Carrie Production Team
Jason Hoover (Artistic Director/Director) is Ray of Light’s current artistic director. ROLT credits include Rocky Horror, Jerry Springer the Opera, Assassins (BATCC Award, Best Director), The Full Monty, Sweeney Todd, and Into the Woods. Each experience with ROLT has been better than the last, due mainly to the fantastic support and wonderful talent the company brings in. Acting credits include Insignificant Others, Toy Story the Musical and Tales of the City. As always, Jason would like to thank his parents for their support and the Nolans for their couch.
Ben Prince (Music Director) As a lifelong fan of Stephen King novels as well as the 80’s pop stylings of Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore, Ben is very excited to be doing Carrie. This is Ben’s eighth show with Ray of Light Theatre, having previously music-directed The Last Five Years, Songs for a New World, Bat Boy, The Rocky Horror Show, The Who’s Tommy (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), Jerry Springer the Opera (BATCC nomination), and The Full Monty. Ben has also worked with Berkeley Playhouse, the University of San Francisco College Players, and New Musical Theater of San Francisco, to name just a few. You can find him tickling the ivories at Martuni’s Piano Bar twice a week, when he’s not doing musicals or sailing the high seas as a cruise ship piano bar entertainer. Twitter: @benprincepiano; Website: www.benprincemusic.com.
Amanda Folena (Choreographer) has a BA in Theatre from the University of Southern California and an MFA in Acting from Purdue University. Special honors include the USC Dance Award for Best Choreography and the National Irene Ryan Award for Acting at the Kennedy Center ACTF National Competition in Washington, D.C. Amanda has worked with several Bay Area theatre companies, such as San Jose Repertory Company, Opera San Jose, Center REP, Diablo Theatre Company, California Theatre Center and SRT in Santa Rosa. Directing and choreography credits include The Producers, Kiss Me Kate, The Full Monty, Dead Man Walking, Annie and Gypsy. Amanda is currently the artistic director at Broadway by the Bay.
Kelly James Tighe (Set Design) Off Broadway: The Fantasticks, The Great Divorce, Almost Heaven, HEAT WAVE: the Jack Cole Project (World Premiere, Dir Chet Walker), Blanche Survives Katrina In A FEMA Trailer Named Desire, The Time of Mendel’s Trouble. Vegas: Triumph at the Las Vegas Hilton. National tours: Cats, Movin’ Out, Shear Madness, Almost Heaven, Mooseltoe. Regional: San Jose Rep, Laguna Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, Sacramento Theater Company, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Ohio’s Carousel Dinner Theater, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Diablo Theater Co. Kelly served as resident Scenic designer for Michigan’s Cherry County Playhouse, and Center Rep in the San Francisco Bay Area. Television: Animal Planet, Verizon, Kit Kat, Disney, and the Oxygen network. Awards and recognitions: Northern California’s “Shellie”, Drama-Logue, and the S.F. Bay Area’s Critic’s Circle.
Joe D’Emilio (Lighting Designer) currently works as a Design Manager for the event company Got Light? and as a freelance lighting designer in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has recently designed for Lamplighters Music Theatre, Musical Theatre Works, Do It Live Productions, Contra Costa Civic Theatre and was part of the production team with Ray of Light for both Tommy and Baby a few years ago. He is very excited to be part of CARRIE, and would like to thank his family, friends and loving girlfriend for all their continued support.
Anton Hedman (Sound Design) has provided custom sound design, Theater Sound reinforcement and Engineering, DJ services, and live/studio recording for theaters, clubs, corporate and private events since 1991. Recent theater productions include: Ray of Light Theater’s West Coast Premiere of Jerry Springer the Opera, Assassins, and Sweeney Todd; Musical Theatre Works’ Footloose and NDNU’s RENT. Corporate events; Rhythm & Moves annual Conference, Boris Goldmund Productions, Inc, See Jane Run ½ marathon (Alameda, CA/Seattle, WA/Boise, ID), Aruba Networks and Genentech, Pacifica Beach Coalition’s Earth Day celebration. www.soundproductions.biz, AntonHedman@comcast.net.
Erik Scanlon (Projection Designer) is an award winning film director, with experience on and off the stage in numerous productions around the Bay Area. Video design for theater includes: Avenue Q, [title of show], Children of Eden, Grease, Singin’ in the Rain, Reel Blondes, Little Shop of Horrors, Hair, Damn Yankees, Forever Plaid, White Christmas, Sunset Blvd and A Christmas Carol. This year, Erik was in Germany as the Associate Projection Designer for Rock of Ages, working alongside the Broadway design team aboard the Breakaway, a Norwegian Cruise Line. He also designed video projections for Tony Award-winning Director/Choreographer Chet Walker for his show Heat Wave: The Jack Cole Project in Queens, New York. Erik holds a BFA in Film Directing from the Art Center College of Design.
