Resident Artists
Tom Andrew (Actor)
Chandra R.M. Anthenill (Stage Manager)
Cygnet credits include (PSM): Sons of The Prophet, Fool for Love, True West, Spring Awakening, WCYG: A Christmas Carol (‘12 & ‘13), Assassins, Company (ASM): Dirty Blonde. Old Globe Theatre (ASM): Camp David, The Comedy of Errors. La Jolla Playhouse (ASM): JUNK. San Diego Repertory Theatre (PSM): R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe, Outside Mullingar, The Oldest Boy, Everybody’s Talkin’, Oedipus El Rey, Honky, A Weekend With Pablo Picasso, (ASM): In the Next Room aka The Vibrator Play, Tommy, Walter Cronkite is Dead, A Hammer, a Bell and a Song to Sing, Tortilla Curtain, Zoot Suit. Lamb’s Theatre (PSM): Twelfth Night. Diversionary Theatre (PSM): Pippin. Chandra is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.
Bryan Banville (Actor)
Bryan cannot wait to share this madcap comedy with you! He is a proud Resident Artist of Cygnet with previous credits including: On the Twentieth Century, The Rocky Horror Show, My Fair Lady, Assassins, and Man of La Mancha. Other selected credits include - Old Globe: Camp David and Anna Christie; La Jolla Playhouse: Untitled Hunter S. Thompson Project (workshop); San Diego Rep: Violet; SDMT: The Producers (Leo Bloom), Ragtime (Younger Brother), Singin’ in the Rain, and La Cage aux Folles; Moonlight Stage Productions: Titanic (Frederick Fleet), The Music Man (Marcellus Washburn), Spamalot, Mary Poppins, and Catch Me If You Can; San Diego City Ballet: The Artificial Woman (workshop); Welk Resorts Theater: Plaid Tidings; Farmer’s Alley Theatre: Forever Plaid; The Barn Stage Company: Songs for a New World; New Village Arts: Plaid Tidings (‘12/’13); Ion: Passion. Love to his best friend and wife, Katie!
Rosalee Barrientos (Stage Manager)
Amy Biedel (Actor)
David Brannen (Choreographer)
Heather M. Brose (Stage Manager)
Recent PSM credits include: A Behanding in Spokane, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, It's a Wonderful Life, Private Lives, The Piano Lesson, Man From Nebraska, Cygnet Theatre; RED, In the Time of the Butterflies, Venus in Fur, In the Heights, The Mountaintop, Clybourne Park, The Exit Interview, Tortilla Curtain, The Road to Mecca, Doubt, Water & Power, The Blessing of a Broken Heart, San Diego REP; RESPECT, Phil Roger Roy Productions; Dreamgirls, SDMT; A Shayna Maidel, North Coast Rep; Menopause The Musical at the Grove Theatre in Upland, CA and at the Lyceum Theatre in San Diego; Salome and The Father directed by Estelle Parsons for The Actors Studio starring Al Pacino and Dianne Wiest; and Stephen Sondheim's 70th Birthday Bash at the Hollywood Bowl. Proud member of Actor's Equity Association.
Laurence Brown (Actor)
Laurence Brown is a San Diego native and a member of SAG/Aftra. He attended Dillard University in New Orleans. His most recent production was Ion's Jesus Hates Me. Some more of his local theater credits include Moxie Theater’s WET and Devil Dog Six, Cygnet Theater’s A Rasin in the Sun, Piano Lesson, Gem of the Ocean, and The Motherf**ker with the Hat. Some of his national commercial and TV credits include: Buick, Hulu Plus, Chevy, Scrubbing Bubbles, Monk and Icarly
Jacob Caltrider (Actor)
Previous credits include: The Rocky Horror Show (Brad), Spring Awakening (Hanschen), Assassins (Oswald, Balladeer), Parade (Young Soldier, Frankie Epps), Little Shop of Horrors (Puppeteer), Cabaret (Bobby), Sweeney Todd (Anthony), A Christmas Carol (Young Scrooge) and The History Boys (Timms), Cygnet Theatre; Violet (Monty), San Diego Rep; West Side Story (Tony), San Diego Musical Theatre; Marry Me A Little (Man), Harmony, Kansas (Heath), Twist (Oliver Twist), Yank! (Speedy) and The Daddy Machine (Stonewall), Diversionary Theatre; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear), and A Christmas Carol (Young Scrooge), North Coast Repertory Theatre; An American Christmas (Bert Bailey), Les Misérables (Feuilly, Bamatabois), Twelfth Night (Curio), and The Festival of Christmas (Frankie), Lamb’s Players; How The Grinch Stole Christmas! 2011-2013, 2015 (Who Ensemble, Young Max U/S), and The Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff U/S, Rocky U/S), The Old Globe.
