Shane Ray, Co-Artistic Director • firstname.lastname@example.org • Shane’s involvement in theatre has spanned 30+ years, and has encompassed performing, directing, teaching, designing, and producing at theatres in New York and San Francisco. Directing credits include over fifty shows. Some favorites include Jesus Christ Superstar (all-female cast), Tommy and Into the Woods; all at ROLT. Favorite on-stage credits include Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson), Grease (Doody), Joseph… (Simeon/Pharaoh). He has a degree in education with a concentration in theatre. By day, Shane is a partner/real estate broker at Domicile Properties in San Francisco. He is most proud of his biggest productions, his sons Hayden and Spencer. Shane founded Ray of Light Theatre in 2001.
Alex Rodriguez, Co-Artistic Director • email@example.com • Alex made his professional theatre debut touring the country for several years in the National Tour of Miss Saigon. In 2007, he moved to San Francisco and began working with Ray of Light Theatre in their production of The Secret Garden In Concert. Since then, he’s performed in six of their productions (Songs For a New World, The Who’s Tommy, Assassins, Triassic Parq (2014; TBA Award, Featured Actor), and The Rocky Horror Show). In 2015, he made his choreography debut with their production of Heathers: The Musical (TBA Award, Best Choreography). He has gone on to choreograph five ROLT productions (The Wild Party (2016; TBA Award, Best Choreography), Silence: The Musical, Reefer Madness, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch). In 2019, he made his directorial debut reimagining ROLT’s annual hit, The Rocky Horror Show. In 2020 he was named co-Artistic Director alongside original company founder, Shane Ray. He has performed and choreographed for many Bay Area companies including Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, Broadway by the Bay | Evita (2014; TBA Award, Leading Actor), Berkeley Playhouse, and Bay Area Musicals | The Hunchback of Notre Dame (2018; BATCC Award, Leading Actor). He is a graduate of Arizona State University and works in Talent Development for Adobe.
Angel Adedokun, Casting Manager • firstname.lastname@example.org • In 2016, Angel drove Burbank to San Francisco in hopes of finding a place that produced daring and eclectic theatre and quickly found it at Ray of Light. During her first ROLT Show (Silence! The Musical, Ardelia Mapp) she fell in love with the community and couldn’t leave! Angel is passionate about working with Ray of Light to promote inclusion and diversity within the Bay Area art scene. Stage credits include ROLT’s Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter), Oasis SF’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer Live! (Sweet, Mr. Wesley; TBA Award) , and Shotgun Player’s Iron Shoes (The Princess). Additionally: NCTC’S Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), BACT’s world premiere of She Persisted (Ruby Bridges), and Peaches Christ’s Femlins (Ms. Donte) . Since joining ROLT, Angel has choreographed Hedwig and the Angry Inch (with Alex Rodriguez) and Caroline, or Change, and served as dance captain for Jesus Christ Superstar. In addition to working with ROLT, Angel is a bilingual recording artist, dancer, children’s art educator, and performs with multicultural Bay Area band, Ja Ronn & FLOW.
Sara Altier, Managing Director • email@example.com • Sara joined Ray of Light’s staff as Marketing Manager in 2014 after admiring the company’s work since she moved to the city in 2012. Recent credits include Jesus Christ Superstar, The Rocky Horror Show (’17, ’18, ’19), Reefer Madness (Assistant Director), Debbie Does Dallas with Oasis (Assistant Producer). Her days are spent as the Director of Employee Communications at Fastly.
Amy Alvino, Press Manager • firstname.lastname@example.org • Amy happily joined the ROLT staff after an incredible experience performing in the 2018 production of #SHESUS. Other Bay Area credits include: Fiorello and Titanic (42nd Street Moon) and Passion (Custom Made Theatre). Prior to relocating to SF, Amy performed regionally in DC, NC and NYC. She also taught after school theatre to elementary students in Westchester County, NY and served as a producer for the St. Bart’s Players in NYC. Amy studied theatre and communications at Elon University and continued her education at the T. Schreiber Acting Conservatory.
Jenn Bevard, Grant Associate • email@example.com • Jenn received her MFA in Directing from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago where she directed and choreographed The Conduct of Life, Waiting for Lefty, Ghosts, The Lover, The Pillowman, and Copi’s The Four Twins and developed new work with Chicago’s Lucky Plush dance company and The Pavement Group. As a recipient of an Orchard Project artist’s residency she devised, co-directed and choreographed Counterfeiters with Dog & Pony Theatre Co. Upon returning to the Bay Area she assisted on the Rocky Horror Show and West Edge Opera’s production of Lulu, directed The End of the Rainbow at OMG! Productions and the world premiere of Laura Schwendinger’s opera Artemisia with Left Coast Ensemble. Jenn has also directed The Wild Party, Reefer Madness, and Caroline, or Change at ROLT.
Jessica Coker Mohr, General Manager • firstname.lastname@example.org • Jessica has been involved with ROLT for over 15 years and has performed in over 10 productions over the years including some favorites such as Bat Boy, Lizzie, Jerry Springer the Opera and Carrie. Jessica began her career as an Assistant Company Manager for Dodger Theatricals in NYC working on the broadway productions Urinetown and 42nd Street before joining the First National tour of Oklahoma. She spent 10 years with Theatreworks of Silicon Valley as Company and Business Manager. She still performs all over the Bay Area and currently works as a project manager in the financial tech industry. ROLT has always been a home away from home for her and she is thrilled to be a part of the team.
