Children's Theatre Staff

Judge Luckey - Managing Artistic Director
The founding Artistic Director of Youth Theatre Company in Atlanta, Georgia, Luckey holds a Master’s Degree in Theatre and Music from the University of Michigan. A member of Actor’s Equity and the Screen Actors Guild, he has appeared in numerous stage productions with professional companies. A designated master teacher in theatre arts, he has directed and conducted workshops at educational institutions as well as regional, national and international conferences. Since 1992, he has served as a Casting Associate with award winning Casting Director, Shay Griffin. Film projects include Sweet Home Alabama, Drumline, HBO Film Boycott, recipient of a Peabody Award, A Lesson Before Dying and Warm Springs, both recipients of Emmy Awards. Trained as an actor, dancer and singer, Judge Luckey has directed successful theatre productions at the elementary, middle, high school and collegiate levels. For several years he served as the Theatre Department Chair for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program developing process based arts training for gifted high school students.

Marieke Gaboury - Director of Theatre Operations, Theatre Specialist
Marieke is delighted to be a part of the team that supports performing arts programs for the City of Palo Alto. A California native who has happily returned home, Marieke was most recently the Manager of Institutional Development for the New Orleans Ballet Association, which included fundraising for an incredible tuition-free dance program serving more than 1,500 youth throughout Greater New Orleans. Prior to her role with NOBA, Marieke was the Managing Director of Southern Rep, one of the only professional theatre companies in Louisiana. Her move to New Orleans followed 13 years in New York City, where she was Producing Director of LAByrinth Theater Company, a member-driven collective which developed and produced new work by both emerging and distinguished, award-winning theatre artists. As a teaching artist for LAB, she led Master Classes in producing, directing and acting, including collaborations with Columbia University, NYU, Bennington College and Bard College. Marieke’s professional history also includes work with Theatre Communications Group and Samuel French, Inc, as well as numerous credits as a director, actress, screenwriter/playwright, and educator.

David Gotlieb - Production Manager, Producer
David grew up in Georgia where he did not even start doing theatre until college so he is delighted to be working with and developing young artists. Once he found his passion for theatre production, David got his Masters Degree in theatre design with a focus in lighting from the University of Georgia. David has been working professionally building and designing shows for over 15 years in Georgia, Wisconsin and California. He started working at Palo Alto Children’s theatre in 2013 as the Technical director and shifted to Production Manager in 2016.

Chris Luciani - Education Director, Producer
Chris most recently held the position of Director of Cultural Arts in Cleveland Ohio. For fifteen years, Chris masterfully brought together  unique collaborations of local foundations, neighborhood residents, artists and youth to create programs that served thousands of Clevelanders with innovative visual and performing art programs. Two award winning programs Chris conceived and raised grant dollars for were Excellence through the Arts, a long term art residency program where professional artists to taught and mentored urban youth in the after-school hours, and Mural My Neighborhood, a program that has helped to revitalize Cleveland’s urban core through the creation of 19 murals that celebrate Cleveland’s unique ethnic neighborhoods. Chris has also worked in the field of Children’s Theatre for twenty years as an independent artist, specializing in Creative Drama, and adapting classic tales and writing original works for youth performers and audiences.

Jeff Hamby - Costume Shop Supervisor, Producer
Jeff Hamby is a recent graduate of the San Francisco State University Theatre Design MFA Program.  Originally from North Carolina, Jeff attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and History.  Since then he has worked with companies such as Mountain Play Association of Marin, Children's Theatre of Charlotte, American Conservatory Theatre, Pennsylvania State University, Santa Rosa Junior College, and The Lost Colony where he worked with six-time Tony Award Winner, William Ivey Long.  Jeff has been nominated for Theatre Bay Area Awards, Metrolina Theatre Awards and BroadwayWorld.com Awards.  He moved to the Bay Area six years ago with his partner and his cat.

Richard M. Curtis - Box Office / Facilities, Program Assistant
Richard first became involved with the Children's Theatre in 1981 when he played the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in . He started working at the Theatre part time in high school and continued working until October 2000, when he became a full time employee. Throughout his Children's Theatre career, he has played numerous parts onstage and has participated in countless backstage crews. Richard began working the Box Office in 1995 and has been involved with the Front Office ever since. He enjoys working with the public, and if he sends someone away with a smile on their face then he feels he has done his job right.