Simple Gifts

 

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Adam J. Saucedo
Amy Lizardo
Maya Greenberg
Michelle E. Jordan
Sharon Rietkerk
Michael Gene Sullivan
Velina Brown
Bryan Munar
Maya Michal Sherer
David Crane
Will Springhorn Jr.
Tim Bond
Stephen Muterspaugh
William Liberatore

 

ADAM J. SAUCEDO was last seen at TheatreWorks when he made his debut in Frost/Nixon. He was involved with Santa Clara University’s SCU Presents outreach show of Dr. Francisco Jimenez’s The Circuit in 2018, and was honored to join them a second time in 2019 for the adaptation of his second book, Breaking Through. Mr. Saucedo has worked with El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista, and has performed throughout Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. He is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton’s BFA musical theater program. As always, he thanks his family, mentors, and friends for their continued love and support. A special Thank You to his two grandparents.

 

AMY LIZARDO has performed previously with TheatreWorks in the workshop of Once Upon A Rhyme (Cypher). Amy has worked regionally with Arena Stage in Mother Road (Mo), the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in La Comedia of Errors (Adriana) and Mother Road (Mo); American Conservatory Theatre in Men on Boats (Hawkins), A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Cratchet) and The Unfortunates (Handsome Carl); San Francisco Playhouse in Dogfight (Marcy) and The Rules (Meh); California Shakespeare Theatre in The Tempest (Ariel) and Quixote Nuevo (Juana); Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Party People (Clara). Amy received her MA in Theatre from San Jose State University.

 

MAYA GREENBERG has performed with Los Altos Stage Company in Oslo (Yossi Beilin), and with Dragon Production Theatre Company in Macbeth (Banquo, Hecate). She also appeared on the Bench Project 7 in Her Wishes (Maggie). Before relocating from Israel to the Bay Area, Maya performed in Israel in Phaedra's Love (Phadera) and toured festivals in Europe and the Lincoln Center NYC with The Cameri Theatre in Mithos (Clytemnestra). Her film and TV appearances include One-On-One, an Israeli women’s interviewing show (Host). Mrs. Greenberg earned her BA in Theatre and Acting from Tel-Aviv University.

 

MICHELLE E. JORDAN has performed in theatres throughout the Bay Area including TheatreWorks, American Conservatory Theatre, Oakland Ensemble Theatre, and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. At TheatreWorks, she appeared in the New Works Festival reading of Little Rock, and mainstage productions of It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, Crowns, Ain't Misbehavin', Sweet & Hot, Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery, Hi-Hat Hattie!, Go Down Garvey, and Dreamgirls, for which she won a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of Effie. She is a licensed minister, spiritual counselor, teacher, and facilitator, and member of InterPlay’s performance ensemble WING IT! She has been the Minister of Music at the San Jose Center for Spiritual Living since 2013.

 

SHARON RIETKERK has been seen at TheatreWorks in Pride and Prejudice, Emma (Theatre Bay Area Award nomination), Marry Me a Little (Theatre Bay Area Winner best actress), Cyrano, Little Women, The Secret Garden, 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 Repertory Theater); The Secret Garden (42nd St Moon); Communicating Doors, The Liar, Born Yesterday (Theatre Bay Area Winner, best actress) (Center Repertory Theatre); How the Other Half Loves, The Illusion, Gunmetal Blues (North Coast Repertory); Mary Stuart, On the Twentieth Century (Davis Shakespeare); Marian in The Music Man (South Coast Symphony), and in concert with San Francisco Symphony Chamber Music series and Soundbox series, The Tahoe Music Festival, and with the South Coast Symphony. You can watch her performances in Emma and Pride and Prejudice on Amazon Prime.

 

MICHAEL GENE SULLIVAN’S previous work at Theatreworks includes Tuck Everlasting, Around the World in Eighty Days, Cyrano, Peter and the Starcatcher, Hound of the Baskerviles, 33 Variations, Twentieth Century, Twelfth Night, Violet, Once On This Island, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Michael was also cast as Booker T. Washington in the Covid-19 canceled production of Ragtime. Other theater credits include the American Conservatory Theatre, The Denver Theatre Company, SF Playhouse, California Shakespeare Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Marin, Aurora, Magic, and Lorraine Hansberry Theaters, African American Shakespeare, and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Mr. Sullivan is also an actor, resident playwright, and director with the Tony award-winning (and never, ever silent) San Francisco Mime Troupe. He is the author of over 20 plays, including the stage adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984, which has been translated into six languages, and produced and performed on five continents. michaelgenesullivan.com

 

VELINA BROWN previously appeared at Theatreworks in Little Shop of Horrors. Other theater credits include the American Conservatory Theatre, The Denver Theatre Company, SF Playhouse, California Shakespeare Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Center Rep, Magic, Lorraine Hansberry Theater, Shotgun Players, Symmetry Theatre, Theatre Rhino and Central Works. Ms. Brown is a collective member/principal performer/director for the Tony and Obie award winning San Francisco Mime Troupe, with which she has toured the US, Europe and Asia. Ms. Brown has also toured France with Word for Word, and Portugal and Spain with Brooklyn based musical ensemble Barbez - with whom she recorded the album For Those Who Came After: Songs of the Resistance from the Spanish Civil War (available on iTunes.) A career coach for artists, Ms. Brown also writes a monthly advice column for Theatre Bay Area Magazine called The Business of Show Biz. For more info. www.velinabrown.com

