Respondents List 2021

2021 Festival Respondents

The following is a list of professionals who have lent their time, talent, and passion as respondents to the Lenaea High School Theatre Festival.

  • Aerin Morneau

    Aerin Morneau (she/her) is a veteran of the Lenaea festival and is always happy to be a part of it. She is a board member and costume designer in residence as Resurrection Theatre Company. She also directs, designs and builds sets, does make-up and hair for productions, and will act if forced. She misses doing live theater and hopes we can all be back together on stage next year! Break a leg and have a great festival!

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  • Alicia Jeffrey

    Alicia Jeffrey (she/her) proudly serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Lenaea High School Theatre Festival. She is also the Executive Artistic Director of Broadway by the Bay in Redwood City, Calif.; a former board member and producer for Contra Costa Musical Theatre; and a founding member of “OMG, I Love That Show!” Productions of Walnut Creek, Calif. She has served in numerous artistic capacities throughout the Bay Area theater community, including casting director, director, music and vocal director, production manager, and stage manager. Recent production credits include Aida, Million Dollar Quartet (Theatre Bay Area finalist for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Music Direction), Miss Saigon; Beauty and the Beast; Les Misérables; West Side Story; Kiss Me, Kate; My Fair Lady; In the Heights; Dreamgirls; Anything Goes; Tommy; Godspell (Theatre Bay Area Award nominee for musical direction); Dogfight; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Disenchanted! and others. Alicia also serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion council for 42nd Street Moon in San Francisco.

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  • Alina Phelan Ballou

    Alina Phelan (she/her) is an LA based actor and director. She graduated from CalArts with a BFA in theatre in '95 and has carved a path for herself doing what she loves.. telling stories. She has been working as an actress, acting coach and creative executive in the film industry for 25 years. Having been on both sides of the table, she can't wait to share her thoughts with the students of Lenaea.

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  • Alissa Deeter

    Alissa Deeter (she/her) is a nationally recognized performer with a firm footing in the classical, operetta, and musical theater repertoires. She is an advocate of art to affect change and is continually promoting vocal music in local communities as a cultural force. She is the author of The Mélodies of Francis Poulenc: A Study Guide and has published several articles in the Journal of Singing. Alissa and her accompanist Arlene Shrut recently released a CD entitled Hier: Mélodies of Francis Poulenc on the Centaur label. She is currently the co-Artistic Leader of the Portland Symphonic Choir in Portland, OR.

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  • Allen Schmeltz

    Allen Schmeltz (he/his) is an award-winning director of over 80 plays and musicals. He was the founder and artistic director of the award-winning Garbeau’s Acorn & Oak Theatre for young people. Currently, he is an artistic associate, resident director and teacher at Sutter Street Theatre in Historic Folsom. As a director his productions have received over 100 Elly nominations for excellence in theatre in every category from design to acting to best production and he has personally received eleven Elly awards for directing, lighting design and sound design. He is also a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance. As an actor, Mr. Schmeltz appeared at various theatres throughout the Greater Sacramento Area. His favorite roles are the Stage Manager in Our Town and the aging actor Henry in The Fantasticks.

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  • Alysha Brady

    Alysha Brady (she/her) is a British/American LAMDA trained Actor and Theatre Director /Producer. She’s worked both on and off stage with Theatre of NOTE and SkyPilot Theatre Company in Los Angeles. She had been Co-Directing The Fable Theatre Company's “Seussical” when the pandemic hit. During COVID she recorded her first Audible narration, Amber Fossey’s “Be Wild Be Free”, an audio play for Theatre of NOTE “The Ravages” and helped produce SkyPilot’s on-line “BLM” series. She’s excited to join the team at Lenaea having been on the *other* side of the panel many years ago. More info at www.AlyshaBrady.com

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  • Amber Luke

    Amber Luke (she/her) is a freelance costume designer and illustrator based in LA. She has a BFA in Fashion Design with an emphasis in Costume Design. Her artistic vision is swayed by magic, nature, and myth, as well as a strong theatrical background. She has worked on Johnny Goth music videos, Young Paris music videos, Shainia Twain’s AMA Performance, Netflix shows, Alexa and Katie, Colin in Black & White, Sony’s La’s Finest, Showtime's Untitled Alicia Keys Project, independent short films, fashion shows, Sacramento Theatre Company’s Pippin, the Lightning in a Bottle Festival, and has run her own photoshoot company, Mystical Capture, since 2007.

