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Staff Bios

Lori Ann DeLappe-Grondin  ~  Intern Program Director/House Manager
Lori Ann has been a member of the SCC Theatre Arts/Film faculty since October 2005, teaching Cinema Genres and Introduction to Theatre.  Her most recent artistic endeavors include director for the City Theatre production of A Few Good Men and two of the original one-acts in the 2008 Local Playwright's Festival, repeat appearances as director for the 29 ½ Hour Playwriting Festival, and the opportunity to play “Juliet’s Nurse” in the 2006 production of Romeo and Juliet.  Lori’s been seen on stage at City Theatre in Woody Guthrie’s American Song, Top Girls, and Hay Fever and in Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, The Three Musketeers, and The Count of Monte Cristo for the Shakespeare Festival. This fall Lori will direct the opening City Theatre production, Dracula, will design costumes for The Pennywhistle Players, City Theatre's school outreach program, and will co-design costumes for the spring City Theatre production of Julius Ceasar. This is Lori’s fourth year as head of the High School Intern program.

Luther Hanson  ~  Festival Coordinator / Director / Shakespeare Lite
Luther Hanson has acted for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, the San Diego Repertory Theatre, the Old Globe Theatre, Western Stage, Center Repertory Theatre, the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Sacramento Theatre Company, Summer Repertory Theatre, Garbeau’s Dinner Theatre, Lamb’s Players Theatre, and Synergy Stage.  He has directed for the Actors Alliance of San Diego, City Theatre at Sacramento City College, and the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival.  He has written a number of plays and teaches theatre at Sacramento City College.  He has an MFA in Acting from UC Irvine and an MA in British Literature from San Diego State University.  He recently finished a research tour of West Coast Shakespeare Festivals, including a stop at the national Shakespeare Festival conference in Utah.

David Harris  ~  Director/ Much Ado About Nothing
Along with his duties as Production Manager for the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, David Harris is a full-time professor of Theatre Arts at Folsom Lake College.  He also frequently directs plays on the main stage of the Art Court Theatre at SCC.  Over the past few years, he has directed Translations, Mother Courage and her Children, The House of Blue Leaves, and last season’s The Women.  Professor Harris also works professionally in the Sacramento area, most recently at Capitol Stage in Old Sacramento.

Mariam Helalian  ~  Stage Manager
Mariam has worked as the Assistant Stage Manager on The Women (City Theatre), Stage Manager for I Remember Mama (City Theatre), Stage Manager for Adventures in Shakespeareland (Synergy Stage/Studio Theatre) and was the Production Stage Manager for the Local Playwriting Festival and Carnival (City Theatre).

Lenore Justman  ~  Costumer Shakespeare Lite / Intern Show
Lenore has been a mainstay of the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival since the late 1980’s.  She regularly costumes the Shakespeare Lite outreach productions and was one of the designers for the Festival’s 1998 production of Measure for Measure. Additionally, Lenore has designed several productions for City Theatre including Top Girls, A Few Good Men, and The Merry Wives of Windsor.  Lenore is the friendly face greeting audience members in the Festival Information/Souvenir booth.  Lenore will costume Venus and co-design Julius Ceasar for City Theatre’s 2008-2009 season.

Christine Nicholson  ~  Director / Robin Hood
Christine Nicholson is a founding member of Synergy Stage, for whom she has appeared in Fat Men in Skirts, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Private Lives, Closer, and most recently in the original musical Adventures in Shakespeareland; or How Willy Ruined My Life.  She has also appeared with the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, City Theatre, Foothill Theatre Company, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and STC, among others.  Her recent directing credits include Major Barbara, On The Razzle, Tartuffe, Top Girls, and, currently, Carnival for City Theatre, The Conduct of Life for UC Berkeley, and Much Ado About Nothing for Capitol Stage at the Delta King Theatre.  Christine holds an MFA in Theatre from UC Davis, where her emphasis was in Irish Theatre, and currently teaches Theatre at Sacramento City College and for the Actors Training Program at Solano College in Fairfield.

Nicole Sivell  ~  Costume Designer
Nicole Sivell was astonished to realize that this is her tenth season as the costume designer for the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival.  She has been the staff costumer and resident costume designer for City Theatre and the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival since 1999.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Art from UC Davis in 1996, where she concentrated on both costume and set design.  Beyond her work for Sacramento City College’s Theatre Arts program, she has done costume design for Chautauqua Playhouse, Garbeau’s Dinner Theatre, and Theatre Zoe, and has worked for the Sacramento Music Circus as the first hand in their costume shop.  She has been the recipient of four Elly awards for her design work on The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest, The Three Musketeers, and Tartuffe.  Nicole is also a competitive Irish step dancer (yes, the kind of thing you’ve seen in Riverdance), studying with the Kennelly School of Irish Dance, and performs with a Scots-Irish dance troupe called Siamsa le Cheile and an improvisational performance troupe, the Traveller’s Union Theatrical Company.  Just in case that’s not enough, she plays the Irish pennywhistle and a handful of other wind instruments in the folk band “Rats in the Haggis”, as well.

Shawn Weinsheink  ~  Scenic Designer
Shawn graduated with his MFA in Scene Design and Technical Production from San Francisco State University in May of 2002.  He is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatrical Design and Technical Production at Sacramento City College.  Past scenic designs for the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival include the 2005 productions of Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and As You Like It.  Shawn has also designed productions for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Pacific Alliance Stage Company, Word for Word, City Theatre, Capitol Stage at the Delta King Theatre, Inquiline Theatre Company, San Francisco State University, and other companies around the Bay Area.  Shawn’s next project is Comic Potential for City Theatre, which opens September 2006.  Shawn was the 2002 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Barbizon Award for Design Excellence.