Festival staff

Martin Sachs
Artistic Director

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 Théâtre 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. He is also a member of United Scenic Artists (lighting design). He currently serves as Chairman for Tulane’s Department of Theatre & Dance and received his BA in Theatre from Grinnell College and his MFA is Design/Technical Production from Florida State University.

Chaney Tullos
Director of Operations

Mr. Tullos is in his sixth season with the Festival, where he recently directed and co-created 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.

Clare Moncrief
Managing Director

Ms. Moncrief has served as Managing Director of The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane since 1999 and is also a member of the adjunct faculty in Tulane’s Department of Theatre and Dance.  She most recently directed HamletThe Merry Wives of Windsor and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 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, Queen Gertrude in Hamlet, Sister Aloysius in Doubt and most recently as Golda Meir in the Le Petit Theatre production of Golda’s Balcony.

Ardice Cotter
Business Manager 

Ms. Cotter is an arts administrator that recently moved from the Big Apple to the Big Easy. She received her MA in Performing Arts Administration from New York University and her BFA in Theatre from the University of Southern Mississippi. During her time in NYC, Ardice had the opportunity to work multiple with companies including: MoMA, Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and Webb Management Services.