Our 2019 Company
Once casting is finalized you will see our 2019 cast here!
Artistic & Production Staff
Lisa Coffi – Producing Artistic Director
Suzanne Dean – Associate Artistic Director
Stephanie Coltrin – Associate Producer & Director, Henry V
Amanda McRaven – Director, The Comedy of Errors
Sara Haddadin – Tour Manager
Diana Mann – Costume Designer, The Comedy of Errors
Cinthia Nava-Palmer – Sound Engineer
Amy Zidell – Webmaster
Holly Baker-Kreiswirth – Press Relations
Lisa Coffi (Founder & Producing Artistic Director)
As founder of Shakespeare by the Sea, Lisa is delighted to present the 21st season of Shakespeare plays, delivered under the stars at locations throughout Southern California. She has an MFA in Theatre Management from CSU, Long Beach, and a BFA from CSU, Sacramento. Lauded as “Pedro’s Playmaker” by Random Lengths News, Lisa is living up to her moniker, producing more than 160 plays in San Pedro in the past twenty years. Her proudest achievement is Shakespeare by the Sea, which has grown into a mainstay of the Southern California summer experience. In addition to SBTS’s annual festival, she manages and produces at Little Fish Theatre, which delivers critically-acclaimed comedy and drama year-round in an intimate space, currently in its 18th season. Lisa judiciously divides her time between San Pedro and Newcastle (Sacramento) where she resides with her husband, two dogs, one cat, and two cows (Raisin & Nugmeg).
Suzanne Dean (Associate Artistic & Development Director)
Suzanne is a co-founder of Little Fish Theatre and Associate Artistic Director for the organization. Suzanne has played numerous lead roles for SBTS including Cleopatra, Beatrice, Olivia, Portia, Queen Elizabeth, Kate, and Prospero. At Little Fish Theatre, she performed in the 2016 production of Rapture, Blister, Burn and prior to that in Veronica’s Room, Hedda Gabler, Blithe Spirit, The Lion in Winter and originated roles in the World Premieres of Peg & Garrick, and The View from Anderson Park. At CLOSBC, she performed in Private Lives, Sylvia, Taming of the Shrew, and was named Best Actress by Broadway World for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. In 2005, she toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival alternating the roles of Hannah Mae and Maude in LFT’s A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking. Other notable productions include Macbeth, Les Parents Terrible, The Lady’s Not for Burning and Hay Fever. In 2016, she was a Guest Director and Actor with Prague Shakespeare Company.
Stephanie Coltrin (Assoc. Festival Producer & Director, Henry V)
This is Stephanie’s tenth season having directed The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet, The Tempest, King John, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, and Julius Caesar in summers past. She also directed Looking, Panache, The Weir, Bach at Leipzig and The Love List at Little Fish Theatre (where she is also Artistic Associate). Other favorite directing credits include The Last Five Years, Moonlight and Magnolias, Taking Sides, Miss Saigon (Ovation Award Best Musical) Jesus Christ Superstar, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Blithe Spirit, The Taming of the Shew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Quilters and Godspell. She has also received the Stage Scene LA award for Director of the Year, the Broadway World award for Best Director, and nomination for a Garland Award. SBTS is always the thing she looks forward to every year and she is delighted to be back.
Amanda McRaven (Director, The Comedy of Errors)
Amanda (MFA, UC Irvine) is a proud SDC Associate, Ovation Award winner for her direction of The Pliant Girls,, member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and Fulbright Award recipient to New Zealand, where she worked in community-based theater. She is a professor of performance studies; founder and producer of Los Angeles Lady Arm Wrestlers, a social justice, community-based performance series that raises funds for local non-profits; co-founder/co-artistic director of Make Trouble, advanced theater training prioritizing rigor, ensemble, and bravery (maketrouble.org), and artistic director of Fugitive Kind (fugitivekind.org). She began her career at the American Shakespeare Center and Shakespeare lives very close to her heart. Credits include: 16 Winters, or The Bear’s Tale (American Shakespeare Center), Penelope (California Repertory); The Discord Altar (OperaWorks), Richard III (Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ), Much Ado About Nothing (Manawatu Summer Shakespeare, NZ). amandamcraven.com
Sara Haddadin (Tour Manager)
Sara is excited to be returning to Shakespeare by the Sea for a fourth year. Sara is a graduate of the University of La Verne. When not working with SBTS she is a freelance theatre tech, working on shows like Macbeth with an independent theatre group, and Quartet and The Balcony Scene at Little Fish Theatre. She is also a Rogue Artist Ensemble member and worked on Project Kaidan: Walls Grow Thin. During the school year most of her time is spent as the technical director for the Archer School for Girls and Mission Viejo High School.
