Nikki Anderson – Joy / Costume
Nikki Anderson-Joy is a costume designer originally from the Pacific Northwest and lives now in the Bay Area. This is her second time working with TheatreFIRST. She recently designed Cinderella
for the African American Theatre Company (AASC) and AASC last season production Jitney
. She was a Theatre Bay Area Finalist for Costume Design for Jitney.
She graduated from the Academy of Art University in 2014 and since has assisted on plays around the Bay, including Bereaved
at Crowded Fire and Waiting for Gadot
at the Marin Theatre Company. She is returning in May as a costume assistant at the San Francisco Opera. Her next project is the New Conservatory Theatre Center for their production of The Mystery of Love and Sex.
Alex Dillon / Stage Manager
Alex Bailey Dillon is a newly local stage manager thrilled to be working with both Shotgun and TheatreFIRST for the first time! After a year in Chicago apprenticing at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company (The Minutes, The Burn, Guards at the Taj), Alex moved to the Bay Area in January. Stage management credits include A White Girl’s Guide to International Terrorism, graveyard shift, Zenith (SF Playhouse), She Persisted: The Musical, Shrek Jr., and Legally Blonde Jr. (Bay Area Children’s Theatre). Many thanks to this wonderful cast and crew!
Laura Espino / Dramaturge
Laura has performed in various Bay Area theaters such as the The Magic Theatre; Custom Made Theatre; Contra Costa Civic Theatre; City Lights Theatre Co.; New Conservatory Theatre Center, Novato Theatre Co.; Actor’s Ensemble of Berkeley. And the Mesa Arts Center in Arizona. Favorite past credits include:Nogales; The Clean House; In Love & Warcraft; A Streetcar Named Desire; andSpring Awakening. Laura was previously the Casting Associate at Marin Theatre Co. and is now a teaching artist with the SF Opera Guild. She is a TBA Award nominee and a SF Bay Area Critics Circle recipient. A San Francisco native living in the city with her partner in crime: 6 yr. old daughter, Eva.
Katja Rivera / Director
Katja Rivera, a proud Los Angeles native, studied theatre at LA City College Theatre Academy and the Drama Studio London at Berkeley. After getting her Equity card she took a ten year mommy hiatus from acting, returning with Shotgun’s production of Silence and the Storyteller. Other Shotgun productions include Three Sisters (Anfisa), We Won’t Pay (Antonia), and King Lear (the Fool). She’s also acted with the Magic Theatre, Theatre Rhinoceros, Center Rep, and Geoffrey Chaucer & Co. Her directing debut was with Shotgun Players (The Winged Man). She directed Animal and Kiss in Shotgun’s Champagne Staged Reading Series. Other directing credits include Eastenders Rep, Subterranean Shakespeare, Boxcar Theatre, Quantum Dragon, Douglas Morrison, Custom Made, RPE in Danville, and SF Playground. She is proud to be a member of AEA, Shotgun Players, and SF Playground. The Invisible Project, which she cowrote with Evelyn Jean Pine, is in development with SF Playground.
Geetha Reddy / Playwright
Geetha Reddy is a playwright and filmmaker working in the Bay Area. Her plays Safe House
and On a Wonderverse
were selected for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Safe House premiered at SF Playhouse. She wrote HeLa
(TheatreFIRST) in collaboration with Lauren Gunderson and Blastosphere! (Central Works Theater) with Aaron Loeb. Me Given You
, Girl in a Box
, and On a Wonderverse
were part of the Playwright’s Foundation’s In the Rough
reading series. Her plays have also appeared in the San Francisco Fringe Festival, the Santa Rosa Quickies Festival, the Best of PlayGround Festival, the Just Theatre Lab series, and the Crowded Fire Matchbox series. Her short film Obit appeared at LA Shorts, NY Indie Fest, Bend Film Festival, the GI Film Festival, and many others. She is a five-time recipient of PlayGround’s Emerging Playwright Award and a June Anne Baker Prize winner. Geetha is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild and a former resident playwright at the Playwright’s Foundation, and she is currently under commission (through the Gerbode Foundation) on an adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities
for Shotgun Players and TheatreFIRST.
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.
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
Randy Wong-Westbrooke / Scenic, Props
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