INTO THE WOODS

November 19 - December 23, 2021


The Cast

And playing The Giant (voice) is Jessica Coker

Understudies

Christopher Sotelo The Baker/Princes/Jack, Melinda Campero The Witch, Jasmine Cook Cinderella & Rapunzel, Mary Lins The Baker's Wife, Amy Bouchard Jack's Mother (Nov. 19-21), Megan McGrath Florinda / Lucinda, Melissa Rivera Cinderella's Mother / Granny / Stepmother / Little Red

Artist Bios

ANTHONY ROLLINS-MULLENS* (The Narrator/Mysterious Man) is a native San Franciscan performer of both stage and independent film for many years here in the bay area. His theatrical credits include: Sheriff in the West Coast Premiere of Groundhog Day, Willie in The View Upstairs, Admiral Boom in Mary Poppins, Louis in Sunday in the Park with George, Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Duppy in Bob Marley's Three Little Birds, Toad in A Year With Frog and Toad, Louis Armstrong in Ella, the Musical, Tom Collins in Rent, Fred in Smokey Joe's Cafe, Willie in Master Harold...and the Boys, Jafar in Disney’s Aladdin, Aslan in Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and Waymon as Hunter Priestess in the West Coast Premiere of Good Goods. Anthony has had the joy of working with many storytelling companies, including ACT, Berkeley Playhouse, SF Playhouse, the New Conservatory Theater Center, Oakland Theater Project, Center REPertory, and many others. Please visit Anthony’s website at rollinsmullens.com

REGGIE D. WHITE* (The Baker)'s credits include: Berkeley Playhouse: The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, Annie, Born and Raised, & The Wiz.  Broadway: The Inheritance (4x Tony Winner, including Best Play). Off-Broadway (partial): Lessons in Survival at Vineyard Theatre; Hundred Days at New York Theatre Workshop; I & You at 59E59. Regional (partial): Macbeth in Stride at American Repertory Theatre; The Luckiest, The Last Tiger in Haiti at La Jolla Playhouse; The Bluest Eye at Arden Theatre Company, and Party People and Goddess (Spring 2022) at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Reggie is an alum of the Atlantic Acting School where he currently serves as School Artistic Director. Awards: Colman Domingo Award, TCG Fox Fellowship, TBA Titan Award, RHE Artistic Fellowship. Reggie is a founding company member of The Williams Project, a living wage theatre company based in Seattle, WA. reggiedwhite.com

REBECCA PINGREE (The Baker's Wife) was last seen at Berkeley Playhouse as Cinderella in Cinderella: Enchanted and Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical. She has performed throughout the greater Bay Area as Annie Oakley with Napa Valley Conservatory, Baby Jane in Ray of Light’s production of Jerry Springer: the Opera!, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Pacific Repertory Theatre, and in multiple productions of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (playing Viola with Shotgun Players, and Feste with Arabian Shakespeare Festival). She holds an MFA in Collaborative Theatremaking via studies in England, France, and Italy, and is a proud member of TheatreFirst’s T1 Collective, the Playground acting company, and co-founder of Analog Theatre.

MARAH SOTELO (Cinderella) is thrilled to make her Berkeley Playhouse debut! Recent Bay Area roles include Cathy in The Last Five Years and Linda Low in Flower Drum Song (Palo Alto Players), Amalia Balash in She Loves Me (Mountain Play/Ross Valley Players), Candela in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Town Hall Theatre), and Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Pacifica Spindrift Players). Other roles include Mimi in Rent and Marta in Company (Station Theatre), Lady of the Lake in Spamalot and Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Parkland Theatre), Eponine in Les Misérables, Amneris in Aida, and Christmas Eve in Avenue Q (Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company), and Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Danville Light Opera). Follow on Instagram @marahsotelo.

ERIKA COSPIN (Little Red Riding Hood) (she/her) is a recent graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she earned degrees in Business Administration and Comparative Ethnic Studies and a minor in Theatre. She is a passionate advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and anti-racism in the arts. Erika was most recently seen as Kathy in The Virtual Theatre Co's production of Vanities the Musical. She is thrilled to make her debut with Berkeley Playhouse as Little Red in Into the Woods! Erika is continuously grateful for the support of her loved ones.

