Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer (Composer/Lyricist) has been telling stories for four decades in New York, Nashville, Austin, and on the road, as a composer, writer, and performer, including dozens of shows in the New York indie music and experimental theater scenes of the 1980s and 90s. During ten years with the neo-vaudeville duo Y’all, he made four CDs, two books, a feature film (Life in a Box), performed across the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and appeared on MTV and Comedy Central. With Tim Maner, he is now at work on a new musical adaptation of The Scarlet Letter. Steven is a MacDowell Fellow and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in American Studies. Steven lives with his husband in New York City and blogs at

Alan Stevens Hewitt (Composer/Orchestrator) cut his teeth as a member of alt-folk band The Low Road (Passenger/Caroline Records), touring with Los Lobos, Barenaked Ladies, and label-mates Ben Folds Five. He moved to NYC in the late ’90s to get his BM in composition at Mannes College of Music/The New School. As a performing musician, credits include Broadway’s Finding Neverland, Sting’s The Last ShipROCKYLysistrata Jones, Green Day’s American IdiotSpring Awakening (also 1st Natl. Tour), Off-Bway’s BrooklyniteCloser Than EverRENT, tours in the U.S. and abroad, numerous cabarets, concerts, readings and workshops, and recordings as player, composer, arranger, and producer. ASH also played on and served as recording producer of the LIZZIE studio album (Broadway Records). He is the recipient of three 2014 Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards (PAMTA) for his work on LIZZIE. His first score for theatre was for a production of Bertolt Brecht’s Baal that the NYTimes thought was awful. He lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and likes to ride his motorcycle and longboard.

Tim Maner (Lyricist/Bookwriter) co-founded the tiny mythic theatre company, a staple of the downtown NYC alt-theater scene of the early 90s, and later co-founded HERE, the award-winning arts center in SoHo. His producing/presenting history with these companies spanned hundreds of productions. As a writer/director, Tim has created over twenty original works. He is currently writing two new musicals: The Life & Hard Times of Hester Prynne (with long-time collaborators Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Liz Banks) and Life In A Box (also with Steven); directing a new comic operetta The Emperor and the Queen’s Parisian Weekend (with composer Kamala Sankaram and librettist Peter McCabe), and teaching at Playwrights Horizons Theater School. Tim has also sung in some bands, arranged and conducted a Cowgirl Chorus, and originated roles in a couple of Robert Wilson shows (one of which had him wearing Gianni Versace couture at La Scala in Milan, Italy). 

Eliza Leoni (Director/ROLT Associate Artistic Director) first joined ROLT as an actor in 2009’s Tommy and never left, appearing in BabyJerry Springer the Opera, and Assassins; assistant-directing The Full Monty, Sweeney Todd, and Yeast Nation; and directing 2013’s 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. A cabaret performer herself, Eliza has co-written and -starred in six two-person musical parodies as well as Sharon and Eliza as Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall at Martuni’s. Other performing and directing credits include 42nd Street Moon, Impact Theatre, Lamplighters Music Theatre, the San Francisco Symphony, Grace Cathedral, and Feinstein’s at the Nikko. Eliza holds a BA in Theatre from Willamette University and travels the world as a public speaking coach.

David Möschler (Music Director) is an award-winning freelance conductor and musical director based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Recent music direction credits include Lamplighters Music Theatre (H.M.S. Pinafore), American Conservatory Theater and Guthrie Theater (Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play), San Francisco Playhouse (Promises, Promises), Douglas Morrisson Theatre (Candide), West Edge Opera (Hydrogen Jukebox), San Jose Repertory Theatre (One Night with Janis Joplin), Shotgun Players (WoyzeckAssassinsThe Threepenny Opera), Broadway by the Bay (Evita), and Center REPertory Company (Spring Awakening), among many others. Möschler has won two Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical Direction of his previous two Ray of Light Theatre productions (Into The Woods and Assassins). He is Resident Musical Director for YMTC Berkeley, and serves on the faculty at Academy of Art University and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 2013 Möschler founded the Awesöme Orchestra Collective, which he conducts every month. More information can be found at

Nicole Helfer’s (Choreographer) choreography credits include Peter Pan for the Mountain Play, West Side Story and In the Heights for Broadway By the Bay (TBA Award winner), Dogfight for OMG! Productions, Tarzan for Contra Costa Musical Theatre (Shellie Award nominee), RENT for Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, Measure For Measure and A Chorus Line for San Francisco State University, 8 Track: The Sounds of the 70sSix Women With Brain Death, and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Shellie Award nominee) for Willows Theatre Company, and Click Clack Moo and Pinkalicious for Bay Area Children’s Theater. Up next: Kiss Me Kate for Broadway By the Bay. 

Maro Guevera (Assistant Director/Dramaturg) is excited to be working with Ray of Light for the first time and to explore a new role behind the scenes as an assistant director. Most recently, he appeared on stage as Benji in Crowded Fire’s production of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them. He has acted at Impact Theatre in The Fisherman’s Wife and Bread And Circuses. Other credits include Howie in Speech and Debate (Aurora Theatre), Wolf in Woman Come Down (No Nude Men) and playing one sixth of Ariel in The Tempest (Marin Shakespeare Co.). 