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  • Andrea Bechert

    Andrea Bechert (she/her) teaches Production Design & Technology at San Jose State University. Andrea has designed over 350 productions at theatres across the country including TheatreWorks, the Cleveland Playhouse, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Opera San Jose, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Stardust Casino in Las Vegas, and many others. She received numerous awards for her design work, and her designs have been included in the USITT Design Expo, the World Design Expo, and the International Prague Quadrennial. Andrea is a proud and active member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829 where she serves as Western Region Trustee and Chair of the Design Exam Committee.

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  • Bill Zarriello

    Bill Zarriello (he/him) received his BA in English from Sacramento State, a certificate in Performance from AMDA in New York City, and an MBA from UC Davis. He has been an actor/director in New York and the Sacramento area for many years, directing Mothers and Sons (winner of three Broadway World Sacramento Awards, including Best Play) and I Ought to Be in Pictures for Sacramento Theatre Company, and The Shadow Box for Resurrection Theatre. As an actor, he is a proud member of Equity and SAG/AFTRA, has performed and directed off Broadway, worked in film (City Hall with Al Pacino and John Cusack) and television (Saturday Night Live), worked as a Guest Artist with Lincoln Center, taught at the famed John Houseman Studios, and spent three years on the road with four different touring shows. He has been responding at Lenaea for 15 years, 10 of which he also served as the Associate Director and Respondent Coordinator. His last directing project was Almost, Maine at Chautauqua Playhouse.

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  • Blair Leatherwood

    Blair Leatherwood (he/him) has been acting for more than 45 years, appearing on stages East and West. He has an extensive musical theater background, from Gilbert and Sullivan to Sondheim and classics to original work. He was a member of the Sacramento Opera Chorus for six years (singing in multiple languages), and had a principal role in their production of The Merry Widow. He also has extensive experience in commercial and film work, and works as an audio-describer for the blind and low-vision patrons of California Musical Theatre.

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  • Bob Cooner

    Bob Cooner is a director, actor, playwright, and teacher. As a director, he has helmed productions in regional theatres, Chicago, and the Sacramento region, most frequently at the Woodland Opera House. He has acted in plays and musicals all over the country, from New York to California. As a playwright, his plays have been produced by regional and educational theatres in several states. Bob retired from teaching in 2020, having taught high school English and theatre for 25 years.

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  • Brittni Barger

    Brittni Barger (she/her) is a member of the Acting Company of the successful B Street Theatre in Sacramento. Brittni has been in numerous productions there, from the touring company, to their Children’s Theatre to new works on the Mainstage. She has also appeared in numerous Northern California Regional productions, from Sacramento Theatre Company to Capital Stage. Her online success lies in content where she has hosted or been featured in several viral projects. Her online book review show nets thousands of views an episode while her most noticeable work — sketch videos with internet sensation SMOSH (22M subscribers) — has netted her several million views an episode. Brittni has had leading and supporting roles in several independent features and the series “Beyond Geek” which premiered on PBS and is currently available on Amazon Prime.

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  • Cheryl Watson

    With a career spanning over forty years Cheryl Watson (she/her) has acted and directed in hundreds of productions with area theatres and colleges. Ms. Watson recently retired from the classroom after teaching and directing for both St. Francis High School and American River College. Ms. Watson is an award winning director and in 2017 received a Lifetime Achievement Elly Award for her work as a director, actor and teacher. She was a member of the first Globe Education Academy in London sponsored by UC Davis and the Mondavi Center. Career highlights include performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. She is excited to be a respondent for the first virtual Lenaea Festival.

