Michael Gene Sullivan / Director
Michael Gene Sullivan
is an award-winning actor, director, and playwright. As a playwright, Mr. Sullivan
‘s political dramas, musicals, and satires have been performed at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the International Festival of Verbal Art (Berlin), The Hong Kong Arts Festival, and in Greece, Spain, Columbia, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, and in theaters throughout the United States. In 1989 Mr. Sullivan
became a member of the Tony and OBIE award-winning (and despite its misleading name never, ever silent) San Francisco Mime Troupe, where he has written over 30 productions. In 2000 he became the Troupe’s Resident Playwright. 1984, his critically-acclaimed stage adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopic novel of the oppressive present/future, had its world premiere in 2006 at the Actors’ Gang, directed by Academy Award winning actor Tim Robbins. After several extended runs in Los Angeles, 1984 has gone on to several national and international productions.
Stephanie Anne Johnson / Light
I am a second-generation theater practitioner (my mother worked with The American Negro Theater in N.Y.) 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 designs have been seen in Holland, India, France, Italy, and Canada.
My mixed media art work was exhibited in two one-person shows in San Francisco. I have also 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 Creative Development. WAAFRIKA
is my sixth production with this group. Recently I was nominated for two awards in lighting design excellence: by Theatre Bay Area (TBA) for HeLa
which was produced at TheatreFirst, and by the Bay Area Critic Circles for Ubuntu Theater’s production of To The Bone
My work can be seen online at www.lightessencedesign.com
Randy Wong-Westbrooke / Production Manager
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