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 Opera (11 BATCC nominations) and Seussical; 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, the upcoming Triassic Parq and 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.

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 marketing director at Apple.

Eliza Leoni, Associate Artistic Director & Cabaret 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.

Justin Sadoian, Press Manager:
Justin 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.

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.

Greg Sottolano
Greg was most recently seen on stage at Ray of Light as Charles Guiteau the critically acclaimed Assassins (BATCC Award – Best Featured Actor) but has supported the mission of ROLT for many years as a donor and season subscriber. By day, he is an HR Director at Visa and has spent the last 14 years in various HR leadership roles around the world. In the evening, he has worked on stage with such Bay Area companies as San Jose Stage, Woodminster, Diablo Theatre Company, Hillbarn, American Conservatory Theatre and Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre (PCRT), where he also serves as a member of their Board of Directors. He is honored to help enrich, educate and entertain the San Francisco community with the affordable, high quality productions that ROLT continues to offer. He is the proud papa of Hiro, who occasionally wags her tail around the theater alongside him.

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.