Matthew McCoy, Founder & Artistic Director, is proud to now call San Francisco home. Before moving here in 2012 Matthew has performed, directed, choreographed, and produced plays, musicals, cabarets, and magic production shows nationally and Internationally. He has worked professionally in the regional theatre circuit as well as in Las Vegas, New York, Florida, New Hampshire, Ohio, Paris, London, and Shanghai, China.
Matthew brings an extensive knowledge of Musical Theatre having received his undergraduate degree from Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. Prior to starting Bay Area Musicals, Matthew broke into the Bay Area scene serving as the Casting Director and Associate Artistic Director at Berkeley Playhouse until the summer of 2014---where he still works as a guest director, choreographer, and teaching artist.
Professional Credits Include: Cinderella (Director & Choreographer), The Music Man (Director & Choreographer), Dracula (Director), Little Shop of Horrors (Director), Into the Woods (Choreographer), Timeless Starring Las Vegas Magician Jason Andrews (Director & Choreographer), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Director & Choreographer), Bye Bye Birdie (Choreographer), Champions of Magic LIVE! (Director & Producer), Shrek the Musical (Director & Choreographer), Addams Family the Musical (Director & Choreographer), Mary Poppins (Co-Director & Co-Choreographer), and Fiddler on the Roof (Choreographer), Nunsense (Choreographer), Peter Pan (Choreographer), Ring of Fire (Director & Choreographer) and Grease (Director & Choreographer). Bay Area Musicals first season: How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (Director), Hair (Choreographer), and La Cage Aux Folles (Director & Choreographer). He's extremely excited to embark on this life changing adventure that is Bay Area Musicals!
AeJay Mitchell, Managing Director, is honored by the opportunity to help bring Bay Area Muscials to the San Francisco/Bay Area community. A graduate cum laude of Wake Forest University in Psychology and Dance, AeJay comes to Bay Area Musicals with over a decade's devotion to cultivating a diverse performing arts ecosystem throughout the United States. Through his work engagement as an art's administrator, AeJay crafted the first musical theatre dance program at Renzi Education and Art Center of Louisiana until his departure in 2007. From there, he was privileged to manage theater houses, train volunteers, and cultivate audience engagement programming in North Carolina at Harold Tedford MainStage Theatre, The Ring Theatre and Michigan at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre before moving to San Francisco three years ago. He now uses this skill set to manage the house and train volunteers at Brava! For Women in the Arts at the historic York Theatre.
AeJay also brings knowledge from a six year background in non-profit and government advocacy and operations. From anti-bullying programming to environmental advocacy, AeJay has been essential in staff motivation, fundraising, event planning, and budget balancing. With the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, AeJay hosted the Pillow's, as it is colloquially called, "Night OUT at Pillow" Event bringing above targeted LGBTQ patrons to the Festival for the first time. He also planned and hosted two "Gallery Nights at the Pillow" event, well-attended evenings using principles of social diffusion to attract niche groups for target programs. He is thrilled to bring this vast knowledge and experience to encourage diverse audiences, artists, designers, and directors to experience life-changing musical theatre from the front door to the wings!
Kirk Johnson, Marketing & Sales Manager, originally hails from the East Coast but has called San Francisco home for six years now. Since moving to the city, he’s had an active career in non-profit arts administration and marketing with such companies as A.C.T., Playwrights Foundation, Theatre Bay Area, and San Francisco Playhouse.
He’s also been an independent event producer and director, as well as a marketing consultant for various for-profit and not-profit businesses. He is thrilled to be part of the fastest-growing theatre in the Bay Area.
DC Scarpelli, Resident Graphic Designer, is proud to be a professional Type Nerd. His design and production clients have included the State of California, numerous Bay Area lifestyle and sports magazines, even more numerous corporate entities, and unbelievably more numerous nonprofit ones. DC regularly creates theater graphics and illustrations for companies throughout the Bay Area and is currently Resident Graphic Designer for three. Additionally, he has created and edited several art books in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is a member of AIGA and the Type Directors Club.
His training and passion is in the theater, and in addition to doing theatrical publicity work, he is an award-winning actor, director and playwright (usually in collaboration with his husband, Peter Budinger).
He holds a BFA in Computer Arts | New Media from the Academy of Art University and a prior BA in Theater Studies from Yale University.
DC currently oversees the design curriculum for the School of Web Design + New Media at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. He is exceedingly fond of teaching, and it is one of his great ambitions to create, evangelically, a small race of Type Nerds whose enthusiasm and obsessiveness will spread throughout the world.
Jon Gallo, Resident Music Director, has played the piano since he was 7 years old. He landed his first paying gig at a neighbor's house party at age 12, which he remember fondly as a major turning point for him and the moment that all that practicing finally started "paying" off. Jon continued to play throughout college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo under the instruction of Dr. Terrance Spiller, in addition to accompanying various church choirs and performing weekly gigs at the local Embassy Suites. He spent two successful post-college years coordinating and performing in the Central Coast's Get On The Bus prison benefit concerts of 2009 & 2010, as well as performing at weddings and special events up and down the California Coast. In 2011, he made the move to the Bay Area where he continued his musical adventures.
His journey as a pianist and Music Director has taken him from performing solo and in trios to conducting and performing alongside small orchestras. He has coached and shaped performances of actors young and old, beginner and experienced, and welcomes the challenges and joys of working with all talents and personalities. Music and entertainment are his passions, and Jon is thrilled to be involved in the formative years of Bay Area Musicals as their Resident Music Director.
Cat Knight, Production Manager, is a Bay Area Stage Manager who grew up nearby San Jose. She graduated from California State East Bay with a degree in Theatre. She continued her education as a Stage Management Fellow with the American Conservatory Theatre here in San Francisco. Some credits include “Girlhood” with FaultLine Theatre, “ReOrient Festival” with Golden Thread Productions, “Queering My Lobster” with Killing My Lobster, and “The Lion In Winter”, “House of Yes”, and “Middletown” (to name a few) with The Custom Made Theatre Company. This is her third show with Bay Area Musicals. She would like to thank her wonderful husband for his love, and her family for their endless support.