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.



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.



Graham Burk
Operations Manager

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.



Juanita Smith
Box Office / PR Manager

Juanita Smith is excited to be joining the creative and talented team at Tulane University as a theatre kid that likes boogie down herself. Juanita has a BA in Theatre from Suffolk University in Boston and a MA in Cultural Arts Management from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. She loves experiencing and making art around the world. From filmmaking in Madrid and Cannes to teaching improv comedy in Madrid and Sitka, she will try anything and go anywhere once but is happy to be making her home in New Orleans and soaking up the eclectic local culture. Stop by, say hi, and buy a ticket.


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.