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  • Claudia Kitka

    Claudia Kitka (she/her) holds degrees in music from Duke University and Eastman School of Music (M.M.). Her diverse performance experience includes opera, musical theater, Shakespearean, and modern dramatic roles. Locally she has performed with the Camellia Symphony, the California Wind Orchestra, the Sacramento Symphony, Stockton Opera, UC Davis Music and Drama productions, and Davis Comic Opera Company. A noted recitalist specializing in performing contemporary music, she has premiered new works throughout the United States. Currently Professor of Music at Sacramento State, she teaches voice, performance practice, lyric diction, and musical theater performance. She also team teaches in the Department of Theatre and Dance and serves as a vocal coach for many of the musical productions. Her collaborations with arranger/pianist Carole Delaney, Sacramento State music faculty emeritus, include several solo theatrical revues.

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  • Corey D. Winfield

    Corey D. Winfield (he/him) is a theatrical performer/technician who has worked in stage, film and television and has had the privilege to perform for local, U.S., and international audiences. He holds degrees from American River College and the University of Wyoming. A Renaissance Man of the entertainment industry his experience includes almost everything; including the kitchen sink. Locally, he has performed/worked with Capital Stage, Broadway Sacramento (Music Circus), American River College Theatre, Bike City Theatre Company, Hawkins School of Performing Arts, Rocklin Community Theatre, and Roseville Theatre Arts Academy. In his “free time” he also works as a vocal, ballroom, and runway coach privately across Sacramento. Working at American River College as the HomeBase Coach for the People, Culture, and Society area of Student Services, he inspires and supports marginalized and disenfranchised student populations to achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals.

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  • Courtney Glass

    Courtney Glass (she/her) is originally from Sacramento, and moved to Manhattan at age 17 to attend NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. After graduating, Courtney made her Broadway debut in The Woman in White. Other favourite credits include Guys and Dolls at Westchester Broadway Theatre, Ordinary Days at New Helvetia Theatre and Camelot at Sierra Repertory Theatre. During a seven stint in Australia, she played Mary Turner in Of Thee I Sing at the iconic Sydney Opera House, worked alongside Anthony Warlow in the 40th Anniversary Tour of Sweeney Todd, and most recently, appeared in the Australian premiere of Ragtime.

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  • Dan Fagan

    Dan Fagan (he/him) has performed with theaters in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. He began acting under two mentors, Frank Condon of River Stage and Ed Claudio of the Actor’s Workshop. While living in LA, Dan studied at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Locally, Dan has performed with Sacramento Theatre Company, Capital Stage, and B Street Theater. Dan is also a playwright of three produced works: A Tiger Without Mercy, These Lonesome Roads, Honeymoon in Minot. He is a proud member of the Writer’s Room here in Sacramento.

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  • Elise Hodge

    Elise Hodge is the owner of EMH Productions and founder of The Artist’s Collective. Elise is dedicated to putting time and energy into the entertainment industry for those wishing to pursue acting, directing, producing and writing. Her companies provide a creative outlet, as well as facilitating networking opportunities to writers, directors and producers for theatre, TV and Film. This is the 10th year Elise has produced, directed, acted and written for the stage in Sacramento, establishing a sound stage at The Ooley Theatre for live streaming content. It is a privilege and pleasure to be part of the Lenaea Festival for an 8th time! www.emhpros.weebly.com

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  • Eric Wheeler

    A member of Actors Equity Association, Eric Wheeler (he/him) is a forty year veteran of theatre in Northern California. He has performed everything from light opera to Shakespeare, and everywhere from Off-Broadway to regional tours. He has several world premieres under his belt and is active in film, radio, commercial, and video game production such as NBA2K15 and Mafia 3. His most recent roles(pre-pandemic) include Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol and Claudius in Hamlet at the Sacramento Theatre Company. This is his tenth year as a Respondent for Lenaea but competed, himself, for the first time way back in 1977. He didn't win.

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  • Erin Renfree

    A native of Sacramento, Erin Renfree (she/her) has performed, directed and choreographed locally for the past 25 years. Most recently, she appeared in California Stage’s production of Dorothea Puente Tells All! Various stage roles include Mother Superior in Nunsense, Theda Blau in It Had To Be You, Lily in On the Twentieth Century, and Molly in The Unsinkable Molly Brown. She has developed, directed and choreographed fund-raising shows for several nonprofit organizations, and directed children’s theater for Davis Musical Theater Company. This is her 5th year as a Lenaea respondent and she is looking forward to meeting all the students!

