One of the many benefits of going to the Fringe with AHSTF and ICTF is that you get a professional tech team to set up, plan, manage -- and train your students to master -- your venue at the Fringe.  


For 21 years, AHSTF/ICTF has brought on Live Arts to manage the performing spaces and the coordinate the tech side of thing - so your students can take over their space with confidence and grace.


Live Arts produces a full season, annually of current, classic and new work.  Also, has hired former AHSTF directors on occasion to direct our Summer Teen Musical which this year is RENT.


Your team will consist of theater professionals specific to your venue, a Venue Team Leader, a Productions Manager, and your Tech Team Director. 

Team Members 2019:

Ray Nedzel, Tech Team Director

This is Ray's fourth year as the Live Arts Fringe Team Director, and his 11th year producing shows in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe - 9 of those on the AHSTF Team.  He lives in Charlottesville Virginia -- after spending time in theatre in New York, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Vancouver, Chicago and several other cities.  Ray's favorite homegrown event is 24/7 which he produces and hosts with Whole Theatre.  24/7 is an overnight theatre festival creating 7 new plays in 24 hours -- and is built with the artistic power of 68 different artists each time. It's a wild ride, and a great night in the theatre. 


Ray also swam across the Chesapeake Bay, twice.


Liz Howard, Production Manager, Venue Lead

This is Liz’s third Festival Fringe with AHSTF and ICTF. She has experience in acting, production management, stage management, directing, costumes, and lighting design. She has returned to Charlottesville, VA after serving as the Theatre Intern Coordinator at Upright Citizens Brigade as well as the Production Manager for the Amoralists Theatre Company in New York City. She has worked in the costume shop at Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre and at The Juilliard School. Liz received her BFA in Music Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory and some favorite roles include Madame Thenardier in LES MISÉRABLES and Miss Adelaide in GUYS and DOLLS.

On the rare occasion that she is not in the theatre, Liz enjoys spending time with animals, to include her dog Mr. Feisty, and listening to music with a cross-stitch in hand."

Sam Carannante, Venue Lead

Sam has now worked on over 30 shows either on construction crews or as the  Master Carpenter.  He has spent 3 years at the Edinburgh Fringe working on over 26 shows.  Sam appeared in the Live Arts production of Guys and Dolls as Joey Biltmore, and in Sweet Charity as Herman.


He enjoys teaching people how to use tools safely and properly, and he enjoys spending his free time working with and meeting new people while contributing his carpentry experience.  


Sam Carannante is a retired NYC Department of Environmental protection employee living at Lake Monticello with his wife. Sam is a leader, a master carpenter and a great listener. 


Heather Hutton, Venue Lead

Heather has been a professional lighting designer for theater and dance for over 20 years. Her designs have been seen at Live Arts, Portland Stage Company, and beyond. Shows include SWEET CHARITY, WEST SIDE STORY, COPENHAGEN, LEND ME A TENOR, EURYDICE, HE WHO GETS SLAPPED, and GREY GARDENS. She spent seven years as the lighting designer for the Charlottesville Ballet. 


Heather has also worked as a Master Electrician, Stage Manager, and teacher. She holds an MFA in lighting from Bennington College. In addition, Heather is a professional dancer, and performed for five years with Contemporary Dance/Ft. Worth.

Jane B. Jones, Venue Lead

Jane is a playwright, director, and theatre educator in Louisville, KY.  Jane is the Director of Education at Actors Theatre of Louisville and has developed work with Actors Theatre’s Professional Training Company and directed in the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival and Derby City Playwrights Festival. This will be Jane's 11th Fringe Festival with AHSTF. Jane received her MFA in Playwriting at Spalding University; she graduated cum laude from Smith College with a BA in Theatre.  






