VIOLET

“Find Our Way.”

AN INTIMATE VERSION OF THE TONY NOMINATED MUSICAL!

February 16 - March 17, 2019


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Music by Jeanine Tesori  

Book & Lyrics by Brian Crawley

Direction by Dyan McBride

Movement by Matthew McCoy

Musical Direction by Jon Gallo 

ALCAZAR THEATER

650 GEARY STREET

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103


A SEARCH FOR BEAUTY THAT CHANGES THE SOUL. 

This multi-award-winning musical follows a scarred woman who embarks on a cross-country bus trip to be healed by a minister... discovering the true meaning of beauty along the way.  A story that centers around strength, love, awareness, and growth makes Violet a perfect choice for Bay Area Musicals' second show in our fourth season. 

Winner of the Drama Critics' Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical when it premiered Off-Broadway in 1997, and then on to a Tony-nominated Broadway debut in 2014 with a revised version, Violet is a moving musical featuring show-stopping anthems, ranging from American-roots to folk to gospel.  With a score from Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Shrek; Fun Home) and book and lyrics by the acclaimed Brian Crawley (A Little Princess), Violet is inspired by the short story, The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts, astounding critics and audiences alike in two separate decades.

As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward axe blade when her father was chopping wood, leaving her with a visible scar across her face. With enough money finally saved she's traveling across the Deep South in 1964 towards a miracle – the healing touch of a TV evangelist who will make her beautiful. Although she may not succeed in having the scar on her face healed, Violet is able to repair those scars that are lying deeper than her skin.  This will be an intimate rendition on a show rarely done.  A "not to be missed" theatrical event for Bay Area theater scene. 

*Rating: PG-13 (some adult content)


CAST

Juliana Lustenader, Violet

Jon-David Randle, Flick

Jack O'Reilly, Monty

Miranda Long, Young Vi

Eric Neiman, Father

Shay Oglesby-Smith, Old Lady/2nd Hotel Hooker (Lonely Stranger)/Choir

Clay David, Preacher/Passenger/Radio Singer/Bus Driver 1 

Tucker Gold, Virgil/Billy Dean/Passenger/Bus Driver 3/Radio Trio

Andrea Dennison-Laufer, Music Hall Singer/Passenger/Choir

Kim Larsen, Leroy/Radio Trio/Waiter/Bus Driver 4/Passenger/Choir

Tanika Baptiste, Lula Buffington/Almeta (Landlady)/Passenger

April Deutschle, Passenger/Choir/Music Hall Dancer (Lonely Stranger)

Jourdán Olivier-Verdé, Passenger/Choir/Bus Driver 2/Radio Trio/Music Hall Dancer (Lonely Stranger)

Elizabeth Jones, Passenger/Choir/2nd Hotel Hooker, Music Hall Dancer (Lonely Stranger)

Danielle Philapil, Passenger/Choir/1st Hotel Hooker (Anyone Would Do), Music Hall Dancer (Lonely Stranger)

ARTISTIC TEAM

Dyan McBride, Director

Matthew McCoy, Choreographer/Set Designer

Jon Gallo, Musical Director

Genevieve Pabon, Stage Manager

Frank Cardinal, Asst. Stage Manager

Isaac Traister, Asst. Stage Manager

Brooke Jennings, Costume Designer

Eric Johnson, Lighting Designer

Anton Hedman, Sound Designer

Clay David, Prop Designer

Jackie Dennis, Wig Designer

Taylor Gonzalez, Sound Board Op

Stewart Lyle, Technical Director

Cat Knight, Production Manager

BAND

Corey Johnson, Violin

Jackie Dennis, Cello

Jonathan Salazar, Guitar

Kyle Wong, Bass

Dominic Moisant, Drums

Jon Gallo, Keyboard/Conductor


CAST BIOS

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JULIANA LUSTENADER (Violet) is a Bay Area native singer-songwriter and actress. Her most recent stage roles include Meg in Tinderella (Custom Made and Faultline), Tracy in Where the Boy Are (Faultline), and Mrs. T/Bad Idea Bear in Avenue Q (NCTC). She has also performed with Shotgun Players, Central Works, Hillbarn, Broadway by the Bay, Ray of Light and many more local theatres. Juliana is the Artistic Director of Shakespeare at the Club, a company member of Custom Made Theatre Co., and a proud graduate of SFSU’s Theatre Arts Department. When she’s not acting, Juliana is either performing in the folk band Baird & Beluga or designing a hand-knit sweater.  