Sandy Campbell (Actor)
Michelle Caron (Lighting Designer)
Cygnet Theatre: Maple and Vine, Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, A Behanding in Spokane, The Glass Menagerie, Our Town, It's a Wonderful Life '09 -'11 and The Norman Conquests. National Credits: Cinderella: A New Telling of an Old Tale (Penobscot Theatre, Bangor Maine). Selected Local Credits: The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, Birds of a Feather, Harmony Kansas, The Pride, Edward II, and Fair Use (Diversionary Theatre); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Coronado School of the Arts); Spring Awakening (America Rose Theatre at San Diego Rep); Malashock/RAW and Surface Tension (Malashock Dance). Michelle holds a MFA in Theatrical Design from San Diego State University, and is the Associate Lighting Designer at Clair Brothers Audio Systems in Manheim, Pennsylvania. She is a proud member of USA829. See her theatrical and architectural work at carondesignworks.com.
Geno Carr (Actor)
Jim Chovick (Actor)
Invention of Love, Copenhagen, Cabaret, Desire Under the Elms, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Arcadia, A Christmas Carol, Bug, Las Meninas, Our Town. Other San Diego Theaters: Lamb’s Players Theatre (Associate Artist), Intrepid Theatre Company (Resident Artist), North Coast Rep (Associate Artist), The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, New Village Arts, Sledgehammer Theater, Eveoke Dance Theatre, Starlight Theater, Ion Theatre, Moxie Theatre, Playwrights Project, Moonlight Amphitheater, The Avo@Moonlight, Scripps Ranch Theater, 6th@Penn, Mystery Cafe, The Ark, Vantage Theater, and The Fritz. Awards: San Diego Critics Circle, Backstage West Dramalogue, KPBS Patte’, Billie and Robby. Member of SAG.
Andy Collins (Actor)
Cygnet Resident Artist. Andy has been seen on the Cygnet Theatre stage in Assassins (Proprietor), Cabaret (Max), The Matchmaker (Ambrose), My Fair Lady (Harry) and Pageant (Miss Great Plains). Andy has also worked around town with Diversionary, ion, SDMT, North Coast Rep and SD Rep. Some of his credits include Pippin (Charles), Gypsy (Herbie), The Full Monty (Harold), Falsettos (Mendel), The Rocky Horror Show (Brad) and La Cage Aux Folles (Clo Clo). Mr. Collins began his stage career with San Diego Junior Theatre and the School of Creative and Performing Arts.
Jason Connors (Actor)
Jonathan Dunn-Rankin (Actor)
Cygnet Resident Artist. Credits: Cygnet: It's a Wonderful Life; 6th@Penn: Glengarry Glen Ross; North Coast Rep: An American Daughter, The Rainmaker; Diversionary Theatre: Handsome Men, Breaking the Code, Never the Sinner, M. Butterfly, Thief River; Lamb's Players: A Divine Comedy, 1776; Vantage Theatre: The School of the World; Swedenborg Hall: The End of Death, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine; The Old Globe Theatre: ten plays, three Atlas Awards for Long Day's Journey into Night, The Balcony and The Man in the Glass Booth; San Diego Rep: Private Lives. Jonathan is a former Channel 8 newscaster and a member of Actors Alliance of San Diego. He's been a mainstay of The Scripteasers since 1966.
Bonnie Durben (Properties Designer)
Cygnet Theatre: Animal Crackers, On The Twentieth Century and 57 other productions; Moonlight Theatre Productions: Aida, Little Mermaid, Sunset Blvd, In the Heights, Sister Act, Peter Pan, Titanic, The Addams Family, The Music Man, Shrek, All Shook Up, Big Fish; Scripps Ranch: Skin Deep, Good People; Diversionary Theatre: 2.5 Minute Ride, Well, Ballast, Mystery of Love and Sex, The Boy Who Danced on Air, Now or Later, She-Rantulas, Baby with the Bathwater, A New Brain, Amazons and Their Men; Mira Costa Theatre: Waiting For Lefty, Oklahoma, These Shining Lights, Romeo and Juliet, Seven, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Urinetown. Member of the Society of Property Artisans and Managers.
Sandra Ellis-Troy (Actor)
(1942-2010). Beloved by many, Sandra Ellis-Troy was a staple of San Diego Theatre. For Cygnet Theatre she appeared in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Matchmaker, A Little Night Music, and Man from Nebraska. She also served on Cygnet's Board of Trustees, helping the theatre to launch in 2003. Sandra appeared on stages throughout San Diego including New Village Arts, Moonlight, North coast Rep, San Diego Rep and others. A loving mother and grandmother, she was one of a kind.
Charles Evans, Jr. (actor)
Charles is so grateful to return to the wonderful world of A Christmas Carol for a third year! He was most recently seen on the Cygnet stage as Nicky Lancaster and Simon Bliss in Cygnet's dual productions of The Vortex and Hay Fever. Other Cygnet productions include Dogfight, My Fair Lady, and Spring Awakening. Recent San Diego credits include The Car Plays (La Jolla Playhouse); Fiddler on the Roof, The Miracle Worker, Twelfth Night (Lamb's Players); Much Ado About Nothing (Intrepid Theatre); Grey Gardens (ion Theatre); Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings (New Village Arts). Charles has spent five seasons as a resident actor with the Okoboji Summer Theatre, holds a BFA degree from Stephens College for Women, and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity. His continual thanks to Sean Murray, and Ms. Caitie Grady.
