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NOEL ANTHONY (Father) returns to TheatreWorks
after appearing in the musical Sense and Sensibility (Colonel Brandon), Rags (Nathan), Sweeney Todd (Pirelli), The Secret Garden (Neville), Merrily We Roll Along, A Little Princess, and Jane Eyre (Mason). Noel is a veteran of over 75 full productions in a span of 25 years. He has worked for American Conservatory Theater, American Musical Theatre San Jose, Center REP, San Jose Stage Co., Marin Theatre Co., Broadway by the Bay, Sierra Repertory Theatre, and Woodminster Summer Musicals, just to name a few.


IRIS BEAUMIER (Sarah) recently made her Broadway debut as The Narrator Alternate in The Little Prince. She played Josephine Baker in The Dark Star from Harlem at La MaMa Theatre in New York City (AUDELCO for Best Lead Actress in a Musical). Regional credits include Godspell and Ragtime at Theatre Aspen, Marvelous Wonderettes at Repertory Theatre of St.Louis, and Dr. Rees Ziti’s Pageant at ArsNova’s ANTFest, originating the role of Restin. Her TV and film credits include Modern Love (Amazon), Blindspot (NBC), Alternatino (Comedy Central), and Mariannes Noires (Round Room Image), a documentary about Afro-French womanhood. Ms. Beaumier earned her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and is a New York City native. @iris.beaumier www.irisbeaumier.com


CHRISTINE DWYER (Mother) is stoked to be making her TheatreWorks debut in this amazing show! Broadway credits include Wicked (Elphaba), which she also performed at the 2014 Tony Awards as well as representing the United States at the Hannover Messe in Germany performing for President Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel. National Tours: Waitress (Jenna), Finding Neverland (Sylvia), Rent (Maureen). Other NY/Regional credits include Murder Ballad (Sara) Studio Theatre, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and Jesus Christ Superstar Live on NBC with John Legend, Sara Bareilles, and Alice Cooper. Christine and husband Matt DeAngelis are currently working with voice teacher Noel Smith as the acting coaches for her studio noelvoicestudio.com. Love to Family, CLA and HCKR, Matt and of course, dog Chowdah. BFA: Hartt School. IG: @cteendryer

LEO ASH EVENS (Tateh) has been seen at TheatreWorks in Joe Gilford’s Finks (Bobby Gerard) and Matthew Lopez’s Somewhere (Jamie McRea). He appeared on Broadway in School of Rock, Shuffle Along, and Jesus Christ Superstar, and the West End and 50th Anniversary Tour of West Side Story as Riff. Off-Broadway credits include PJ in Wanda’s World, Bobby in Finks, Jasper in Deadland, and Ionescopade: The Works of Eugene Ionesco. Tours  include Disney’s On the Record and 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor). Favorite regional credits include Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, Emcee in Cabaret, Bert in Mary Poppins, Mathew Lopez’s Somewhere at The Old Globe. Director of Musical Theatre College Auditions (MTCA). Voiceover Artist. BFA in Musical Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University. Follow him @leoashevens www.leoashevens.com


SYDNEY WALKER FREEMAN (Little Girl) is so grateful to be back at TheatreWorks in Ragtime! Her last show with TheatreWorks was Tuck Everlasting (Thomas Tuck). Some of her other credits include Wizard of Oz (Mayor of Munchkinland), Frozen Jr. (Middle Anna), The Addams Family (Ancestor), and Cinderella (Joy) with StarStruck Theatre. Her theatre training includes five years of acting, dancing, and musical theatre classes at StarStruck Theatre, masterclasses at Young Actors Theatre Camp, and weekly vocal lessons. Sydney would like to thank her parents, grandparents, and all of her teachers for supporting her as she juggles theatre, school, and family. She is in seventh grade at Cesar Chavez Middle School in Union City. In her free time, Sydney likes to play oboe, practice for her upcoming Bat Mitzvah, and play basketball.