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JON-DAVID RANDLE (Flick) is ecstatic to be doing his first production with BAM!  Some of his other credits Dreamgirls (Curtis), Smokey Joe's Cafe (Victor) The Color Purple (Harpo), Pirates of Penzance (Ensemble), A Midsummer Nights Dream (Demetrius), and the National Tour of Memphis, the Musical (Gator). Jon-David received his BFA in Theatre Arts from Howard University. He would like give a special thanks to his family for their love and to his cousin JV for his undying support.

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JACK O’REILLY (Monty) is excited to be appearing again on stage with Bay Area Musicals, where he has appeared before as Captain Phoebus (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and Jean Michel (La Cage Aux Folles).  Outside of BAM, he has been lucky to share the stage with immensely talented Bay Area performers at 42nd Street Moon, Custom Made Theatre Co., Hillbarn Theatre, and the San Francisco Symphony.  Previously, he was in Washington, D.C.; favorite roles there included Simon Zealotes (Jesus Christ Superstar) and Duke (The Great American Trailer Park Musical). Jack spent a year touring the world with the Whiffenpoofs of Yale University and is a vocal harmony enthusiast.  During the day, he works in audio software and is finishing a graduate program at Stanford University with emphasis on audio perception, processing, and information theory.  He's grateful to his family, friends, and all supporters of theater in the Bay Area.

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MIRANDA LONG (Young Vi) is thrilled to be making her Bay Area Musicals debut with “Violet” and honored to be working with such an incredible cast. Miranda was most recently seen in December in the "Wizard of Oz" at the Berkeley Playhouse and as Annie in last season's production of "Annie" at the Berkeley Playhouse. Miranda, 12, has also performed in several youth productions with Bay Area Children's Theatre and with Lamplighters at her school. Miranda plays the guitar, takes dance and voice lessons and loves to make slime. She is grateful to all who supported her along this journey including Cat, RJ, Amy, Erin, Lee, all of her theater friends and of course Matthew and Dyan. Thanks to Mom and Dad for all their love, support and driving.

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ERIC NEIMAN (Father) is honored to return to the BAM stage after playing the Proprietor in “Assassins”. Most recently he was seen as John Adams in “1776” and Cheech in “Bullets Over Broadway” at Tri-Valley Rep. Other favorite roles include Trevor Graydon in “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, Harold Hill in “Music Man”, and Caldwell in “Urinetown”.  However, nothing compares to his real life role of Dad to his children. Love to all six of them and his wife, Allison, for providing a life like no other!

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SHAY OGLESBY-SMITH (Old Lady/2nd Hotel Hooker (Lonely Stranger)/Choir) is thrilled to be working with BAM for the first time. She has been doing theater in the Bay Area for over 20 years. Some of her favorite shows include: Clybourne Park and Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike at the Altarena Playhouse, The Mystery of Love and Sex and The Nance at New Conservatory Theatre Center, Johnny Guitar The Musical, Closer Than Ever, Photograph 51, 25th Annual…Spelling Bee, Ruthless The Musical, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Closer Than Ever at Masquer’s Playhouse. Shay lives in the East Bay, is married to her best friend, and is the mother of three fantastic young adults. Enjoy the show!

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CLAY DAVID (Preacher/Passenger/Radio Singer/Bus Driver 1) Over three decades, Clay David’s professional career in theatre arts, from London, Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, national tours to educational theatre, has embraced advocacy, acting, directing, and design.  He is elated and honored to work with this brilliant coterie of actors, musicians, directors, designers, technicians, and crew members; reuniting with BAM after The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Frollo) and La Cage Aux Folles (Georges).  His achievements in the theater have been recognized with Theatre Bay Area TITAN Award for Excellence in Theatre, five San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critic’s Cirlcle Awards, the Dean Goodman Choice Award-Best Director, Lee Hartgrave FAME Best Play Award, and The Victor Borge Legacy Award.  As a theatre professor, he was the recipient of the BRAVO Award for Outstanding Innovation and Excellence in the Arts, AMCO Kennedy Center National Winner, and the Golden Apple Professor of the Year Award. Clay currently serves as Executive Producer for Chuck Prophet and Kurt Lipschutz’s new musical Temple Beautiful, supporting innovational and groundbreaking performing arts endeavors that reflect, explore and celebrate the wondrous history of San Francisco.

