Production Team

Love's Labour's Lost Logo

Richard III Logo


2020 Production Team
Lisa Coffi – Producing Artistic Director
Suzanne Dean – Associate Artistic Director
Stephanie Coltrin – Associate Producer & Director (Richard III)

Artistic & Production Staff

Amanda McRaven – Director (Love’s Labour’s Lost)
Sara Haddadin – Tour Manager
Matthew White – Scenic Designer
Michael Mullen – Costume Designer (Love’s Labour’s Lost)
Jeffrey Schoenberg – Costume Designer (Richard III)
Patrick Vest – Fight Choreographer
Cinthia Nava-Palmer – Sound Designer (Love’s Labour’s Lost)
Kira Sherman – Stage Manager (Love’s Labour’s Lost)
Satarupa Thyme – Stage Manager (Richard III)
Aimee-Noel Callaway – Admin.Assist & Club100 Coord.
Greg Prusciewicz – Directing Intern (Richard III)

Lisa Coffi (Founder & Producing Artistic Director)Lisa Coffi
As founder of Shakespeare by the Sea, Lisa is delighted to present the 23rd 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 185 plays in San Pedro in the past twenty three 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)

Suzanne Dean (Associate Artistic & Development Director)Suzanne Dean
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 last year’s 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 2018 and 2019, she was a Guest Director and Actor with Prague Shakespeare Company.  (Production Team)

Stephanie Coltrin (Assoc. Festival Producer & Director, Henry V)Stephanie Coltrin
This is Stephanie’s eleventh 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)

Amanda McRaven (Director, Love’s Labour’s Lost)
Amanda McRaven(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 3 (Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ), Much Ado About Nothing (Manawatu Summer Shakespeare, NZ). amandamcraven.com
(Production Team)

Sara Haddadin (Tour Manager)
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)

Matthew White (Scenic Designer)

Matthew has worked in Technical Theater for over 15 years.  As a Designer / Installer / Theatrical Consultant he has worked in venues across Southern California, Arizona, and Oregon.  He has enjoyed furthering the arts through his work on musicals, plays, concerts, and venue renovations and installations. He is proud to be designing this years tour for SBTS.  Matthew is the Owner of ON Q LLC, a Production Company specializing in audio and lighting installation, concert and corporate sound, and production design and fabrication. Matthew would like to thank Lisa, Stephanie, Jim, and the SBTS Production Team and Acting Troupe for all their hard work.
(Production Team)

Michael Mullen (Costume Designer, Love’s Labour’s Lost) Michael MullenMichael is an actor, costume/fashion designer, writer, and avid eater who lives in Hollywood with his dog, Wally. He has performed in and costume designed several productions both on stage and on film throughout Los Angeles. For his costume design work, he has been honored with the following awards: Ovation, LA Drama Critic’s Circle, LA Weekly, NAACP, BroadwayWorld Los Angeles, and
ScenieStageSceneLA. Michael would like to thank everyone involved with Shakespeare by the Sea for being awesome, and his parents Patrick and Celeste Mullen for their wonderful support (Production Team)

Jeffrey Schoenberg (Costume Designer, Henry V) 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; 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)

Patrick Vest (Fight Choreographer)
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)

Kira Sherman (Stage Manager, Love’s Labour’s Lost)
Kira Sherman

Currently in her last semester at El Camino College before earning her AA degree, she focuses on technical theater with an emphasis in stage management. Recent past technical credits include: Mending Fences (stage manager), American Idiot (stage manager), Speed Date (light designer), Cinderella Married (light designer), Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? (stage manager), Hairspray (assistant stage manager). Thank you to everyone who made this show possible! (Production Team)


Satarupa Thyme
(Stage Manager, Richard III)Satarupa grew up in Santa Cruz where she fell in love with theatre. After spending years singing, dancing and acting, she started adventuring into the backstage side of things. She immediately took to stage management because of her love of organizing, scheduling and post it notes! In 2017, Satarupa moved to Fullerton to continue her education at University. She will be graduating from CSU Fullerton in Spring 2020 with her BA in Design and Technical Production with an emphasis in Stage Management, as well as a Minor in Business. She later plans to attend San Diego State University to get her Masters in Musical Theatre and eventually open her own theatre company! (Production Team)

Cinthia Nava-Palmer (Sound Designer Love’s Labour’s Lost) 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. (Production Team)

Aimee-Noel Callaway (Administrative Assistant/Club100 Coordinator) Aimee-Noel is a third generation born and raised San Pedran, an active community member, and a UC Santa Cruz graduate. Over the years, she has been affiliated with a variety of local organizations, providing voluntary and seasonal support to them in multiple ways.  The environment is a big concern of hers, whether it is locally or globally, and she is continually interested in furthering her education and activism. She’s currently working on a solo project called: Blankets for Beacon House, where handmade blankets are given to the newest men arriving for treatment and recovery. She has over 23 years’ experience in the theatre and provides a variety of creative energy, talents and ideas.  Presently, Aimee-Noel continues to serve as the House Manager of the Warner Grand Theatre. (Production Team)

Greg Prusiewicz (Richard III Directing Intern)Greg Prusiewicz
Greg is an actor/director hailing from Detroit, MI. Previous SBTS credits include Camillo in The Winter’s Tale, Ross in Macbeth, Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew, Pisanio in Cymbeline, Orlando in As You Like It, Francis Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Osric in Hamlet and special, one night only performance as Rodrigo in Othello and Ferdinand in The Tempest. Greg recently co-produced and performed in SBTS’s Pub Shakespeare version of Twelfth Night. He also performs with Trashcan Shakespeare, appearing in LysistrataTroilus and CressidaTwelfth NightThe Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Taming of the Shrew. For Little Fish Theatre, he has appeared in The Balcony SceneThe Night Before The Night Before ChristmasHalloween Chills and ThrillsThe 39 StepsHenry IV Part I, and the staged readings of Henry IV Part II and Henry V. Film/TV credits include HBO’s Hung and the independent film Win By Fall. Greg received his BFA from Otterbein University and trained at the Moscow Art Theatre under Sergei Zemtsov and Misha Lobanov. (Production Team)