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Luther Hanson
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Staff Bios

Lori Ann DeLappe-Grondin  ~  Associate Festival Director/ Director/Intern Program Director
A member of the faculty at Sacramento City College since 2005, Lori Ann has been working in the local theatre community since 1994. As an artistic fellow of both Sacramento Shakespeare Festival (SSF) and City Theatre, she takes on both administrative and artistic positions with those organizations including directing, management and education. She is the program director of the High School Intern Program for SSF which she created in 2004.She recently founded an all-female Shakespeare ensemble, Wildflower Women’s Ensemble, to provide free Shakespeare in the park to her community and opportunities for women to explore traditionally male roles.

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. 

Lenore Justman  ~  Concierge
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.

Christine Nicholson  ~  Associate Festival Director/Director
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 20th 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 Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Midsummer Night’s Dream, to name a few 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 was the 2002 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Barbizon Award for Design Excellence.