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TUCKER GOLD (Virgil/Billy Dean/Passenger/Bus Driver 3/Radio Trio) is 15 years old and a freshman at Menlo School and is very active in the Drama and Choral program. He made his theatrical debut at Pied Piper Players in San Mateo at eight years old. Favorite roles at Pied Piper include Peter Pan in Peter Pan and Dewey Finn in School of Rock. He’s also performed at the Shelton Theatre in Escaping Queens, an original work by Joe Ortiz, and performed with the San Francisco Symphony in A Charlie Brown Christmas as Linus. Most recently Tucker played Baby John in Hillbarn Theatre’s production of West Side Story. Tucker is currently a member of A.C.T.’s musical theatre ensemble. When not on stage, you can find Tucker playing guitar/ukulele/piano, throwing a frisbee, or singing.

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ANDREA DENNISON-LAUFER (Music Hall Singer/Passenger/Choir) couldn’t be more excited to be back with her BAMily for Violet! She is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, and holds a BFA in Theater with an emphasis on Music. She was a member of the artistic intern ensemble at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Past roles: The Ghost of Christmas Past in Scrooge in Love (Lucky Penny Productions), Ginger in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (42nd Street Moon), Hannah in Disney’s Freaky Friday (Center Rep.), Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime (Berkeley Playhouse), Gertrude in Seussical (BAM), Marty in Grease (CCMT), Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show (Ray of Light Theatre), Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid  (Berkeley Playhouse), Peggy Jones in The Andrews Brothers (Lucky Penny Productions), Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q (Berkeley Playhouse), and Charlotte Lucas in Pride and Prejudice (Milwaukee Repertory Theater). Up next, catch her as Lizzie Curry in 42nd Street Moon’s 110 in the Shade followed by Frauline Kost in Lucky Penny Productions’ Cabaret. Thank you to this amazing cast, her family, and her Fairy Godmother.

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KIM LARSEN (Leroy/Radio Trio/Waiter/Bus Driver 4/Passenger/Choir) is excited to be part of the Violet cast and to be working for the first time with Bay Area Musicals. He recently added Bernadette in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to the list of his favorite roles, that includes Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Madame Gin Sling in Pearls Over Shanghai. He’s been very active in the Bay Area theater scene for over 25 years including many shows with Theatre Rhinoceros, Thrillpeddlers at the Hypnodrome, 42nd Street Moon and the long-running hits Shopping! The Musical and Foodies! The Musical. He is a long-time board member of Theatre Rhinoceros and publisher of the GayPocket San Francisco guide.

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TANIKA BAPTISTE (Lula Buffington/Almeta (Landlady)/Passenger) is ecstatic to make her BAM debut as well as reprise her role as Lula Buffington! Regional: Avenue Q (Gary Coleman) New Conservatory Theatre, She Persisted, the Musical (Harriet Tubman/Flo Jo) BACT, Dreamgirls (Effie) Berkeley Playhouse, Rock of Ages (Justice Charlier) Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, HAIR (Ronny, Dionne, Abraham Lincoln) Falcons Eye Theatre, The Wiz (Aunt Em/Glinda) Black Repertory Group Theater, 2018 Pop Tour Home of the Brave (Gina) La Jolla Playhouse, A Civil War Christmas (Hannah) and A New Brain (Lisa) with Diversionary Theatre, Disgraced (Jory u/s) and Violet (Lula Buffington) San Diego Repertory Theatre, Chicago (Mama) San Diego City College, and Rent (Seasons of Love Soloist)Southwestern College. Thank you Matthew and Dyan for this incredible opportunity! Love to my family and friends. Thank you Jesus, you’re the best!

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APRIL DEUTSCHLE (Passenger/Choir/, Music Hall Dancer (Lonely Stranger)) is thrilled to be making her BAM debut with 'Violet'. As a local actor and clown, April was most recently seen in Ray of Light's all-female production of 'Jesus Christ Superstar.' Other credits include Gaby in the world premier of "Everything That's Beautiful' at The New Conservatory Theater Center, Everest in 'Everest Calling' at the Edinburg Fringe Festival, Popeye Jackson in the 'Miss Firecracker Contest', and Trixie in 'The Rocky Horror Show.' You can also catch April as the cutest clown in town under the name ‘Cheetah Biscotti' where she is a resident member of the witchy burlesque troupe Hex in the City.”

