Alumni Update

February 2016

Jeff Lovelace

Jeff was PCPA's staff photographer and publications designer from 1965 - 1970. After decades of travel he now lives quietly in Bakersfield, close to the mountains and desert he loves.
Also: Jeff is the author/photographer of teh environmental book, A California Landscape, and designer/producer of other publications including: Premier Cahier de la Typographie, Tepesquet, and The Georgia Journal of Reading. He has promoted international development as a consultant to U.S. Peace Corps, Morocco 1976, and has worked for social justice as a VISTA volunteer. His photographs are in the collection of the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley; and Stanford University Library.
jeff.colofon@gmail.com

April 2015

Rick Barbour

I was a student 1978 - 80. Acted, mostly, but also designed a show (scenery).

Returned as an Artist-in-Residence in 1987 through 1998.
Acted, directed, taught 2nd-yr acting.

Worked as Production Manager at Denver Center Theatre Company 1998 - 2002.

Director/instructor/mentor at National Theatre Conservatory 2007 - 2009.

Founding member of Great River Shakespeare Festival (www.grsf.org) in Winona, MN, 2004 - present. I go there each summer to direct a show.

Faculty, Department of Theatre, University of Denver, 2003 - present.
Dept chair since 2009. I teach acting & directing classes, and direct departmental productions.

All the best to you all the PCPA tribe,
R
Dear folks,
I was at PCPA the summers of 1979-80-81 as set designer for As You Like It, South Pacific, The Journey, Camino Real, and Billy Budd. I am in my 59th season with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival designing Antony and Cleopatra for our Elizabethan stage. Many friends made at PCPA have been lifetime ones.
Richard L. Hay
Senior Theatre and Scenic Designer
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Hi guys!

PCPA acting graduate class of 2010. I moved to LA shortly after graduating and began doing film here. I studied improvisation at The Groundlings School. I have done commercials for companies like Amazon & Just For Men, and have appeared in music videos for Steve Angelo and Terri Clark. Recently, I produced my first feature film with my husband Mike Relm. I also work with the Young Storytellers Foundation as a mentor and actor teaching grade school kids how to write their own screenplays.
-Laura Relm (Pronge)
Marcus Boardman- acting conservatory, class of 06'-'08, '08 summer season (Ragtime and Godspell).

After finishing the summer season in '08 I returned home to Santa Cruz and began training and working as a Pro wrestler for the next 3 years (rival forge wrestling, California Grand Prix wrestling). During that time I got a job at an eco friendly lunchbox company which I'm now operations manager for. Somewhere in between all of that I have managed to squeeze in 2 shows with Cabrillo stage (lunch, and Urinetown) as well as teach some, assistant direct, and perform in a one night affair directed by Tom Lehrer. Performance has remained a constant in my life and the skill and professionalism that I gained at PCPA have been the cornerstone of my continued growth and accomplishment in both work and art. This photo is me as Mr, McQueen, Urinetown 2014/15.

Regards-
Marcus Boardman

March 2015

Sam Zeller - Les Miserables, Hairspray, My Fairytale

Hi, PCPA!!!
Not much else to report on my end, except that we just passed our 200th performance and eighth month on the national tour of Kinky Boots! We are currently in St. Louis, about to hit Cleveland, Buffalo, and Philadelphia. The show has already been rebooked for Los Angeles, San Francisco, Charlotte, and Houston since we've performed in those cities. The show has unofficial dates listed into 2018. It's an amazing gig, working with amazing people, and sharing an amazing story and message. I had the pleasure of seeing Erik and Jackie in Costa Mesa at the first of the year. Earlier this year, our cast won the Gypsy of the Year by collecting over $350,000 on the road, over a six week period, for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS, selling boots, shopping bags, t shirts, aprons, and taking pictures with audience members in the six inch heels!!! I love and miss you guys! When the tour is over for me, let me come back and play with you on the Central Coast!
xoxoxo SAM
aka
Jean Valjean
Edna Turnblad
 
Pippa Winslow-Rolandellie - PCPA summers 1988 & 1989

Here's a bit of what I've been up to this last year.

Still living and working in England, Pippa has played Velma in two productions of HAIRSPRAY this last year, one at the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage and one in Macau as part of the their International Festival of Music. She has filmed two projects for Investigation Discovery, one a series currently titled SUSPICIOUS MINDS and one a feature film currently titled SERIAL KILLER both to be released later this year, as well as one episode in the new series starring Rob Lowe for Sky1 entitled APOCALYPSE SLOUGH. In April she begins rehearsals for the UK premiere of COUGAR THE MUSICAL playing the role of Lily which runs at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry May 16 to June 6.