Sean Fanning (Scenic Designer)
Sean is a Southern California based scenic designer. He has designed over twenty productions for Cygnet Theatre including Animal Crackers, On The Twentieth Century, Bad Jews, Seven Guitars, King Hedley II, Gypsy, Dogfight, Hay Fever, The Vortex, The Whale, Sons of the Prophet, Pageant, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, and many more. Elsewhere: Full Gallop (Craig Noel Award Nomination), A Doll’s House (The Old Globe); Evita, Manifest Destinitis, The Oldest Boy, Everybody’s Talkin’, Honky, In the Heights (San Diego Repertory Theatre); The World Premiere of Thomas and Sally, My Mañana Comes (Marin Theatre Company); Silent Sky, Equivocation (Lamb’s Players); Margin of Error (Roustabouts Theatre); Brownsville Song (Moxie Theatre); Damn Yankees, West Side Story (San Diego Musical Theatre). He received the first Craig Noel Award for Designer of the Year for his body of work in 2016. Sean holds an M.F.A. in Scenic Design from San Diego State University. www.seanfanningdesigns.com.
Manny Fernandes (Actor)
Manny has appeared in over a dozen productions at Cygnet. Favorites include: True West (San Diego Critics Circle nomination), Fool for Love, Travesties, The Importance of Being Earnest, Assassins, Private Lives, A Christmas Carol, Mauritius, Communicating Doors, Escanaba in da Moonlight. Select local credits include Big River, Return to the Forbidden Planet, To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men (SDCC Award), Same Time Next Year, Sailor’s Song, Golden Boy (SDCC Award), Simpatico (New Village Arts); Outside Mullingar, Death of a Salesman, A Christmas Carol, Cabaret (San Diego Rep); Anna in the Tropics (Moonlight); West Side Story (San Diego Musical Theatre);Extraordinary Chambers (Mo'olelo); Jeffrey, Boys in the Band, Never the Sinner, Fifth of July, Diversionary Theatre; Arcadia, Moon Over Buffalo, The Rivals, (North Coast Rep). Film: Ozark Savage, 29th & Gay.
Melissa Fernandes (Actor)
Cygnet: Gypsy, The Whale, Assassins, Little Shop of Horrors (nominee - San Diego Critics Circle), Cabaret (nominee - SDCC), A Little Night Music, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; San Diego Theatre (select): ion Theatre: Sunday in the Park with George; New Village Arts: God of Carnage, Big River, Same Time, Next Year, Into the Woods (nominee - SDCC), The Seven Year Itch, The Full Monty. Moonlight Theatre: Sondheim on Sondheim (nominee - SDCC); Moxie Theatre: Eternally Bad, Mud Blue Sky; Diversionary: Falsettos, The Rocky Horror Show; North Coast Rep: Dancing at Lughnasa. Regional: Little Shop of Horrors (Sierra Rep); Harmony, The Car Plays (La Jolla Playhouse). Education: MFA- Musical Theatre, SDSU.
Monique Gaffney (Actor)
David Gallagher (Actor)
Francis Gercke (Actor)
Francis has appeared in theatre productions throughout San Diego including: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Desire Under the Elms, Our Town, The Glass Menagerie, True West, Fool for Love (Cygnet Theatre); Suzette Who Set To Sea, Accomplice (La Jolla Playhouse); Proof, The Merchant of Venice, In the Next Room, (San Diego Rep); A Life in the Theatre, Time Stands Still (North County Repertory Theatre); Hurlyburly, Grace, Shining City (ion Theatre); The Pride (Diversionary Theatre); True West, Orphans, Playboy of the Western World (New Village Arts); I Hate Hamlet, Oleanna, Macbeth (Intrepid Shakespeare Company). He is co-founder and former Artistic Director of New Village Arts and a Resident Artist with Cygnet Theatre. He is a recipient of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award for his work as an actor and as a director. He has been a faculty member at Palomar College, University of San Diego, and California State University San Marcos and is the founder of ActorsApproach, a weekly acting class. He is a graduate of the Actors Studio Drama School at the New School for Social Research in New York.
Jessica Gercke (Actor)
Cygnet Theatre: A Behanding in Spokane, Man from Nebraska, Mauritius, Love Song; ion Theatre: Shining City, Angels in America (Millennium Approaches and Perestroika); Scripps Ranch Theatre: Almost Maine, How the Other Half Lives, Crimes of the Heart, Deathtrap; New Village Arts Theatre: HumbleBoy, True West, Sailor's Song (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award - Best Costume Design), Three Sisters, Crimes of the Heart; Backyard Productions: Hysterical Blindness, Closer, Wake of Jamey Foster, Boys Life.