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  • Gabriel Montoya

    Gabriel Montoya is an actor-director-producer-writer currently based in Los Angeles. Mr. Montoya came up on Sacramento stages such as The Show Below, Sacramento Theatre Company, and River Stage and is an alum of the B St. Theatre Acting Internship program. In the Bay Area, Mr. Montoya has performed for Magic Theatre, Berkeley Rep, and SF Playhouse, among others. Gabriel and his wife Robin Fontaine together made theatre history in 2015 by simultaneously premiering Ben Fisher's "Don't Be Evil” onstage and in virtual reality.

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  • Hans Weichhart

    Hans Weichhart (he/him) currently serves as the Chief Membership Officer for the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), home of the International Thespian Society (ITS). In this role, Hans provides leadership for 130,000+ students, theatre educators, and industry professionals in all 50 states and 13 countries around the world. Hans holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Sac State and has worked with companies like Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and was the Executive Director for the Lenaea High School Theatre Festival, prior to joining EdTA. A former member of Actor’s Equity Association (AEA), Hans was recently seen onstage as Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, and was the AD for the award-winning production of In the Heights at Broadway by the Bay in Redwood City, CA.

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  • James Elden

    James Elden (he/him) is a producer, director, writer and actor who has worked professionally in the industry since 1996. His production company, Punk Monkey Productions, LLC, oversees both PLAY Noir, an original one-act festival dedicated to Film Noir styled plays and the Los Angeles Collegiate Playwrights Festivals, which is focused solely on bringing the work of aspiring college playwrights to the Los Angeles stage alongside working industry professionals active in the Hollywood community. Under the PMP umbrella, James curates the content for both festivals; each consisting of plays submitted by playwrights from around the world and colleges from across the country. His experience allows a perspective that comes not only as a writer but also as a producer, providing an extra layer of analysis in determining the level of success a play might possess.

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  • Jasen Jeffrey

    Jasen Jeffrey (he/him) is a director and educator, and has directed a number of productions with Broadway by the Bay, including Into the Woods, Aida, Next to Normal, The Producers, Miss Saigon (San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle award nominee), Les Misérables (TBA Award finalist) and In the Heights (TBA Award recipient), Dogfight (TBA Award finalist). Other directing credits include Thrill Me (OMG, I Love That Show! Productions), Tarzan, Rent and Little Shop of Horrors (Contra Costa Musical Theatre), and Rent (Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre and STARS 2000). He is also an award-winning actor, musician, puppeteer and production stage manager around the Bay Area. Jasen is a proud member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and Society of American Fight Directors, and is a Respondent with the Lenaea High School Theatre Festival.

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  • Jeannie Larson

    Jeannie Larson (she/her) has been teaching dance and theater arts to children for over 15 years. She earned a Bachelor's Degree with an emphasis in drama, dance and singing from the University of Southern California and has spent over 30 years as a professional in theater, dance and teaching children. She has performed in over 50 musicals and dance productions and most recently has enjoyed directing and choreographing children's musical theater, including three virtual plays. Her last and favorite role she played Bombalurina in the National Touring Company of Cats. She is thrilled to share her love for the theatre including dance, singing and acting to children and hopes that her passion will inspire creativity and self-confidence.

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  • Jim Henderson

    James Henderson (he/him) is a graduate of CSUS in Theatre Arts. He is a playwright and novelist. He has directed more than 100 plays and musicals, and has appeared in more that 60 productions. As a teacher at Fort Bragg High School in Northern California and Skyline High School in the greater Seattle area of Washington state, he brought students to Lenaea more 25+ times. This is his third year as a respondent at Lenaea.

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  • John Lee

    John E. Lee (he/him) is an award-winning Playwright, Director, Actor, Lyricist, Theatre Arts Educator, Graphic Arts Instructor, Stage Combat Choreographer, Audition Coach and Vocal Talent who has worked professionally in the Sacramento region since 1994. He was the founder and primary creative artist for the original Little Bus Players, RETRO-ACTIVE ARTS and EGAD!.– and has served as Consulting Director for innumerable educational productions. In 2021, he celebrates his 14th Anniversary season as Playwright and Artistic Director for the Fairytale Town Troupers. Mr. Lee has been a respondent/adjudicator for the LENAEA Festival since 2003.

