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 is the former 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.

 

  

Graham Burk
Managing Director

Mr. Burk is in his seventh season with the Festival and is also a member of the adjunct faculty in Tulane’s Department of Theater and Dance. Mr. Burk was recently seen as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing with the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane. Other New Orleans credits include Macbeth, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Tempest, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Illusion, and Cymbeline with The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival and The Spider Queen, The Winter’s Tale, and Marie Antoinette with The NOLA Project. Bachelors in Theatre from Fordham University at Lincoln Center. Masters in Theatre from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.

 

Nancy Gunn
Operations Manager

Nancy Gunn was born in Williamsburg, Virginia.  She has served in management and as a performer for many organizations, including the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, the Riverside Shakespeare Company, the Wayside Theatre, the National Theatre for the Performing Arts (touring), the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, and the Metropolitan Opera. 

For television, Nancy has produced dozens of documentaries including the award-winning feature Heroes of Iwo Jima (A&E).  She has also produced unscripted competition reality series such as Hell’s Kitchen (FOX), Big Brother (CBS), The Celebrity Apprentice (NBC), The Amazing Race (CBS) and Stephen Spielberg’s On The Lot (FOX). 

Nancy was the first director of the Peabody-award winning nonprofit group The Moth.  She is a member of the International Documentary Association and served as judge for the IDA’s feature awards.  Nominated for awards by the IDA and the Producer’s Guild, she traveled around the globe multiple times and received an Emmy Award as Senior Producer of The Amazing Race

  

Anthony Contello
Technical Director

Anthony Contello is in his twenty-fifth year as a theatre professional. Originally from Houston, Texas, he has held many positions in his career, including: Technical Director for Houston’s Alley Theatre, Shop Foreman for The University of Houston, Production and Facilities Manager for Creede Repertory Theatre and Shop Foreman for San Jacinto Community College.

In 2018, Anthony joined the Theatre and Dance Department at Tulane University. He lives in NOLA with his partner and their daughter.

 

Hope Bennett
Costume Shop Supervisor

Ms. Bennett joined New Orleans, the Tulane family, and the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival all at once in 2015, after various stints at everything. She also serves as the Shop Supervisor for the Theatre and Dance Department, and teaches occasional classes in costume design, figure drawing, and rendering as an adjunct as well as coordinating special productions and projects. She designs costumes both in-house and locally with a variety of theatre companies, and enjoys it immensely.  She received her MFA from The University of Texas at Austin and BFA from MICA in Baltimore. Ms. Bennett and her partner are slowly fixing up a very ugly house into a very ugly home with a lovely art studio. 
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