Artistic & Technical Team 2017-10-27T11:41:35+00:00

Artistic & technical team for The Tempest

Ardice Cotter
Director of Patron Services

Ms. Cotter is in her fourth season with the Festival. She received her MA in Performing Arts Administration from New York University and her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. Ardice has had the privilege to work with companies including: Carnegie Hall, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Webb Management Services. She also holds the position of Production and Operations Manager for the Tulane Department of Theatre and Dance. In her free time, you can find Ardice performing improv comedy at The New Movement Theatre, or in her garden growing exotic tropical hibiscus.

Vlad Ghinea
Technical Director

Mr. Ghinea received his MFA in 2012 from Tulane University, focusing on Technical Direction and Lighting Design. Prior to Tulane he earned  Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science for Business Management as well as a Master’s in Business Information Systems from the Romanian-American University in Bucharest, Romania – where he is originally from.

Jenn Jacobs
Costume Designer for The Taming of the Shrew and The Tempest

Ms. Jacobs is an Assistant Professor of Costume Design at Tulane University, where she recently designed costumes for Julius Caesar and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. She also designed costumes for Swine Palace’s production of Julius Caesar. Ms. Jacobs has spent the last twenty plus 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.

Hannah Jacuzzi
Assistant Stage Manager for The Tempest

Ms. Jacuzzi is a graduate of Loyola University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Hannah has spent the majority of her life studying the intricacies of both performance and technical theatre. Most recently, she has performed in Beyond the Horizon, and filled the role of technical assistant for The House That Will Not Stand.

Hannah Lax
Props Designer for The Tempest

Ms. Lax is a South African theatre director and designer. She has worked both nationally and internationally over the past eight years. She graduated with a Master of Arts in Directing from Rhodes University in 2014. Hannah has received numerous awards for her theatrical work including the Cape Triangular Trophy for her work Solo in 2014 and a Standard Bank Ovation Award for her design work in Fabric of the Universe with choreographer and installation artist Lexi Meier at the 2016 Grahamstown National Arts Festival. Central to her artistic practice is a visually playful aesthetic. She is currently completing a three-year MFA in Stage Design and Technical Production at Tulane.

Clare Moncrief
Managing Director of The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane
Director of The Tempest
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. For the Festival she has directed A Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Merry Wives of Windsor, and Hamlet. Clare has been an active member of the New Orleans theatre community since 1976. A three time Big Easy Award winner, Clare has appeared in such roles as Cleopatra, Lady Macbeth, Gertrude, Sister Aloysius in Doubt, Golda Meir in Golda’s Balcony, and most recently as Lady Bracknell in the Festival’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest.

Kevin O’Donnell
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.

David Raphel
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.

Martin Sachs
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.

Burton Tedesco
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.

Chaney Tullos
Associate Artistic Director
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.