Caroline Daniels

Sarah Cain

Sarah has worked behind the scenes as a stage manager, producer, and properties designer at Live Arts (GREY GARDENS, LES MISÉRABLES, DREAMGIRLS, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, THE REALISTIC JONESES, FUN HOME, HAND TO GOD), UVA Drama Department (BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, TRIUMPH OF LOVE), and Heritage Theatre Festival (SPAMALOT, VIOLET). 

Sarah is the Operations Manager for the Virginia Film Festival. She served as the Production Coordinator for the University of Virginia's Bicentennial Launch Celebration that took place in 2017. Sarah graduated from UVA in 2013 with a B.A. in Music and Psychology. When not working or volunteering at Live Arts, she spends her free time serving on the board of the Companion Animal Fund, enjoying live music, and gardening.



Skye Devlin

Skye has worked on so many shows at live arts that they have considered just setting up a cot in the tech booth! Chances are if you've seen a show at live arts in the past year, Skye has been in the tech booth making sure the lights or sound (or both!) go off without a hitch. Although most of their experience has been just pushing the buttons to make things work, Skye hopes to eventually get a chance to design lights for a show in the future.


When not at live arts, Skye enjoys drawing, cuddling their dogs, and daydreaming about the future. They plan to eventually go back to school and get a degree in technical theatre and go on to do it professionally.


Ken Ferguson

Ken is a teacher and writer who loves international travel and making theatre. This is his 8th year supporting AHSTF productions as part of the Live Arts Fringe Team. Having recently spent a year living in Edinburgh, Ken knows what a life-changing experience it is to be a part of the Fringe. He has served in a variety of on- and off-stage roles in the last 17 years and enjoys helping others - especially students and teachers - reach their professional and artistic goals. Ken has lived and taught in the US, UK, and China, and currently resides in Portland, OR with his wife and two children.


Opal Lechmanski



Perry Medlin

Perry enjoys directing local productions including Young Frankenstein with Four County Players and Pippin with Live Arts.  He has also served as choreographer on many productions, including Hair, Pippin (University of Virginia), Oliver, 25th Annual Putnam Co. Spelling Bee, City of Angels and Little Shop of Horros (Heritage Theatre Festival).


Perry is an ardent theatre educator.  He currently teaches Upper School theatre and public speaking at Tandem Friends School in Charlottesville, Virginia and has also served as an Interim Education Director and Instructor for the Live Arts Summer Education series.  He has a B.F.A in Music Theatre from Elon University in North Carolina.




Katie Rogers

Katie graduated from UVA last Spring with degrees in Drama and Religious Studies, where she worked as a Shop Assistant in the UVA Costume Shop, and performed with The Whethermen Improv Comedy Troupe. She has worked backstage as Head Dresser and Assistant Stage Manager with UVA Drama (SEVEN GUITARS, TARTUFFE, STICKFLY, 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE) and now Live Arts (RAGTIME) as well! 


Throughout her college career and beyond, Katie has been passionate about mentoring and connecting with students. For the last four years she has led improv workshops throughout Charlottesville, substitute taught for drama classes, and, especially near and dear to her heart, served as a camp counselor for high schoolers each summer at a mission camp based in Frostburg, Maryland. 

Kelli Shermeyer

Kelli is a theater-maker, scholar, and teacher living in Charlottesville, VA. She's directed and produced theater in Charlottesville, Orlando, and her hometown, Newark, Delaware. Directing credits include THE WOLVES, NEIGHBORHOOD 3: REQUISITION OF DOOM, THE ELECTRIC BABY, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD. Producing credits include: SWEET CHARITY, THE SUGAR, THE MASTER AND MARGARITA, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, NOISES OFF, and ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Kelli has also worked in the prop shop for the Resident Ensemble Players at the University of Delaware. She co-directs a science fiction new play festival at an international conference and loves working as a dramaturg, especially for new work! She has a PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia where she also teaches contemporary drama, literature, and composition.

Thalia Lopez, Tech Team Intern

Jason Treviño, Tech Team Intern




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