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 has been privileged to serve on the Board of Directors for the David J. Drakulich Art Foundation (with whom she still works as an Advisory Board Member) and to work on projects with several other community organizations including Step2 and Renown Children’s Hospital. In addition to her administrative role at RLT, Melissa regularly directs and occasionally makes her way to the stage. Her most recent directing credits at RLT include: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged); Red; Fortinbras; Calendar Girls; and Peter and the Starcatcher 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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Assistant Technical Director – Danny Sturtevant- Danny has been an actor for over 20 years and has been in countless productions both as an actor, and behind the scenes. Danny credits his father and mentor James Sturtevant for most of his exposure to the beauty and creativity that is the theater. Danny began his performing journey with the Tahoe Truckee Youth Theater, and from there continued into high school productions and community theater after. Now, Danny owns and operates his own audio-visual company with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management. He has done lighting and sound work for over 10 years ranging from concerts to theater productions and everything in between. Danny is absolutely thrilled to be joining the RLT team!
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Educational Outreach Coordinator- Sara Anne Phillips- A 2013 graduate of Illinois State University with her Bachelor’s of Science in Theatre Education, Sara has a committed passion for everything Arts in Education. In her tenure at ISU and beyond, she has worked as a program coordinator, lead teaching artist, creative drama instructor and teacher trainer, and Arts-in-Education advocate with the Theatre Education Assocation of ISU and the Educational Theatre Assocation of Illinois. In 2008, she was a member of the Touring Teaching Company for CLIMB Theatre in Minnesota, where she trained in outreach and developing theatre curriculum for character building topics for all age ranges. She has most recently served as Head of Performing Arts at Camp Tevya in Brookline, New Hampshire, Camp Director and Founding Member of Top Note Music Academy’s summer musical theatre program, “Once More With Feeling”, and served two years in the classroom as a Theatre Arts instructor at Plano High School, where she led and developed the Thespian Troupe and the Extracurricular Theater Program. While education is her passion and primary focus, Sara has also served in multiple artistic capacities, devoting time to acting, directing, playwriting, stage managing, and dramaturgy.
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Education Program Assistant- 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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Audience Services Coordinator- Lyric Burt- Lyric has been a contributing member of the Northern Nevada performing arts community since grade school. His life was changed when a grade school choir teacher enrolled him in a Washoe County gifted & talented program that enabled him to take part in Shakespearean productions at Truckee Meadows Community College. He continued to perform on Washoe County stages throughout middle school and high school. After high school, Lyric participated in productions at Truckee Meadows Community College. In 2009 Lyric appeared in Reno Little Theater’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, and received a Blythe Award for his performance as “Big Stone.”
Lyric attended Portland State University’s College of the Arts: School of Theatre & Film from 2011 to 2014, where he received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Theater Arts Production. Lyric’s primary focus at the College of the Arts focused on fundraising, managing, and marketing live events.
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