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  • Jonathon Lamer

    Jonathon Lamer (he/him) is a professional actor and adjudicator based in Los Angeles. He is an associate member of Theatre of NOTE and an affiliate member of Anteaus Theatre Company. Jonathon has been a judge for the California Educational Theatre Association and is a recurring adjudicator and teacher for the US Army Europe Tournament of Plays.

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  • Julianna Hess

    Julianna Hess (she/her) received a BA from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in Drama, Applied Theatre, and Education. While at RCSSD, she had the opportunity to teach with Adhyayan in India, intern at the American Shakespeare Centre, and train with Shakespeare’s Globe in directing. Since returning to California, Julianna has worked with Marin Shakespeare’s Social Justice team at various state prisons as a teaching artist and performer. Julianna is a teaching artist with B Street Theatre working across all aspects of outreach & education programming. When she is not teaching, Julianna can be found performing with Wildflower Women's Ensemble.

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  • Kat DeLapp

    Kat DeLapp is a proud alumni of both The Hartt School, where she received her BFA in Musical Theatre, and The City College of New York where she obtained her MS in Educational Theatre. Her most recent performances include Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast and Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins. Some of her favorite directing experiences include Rumors, Much Ado About Nothing, Urinetown, and The Pajama Game. As a high school drama teacher, Kat is passionate about creating an encouraging yet rigorous professional environment for emerging artists and she cannot wait to watch your magic at the festival.

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  • Kellie Raines

    Kellie Raines (she/her) is a trained actor, director, playwright, and visual artist. She is an Associate Artist with KOLT Run Creations, a local theatre company. Other theatre companies where she has worked include Big Idea Theatre, Theater Galatea, and Resurrection Theatre. Her visual art has been shown locally at Archival Gallery in Sacramento, published in Sac Blue Magazine, and on-air in the PBS KVIE Art Auction. She works for PBS KVIE where she does some on-air talent and voiceover work. She has a degree in Dramatic Art from UC Davis. Kellie proudly participated in the Lenaea Festival as a student.

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  • Kim McCann Lawson

    Kim McCann Lawson (she/her) is excited to be returning to Lenaea after a lengthy absence. Kim holds an AA in Drama (Diablo Valley College), BA in Theatre (Sacramento State) & an MFA in Drama (UC Davis). She is an adjunct assistant professor in Theatre at Sacramento City College where she previously taught for 27 years. Kim directed numerous productions at City College as well as 22 productions for the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival. She has an extensive acting resume and has worked as a dialect coach at both City College and Sierra College. She is a member of Wildflower Women’s Ensemble, an all female Shakespeare company.

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  • Maggie Upton

    Maggie Upton (she/her) holds an MA in Theatre from CSU, Sacramento, and a BA in Theatre and Psychology from Sonoma State. She was the Managing Director at River Stage (Cosumnes River College), where she directed, acted, and taught theatre-related subjects. She has served on many local Boards of Directors, and served as Executive Director for several arts organizations, including Business Volunteers for the Arts and Harmony Arts, and was a member and Chair of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. Currently she is a member of the steering committee of the Playwright’s Collaborative, and has joined the Artist’s Collective. Her directing credits include Juno and the Paycock, Birmingham Blues, Time Stands Still at the California Stage complex; in various venues Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile; an Agatha Christie cycle (And Then There Were None, The Mousetrap, Witness for the Prosecution), Bus Stop; A Shayna Maidel, (which won the Elly Award for Best Overall Production, Drama); and Under Milk Wood, which she adapted for the stage. Maggie is a playwright, and has worked in film, most recently appearing in the short film Pipe Dream. Maggie is also an actor, appearing most recently in The Hot L Baltimore, The Crucible, and You Can’t Take It With You at Falcon’s Eye Theatre. SARTA awarded her a ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for her performance last year in Leading Ladies for Main Street Theatre Works, and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

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  • Margaret Morneau

    Margaret Morneau (she/her) is a director, actor, producer and jack of all trades in the theater. Margaret has had a hand in running Resurrection Theatre in Sacramento for eleven years; running a community theater has given her an opportunity to expand her knowledge of theater as a business and as an art. Margaret graduated with her Master's degree in Directing from Sacramento State University. Some of her favorite roles on stage have been Billie in Born Yesterday, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, and Camille in The Guardians, an original play by Jayna Anderson in which Resurrection Theatre produced the world premiere production. A few directing favorites are Lanford Wilson's Balm in Gilead and Burn This!, Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph, and Sister Cities by Catherine Butterfield, she also has a deep love for everything Tennessee Williams. This year marks her 21st year at Lenaea High School Theater Festival.

