Faces of Theatre Bay Area 40@40 Celebration Honorees
Elisa Marina Alvarado is artistic director and a founding member of Teatro Visión. As an actress, director and community organizer she has been active in the Chicano movement for over 30 years. Ms. Alvarado has taught theatre for Teatro Visión, San Jose State University, San Francisco State University and many community organizations. She developed Teatro Visión’s new works program, Codices, through which it has produced world premieres including Conjunto by Oliver Mayer and Boxcar by Silvia Gonzalez. Ms. Alvarado also established Teatro Visión’s educational program, the Instituto de Teatro, offering comprehensive training in culture and community-based theatre for Latina/o communities.
Beverly Butler has served on the Theatre Bay Area’s Board of Directors for six years, as both vice president and secretary, as well as serving on its Development Committee. She also spent two months working full-time at TBA last year as a loaned executive from Wells Fargo. Ms. Butler also serves on the Board and Executive Committee of PlayGround, a new plays incubator; as a playwright, she is a member of the Playwrights Center of San Francisco and the Dramatists Guild. Ms. Butler’s work in communications has spanned major corporations and international nonprofits where she developed and directed marketing, public relations and crisis communication strategies.
Michael Butler is in his 10th year as artistic director of Center REP, the resident professional theatre company at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts. Other Bay Area directing credits include Marin Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre Company, Shakespeare Santa Cruz and San Jose Repertory Theatre. His directing work also has been seen in New York, Los Angeles, at major regional theatres around the country and at the Juilliard School, of which he is a graduate. Mr. Butler is a songwriter, cowriter and composer of musical theatre pieces; he also has acted on and off Broadway as well as in film and television.
Emilya Cachapero is director of Theatre Communications Group’s Artistic and International Programs, overseeing TCG’s grant programs, international programs and selected special projects—including Beyond Orientalism, a national initiative to address the use of yellowface, brownface and whitewashing. She is a member of the Executive Board and Council of International Theatre Institute (ITI) Worldwide, and serves as lead producer for ITI’s New Project Group. Previously, Ms. Cachapero served as conservatory administrator for American Conservatory Theater and chair of the artistic committee for Asian American Theater Company; she also was instrumental in creating the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.
L. Peter Callender is an award-winning actor, artistic director of African-American Shakespeare Company, visiting professor of theatre arts at Stanford University and associate artist at California Shakespeare Theater. Mr. Callender is a native of Trinidad, West Indies, now making his home in Oakland. He has performed in Broadway and off-Broadway productions, in regional theatres across the country and in all major Bay Area theatrical houses. Memorable productions include My Children! My Africa!, Circle Mirror Transformation, The Convert and Swimmers at Marin Theatre Company; Permanent Collection and Breakfast with Mugabe at Aurora Theatre Company and Tartuffe and Insurrection: Holding History at American Conservatory Theater.
Joy Carlin is an award-winning actor and director and an honored teacher, whose talent and commitment have made her a legend in Bay Area arts. She has appeared on and off Broadway; with regional theatres; and in television and films, including Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. Throughout Ms. Carlin’s career, she has acted or directed at nearly every Bay Area theatre. In 1969, she joined American Conservatory Theater, where she directed, performed leading roles, taught in the Conservatory and served as associate artistic director from 1987-1982. Ms. Carlin will direct Dear Master in Aurora Theatre Company’s 25th anniversary season, in honor of Barbara Oliver who started the theatre with that play.
Kathleen Chalfant is a Bay Area native and has appeared on Broadway in Angels in America (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Racing Demon and Dance with Me. Her off-Broadway credits include Wit (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and Obie Awards) and Nine Armenians (Drama Desk nomination). Her film credits include Isn’t it Delicious?, R.I.P.D., The Bath, In Bed with Ulysses, Lillian and Duplicity. Recent television appearances include The Affair, The Americans and House of Cards. Ms. Chalfant has received an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, a Lortel Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, a Drama League Award and a Sidney Kingsley Award.