Roy Eikleberry, Alumni Manager • email@example.com • Roy joined the ROLT in the summer of 2014 with the cast of Yeast Nation. He fell in love with the company immediately! Intent to make those cast family moments last longer, Roy worked with then Artistic Director Jason Hoover to create the Alumni Network in Spring of 2016. Now in its fourth year, Roy looks forward to continuing to foster Alumni interaction with ROLT and creating new opportunities to engage past cast members. Outside of theatre, Roy volunteers and performs with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Roy has appeared with Ray of Light in Yeast Nation, Wild Party, and most recently as Stuart in Caroline, or Change.
Caleb Haven Draper, Volunteer Manager • volunteer@rayoflighttheatre.
Lori Fowler, Resident Stage Manager • firstname.lastname@example.org • Lori is excited to continue working with ROLT in a more official capacity. They have stage managed all over the Bay Area (New Conservatory Theatre Center, Oasis SF, Berkeley Playhouse) and has been involved with Ray of Light since 2005. When not wrangling actors or drag queens, they are an Office Manager for a Food Brokerage Company.
Alex Kirschner, Company Production Manager • email@example.com • 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 Todd, Into the Woods, CARRIE the Musical, Heathers: The Musical and American Psycho. He made his directorial debut with Triassic Parq in 2014, and since then has been coming up with excuses to avoid directing because, let’s be real, it’s the hardest job. 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 works on the global communications team at Apple.
Courtney Merrell, Patron Experience Manager • firstname.lastname@example.org • Courtney joined the Ray of Light Theatre family in 2013, and after securing liquor licenses and serving IPA, she is delighted to represent the spirit of Ray of Light to our patrons as the Patron Experience Manager. Known by Coco to most in and out of the company, she spends her days at Eventbrite supporting the CEO and its mission to bring people together through live experiences. She considers herself lucky that her career, volunteer work, and passion all revolve around this noble pursuit.
Madeline Lambie, Marketing Manager • email@example.com • Madeline works to translate Ray of Light’s gutsy, innovative approach to musical theatre to the social space. Her greatest hits include Leaked Email-gate 2020, Patrick Bateman’s Instagram Takeover and the Rocky Horror illustrated cast announcement among others. By day, Madeline works as a writer at advertising agency Duncan Channon. Her work has appeared at Sundance, TEDxPortland, and the Time Square New Year’s Eve countdown. Madeline is thrilled to join creative powers with ROLT to bring “blood, sweat, and musicals” to stages across San Francisco.
Ben Prince, Resident Music Director • firstname.lastname@example.org • Ben has music directed almost every season since 2006, including 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), 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: www.benprincemusic.com.
Christen Sottolano, Patron Relations + Development • email@example.com • Christen began admiring Ray of Light in 2011 as an audience member when she saw big brother Greg perform in Assassins. A long time lover of performing since playing Miss Hannigan at the ripe old age of 12 (it was Annie Jr., y’all), her other favorite roles include Mayzie LaBird in Seussical the Musical, Paige Petite in RolePlay, and with ROLT – Sally in Reefer Madness and Annas in Jesus Christ Superstar. She feels lucky to be part of the External Relations team at the Stanford Graduate School of Education by day and a CorePower Yoga sculpt instructor by night.
Rachel Witte, Grant Associate • firstname.lastname@example.org • Rachel entered the Bay Area theater scene in 2018 with ROLT’s all-female production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Before that, Rachel performed throughout New Jersey, where she grew up. Favorite roles include: Roxie Hart (Chicago), Ado Annie (Oklahoma!), Logainne (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Sally Bowles (Cabaret) and Cathy (The Last Five Years). Rachel holds a masters degree from UC Berkeley, and is an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker.
Maggie Whittaker, Resident Costume Designer • email@example.com • Maggie designs for theatre, film, and video games. She has designed costumes for the world premieres of nationally recognized plays including HeLa by Lauren Gunderson and Geetha Reddy at TheatreFirst, I and You, by Lauren Gunderson at Marin Theatre, Truffaldino Says No! by Ken Slattery at Shotgun Players, and Wildflowers by Lila Rose Kaplan at UCSD. Her work as a production designer has been seen internationally and off Broadway with Dylan Brody’s Driving Hollywood. Costume Design Credits include: Shit and Champagne (film); Aurora: Exit Strategy, The Importance of Being Earnest, Eureka Day (world premier), Leni, A Bright New Boise, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Fat Pig (SFBATCC nominee), The Shape of Things and Lobby Hero (Dean Goodman Choice Award); Marin Theatre Company: I and You (world premier); TheatreWorks: Upright Grand (world premiere); Shotgun Players: Nora, Truffaldino Says No; FoxNext Games- Storyscape, Ray of Light Theatre, Magic Theatre, Cutting Ball Theater. She received her MFA in Costume Design from UC San Diego, she is a member of USA local 829 and a co-founder of Repulsive Women. www.maggiewhitaker.com
Shane Ray, Jason Hoover, Eliza Leoni, and Greg Sottolano