Monday, May 2, 2016

WTRSF: Meet the Design Team

Director - Kimberly Mohne Hill
Kimberly Mohne Hill is pleased to return to the Dragon Theater after directing The Other Place last season and Six Years in 2008.  Kimberly has a long history as an actor, teacher, dialect coach, and director in the Bay Area. She received her MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) in San Francisco. She is an Associate Professor of Acting at Santa Clara University.  She most recently directed Venus in Fur at San Jose Stage Company and The Tempest at SCU. Other Directing credits include In the Next Room (or, the vibrator play) at CityLights Theater; The Seafarer and Reasons to be Pretty (San Jose Stage Company); In the Heights, Footloose, Hayfever, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Songs for a New World (Santa Clara University); I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! and The Last Five Years (Staged Concerts- Music Theater Conservatory/NDNU); Machinal (A.D. for Amy Freed at Studio A.C.T.).  Her next project will be directing Footloose at West Valley Light Opera.

She continues to Dialect Coach around the Bay Area and most recently worked on The Elephant Man at CityLights in San Jose. Additionally, she has published three books for Young Actors on the subject of dialects: Monologues in Dialect for Young Actors, Vol. I & II and Scenes in Dialect for Young Actors. A professional actress as well, she was last seen onstage in San Jose Rep’s beautiful version of A Christmas Carol where she played numerous roles including “Mrs. Cratchit” and “Mrs. Fezziwig”.
Stage Manager - Katie Semans
Katie is excited to be joining Dragon Theatre for her third production. A resident of the Bay Area for seventeen years, Katie grew up working with local school and youth theatre productions. After a four-year hiatus from theatre work to pursue her degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona, she is thrilled to be backstage again. Credits include The Voice of the Prairie, Show People (Dragon Productions), Death of a Salesman (San Jose Stage Company), Art and Spamalot (City Lights Theatre Company), Les Miserables and All Shook Up (Peninsula Youth Theatre). A true Silicon Valley nerd, when Katie is not at the theatre, she works as a software tester at Google. She would like to thank her family and friends for understanding and supporting her in her weird mash up of theatrical and engineering endeavors.
Scenic Designer - Daniel Stahlnecker
Currently a student at Santa Clara University, Daniel Stahlnecker is a young up and coming designer. Studying both acting as well as theatrical design, Daniel entered the scenic world three years ago. His work includes assisting his mentor, Jerry Enos, in shows such as Awake and Sing!, The Good Doctor, What Would Crazy Horse Do, and Chicago. Daniel is very excited to display his work here at Dragon Productions.
Technical Director - Charles McKeithan
Charles has been working in Bay Area theater for over ten years now as an actor and a carpenter and is happy to be back with the Dragon for another round of fun. His past works include Voice of the Prairie at the Dragon, Walls of Jericho at the Pear, Colossus at SF Playhouse, and countless productions with Ron Gaspernetti under the guise of Thrust Scenic Design.
Lighting Designer - Dan Garrett
Dan is excited to join the cast and crew in bringing you When the Rain Stops Falling! This is his inaugural show with Dragon Productions, bringing his twelve years of technical theater experience to Redwood City. A native of the Santa Cruz area, he has supported over eighty productions with twenty different companies in a dozen venues with all aspects of technical work from light to flight. Recent credits include Lighting Designer for Spotlight Youth Conservatory’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Lead Flight operator for Cabrillo Stage’s Mary Poppins. Connect via
Sound Designer - Ryan Short
Ryan is excited to be designing his first show at Dragon! His noises (and sometimes music) can also be heard in productions around the Bay Area including at The Custom Made Theatre Company in San Francisco and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s Free Shakespeare in the Park (where he is a proud member of the Resident Artist Company). He also can be found behind mixing consoles at the occasional musical and the annual San Francisco Sketchfest. Many thanks to Kimberly, Katie, and Taylor, as well as the rest of this fabulously talented cast and crew, and much love to Laura.
Costume Designer - Elizabeth Coy
Elizabeth is proud to be working on her first production at Dragon Theater. She has been a licensed cosmetologist for over 20 years and holds a bachelors degree in Theater from San Francisco State University. As a photo stylist, Elizabeth's work can be seen in the current Safeway ad campaign. She has also done work for Longs Drugstore Back to School ads, several issues of Bon Appetit magazine, as well as three covers for Gentry magazine. Her credits include, styling the hair, makeup, and wardrobe for over 25 Comcast Spotlight commercials, Facebook's annual convention f8, the Josh Kornbluth show at KQED. She has also designed the hair, makeup, and even props for shows at City Lights Theater Company in San Jose and Filbert Steps productions at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

During the week, Elizabeth can be found doing hair at Tonic Salon in Belmont. Check out her work Instagram @lizthestylistt or her website,
Properties Designer - Beth Covey-Snedegar

Beth has been on the stage and off since she was a little girl. Her passion for theatre inspired her to become a theatre arts instructor, teaching musical theatre, dance and acting to kids of all ages. In her off time, she is a first time mom and owns her own floral design and special events company, Sassy Diva Designs and Events.

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