Melinda Gilb (Actor)
Assassins, A Christmas Carol, Dirty Blonde, The Receptionist (Cygnet Theatre); Singin' in the Rain (Original Broadway cast); Back to Bacharach and David (Original Off-Broadway cast); Suds (Original cast and co-author); The Pirates of Penzance (1st National tour); Original Mama Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Sense and Sensibility, Cake Off, Suds, The Robber Bridegroom (Old Globe); Walter Cronkite is Dead, Violet, Miss Witherspoon, Always Patsy Cline (San Diego Rep); Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (Craig Noel Award-Best Actress), Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly, Miss Hannigan in Annie, (Starlight Theatre); The Smell of the Kill, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (North Coast Rep); She-Rantulas From Outer Space in 3-D (Diversionary Theatre); The Melinda and Steve Show (with Steve Gunderson in New York, Los Angeles and San Diego). Directed: Always Patsy Cline (On Stage Playhouse); Television: Featured on The Full Wax and Ruby Takes a Trip (BBC-1); Guest star on Becker (CBS).
Jo Anne Glover (Actor)
Cygnet Resident Artist. Jo Anne is thrilled to be returning to Cygnet. Founder and Managing Director of MOXIE Theatre, she has worked in New York, Los Angeles, and regionally. Previously for Cygnet: Our Town, The Norman Conquests, The Receptionist (SDCC Best Supp. Actress). Other San Diego credits: Skinless, Hickorydickory, Exit Interview, Zoot Suit, In the Wake, Dead Man's Cell Phone (SDCC Best Actress Nomination), Or, Summer and Smoke, Expecting Isabel, Drink Me, Rabbit Hole, Bleeding Kansas, The Listener, Bluebonnet Court, Devil Dog Six, WET, Miss Witherspoon, Dog Act, Limonades Tous les Jours (Patte award, Best Actress), Pulp, Kimberly Akimbo, Hamlet, Stop Kiss, and Othello. In addition to her work as an actress, she has worked as a producer in New York and L.A.
Sunny Haines (Dresser)
Cygnet Resident Artist. For Cygnet: A Little Night Music (ASM/Wardrobe Supervisor), Bed and Sofa (ASM/Wigs), Sweeney Todd (ASM), Cabaret, Parade and Assassins (Head Dresser). San Diego Theatre: Forbidden Broadway, Miracle Theatre Productions; Baby, North Coast Repertory Theatre; Man of La Mancha, San Diego Lyric Opera; Amahl and the Night Visitors, San Diego Lyric Opera; Tannhäuser, San Diego Opera; The Big Bang, North Coast Repertory Theatre; Xanadu, La Jolla Playhouse; Rumpelstiltskin / Trial by Jury, San Diego Lyric Opera; Godspell and Mixtape, Lamb's Players; Annual Shakespeare Festival (2010-Current) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2010-Current), Death of a Salesman, The Old Globe. Sunny has a Bachelor's degree in Theater Technology from San Diego State University.
Jessica Harriman-Baxter (Charge Artist)
Ryan James Heath (Stage Manager)
Gypsy, A Christmas Carol, Hay Fever, The Vortex, Dogfight, The Whale, Sons of the Prophet, The Motherf***ker with the Hat, Maple and Vine (Cygnet Theatre); Alice Chan, Kingdom City, Side Show (La Jolla Playhouse); Pericles, Reckless, Antigone (Old Globe/USD MFA Acting); Dinner with Marlene (Lamb's Players Theatre), The Divine Sister, Birds of a Feather, The Pride (Diversionary Theatre); References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, Freedom of Speech (Moxie Theatre); Merry Wives of Windsor (Livermore Shakespeare Festival); I Hate Hamlet (The Western Stage). Ryan has earned his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from San Diego State University.
Peter Herman (Costumes/Wig & Hair Designer)
Cygnet Theatre: Costumes and Wig/Makeup Design for Shakespeare’s R&J, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Wigs/Makeup Design for The Effect of Gamma Rays..., Animal Crackers, Shockheaded Peter, On the 20th Century, Bad Jews, Seven Guitars, King Hedley II, Gypsy, Stupid F**king Bird, The Rocky Horror Show, When the Rain Stops Falling, Hay Fever, The Vortex, Dogfight, My Fair Lady, Sons of the Prophet, Pageant, Fool for Love, True West, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Spring Awakening, Maple and Vine, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Company, Assassins, A Christmas Carol, Gem of the Ocean, Mistakes were Made, Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Parade, A Behanding in Spokane, The Glass Menagerie, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, Private Lives, Sweeney Todd. Elsewhere: Peter has designed hair and wigs for over 300 productions, including the La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, San Diego Opera and Disneyland. Peter currently teaches wig and makeup at SDSU.
Andrew Hull (Scenic Designer)
Cygnet Theatre: The Rocky Horror Show, My Fair Lady, A Christmas Carol, The Motherf*cker with the Hat, Gem of the Ocean, The Glass Menagerie, Private Lives, Bed and Sofa, The History Boys. Elsewhere: Hello Dolly (Arrowrock Lyceum Theatre), Hay Fever (Black Hills Playhouse), Into the Woods, The Good Person of Szechwan, Desire Under the Elms (San Diego State University). Night of the Iguana, The Man who Came to Dinner, and A Piece of my Heart (Webster University). Mr. Hull is an Art Director for TV and film in Los Angeles and is currently working on the feature Nocturnal Animals. Previous credits include Straight Outta Compton, Mad Men, and Orange is the New Black.
