Who's Who in Sense and Sensibility

 

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NOEL ANTHONY
SONYA BALSARA
ANTOINETTE COMER
HUNTER RYAN HERDLICKA
LUCINDA HITCHCOCK CONE
DARRELL MORRIS, JR.
NICK NAKASHIMA
SHARON RIETKERK
COLIN THOMSON
MELISSA WOLFKLAIN
SEAN OKUNIEWICZ
HEATHER ORTH
MICHELLE SKINNER
WILL SPRINGHORN, JR.
PAUL GORDON
ROBERT KELLEY
FUMIKO BIELEFELDT
MAYA HERBSMAN
KIMBERLY MOHNE HILL
WILLIAM LIBERATORE
JEFFREY LO
RANDALL K. LUM
STEVEN B. MANNSHARDT
JEFF MOCKUS
PENNY PENDLETON.
JOE RAGEY
EMILY ANDERSON WOLF
TIM BOND
PHIL SANTORA

 

NOEL ANTHONY (Colonel Brandon) returns to Theatre Works after appearing in Rags (Nathan), Sweeney Todd (Pirelli), The Secret Garden (Neville), Merrily We Roll Along, A Little Princess, and Jane Eyre: The Musical (Mason). Noel is a veteran of over 75 full productions in a span of 25 years. He has worked for American Conservatory Theater, American Musical Theatre San Jose, Center REP, San Jose Stage Co. Broadway by the Bay, Sierra Repertory Theatre, and Woodminster Summer Musicals, just to name a few. For more info: noelanthonyescobar.com

 

SONYA BALSARA (Lucy Steele and Maid) is thrilled to be making her TheatreWorks debut! She was recently in the Broadway workshop of The Karate Kid (Ali Mills), the international production of West Side Story (Maria) at IHI StageAround in Tokyo, as well as various Broadway readings. Her film and TV appearances include FBI (CBS), Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon Prime), and Boarding School (Amazon Prime). Sonya received her BFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. For Matthew, always.

 

ANTOINETTE COMER (Marianne Dashwood) is excited to make her Theatre Works debut! Previously she was seen on Broadway in Mamma Mia! and OffBroadway in Smokey Joe's Cafe and Sistas: the Musical (Gloria). National and International Tours include Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Lucille), Mamma Mia! (Lisa), and Dreamgirls (Lorrell). Select regional credits include Pioneer Theatre Company, Elf: the Musical (Jovie), Virginia Repertory Theatre, Atlantis: A New Musical (Maya), and the Palace Theatre, Sister Act (Deloris). She can currently be seen and heard on several national commercials. She thanks God, and her family and friends for all their support.

 

HUNTER RYAN HERDLICKA (Mr. Willoughby) is a Dallas native and Carnegie Mellon graduate. Hunter made his Broadway debut as Henrik in the Tony Award-winning revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, opposite Catherine ZetaJones and Angela Lansbury, followed by Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch. Other New York credits: Once Upon a Mattress (the Minstrel) and Jerry Herman's Dear World (Julian) starring opposite Tyne Daly. Hunter has appeared in around 20 regional productions including The Tempest (Ariel) at the Dallas Theater Center, Candide (Maximillian) at the Alliance Theatre, Ragtime (Younger Brother) at Barrington Stage, and The Pirates of Penzance (Frederic) at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. A close friend of legendary actress Elaine Stritch, Hunter appeared in and helped produce the award-winning documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. @HRHerdlicka

 

LUCINDA HITCHCOCK CONE (Mrs. Jennings) appeared here in Pride and Prejudice, Tuck Everlasting, Outside Mullingar, Big River, Clean House, Ragtime, and Cabaret. She played Linda Loman in Death Of A Salesman at San Jose Stage Company. She appeared in the National Tour of Big River. Her regional credits include Hartford Stage, Arizona Theater Company, Indiana Rep., Portland Stage, Syracuse Stage, the Geva, St. Louis Rep., Folger Theater, Coconut Grove Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep., San Jose Rep., Sacramento Music Circus, Capital Stage, B Street Theater, Aurora Theater, Marin Theater Co., American Musical Theatre of San Jose, 42nd Street Moon, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts among others. She has four Bay Area Critics Circle Awards and a DramaLogue Award. She studied Mime in Paris with Etienne Decroux..