Brian Copeland is an actor, playwright, author, comedian and TV/radio talk show host. He is the writer and performer of four straight critically acclaimed solo shows, including Not a Genuine Black Man (the longest-running solo play in San Francisco theatrical history), The Waiting Period (TBA Award for Outstanding Solo Show, 2015), The Scion (KQED’s Best New Play 2014) and the instant Christmas classic, The Jewelry Box. The Brian Copeland Show can be heard weekdays from 2-4 p.m. on KGO810. Copeland’s Theater Row podcast is heard Wednesdays at 2:45 p.m. and spotlights the best in local theatre.
Ed Decker is the founding artistic director of New Conservatory Theatre Center, which opened in 1981. NCTC is a San Francisco cornerstone institution leading in the fields of arts education and LGBT and LGBT-allied theatre production. A graduate of the SFSU Theatre Department, Mr. Decker is honored to work with a wide array of artisans, administrators and activists—as well as his husband and writing partner, with whom he recently collaborated on the world premiere of Rights of Passage, a love story set amid the struggle for international human rights. He works to keep the “new” in the company's name emblematic of fresh, vital and transformative theatre.
Sean Dorsey is a choreographer, dancer, writer and the artistic director of both Sean Dorsey Dance and Fresh Meat Productions, the nation’s first organization to create, present and tour year-round transgender arts programs. Recognized as the nation’s first acclaimed transgender modern dance choreographer, Dorsey has been awarded four Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project, National Performance Network, Creative Work Fund, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and James Irvine Foundation. Dorsey’s new work, The Missing Generation, is currently touring to 20 US cities.
Larry Eilenberg’s career in the American theatre has included time served as artistic director, educational leader and pioneering dramaturg. With a PhD and MPhil from Yale University, he has been a professor of theatre arts at San Francisco State University for over 30 years, including four terms as department chair; he also has taught at Yale, Cornell, the University of Michigan and the University of Denver. Previously, Dr. Eilenberg served as artistic director of Magic Theatre (1992-2003), founding coartistic director of the San Francisco New Vaudeville Festival, dramaturg for the Denver Center Theatre Company, a commentator for NPR’s “Morning Edition” and board president of Theatre Bay Area.
Bill English, cofounder and artistic director of San Francisco Playhouse, has spent his life producing works of art. Mr. English has acted in films, television and professional theatre, and is a member of all the performing unions. His work has been recognized with numerous awards for acting, directing, sound and set design; he is also an accomplished singer, pianist and composer. Under Mr. English’s leadership, San Francisco Playhouse has earned multiple nominations and awards, making it the fastest-growing and most awarded theatre company in San Francisco.
Susie Falk caught the theatre bug at age 10, playing Nana in Peter Pan at the Julia Morgan Theater in Berkeley, and has never looked back. She has worked in Bay Area theatres for more than two decades, and currently serves as the managing director of California Shakespeare Theater. Prior to Cal Shakes, Ms. Falk worked at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and American Conservatory Theater and served for seven years on Theatre Bay Area’s Board (four as vice president). She is especially proud of cochairing the search committee that brought Brad Erickson to TBA. She lives in Berkeley with her husband, lighting designer York Kennedy, and their daughter, Pippa.
Brian Freeman is a playwright, director, dramaturg and performer. His work in Bay Area theatre began with San Francisco Mime Troupe in the late 1970s; in the early ‘90s, he cofounded the groundbreaking Pomo Afro Homos. Mr. Freeman’s play Civil Sex, about civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, was produced by Berkeley Repertory Theatre, New York's Public Theater, Thick Description in San Francisco and Woolly Mammoth Theater in Washington, D.C. He has directed and developed solo works with artists including Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Paul Flores and Robert Karimi as well as plays with the Mark Taper Forum, the Public Theater and the Theater Offensive in Boston.