Marie Jahelka (Stage Manager)
Sons of the Prophet, True West, Fool For Love, Spring Awakening, Company, Shakespeare’s R&J, Assassins, Mistakes Were Made, Parade, Cabaret, and Love Song (Cygnet Theatre); Ether Dome, The Tall Girls, (La Jolla Playhouse); Somewhere, The Last Romance, The Whipping Man, Romeo y Julieta, Back Back Back, Opus, The American Plan, In This Corner, Oscar and The Pink Lady, How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, 2006 Shakespeare Festival, and Hayfever (The Old Globe Theatre); The Amish Project (Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company); Mixtape (Lamb’s Players Theatre); This Wonderful Life, The Humbug Holiday Spectacular (North Coast Repertory Theatre).  Marie received her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from the University of San Diego and is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.  Marie would like to thank her husband, Robert, for his love and support.
Antonio TJ Johnson (Actor)
Previously at Cygnet: True West, Fool for Love, Gem of the Ocean (San Diego Critics Circle nomination), The Piano Lesson, The Matchmaker and Fences (San Diego Critics Circle Award, Patte Award). Other awards include Dramalogue Award (Stories About the Old Days), Playbill Award (Buried Child) and 2012/2013 Resident Artists at UCSD's Thurgood Marshall College. Antonio has become a cycling enthusiast traveling thousands of miles in support of causes he feels valuable to society, specifically personal health and cures for diseases such as HIV and Diabetes, and social issues including support for the American veteran and homeless youth. Please find more info and support his many projects at www.vagabondprojects.com.
Jennifer Kozumplik (Stage Manager)
At Cygnet: My Fair Lady, A Christmas Carol, The Motherfucker With the Hat, Maple and Vine, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Gem of the Ocean, Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Our Town, Private Lives, Noises Off. La Jolla Playhouse: Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin, His Girl Friday. San Diego Repertory Theatre: A Hammer A Bell and A Song to Sing, In the Wake, Superior Donuts, Culture Clash in AmeriCCa, Blessing of a Broken Heart, The Who’s Tommy, The Road to Mecca, The Seafarer, Doubt, and Water and Power. ion theatre: Frozen, La Gaviota, Punks. Jennifer received her Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts from San Diego State University.
Matt Lescault-Wood (Sound Designer)
Matt is excited to be back at Cygnet. Previous credits include: Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors, A Behanding in Spokane, Man of La Mancha, Assassins, Company, Spring Awakening, Pageant, True West, Fool For Love, Sons of the Prophet, My Fair Lady, Hay Fever, The Vortex. Elsewhere: Eurydice [2010 San Diego Critic’s Circle Nominee], Dead Man's Cell Phone, Hickorydickory, ENRON, Eternally Bad, The Kid Thing (Moxie); Hamlet, Macbeth, I Hate Hamlet, Woody Guthrie's American Song (Intrepid); The Break-Up/Break-Down, Deconstruction of a Drag Queen, Red Planet Respite (Circle Circle dot dot); Seascape, Stage Kiss, Lord of the Flies, Big River (New Village Arts); Henry V [2014 San Diego Critic’s Circle Nominee] (New Fortune); MixTape (Lamb’s Players); Lizard Boy (Diversionary). Matt has a Degree in Theatrical Design and Technology from SDSU.
Linda Libby (Actor)
Previously at Cygnet: (My Fair Lady, Company, The Importance of Being Earnest, Man From Nebraska, Cabaret, Hedwig & the Angry Inch), Ion Theatre (Grey Gardens, Gypsy, Body Awareness, Request Programme) Lamb’s Players (Pump Boys & Dinettes, South Pacific, Boomers.) San Diego credits include: La Jolla Playhouse (Ether Dome), Mo’olelo (Milvotchkee, Wisconsin, Adoption Project, Remains), NCRT (Little Women, Cabaret), San Diego Repertory (Exit Interview, The Good Body, Women Who Steal, King Lear, Merchant of Venice, How I Learned to Drive, The Women, Six Women with Brain Death) Linda was the first woman to receive the Craig Noel San Diego Critics Circle Actor of the Year Award 2013. Film: Box of Moonlight. TV: Terriers. Linda is a founding member of the San Diego Actors Alliance and a member of Actors Equity Association. She teaches at Southwestern College and is a proud founding member of Bayfront Charter High School. For Lizzie. lindalibby.wix.com/lindalibby.
Eric Lotze (Lighting Designer)
Brian Mackey (Actor)
Cygnet Resident Artist. Previously at Cygnet: The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, The Glass Menagerie, The History Boys. Elsewhere: In The Heat of the Night, The Woolgatherer, Bash: Latter-Day Plays, Jack Goes Boating, All in the Timing, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Grapes of Wrath (ion theatre - Resident Artist); In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play (San Diego Rep); The Pride, The Little Dog Laughed, As Much As You Can, Corpus Christi (Diversionary - Associate Artist); Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream: The Musical, An Enemy of the People (Intrepid - Company Member); A Christmas Carol ('07, '08, '09), Little Women (North Coast Rep); Night Sky (Mo'olelo); The Heidi Chronicles, Julius Caesar (New Village Arts); Side Man (BANG!); If the Shoe Fits (Coronado Playhouse); The Best Mistake (Playwrights Project). Brian was awarded the 2011 SD Critics Circle Actor of the Year.