I've attached a publicity photo of me as Lily in COUGAR THE MUSICAL (with Dawn Hope and Suanne Braun) as well as a character shot of me as Polly in last year's OTHER DESERT CITIES at the Old Vic where I was understudy to Sinead Cussack and Clare Higgins.

Many thanks,
Pippa

 

Tiffany Canfield class of 1997 - Grapes of Wrath, Oliver, The Miracle Worker


Writing this from freezing NY, where I have lived since 2001. I'm a casting director at Telsey + Company and we have had a wonderful year.

Recently cast the feature film "Into the Woods" for Disney, "Focus" for Warner Bros and currently casting "Four Ten Four" starring Tina Fey, Martin Freeman and Margot Robbie.

We are also looking forward to our mini-series on the Starz network, "Flesh and Bone." We saw over 1000 ballet dancers for this series. If you are a fan of dance, it is a must see!

While I mainly work in feature film and television, I still do get my hands on theater and enjoyed casting "Threepenny Opera" directed by Martha Clarke at the Atlantic Theater Company and "Anna Nicole-The Opera," which was a co-production with BAM and New York City Opera. I hope all are doing well!

Best,
TLC
tiffany little canfield, csa
212-868-1260 x37
311 west 43rd street, 10th floor
ny, ny 10036
tiffany.canfield@telseyandco.com
www.telseyandco.com
"A team on a mission to help other artists realize their vision."

 
Kim Wheetley worked at the theatre in Santa Maria the summers of 1969 and 1970 as assistant company manager, assistant director, and stage manager. He returned the summer of 1974 as administrator of the new outdoor theatre being built in Solvang. He stayed on for the next fall and spring working as vocal class accompanist, pianist for Godspell, actor in 1776, and children’s theatre director of Yin and Yang and Alice in Wonderland: What’s A Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like this?

Professor emeritus Kim Wheetley was honored in March 2015 by the Southeastern Theatre Conference during its’ convention in Chattanooga. He received the Sarah Spencer Child Drama Award, which recognizes an individual or organization for dynamic and engaging work for young people. This lifetime achievement award honored Kim’s 50-year career in several venues. He taught theatre at high schools in Santa Maria, California; Killeen, Texas; and the International School in Bangkok, Thailand. He worked at PCPA and taught at The University of Texas at Austin. He was the theatre consultant for the Texas Education Agency for ten years and then served 25 years as director of theatre education and executive director of the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Kim was a member of the national writing teams for the 1994 National Standards for Theatre Education and 2002 INTASC Standards for Licensing Classroom Teachers and Specialists in the Arts. He is a past president of the Texas Educational Theatre Association and the American Alliance for Theatre & Education.

I had a fantastic time at the reunion last summer!
Thanks,
Kim
 
Hi!
This is Chris Sadler, and I was a stage management intern summer of 1990, summer of 1991, and from Jan 1992-May 1994 (too many shows to list but highlights were Two Rooms, Great Expectations, Alice In Wonderland, South Pacific, and Death of a Salesman). I'm currently finishing up my 10th year heading up the stage management BFA at the University of Oklahoma where I am an Associate Professor. We just had Paul Mason Barnes out here to direct Othello, giving his talents to help educate our students. I spent last summer at the Great River Shakespeare Festival, and will be returning there for my third year as stage manager, working with numerous PCPA alums.
 
Last fall I appeared as Horace Gilmer and Nathan Radley in To Kill A Mockingbird at The Arts Center Of Coastal Carolina in Hilton Head Island South Carolina.

I will head to Las Vegas on April first to play Vice Principle Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at The Nevada Conservatory Theatre until May tenth. I will also be teaching my Elements Of Comedy Workshop to the students there. Really looking forward to that!

All the best,
Wesley Mann


Wes appeared in PCPA productions of
A Midsummer Night's Dream,
Greater Tuna
, and The Foreigner, among others.

 

April 2014

Sam Zeller
Les Mis, Hairspray

Sam just announced he's been cast in the first national touring company of the Tony-award winning, Best Musical, KINKY BOOTS!!! Rehearsals start in NY, late July, and the tour will open in Las Vegas--with dates already slated until the Spring of 2016!
 