Diana Mann (Costume Designer, The Comedy of Errors)
Diana is a company member of Little Fish Theatre and a familiar face to the southland theatre scene. Diana has costumed over 75 shows over the past 16 years. Some of her favorites include Singin’ in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man (Broadway in the Park), Cabaret, The Lion in Winter, West Side Story, The Pirates of Penzance (Torrance Theatre Company), The 39 Steps, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, No Sex Please We’re British (Norris Performing Arts Center), Chapter Two, A Very Special Holiday Special, Ithaca Ladies Read Medea, and her all-time favorite The Misanthrope (LFT). Having been an admirer and supporter of SBTS, Diana is honored to finally be costuming for this talented group entering the world of Elizabethan fashion. Thank you to John for being an occasional mannequin, roadie, and best friend.
Jeffrey Schoenberg (Costume Designer, The Winter’s Tale)
Jeffrey has been designing costumes for LA area theaters for 35 years. His most recent designs have been Candide for the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB, As You Like It for the Antaeus Company; Resolving Hedda for the Victory Theater; and The History of Comedy (abridged) at the Falcon Theater. He designed last season’s Cloud 9 for the Antaeus Company, (for which he received an L. A. Drama Critics Circle Award, A Stage Raw Award, and an Ovation nomination,) and where he has designed more than a dozen productions including The Wedding Band, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, The Malcontent (Ovation winner), King Lear, and Tonight at 8:30. Other recent designs include Kiss Me Kate for Cabrillo Music Theater; Always … Patsy Cline for Sierra Madre Playhouse; Hamlet for L. A. Women’s Shakespeare; Elmina’s Kitchen for Lower Depths Theatre; Bach at Leipzig, for the Odyssey Theater; The Dead, The Time of Your Life, and Threepenny Opera for the Open Fist Theater; and the NoHo Arts Center’s Elizabeth Rex (Ovation winner). For the Colony Theater he designed almost 40 productions, including Dames at Sea, Side Show (Ovation winner), The Ladies of the Camellias, and The Laramie Project. He has been the resident designer for Musical Theatre Guild for the past 7 years. Jeffrey is the owner and designer for AJS Costumes, Renaissance Dancewear, and Mr. Alan Jeffries Fine Gentlemen’s Apparel.
Cinthia Nava-Palmer (Sound Engineer)
Cinthia earned her BA in Drama from the University of California, Irvine with honors in sound design. Most recently she composed music for and devised original works in Busan, South Korea, where she was teaching English for two years. She has taught theatre workshops and yoga classes throughout Asia, in New Jersey, and here in Southern California. You can find her licensed sound design and incidental music for Luke Yankee’s The Last Lifeboat at Dramatists Play Service.
Elena M. Cruz (Stage Manager, Henry V)
Elena spent two years working for Princess Cruise Lines effectively combining her passion for theatre with her love of travel. Last summer she did a tour of L.A. County with SBTS’s production of Macbeth, and The Winter’s Tale and has returned for a third season. She just finished a beautiful production of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s In the Red and Brown Water at UCLA. Over the years she has worked a variety of shows doing everything from child wrangling to spot light operator to stage managing. Some of her favorites have been working running crew on The Mystery of Irma Vep, Stage Managing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, and being stage crew aboard several beautiful ships of the Princess fleet. She is happy to be back for another summer full of parks and Shakespeare by the Sea.
Holly Baker-Kreiswirth (Press Relations)
A proud Company Member at Little Fish Theatre for many years, Holly has energetically stepped in as Press Relations manager for Shakespeare by the Sea and Little Fish. LFT credits include directing Provenance, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Domestic Tranquility, Ethan Claymore, Oh Baby, Tryst, and Pick of the Vine 2009-2015, 2017-18. She has also acted in several plays, produced multiple productions, and designed sound for dozens of LFT shows. In her day job, Holly has worked on ABC’s Murder One, NYPD Blue, Brooklyn South, and City of Angels as a researcher for the writing teams. She recently worked on Private Practice where she headed the Director Diversity program in partnership with ABC Disney. Holly also co-created, wrote, and launched a national morning talk show prep service called “The Girly Sheet” with over sixty radio station subscribers. Her film and television credits also include Hunter, Some Kind of Wonderful, Chicago Hope, Gia, Saved by the Bell, and Star Search.
Amy Zidell (Website Management)
Amy graduated from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Political Science and operates Delta New Media, a boutique web site development company. She enjoys the creativity of working with a range of projects including start-ups, non-profits, education and anything entertainment related. Her background includes a season as a Universal Studios Hollywood Tour Guide. Her path to Shakespeare by the Sea began as a spectator, and then progressed to regular audience member and fan, to sponsor, volunteer, and essential contributor.