Producing Artistic Director; Director of The Two Gentlemen of Verona
2013 marks Charlie's
fourth season as Producing Artistic Director of Lake Tahoe Shakespeare
Festival. This season he directs A Midsummer Night's Dream,
by William Shakespeare. Charlie holds a unique position in
the American theater as Producing Artistic Director of three, independently
operated, professional theater companies, including Lake Tahoe Shakespeare
Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Boise, Idaho (since 1991), and Great
Lakes Theater in Cleveland, Ohio (since 2002). His leadership has created a
dynamic and groundbreaking producing model for the American theater in which plays
are shared between the three companies, extending the artistic lives of
productions, increasing opportunities for artists to work in multiple venues
over longer periods of employment, and resulting in lower production costs for
each of the companies.
Prior to his work in
Nevada, Idaho and Ohio, he served as artistic director of Sierra Repertory
Theatre in Sonora, California. He has worked with such companies as The Old
Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, the Milwaukee and Missouri Repertory Theaters, Actor's
Theatre of Phoenix, and the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival. Under Charlie's tenure, the Festival's
in Boise and Cleveland have completed capital campaigns in excess of $30
million dollars. He has garnered significant awards for artistic
leadership: in Boise these include the 1995 and 2001 Mayor's Award for
Excellence in the Arts; the 1996 and 2006 FUNDSY awards; and the 2000
Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. Cleveland awards include,
the Northern Ohio Live Award and, in 2009, he was the recipient of the
Cleveland Arts Prize's Martha Joseph Award. In addition to his work
with in the theater, Charlie is active within the community, having served on
the board of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the Boise
Downtown Rotary Club and as a special lecturer at Boise State University. He
received his BA from the University of the Pacific, and Master of Fine Arts
from the University of California, San Diego.
shares his peripatetic life with an incredibly supportive family, his wife
Lidia and 18-year-old daughter, Alexa.
Bob Taylor became Executive Director of Lake Tahoe Shakespeare
Festival in June 2010. In addition to
his duties in Tahoe, he remains the Executive Director of Great Lakes Theater in
Cleveland, OH, a position he has held since 2003. In his role for both theaters he manages a
number of areas including finance, development, human resources, planning, and
general administration. Before coming to
GLT, he worked as business manager for several for-profit and not-for-profit
organizations, including Cleveland's Karamu House. Bob has an MBA from the Weatherhead School of
Management at Case Western Reserve University,
and an undergraduate degree from Aquinas
College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a fellow of the 2004 Executive Program
for Non Profit Leaders in the Arts, a program co-sponsored by National Arts
Strategies and Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is also a fellow of the 2013 Chief
Executive Program, a three-year program for 100 leaders in the cultural sector
from the US and abroad that are working together to address the competitive
challenges, financial health and continued relevance of the arts. Bob has
served as mentor to graduate students from Case Western Reserve University's
Mandel School of Non-profit Management and regularly is asked to speak on
career opportunities in theater management.
He serves in an advisory capacity to the Beck
Center for the Arts, a community arts
organization in Lakewood, Ohio.
Director of Education
Joe is very proud to be the first Educational Director of the festival. He trained as an actor at the Arden School of Theatre, University of Manchester in the UK. Upon graduating from theatre school Joe performed many roles in regional theatre and on film in the UK before moving tothe U.S. in 2007. He has taught workshops on acting, improvisation and Shakespeare in the UK and Switzerland . He helped to create the InterACTprogram for Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in 2007 and has worked as an Educational instructor, director of educational productions and as an actor for the mainstage.
Director of Operations
Billie joined the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in the spring of 2002. A graduate of Daemen College near Buffalo, N.Y. in Transportation & Travel Management, Billie has worked in the hospitality industry ranging from the ski and hotel industry to restaurant management and wholesale travel. As Director of Operations for the Festival, she is directly involved in all of the day to day details that bring the Festival to life from the ground up each season. Since moving to Lake Tahoe in 1998, Billie has lived on the North Shore and enjoys all the beauty that the area has to offer, including hiking, boating, skiing and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Lee Ann Allison
Box Office Manager
After discovering the stage at age 12, Lee grew up a
frustrated artist. A New England native
and a graduate of San Francisco State University, Lee spent many years in the
corporate arena on both coasts. Deciding
enough was enough, and after a brief stint as a Personal Trainer, she joined
the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in the summer of 2009 where her passion for
the theater was reawakened. Lee is excited
to bring her extensive business management and administrative talents to the
Festival, finally fulfilling her childhood dream of joining a theater company!
A graduate from the University of Iowa with a degree in Financial Economics, Gary relocated to the Lake Tahoe area from Eugene, Oregon, where he worked as the Controller and Accountant for a variety of small businesses ranging from helicopter operations, to manufacturing and construction. He was also active in the Eugene community as the Treasurer for the Eugene Celebration Parade. Gary has a rather diverse background; he was a swimmer and a diver as well as physical education teacher and coach and participated in shaping the careers of swimmers, divers, water polo players and trampolinists. He also rides a unicycle -a byproduct of his time in Circus School.
Laura J. Buckner
Laura began volunteering with the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in 2009 and is excited to join the staff as Volunteer Coordinator. A graduate of the State University of New York
at Geneseo with a BA in English Literature, Laura has studied many of the
Bard's plays extensively and now enjoys watching them performed at Sand Harbor
without impending essay deadlines. She
loves working with all of the Festival's wonderful volunteers and hopes to make
their experience as fun and rewarding as possible. Laura enjoys living in the Tahoe area,
especially in the summer where you'll find her at the beach, on a hike, or out
in a kayak.
Director of Marketing and Community Relations
over 30 years, Lee Weber-Koch has created award-winning branding, marketing,
communication, public relations and advertising programs for non-profit
organizations and private companies throughout the West. She is a recipient of
the 'Marketer of the Year" award from
the Nevada Chapter of the American Marketing Association and holds a 'Silver
Dollar Award of Excellence' from the International Association of Business
Communicators. As an avid outdoor enthusiast, Lee loves to snow and water ski,
wakeboard, play golf and tend to her natural garden. Lee lives in Incline
Village, Nevada, with her husband Marty, and two Labrador Retrievers.
Throughout the year they also venture to their cabin on Flathead Lake in
Montana where kayaking and long hikes in the mountains are always at the top of
their "to do" list.