Patrick Marion (Music Director)
Previously at Cygnet Theatre: Gypsy, The Rocky Horror Show, My Fair LadyA Christmas Carol, Spring Awakening, Company, Assassins, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret. Elsewhere: Oz, West Side StoryLes Miserables, miXtape, The Music Man, An American Christmas ('09 through '12), Pump Boys and Dinettes, Godspell, Boomers,Lamb's Players Theatre (Associate Artist); The Humbug Holiday Spectacular, North Coast Repertory Theatre; Smokey Joe's Café, San Diego Musical Theatre; Chicago the Musical, The Wild Party,Coronado Playhouse; You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Once on This Island, Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Always Patsy Cline,Francis Parker School.
David McBean (Actor)
David McBean was last seen at Cygnet Theatre in A Christmas Carol. Most recently he appeared as Sylvia St. Croix in Ruthless at Moxie Theater. Other Cygnet credits include: Fully Committed, Pageant, It’s a Wonderful Life, Little Shop of Horrors, The Book of Liz, and Burn This.
Veronica Murphy (Actor)
Cygnet Theatre: The Turn of the Screw, Bug, Yellowman, Fences, A Number, Sons of the Prophet, Stupid F**king Bird; Lamb’s Players Theatre: The Sneeze, Tartuffe, Amadeus, Flight, Oklahoma Rigs, Lettice & Lovage, The Diviners, Becoming Memories, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Boys Next Door, The Diary of Anne Frank, Much Ado About Nothing, Barefoot in the Park and a host of others. Veronica is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder, with partner Walter Ritter, of Write Out Loud. She is the 2013 recipient of the Deborah Salzer Excellence in Arts Education Award and a 2015 10News Leadership Award.
Kürt Norby (Actor)
Cygnet Resident Artist. Previously at Cygnet Theatre: Assassins, Man of La Mancha and Sweeney Todd. World Premieres: Allegiance with Lea Salonga and George Takei (The Old Globe), Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin, and Zhivago (La Jolla Playhouse). Regional: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (The Old Globe), miXtape, Leaving Iowa, Room Service, Hello, Dolly!, The Voysey Inheritance and The Winslow Boy (Lamb's Players Theatre); Evita, The Desert Song and Bye Bye Birdie (Welk Resorts Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Moonlight Amphitheater), Suds: The Rocking '60s Musical Soap Opera, Urinetown, Fiddler on the Roof and The Scarlet Pimpernel (Starlight Musical Theatre) and Miss Saigon (Fullerton Civic Light Opera). His film credits include 29th & Gay, U R Pre-Approved and Rubix Cube Dinner. He received his B.A. in Drama from UC Irvine. Love to Kyle. www.kurtnorby.com
Amy Perkins (Actor)
Amy was last seen on our stage as Anita/Lily Garland understudy in On the 20th Century. More Cygnet credits include The Rocky Horror Show (Janet Weiss), Spring Awakening (Martha), Parade (Monteen), and A Christmas Carol (Female Understudy). Other San Diego credits: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne) at Intrepid Theater Company, Annie (Boylan Sister) at Moonlight Amphitheater, and American Rhythm (Female Swing) at Lambs Players Theater. Catch Amy this fall as Margot Frank in Moxie Theater's production of The Diary of Anne Frank. "Big love and gratitude always to my family and my Jordan." www.amy-perkins.com.
Shirley Pierson (Costume Designer)
For Cygnet: Pageant, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Assassins, WCYG A Christmas Carol (’12, ’13), Parade (Craig Noel Outstanding Costume Design Award), Spring Awakening, Mistakes Were Made, The Glass Menagerie, Little Shop of Horrors, Our Town, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, Private Lives, It’s a Wonderful Life (‘09, ‘10, ‘11), The History Boys, A Christmas Carol (’09). Selected Regional and San Diego Theatre: The Pasadena Playhouse: The Fantasticks; The Old Globe: Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville, Rich Girl; Diversionary Theatre: The Boy Who Danced on Air, Now or Later, Marry Me A Little, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabbler, When Last We Flew, Pippin, Harmony Kansas, Next Fall; New Village Arts; Seascape, Into the Woods. Shirley received her MFA in Theatrical Design from San Diego State University. View her work at: shirleypiersondesigns.com.
