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  • During her 25 years at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Douthit oversaw a full service literary department as Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy.

    Play on! began in 2012 as a pilot program under her supervision. She was the Production Dramaturg for more than 50 productions, including 15 world premieres including: Hannah and the Dread Gazebo; Head Over Heels; Family Album; The Unfortunates; Throne of Blood; and Equivocation.

    She has also worked on over two dozen Shakespeare productions. She is the co-adapter of a six-actor Macbeth and seven-actor Measure for Measure, which were both produced at OSF and elsewhere. She was the co-producer of the Black Swan Lab in 2009, going on to produce the lab from 2010 to 2016.

    Douthit is the recipient of the 1999 Literary Manager & Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) Prize in Dramaturgy: The Elliott Hayes Award.

    She received a PhD at the University of Washington, an MFA from Trinity University, and an MA from University of Arizona.

    Lue Douthit

    President/Co-Founder,  lue@playonshakespeare.org
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  • Portrait of Taylor Bailey

    Taylor Bailey spent four years in Chicago where he worked on twelve productions with The Neo-Futurists. He served as Operations Manager and Education Coordinator for The Neo-Futurists, as well as the program developer and coordinator for Neo-Access, a multi-winged strategy for diversity and inclusion as well as accessibility for the differently abled. As a freelance director, performer, storyteller, dramaturg and producer worked with: First Floor Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, American Theatre Company, The Agency Collective, Timeline Theatre, About Face Productions, Collaboration Theatre Company and others. In Dallas, worked with WaterTower Theatre and served as the Associate Artistic Director of Sideman Productions for two years. Additional experience as a teaching artist, IT coordinator and project manager.

    Publications: Contributor, New York Times Bestseller It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming
    Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living with Dan Savage and Terry Miller.

    Taylor Bailey

    Associate Creative Director & Senior Producer,  taylor@playonshakespeare.org
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  • Artie is Play On Shakespeare’s Finance Director, overseeing our budgeting and accounting functions. With nearly two decades of experience, he is excited to share his business acumen to support Play On’s work and vision.

    He also serves as a board member for SAC, enjoys reality tv, and loves spending time with his family.

    Artie E. Calbert

    Finance Director,  artie@playonshakespeare.org
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    Cheryl Rizzo (she/her) is a seasoned theatre professional who prior to Play On, served several years as Managing Director of the intimate performing arts nonprofit, Boston Court Pasadena. Prior to her time in Los Angeles, she worked with legendary Broadway producer Joan Stein and general manager Albert Poland. These two mentors introduced her to the inner workings of the commercial theatre industry and she was forever hooked. Living in Los Angeles it is a requirement to do at least a brief stint into TV/Film and Cheryl did hers when Stein joined Steve Martin to start their own TV production company with a development deal at Carsey Werner. Cheryl holds a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) with a Nonprofit focus from California State University, Northridge and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Ithaca College in Theatrical Production and Design. Thank you for supporting live theatre.

    Cheryl Rizzo

    Director of Administration,  cheryl@playonshakespeare.org
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  • Summer Martin is an arts education and integrative health professional with substantial technical and professional experience focused on crafting public programming with the purpose of enhancing community resilience.

    Significant work experience in domestic and international grant management, coupled with meaningful study and travel in West Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and Europe informs Summer’s perspective on and integration of the arts in traditional health practices, and this influence on community health initiatives.

    Summer Martin

    Director of Operations,  summer@playonshakespeare.org
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  • Alex Vermillion (ze/zir/zirs) is a dramaturg, artist, marketer, and educator. Zir dramaturgy credits include blues for miss lucille at the Yale School of Drama; Henry VI, Part III and The Two Noble Kinsmen with Play On Shakespeare; and We Are Proud to Present… at the Yale Cabaret. Ze was recently a guest artist at the Great Plains Theatre Commons. At Yale, Alex served as Co-Artistic Director of the Yale Cabaret, Managing Editor at Theater magazine, and the Diversity & Inclusion Chair on the Graduate & Professional Student Senate. Alex received zir M.F.A. in Dramaturgy & Dramatic Criticism at YSD (2020), and zir B.A. in English and Theatre at the University of Utah (2016).

    Alex Vermillion

    PR & Digital Content Writer,  alex@playonshakespeare.org
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  • Whitney Reed (they/she) is a curator who uses performance, production and communications as a tool to curate cultural experiences through theatre, cinematography and the ritual of storytelling. Whitney uses theatre as a tool to learn and convey cultural history through rich stories told on stage. A graduate of Florida A&M University, the largest Historically Black College and University, Whitney gained a deeper appreciation for education and art being catalysts that dismantle systems of oppression through storytelling as a Public Relations and Theatre performance student. In post matriculation they’ve honed their skills in marketing and equity, diversity and inclusion through professional development working in varied industries.

    Whitney Reed

    Social Media Manager,  whitney@playonshakespeare.org
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  • Hailing from the foggy and redwood-laden coast of Northern California, Danielle DeMartini (she/her/hers) grew up surrounded by landscapes, architecture, and people who have inspired much of her art. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a degree in Studio Art and a minor in Asian Aspects of Philosophy. A love of languages and visual communication has led to a wide-ranging career in graphic design.

    Danielle DeMartini

    Graphic Designer & Web Support,  danielle@playonshakespeare.org
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