Staff

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 Cyrano de Bergerac, The Tempest, As You Like It, The Liar and Hamlet for LSF, and Drunken Shakespeare at University of the Pacific, Stockton, where she is a tenured professor in 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
For LSF, Gary directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2017, The Taming of the Shrew in 2012 and Romeo and Juliet 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 and is currently with Island Shakespeare in Washington. Michael was seen at Livermore Shakespeare Festival as Antonio in The Tempest, Jaques in As You Like It, the Ghost of Hamlet’s Father, Player King, and Gravedigger in Hamlet and Master Page – Merry Wives, and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. He’s also worked with Valley Shakespeare Festival as an actor in Cymbeline, and As You Like It 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 an adjunct lecturer at several Universities and a teaching artist for LSF.

Deborah Lagin

Administrative Assistant
Deborah Lagin loves working for Livermore Shakespeare Festival.  She was seen recently as Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in Persuasion and The Tempest. She graduated from University of California at Irvine with a Bachelor’s in Drama and a minor in Comparative Literature. Among her favorite roles at UC Irvine were Thomasina in Arcadia, Miranda in The Tempest, and Tillie in Effect Gamma Rays of Man in the Moon Marigolds. She served as an Acting Intern at Marin Shakespeare Company and appeared as Young Elizabeth in Richard III. Deborah also went to Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts for their conservatory program, where she had the honor to perform as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.

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 www.metiermc.com.