marla-kristicevich Marla Kristicevich, visual artist/set designer

Kristicevich received her BFA in Metalworking and Jewerly from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2005. Her work has been exhibited in Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. She assisted artist Takashi Horasaki on "Social Distress: New Orleans" in creating a mono-print sculpture of Katrina damaged shot-gun style home in the lower 9th ward. The installation was part of Prospect I in New Orleans in the Fall of 2008. She has consulted Acting Up since 2006 as artist and set desinger in their productions of the original SUSTAINED WINDS, NO TEACHER LEFT STANDING, THE TEMPEST, and most recently PLAY. MUSIC. HEAL. She has also collaborated with dancer/choreographer Paige Krause on a site-specific performance piece shown at Festival International Artwalk in 2008.  Kristicevich teaches for the AcA's Art in Education program-P.A.C.E. and for Arts and Science program-CitySmarts.
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Hector LaSala, set designer

LaSala is a professor of architecture and design at the University of Louisiana. He holds the Slemco Professorship in the Arts. He received his architecture degree from the University of Louisiana in 1973, and conducted his graduate studies at Texas A & M University.  Hector has been teaching at UL’s School of Architecture and Design for over thirty years, and was a visiting professor at Virginia Tech in 1983. He is a member of the graduate faculty, and the coordinator of the school of architecture‘s Foundation Design Division.  The central motivation of his academic career has been teaching, in particular freshmen. In recognition of his teaching and research, his peers have honored him with two of UL’s most prestigious accolades: The 2001 Excellence in Teaching Award and The 2008 Distinguished Professor Award.  Concurrently, for several years, Hector and his colleagues Geoff Gjertson and Corey Saft have conducted numerous Service Learning initiatives with over 300 students. In recognition of this effort, he received The 2007 Oliver-Sigur Humanitarian Service Award.  Additionally, he has been a member of The Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program since 1995, which purpose is to integrate the arts throughout the K to 12th grade curriculum. For this endeavor Hector and his team members were granted The 2004 Governor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education.  He has been involved in stage set design for several years, and has participated continuously in the Summer Shakespeare Youth Ensemble since its inception.


Brian Schneider, stage lighting designer

Schneider recently moved to Lafayette to fill the position of Technical Director for Acadiana Center for the Arts. A New York City native, Brian has worked extensively in lighting for Theater, Dance, TV, and most recently as Lighting and AV Manager at the Rubin Museum of Art. Here in Lafayette, he has collaborated with Paige Krause lighting here dance piece “I Stopped Having That Dream I’ve Been Having” , as well as Acting Up in Acadiana’s Summer Youth Shakespeare.He is thrilled to be in Lafayette and part of this thriving arts community,

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Danny Devillier, Music Designer

A graduate of UL, Devillier has worked as a professional musician and educator for the past 13 years in Lafayette and New Orleans. He has shared the stage with some of the region’s most well-known musicians including Terrance Simien, Michael Doucet, David Egan, Mem Shannon, Theresa Andersson, Bonsoir Catin, and Anders Osbourne performing all over the United States and overseas. He has taught children and young adults of all ages in and around the community of Lafayette through his continuing involvement in music education. His arrangements and compositions include works for marching band, orchestra, percussion ensemble, dance, theater, and other mixed media, and have been performed by the Acadiana Symphony, U. L. Lafayette’s wind ensemble, percussion ensemble, orchestra, dance and theater departments, the Dayton Symphony Orchestra, as well as numerous area high school marching bands. In 2010 he received the award for Best Composition at the Acadiana Film Festival. This is his 7th year composing and teaching music for the Summer Youth Shakespeare Ensemble.

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Chad Trahan, Costume Designer

Chad is a native of Abbeville, LA. He has been doing costume work for the last nine years in Lafayette and Baton Rouge earning a Bachelor of Science in Apparel Merchandising and Design at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2001. He has worked on shows including ULL’s THE TEMPEST as Costume Designer, and LYSISTRATA and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM as Costume Assistant.; as well as Acting Up (in Acadiana)’s SUSTAINED WINDS, UNBEARABLY LO_ELY, and SYSE’s productions of A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT’S DREAM, TWO GENTLEMAN OF VERONA and AS YOU LIKE IT. Chad has also done collaborative costume design work and danced in different modern dance productions with Esther Winn and Paige Krause as well as Of Moving Colors Dance Company of Baton Rouge. While not costuming, Chad works in the fashion merchandising side of the clothing business, focusing on visual merchandising at a retail location.


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