Bay Area-born playwright Marcus Gardley has received many awards, including TBA’s 2015 Will Glickman Award for his play The House that will not Stand at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, soon to become a feature film. Named by the New Yorker as “the heir to Garcia Lorca, Pirandello and Tennessee Williams,” Mr. Gardley’s critically acclaimed works include The Gospel of Lovingkindness; Every Tongue Confess; On the Levee; And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi; Black Odyssey; The Road Weeps, the Well Runs Dry; Love Is a Dream House in Lorin and This World in a Woman’s Hands. He is a member of New Dramatists, the Dramatists Guild and the Lark Play Development Center.
Sara Huddleston joined Magic Theatre in 2007 as its director of production and resident sound designer; she has since worked on 45 productions, including the epic The Lily’s Revenge. Ms. Huddleston has designed sound for 31 Magic Theatre productions, including Dogeaters, Fred’s Diner, And I and Silence, Every Five Minutes, Hir, Se Llama Cristina, Any Given Day and The Brothers Size. Other Bay Area sound design credits include Gem of the Ocean (Marin Theatre Company); In on It and T.I.C. (Encore Theatre Company); The Shaker Chair (Encore/Shotgun Players); Macbeth (Shotgun); Three on a Party (Word for Word); A Round-Heeled Woman (Z Space) and I Call My Brothers (Crowded Fire).
Artistic director Robert Kelley is a Bay Area native and Stanford University graduate. He founded TheatreWorks Silicon Valley in 1970 and has directed 175 TheatreWorks productions, including many world and regional premieres. Mr. Kelley has received the Silicon Valley Arts Council’s Legacy Laureate Award and the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Paine Knickerbocker Award for lifetime achievement, as well as BATCC Awards for Outstanding Direction for his productions of The Hound of the Baskervilles, Into the Woods, Pacific Overtures, Rags, Sweeney Todd, Another Midsummer Night, Sunday in the Park with George, Jane Eyre, and Caroline, or Change. He recently directed Cyrano, Jane Austen’s Emma and The Country House.
Randall King is the artistic director and cofounder of San Jose Stage Company, where he’s cultivated a distinguished leadership role in advancing new work by local playwrights, producing 46 new works and 14 world premieres in 33 seasons. Under Mr. King’s artistic direction, The Stage continues to experience incredible growth and foster new creative partnerships, including with El Teatro Campesino and with Dublin, Ireland’s City Arts Office. He has elevated The Stage’s artistic excellence through his choice of programming and collaborations, garnering numerous awards; as a director, he draws high-quality performances from his actors. Mr. King also has an award-winning acting career in theatre, film and television.
Jim Kleinmann cofounded PlayGround in 1994 with playwright Brighde Mullins and director Denise Shama, and has served as artistic director since 1996. For 22 seasons, he has developed PlayGround’s unique array of new play incubator programs, including Monday Night PlayGround, the PlayGround Festival of New Works, the full-length play Commissioning Initiative, the New Play Production Fund and the PlayGround Film Festival. Mr. Kleinmann has directed over 100 short and full-length plays for PlayGround; this June, he’ll direct the world premiere of Ruben Grijalva’s Value Over Replacement as part of the 20th annual PlayGround Festival. He lives in Berkeley with his wife, Lara Gilman, and sons, Eli and Theo.
Nancy Livingston joined American Conservatory Theater’s Board in 2003 and is completing her sixth year as chair. She served as campaign committee chair of the Next Generation Campaign, the theatre’s $31 million endowment campaign; cochaired fundraising activities for A.C.T.’s premiere of Tales of the City, spearheaded the recent organization-wide strategic planning process and led fundraising activities for A.C.T.’s brand-new Strand theater. Ms. Livingston currently serves on the National Council of the American Theatre, the Council of Advocates for the Boston Arts Academy and the Advisory Board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. She lives with her husband, Fred Levin, in San Francisco.
Aaron Loeb is a Bay Area playwright whose work has been performed around the country. His full-length plays include The Proud, Alcestis (Doesn’t Live Here Anymore), Brown, First Person Shooter (world premiere, San Francisco Playhouse), Blastosphere (with Geetha Reddy), What Your Parents Don’t Want You to Know… (libretto for an opera by Kurt Erickson) and Abraham Lincoln’s Big, Gay Dance Party (world premiere, SF Playhouse; off-Broadway premiere, Theatre Row). A member of Dramatists Guild and PlayGround resident playwright, Mr. Loeb has received two Bay Area Theatre Critic Circle Awards for Best New Play, Outstanding Play from the New York International Fringe Festival and seven PlayGround Emerging Playwright Awards.