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  • Michele Hillen-Noufer

    Michele Hillen-Noufer, M.Ed., AEA, SAG (she/her) is the Executive Director for Nor Cal School of the Arts. She is a member of Actors Equity Association, SAG/AFTRA and has a Masters degree in Education. Michele worked as a professional actor for over 25 years doing theatre, film, and television across the country and internationally. She has directed, taught, and choreographed professional theatre, as well as theatre for young people. Michele has a passion for helping young people achieve their goals in the performing arts as well as providing theatre arts education to schools including arts integration opportunities for students with learning differences. Michele is an arts integration specialist and keeps her skills current by teaching at NorCal School of the Arts, local elementary schools as well as providing workshops and professional development opportunities for conferences for Educators. She has been a member of the Sacramento State University’s Academic Talent Search faculty since 2012. For fifteen years, Michele grew STC School of the Arts and created several programs while training many young theatre makers, storytellers & amazing humans who will go on to make their mark in the Arts field and beyond. Michele is a founding Board Member for SARA, the Sacramento Alliance for Regional Arts whose mission is to advocate for the regional Arts Sector of the Sacramento area.

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  • Owen Smith

    Owen Smith (he/his) is a performer and theatrical technician with over 20 years of combined Theatre experience. Owen has held a variety of positions but his primary focus is lighting design and direction. A California native, currently Owen works and lives in Texas for Texas A&M University's Rudder Theatre Complex. Owen began his career in Sacramento working for a variety of local theatre's including Capitol Stage, Green Valley Theatre Co., American River Community College, Runaway Stage Productions and Kolt Run Creations, just to name a few. Owen is extremely honored to be a respondent for Lenaea as he has both participated in and helped run the program.

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  • Rebecca Light

    Rebecca Light (she/her) is a Los Angeles-based writer, actor, and theatre producer. She originally hails from Sacramento where she performed in many area theatres and participated in the Lenaea Festival in high school. She has a BFA in Acting from Boston University, and studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Rebecca is a member of Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood, a company focused solely on debuting original work. She has been a part of the play selection committee which reviews script submissions, and she has produced multiple west coast and world premieres. In addition to her work shepherding new plays to production, Rebecca is a writer herself, focusing mostly on novels and children’s literature.

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  • Romyl Mabanta

    Romyl Mabanta (he/him) is an actor, director, educator and coach. Theater credits include Shakespeare Santa Cruz, La Jolla Playhouse, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Montana Shakespeare Company and Sacramento Theatre Company. As an arts administrator, his programs received recognition by President Obama’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities. Romyl has trained with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Roy Hart Theatre of France, Decroux Mime, The Suzuki Company of Toga and the Deutsches Theater of Berlin. He holds an MFA from the UD-PTTP, an MAEd from Stanislaus State and BAs from UCSD. Romyl is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

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  • Ron Cisneros

    Ron Cisneros (he/him) was born in Sacramento and started dancing at age four. He began dancing with Barbra Briggs’ Camellia City Ballet in 1961 and Sacramento Music Circus in 1965. In 1971 he began a long association with Disney, performing in Disney on Parade, rising through the ranks from chorus boy to dance captain, principal dancer and dance director. In 1981 Ron began eight seasons as the choreographer for Sacramento Music Circus. In 1985 he started choreographing for community theaters throughout the Sacramento area, receiving his first Elly Award in 1987 and 12 more since then. Ron has choreographed and/or directed over 100 musicals for professional, community, and educational theaters, and has worked with such stars as Lucille Ball, Elvis Presley, Donald O’Connor, Mickey Rooney, and Barbra Streisand.