NKRUMAH GATLING (Coalhouse Walker, Jr.) appeared on Broadway in Hair (Ensemble) and Miss Saigon (John u/s) and the National Tours of Hair (Ensemble) and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Jake u/s). Off-Broadway credits include 2nd Stage (Invisible Thread, Swing) and Encores (Cabin in the Sky, Ensemble). Regionally, he has appeared at Stages Rep (The Fantasticks, El Gallo), Arden Theater (Ragtime, Coalhouse Walker, Jr.), Signature Theater (Grand Hotel, Baron von Geigen), Kennedy Center (Chess, Ensemble), Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (Ragtime, Coalhouse Walker, Jr.), Kansas City Starlight (Miss Saigon, John), Theatre by the Sea (The Little Mermaid, Sebastian), Theatare Under the Stars (Miss Saigon, Dreamgirls, It’s a Wonderful Life, Ensemble). 2017 Marc Blitzstein Award / Lotte Lenya Competition. BFA in Musical Theatre Sam Houston State University. Much love and thanks to Mom, David, and my entire family! @nkrumah_g


SUZANNE GRODNER (Emma Goldman) has performed in over fifteen TheatreWorks mainstage productions and New Works readings, including Emma, The Great Pretender, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Fourth Wall, and Twentieth Century. Her Broadway and National Tour credits include Beautiful, Bye Bye Birdie, The Rose Tattoo, and Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway credits include Cakewalk, Sarah/Sarah, and Death Defying Acts. Her 50+ regional productions include Grand Horizons at Asolo Rep, Vanya & Sonia... at Cincinnati Playhouse, Becky Shaw at SF Playhouse, Jane Austen’s Emma at The Old Globe, Annie at Pioneer Theatre, Wintertime at A Contemporary Theatre, The Sisters Rosensweig at Syracuse Stage, and Cabaret at Argyle Theatre. Television credits include Ray Donovan, Ed, and six episodes on all three Law & Orders. Ms. Grodner dedicates this performance to Robert Kelley.


LESLIE IVY (Sarah’s Friend) appeared in Broadway by the Bay’s Sister Act (Deloris); Ray of Light Theatre’s Caroline, or Change (Washing Machine); and CCT’s Once on This Island (Asaka). Other credits include Cat on A Hot Tin Roof (San Jose Stage), Northanger Abbey (Pear Theatre), The Crucible (Los Altos Stage Co.), Judith in An American Daughter (Encore Players), and an understudy appearance in Barbecue (SF Playhouse). Favorite past performances include Sarah in Ragtime (Hillbarn Theatre; San Jose Children’s Musical Theater; Stage 1; Woodside Theater), and Celie in The Color Purple (Hillbarn), for which she won a Theatre Bay Area Award for Performance by a Lead Actress in a Musical. She is very excited to perform Ragtime with TheatreWorks.


RODNEY EARL JACKSON, JR. (Matthew Henson) is Artistic Director and Co-Founder of San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Co. (SFBATCO). He made his Broadway debut in The Book of Mormon, and has appeared in Broadway SF’s A  Christmas Carol, American Conservatory Theatre and Arena Stage’s co-production of Toni Stone, the first national tour of Motown: The Musical, A Christmas Carol at Old Vic Theatre, Ain’t Too Proud at Berkeley Rep, and SFBATCO’s I, Too, Sing America. A San Francisco native, Jackson built his love and foundation for art and theatre in public city organizations such as SFArtsEd, San Francisco Recreation and Park’s Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Co., and the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. FB: /rodneyjacksonjr, IG: @rodneyearljacksonjr


JACKSON JANSSEN (Little Boy) is excited to be working with TheatreWorks for the first time. He has performed locally with Children’s Musical Theater of San Jose in Les Miserables (Gavroche), Frozen (Olaf), Descendants, and Snoopy.


RUTH KEITH (Little Girl) is thrilled to return to TheatreWorks for Ragtime, after appearing in Fun Home (Small Alison) and TW’s 50th Anniversary Gala Show (Youth Soloist). Other regional productions include Mary Poppins (Jane Banks) at SF Playhouse and A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim, Turkish Fig) at American Conservatory Theater. Ruth has trained with the A.C.T. Young  Conservatory, the Geary Dance Center, and other gifted Bay Area teachers. She attends Ruth Asawa San Francisco  School of the Arts.