Carl Lumbly is currently starring as Ira Aldridge in San Francisco Playhouse’s production of Red Velvet. He received a San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award nomination for his performance in Between Riverside and Crazy at American Conservatory Theater; he also has starred in Let There Be Love at A.C.T., Fences at Marin Theatre Company and San Francisco Playhouse’s premieres of Tree and The Motherf**ker with the Hat. He also performed off Broadway in Regina Taylor’s stop. reset. He won a SBATCC Award for his role in Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train. Lumbly’s extensive resume includes ABC’s Alias as well as other television and film work.
Rami Margron has performed with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, City Circus, Crowded Fire Theater, Intersection for the Arts, the Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Mugwumpin, Pacific Repertory Theatre, the Pear Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Shotgun Players, Town Hall Theatre, Woman’s Will, Word for Word, and many dance companies. She has studied acting at the Bennett Theatre Lab in SF; clown and buffoon in Paris; and over 20 styles of dance and movement in the US, Haiti, Cuba, Brazil, and Indonesia. She is a company member at Crowded Fire and Rara Tou Limen Haitian dance company, and cohosts The Shout, a monthly storytelling event in Oakland.
Susan Medak has served as Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s managing director since 1990, leading its administration and operations. She also has served as president of the League of Resident Theatres and treasurer of Theatre Communications Group, as well as chairing panels for the Massachusetts Arts Council and serving on panels for Arts Midwest, the Joyce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Closer to home, Ms. Medak is the founding chair of the Berkeley Arts in Education Steering Committee for Berkeley Unified School District and the Berkeley Cultural Trust; she serves on the board of the Downtown Berkeley Association and on the faculty of Yale School of Drama.
John and Helen Meyer founded Meyer Sound in 1979 to make high quality, professional sound systems. It is now a global leader offering a full range of innovative audio solutions, supporting prestigious concert halls, sports stadiums and airports, as well as restaurants, corporate boardrooms and university classrooms around the world. All products are manufactured at the company’s Berkeley headquarters with premium materials and rigorous quality control. Meyer Sound breakthroughs have garnered more than 60 US and international patents and a string of top industry awards. A lifelong passion for culture and community drives John and Helen Meyer’s generous support of performing arts organizations locally and worldwide.
Queenelle Minet served as Theatre Bay Area’s first executive director. Forty years ago, she sent a letter outlining her vision for a Bay Area theatre service organization, along with an invitation to leaders of local theatres to attend an organizational meeting; it was from this gathering that TBA emerged. Under Ms. Minet’s leadership, TBA published a monthly newsletter and two editions of a theatre directory, created a talent bank, ran an information switchboard and achieved nonprofit status. She also is an actor, director and playwright, is currently writing a new play, and will be directing a production of Aaron Loeb’s Ideation for Marin Onstage in February 2017.
Mina Morita is the artistic director of Crowded Fire Theater, a critically acclaimed company specializing in adventurous new play production in San Francisco. Previously, she served as the artistic associate at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and was part of the originating team for its Ground Floor program, a center for the creation and development of new work. As a freelance director, Ms. Morita has worked with American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Shotgun Players, Aurora Theatre Company, Playwrights Foundation and Bay Area Children’s Theatre, receiving the TBA Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical for BACT’s production of Min Kahng’s Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.
Jon Moscone served for 15 years as the artistic director of the California Shakespeare Theater in Berkeley, California. Under his leadership, Cal Shakes pioneered education and community engagement programs that are widely regarded models for the role that leading arts institutions play in the civic life of their communities. He is the first recipient of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s Zelda Fichandler Award, for “transforming the American theatre through his unique and creative work.” Mr. Moscone also has served on several local, state and national panels, including the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and participated in National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program.