Amanda Lee Angott (Costume Designer) is “a woman of many hats”; Production Assist at Kitty Andrews Millinery NYC; Costume Designer Fashion; Textile & Swimwear designer, milliner & styling extraordinaire!; Costume designer for theater & film in the Bay Area & Los Angeles. Bay area theaters include ROLT, Walnut Creek Opera, The Conservatory of Music, Shotgun Players Theatre, Boxcar Theater, The Aurora Theatre Company & A.C.T.’s MFA Program & A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory, Thunderbird Theatre Co. & Custom Made Theatre. She holds a BFA in Textile Design and is currently a seamstress at Freight Baggage Co.
Kevin Pong (Prop Master) returns to Ray of Light after designing for last season’s Sweeney Todd. Other design credits include Call Me Madam and Lady Be Good! at 42nd Street Moon, Jericho and Use Both Hands at Sleepwalkers Theatre, Sondheim’s Company at BareStage, as well as design partnerships for events with the Mill Valley Film Festival and Pixar Studios. Beyond the stage, Kevin works at Ken Fulk Design, and is an enthusiastic supporter of the SFMoMA.
Daniel Cadigan (Technical Director) has been involved in theater around the Bay Area for the past 10 years. Past projects include The Wedding Singer, 42nd Street, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with San Mateo High School; Beauty and the Beast, Miss Saigon, and Ragtime with Broadway by the Bay; and The Color Purple, RENT, and The Crucible with the Department of Theater & Performance Studies at Stanford University. He is honored to be working with Ray of Light for the fourth time since his first show, Assassins, in 2011.
Alex Rodriguez (Assistant Choreographer) is pleased to be on the other side of the footlights after being electrocuted every night as Zangara in ROLT’s hit production of Assassins. Highlights: Miss Saigon (National Tour), Rent (Angel), Evita (Che), Bat Boy (Bat Boy), A Chorus Line (Paul), 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), The Pirates of Penzance (Frederick) and CATS (Mistoffelees). Films: Love, Concord (Get it at Walmart!). Upcoming: Nicely in Guys and Dolls (Broadway by the Bay) and two-person RANT at Martuni’s in December! For Bams, Tu, and his PIC.
Andrew Daniels (Stage Manager) is proud to be working with Ray of Light Theatre. He has worked with various theatre companies around the bay including Diablo Theatre Company where he worked as a Production Manager, Stage Manager and Fly Crew Chief on such shows as Legally Blonde, The Wizard of Oz, White Christmas, On the Town, and many more. As well as working as the Managing Director for a small children’s theatre he has also had the pleasure of working with Contra Costa Civic Theatre on the fantastic British comedy No Sex Please, We’re British! He looks forward to this show and more to come.
Ray of Light Staff
Lee Haskin (Volunteer Coordinator) first joined ROLT as a performer in the West Coast premiere of Jerry Springer the Opera in 2010 and then supported the team as an associate producer for Assassins (2011) and The Full Monty (2012). She wishes she had time to perform again (additional stage credits include The Merchant of Venice, Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon, RENT), but finds that being behind the scenes at ROLT is just as fulfilling. She is always plotting her next tropical getaway.
Eliza Leoni (Associate Artistic Director) Eliza first joined the company as an actor in 2009’s Tommy and never left, appearing in Baby, Jerry Springer the Opera, and Assassins; assistant-directing The Full Monty and Sweeney Todd; and directing 2013′s hit Into the Woods. She has directed ROLT’s Cabaret Spotlight Series since its inception in 2012, selecting performers and working with them to develop original shows. For the series, Eliza wrote and performed parody shows The Tantrum of the Opera and The Sound of Twosic with Alyssa Stone and Let Saigons Be Bygones and RANT: Take It Or Leave It with Alex Rodriguez. Other Bay Area credits include 42nd Street Moon, Impact Theatre and Lamplighters Music Theatre as well as cabarets at the Eureka Theatre, Café du Nord and Martuni’s. She holds a BA in Theatre from Willamette University.
Justin Sadoian (Press/Marketing Manager) first joined Ray of Light as a performer in 2003 and never left the family, though his days on stage are mostly behind him. When not giving his time to Ray of Light, he works in web advertising and enjoys backpacking, numismatics, safety meetings and music played at unreasonable volumes. He hates raisins.
Alexis Wong (Finance Manager) is a Ray of Light veteran of over five seasons. As both producer and performer, she is proud to have taken part in, The Rocky Horror Show, The Who’s Tommy, Baby (BATCC Winner-Ensemble), Jerry Springer the Opera and 2011′s critic and fan favorite, Assassins. A San Francisco Native, Alexis is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in architecture, works in online advertising by day and has studied vocal technique with Richard Nickol for over 8 years. Her additional stage credits include Contra Costa Civic Theater (Nine, Barnum), DMT (the King and I) as well as originating characters in The Clown Bible, Sweetie Tanya, The Chinese Angle and the Gilded. She is humbled to be following in the steps of ROLT Jedi Masters Jessica Douglas, Adrienne Levy, Micah Joel and her EPIC, Justin Sadoian.