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 is currently finishing her MA in Arts Administration from Rowan University. Aside from her administrative role at RLT, Melissa is no stranger to the stage- she’s been performing as an actor and singer since the age of four and has directed numerous productions in both Reno and throughout NJ.
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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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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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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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