SEAN OKUNIEWICZ (Younger Brother) has performed with TheatreWorks in The Santaland Diaries (Crumpet u/s), Oskar school tours (Oskar), and several Young Playwrights Projects. His regional credits include The Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff), Mamma Mia! (Eddie), Adios Mama Carlota! (Van Der Smissen), and Hand To God (Timothy) for San Jose Stage Co. as well as Mamma Mia! (Sky) and Altar Boyz (Matthew) for Center REP. and numerous appearances with Broadway By The Bay, CMT Marquee, Berkeley Playhouse, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, City Lights Theater Co., Cabrillo Stage, and Hillbarn Theatre. Sean also writes and records original music, his debut E.P., I Can’t Stop Loving You, is available on Apple Music, Spotify, and all major streaming platforms.

JOSHUA PARECKI (Little Boy) is thrilled to make his debut with TheatreWorks in Ragtime. He recently appeared in West Valley Light Opera’s production of The Addams Family (Pugsley). He also performed with Palo Alto Players in their production of A Christmas Story, The Musical (Ralphie). He has also made numerous appearances in a variety of productions with his school and with educational theatre companies. Joshua has training in tap, jazz, ballet, singing, and acting. He would like to thank his friends and family for all of their love and support.

KEITH PINTO (Harry Houdini) is thrilled to be back at TheatreWorks after appearing in Fly By Night (Joey Storms). You may have also seen him at last years’ Gala Event hamming it up on stage as Captain Hook. He received Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for his role in Me and My Girl (Bill) with 42nd Street Moon and his choreography of Colossal at SF Playhouse, as well as TBA Awards for his choreography of Altar Boyz at Center REP and his role in Cabaret (Emcee) at Hillbarn Theatre. Other favorites include 1776 (Roger Sherman) with American Conservatory Theater, Company (Bobby) with SF Playhouse, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Hedwig) with San Jose Stage Co. 


MICHAEL GENE SULLIVAN (Booker T. Washington) has performed previously at TheatreWorks in Simple Gifts, Tuck Everlasting, Around the World in 80 Days, Cyrano, Peter and the Starcatcher, Hound of the Baskervilles, 33 Variations, Twentieth Century, Twelfth Night, Violet, Once on This Island, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Other theatre credits include American Conservatory Theater, SF Playhouse, California Shakespeare Theater, Denver Center Theatre Co., Marin Theatre Co., Aurora Theatre Co., Magic Theatre, Lorraine Hansberry Theater, African American Shakespeare Co., and the SF Shakespeare Festival. Mr. Sullivan is also a member of the Tony Award-winning (and never, ever silent) San Francisco Mime Troupe, is author of the internationally produced stage adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 and the critically-acclaimed The Great Khan, and is a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow. Michaelgenesullivan.com


COLIN THOMSON (Grandfather) last appeared at TheatreWorks as Lord Middleton in Sense and Sensibility. He also appeared alongside his wife of 16 years, Karen Thomson Hall, in readings of Miller & Tysen’s Revival at the 2019 New Works Festival. Full productions at TheatreWorks include Tuck Everlasting, The Light in the Piazza, The  Learned Ladies of Park Avenue, and All My Sons. He played Fezziwig, then went on as Jacob Marley and Father in the San Francisco production of the recent multiple Tony Award-winning adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Other career favorites include Dirty Blonde with Portland Center Stage, Company with Marin Theatre Co., Once with 42nd Street Moon, and All Shook Up and Sisters Matsumoto with CenterREP. TV and film work includes NBC’s Zoey’s  Extraordinary Playlist and Trauma, 13 Reasons Why for Netflix, and Blue Jasmine.


MELISSA WOLFKLAIN (Evelyn Nesbit) recently appeared as Fanny Dashwood in TheatreWorks’ production of Sense and Sensibility. Also at TheatreWorks, she originated the role of Mary Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and played Aileen in Tinyard Hill, for which she was nominated for a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award. She has appeared in the National Tours of 42nd Street and White Christmas, both choreographed by Randy Skinner. Ms. WolfKlain has performed with SF Playhouse (Starting Here, Starting Now), 42nd Street Moon (A Gentleman’s Guide..., Dames at Sea), Hillbarn Theatre (Cabaret, Funny Girl), 3D Theatricals (Shrek), Mountain Play (Peter Pan), and others. Follow her on lnstagram! @melissawolfklain  melissawolfklain.com


MARIE FINCH (U/S Mother & Evelyn Nesbit) is overjoyed to join her first production at TheatreWorks. Performing highlights include David Copperfield (Agnes) at Jewel Theater, Figaro 90210! Off-Broadway, A Christmas Carol with Gramecy Opera, Smoke on the Mountain at La  Comedia, She Loves Me (Amalia) and On the Town (Claire) at South Bay Musical Theater. She was a soloist with Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York Lyric Opera Co., and Nevada Opera. She holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from New York University. She is a yoga instructor at Stanford University and holds a private music studio in the Bay area, where she lives with her husband Ryan and one year old daughter. She is immensely grateful for her wonderful family!