Jeanne Reith (Costume Designer)
In her 25-year career as a Theatrical Costume Designer, Jeanne has dressed over 350 productions. She has served as Resident Designer for theatres in Los Angeles, Glendale and Santa Barbara, and at Lamb’s Players Theatre Coronado. As a Resident Artist for Cygnet Theatre some of her designs include: Gypsy, The Little Foxes, A Little Night Music, My Fair Lady, Company, Man of La Mancha, Copenhagen. Costume designs awards she has received include: Craig Noel, Patté, LA Weekly, Backstage West, Dramalogue. Jeanne also teaches Fashion History, Draping, Patternmaking, and other fashion related classes at San Diego Mesa College and San Diego Continuing Education, West City.
Rosina Reynolds (Actor)
Cygnet Theatre: The Vortex, Hay Fever, The Glass Menagerie, Noises Off, Arcadia, Little Foxes, Copenhagen. Regional Theatre: 33 Variations (Theatreworks, Palo Alto), Love In American Times (San Jose Rep), Steel Magnolias (La Mirada Theatre), Dividing the Estate, Sea of Tranquility, Romeo and Juliet, Missing Footage, Trojan Women, (Old Globe Theatre), San Diego Theatre: Favorite roles include; Uncanny Valley, Doubt. (San Diego Rep)Mandate Memories, Ghosts, Wit, Amy's View, (The North Coast Repertory Theatre), Lettuce & Lovage, (Lambs Players Theatre) Shirley Valentine, Long Days Journey Into Night, (Renaissance Theatre Company.) Other San Diego theatres include New Village Arts, Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company, Sledgehammer Theatre and Malashock Dance Company. Rosina has directed over 30 productions in San Diego. She is the founding artistic Director of the Chequamegon Children’s Theatre in Northern Wisconsin.
Chris Rynne (Lighting Designer)
Cygnet Theatre: Design and installation of lighting system for the original Cygnet space in Rolando, On the Twentieth Century, Gypsy, The Rocky Horror Show, When the Rain Stops Falling, Dogfight, My Fair Lady, Sons of the Prophet, Spring Awakening, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Company, Assassins, Gem of the Ocean, Parade, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2003). Off-Broadway: The Pianist of Willesden Lane. His other credits include The Old Globe, Geffen Playhouse, San Diego Opera, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Madison Opera, Pasadena Playhouse, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Michigan Opera Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, Hartford Stage, San Diego Musical Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Diversionary Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, and Starlight Theatre. Chris also designs lighting for museum exhibitions, special events, architectural features, and lighting systems for new venues.
Amanda Sitton (Actor)
Cygnet Resident Artist. Selected theater credits include: The Glass Menagerie, Man From Nebraska, It's A Wonderful Life, Las Meninas (Cygnet Theater); Road To Mecca, Doubt (SD Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award Outstanding Featured Performance), A Christmas Carol (San Diego Rep); Voice of the Prairie, Don't Dress For Dinner, Collected Stories, Amy's View (North Coast Rep); Comedy of Errors, Four Dogs and a Bone, Be Aggressive, Golden Boy (SD Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award Outstanding Lead Performance), Dancing at Lughnasa, Sailor's Song, Crimes of the Heart, Three Sisters (New Village Arts, Ensemble Member) Fair Use, Torch Song Trilogy, Twilight of the Golds (Diversionary Theater); A Bright Room Called Day (Backyard Productions/Diversionary Theater); Hysterical Blindness (Backyard Productions); The Gingerbread Lady (Renaissance Theater Co.); The Terrible Girls (Fringe Festival NYC). Ms. Sitton received her BA in Theatre from UCSD.
Tom Stephenson (Actor)
A veteran of over 70 professional productions, Tom trained in Great Britain at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and in Michigan at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. At Cygnet Theatre Company, he has been seen as Hector in The History Boys, Ben Hubbard in The Little Foxes, and for the last three years, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Other credits include, Ben Franklin in 1776 (Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Performance in a Musical), Renfield in Dracula (Patté Award), George Frederick Handel in Joyful Noise, Lamb’s Players Theatre and off-Broadway; Billy in Heathen Valley, and Saturninus in Titus Andronicus, San Diego Rep; Bill in The Quality of Life, Intrepid Theatre Company; Finbar in The Weir, New Village Arts. Tom was named Actor of the Year for 2014 by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle.
Billy Thompson (Music Director)
Billy has been a composer, arranger, musical director, orchestrator, accompanist, and performer for stage productions throughout the country, including Ars Nova in New York, The Walnut in Philadelphia, The Old Globe in San Diego, Alpine Theatre Project in Whitefish, MT, and here at home with Cygnet. His first full length musical, Invasion! garnered the 2007 LA Weekly Theatre Awards for Best Original Score and Best Musical Direction. Since 2012, he has toured with it gets better, a musical performance and outreach campaign for bullying awareness and suicide prevention, with special emphasis toward the LGBTQ community. Billy holds a BM in Composition from USC and an MFA in Musical Theatre from SDSU. A Christmas Carol is his fifth collaboration with Cygnet Theatre, having previously directed music for Parade, Cabaret, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and It’s A Wonderful Life.
