Executive Director – Melissa Taylor
With RLT since 2013, Melissa is originally from Atlantic City, NJ where she spent over a decade working in entertainment at the Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa as the Box Office and Showroom Supervisor managing FOH operations and ticketing for acts like The Rolling Stones, Jerry Seinfeld, Janet Jackson, Billy Joel, and many more. She holds a BA in Theater Performance from Stockton University and an MA in Arts Administration from Rowan University. She currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for the David J. Drakulich Art Foundation. In 2017, Melissa was recognized as a top 40 finalist for Reno-Tahoe YPN’s 20 Under 40 & as a “Woman of Acheivement” by Nevada Women’s fund. In addition to her administrative role at RLT, Melissa regularly directs and occasionally makes her way to the stage. Directing credits at RLT include: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged); Red; Fortinbras; Calendar Girls; Peter and the Starcatcher; and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and she has appeared in The Last Five Years (Cathy) at GLM as well as Enchanted April (Lotty) & Side by Side by Sondheim at RLT.
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Technical Director & Production Manager – Chad Sweet
Chad worked professionally as an actor, director, and designer in theaters across the country and in Mexico for a decade before moving to Reno in 2004. After taking a hiatus to start a business and paint full time, he returned to theater in 2010 first acting then making the leap to Producing Artistic Director of Good Luck Macbeth for three years until landing at RLT. Some highlights of his career include FOLLIES at Paper Mill Playhouse (1998) working with Stephen Sondheim, Ann Miller, Jerry Mitchell, Donna McKechnie, and Tony Roberts among others; touring the U.S. with educational theater shows for over two years; and spending many beautiful summers at Cortland Repertory Theatre, The New London Barn Playhouse, and The New Harmony Playhouse. He currently serves on the Marketing Committee for the Reno Arts and Culture Commission.
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Company Manager– Victoria Blanford
Victoria’s employment history is a little less theater and a little more administrative; with a degree in Legal Studies. She did eventually discover theater and began volunteering with Reno Little Theater in 2013, primarily as a Resident Stage Manager. Her RLT credits include: Intellectuals, Buried Child, Excerpts, Holmes for the Holidays, Enchanted April, Clybourne Park, Radium Girls, The Exit Interview, and Side by Side by Sondheim. She’s also worked with Reno Philharmonic (Run Crew) and Sierra School of Performing Arts (Cinderella-Stage Manager). After a short hiatus in New York City, where she stage managed one production – Perfecting the Kiss (she got very distracted by NYC pizza); Victoria has returned to RLT and is just happy to be here! PS: Victoria is not Tiff.
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Assistant Technical Director – Tiff Bream
Tiff has stage managed straight plays to musicals, and children’s theater, from Northern Nevada to Denver. Having served as the Production Stage Manager for GLM and RLT once upon a time and now as RLT’s ATD, Tiff has been involved with theater for a whole lot of time. Tiff holds a degree in business and occasionally goes away with the Navy. Similarly, Tiff is not Victoria.
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Education Program Coordinator- La Ronda Etheridge
La Ronda has been an actor, director, and choreographer in Northern Nevada for the past 20 years. She has been teaching creative movement and theatre to children in Reno for the last 12 years. La Ronda has worked with Arts for All Nevada, The Loft Dance Theater Arts, WCSD, Sierra Arts Foundation, Boys and Girls Club and most recently with RLT’s kids camp program. La Ronda majored in theatre at the University of Oregon and studied dance in Scottsdale, Arizona where she danced with SCC Moving Company for 5 years.
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Marketing and Development Coordinator – Nicole Ashton
Nicole Ashton had a creative spark from day one. Growing up in the Midwest she was always searching for new ways to make everyday things extraordinary. As a young girl she started attending the Kansas City Art Institute, in Kansas City, MO where she thrived in the creative atmosphere focusing on the basics of life drawing, painting and sculpture. While still in high school, Nicole traveled to Boston, MA to attend the Art Institute of Boston. This experience in a new environment really inspired Nicole to combine all of her artistic talents in new and groundbreaking ways; giving Nicole her own personal mantra of creative thinking and knowing that anything is possible if you follow your vision, heart and keep pushing yourself forward with a open mind every day.
By the time Nicole was 17, she was ready to take that next step of discovery in her life and attended the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. where she received her bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and Graphic Design and her master’s in Marketing. She began working for and with many Southern, California art agencies always focusing on how her work might be able to inspire everyone around her and help youth find their own creative path. In 2000, after many visits to the Reno Tahoe area, Nicole accepted a position with the ABC television affiliate in Reno, NV as Graphics Supervisor. This wonderful experience helped Nicole gain immense knowledge in Media Related Design, Live Broadcasting and Public Relations. Nicole spent many years in the corporate world of advertising working as a Designer, Marketing Coordinator and Creative Director for local and national campaigns, but always longed for just the right outlet to give back. In 2006, she found that outlet with a Waldorf Educational Initiative and Sierra Arts Foundation where she served as Creative Director and thrived in all that she was able to share with the community. In 2011 Nicole took her desire to serve the community to the next level and founded Kindred Art and Folk Institute (a 501 (3) non-profit arts organization in Truckee, CA). Nicole, and her family now call Reno home where they enjoy all things creative and immerse themselves in the beauty of the region. In Nicole’s spare time you will find her working on large interactive public art installations that are designed to get spectators involved and spark the creative spirit that is inside all of us.
Nicole is thrilled to bring her wide range of talents to the Reno Little Theater family. Working along side RLT’s talented and dedicated staff/board you can be sure to expect great things in this very exciting time of creative evolution and growth to serve our community.