Production Team 2021

2021 Production Team
Lisa Coffi – Producing Artistic Director & Scenic Designer
Stephanie Coltrin – Associate Producer
Patrick Vest – Director (Measure for Measure)
Sara Haddadin – Production Manager & Scenic Builder/Painter
A. Jeffrey Schoenberg – Costume Designer
Jessie Vacchiano – Production Coordinator
Cinthia Nava-Palmer-Audio Engineer
John Underwood-Filming/Editing

Lisa Coffi (Founder & Producing Artistic Director)
Lisa CoffiAs founder of Shakespeare by the Sea, Lisa is delighted to present the 24th season of Shakespeare plays. 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 185 plays in San Pedro in the past twenty four 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 19th season. Lisa judiciously divides her time between San Pedro and Newcastle (Sacramento) where she resides with her husband, Curt, two dogs (Sally & Charlie), one cat (Cricket), and two cows (Raisin & Nutmeg). (Production Team List)

Stephanie Coltrin (Associate Producer)
Stephanie ColtrinThis is Stephanie’s thirteenth season having directed Henry V, 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 Shrew, 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 a nomination for a Garland Award. She looks forward to SBTS every year and is delighted to be back. (Production Team List)

Patrick Vest (Director, Measure for Measure)
Patrick VestPatrick has been with SBTS since 2002 and is delighted to be back again this year. Last year he played Exeter in Henry V, which was maybe his favorite production ever. In previous years he has played such roles as Leontes, Macbeth, Iago, Caliban, Bottom, Marc Antony, Mercutio, King John, Malvolio, Shylock, Gloucester, Orsino, and various other roles. He also directed All’s Well That Ends Well, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It for SBTS. Patrick earned his MFA in acting from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He is one of the founding members of Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro, where he was recently seen in The Country House, Bloody Poetry, The Balcony Scene, Dinner with Friends, and Taking Sides. His goals remain to do every play in the canon and to work with Stephanie infinity more times. Patrick is also a member of The New American Theatre Company where he studies with Jack Stehlin, and has done many shows, most recently playing Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure. However, his favorite role continues to be that of daddy to his two daughters, Olivia and Eleanor.  (Production Team List)

Sara Haddadin (Production Manager & Scenic Builder/Painter)
Sara is excited to be returning to Shakespeare by the Sea for her fifth 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. (Production Team List)

A. Jeffrey Schoenberg (Costume Designer)
Jeffrey SchoenbergJeffrey 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; 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. (Production Team List)

Jessie Vacchiano (Sound Designer)

Cinthia Nava-Palmer (Audio Engineer)
Cinthia Nava-PalmerCinthia 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. (Production Team List)