STAFF

Brendan Simon (he/him/his) – Incoming Artistic Director

Brendan Simon is an award-winning creative and performing artist. He is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) who has dedicated over 25 years to his artistic crafts, and performed on local, regional and national stages. Brendan directed and choreographed Dreamgirls at Berkeley Playhouse, which was nominated for 4 Theatre Bay Area awards including Best Director. He returned to direct Memphis in February 2020 to critical acclaim. Since 2001, Brendan has worked for Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre (KPET) in many roles. As a director, Brendan is the recipient of Kaiser Permanente’s 2017 Community Health Innovator Award for devising the company’s Resilience Squad programming with a brilliant team of Teaching Artists. The program transformed schools throughout Northern California with mindfulness, stress management, and healthy communication curriculum. In 2018, Brendan became KPET’s Learning and Development Lead for Northern California. In this role, he co-created RISE UP, a national initiative for educators to foster resilience in school environments despite the adverse childhood experiences and traumas affecting students. In April 2020, he began working to transform Educational Theatre’s middle school programming to address racism and include messages of equity and social justice.

Brendan is a member of the inaugural class of Lincoln Center Education’s Teaching Artist Training Program and teaches best practices in arts-based education nationally.  Brendan is half of Michael & Simon, a Belle Award-winning musical theatre collaborative team, which wrote, directed, and produced a dramatic reading of Torch, a full-length musical that premiered at the Ashby Stage with support from Shotgun Players. The musical received a Broadway World nomination for Best Special Event. Michael & Simon also wrote Undiscovered, an album of songs that feature musical theatre artists including Broadway star Taylor Iman Jones. Brendan believes the future of theatre exists at the intersection of joyful activism and the visibility of underrepresented communities. Art has no more important task than amplifying our painful truths, that we may begin to heal ourselves, our communities, our nation, and our world. #blacklivesmatter

Kristoffer Barrera (he/him/his) – Event Manager

Christina Chan (she/her/hers) – Finance Manager

Rob Dario (he/him/his) – Graphics/Webmaster

Ben Euphrat (he/him/his) – Video Production Manager

Stephanie Anne Johnson (she/her/hers) – Ombudsperson

Erin Merritt (she/her/hers) – Grants Writer

Cheri Miller (she/her/hers) – House Manager

Stephanie Prentice (she/her/hers) – Casting Director

Cathleen Riddley (she/her/hers) – ASL Facilitator/Coordinator

Troy Rockett (he/him/his) – Box Office and Patron Services

Kimiya Shokri (she/her/hers) – Education Director

Jon Tracy (he/him/his) – Company Facilitator

Tierra Allen (she/her/hers) – The Weavers

Nicole Gervacio (she/her/hers) – The Weavers

Cat Petru (she/her/hers) – The Weavers

COLLECTIVE

Awele (she/her/hers)

Tierra Allen (she/her/hers)

Emily Austin (she/her/hers)

Michael Barrett Austin (he/him/his)

Nina Ball (she/her/hers)

Kristoffer Barrera (he/him/his)

Dameion Brown (he/him/his)

Laura Espino (she/her/hers)

Lisa Evans (they/them/theirs)

Brit Frazier (she/her/hers)

Justin Howard (he/him/his)

Philippa Kelly (she/her/hers)

Danielle Levin (she/her/hers)

Vanessa Rochelle Lewis (she/her/hers)

Leo Lockhart (they/them/theirs)

Leontyne Mbele-Mbong (she/her/hers)

Cheri Miller (she/her/hers)

Aejay Mitchell (they/them/theirs)

Michelle Navarette (she/her/hers)

Rebecca Pingree (she/her/hers)

Cathleen Riddley (she/her/hers)

Alejandra Rivas (she/her/hers)

Rob Seitelman (he/him/his)

Kimiya Shokri (she/her/hers)

Jeunee Simon (she/her/hers)

Cleavon Smith (he/him/his)

Michael Torres (he/him/his)

Randy Wong – Westbrooke (they/them/theirs)