E.L. DOCTOROW (Novelist) is the author of a dozen novels, including Welcome to Hard Times, Big as Life, The Book of Daniel, Ragtime, Loon Lake, World’s Fair, Billy Bathgate, The Waterworks, City of God, The March, Homer and Langley, and Andrew’s Brain, six of which have been adapted as films. Accolades include three National Book Critics Circle Awards, two PEN/Falkner Awards, a National Book Award, a William Dean Howells Medal, an Edith Wharton Citation of Merit for Fiction, a National Humanities Medal, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Achievement in American Literature, a Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. He also taught at several universities, including Yale, Princeton, and NYU.


TERRENCE McNALLY (Book) was a prolific American writer whose career spanned six decades. He wrote librettos for the musicals Here’s Where I Belong; The Rink; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Ragtime; The Full Monty; The Visit; A Man of No Importance; Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life; Catch Me If You Can; and Anastasia. His plays include Bad Habits, The Ritz, The Lisbon Traviata, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Master Class,  Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams, Some Men, Mothers and Sons, and many others. He also wrote for opera, film, and television. McNally was inducted into the Academy of Arts and Letters in 2018, the Theater Hall of Fame in 1996, and received a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre in 2019.


STEPHEN FLAHERTY (Music) is an American composer for the stage and screen. With collaborator Lynn Ahrens, his work includes the musicals Lucky Stiff; Once on This Island; My Favorite Year; Ragtime; Seussical; A Man of No Importance; Dessa Rose; Love Repeating; Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life; The Glorious Ones; Rocky the Musical; Little Dancer; and the stage adaptation Anastasia. His work in film includes the animated feature Anastasia, the film adaptation of Lucky Stiff, Buster and Chauncey’s Silent Night, Bartok the Magnificent, and the documentary After the Storm. He is the recipient of Olivier, Drama Desk, Tony, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, has been nominated for multiple Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and Grammys, and was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2015.


LYNN AHRENS (Lyrics) writes lyrics for the American stage, television, and film. With collaborator Stephen Flaherty, her work includes the musicals Once on This Island; My Favorite Year; Ragtime; Seussical; A Man of No Importance; Dessa Rose; Love Repeating; Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life; The Glorious Ones; Rocky the Musical; Little Dancer; and both the stage and film versions of  Anastasia and Lucky Stiff. Other films include Camp, Buster and Chaucey’s Silent Night, and the documentary After the
Storm. Selected television credits include lyrics for the 2004 TV movie A Christmas Carol and the children’s series Schoolhouse Rock and Captain Kangaroo. She has received Emmy, Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and is a 2015 inductee of the Theatre Hall of  Fame.


ROBERT KELLEY (Director) is a Bay Area native and  Stanford University graduate. He founded TheatreWorks in 1970, retiring in June 2020 after directing over 175 TheatreWorks productions, including many world and regional premieres. He has received the Silicon Valley Arts Council’s Legacy Laureate Award; the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Paine Knickerbocker Award and Jerry Friedman Award for Lifetime Achievement; the Theatre Bay Area Legacy Award; BATCC Awards for Outstanding  Direction for Pride and Prejudice (2020); 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; and a TBA Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical for Daddy Long Legs. Proud to be TheatreWorks’ Artistic Director Emeritus, he recently directed the company’s musical Sense and Sensibility.