Vincent Rodriguez III
class of 2003 - Peter Pan, Hello Dolly, Honk!, Crazy For You, Wonderful Town

Just finished a year of touring this past November as Luke in Roundabout Theater Company's 1st National tour of Anything Goes. This past February he taught masterclass and intensives at PCPA right before he booked Here Lies Love at the Public Theater Off Broadway in New York City as a swing and double principal cover. HLL was written by David Byrne & Fat Boy Slim and directed by Broadway’s Alex Timbers (Rocky, Peter and the Starcatchers, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson). Previews start April 14th, 2014 and opens May 1st, 2014. www.VR3rd.com, www.herelieslove.com
 
Morgan Mackay
1970

I was at P.C.P.A. first in 1970, where I performed in Carousel (with Harry Groener, Jim Corti, and Jack and Carolyn Shouse) directed by Donovan Marley. Then, in 1971, I played Motel the Tailor in Fiddler on the Roof, directed by James Moll, and I performed in Cabaret, directed by Laird Williamson. Since then, I worked with South Coast Repertory for several years, performed Off-Broadway and in regional theaters, studied with Yale School of Drama in their Oxford, England program, and I now live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my wife and three grown children (a 20 year old daughter, and 18 year old twins – a boy and a girl). I’m still acting and recently performed in the American Conservatory Theater’s production of 1776 directed by Frank Galati, which was a great experience (third from the right). P.C.P.A. provided a terrific training ground for me, and I cherish the wonderful memories I have of friends and productions during those years.
 

March 2014

Sam Zeller
1991

Since last year, I have, thankfully worked, non stop. After playing Captain Hook in the international tour of Peter Pan, I spent last summer in San Diego, playing Tevye in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and the production was so popular and successful, Lamb's Player's Theater brought the show back at the top of 2014, where we performed at the Lyceum Theatre at San Diego Rep.

I have donned the wig and costumes (thank you, Fred!!!) of Edna once again, in HAIRSPRAY at the Glendale Centre Theatre, played Adam in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS at the Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont, and have done a couple of special workshops for Disney: Unfortunately, I'm under a contract to not discuss them in detail, but it's safe to say, they are stage versions of two of Disney's recent successful animated musicals.
I filmed my first national commercial that is getting lots of airplay--I'm playing an actor dressed as a king in the Pepsi mini can commercial, uttering the famous "I'm King of the World," from the movie "Titanic." The commercial shows a busy P.A. running around a busy studio lot, and all the people involved say iconic movie lines. I've heard you can make good money on a national commercial--I haven't seen a dime yet, but fingers are crossed. I love it when people tell me they've seen it.

This coming summer, I'm happy to say, I'll be playing Jean Valjean once again in LES MISERABLES: going back to the Lamb's Player's Theater in San Diego, on beautiful Coronado Island. They have been so good to me--like PCPA has. I cannot wait to tackle this piece once again. It's hard to believe it's been 5 years since we did this together!

I love and miss you guys. I just saw your upcoming season announcement!!! How wonderful!

xoxox SAM
Paula Dinkel
1968-69

I was there for three semesters and danced in Half a Sixpence, ran lights for The Subject Was Roses, and I stage managed for Donovan directing Billy Budd, and generally ate, slept, and breathed theatre - I had found my life long passion!
I painted sets and floors with Bob Blackman for both King and I and Stop the World, I played flute in the orchestra for Stop the World I Want to Get Off, and I ran props and did some lighting.

I am now a Principal Lighting Designer for Walt Disney Imagineering, currently living in China and working on the Shanghai Disneyland project. Congratulations on continued success! Paula
Bill & Mary Carroll
(most summers, 1973-83, in the costume shop)
are happily retired in New Mexico. It truly is the Land of Enchantment!
From 1986-1996, Bill was producing director of California's Original Theater Company in Sacramento, CA. Mary was a poet and playwright. COTC fully produced or presented staged readings of over 140 original works with an emphasis on the original plays of women and people of color.
We're now enjoying the opportunities we have here to attend and support the performing arts, and to explore the unique arts and history of New Mexico and its constantly amazing natural environment.
Dan Wilson
Acting Conservatory (1992-1994)

I’m now serving as the Associate Artistic Director for the Los Altos Stage Company, a semi-professional theater in the Bay Area, directing an amazing ensemble in Harold and Maude at the moment, and will be playing Oz in the Wizard of Oz this summer in our first ever co-production with Los Altos Youth Theatre.

A short film I acted in, Love in Absentia is just now launching into the festival circuit around the country.

