Staff and Board of Directors

Jason Hoover, Artistic Director:
Jason began working with Ray of Light in 2006 when he assistant-directed Seussical the Musical. Since then, he’s directed Assassins (13 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award nominations, including a win for best director), The Full Monty, and CARRIE the Musical; assistant-directed Jerry Springer the OperaSeussical; and acted in The Rocky Horror Show (Brad). He was named artistic director in 2012 and has since produced The Full Monty, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, CARRIE the Musical, Triassic Parq, Yeast Nation and the Cabaret Spotlight Series. Acting credits include Insignificant Others at Pier 39, Toy Story the Musical with Disney, and Tales of the City at American Conservatory Theater. He is a graduate of UC Riverside’s Department of Theatre.

Sara Altier, Marketing Manager: 
Although she hasn’t appeared on stage since appearing in Geneva High School’s The Boy Friend in the 2002 (she’s super grateful this was before the days of social media), Sara has been a lifelong enthusiast of the performing arts and was thrilled to be join the Ray of Light team in the summer of 2014. 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, Artistic Associate
Daniel 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 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.

Joe D’Emilio, Artistic Associate
Joe first joined the Ray of Light family as a crew member for their 2009 production of The Who’s Tommy, and was immediately in love with the company’s artistic vision and dedication to their craft. Since then he has designed lights is for Baby, Carrie the Musical, Trassic Parq (2014 TBA Award winner) and Yeast Nation. A graduate of San Francisco State’s theatre program, he has also designed for Aurora Theatre, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Contra Costa Civic Theatre and Lamplighters Music Theatre. When not in the theatre, he works as a Design Manager for the event production company Got Light and also tours as Lighting Director for the circus company Cirque Mechanics.

Lee Haskin, Volunteer Coordinator:
Lee 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.

Alex Kirschner, Production Manager:
Alex has been an active member of the Ray of Light family since appearing in the 2009 smash hit I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Since then he has produced The Who’s Tommy, assistant-directed Assassins and production-managed Sweeney ToddInto the Woods and CARRIE the musical. He made his directorial debut with Triassic Parq this summer. Alex has also performed with other Bay Area theatre companies including Altarena Playhouse, CCCT, foolsFURY, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Pear Ave. Theatre, and Playhouse West. When he’s not in a theater, Alex is a PR manager at Apple.

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 concerts and cabarets at the San Francisco Symphony, Eureka Theatre, Café du Nord and Martuni’s. She holds a BA in Theatre from Willamette University and works as a public speaking and presentation trainer and coach.

Courtney Merrell, Sponsorship Coordinator:
Courtney joined the Ray of Light Theatre family in 2013, playing Cinderella in Into the Woods, followed by Sue in ROLT’s West Coast premiere of CARRIE the Musical. A recent transfer from New York, Courtney has discovered that the West Coast really is the best coast, and she couldn’t be more delighted to be a part of the broader mission of Ray of Light.  During the day, Courtney works as an administrator for TPG Growth.  She also enjoys baking, making preserves, and gushing about her wonderful partner, Ryan–he’s the best!  Her future plans include attending clown school, living in Paris, and perfecting the paradiddle tap step if it kills her. Courtney is a graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music.

Ben Prince, Artistic Associate
Ben has music directed almost every season since 2006, including The Last Five Years, Songs for a New World, Bat Boy, The Rocky Horror ShowThe Who’s Tommy (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), Jerry Springer the Opera (BATCC nomination), The Full Monty, CARRIE the Musical and Yeast Nation. Ben has also worked with Berkeley Playhouse, the University of San Francisco College Players, 42nd Street Moon 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:

Erik Scanlon, Artistic Associate
Erik Scanlon became involved with Ray of Light as their photographer for the 2013 season and then as the projection designer for the same season’s CARRIE the Musical (BATCC award). The following year, he served as the assistant director for Triassic Parq. Erik has served as the associate/assistant projection designer for Holler If Ya Hear Me (Broadway), Rock of Ages (Norwegian Cruise Lines) and in Chicago for the revival of Brigadoon (Goodman Theatre). Projection design credits include shows for TheatreWorks, foolsFury, TheatreFirst, UC Berkeley, Bay Area Children’s Theatre and many more theatre companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds a BFA in Film Directing from the Art Center College of Design.

Christen Sottolano, Patron Services Manager:
Christen began admiring Ray of Light in 2011 as an audience member when she saw big brother Greg perform in Assassins. A recent transplant from Nashville, she could not be more thrilled to join the Ray of Light team. A long time lover of musical theatre since performing as Miss Hannigan at the ripe old age of 12 (it was Annie Jr., y’all), her other favorites include Seussical the Musical (Mayzie LaBird) at Pull-Tight Players, RolePlay (Paige Petite) at Vanderbilt University Theatre and the many hats worn performing and producing with The Original Cast at Vanderbilt University. She is a graduate of the Ingram Scholarship Program at Vanderbilt and now works at the Stanford Graduate School of Education.

Alexis Wong, Finance Manager:
Alexis 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.

Advisory Board
Shane Ray
Justin Sadoian
Greg Sottolano