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!
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Audience Services Lead- 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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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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