Most fulfilling role to date, however, is father of two daughters, Astrid (3) and Klara (8 mos), with my wife, Anna!
Pippa Winslow
Actor 1988 - 1989
In February I've closed STRANGERS ON A TRAIN at the Gielgud Theatre in London and now I'm rehearsing at the Old Vic for their next production, OTHER DESERT CITIES, previews starting 13 March, running through 24 May. I'm understudy Polly Wyeth (Sinead Cusack) and Silda Grauman (Claire Higgins).
As soon as that finishes I have a brief UK tour of my one woman show, JUST A HOUSEWIFE. Follow on twitter @housewifetour or the web at www.JustAHousewife.co.uk.
Maybe I'll get it out to Santa Maria some day!
David Hyslop
(stage manager 1975 - 80: Showboat, The Alcstaid, Death of a Salesman, South Pacific, Judas, Fiddler on the Roof)

David has been in New York since 1982 where he has has worked as a stage manager on over 20 Broadway shows. Currently he is the PSM for Chicago on Broadway.

This past year, he also directed the National Tours of Chicago and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Diana Grogg
(Class of 1987-1989)
Diana has been busy this past year. She had the honor of performing in The Imaginary Invalid (Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Adaptation) as Beline directed by Steven David Martin for The Raven Players in Healdsburg. Followed by Dora Bailey in Singin' in the Rain directed and choreographed by Laurie Glodowski for 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa. Then as Mrs. Fezziwig in Scrooge the Musical at Spreckels Performing Arts Center directed by Gene Abravaya. All those dance classes from Linda Badon slowly came back as she had to dance in all the ensemble numbers in Scrooge!
Angela Wolcott (Haag)
class of 1992.
I was also there for a couple of summer seasons. PCPA roles include Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and Rizzo in Grease.
I am currently the Artistic Director of Of Note Productions, a nonprofit in Thousand Oaks, Ca connecting the community with acclaimed Broadway and cabaret artists for a series of concerts, elegant receptions and master classes.
www.ofnoteproductions.com
I also have 3 kids, ages 7, 3 and 1. :) Thanks! Hope all is well in Santa Maria!
Jack Greenman (at PCPA from 1989-2004)
and Sarah Greenman (at PCPA from 1998-2004),
will both be in the 2014 summer acting company at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
You can see them in Into the Woods, Sense and Sensibility, Measure for Measure and Henry IV, Part One.
Jack is also serving as Voice and Dialect Coach as he has for the past 6 seasons at USF.
Jayne Hamil
(PCPA '71 Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Electra) latest update:
Recently won an Emmy for "Outstanding Writing in Animation" for WordGirl on PBS.
photo is "Two Ladies" from '71 Cabaret with Jack and Carolyn Shouse.
Gene Freedman
Summer 1981
I was at PCPA the summer of 1981 (shudder) as an actor in Billy Budd and Green Grow the Lilacs. This season I had a recurring (3 episodes) role in the NBC series Grimm; I'd also previously been in regional commercials and voice-overs in Seattle. There have been stage credits, as well. The previous year I also guest-starred in an episode of Leverage.
Daniel (Danny) Frishman played Cousin Lymon in Ballad of the Sad Cafe, and Cigar in Gypsy during the 1975-1976 season, went on to a career in regional theatre, including the Oregon Shakespearean Festival, and film and television. Recently retired he and his wife live on a rural island in western Washington.

January 2014

Jamey Hood

Jamey Hood, is on the National Tour of Hello Dolly! and is apparently the cover for Sally Struthers as Dolly
Donna Noelle Ibale
Acting class of 2012
A show I performed and choreographed "Dancing On the Edge" at Zombie Joes Underground Theatre in North Hollywood was named one of the top ten plays of 2013 by LA Weekly!

Vincent Rodriguez III class of 2003
Happy Holidays and hope this update finds you well.
I have some exciting news to report for 2014 already!
This past November, after a year on the road, I just came off the 1st National tour of Roundabout Theatre Companies Tony Award winning musical, "Anything Goes" as Luke. And upon my return to New York City, I was cast in the ensemble of Disney's new stage musical workshop of "Hunchback of Notre Dame." At this point in the development cycle. Essentially this means you won't get to watch it and the show may not even make it to Broadway, but it is a significant step for me on my journey to Broadway.
Also, I will be making my network television debut on CBS at 10 p.m. ET on Jan. 6 for the season finale of "Hostages." I have a co-starring role in this episode as the aide to the First Lady of the United States.

