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.
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 Hamlet, The 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.
Chaney Tullos, Director of Operations
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 he has been a company member at Virginia Stage Company, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, The American Shakespeare Center, and Swine Palace. In 2009 he had the honor of being one of the first actors to perform live for then newly inaugurated President Obama 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, coaching students on Shakespeare and stage speech.
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.