WILSON CHIN (Scenic Design) designed  TheatreWorks productions of The Bridges of Madison County, tokyo fish story, and The Lake Effect. Designs of world premiere works include Pass Over (Broadway/ Steppenwolf/Lincoln Center, Lortel Award nomination), Next Fall (Broadway), Pulitzer Prize winner Cost of Living (Manhattan Theatre Club), Space Dogs (MCC, Lortel Award nomination), The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons), Teenage Dick (Public Theatre), Aubergine (Berkeley Rep), Anne of Green Gables (Goodspeed Musicals), My Mañana Comes (Playwrights Realm), and The Great Leap (Denver Center/Seattle Rep). Opera designs include Lucia di Lammermoor (Lyric Opera of Chicago) and Eine Florentinische Tragodie/Gianni Schicchi (Canadian Opera, Dora Award winner). Film/TV design includes Pass Over (directed by Spike Lee), Game Theory with Bomani Jones (HBO) and Blindspot (NBC). @wilsonchindesign


PAMILA Z. GRAY (Lighting Design) designed  TheatreWorks productions of Tuck Everlasting, Bridges of Madison County, Confederates, Cyrano, Once on This Island, Sense and Sensibility, The Light in the Piazza, Tinyard Hill, Baby Taj, My Ántonia, Kept, and A Civil War Christmas, among others. Her work on Bingo! The Musical was seen in Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, and the Bay Area’s Center REP. Her designs have also been seen in Los Angeles, Portland, Sacramento, Houston, Dallas, and Washington, DC. She has won 7 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards including her TheatreWorks designs for Grey Gardens, Floyd Collins, Cabaret, and Almost September, which also garnered a Bay Area Drama-Logue Award. She has won four Dean Goodman Awards, including both Ragtime and The Cripple of Inishmaan at TW. Ms. Gray is a graduate of Northwestern University.


MAYA HERBSMAN (Intimacy Coordinator/ Production EDI Consultant) is a Middle Eastern Ohlone Land based intimacy director, director, arts administrator, and educator. Maya has been the first intimacy professional at theaters across Northern California including Berkeley Rep, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, San Francisco Playhouse, Shotgun Players, Golden Thread Productions, Z Space, Cutting Ball Theater, Crowded Fire Theater, and more. Her work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, J Magazine, and HowlRound. She is currently on faculty at Berkeley Rep, American Conservatory Theater, The Urban School of San Francisco, and is a recurring guest lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford  University. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University in Theater, with the Rachel Henderson Memorial Prize in Directing.

KIMBERLY MOHNE HILL (Dialect Coach) has served as Dialect Coach for over 25 years at TheatreWorks, working on such shows as Sense and Sensibility, Pride and  Prejudice, Around the World in 80 Days, Rags, Constellations, Triangle, Sweeney Todd, Water by the Spoonful, 33 Variations, The Pitmen Painters, Snow Falling on Cedars, The North Pool, Doubt, Theophilus North, Arcadia, Jane Eyre, Baby Taj, and Anna in the Tropics. A Professor of Acting and Voice & Speech at Santa Clara University, she continues to direct and coach throughout the Bay Area. Most recently, she directed The Wolves for the SCU Department of Theatre & Dance. She has published three books with Smith & Kraus: Great Scenes in Dialect for Young Actors and Monologues in Dialect for Young Actors, Volumes I and II.


WILLIAM LIBERATORE (Musical Director) is TheatreWorks’ Resident Musical Director and has conducted 45 shows, including Sense and Sensibility, Tuck Everlasting, Fun Home, The Prince of Egypt, Rags, Sweeney Todd, Once on This Island (TBA Award), Little Women, Crowns, Ragtime, and Pacific Overtures. He was Musical Director at American Musical Theatre of San Jose, conducting over 30 shows including Flower Drum Song, Gypsy, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Follies, and Children of Eden. He has won Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for A Little Night Music, South Pacific, Damn Yankees (AMTSJ), and Bat Boy: The Musical; Into the Woods; Emma; Caroline, or Change; The Light in the Piazza, The Four Immigrants, and Bridges of Madison County (TheatreWorks). He is also the director of the award-winning Gunn High School Choirs.

