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In addition to his responsibilities as CSF's general manager, Lynn Nichols directed the festival's 1996 production of Othello. An instructor at the CU Boulder department of theatre and dance, he has directed Curse of the Starving Class, Shakespeare's Women, The Illusion, Tartuffe, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, A Flea in Her Ear and Master Harold and the Boys (the latter for South African Awareness month in 1983). At Boulder's Actors Ensemble theatre, Nichols has directed Cloud 9, On the Verge, The Nerd and Return to the Forbidden Planet. He directed the Actors Ensemble's production of Quilters in 1998 in honor of the Chautauqua Centennial and the Estes Park Fine Arts Guild's production of the same play in 2000. Nichols' PhD dissertation is entitled: The Evolution of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. This is his 14th season with CSF.