Vincent Rodriguez III conducting a dance audition master class for PCPA
Pat Sibley class of 1980
I'm currently out on tour with MEMPHIS. What fun I'm having! I play "Mama". This is my 9th year of touring; I've also been "Aunt Eller" in OKLAHOMA!; "Mrs. Pugh" in ANNIE; "The Wicked Witch of the West" in THE WIZARD OF OZ and "Frau Blucher" in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Life on the road suits me! I like living out of a suitcase, staying in hotels, eating out all the time and weirdly, traveling on the bus!! I do, however, miss my beloved Seattle. I moved there in 1992 and it was the best decision I ever made! www.memphisthemusicalontour.com

December 2013

Hello! This is Toby Tropper. Just wanted to get out the news that I'll be playing Tim in the Rubicon Theatre Company's production of "NOISES OFF",working with a few other PCPA alumni! It's directed by Ken Albers and features Robynn Rodriguez as Poppy. The run is from January 29 - February 23 in Ventura, California.
www.rubicontheatre.org for more information.

Toby Tropper (center) Our Town
Jillian Van Niel
(class of 2011)
Jillian announced she will be joining the international tour of The Addams Family!

November 2013

Luke Meyer
(class of 2013)
On tour for San Francisco Shakespeare's Julius Caesar directed by PCPA Alum Stephen Muterspaugh.
PIPPA WINSLOW-ROLANDELLI
(Actor 1988 - 1989)
The independent film, SABLE FABLE, in which I play Joan has won the Best Narrative Film and Best Director Grand Jury awards at the American Black Film Festival 2013 in Miami. It was also given honorable mention at the Chicago International Film Festival as was a short film I was in entitled ARCADE.

I start previews this Monday for a new West End play at the Gielgud Theatre entitled STRANGERS ON A TRAIN by Craig Warner based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith. I am in the ensemble and understudying the role of Elsie. Press opening is the 19th of November and it is running through 22 February, 2014

July 2013

Brian Brown
(Acting Conservatory 2009-2011; Hair, Enron, Our Town, Invierno)
Since graduating PCPA, I Have been involved in several world, and regional premieres, worked at a theme park, joined AGVA, and more! In 2011, I was involved in the world premiere of Tsarina: The Musical in Upland, CA at The Grove. It told the story of thelast Tsar's of Russia. I played Tsar Gregory, Abbott, and ensemble.
In 2012, I was cast in the L.A. Premiere of Geeks Vs. Zombies at The Complex in Hollywood, playing Milo, the tour guide with miles of heart of spirit. I was then cast as a zombie for Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, where I joined The American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA).
In 2013 I was cast in a 5 man workshop of a brand new musical called Upstairs where i played 3 completely different characters: Marcy (A Drag Queen), Mitch (An Asst. Pastor) and Uncle (A Homophobe). Another alumni was also involved: Garrett Marshall (2009-2011) who played Buddy, the owner of the bar. It was the true story of a gay bar that was burned down in the 70's in New Orleans, LA. It killed 32 people. The workshop was a complete success, and it was then expanded to a full length musical, set to open in New Orleans, LA, where the events of the play take place. This production included 4 Alumni: Myself, Garrett Marshal, Katrina McGraw, and Keith Beverly. (All years 2009-2011)
I just closed Upstairs in New Orleans, to sold out crowds and critical acclaim. There is talk of a national tour of the show, and possibly taking it off-Broadway.
At this moment in time, I am playing Enjolras in Les Miserables for The Dream Factory. Its a new nonprofit foundation that gives it proceeds as scholarships to high school students wanting to pursue the dramatic arts in college. It opens in 2 weeks. And right after I will once again be a part of Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights for the 2nd year in a row.
As you can see, since graduation I have been a very busy man, and I owe it all to my training and connections I made during my time at PCPA.
-- Brian D. Brown
Briandalebrown06@gmail.com
(661) 912-9231
Website: www.wix.com/musicaldude2006/brianbrown

April 2013

Hello Friends

Perhaps you've heard or heard me rattle on about this. But it is finally ready to show for just 3 weekends. It'll will give us a chance to continue focusing and, hopefully, moving it out to the wide world.

I would be so honored to see you there and to hear your thoughts.

We're excited.