Amy Mueller is an award-winning theatre director and artistic director of Playwrights Foundation, a 30-year-old organization dedicated to supporting emerging American playwrights in the development of new plays. During her 15-year tenure, Playwrights Foundation has grown from an annual festival to a nationally recognized institution providing year-round support to a diverse range of artists; the Bay Area Playwrights Festival has become an important showcase of new work, with festival plays often going on to national and off-Broadway productions. She also has directed at theatres including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater and Arizona Theatre Company. She is the mother of two beautiful children.
Director Timothy Near was artistic director of San Jose Repertory Theatre for 22 years, where she produced over 120 plays, including 21 world premieres, and contributed significant artistic and technical guidance to the design and construction of its 560-seat, state-of-the-art theatre facility. Ms. Near also has directed plays at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, the Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, the Guthrie Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, the Public Theatre in NY, Seattle’s Intiman Theatre and Center Repertory Company in Walnut Creek, where she recently directed her own adaptation of Mirandolina! Mistress of the Inn, a comedy with original songs by Michael Butler.
Ayodele Nzinga, MFA, PhD, is an actor, poet, playwright, dramaturg and arts activist. As founding director of the Lower Bottom Playaz, Inc., Oakland’s premier North American theatre company, she has delivered 16 consecutive theatre seasons and is planning Oakland’s first Black Arts theatre festival as part of season 17. Nzinga has published on the importance of the arts being integrated into educational programming in marginalized communities. Nzinga and Lower Bottom Playaz made theatre history in 2016 as the first director and company anywhere to formally stage August Wilson’s American Century Cycle in chronological order of the decades in the series.
Nancy Quinn and Tom Driscoll are ardent patrons of the arts in the Bay Area. For more than 30 years, Ms. Quinn has served as a grantwriter and consultant for many arts organizations, including Theatre Bay Area, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Afro Solo, the San Francisco Film Society, Golden Thread Productions, Playwrights Foundation, Dimensions Dance Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, the Jewish Film Institute and more. Mr. Driscoll is an attorney whose practice focuses on health care. Previously, he was a partner at Foley & Lardner. He is widely known for his spectacular wine cellar, and is happiest when the Giants are having a good season.
Actor Stacy Ross lives and works in the Bay Area. She was last seen as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing at California Shakespeare Theater, where she also has performed Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Mrs. Erlynne in Lady Windermere’s Fan, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and Tamora in Titus Andronicus. Other recent roles include Annie in In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and, at the Magic Theatre, as A in Terminus and Jackie in Any Given Day. Ms. Ross is an associate artist at Cal Shakes, and a member of Symmetry Theatre, PlayGround, and Actors’ Equity.
Ted Russell is an organizational consultant with 25 years of experience with arts organizations and funders; from 2005-2016, he served as an arts senior program officer at the James Irvine Foundation. Previously, Mr. Russell served as director of marketing at Montalvo Arts Center, audience development manager for the SF Symphony, annual fund director at the La Jolla Playhouse, managing director of Malashock Dance Company, and director of UCLA’s Jazz at the Wadsworth series. He also has served as a board member for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Joe Goode Performance Group and the Independent Television Service, and is a former cochair of Northern California Grantmakers’ Arts Loan Fund.
Judith Smith, artistic director and founding member of AXIS Dance Company, has earned an international reputation in the field of physically integrated dance. Upon assuming artistic leadership of AXIS in 1997, she began commissioning works by some of the nation’s best choreographers for the company, and launched its Dance Access education program. Ms. Smith also teaches and lectures at community organizations, schools, universities and conferences. She was honored with an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Sustained Achievement in 2014 and the O2 Initiatives Sabbatical Award in 2015. Ms. Smith also is involved in thoroughbred racehorse rescue and carriage driving with a team of Percheron horses.