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  • Sabrina Fiora-Beach

    Sabrina Fiora Beach (she/her) is a Teaching Artist, Actor and Director in the greater Sacramento area. She previously worked for the Sacramento Theatre Company School of the Arts for over 6 years and she is their former Camp Program Manager. She directs elementary, middle and high school productions and teaches arts integrated courses, after-school acting classes and she mentors students headed to college. Classically trained, Sabrina has been a performer for over 28 years, an educator for the past 14 years and she holds a BFA in Drama with an emphasis in Performing Arts from Switzerland. When she is not busy training the next generation of actors, you can spot her on various stages in the greater Sacramento area or working toward an additional degree in Political Science.

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  • Sean Kana

    Sean Kana is an award-winning Bay Area music director, pianist and conductor currently serving as the resident music director for Broadway By the Bay in Redwood City. He has taught applied voice for the MFA program at American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco. Sean recently served as associate music director for a pre-Broadway musical, Ain’t Too Proud at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Sean's other recent credits include playing keys at TheatreWorks for Rags, as well as the world premiere of the musical Triangle. He has been the music director for The Theatre Bay Area Awards for the past few years, and he has earned TBA Awards for best musical direction for his work on both In the Heights and Dogfight. A classically-trained musician with a degree in vocal performance from San Francisco State University, he has toured internationally and recorded sound for movie trailers and soundtracks for Pfeifer Broz. Music. Sean possesses an extensive knowledge of repertoire, style and technique and is a prominent vocal coach in the Bay Area.

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  • Shawn O'Neal

    Shawn O’Neal (he/him) is an accomplished actor/director who fine-tuned his craft at the American Conservatory Theater and is honored to be returning as a respondent for 2021 Lenaea Festival. As a director: The Whale (CA Stage); Laundry & Bourbon, 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress (Resurrection); A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody (MSTW Summer 2021). On stage as an actor, O’Neal was seen in The Crucible (STC); The Pillowman and Twelfth Night (BIT); Angels in America Part 1 & 2 (SCT); God of Carnage and Torch Song Trilogy (Resurrection).

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  • Suzanne Mernyk

    Suzanne Mernyk (she/her) is a New York City based playwright, performer, producer, classical musician and proud member of The Dramatists Guild. Influencers include Theresa Rebeck, Beth Henley, Marsha Norman, Wendy Wasserstein, Neil Simon, Billy Crystal, Smetana and Tchaikovsky. Most recent productions include her full-length play, 'Sympathy in C', at 13th Street Repertory Theatre; and 'Love is, Love is Not' at Quick Center for the ARts. Published work includes a ten-minute play, Sympathy, in Gary Garrison’s book, A Younger Ten, and her collection of short plays for children, The Adventures of Mighty Mo & Captain Cowboy. She currently conducts a monthly playwriting workshop, Characters, Ink. NYC, www.charinkprod.com

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  • Tori Johnson

    Tori Johnson has always had a passion for creating spaces. Spaces that are bold, exciting, unique, open, inclusive, and connected. She started her journey being a part of amazing spaces as an actor at Guthrie’s BFA Actor Training Program and the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Education Program in London. Then, she found her love for creating inventive spaces for the actor to do their best work at the Northern California School of the Arts as Program Director where she continues to create spaces for actors, students, teachers, and other creators. Learn more about her program at www.norcalsota.org

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  • Tracy Martin Shearer

    Tracy Martin Shearer (she/her) has been on the Theatre Arts faculty at American River College for 26 years, teaching, directing and vocal directing. In the community, she has directed and vocal directed for 35+ years, including productions for, Fair Oaks Theatre Festival, Stage Right Productions, and San Francisco's Left Coast Theatre. Tracy also enjoys working with younger performers at the Hawkins School of Performing Arts where she teaches Stage Vocals and Acting and serves as Vocal Director for the Musical Theater Troupe. As a former Bob Smart student, Tracy loves the Lenaea Festival and looks forward to the exciting talent this year offers!

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  • Tygar Hall

    Tygar Hall (she/her) is a former Lenaea participant. She studied Theatre at CSUS, and was a B Street Theatre intern. She moved to NY in 2010 and has since founded two independent theatre companies. She is a proud member of SAG and AEA.

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