 

DARRELL MORRIS, JR. (Edward Ferrars) is thrilled to be making his Theatre Works debut with Sense and Sensibility. He recently appeared in the National Tour of Les Miserables (Montparnasse, u/s Enjolras) and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Selected regional credits include The Scottsboro Boys (CharlieNictoria) with SpeakEasy Stage, Peter Pan (Peter) with CIC Theatre, and a gender-bent production of The Boys from Syracuse (Luciana) Off-Broadway. Darrell spent the holiday season with For the Record's Love Actually Live! in Beverly Hills. His film and TV appearances include WeCrashed and Due Season (2022). MFA, The Boston Conservatory. BM, Baylor University. Big love to my family and friends who've become family. Endless thanks to PA and the TheatreWorks team. @darrellmorrisjr

 

NICK NAKASHIMA (John Dashwood and Mr. Harris, he/him) is a character actor of long and rich experience. Mr. Nakashima is thrilled to return to TheatreWorks, having last been seen as Robert Martin in Emma. Some of the many plays in which he had important parts include Emma, The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue, A Little Night Music (TheatreWorks), A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (42nd St. Moon). Other regional credits include Next to Normal (Jewel Theatre), Children of Eden, Beauty and the Beast (American Musical Theatre of San Jose), The King and I, The Producers, La Cage aux Folles (Woodminster).

 

SHARON RIETKERK (Elinor Dashwood) has been seen at Theatre Works in Pride and Prejudice, Emma (Theater Bay Area Award nomination), Marry Me a Little (Theatre Bay Area Winner), Cyrano, Little Women, The Secret Garden, and Triangle (TheatreWorks, Lyric Theater of Oklahoma). Other regional credits include Sense and Sensibility (Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Old Globe Theatre San Diego), A Minister's Wife (San Jose Rep); How the Other Half Loves, The Illusion (North Coast Repertory); The Secret Garden (42nd Street Moon); Communicating Doors, The Liar, Born Yesterday (Theatre Bay Area Winner, Center REP); Mary Stuart, On the Twentieth Century (Davis Shakespeare); Marian in The Music Man (South Coast Symphony), and in concert with San Francisco Symphony.

 

COLIN THOMSON (Lord Middleton) last appeared at Theatre Works alongside his wife of 16 years Karen Thomson Hall in readings of Miller & Tysen's Revival at the 2019 New Works Festival. Full productions at TheatreWorks include Tuck Everlasting, The Light in the Piazza, The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue, and All My Sons. He played Fezziwig, then went on as Jacob Marley and Father, in the San Francisco production of the recent multiple Tony award-winning adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Other career favorites include Dirty Blonde with Portland Center Stage, Company with Marin Theatre Co., Once with 42nd Street Moon, and All Shook Up and Sisters Matsumoto with Center REP. TV and film work includes NBC's Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist and Trauma, 13 Reasons Why for Netflix, and Blue Jasmine.

 

MELISSA WOLFKLAIN (Fanny Dashwood and Miss Grey) is so excited that live theatre is back! She broke her Covid fast by appearing in Starting Here, Starting Now at San Francisco Playhouse. At TheatreWorks, she originated the role of Mary Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and played Aileen in Tinyard Hill, for which she was nominated for a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award. She has also appeared in the National Tours of 42nd Street and White Christmas, both choreographed by Randy Skinner. Ms. WolfKlain has performed with 42nd Street Moon (A Gentleman's Guide ... , Dames at Sea), Hillbarn (Cabaret, Funny Girl), 3D Theatricals (Shrek), Mountain Play (Peter Pan) and others. Follow her on lnstagram! @melissawolfklain www.melissawolfklain.com Thanks Mom, Dad, Tyler and Shleeber for your continued love and support.

 

SEAN OKUNIEWICZ (u/s Edward Farrars / Mr. Willoughby / John Dashwood) has performed with TheatreWorks in Santaland Diaries (Crumpet u/s), Oskar school tour (Oskar), and several Young Playwrights Projects. His regional credits include The Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff), Mamma Mia! (Eddie), Adios Mama Carlota! (Van Der Smissen), and Hand To God (Timothy) for San Jose Stage Company, as well as Mamma Mia! (Sky) and Altar Boyz (Matthew) for Center REP., and numerous appearances with Broadway By The Bay, CMT Marquee, Berkeley Playhouse, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, City Lights Theater Co., Cabrillo Stage, and Hillbarn Theatre. Sean also writes and records original music, his debut E.P. I Cant Stop Loving You, is available on Apple Music, Spotify and all major streaming platforms.

