Carlos Aguirre / Arrangements
Carlos Aguirre (actor, musician, vocal percussionist, educator) has been performing both as an actor and hip-hop artist in the Bay Area for over 19 years. He has shared the stage with The Roots, Eryka Badu, Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige, Jam Master Jay, L.L. Cool J, Macy Gray and George Clinton among others. He his currently producing his original rap and beatbox adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart as well as sharing his experience by teaching at various schools and at-risk environments throughout the Bay Area.
Stephanie Prentice* / Arrangements
Stephanie Prentice is excited to be making her TheatreFIRST debut, and returning once again to The Farm. She previously originated the role of Clover in The Farm for Shotgun Players in 2009. Past Bay Area productions include The Christians, Company, Our Lady of 121st Street (San Francisco Playhouse), Baker Street, The Boy Friend, (42nd Street Moon), Value Over Replacement, Best of PlayGround 20, Best of PlayGround 19 (PlayGround), and Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare at Stinson.) She is a graduate of the Santa Clara University Theatre and Dance program, and was a member of the SCU voice faculty from 2005 – 2017. Stephanie is a Bay Area native, a PlayGround company member, serves on the Creative Development Board for TheatreFIRST, and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity. Love to Aiden and Devan.
Liz Tenuto / Choreography
Liz Tenuto is an American choreographer who specializes in dance for theater and film. Her choreography has been seen on national TV commercials (Pepsi, SalesForce, NARAL), in music videos (Lucius, Magana) as well as in productions at The American Conservatory Theater, West Edge Opera, The Cutting Ball Theater, Shotgun Players, and The Aurora Theater. Liz was a resident choreographer for sketch comedy group, Killing My Lobster, and has also been presented in The Comedy In Dance Festival (New York).
Liz’s work has won and been nominated for awards including “Best Choreography” by Theater Bay Area and “Best Laugh” by The Stuart Excellence Award in Bay Area Theater. She is the first recipient of FACT/SF’s choreographic commission and was an Artist-In-Residence at CounterPulse. Next, she’ll be choreographing “Shakespeare In Love” at Marin Theater Company. More information: www.danceandahalf.com
Michael Torres / Director
Michael Torres is a founding member of Campo Santo where he has acted for eighteen years, originating roles for the country’s greatest writers including Richard Montoya, Christopher Chen, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Dave Eggers, Jessica Hagedorn, Denis Johnson, Jose Rivera, Greg Sarris, and Octavio Solis. Michael received Back Stage West and San Francisco Bay Guardian’s Outstanding Performance awards, and eleven Best Ensemble awards in his twenty seven year old career. Michael has played at Shotgun Theater, The San Francisco Playhouse, Word for Word, Thick Description, Encore, Berkeley Repertory, B St Theater, Teatro Campesino, California Shakespeare Festival, The Eureka, The Magic, Teatro De La Esperanza, and in France, Spain, and Germany and throughout the United States via a couple of tour gigs. Michael directed Donald Lacy’s hit show Colorstruck
, whose national tour included the Congressional Black Caucus and National Black Theater Festival. He is on the board of directors for The Shotgun Players and the up and coming Ubuntu Theatre Project. Recently, Michael recreated the role of Crow for the movie The Other Barrio
co-written and starring Richard Montoya (in post production). Presently, you can see him as Po in the film About Cherry
written and directed by Stephen Elliot and starring James Franco. Michael was also the deputy coroner on the T.V series Trauma
. Torres is Chair and Director of Laney College’s Theater Department where he founded The Fusion Theatre Project. He holds a BA from SF State University and MFA from UC San Diego.
Jon Tracy / Playwright
Jon works internationally as a director, playwright, designer, educator and facilitator. He is the recipient of the Kennedy Center Meritorious Achievement Award, fifteen North Bay Arty Awards, a Sacramento Elly Award, two Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, a Theatre Bay Area Award, Solano College Theatre Alumni Award and is a grant recipient from Theatre Bay Area, Shotgun Players’ Bridging the Gap and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the Artistic Facilitator for TheatreFirst, Co-Artistic Director of Groundswell: The International Theatre Intensive a proud member of SDC, the union for stage directors and choreographers. www.jontracyplays.com
Elena Wright / Director
Elena Wright is a bay area actor, teacher, and director.