 

BRYAN MUNAR is honored to make this TheatreWorks debut with this beautiful project! An alumnus of UC Berkeley (BA Computer Science) and ex-musical theater hater, he threw himself into the world of theater a few years ago because he wanted to sing more. Then he wanted to act more. Basically, he now understands why people do this for a career. His regional credits include Dance Nation (Luke) for SF Playhouse, Once (Eamon) for 42nd Street Moon, Spamalot (Patsy) for Marin Shakespeare Company, Freaky Friday (Austin) for Center REP, and various projects at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (The Ground Floor), Central Works, and Z Space to name a few. He’s currently expanding his career into writing/producing music to release on streaming platforms, venturing into Film/TV, and creating crazy content on TikTok. See what he's up to next at bryanmunar.com, Spotify/Youtube, and check him out on all the socials for more content.

 

MAYA MICHAL SHERER has played a plethora of characters in The TheatreWorks Young Playwrights Project. Regional credits include Anne Frank with Center REPertory Theatre (Margot Frank), Burning Man: The Musical (Molly) and PCPA’s production of You Can’t Take It With You (Olga). Recent Bay Area credits include Ray of Light Theatre’s production of Hedwig & The Angry Inch (Yitzhak), NCTC’s Avenue Q (Kate/Lucy), Zoom Theatre’s production of Actually (Amber) and a National Youth Art Awarded performance in Heathers: The Musical (Veronica Sawyer). Film credits include Netflix’s VideoGame HighSchool and AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead. With a Mission Statement of bringing representation, heritage and theater accessibility to all, Maya would like to thank her family, friends and partner for their support. Happy Hanukkah!

 

DAVID CRANE is honored to be returning to Theatreworks for Simple Gifts after performing in The Prince of Egypt (World Premiere - Aaron) and Tuck Everlasting (Hugo) as well as the New Works Festivals in 2017 and 2018. Other recent credits include The Glass Menagerie (Tom) at Sacramento Theatre Company; Vietgone (Bobby/Playwright) at Capitol Stage; Dave Malloy's Don't Stop Me (The DJ) and Next to Normal (Henry) at YMTC Berkeley; Indoor Person (Travis) at Normal Ave; Noises Off (Lloyd) at Hillbarn Theatre; Grease (Danny) Hair (Berger) and West Side Story (Bernardo) at The Mountain Play; and 110 in the Shade (Jimmy) at Actor's Co-op Hollywood. You can also catch him online in numerous BuzzFeed sketches, some with over 100 million views! Proud UCLA graduate and theatre teacher at Oakland School for the Arts. More info at his website (www.davidtcrane.com) and on social media (@craviddane)

 

WILL SPRINGHORN JR. TheatreWorks mainstage credits include Peter and the Starcatcher, Snow Falling on Cedars and An Entomologist’s Love Story, Laugh, and Something Wicked This Way Comes for the New Works Festival. 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 and Diablo Valley College. www.willspringhornjr.com

 

TIM BOND joined TheatreWorks Silicon Valley 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 35 years Tim has directed at many theatres including The Market Theatre (Johannesburg), Baxter Theatre Centre (Cape Town), Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis), Milwaukee Rep, The Wilma Theater (Philadelphia), Arena Stage (DC), GEVA Theatre Center (Rochester), Cleveland Play House, Indiana Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, PCPA (Santa Maria), Arizona Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Seattle Rep, A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle), Empty Space Theatre (Seattle), 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. Tim received his BFA in Dramatic Arts from Howard University and his MFA in Directing from the University of Washington.

 

STEPHEN MUTERSPAUGH (Video Production) has appeared on the TheatreWorks stage in Frost/NixonCyrano, and The Country House as well as in Tiny Houses in the 2017 New Works Festival. Regional credits include Southwest Shakespeare Co., Utah Shakespeare Festival, Creede Repertory Theatre, Pacific Conservatory Theatre, Powerhouse Theater, and Geva Theatre Center. He has appeared locally with Jewel Theatre Co., San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, California Conservatory Theatre, Livermore Shakespeare Festival, Second Wind Productions, and Marin Shakespeare Co. When not onstage, Mr. Muterspaugh serves as the Artistic Digital Production and Operations Manager/Company Manager at TheatreWorks. He is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory Theatre and a proud member of Actor’s Equity.

 

WILLIAM LIBERATORE (Musical Director) is TheatreWorks’ Resident Musical Director and has conducted over 40 shows, including Marie and Rosetta, Tuck Everlasting, Fun Home, The Prince of Egypt, Rags, Sweeney Todd, Once on This Island (2014 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; and The Bridges of Madison County (TheatreWorks). He is also the director of the award-winning Gunn High School Choirs.