Artistic & Technical Team 2017-02-22T19:56:23+00:00

2017 artistic & technical team

Tricia Anderson
Stage Manager of The Taming of the Shrew

Ms. Anderson is a native of the Hudson Valley, New York. She obtained her Bachelors and Masters from Tulane University and stayed in NOLA to work in the theatre community. As a member of Cripple Creek Theatre Company, she most recently stage managed The Cradle Will Rock and Ragtime, and has also worked with myriad theatre companies in town. She last worked with the Shakespeare Festival on The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).

Ardice Cotter
Business Manager

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.

Destany Gorham
Assistant Stage Manager for The Taming of the Shrew and The Tempest

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.

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

Ms. Jacobs is the 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.

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 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, Golda Meir in Golda’s Balcony, and most recently as Lady Bracknell in the Festival’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest.

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 Chairman for 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.

Adam Tourek
Props Designer for The Taming of the Shrew

 Mr. Tourek is celebrating production number eleven with Cripple Creek and his fifth year with the company.  Last fall he had a great time turning a grand piano into a Lincoln Continental for Ragtime, and his favorite work with the company was the outdoor odyssey Possum Kingdom. He is a scientist at heart, a sculptor by training, and floats a small boat on a river in his dreams. He spends his days as a designer/builder making spaces for people to live, work, and play. Adam resides up by the bayou in mid-city with his amazing partner Amanda and loveable son Leo.

Chaney Tullos
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.

Emilie Whelan
Director of The Taming of the Shrew

Ms. Whelan teaches at NOCCA and Tulane University, is the Co-Artistic Director of Cripple Creek Theater Company, and recent graduate of UCSD MFA Directing program. New Orleans credits include NUMBRAGTIME, The Cradle Will RockClybourne Park, LysistrataMarisolThe Madwoman of ChaillotBalm in GileadMidsummer Night’s Dream and The Lily’s Revenge. Other credits include The Radicalization of Bradley ManningGroundedThe Cherry OrchardGolden Boy and Waiting for Lefty. Upcoming: Caligula with Cripple Creek Theatre Company. More information of Cripple Creek can be found at www.cripplecreektheatre.org and www.emiliewhelan.org