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JOURDAN OLIVIER-VERDE (Passenger/Choir/Bus Driver 2/Radio Trio/Music Hall Dancer (Lonely Stranger)) is very excited to make his BAM debut with this show! He has previously been seen in the Bay Area with African American Shakespeare Company’s productions of: Midsummer Night’s Dream( Theseus+Oberon) Cinderella( Stepsister Zonita) Richard III( Edward IV/Catesby) as well as Theater of Other’s A Comedy Of Errors( Antipholus Of Syracuse) and a  solo vocalist for John Bisceglie Presents: Holiday Big Band Bash 2018 @ Great American Music Hall. He hails from The DC Metro Area where he was seen in productions of Dreamgirls( Marty, Curtis U/S) The Color Purple( Mister) Jesus Christ Superstar ( Caiphas) and his Hallam Award Winning portrayal of Walter Lee in Raisin in the Sun. He received training from Howard University as a Theatre Arts Minor, as well as the American Academy of Dramatic Arts NY, and International Academy of Film and TV LA. He is grateful to Matt, Dyan, and the rest of the super talented cast and crew for this opportunity, and it’s always a blast performing with his bro-sin( cousin who is more like a brother) JD.

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ELIZABETH JONES (Passenger/Choir/2nd Hotel Hooker, Music Hall Dancer (Lonely Stranger)) is a graduate of Howard University’s College of Fine Arts Theatre Program with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Elizabeth is exited to be making her debut at Bay Area Musicals. Some theatre credits include: The Right Note (Spare Stage) Dreamgirls (Berkeley Playhouse) Mama Mia! (Mountain Play Association), Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike (Contra Costa Civic Theatre), Dance Of The Holy Ghosts (Ubuntu Theater Project), Sister Act! (Berkeley Playhouse) and Little Shop of Horrors (Contra Costa Musical Theatre). She is the proud mother of Caira who’s a senior in high school. Elizabeth thanks God, family and friends for their support.

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DANIELLE PHILAPIL (Passenger/Choir/1st Hotel Hooker (Anyone Would Do), Music Hall Dancer (Lonely Stranger)) is beyond excited to join the cast of Violet and make her BAM debut. She was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, where she started her training at the young age of three. She graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy - Los Angeles where she received her BFA in Musical Theatre. Some recent credits include: West Side Story (Anita) at Hillbarn Theatre, The Wild Party (Kate), Urinetown (Penelope Pennywise), How to Succeed..., and Drowsy Chaperone at AMDA, In The Heights (Carla) and Evita at Broadway by the Bay, and Women Rule Broadway at Let Live Theatre. She will next be seen joining the cast of 110 in the Shade at 42nd Street Moon. She would like to thank her family for all of their support and dedicate her performance to her daughter Rorie.


ARTISTIC BIOS


DYAN MCBRIDE
(Director) is happily making her debut with BAM and is honored to direct Violet. Dyan has worked as an actress or director with notable companies such as 42nd St. Moon (Associate Artist), Lucky Penny (Associate Artist), Woodminster, The Mountain Play, Center Repertory Theatre, Diablo Theatre Company, Sacramento Theatre Company, Ray of Light, Marin Theatre Company, Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Napa Repertory, Broadway by the Bay, Utah Musical Theatre and Performance Riverside. Multimedia work includes film, voice-over, print and commercials for companies like Polycom, Remedy, Yahoo, Nintendo, Progressive Auto Insurance, Coremark, Comcast.  She is featured in the web series Lien on Me, the rock documentary, Springsteen and I. Ms. McBride is an adjunct professor of theatre arts at Las Positas College and is also Director of Education for 42nd St. Moon. Awards/Nominations: Theatre Bay Area, BATCC, Shellie, Elly, Arty, Dean Goodman, Broadway World and Irene Ryan/Kennedy Center. BA -Cal. State Fullerton (Musical Theatre). MFA -UC Davis (Acting). Member-SAG/AFTRA and AEA. Represented by Boom Models and Talent. She likes to read, garden and rock out.  www.dyanmcbride.com