JEFFREY LO (Casting Director) directed TheatreWorks’ productions of The Language Archive and The Santaland Diaries. A Filipino-American director and playwright, his additional directing credits include Vietgone and The Great Leap at Capital Stage, Hold These Truths at San Francisco Playhouse, and Between Riverside and Crazy at San Jose Stage Co. He is the recipient of the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artist Award, the Arts Council Silicon Valley Emerging Artist Laureate, and Theatre Bay Area Director’s TITAN Award. In addition to his work on stage, Mr. Lo does work nationally promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts. He is a graduate of the multicultural Arts  Leadership Institute and a proud alumnus of the UC Irvine Drama Department. JeffreyWritesAPlay.com

GERRY MCINTYRE (Associate Director and Choreography) won widespread acclaim for choreographing Godspell, the first equity-approved show during Covid at the Berkshire Theatre Group. He is Associate Artistic Director of the York Theatre, where he directed Hallelujah Baby and choreographed Anything Can Happen in the Theater and Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation. His numerous regional credits include TheatreWorks’ Once on This Island (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award) as well as five other productions of that show, the premiere of The Cher Show (Ogunquit Playhouse), and several productions of Ain’t Misbehavin, among others. As a performer, he was in the original company of Once On this Island, appeared in Anything Goes with Patti Lupone, and the film Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Donny Osmand. www.gerrymcintyre.net

TAYLOR MCQUESTEN (Stage Manager, she/her) works internationally as a stage and tour manager, electrician, and stuntwoman. Select credits include ten seasons at Tony Award-winning TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (resident stage manager), tour manager for Evan Rachel Wood and Zane Carney’s band EVAN+ZANE, SF Sketchfest (assistant technical director), California Shakespeare Theater  (production electrician), Legion A/V (head of lighting), Playfaire Productions (swordswoman), The Independent SF (lighting designer), Highlander Films (production assistant), American Conervatory Theater, Center REP, Cabrillo Stage, Hillbarn Theatre, and Magic Theatre. She also trains historic mêlée weapons at Davenriche European Martial Arts School under master swordsman, Sir Steaphen Fick. In June 2022, she will join Lizard Boy as production stage manager (last seen at TheatreWorks 2021 MVCPA) for its world tour to the United Kingdom, South Korea, and  Australia!

JEFF MOCKUS (Sound Design) has designed TheatreWorks productions of Sense and Sensibility, Lizard Boy, Mark Twain’s River of Song, Tuck Everlasting, Native Gardens, The Bridges of Madison County, The Four Immigrants, Rags, Crimes of the Heart, Daddy Long Legs, tokyo fish story, Jane Austen’s Emma, Sweeney Todd, Once on This Island, Silent Sky, Little Women, Being Earnest, Big River, Of Mice and Men, The Secret Garden, Fly By Night, [title of show], and Superior Donuts. Recent work includes A Christmas Carol for Center REP, The Children at Aurora Theatre Co, and Love Goddess, The Rita Hayworth Cabaret for Blue Panther Productions. Mr. Mockus served in residence at San Jose Rep on over 70 productions, including Old Wicked Songs (BATCC award), By The Bog Of Cats (BATCC award), and Mary’s Wedding (Dean Goodman Choice award).

B. MODERN (Costume Design) is ecstatic to return to Ragtime after a long hiatus, and to TheatreWorks where she has designed numerous productions including Fun Home, Around the World in 80 Days, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Big River, and The 39 Steps. She is an Associate Artist at Santa Cruz Shakespeare, where she has designed over 50 productions. Regional theatre credits include productions for Oregon Shakespeare Festival; The Old Globe, San Diego; Denver Center for the Performing Arts; Geva Theatre Center, NY; American Players Theatre, WI; Asolo Rep, FL; Indiana Rep; The Jewel Theatre, Santa Cruz; Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Opera San José. B. has received numerous awards for her costume design and has served as a guest lecturer at UCSC and SF State University, and guest designer at UC Berkeley.

JUDITH NIHEI (Artist Counselor) is a San Francisco Japantown native and has spent many years in theatre as a director, dramaturg, writer, and administrator. A founding member of Seattle’s Northwest Asian American Theatre, she returned to work with San Francisco’s Asian American Theatre Co. and joined the historic improv group, The Committee. A licensed psychotherapist in private practice, Judi consults for schools and community-based organizations, facilitating the incorporation of stress-reduction and cultural humility as an integral part of trauma-informed services. In 2021 her worlds converged, when she was one of four healers invited to support the Theatre Communications Group Rising Stars of Color.