 

HEATHER ORTH (u/s Mrs . Jennings) was last seen at Theatre Works in the world premiere of Pride and Prejudice as Mrs. Bennet (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award). A Bay Area native, she has performed at 42nd Street Moon in The Secret Garden (BATCC Award) and The Boys From Syracuse (Theatre Bay Area Award), Hillbarn Theatre in Sweeney Todd (TBA Award) and Noises Off, Berkeley Playhouse in Sister Act (TBA Award), Custom Made Theatre in Passion (BATCC Award; TBA Award nominee) and Grey Gardens (BATCC Award), Ray of Light Theatre in Carrie (BATCC Award nominee) and Jesus Christ Superstar (BATCC Award; TBA Award nominee), Foothill Musical Theatre in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Broadway by the Bay in Cats and Gypsy.

 

MICHELLE SKINNER (Maid, u/s Fanny Dashwood / Lucy Steele) is excited to be back with TheatreWorks, having last understudied in their production of Tuck Everlasting. Michelle is a graduate of UC Irvine, and the acting program at South Coast Repertory. Favorite credits include: Margo in Bright Star (Palo Alto Players), Brooke in Noises Off (Hillbarn), Lucrece in The Liar and Sue in Carrie: the Musical (Western Stage), Annelle in Steel Magnolias (Newport Theatre Arts Center), and Bette in The Marriage of Bette & Boo (Costa Mesa Playhouse.)

 

WILL SPRINGHORN, JR (u/s John Dashwood / Lord Middleton / Colonel Brandon) At TheatreWorks: Peter and the Starcatcher, Snow Falling on Cedars and New Works Festival Alice Bliss, Low Country, Gurley, An Entomologist's Love Story, Laugh, and Something Wicked this Way Comes. Bay Area Theatre credits include the world premieres of An Entomologist's Love Story with SF Playhouse, and Persuasion and Adios Mama Carlota with San Jose Stage Company. Mr. Springhorn teaches theatre at West Valley College and Diablo Valley College. www. willspringhornjr.com

 

PAUL GORDON (Book, music, and lyrics) was nominated for a 2001 Tony Award for music and lyrics to Jane Eyre (TW West Coast Premiere 2003). He has developed and premiered several shows at TW including Pride and Prejudice (2019), Emma (2007 BATCC Award, TW productions in 2007 and 2015), Daddy Long Legs (2009 Ovation Award winner, TW productions in 2010 and 2016), and Being Earnest (2013). He won the 2015 Jeff Award for Best New Work for his book, music, and lyrics for Sense and Sensibility, commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare Theater. His works have been performed all over the country and internationally. Other works include Knight's Tale, Analog and Vinyl, Little Miss Scrooge, No One Called Ahead, The Front, Juliet and Romeo, Sleepy Hollow, The Circle, and The Sportswriter.

 

ROBERT KELLEY (Director) is a Bay Area native and Stanford University graduate. He founded TheatreWorks in 1970, retiring in June 2020 after directing over 175 TheatreWorks productions, including many world and regional premieres. He has received the Silicon Valley Arts Council's Legacy Laureate Award; the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Paine Knickerbocker Award and Jerry Friedman Award for Lifetime Achievement; the Theatre Bay Area Legacy Award; BATCC Awards for Outstanding Direction for Pride and Prejudice (2020); The Hound of the Baskervilles; Into the Woods; Pacific Overtures; Rags; Sweeney Todd; Another Midsummer Night; Sunday in the Park with George; Jane Eyre; and Caroline, or Change; and a TBA Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical for Daddy Long Legs. He is proud to be TheatreWorks' Artistic Director Emeritus.

 

FUMIKO BIELEFELDT (Costume Design) has designed over 60 productions (garnering over 25 awards) for TheatreWorks-including Pride and Prejudice, Archduke, Tuck Everlasting, The Bridges of Madison County, Rags, Daddy Long Legs, Cyrano, Fallen Angels, Sweeney Todd, Silent Sky, Little Women, 33 Variations, Sense and Sensibility, The Light in the Piazza, Caroline, or Change, M. Butterfly, and Emma, among others. She has designed extensively throughout the Bay Area and regionally. She holds a BA in Economics from Waseda University (Tokyo) and studied costume design at Stanford. Design awards include: 2004 Barbara Bladen Porter Special Award, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, Dean Goodman Choice Awards, and Back Stage West Garland Award.