Jeff McCarthy

The world premiere of Kunstler by Jeffrey Sweet starring Jeff McCarthy


March 2013

Ashley Flannegan, Acting Conservatory 2004-2006 (Annie, As You Like It, Brigadoon, Beauty and the Beast, Our Town, Oliver, Much Ado About Nothing)

After graduating I moved to Seattle, WA. I have performed with companies like GreenStage, Balagan Theatre, Seattle Musical Theater, Island Stage Left, and I was cast as Gloria in the World Premier of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues with Book-It Repertory Theatre. In 2009, I played Blanche in King John directed by PCPA Alumn Teresa Thuman and featuring PCPA graduate Chris Shea as Louis the Dauphin.

In 2011, Chris took on another important role when he officiated at my wedding on July 4th, 2011 (PCPA graduates Michelle Burns and Christine Nelson were bridesmaids of course!).

Besides acting, I am also the Director of Development for Live Girls! Theater company where I just directed a staged reading of a brand new play called Miss End of the World, Etc. by Joanna Horowitz. Live Girls! Theater is dedicated to promoting new works by female playwrights, and I'm very excited to be a part of it.

This summer, I will be playing Cordelia in King Lear with GreenStage - you can keep up with my Seattle adventures online at www.ashleyflannegan.com

The PCPA family is growing rapidly in the Pacific Northwest. If you are a student, graduate, faculty member or alumn thinking about making Seattle your artistic home, please feel free to drop me a line at shkspr.addict@gmail.com so that we can connect!


Looks like Michael Butler, producer of "HAIR", may choose to do "JACK" The Kennedy Musical, as a pre-bway project, in LA, in which former PCPA-er Mike Regan plays LBJ.......Keep everything you have crossed ....... Mike Regan
Sam Zeller - (Jean Valjean, Les Mis 2009, Edna Turnblad, Hairspray and Heiberg, My Fairytale 2010)

I have been on the national tour of Peter Pan, starring Cathy Rigby, playing a pirate and the Captain Hook understudy. In October of 2012, I was hired as Captain Hook to play opposite Cathy in the International Music Festival of Macau in China, where we opened the festival with a week of peformances. We are now on the last months of the tour, ending in May.

Then I get one day off and then I transport myself to San Diego to play Tevye for the Lambs Players in their production of Fiddler on the Roof which will last to the end of June with a possible extension to the end of July.

I hope all is well with all of you; that the Marian is getting herself all cleaned up; and I look forward to playing with you all again....I hear it's 50 years old next year!!!! How exciting!!
xoxoxo SAM

July 2012


R. Eric Stone
Resident Scenic Designer at PCPA, 1995 - 2001
I am the Head of Design at University of Iowa, where I have taught since 2008. From 2001 to 2008, I was the Head of Scenic Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Since moving to the Mid-West, I have designed 13 productions for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, 4 for Iowa Summer Rep, 4 for the Skylight Opera Theatre, 3 for the Great River Shakespeare Festival, as well as score of productions for Iowa and Illinois.
In 2007 and 2011, I was the Associate Designer for the USITT USA Prague Quadrennial Exhibit.
www.rericstone.com

May 2012


Brian Grey (formerly Brian Peccia - acting conservatory 2002) I recently received an MFA in acting from the Theatre Conservatory at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and am living and working in Chicago. I am currently nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award (Principle Actor - Play) for playing T.E. Lawrence in The Oxford Roof Climber's Rebellion. I am also in a show called Goodbye Cruel World (an adaptation of Nikolai Erdman's The Suicide) with The Strange Tree Group.
I have very fond memories of PCPA and miss the central coast (and its climate) dearly. I have a website that I update regularly, if you are interested in keeping up on what I'm up to: briangrey.net
Warmest Regards- Brian Grey

April 2012


Vincent Rodriguez III (2001 - 2003 Acting Conservatory - Peter Pan, Winter's Tale, Hello Dolly, Sweeney Todd, Honk!, Streetcar Named Desire, Crazy For You, Wonderful Town.)
Vincent was in both productions of Arena Stage's Oklahoma! in Washington, D.C. which won 4 Helen Hayes Awards and has been optioned for a Broadway transfer. Recently he appeared in the Encores! Series of Pipe Dream at the New York City Center starring Leslie Uggams, Tom Wopat, Will Chase and Laura Osnes. The cast has been recorded during live performances for the new cast recording of the show, which shall be on sale Summer 2012.