Joe D’Emilio (Lighting Designer) currently works as a design manager for the event company Got Light and tours as the Lighting Director for the Cirque Mechanics show Pedal Punk. He has designed for Lamplighters Music Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Contra Costa Civic Theatre, and several productions for Ray of Light. His most recent work was seen in ROLT’s Bay Area premieres of Triassic Parq (2014 TBA Award Winner), Yeast Nation and Heathers: The Musical. He is very excited to be back on the design team for LIZZIE and The Rocky Horror Show this fall.

Sailor Galaviz (Props Designer) is excited to be returning to Ray of Light as prop master for Lizzie after first joining the company as a spot-light operator forHeathers. Sailor’s previous experience includes stage-managing for Thrillpeddlers (Jack the RipperPearls Over ShanghaiThe Bloody Debutante, etc.), acting as Assistant Art Director for Peaches Christ Productions, stage-managing the monthly show Puppetland: Confidential, crewing Fresno’s Woodward Shakespeare Festival, and performing with the remaining members of the psychedelic drag troupe the Cockettes at San Francisco’s Hypnodrome, Geary Theatre, and DeYoung Museum, as well as select performances in New York City. Sailor is also active in San Francisco’s drag and queer performance art communities.

Theodore J.H. Hulsker (Sound Designer) a former baby model, has been designing sound in the Bay Area since 2010. Selected past work includes Shotgun Player’s productions of Woyzeck, Strangers, Babies and AntigonickThe Chairs at Cutting Ball Theater; Pansy, and American Dream at NCTC; Boxcar Theater’s SpeakEasy; San Francisco Playhouse’s productions of Company, Into the Woods, and Tree; Mugwumpin’s productions Great Big Also and Luster; and Center Rep’s production of Sleuth. He was the 2012 recipient of the Eric Landisman Fellowship for Emerging Designer. He is a also a company member of Mugwumpin, a San Francisco theater company specializing in new and devised work. Recently he has begun curating a monthly performance and potluck series at his home in north Oakland. More info:

Anton Hedman (Sound Engineer) 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 Theatre’s Heathers: The MusicalYeast NationTriassic ParqCARRIE the MusicalJerry 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 Half Marathon (Alameda, CA/Seattle, WA/Boise, ID), Aruba Networks and Genentech, and Pacifica Beach Coalition’s Earth Day celebration.

Angrette McCloskey (Set Designer) has worked between NYC and SF for the past 10 years. For Ray of Light, she designed this season’s Heathers: The Musical and last year’s Yeast Nation. Her credits include off-Broadway and regional productions, as well assistant credits on Broadway, at the Metropolitan Opera, and at the English National Opera. Notable design credits include Swimming to Spalding (2010), directed by Richard Schechner, as well as The Bacchae directed by Kevin Kulhke at the Warsaw International Theatre Festival. Angrette is a PhD candidate in Stanford’s Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, where she researches the intersections between architecture and labor in performance.

Melissa Wortman (Costume Designer): A San Francisco native, Melissa has designed costumes for numerous Bay Area theater and dance companies, including 30+ productions for Lamplighters Music Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Marin Ballet, Dance Through Time, Abydos Theater, Allegro Theater Company, and Kitka. Melissa is celebrating her 10th year as resident costume designer for The Bracebridge Dinner, held annually at the historic Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite. She is the recipient of numerous BATCC and Drama Logue awards and nominations. When not designing, she has constructed costumes for Lucasfilms’ Return of the Jedi, Frank Zappa, Oakland Ballet, Woodminster, Festival Opera, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, San Francisco Miniature Theatre and Beach Blanket Babylon. Melissa is delighted to make her ROLT debut in this amazing production of LIZZIE.

Sara Altier (Production Manager): Although she hasn’t appeared on stage since appearing in her high school’s production of The Boy Friend in 2002 (she’s grateful this was before the days of social media), Sara has been a lifelong enthusiast of the performing arts and is thrilled to be a part of the Ray of Light team. She spends her days on the Marketing team at Eventbrite, helping people get ‘offline’ and enjoy all of the live experiences around them (like…theatre!). Sara is the proud mother to Eleanor Roosevelt the pug.

Daniel Cadigan (Technical Director) has technical-directed every Ray of Light show since Assassins in 2011, and has been working in theater for the past 10 years. Past projects include The Wedding Singer42nd Street, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with San Mateo High School;Beauty and the BeastMiss Saigon, and Ragtime with Broadway by the Bay; and The Color PurpleRent, and The Crucible with the Department of Theater & Performance Studies at Stanford University.

Laraine Gurke (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be back at Ray of Light after stage managing last season’s Yeast Nation and The Who’s Tommy in 2009. Laraine is a freelance stage manager and technician and has worked at various companies throughout the Bay Area including We Players, Aurora Theatre Company, CenterREP, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Broadway By the Bay, Killing My Lobster, Tranimation Studios, Berkeley Playhouse, and Altarena Playhouse, among others. Recently, she was backstage at Beach Blanket Babylon for two and a half years and is currently the resident stage manager for Musical Theatre Works, a theatre company for young actors in San Francisco.