MATTHEW MCCOY (Choreographer/Scenic Designer) is proud to call San Francisco home.  Mr. McCoy 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, Paris, London, and Shanghai. Professional Credits Include: Cinderella (Director & Choreographer), The Music Man (Director & Choreographer), Dracula (Director), Little Shop of Horrors (Director), Into the Woods(Choreographer), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Director & Choreographer), Bye Bye Birdie (Choreographer), Shrek the Musical (Director & Choreographer), Addams Family the Musical (Director & Choreographer), Mary Poppins (Co-Director & Co-Choreographer), Fiddler on the Roof (Choreographer), How To..Trying (Director), Hair (Choreographer), La Cage aux Folles (Director & Choreographer), Seussical (Choreographer), Wedding Singer (Director) and now Hunchback.  He has recieved TBA Award nominations for his choreography on Nunsense and Peter Pan and was most recently awarded BEST CHOREOGRAPHY from SFBATCC for his work on 42nd STREET. Matthew is the Founder & Artistic Director of Bay Area Musicals.

JON GALLO (Musical Director) is a music director and pianist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he studied piano performance under Dr. W. Terrance Spiller. Jon was last seen as MD of MAMMA MIA! for Mountain Play's 105th season on top of Mount Tamalpais. He worked as music director for Bay Area Musicals for the past 3 years, and for the Performing Arts Academy of Marin for the past 6 years. In addition to a busy rehearsal and performance schedule, he serves as choir director for Trinity Music Ministry in Oakland and is a music teacher at Mount Tam School. Some of his favorite music director credits include, but are not limited to The Wedding Singer, Into The Woods, 42nd Street,  Assassins, Legally Blonde, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, La Cage aux Folles, and Hair. Jon is a founding member & resident music director of Bay Area Musicals.

GENEVIEVE PABON (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be returning to Bay Area Musicals after spending the holiday season with Bay Area Children's Theater stage managing The Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas Show, including the World Premier of Dream Snow. Last season Geneviėve worked with Bay Area Musicals on it's production of The Wedding Singer and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Drama from San Francisco State University. Favorite past shows include Basil Twist's Symphony Fantastic, Daisy in the Dream Time, and The Supers. When not in the booth calling cues or on deck, Geneviėve can be found house managing A.C.T.'s Geary and Strand theaters.  Later this year Genevieve will be Stage Managing The Fit for San Francisco Playhouse.  Special thanks to Elaine Miller for her unending love and support.

FRANK CARDINALE (Assnt. Stage Manager)  is excited to return to the BAM Fam for his second show with them.  He has been stage managing in Marin and San Francisco for the past 9 years.  He can be found as a fixture running the back stage of the Mountain Play every Spring.  He wants to thank his lovely wife Sumi for letting him play with this fabulous team of designers and actors on such a lovely play.

ISSAC TRAISTER (Assnt. Stage Manager) is excited to join the team at Bay Area Musicals. Previously he has Stage Managed The Normal Heart, Transitions, and DareBnB at Theatre Rhinoceros, and has also Stage Managed several shows at City College of San Francisco and worked backstage at New Conservatory Center, Z Space and BRAVA. Currently he is a student at SF State, and plays his own bad music on the piano.

BROOKE JENNINGS (Costume Designer) is ecstatic to return to BAM with this fantastic production OF Hunchback! A graduate of UC Santa Cruz's Theater Arts Masters Program, Brooke is an award winning Costume Designer currently working in the Bay Area and New York. Her credits include San Francisco Playhouse (Barbecue, Colossal, The Nether, Stage Kiss), Berkeley Playhouse (Peter Pan The Musical), We Players (Romeo and Juliet, HeroMonster, Ondine), Magic Theater (asst. designer: A Lie of the Mind, Bad Jews), FaultLine Theater ( Every 28 Hours, Maggie’s Riff, Dead Dog’s Bone), Virago Theatre (The Singularity (New York Premier, 2015)), Custom Made Theater Company (Mother Night, Belleville, Chess The Musical, Six Degrees of Separation, Sam and Dede (SF and NY Premieres), The Crucible), City Lights Theater (Rocky Horror Show), and Santa Cruz Shakespeare (asst. designer, Frog and Toad). Brooke is the 2015 Recipient for Best Costume Design by Theatre Bay Area for her work on We Players’ “Ondine at Sutro," directed by Ava Roy and Carly Cioffi.