Donald M. Smith (Summer 1979 - Costume Design Assistant and Wardrobe - As You Like It, Fidder on the Roof, Star Child
The great thing about working at PCPA is that you get to find your niche by doing a little bit of everything. For me it was Wardrobe. I went on to three years at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, fifteen years at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the San Francisco Opera and Ballet since 1996.
Thanks PCPA!
Don
Richard Wall - (1985-1988 Director of Music, Professor of Music Theatre and Voice - Narnia - also created orchestrations Funny Girl, They're Playing Our Song, Dopes On A Rope, Annie Get Your Gun, Gershwin: An Evening of Music, Kiss Me Kate, Hans Christian Andersen - superviser - It's A Bird It's A Plane, It's Superman, Sweeney Todd, '88)
I am currently conducting at Duke University and producing musical benefit concerts for local Charities in The Triangle of North Carolina.
Jennifer (Gentry) Darconte - (Sept. 1989 - Sept. 1991 - Technical Design Student)
Shows I remember clearly: ASM: Peter Pan, Pygmalion. Lighting Op.: Little Shop of Horrors, Diary of Anne Frank. Dresser: A Funny Thing Happened..., Baby. Sound Op.: The Elephant Man.
I left PCPA to do work at regional theaters across the country: La Jolla Playhouse, Opera Pacific, and the Arts Center of the Carolinas to name a few. I left my last full time position as Props Master at UCI's Claire Trevor School of the Arts to start a family. I currently have 3 young children and do free lance prop work.
Tom Brown - (summer of 1983 - sound technician)
Harvey, Macbeth, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady
Update: Currently working at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) as IT project manager, and manager of Tessitura ticketing and fundraising system for this 150 year old performing arts center in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. I live in Centeral, NJ with Robin my wonderful wife of 25 years and my daughter Carol who is active in High School technical theater production and slam poetry. This past week I had a visit from the graduating Theater Arts Management Students from Ithaca College who were exploring entry level theater arts management positions and internships at BAM.
Sam Zeller - Three years at PCPA
Actor: Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing...Forum in 1989, Jean Valjean in Les Miserables 2009 (pictured), Edna Turnblad in Hairspray and Heiberg in My Fairytale 2010
Hello, PCPA! Greetings from Los Angeles. I just closed a critically acclaimed production of Man of La Mancha, starring Davis Gaines (of Phantom of the Opera) at Musical Theatre West in Long Beach, and in May, I am going back out on the national tour of Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby, playing a pirate and will be the Captain Hook understudy. I first did the tour in '97-'00. Our show was nominated for a "Best Revival of a Musical" Tony Award and the film version won an Emmy Award. This leg of the tour includes multiple weeks in Chicago, Toronto, Dallas, Atlanta, and 6 weeks in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
How I love and miss all of you!!! When do I get to come back?!?!?
xoxo SAM

Rebecca Schweitzer (then Rebecca Anderson) - (1995-1997 - Acting Student - Grapes of Wrath, Oliver, Robin Hood)
Enjoying a busy voice over career, in games like, CSI, Law and Order, Back to the Future, Emerald City, Sam and Max and Vampyre Story, the voice of reservation hotlines for Virgin America and Disney, and a host of radio and television campaigns that include. Recent theatre credits include: Grace in Tigers be Still, Gwen in Coronado and Jessica in The Story (all at SF Playhouse) and Fanny in Small Tragedy, Angie in the First Grade, and Julia in A Delicate Balance (all at the Aurora).

Kayce Landaeta – soon to be Kayce Thomas in June, attended PCPA Conservatory from 2005 – 2007 as a student in the two year conservatory program, with a focus in Stage Management.
My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dames at Sea, Oliver!, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Our Town, The Chalk Circle, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Seussical
Kayce graduated the program and took a summer position in the San Francisco Bay Area as a Technical Director for the Altarena Playhouse before accepting a position in Stage Management at Disneyland where she has been for 5 years now. In her free time Kayce has been Stage Managing for Dance Competitions at Upland High School mentoring high school and college age theatre students.

Jack Greenman (89' through '04) and Sarah Greenman ('98 through '04) are now living in Dallas, Texas.
Jack is teaching Voice and Speech at Southern Methodist University, where he is in his final tenure review year and Sarah is still acting, writing and working part time as a birth assistant. They share their lives with two sons, Walker (4) and Charlie (1). Please visit www.HelpCharlieHeal.com for more information.

Daniel Self (class of 2009 - My Fairytale, Hairspray, West Side Story) recently took on the role of Munkustrap for the national tour of Cats.

