Creative Team

We are fortunate to be working with these talented people. Their efforts are invaluable to
The Southern Shakespeare Festival, and we are incredibly thankful for their continued dedication and support.

Ruben-Arana-300x300Ruben Arana: Scenic Designer
Ruben is a Tallahassee-based scenic designer who works in theatre, opera, dance, and film. He designed last year’s SSC production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as Twelfth Night and Bedroom Farce for Theatre Tallahassee and The Shaughraun and Outside Mullingar for Irish Repertory Theatre. Read More >>

Michele Belson: Costume Designer
Michele has been part of the FSU School of Theatre Costume Shop since 2004. She designed last year’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and built both costumes and props for SSC’s touring production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). For the Irish Repertory Theater, she designed The Cripple of Inishmann and Outside Mullingar.  Read More >>

Idy Coddington: Choreographer
After retiring from the Ohio Ballet, Idy ran her own studio in Brookline MA, danced, nationally and internationally as the Kamikaze Jitterbugs and performed 19th century dance with the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers. Idy graduated from Smith College in 2011 and received her MA in American Dance Studies from FSU in 2012. She enjoys taking classes and dancing at FSU, teaching at TCC, and being assistant director and choreographer for Theater with a Mission.


Todd RandallTodd Randall: 
Todd is currently the production manager and lighting director for Disson Sports and Entertainment’s Skating Spectacular television series on ABC. Todd joined the creative staff of Southern Shakespeare Company last year as the Lighting Director for A Midsummer’s Nights Dream and recently toured with their production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).. Read More >>



Stephen-HodgesStephen Hodges: Music Director
Steve is an ex-professional touring musician, occasional actor and writer, and a professional city planner. He has created compelling and memorable soundscapes for a variety of local theater productions, including SSC mainstage productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Comedy of Errors. Other productions include Red Roses for MeDaBlack CoffeeWitness for the ProsecutionThe Member of the WeddingCat On a Hot Tin RoofThe SeafarerMuch Ado About NothingPlayboy of the Western World, Read More >>


Michael Walker
Michael Walker: Multimedia Producer
Mike is the President/CEO of DunbarWalker Productions LLC. His more than three decades of experience in theatre and video production allows him to provide high quality content for any medium. His work as a broadcast journalist in synch with his passion for live stage and video production, gives him a creative edge to bring stimulating visual messages to diverse and demanding audiences. Read More >>


Rick Neves: 
Rick has worked on the tech side of Tallahassee theatre for over ten years in roles ranging from refreshment server to director. Back in 2000, his first-ever involvement in theatre was as a House Management Team Leader during the Southern Shakespeare Festival’s (SSF) performance of The Tempest, after which SSF closed. It seems a fitting coincidence that he again becomes involved with the newly revived SSF.  Read More >>


Koch, Mark

Mark Koch: Master Carpenter
Mark and his stepson Jonathan Moore have helped build sets throughout Tallahassee. Together they have built sets for Young Actors Theatre (Cinderella, 42nd Street, and A Christmas Carol), Theatre Tallahassee (A Few Good Men), Lincoln High School (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Avenue Q),   Read More >>


Ian Plouffe: Lighting Designer
Ian has been working in various local theaters for the past three years. He has worked in on over twenty shows in all technical aspects, including White Christmas at Theatre Tallahassee, Chicago at Monticello Opera House, Rocky Horror Picture Show at Junction@Monroe, and he was the light board operator for Southern Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors and Zombie Shakespeare.


Lanny Thomas: Director
Lanny Thomas directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, and Zombie Shakespeare for SSC. For the Irish Repertory Theater in Tallahassee, he staged Playboy of the Western World, The Irish Curse, Irish Folktales, which he adapted for the stage, and The Shaughraun…Read More >>