Artistic & technical team of Cymbeline

Rob Clare
Director of Cymbeline

Mr. Clare was first an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company then a Staff Director at the UK’s National Theatre, before deciding to concentrate primarily on Shakespeare. With a doctorate from Oxford University, where he also taught, he is now an internationally recognized specialist whose freelance credits during the past decade or so include work as a verse and text coach with the RSC core ensemble, and with Steppenwolf here in the US. He has taught and/or directed Shakespeare all over the world, and in the UK he established the MA Classical Acting course at the Central School of Speech and Drama and led it for its first three years. His US credits include recent productions at the Juilliard School, NYU Tisch (Graduate Acting), the Academy for Classical Acting in Washington DC, Kentucky Shakespeare, Marin Shakespeare Company, the American Shakespeare Center, and USC Los Angeles. He also produced and performed in an evening celebrating Shakespeare in Words and Music at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC, starring Andre Braugher, the Last Stand Quartet, and also Reiko Aylesworth, to whom he is married.

Ardice Cotter
Business & Box Office 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.

Jen Gillette
Costume Designer for Cymbeline

Ms. Gillette is currently pursuing an MFA in Costume Design from University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Recent credits include Crimes of the Heart at Triad Stage directed by Jane Unger (April 2015), UNCSA’s production Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches directed by Jeremy Skidmore (February 2015), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival directed by Clare Moncrief (2014). Earlier credits as an installation and performance artist include 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. Ms. Gillette holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from The Ohio State University.

Destany Gorham
Props Craftsman
Assistant Stage Manager for Cymbeline

Ms. Gorham is an Albuquerque native and received a BFA in Scenic Design from College of Santa Fe. Destany has held positions as a teaching artist, properties master, scenic designer, scenic artist, and stage manager for companies in New Mexico and the New Orleans area. She has worked with PLAY Conservatory, Mother Road Theater Company, Albuquerque Little Theatre, Company, Landmark Musicals, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, The National Dance Institute, Ballet Repertory Theatre of New Mexico, Le Petit Theatre De Vieux Carre, and Rivertown Theaters.

Kevin O’Donnell
Sound Designer for Cymbeline

Mr. O’Donnell is a musician, sound designer, and composer. Before moving to New Orleans he was based in Chicago, where his work earned him 20 Jefferson nominations and 10 awards. His work has been heard at 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); St. Anne’s Warehouse, The Signature Theatre, 59E59, and The Cherry Lane (New York). As a composer for dance he is currently working with the choreographer Molly Shanahan, with whom he has collaborated on numerous pieces over the years. And as a musician he frequently drums with the multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird, and is on his recently re-issued Weather Systems.

Mihai Plaiasu
Set Designer for Cymbeline
Technical Director

Mr. Plaiasu was born in Romania after the fall of Communism, which fostered his powerful curiosity and desire for everything ‘new’ and his interest in theatre with its constant change of time, place, materials, and people. With a strong desire to draw and create new spaces, Mihai studied fine arts and theatre design at the main art high school in Bucharest. He continued to study set design at the National University of Theatre & Film with Viorica Petrovici, the designer for the National Opera. Mihai worked in many theatres as an assistant to Puiu Antemir, one of the greatest set designers in Romania, in the independent small theatre movement. This past summer Mihai worked with the Oklahoma Shakespeare Festival, and he is currently working toward his MFA degree at Tulane University.

Martin Sachs
Artistic Director
Lighting Designer for Cymbeline

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

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
Director of Operations
Production Stage Manager for Cymbeline

Mr. Tullos is in his fifth year with the Festival and is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Tulane. In 2012 he revived the Festival’s Shakespeare on the Road program: An intensive class for Tulane students that culminates in a touring show about Shakespeare’s life and work. In 2014 he directed the Festival’s interdisciplinary shows, in collaboration with Compleat Stage, entitled The Luna Series. As an actor and director he has worked with companies including Virginia Stage Company, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, The American Shakespeare Center, SITI Company, Compleat Stage and Swine Palace. He also had the pleasure of performing at the reopening of Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. 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.