Pictured are PCPA Casting Director Erik Stein and PCPA Production Stage Manager Chrissy Collins posing with Daniel's Cats poster in San Jose.

The national tour of In the Heights will feature 2005 PCPA grad, Roddy Kennedy playing the role of Graffiti Pete.

Rhett Guter - pictured - (2010 acting intern) and Nikko Kimzin (guest summers 2010 and 2011) both of whom appeared in PCPA’s production of West Side Story are currently in the European tour of West Side Story.


Zac Efron (2002 young performer, Peter Pan, Gypsy) is the voice of Ted in the Disney Animated film, The Lorax with Taylor Swift and Danny Divito.

Alums of 1995, Molly Bell, Keith Pinto, and Leanne Borghesi - pictured. This past fall, Molly and friends brought their New York production of Being Britney to San Jose. Molly Bell - who plays Britney Spears - is also the co-creator with Daya Curley. Their show walks a fine line between satire and tribute to Spears. The production in New York at the Fringe NYC Bleecker Street Theatre also featured alum Riette Burdick.

Chelsea Keenan (Cutler) (actor 96-98 - Sound of Music, Hunchback of Notre Dame) has spent the last ten years working in the Chicago theatre community, most recently on the world premiere adaptation of Hansel und Gretel, playing Gretel.

Kitty Hendrix (actor summers 71 and 72 - Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me) is based in New York, acting, singing, and doing film, TV, and audio book narration.

Steve Caffrey (box office, production assistant) CEO of The Capitol Theatre, Yakima, WA for the past 25 years.

Gene Freedman (91 - Billy Budd, Green Grow the Lilacs) from LA to Seattle over the past 30 years making commercials, voice overs, and industrial films.

Charlie Bachmann (Resident Artist 74 - 97-ish - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Funny Thing Happened…, Annie, Stand-Up Tragedy) recently married and working in St. Petersburg, Florida at Creative Clay, an art studio for people with special needs. He’s a film maker, art teacher, and community arts director.

Pictured - Charlie holding Brad Carroll in Little Shop of Horrors

Jayne Hamil (actor 71 - Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof) TV sitcom writer/producer: five seasons on The Nanny with Fran Drescher and PCPA alum Ann Guilbert and alum Daniel Davis. Also, four seasons on Still Standing. She’s presently consulting producer for Sony’s Brazilian version of The Nanny in Sao Paulo.

Jacquelyn Wells (actor summer 68 and 70 - Camelot, Dick and Jane) is acting, writing plays, and directing in Sonoma County.

April Stewart (actor 91-94 - Dandelion Wine, Cinderella, Cyrano de Bergerac) in LA working as voice over actor since 2000. Provided a majority of the female character voices on Comedy Central’s South Park. Also, Nickelodeon’s Winx Club, video games, and the Swedish Translator in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

Pippa Winslow (actor summers 88, 89 - Sweeney Todd, The Fantastics, Evita) is in London and just closed the premiere Dance Class, originating the role of Eva. She is currenlty playing the role of Miss Pross in the new musical adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities in the West End, Charing Cross Theatre which opened April 5.

Pictured - Andre Radmall (actor/playwright) and Pippa Winslow

Lynda Gantt Ph.D. (Lyn Burns) (actor 67 - Once Upon a Mattress) obtained a doctorate in psychology and in private practice in Santa Maria and serves on the Board of the Santa Maria Philharmonic.

David Hyslop (stage manager 75 - 80 - Showboat, The Alcstaid, Death of a Salesman, South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof) has been in New York since 1982 and has stage managed or production stage managed 21 shows. Currently PSM for Prascilla, Queen of the Desert at the Palace Theatre.

Christopher Sadler (stage manager 90 - 94 - A Chorus Line, The Importance of Being Earnest, Cabaret, Great Expectations, Alice in Wonderland) received his MFA in 1999 and freelanced for six years. He became The University of Oklahoma’s first stage management professor and is now Associate Professor. Chris will serve this summer as Production Manager Pro Tem at Great River Shakespeare Festival.

Barbara Sellers (scenery, costumes, lighting designer, production manager, teacher 67 - 83) joined the Company in the summer of 1967 as the Props Director and Scenic Artist. The following year, was hired as a full time faculty member to handle all of the technical & design elements when the new theatre (PCPA) opened. Worked on a total of 238 productions during her sixteen years at PCPA. Sellers served as the Producing Director of the Denver Center Theatre Company from 1983-2005 and is now retired, living in Templeton, and delighted to be back on the Central Coast.