Lisa A. Tromovitch

Producing Artistic Director
Lisa is the founder of SA/LSF, has over 50 professional directing credits in six states. She began her career at The Old Globe Theater where she assisted directors Jack O’Brien, Tom Moore and the late John Houseman. She is a Backstage West Garland Award and Indy Award winner for her direction of Amadeus at PCPA TheatreFest.  Most recently she directed Much Ado About Nothing, The Liar and Hamlet for SA, and Tennessee Williams One-Acts at University of the Pacific, Stockton, where she is a tenured professor and chair of the Department of Theatre Arts. Lisa was awarded an Arts Leadership Award 2012 by Alameda County’s Board of Supervisors, and a 2010 Innovation Award for “Risktakers and Dreammakers” hosted by the Livermore Chamber of Commerce. She is the Past President of Shakespeare Theater Association (STA), the international organization for producers of Shakespeare. Member:  Actors Equity, Theatre Bay Area. MFA, Southern Methodist University; BA magna cum laude, Dartmouth College; Phi Beta Kappa.

Katie Marcel

Managing Director
Katie was treasurer of the founding board of directors for SA for 3 years. She then served as the company’s Administrative Director before becoming the full-time Managing Director. She was formerly employed by Livermore Downtown Inc. as the Assistant Director, spending six years assisting the downtown’s renaissance. Marcel also served as one of the original members of the City of Livermore’s Commission for the Arts. In addition to her non-profit experience, she managed a bi-coastal talent management company and performed as a cabaret singer and actress in New York City. BA, Santa Clara University. Katie lives in downtown Livermore with her husband, Russ, and daughters, Zoe and Stella.

Gary Armagnac

Associate Artist
Gary directed The Taming of the Shrew in 2012 and Romeo and Juliet for LSF in 2010. He has worked onstage in New York, Los Angeles, and at theaters around the nation. Armagnac was Artist-in-Residence and Director of Education with the Tony Award® winning Utah Shakespeare Festival. His work there included the title roles in Richard III and Pericles, Iago in Othello, and Sir Toby in Twelfth Night. He also directed touring productions of Macbeth, Hamlet, and Romeo and Juliet. He spent several seasons with Shakespeare Santa Cruz from 1986 to 2006. Television/film credits include roles on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Houston Knights, Brisco County Junior, and Three Fugitives. He is a Professor at University of the Pacific.

Peta Grimes

Producing Associate
Peta grew up in England, but has lived in the Bay Area since graduate school at Berkeley. She has been volunteering with Shakespeare’s Associates for about nine years in a variety of capacities, including serving as props designer for several shows, working in the front of house and producing management reports from the database.

Michael Wayne Rice

Associate Artist
Michael has worked in New York, Kansas City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Michael was most recently seen at Livermore Shakespeare Festival as the Ghost of Hamlet’s Father, Player King, and Gravedigger in Hamlet and Master Page – Merry Wives in 2012 and in 2010 played Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. He’s also worked with Valley Shakespeare Festival as an actor in Cymbeline (Cloten), and As You Like It (Jaques) and directed VSF’s The Promise, part of The Wharton One Acts. Other local credits include shows with Renegade Theater and The Lorainne Hansberry Theater. While earning his MFA at UMKC he worked with the Dell ‘Arte School of Physical Theatre. Michael is currently an adjunct lecturer at University of the Pacific.

Nikolai Lokteff

Graphic Designer
Nikolai is a graphic designer specializing in promotional materials, identity and illustration. You can see more of his work at He has also worked as an actor with Shakespeare’s Associates as well as many other Bay Area theater companies. Livermore audiences saw him most recently as the visiting Dromio in  The Comedy of Errors, and as Sir Toby in Twelfth Night, and as Nikolai in The Complete Works of Wm. Shkspr (abridged) (revised). Nikolai is an SA Associate Artist.

Laura Batti

Graphic Designer
Laura is a graphic designer and co-owner of Métier Marketing Communications, Inc. She has extensive experience in all forms of marketing identity and graphic design. Laura has worked with Shakespeare’s Associates since it’s inception, designing the logos, website and LSF programs. You can see more of her work at