Melissa Smith has served as conservatory director and head of acting at American Conservatory Theater since 1995. She has overseen the expansion of its MFA program into a three-year program and further integrated the MFA program faculty and student body with A.C.T.’s artistic wing. Previously, Ms. Smith was the director of Princeton University’s program in theater and dance. She has taught acting and improvisation in colleges, high schools and studios, and is featured in Acting Teachers of America: A Vital Tradition. As an actor, she has performed at regional and off-Broadway theatres, including Soho Repertory Theatre, Primary Stages, the Hangar Theatre, A.C.T., California Shakespeare Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Jennifer Heyneman Sousae, MFT, is a psychotherapist committed to human resilience, an avid environmentalist and a lifelong music and theatre appreciator. Currently the executive director of RHE Charitable Foundation, she also serves the New Leader Scholarship as a mentor for scholars of color and on the Board of Trustees for the San Francisco Women’s Rehabilitation Foundation and for Playwrights Foundation. In 2008, Ms. Sousae and Richard H. Epstein cofounded RHE Charitable Foundation; in 2013, with Theatre Bay Area, she inaugurated the RHE Artistic Fellowship. Beneficiaries of RHE Foundation include individual playwrights and actors, Playwrights Foundation, TBA and numerous theatres in the Bay Area.
Michael Gene Sullivan is an award-winning actor, director and playwright. He has appeared at the Bay Area’s three Tony Award-winning theatres—American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the San Francisco Mime Troupe—as well as at TheatreWorks, Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Eureka Theatre, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, African-American Shakespeare Company and Central Works. Mr. Sullivan also has directed for the SF Mime Troupe, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, African-American Shakespeare Company and others. He is a resident playwright at Playwrights Foundation and the San Francisco Mime Troupe; his plays have been performed across the United States and internationally in 10 countries.
Luis Valdez is regarded as one of the most important and influential American playwrights living today. In 1965, he founded the renowned, Obie Award-winning theatre company, El Teatro Campesino (The Farm Workers’ Theatre). He has authored numerous plays, articles and books; his play Zoot Suit was the first Chicano play on Broadway. Among Mr. Valdez’s honors are the prestigious George Peabody Award, the Presidential Medal of the Arts and induction into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center. The world premiere of his latest play, Valley of the Heart, opened to rave reviews and sold-out audiences at San Jose Stage Company in 2016.
Stephanie Weisman has been the artistic/executive director of The Marsh since its inception in 1989. Under her leadership, The Marsh has lived up to its moniker as a breeding ground for new performance, presenting over 600 performances each year, offering year-round solo performance development, providing a youth program where no child is turned away because of financial need and garnering acclaim as its artists’ performances have moved on to venues across the country and abroad. The Marsh has received three TBA Will Glickman Awards, several Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, the National Harmony Award for Musical Theater and American Theatre Critics Association Osborn Award.
Born in Iran and of Armenian heritage, Torange Yeghiazarian is the founding artistic director of Golden Thread Productions, the first American theatre company devoted to the Middle East. Her plays include Isfahan Blues, 444 Days, The Fifth String, Abaga, Waves, and Call Me Mehdi (published by TCG, 2009). Ms. Yeghiazarian also has directed the premieres of Scenic Routes by Yussef El Guindi, A Girl’s War by Joyce Van Dyke, Nine Armenians by Leslie Ayvasian, The Myth of Creation by Sadegh Hedayat and Tamam by Betty Shamieh, among others. Her articles on contemporary theatre in Iran have been published in The Drama Review, American Theatre, Theatre Bay Area and on HowlRound.
Faces of Theatre Bay Area and TBA Legacy Awardees, Pre-2016
Theatre Bay Area would like to acknowledge all of our past “Faces” and TBA Legacy Award recipients:
Beach Blanket Babylon
Ellen Sebastian Chang
Crowded Fire Theater
Lesley and Robert Currier
Charles Dean (Charles Dean Award Recipient)
Golden Thread Productions
Philip Kan Gotanda
Cameron Fabrick Gross
Margo Hall (Charles Dean Award Recipient)
Imaginists Theatre Collective
Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
Oakland School of the Arts
Karen Altree Piemme
Sean San José/Campo Santo
F. Allen Sawyer
Reggie D. White