 

MAYA HERBSMAN (Intimacy Coordinator) is a Middle Eastern Ohlone Land based intimacy director, director, arts administrator, and educator. Maya has been the first intimacy professional at theaters across Northern California including Berkeley Rep, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, San Francisco Playhouse, Shotgun Players, Golden Thread Productions, Z Space, Cutting Ball Theater, Crowded Fire Theater, and more. Her work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, J Magazine, and HowlRound. She is currently on faculty at Berkeley Rep, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), The Urban School of San Francisco, and is a recurring guest lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University in Theater, with the Rachel Henderson Memorial Prize in Directing.

 

KIMBERLY MOHNE HILL (Dialect Coach) has served as Dialect Coach for over 25 years at TheatreWorks, working on such shows as: Pride and Prejudice, Around the World in 80 Days, Rags, Constellations, Triangle, Sweeney Todd, Water by the Spoonful, 33 Variations, The Pitmen Painters, Snow Falling on Cedars, The North Pool, Doubt, Theophilus North, Arcadia, Jane Eyre, Baby Taj, and Anna in the Tropics. An Associate Professor in Acting at Santa Clara University, she continues to direct and coach throughout the Bay Area. Recently, she directed The Wolves for the SCU Department of Theatre & Dance. She has published three books with Smith & Kraus: Great Scenes in Dialect for Young Actors and Monologues in Dialect for Young Actors, Volumes I and II.

 

WILLIAM LIBERATORE (Musical Director and Orchestrations) is TheatreWorks' Resident Musical Director and has conducted 45 shows, including Tuck Everlasting, Fun Home, The Prince of Egypt, Rags, Sweeney Todd, Once on This Island (TBA Award), Little Women, Crowns, Ragtime, and Pacific Overtures. He was Musical Director at American Musical Theatre of San Jose, conducting over 30 shows including Flower Drum Song, Gypsy, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Follies, and Children of Eden. He has won Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for A Little Night Music, South Pacific, Damn Yankees (AMTSJ), and Bat Boy: The Musical; Into the Woods; Emma; Caroline, or Change; The Light in the Piazza, The Four Immigrants, andBridges of Madison County (TheatreWorks). He is also the director of the award-winning Gunn High School Choirs.

 

JEFFREY LO (Casting Director) directed TheatreWorks' productions of The Language Archive and The Santaland Diaries. A Filipino-American director and playwright, his additional directing credits include Vietgone and The Great Leap at Capital Stage, Hold These Truths at San Francisco Playhouse, and Between Riverside and Crazy at San Jose Stage Co. He is the recipient of the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artist Award, the Arts Council Silicon Valley Emerging Artist Laureate, and Theatre Bay Area Director's TITAN Award. In addition to his work on stage, Mr. Lo does work nationally promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts. He is a graduate of the multicultural Arts Leadership Institute and a proud alumnus of the UC Irvine Drama Department. JeffreyWritesAPlay.com

 

RANDALL K. LUM (Stage Manager) recently production stage managed the Old Vic's production of A Christmas Carol at the Golden Gate Theatre. Selected TheatreWorks' productions: They Promised Her The Moon, Pride and Prejudice, The 39 Steps, Archduke, Fun Home, Hold These Truths, Finks, Skeleton Crew, Around the World in 80 Days, The Prince of Egypt, Constellations, Rags, OutsideMullingar, Confederates, The Velocity of Autumn, Jane Austen's Emma, The Country House, Fallen Angels, The Lake Effect, Peter and the Starcatcher, Time Stands Still, Other Desert Cities, and Once on This Island. Other companies: Oregon and San Francisco Shakespeare Festivals, Denver Center Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, The Old Globe, American Conservatory Theater, California Shakespeare Theatre, Berkeley and Seattle Repertory Theatres, Laguna and Pasadena Playhouses, and South Coast Repertory.

