Staff and Board of Directors
Jason Hoover, Artistic Director: email@example.com
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, CARRIE the Musical and Yeast Nation; assistant-directed Jerry Springer the Opera, Seussical; and acted in The Rocky Horror Show (2008; 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, Heathers: The Musical, LIZZIE, The Rocky Horror Show (2015) 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 and serves as the Managing Director of the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.
Eliza Leoni, Associate Artistic Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
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, Sweeney Todd, and Yeast Nation; and directing Into the Woods and the Bay Area premiere of LIZZIE. 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 acting and directing 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 travels the world as a public speaking and communications coach.
Sara Altier, Marketing Manager: email@example.com
Although she hasn’t appeared on stage since 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 Corporate Communications team at Sephora.
Jennifer BeVard, Artistic Associate
Jennifer received her MFA in Directing from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago where she was director and choreographer for The Conduct of Life, Waiting for Lefty, Ghosts, The Lover, The Pillowman, and The Four Twins by Copi and developed new work with Chicago’s Lucky Plush dance company and The Pavement Group. As a recipient of 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 West Edge Opera’s production of Lulu at Oakland’s abandoned 16th St. Station. Most recently she directed The End of the Rainbow at OMG! Productions and The Wild Party at Ray of Light.
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.
Jessica Coker Mohr, Production Manager
Jessica’s previous ROLT shows include LIZZIE (Emma), CARRIE the Musical (Ms. Gardner), and Jerry Spring the Opera (Shawntel). Most recently Jessica was seen in The Little Mermaid (Ursula) at Berkeley Playhouse and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (Sharone) at NCTC. She is a two-time TBA award-winner for In the Heights (Abuela) at Broadway By the Bay and The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Betty) with OMG, I love that show! Productions. Jessica was named the 2015 Best New Cabaret Artist of SF, and is a founding member of the cabaret trio B.O.O.B.S. and the Coker Sisters.
Roy Eikleberry, Alumni Outreach Coordinator
Roy was seen in Ray of Light’s Yeast Nation as Jan-the-Wretched and The Wild Party as Sam. Originally from the Appalachian foothills of Ohio, Roy now regularly performs with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) and other companies throughout the Bay Area including 42nd Street Moon, Opera Paralélle, and Mojo Theatre. Just recently, Roy appeared with SFGMC in a concert where they sang backup for Ms. Patti LuPone. He looks forward to this summer’s GALA Festival in Denver, CO where he’ll sing with both SFGMC and The Lollipop Guild.
Alex Feifers, Volunteer Coordinator: volunteer@rayoflighttheatre.
Hailing from the Land Down Under, Alex has performed in Beauty and the Beast, Children of Eden, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Wizard of Oz with Harvest Rain Theatre Company. She played Demeter in Cats, and featured in Starlight Theatre Co-Op’s Forbidden Broadway awarding her a Del’Arte Chart Award and as Yente in Fiddler on the Roof where she received her second Del’Arte Chart Award as well as a Matilda Award Nomination. Alexandra went on to play Gary Coleman in Avenue Q and Woman 2 in Songs For a New World, featured in Little Shop of Horrors and wrote, produced and starred in the cabaret Wintour Is Coming. Alexandra’s final performance in Australia was Melpomene in Xanadu.
Alex Kirschner, Artistic Associate: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
Courtney Merrell, Sponsorship Coordinator: email@example.com
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 at Eventbrite. 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.
Zachariah Mohammed, Social Media Coordinator
Zachariah appeared in Ray of Light’s Heathers: The Musical and The Wild Party. Other recent credits include Gypsy (CCMT), The Who’s Tommy (OMG I Love that Show), The Music Man (CCMT), and Anyone Can Whistle (St. Mary’s College). Zachariah would like to thank his family and friends for all of their love and support.
Bryan Pangilinan, Grants Manager
Last seen in Ray of Light’s productions of The Who’s Tommy in 2009 and Jerry Springer the Opera in 2010, Bryan is thrilled to rejoin the theatre family to help build and grow its fundraising and grants infrastructure. Bryan has performed and worked with many Bay Area companies including Berkeley Playhouse, Bindlestiff Studio, Contra Costa Civic Theatre, Diablo Theatre Company, Kularts, Lamplighters Music Theatre, LIKHA Pilipino Folk Ensemble, and Tri-Valley Rep. He currently serves as the Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at San Francisco State University, where he graduated with a degree in music (vocal performance), and also holds a bachelor’s in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego.
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 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.
Alex Rodriguez, Artistic Associate
Alex has choreographed Ray of Light productions: Heathers (2015), The Wild Party (2016), Silence! The Musical (2017), and Reefer Madness (2017). Additionally, he has appeared in ROLT’s Triassic Parq (Morgan Freeman/Velociraptor of Science; TBA Award), Assassins (Zangara), The Who’s Tommy and the Spotlight cabarets RANT: Take It Or Leave It and Let Saigons Be Bygones. National Tour: Miss Saigon. Bay Area highlights: Evita (Che; TBA Award), Guys and Dolls (Nicely Nicely), Cabaret (Emcee), CATS (Mr. Mistoffelees), Some Enchanted Evening and A Chorus Line (Al) with Broadway by the Bay; Mary Poppins (Bert) and Charlie Brown (Snoopy) with Berkeley Playhouse; RENT with CCMT; Cabaret with CenterREP; Legally Blonde and Into the Woods with Diablo Theatre Company; Xanadu with NCTC; and Insignificant Others at Pier 39. Films: The Stranger in Us and Love, Concord.
Christen Sottolano, Patron Services Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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.
Maggie Whitaker, Artistic Associate
Maggie has been living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 18 years as a costume designer, educator, and artist. Ms. Whitaker is currently the production designer for the international touring production of Dylan Brody’s Driving Hollywood, designing costumes for the world premiere of HeLa by Lauren Gunderson at TheatreFirst, and has recently opened Nora at Shotgun Players and Leni at the Aurora Theatre. Additional design credits include: Shotgun Players: Truffaldino Says No! (SFBATCC Award ); Aurora: 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), Waiting for Godot; TheatreWorks: Upright Grand (world premiere); Ray of Light Theatre: Rocky Horror Show, Little Shop of Horrors, Assassins (SFBATCC Nominee), Jerry Springer the Opera (SFBATCC Nominee). Ms. Whitaker is a production manager/designer at Blue Panther Productions and a member of USA829. Ms. Whitaker teaches costume design at Academy of Art University in San Francisco.