JONATHAN RIDER (Fight Director) has been choreographing fights nationally and internationally for over 30 years, with 14 productions at TheatreWorks, including Gem of the Ocean, Archduke, Cyrano, Of Mice and Men, The Prince of Egypt, The Four Immigrants, Water by the Spoonful, and Superior Donuts. His 30 credits for American Conservatory Theater include Hamlet, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and The Orphan of Zhao, for which he received a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle award. He was the Resident Fight Director for the San Francisco Opera for 12 years. He has also directed fights for Gran Teatro Del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain (Tristan and Isolde); Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Italy (Faniciulla Del West); and Sante Fe Opera (including Maometto II, Wozzeck, Tosca). He holds a BA from Santa Clara University.

CHLOE ROSE SCHWEIZER (Assistant Stage Manager, she/ her) is in her third season at TheatreWorks, where her credits include Assistant Stage Manager for Gem of the Ocean and Lizard Boy, Production Assistant for The 39 Steps and They Promised Her The Moon, and Stage Management Intern for Frost/Nixon and Archduke. Other recent credits include A Christmas Carol presented by BroadwaySF (Assistant Stage Manager), Rock of Ages at Theatre Aspen (Assistant Stage Manager), and Cymbeline and Intimate Apparel at Utah Shakespeare Festival (Production Assistant). In addition, Ms. Schweizer works as an electrician throughout the SF Bay and Chicago at companies including Berkeley Rep, Smuin Ballet, Opera San José, Steppenwolf Theatre, Court Theatre, and others. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts, Summa Cum Laude from UC Santa Cruz.

LINDSAY SAIER (Wig/Hair Design) is a Bay Area artist, designer, and educator. She has designed wigs, hair, and makeup throughout the Bay, including TheatreWorks’ Sense and Sensibility and productions with Presidio Theatre, Festival Napa Valley, Berkeley Rep, Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory, and Center Rep. She is an active member of the SF Opera wig shop and spent four seasons as the Wig Master at American Conservatory Theatre, engaging in over 35 productions. She has spent time in all types of theatres in the U.S, including educational and regional theatres, tours, and on/off Broadway. Lindsay runs Bearded Slaier offering flamboyan facial and body hair, custom designed creations, and specialty education. Visit her on IG/TikTok @BeardedSlaier.

EMILY ANDERSON WOLF (Assistant Stage Manager) has been the Assistant Stage Manager for TheatreWorks’ Archduke, Frost/Nixon, Fun Home, Finks, The Prince of Egypt, Rags, Crimes of the Heart, Jane Austen’s Emma, Triangle, Fire on the Mountain, Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweeney Todd, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Little Women, and Other Desert Cities. She was also the Assistant Stage Manager for threesixty Entertainment’s First National Tour of Peter Pan; Journey to the West at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and with American Musical Theatre of San Jose. Ms. Wolf also works as a stagehand throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and is a proud member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. She holds a BA in Theatre, Cum Laude from Mount Holyoke College.


TIM BOND (Artistic Director) joined TheatreWorks as Artistic Director in July 2020. He is a nationally known director and educator with past leadership roles as Producing Artistic Director at Syracuse Stage, Associate Artistic Director at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Artistic Director at Seattle Group Theatre, and tenured full Professor and Head of the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington School of Drama. Over the last 37 years Tim has directed at many theatres including the Market Theatre, Baxter Theatre Centre, Guthrie Theater, Seattle Rep, Milwaukee Rep, The Wilma Theater, Arena Stage, GEVA Theatre Center, Cleveland Play House, Indiana Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, PCPA, Arizona Theatre Co., Portland Center Stage, Dallas Theater Center, A Contemporary Theatre, Empty Space Theatre, Paul Robeson Theatre, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. He is the recipient two Backstage West Garland Awards, two Syracuse Area Live Theatre (SALT) Awards, and a Dallas-Fort Worth Critics Forum Award.


PHIL SANTORA (Executive Director) joined TheatreWorks in 2007. He has served as Managing Director of Northlight Theatre (Chicago) and Georgia Shakespeare Festival (Atlanta), as well as Development Director for Great Lakes Theatre Festival (Cleveland) and George Street Playhouse (New Brunswick). He holds an MFA in Theatre Administration from the Yale School of Drama and a BA in Drama from Duke University. He has served as Vice President of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Board. Prior board service includes the League of Chicago Theatres, Atlanta Coalition of Theatres, and the executive committee of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT). He was named 2000’s Best Arts Administrator by Atlanta Magazine and received the Atlanta Arts and Business Council’s 1998 ABBY Award for Arts Administrator.