She has taught and/or directed for All Terrain Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare, University of Washington, Napa Valley College, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theatre, Laney College, Oakland Technical High School and Redwood High School among others.
Some of the companies she has performed with are California Shakespeare Theatre, Shotgun Players, Sonoma County Rep, B Street Theatre, Marin Shakespeare, Capital Stage, Symmetry Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare, Foothill Theatre, and Commonwealth Shakespeare. She is a company member of Playground, BA Northeastern University, MFA University of Washington.
Kristoffer Barrera / Sound
Kristoffer Barrera set foot on his theatrical journey at Laney College in Oakland as a generation one Fusion Theater member. He has collaborated on and off stage with many East Bay and SF theater companies and is honored to throw down as TheatreFIRST’s production manager and resident sound designer for another exciting season. He says this cast and crew is cooking up the goodness! For. That. Day.
Miyuki Bierlein / Costume
Miyuki Bierlein has been designing in the Bay Area since 2008. Past collaborations include productions with Crowded Fire Theater, SF Playhouse, Impact Theatre, Golden Thread Productions, and most recently, Shotgun Players’ Blasted. She is honored and excited to be a resident designer for T1’s current season.
Liz Johnson / Rehearsal Stage Manager
Elizabeth Johnson is a stage manager and actor native to the Bay Area. She is excited to work on her first show with TheatreFIRST on their production of The Farm by Jon Tracy. She recently worked as a assistant stage manager on Berkeley Playhouse’s production of Tarzan, and is slated to work at Berkeley Playhouse again as assistant stage manager for Annie this holiday season, and as head stage manager for James and the Giant Peach in the Spring of 2018. Recently receiving her degree in Drama from San Francisco State University, she is eager to immerse herself in all that the Bay Area theatre community has to offer.
Stephanie Anne Johnson / Light
I am a second-generation theater practitioner who has been a lighting designer working locally, nationally, and internationally for over forty years. Locally, I have worked with Cultural Odyssey, Afro Solo, Ubuntu Theatre, and many other groups. My mixed media art work was exhibited in two one-person shows in San Francisco. I have written and performed a one-person show entitled Every Twenty-One Days: Cancer, Yoga, and Me.
In the realm of education, I am a professor and founding faculty member of the Visual and Public Art Department at Cal State University, Monterey Bay. I serve on TheatreFirst’s Board of Directors and The Farm is my third production here. Recently I was nominated for a Theatre Bay Area (TBA) award for the lighting design for HeLa which was produced at TheatreFirst.
My work can be seen online at www.lightessencedesign.com
Ting Na Wang / Props
Ting Na is a Taiwanese-native scenic designer, painter and props designer who has worked in the Bay Area since 2013. She is delighted to work on her debut show at Theatre First! Her recent credits on props design include The Bitter Earth
, Sordid Lives
, Leaving the Blues
and Casa Valentina
with New Conservator
y Theatre, Hunchback of Notre Dame
with Hillbarn Theatre, The Crucible
with Los Altos Stage,The Little Mermaid
with Palo Alto Players, Midsummer of Love
with We Players, and Vignettes on Love
Randy Wong-Westbrooke / Scenic
Randy Wong-Westbrooke is a local scenic designer born and raised in the Bay Area. Driven by their own identity as a multiple minority person and desire to bring unheard voices from around the world to various audiences, they seek opportunities to work with diverse creative teams to tell relevant, impactful, and intersectional stories. Local credits include: Madame Ho (Eugenie Chan Theater Projects), The Crucible (Los Altos Stage Company), MacBitch (The Breadbox), Ghost Limb (Brava), brownsville song (b-side for tray) (Shotgun Players), Beneath the Tall Tree (TheatreFIRST), Apocalypse, Please (PianoFight), dark is a different beast (6NewPlays), Taming of the Shrew (ACT M.F.A. Program), Stories High XVI (Bindlestiff Studio), Avant GardARAMA! (Cutting Ball). They are proud to be a resident designer at TheatreFIRST. They have also been a scenic art assistant in Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s F.A.I.R. Program and a mentee in the USITT Gateway Program. Education: Ithaca College, B.F.A. rwwestbrooke.com