzz Podewell who remains a constant inspiration.
Artistic Director of The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane
Lighting Designer for The Tempest
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 Théatre 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 Chair of Tulane’s Department of Theatre & Dance and received a BA in Theatre from Grinnell College and an MFA is Design/Technical Production from Florida State University.
Fight Director for The Tempest
Mr. Tedesco is the Director of Theatre at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT. He has directed the violence for the Festival’s recent productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and Julius Caesar. As an actor he has played roles including Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, Dr. Caius in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Cinna the Poet in Julius Caesar. He is a Dueling Arts International Associate Instructor of Stage Combat and Teacher Trainee of Michael Lugering’s Expressive Actor Technique.
Director of Operations
Text coach for The Taming of the Shrew
Production Stage Manager for The Tempest
Mr. Tullos is in his sixth season with the Festival, where he recently directed The Illusion and a series of interdisciplinary shows entitled Incarnate and The Luna Series. Additionally, Chaney has served as Production Stage Manager for most of the Festival’s shows during his tenure. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Tulane University where he teaches courses in Acting, Stage Management, and Shakespeare. The Service Learning course he created and directs, Shakespeare on the Road, takes Tulane students into local schools where they perform Shakespeare’s work for enthusiastic audiences – at no cost to the schools. As an actor and director Chaney has worked with companies including Ford’s Theatre, The American Shakespeare Center, Virginia Stage Company, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, SITI Company, and Swine Palace. 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.