Staff

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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.

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 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 The Merry Wives of Windsor for the summer 2013 season and will serve as the Director of the 2014 season production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Clare Moncrief 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.

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 Chaney Tullos, 
Director of Operations

Mr. Tullos is in his 4th year with the Festival and is an adjunct faculty member at Tulane. He teaches Shakespeare on the Road, in which Tulane students create a play about Shakespeare’s life and works and then tour to local schools free of charge. As an actor he has been a resident 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. As a stage manager Chaney has worked locally with Southern Rep, The Contemporary Arts Center, Swine Palace, BRCC & LSU. He holds an MFA in Acting from LSU and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association as well as SAG-AFTRA.

 

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.