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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.
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 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 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.