Producing Artistic Director; Director of The Two Gentlemen of Verona
marks Charlie's fifth season as Producing Artistic Director of Lake Tahoe
Shakespeare Festival. Charlie is Producing Artistic Director of three,
independently operated, professional theater companies, including Lake Tahoe
Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Boise, ID since 1991, and
Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland, OH since 2002. Prior to his work in Nevada,
Idaho and Ohio, he served as artistic director of Sierra Repertory Theatre in
Sonora, California. He has worked with such companies as The Old Globe, La
Jolla Playhouse, the Milwaukee and Missouri Repertory Theaters, Actor's Theatre
of Phoenix, and the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival. Charlie has garnered
significant awards for artistic leadership in Boise and Cleveland. Charlie
shares his life with an incredibly supportive family, his wife Lidia and
19-year old daughter, Alexa.
Bob Taylor became Executive Director of Lake Tahoe Shakespeare
Festival in June 2010. In addition to his duties in Tahoe, he remains the
Executive Director of Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland-a position he has held
since 2003. He manages a number of areas including finance, development, human
resources, planning, and general administration. Before coming to GLT, he
worked as business manager for several for-profit and not-for-profit
organizations. Bob is a Fellow of the
2004 Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders in the Arts, a program
co-sponsored by National Arts Strategies and Stanford Graduate School of
Business. He is also a Fellow of the
2013 Chief Executive Program, a three-year program for 100 leaders in the US
and abroad that are working together to address the competitive challenges,
financial health and continued relevance of the arts. Bob is an adjunct faculty
member at Baldwin Wallace University, where he teaches theater management and
co-leads a bi-annual London theater seminar for undergraduates.
Director of Education
Joe is very proud to be the first Educational Director of the festival. He trained as an actor at the Arden School of Theatre, University of Manchester in the UK. Upon graduating from theatre school Joe performed many roles in regional theatre and on film in the UK before moving to the U.S. in 2007. He has taught workshops on acting, improvisation and Shakespeare in the US, UK and Switzerland . He helped to create the InterACTprogram for Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in 2007 and has worked as an Educational instructor, director of educational productions and as an actor for the mainstage.Joe Also works as a freelance director and actor.
Director of Operations
Billie joined the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in the spring of 2002. A graduate of Daemen College near Buffalo, N.Y. in Transportation & Travel Management, Billie has worked in the hospitality industry ranging from the ski and hotel industry to restaurant management and wholesale travel. As Director of Operations for the Festival, she is directly involved in all of the day to day details that bring the Festival to life from the ground up each season. Since moving to Lake Tahoe in 1998, Billie has lived on the North Shore and enjoys all the beauty that the area has to offer, including hiking, boating, skiing and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Lee Ann Allison
Box Office Manager
After discovering the stage at age 12, Lee grew up a
frustrated artist. A New England native
and a graduate of San Francisco State University, Lee spent many years in the
corporate arena on both coasts. Deciding
enough was enough, and after a brief stint as a Personal Trainer, she joined
the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in the summer of 2009 where her passion for
the theater was reawakened. Lee is excited
to bring her extensive business management and administrative talents to the
Festival, finally fulfilling her childhood dream of joining a theater company!
A graduate from the University of Iowa with a degree in Financial Economics, Gary relocated to the Lake Tahoe area from Eugene, Oregon, where he worked as the Controller and Accountant for a variety of small businesses ranging from helicopter operations, to manufacturing and construction. He was also active in the Eugene community as the Treasurer for the Eugene Celebration Parade. Gary has a rather diverse background; he was a swimmer and a diver as well as physical education teacher and coach and participated in shaping the careers of swimmers, divers, water polo players and trampolinists. He also rides a unicycle -a byproduct of his time in Circus School.
Director of Marketing and Community Relations
over 30 years, Lee Weber-Koch has created award-winning branding, marketing,
communication, public relations and advertising programs for non-profit
organizations and private companies throughout the West. She is a recipient of
the 'Marketer of the Year" award from
the Nevada Chapter of the American Marketing Association and holds a 'Silver
Dollar Award of Excellence' from the International Association of Business
Communicators. As an avid outdoor enthusiast, Lee loves to snow and water ski,
wakeboard, play golf and tend to her natural garden. Lee lives in Incline
Village, Nevada, with her husband Marty, and two Labrador Retrievers.
Throughout the year they also venture to their cabin on Flathead Lake in
Montana where kayaking and long hikes in the mountains are always at the top of
their "to do" list.