Yeast Nation Production Team
Jason Hoover (Director/ROLT Artistic Director) 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, 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.
Ben Prince (Music Director) This is Ben’s ninth show with Ray of Light Theatre, having previously music-directed 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 and CARRIE the Musical. 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.
Dane Paul Andres (Choreographer) is excited to return to Ray of Light after choreographing this season’s Triassic Parq. He recently choreographed the premiere of BACT’s musical adaptation of Grace Lin’s Where The Mountain Meets The Moon. Other favorite choreography credits include: Disney’s Aladdin, Once On This Island and Annie with Berkeley Playhouse and A Year With Frog & Toad with BACT. Aside from choreographing, Dane has also performed for various companies in the Bay Area.
Amanda Lee Angott (Costume Designer) is “a woman of many hats”; production assist at Kitty Andrews Millinery NYC; textile & swimwear designer, milliner & styling extraordinaire; costume designer for theater & film in the Bay Area & Los Angeles. Bay area theaters include ROLT, Walnut Creek Opera, The Conservatory of Music, Shotgun Players, Boxcar Theater, The Aurora Theatre Company & A.C.T.’s MFA Program & Young Conservatory, Thunderbird Theatre Co. & Custom Made Theatre. She holds a BFA in Textile Design and is currently a seamstress at Freight Baggage Co.
Daniel Cadigan (Technical Director) has been involved in theater around the Bay Area 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. He is honored to be working with Ray of Light for the sixth time since his first show, Assassins, in 2011.
Joe D’Emilio (Lighting Designer) currently works as a Design Manager for the event company Got Light and as a freelance lighting designer in the San Francisco/Bay area. He has recently designed for Lamplighters Music Theatre, Musical Theatre Works, Do It Live Productions, Contra Costa Civic Theatre, and most recently designed for Ray of Light on their West Coast premiere of CARRIE the Musical and Bay Area premiere of Triassic Parq. He is very excited to be back on the team for Yeast Nation, and would like to thank his family and friends for all their continued support.
Laraine Gurke (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be back at Ray of Light after stage managing 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.
Anton Hedman (Sound Designer) 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 CARRIE the Musical, Jerry 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. www.soundproductions.biz
Eliza Leoni (Assistant Director/ROLT Associate Artistic Director) first joined the company as an actor in 2009’s The Who’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 cabarets at the Eureka Theatre, Café du Nord and Martuni’s. She holds a BA in Theatre from Willamette University.
Angrette McCloskey (Set Designer) is a scenic designer having worked between NYC and SF for the past 10 years. Her credits include off-Broadway and regional productions, as well assistant credits on Broadway, the Metropolitan Opera, and 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.
Kevin Pong (Props Designer) returns to Ray of Light after designing CARRIE the Musical and Sweeney Todd. Other design credits include Call Me Madam and Lady Be Good at 42nd Street Moon, Jericho and Use Both Hands at Sleepwalkers Theatre, Sondheim’s Company at BareStage, as well as design partnerships for events with the Mill Valley Film Festival and Pixar Studios. Beyond the stage, Kevin works at Ken Fulk Inc. and is an enthusiastic supporter of the SFMoMA.
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Lee Haskin (Volunteer Coordinator) 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) 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. Alex made his directorial debut with ROLT this past summer with Triassic Parq, having previously produced The Who’s Tommy, assistant-directed Assassins and production-managed Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods and CARRIE the musical. Alex has performed with 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 an account director at The OutCast Agency. Love and thanks to his P.I.C., family and friends.
Courtney Merrell (Sponsorship Coordinator) 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/Marketing Manager) 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.
Greg Sottolano (Patron Service Manager) 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) 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.