Shakespeare’s Associates Team
Ofer dal Lal
Music Director – Tempest
Ofer first came into prominence as the musical director of Jerusalem Oratorio Choir – an organization of five choirs consisting of 150 singers and one of Israel’s leading non-professional choirs. He is currently the artistic director of the international award winning Cantabella Children’s Chorus of the Tri-Valley. Among the choirs he has conducted are the world renowned Berlin Radio Choir (Germany), Salt Lake Vocal Artists (Utah, USA), Israel Philharmonic Choir (Israel), Voces Nordicae (Sweden), Studium Canticum (Cagliari, Italy) and Manado State University Choir (Indonesia). He holds a master’s degree magna cum laude from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel-Aviv.
Costume Designer – Persuasion
Callie celebrates her first outing with LSF this season. Her work was most recently seen in Choir Boy at Marin Theatre Company and Elephant Man for Circle of Life Theatre. She has designed for many Bay Area theaters including A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, Magic Theatre, San Francisco Mime Troupe and West Bay Opera, Aurora Theatre, Theater of Yugen. Floor is the resident designer for the California Revels and currently holds the position of Costume Rentals Supervisor for A.C.T. She has a BFA from the University of Utah and a Higher Diploma in Theater Design from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London.
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.
Assistant Director – Tempest
has been involved in Bay Area Theater for close to 25 years in a variety of capacities, and she is happy to be working at Livermore Shakes for the first time. Melinda received her BA in Theater from UCSC, her MA from SJSU, and is currently an MFA Candidate in Mary Baldwin University’s Shakespeare and Performance program.
Associate Producer/Deck Manager
Karen joined Shakespeare’s Associates / Livermore Shakespeare Festival in January 2008 as the Technical Director for Proof, has been the production manager on four other shows, and has filled several different technical positions in her six years with the Company. Karen joined the Las Positas College Technical Theater Department as a student in 2005 and continues to participate in productions there, building sets and working in a variety of back stage roles. Karen has been employed at LLNL since 1992 and is currently a supervisor in the Environmental Field.
In memorium: Peggy taught English at Las Positas College for over twenty years, including studies in Shakespeare. In retirement, she was delighted to return to her first love, theater. She worked on sixteen shows for Shakespeare’s Associates since 2005, including The Taming of the Shrew, The Liar, Hamlet, Merry Wives, Romeo and Juliet, The Real Thing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Pride and Prejudice and The Seagull, among others, as well as ten shows for the Las Positas College Theater Department. Peggy earned an MA in English from UC Berkeley and an MA in history from Montana State University. She was a core member of our company, a founding member of our Board, a support to all artists on the team and a dear friend.
Technical Director/Light Designer
Michael has been a Stage Technician at Las Positas College for ten years. He previously worked for eleven years with the Oakland and San Francisco Stage Hand Unions, working on opera, ballet, theater and concerts. Michael also runs his own lighting company, Northern Lights, which provides lighting for performing arts, concerts and special events.
Malcolm is the Design Director for Hot Rod Shop, a custom scenic design company in Alameda, where he designs scenery and motion graphics for television, stage, and corporate environments. He has received three Regional Emmy Awards, two for set design, and one for Motion graphics. Some of his more recent set designs for theater include Berlin to Broadway at The Masquers; Persuasion, Enchanted April and Night of the Iguana at The Ross Valley Players; Kiss Me Kate and Meet Me In St. Louis at CCCT. Malcolm studied theater performance at The Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and stage design at San Francisco State University.
Assistant Director – Persuasion
is happy to be working with Livermore Shakespeare for the first time. She has directed productions with UCSC’s student-run theatre company, BarnStorm and Chautauqua Theatre Festival. She holds an MA in Theatre Arts from UC Santa Cruz.
Gary has been the Technical Director at the University of the Pacific since 2005. He has also worked as an actor and musician. Gary has designed sets, sound and composed music for innumerable dance and stage productions. He has also worked in film, television and radio.
Novelist – Persuasion
She was born in Steventon, Hampshire, England, in 1775. She had some early experiences in schools, but received the majority of her education at home. Her father, a classic scholar who maintained a large library, guided her reading and encouraged her writing. She began writing poems, stories and plays as early as 1787. Ultimately she produced a large body of juvenilia and other minor works. Her six completed novels, including Sense and Sensibility, are literary classics, bridging the gap between romance and realism. Her amusing plots and the wit and irony of her style have insured that her works have never been out of print since they were first published.
Jennifer Le Blanc
Adaptor – Persuasion
adapted Jane Austen’s Persuasion (world-premiere at San Jose Stage Company), Defoe’s Moll Flanders (premiered at Pacific Repertory Theatre), and We Made Bread (for the Arabian Shakespeare Festival). She is currently writing a play commissioned by Cerimon House. Last summer, Jennifer directed Livermore Shakespeare Festival’s Sense and Sensibility and she has acted in several plays with the company including Much Ado About Nothing. Her MFA is from the National Theatre Conservatory and her BA in English Literature is from U.C. Berkeley. She is an associate artist with the Arabian Shakespeare Festival and a teaching artist with Livermore Shakespeare Festival’s So Wise So Young program. facebook.com/PersuasionStagePlay
Playwright – Tempest
Shakespeare is widely recognized as the greatest playwright of all time. By the end of 1592, he was an established actor and playwright in London, eventually becoming part-owner of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men and after 1603, the King’s Men. Shakespeare wrote at least the 36 plays published in the First Folio, as well as 154 sonnets and several long poems.