 

STEVEN B. MANNSHARDT (Lighting Design) has been the lighting designer for over 100 productions at TheatreWorks, having won numerous Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Theatre Bay Area, and Dean Goodman Choice Awards for his work. His regional design credits include Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven; A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle; American Repertory Theater, Cambridge; Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo; Magic Theatre; and Pasadena Playhouse. He currently teaches lighting design and stage management at San Jose State University. Mr . Mannshardt also runs an organization dedicated to improving the education system for both children and adults in Nepal. www.nepal.wwep.org

 

JEFF MOCKUS (Sound Design) has designed TheatreWorks productions of Lizard Boy, Mark Twain's River of Song, Tuck Everlasting, Native Gardens, The Bridges of Madison County, The Four Immigrants, Rags, Crimes of the Heart, Daddy Long Legs, tokyo fish story, Jane Austen's Emma, Sweeney Todd, Once on This Island, Silent Sky, Little Women, Being Earnest, Big River, Of Mice and Men, The Secret Garden, Fly By Night, [title of show], and Superior Donuts. Recent work includes A Christmas Carol for Center REP, The Children at Aurora Theatre Co, and Love Goddess, The Rita Hayworth Cabaret for Blue Panther Productions. Mr. Mockus served in residence at San Jose Rep on over 70 productions, including Old Wicked Songs (BATCC award), By The Bog Of Cats (BATCC award), and Mary's Wedding (Dean Goodman Choice award).

PENNY PENDLETON (Assistant Stage Manager) is so grateful for her first production at TheatreWorks! Local Stage Management credits: Marley's Chains (A Christmas Carol), which performed at the Golden Gate Theatre, and Pericles, Prince of Tyre Episodes 1-4 with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, which were performed both online and in parks throughout the Bay Area. She studied Stage Management at the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts (PCPA Theatrefest) and has enjoyed Stage Managing with The Sting and Honey Company, The Egyptian Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company, ShowGear, lntermountain Health, and Corporate Staging Resources. Thank you to the crew and company, especially Randall and Emily, for your kindness and dedication to this production.

 

JOE RAGEY (Scenic Design) has designed over 60 shows since 1985. His favorite TheatreWorks designs include Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Around The World in 80 Days, Peter & The Starcatcher, Daddy Long Legs, Little Women, Big River, The 39 Steps, A Christmas Memory, Merrily We Roll Along, Baby Taj, My Antonia, Jane Eyre, Peter Pan, Triumph of Love, You Can't Take it With You, Equus, Conversations With My Father, Nagasaki Dust, Honor Song for Crazy Horse, La Bete, and Pacific Overtures. Joe received over a dozen Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, LA Drama-Logue Awards and Dean Goodman Choice Awards for his TheatreWorks stage designs.

 

EMILY ANDERSON WOLF (Assistant Stage Manager) has been the Assistant Stage Manager for TheatreWorks' Archduke, Frost/ Nixon, Fun Home, Finks, The Prince of Egypt, Rags, Crimes of the Heart, Jane Austen's Emma, Triangle, Fire on the Mountain, Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweeney Todd, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Little Women, and Other Desert Cities. She was also the Assistant Stage Manager for threesixty Entertainment's First National Tour of Peter Pan; Journey to the West at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and with American Musical Theatre of San Jose. Ms. Wolf also works as a stagehand throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and is a proud member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. She holds a BA in Theatre, Cum Laude from Mount Holyoke College.

 

TIM BOND (Artistic Director) joined TheatreWorks as Artistic Director in July 2020. He is a nationally known director and educator with past leadership roles as Producing Artistic Director at Syracuse Stage, Associate Artistic Director at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Artistic Director at Seattle Group Theatre, and tenured full Professor and Head of the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington School of Drama. Over the last 37 years Tim has directed at many theatres including the Market Theatre, Baxter Theatre Centre, Guthrie Theater, Seattle Rep, Milwaukee Rep, The Wilma Theater, Arena Stage, GEVA Theatre Center, Cleveland Play House, Indiana Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, PCPA, Arizona Theatre Co., Portland Center Stage, Dallas Theater Center, A Contemporary Theatre, Empty Space Theatre, Paul Robeson Theatre, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. He is the recipient two Backstage West Garland Awards, two Syracuse Area Live Theatre (SALT) Awards, and a Dallas-Fort Worth Critics Forum Award.

 

PHIL SANTORA (Executive Director) joined TheatreWorks in 2007. He has served as Managing Director of Northlight Theatre (Chicago) and Georgia Shakespeare Festival (Atlanta), as well as Development Director for Great Lakes Theatre Festival (Cleveland) and George Street Playhouse (New Brunswick). He holds an MFA in Theatre Administration from the Yale School of Drama and a BA in Drama from Duke University. He has served as Vice President of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Board. Prior board service includes the League of Chicago Theatres, Atlanta Coalition of Theatres, and the executive committee of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT). He was named 2000’s Best Arts Administrator by Atlanta Magazine and received the Atlanta Arts and Business Council’s 1998 ABBY Award for Arts Administrator.