Rachael VanWormer (actor)
James Vasquez (Director)
Cygnet Resident Artist. James is happy to return to Pageant after vying for the crown as Ms. West Coast in the 2005 Cygnet production. Other Cygnet directing/choreography credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Little Shop of Horrors, and Sweeney Todd (Craig Noel Award). Elsewhere: CATS (San Diego Musical Theatre), Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Rocky Horror Show, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Old Globe Theatre), Pippin, the world premiere of Harmony Kansas, and West Coast premiere [title of show] (Diversionary), as well as developmental workshops at La Jolla Playhouse and Goodspeed Musicals. He is co-founder of Daisy 3 Pictures. In 2008, his film Ready? OK! won the Best Film award at Seattle, North Carolina, and San Diego film festivals. Daisy 3's latest film, That's What She Said, had its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. James is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama.
Tim West (Actor)
Tim has been seen in The Invention of Love, The Little Foxes, Communicating Doors, The Tragedy of the Commons and It's a Wonderful Life (2008-11). West is an Associate Artist at North Coast Rep and was Resident Artist at Sledgehammer. As Associate Artistic Director of the Fritz Theatre, he was a Director to Watch in the first Patte Awards, and his staging of La Bete was in the year's Top Ten at the San Diego Union. He also directed for Sixth @ Penn and Playwrights Project. West is a Teaching Artist for Cygnet Theatre, and his play Cooperstown was presented in Cygnet's Plays in Process in 2012. West posts his original work at www.timcwest.com.
Katie Whalley Banville (Actor/Choreographer)
Katie is delighted to be returning to Cygnet Theatre. Previously at Cygnet Theatre: Cabaret, Parade, Man of La Mancha (Antonia/Dance Captain), Company (April/Assistant Choreographer), Spring Awakening (Assistant Choreographer), A Christmas Carol (Choreographer), My Fair Lady. Regional credits: The Old Globe: A Doll’s House (Helene, Movement Coordinator); ion theatre company: Gypsy (Louise - Craig Noel Award recipient), Passion (Clara), Valentine to Sondheim; Moonlight Amphitheatre: Spamalot, Mary Poppins, Catch Me If You Can, Shrek the Musical (Gingy), Big Fish (Jenny Hill); San Diego Musical Theatre: Chicago, Singin’ in the Rain; Lamb’s Players Theatre: miXtape; Starlight Theatre: Hello Dolly!; Janesville Armory: A Wonderful Life. She holds a BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University. www.katiewhalley.com.
R. Craig Wolf (Lighting Designer)
R. Craig Wolf has taught and designed lighting nationwide for both theatre and dance. Credits include designs for New York's Dance Theatre Workshop, Theatre Artaud in San Francisco, Japan America Center in Los Angeles, SRT in Santa Rosa, and the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. In addition, Craig is resident designer for Native Voices at the Autry (Los Angeles). Former Head of the Design Area and Professor Emeritus of Stage Design at San Diego State University, Mr. Wolf is the co-author of Scene Design and Stage Lighting, now in its tenth edition. Craig is pleased to be designing for Cygnet Theatre again this season.
Taylor M. Wycoff (Dramaturg)
Taylor is delighted to be continuing her work as dramaturg for the Cygnet Theatre. Favorite dramaturgical credits include When the Rain Stops Falling, Hay Fever, The Vortex, Dogfight, The Whale, My Fair Lady, Sons of the Prophet, True West, Fool for Love, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Spring Awakening, A Christmas Carol, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Assassins (Cygnet); Red Planet Respite (Circle Circle dot dot); Kita y Fernanda, Yellow Face (Mo’olelo). She has presented at multiple conferences and her work has been published in Praxis: The Journal for Theatre, Performance Studies, and Criticism. She has taught for Playwrights Project and Kids Act, and is a graduate of Young Audience’s Teaching Artist Institute. Taylor received her BA in Theatre and International Relations from the University of San Diego and is a proud member of the community based theatre company Circle Circle dot dot.
George Ye (Director)
Credits include:Stupid Fucking Bird, True West, The Motherf**ker with a Hat, Bug, Communicating Doors, Shakespeare’s R&J; Cygnet Theatre; Macbeth, Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Double Indemnity, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, 2013 Shakespeare Festival, Allegiance the musical, August: Osage County, God of Carnage, The Whipping Man, Dancing in the Dark,The Old Globe; Up Here, The Ether Dome, Kingdom City, Peter and the Star Catchers, Blood and Gifts, Hands on a Hard Body, A Dram of Drummhicit, La Jolla Playhouse; Other favorites include: Oedipus El Rey, Claybourne Park, San Diego Rep; The King’s Guard with Ron Pearlman and Eric Roberts. George is head of performance training at San Diego Mesa College, MFA, SAFD, AEA.
Angelica Ynfante (Properties Designer)
Previously at Cygnet: True West, Fool for Love, Pageant, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Spring Awakening, Maple and Vine, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Company, Assassins, Gem of the Ocean, A Christmas Carol, Mistakes Were Made, Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde. A Texas State University graduate with a BFA in theatre, she made her way around the U.S. and Mexico for five years working in Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Vermont, New York, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Cancun until she made it to sunny California where she is currently the props mistress with the San Diego Rep. She has also worked with Moxie Theatre.