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Artistic Director

Kathy Randels is ArtSpot's founding artistic director.  She has written, performed in, and directed numerous original solo and ensemble works for professional, prison and student ensembles throughout the world.  She has received OBIE, Big Easy and Storer Boone awards, as well as Louisiana and NEA/TCG Theatre Fellowships.

Managing Director

Sean LaRocca is a composer and music director and ArtSpot's longtime managing director.  Sean's music has appeared in many ArtSpot shows, including Cry You One, Flight, Chekhov's Wild Ride, and Rumours of War.  His background in audio production means that when he's not playing the music, he's operating one of the boards!


Ausettua Amor Amenkum is the founding Artistic Director of Kumbuka African Drum & Dance Collective.  She has been an adjunct professor at Tulane University since 1993, and made her debut as "Big Queen" of the Yellow Pocahontas Hunters Mardi Gras Indians on Mardi Gras Day 2007.  She was a recipient of the Mayor's Art Award in 2004.


Jeff Becker is a sculptor and set designer and a 2009 recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Theatre Designers.  He was a founding member of the performance group Crisus, which specialized in site-specific performances that utilized innovative kinetic sets, sculpture, film, machines, and live performance.

Lisa D'Amour is a playwright, performer, and former Carnival Queen from New Orleans.  She holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, and trained at Eugenio Barba’s ISTA Conference and the Portland International Performance Institute.  Lisa won on OBIE award for Nita & Zita, and her play Detroit was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.  She is one half of the collaborative performance team Pearldamour.

Courtney Egan is a media artist who manipulates video as if it were a traditional collage element, cutting, pasting, and animating video clips.  Her work—which questions traditional representations of the female body in moving media—has been shown at festivals, on the web, and in galleries around the world.  Courtney has an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.


Mondo Bizarro has been an important collaborator since 2004, co-producing the State of the Nation festivals, Loup Garou, and much more.  Mondo Bizarro are a collective of individuals who create, present and produce a wide array of imaginative projects.  Their work is intentionally multidisciplinary, ranging from physical theater to large-scale community festivals; from social media to site-specific productions.


Lisa Shattuck earned her B.F.A. in Theater Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  She taught drama classes to inner-city Philadelphia youth for United Way, and was curriculum director for Murphy’s Creek Theater Company Summer Shakespeare Season.  She teaches at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts in the Media Arts department, and performed with Spud McConnell in Rising Water.