ERIC JOHNSON (Lighting Designer) has worn nearly every hat in theater that is possible.  He has worked on multiple national and international tours. Some of his work includes: Tarzan, title of show, Thrill Me, Trailer Park the Musical, Dog Fight, West Side Story, Cinderella, Hamlet, The Music Man, Million Dollar Quartet, Wedding Singer, and Hunchback.

ANTON HEDMAN (Sound Engineer/Designer) born and raised in the Bay Area, he is the owner of Hedman Sound and General Manager of Sound Productions.  Anton has worked in several venues including SF Playhouse (2014-2017), Victoria Theatre (Ray of Light), Pier 39, Eureka Theatre, BRAVA Theatre, Showgun Players (Assassins, Woyzeck), CFRT (Fayetteville, NC), and LaMaMA (NYC). He would like to thank his family and friends for their support and the cast and crew of this show for their hard work and talent!  For more information please visit hedmansound.com

CLAY DAVID (Properties, Scenic Artist) With a penchant for detail and flights of whimsy, Clay David supports theatre with acts of stagecraft for theatre companies including Bay Area Musicals, Berkeley Playhouse, 42nd Street Moon. Landmark Theatre, and Marin Shakespeare Company.  Clay has instructed and mentored theatre designers serving as professor of theater at Loyola Marymount University, The University of Connecticut, Diablo Valley College and Contra Costa College, was the recipient of the BRAVO Award for Outstanding Innovation and Excellence in the Arts, AMCO Kennedy Center National Winner, and the National Golden Apple Professor of the Year Award.  Clay David’s professional career in theatre arts, from London, Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, national tours to educational and community theatre, has been recognized with Theatre Bay Area TITAN Award for Excellence in Theatre, five 2016 San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critic’s Awards for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Set Designer, Best Costume Designer and Best Production, the Dean Goodman Choice Award-Best Director, Lee Hartgrave FAME Best Play Award, and The International Victor Borge Legacy Award.

TAYLOR GONZALEZ (Sound Board Operator) is excited to be returning to BAM for his second show with the company. Taylor works full time as a sound designer and live audio engineer here in the Bay Area. Such work has been with Berkeley Playhouse, Berkeley Rep,Shotgun Players, SF Shakespeare Festival, and the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Taylor is a collective member with the San Francisco Mime Troupe as well as the lead sound designer/engineer for the company. 

STEWART LYLE (Technical Director, Scenic Builder) Work as technical director includes resident positions with Berkeley Playhouse (3 seasons), Contra Costa Civic Theatre (5 seasons) Altarena Playhouse (8 seasons) Custom Made Theatre Company (2 seasons), and Woodminster Amphitheatre (3 seasons). Over the last five years, he’s designed, technically directed, directed, and/or built nearly 100 shows, including, as director and designer: Wait Until Dark, ART, Man of La Mancha, Spelling Bee, Moonlight and Magnolias, The Fantasticks, RENT, Blood Brothers, Guys and Dolls and the multiple-award-nominated Altarena Playhouse production of The Light in the Piazza. Highlights from over 20 additional scenic designs include Three Tall Women (BATCC Award Nomination), The Little Mermaid, Ragtime, Over the River And Through the Woods, Seussical (for Bay Area Musicals), In The Heights, You Can’t Take It With You, Peter and the Starcatcher, Grey Gardens, The Addams Family, The Crucible, The Pain and the Itch, and Private Lives. As an actor, he’s appeared in over 100 productions throughout California, including roles with TheatreWorks, San Jose Stage, Pacific Repertory Theatre, Center Rep, Diablo Theatre Company, Palo Alto Players, The Mountain Play, and most recently in Altarena’s Almost Maine and Woodminster’s Les Miserables (Thenardier). Love always to Donna.

CAT KNIGHT (Production Manager)  is a Bay Area Stage Manager who grew up in 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, and “The Lion In Winter”, “House of Yes”, and “Middletown” (to name a few) with The Custom Made Theatre Company. This is her first show with Bay Area Musicals. She would like to thank her wonderful husband for his love, and her family for their endless support.