2023,  Backstage blog,  SSF

Flights of Angels, Sweet Lenore

Today, our theatre community lost one of the sweetest souls to grace our theatre.

Lenore Justman.

Actor, costumer, stitcher, wardrobe mistress, concierge, friend. A pillar of our theatre community at Sacramento Shakespeare Festival and an ardent lover of all things wonderful. Her laugh made you smile, even if it was just in memory. She was always willing to pitch in and help.

I was honored to work with her on my very first show here in Sacramento, “The Wake of Jamey Foster” at The Show Below. She was our costume designer and cared so much about how we felt about what we were wearing and if it matched our characters. That started a three-decade friendship that I cherish.

Many of you may also remember her as the “concierge” at the park for the festival. She was often the welcoming face you saw as you headed into the “bowl” or the person who sold you our merchandise. She would welcome everyone, have a chat, have a laugh, and wish you a pleasant experience.

If you knew Lenore, we’d love to hear your stories. We plan to have a dedication this summer to her, and are gathering photos and memories as we prepare for that.

There will be a memorial later in the summer.

Our hearts are with her family and friends as we travel this journey together. We love you, Lenore. Rest well.


  • Lloydene

    Lenore was my mentor as a school librarian in the Rio Linda Union school district. She was also a friend for .ore than 30 years. I will miss her and remember her always.

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