ALEXIS LAZEAR (The Witch) (she/her) is so excited to be returning to the Berkeley Playhouse stage; audiences may remember her from Big! The Musical, where she played Mrs. Baskin. Behind the scenes Lexie works as a director and a wig and makeup designer. Here at the Playhouse, Lexie directed Mamma Mia, The Wizard of Oz, and Sister Act. Previous acting credits include: Diana, Next to Normal (Contra Costa Civic Theater), The Lady of the Lake, Spamalot (Tri-Valley Repertory Theater), and Aldonza, Man of La Mancha (Alameda Civic Light Opera). Lexie is deeply grateful to be a part of this theater community and for her beautiful family, Matt and Corbin.

SERENE HAMMAMI (Rapunzel) feels honored to be performing in her second Berkeley Playhouse production. She was most recently seen in Ragtime at Berkeley Playhouse and as Mopsa in DVC Drama’s Head Over Heels. Serene is a musician, composer, arranger, singer-songwriter, musical theater and aviation enthusiast. Big love and thanks to Mom and Dad and family and friends for their support and love.

JOHN MELIS (Cinderella's Prince/Wolf) A native of San Mateo, John is thrilled to join Berkeley Playhouse as the Wolf and Cinderella's Prince. Favorite theater credits include Giorgio (Passion, Custom Made Theater Company), Peter (Company, Altarena Playhouse), Gaston (Beauty and the Beast, Broadway by the Bay), and Jud Fry (Oklahoma!, Broadway by the Bay). John attended Northwestern University where he received a Bachelor of Music in Voice and Opera, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. John would like to thank his supportive family, his lovely girlfriend Becky, and the cat he mildly despises, Cubby, for their love and support.

DAVID TUTTLE (Rapunzel's Prince) is an actor new to the Bay Area who is thrilled to be appearing in his first ever Berkeley Playhouse production. He has previously appeared in professional productions from the East Coast to West Coast, and even beyond to Maui, Hawai’i, where in 2017 he was named the “Best Leading Actor in a Musical” for his performance of Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame at The Maui Arts and Cultural Center. He would like to thank his beloved family for their unyielding support, as well as his unbelievably wonderful roommate, Louel, who has been an absolute pillar through thick and thin. I love you all 3000. Enjoy!

AMY BOUCHARD (Cinderella's Mother/Granny) is thrilled to be making her Berkeley Playhouse debut! Recent appearances include Claudia (Nine), Lead (Sondheim on Sondheim), and Helena (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) with San Jose Playhouse and Mrs. Anderssen (A Little Night Music) with Lamplighters Music Theatre. Opera roles include Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Mercedes (Carmen) and Valencienne (The Merry Widow) with Opera Santa Barbara, West Bay Opera, and Livermore Valley Opera among others. Featured soloist with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and Mendocino Music Festival Orchestra. Backing vocals for the Zac Brown Band (Jekyll + Hyde Tour). Amy received a 2021 TITAN Award from Theatre Bay Area and is currently writing her first solo show. amybouchard.net

ROMELO URBI (Jack) (he/him) is a Bay Area artist and recent graduate of Cal Poly SLO. His most recent credits include Jamie in Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Theatre & Dance production of The Last Five Years and Melchior in Ghostlight Theatricals’ production of Spring Awakening. He is delighted to be making his debut with Berkeley Playhouse as Jack in Into the Woods. Keep up with him on Instagram @romelourbi

JILL COLLISTER (Jack's Mother) (she/her) is thrilled to take the journey Into the Woods. Local roles have included Rosie in Mamma Mia! at Berkeley Playhouse, Georgie in The Full Monty at Contra Costa Musical Theatre (Shellie Award Outstanding supporting actress), All the Broadway Divas, Forbidden Broadway, OMG Productions, (Shellie nominee supporting actress) and Joanne in Company at Town Hall Theatre. Jill holds a Master’s Degree in Musical Theatre from SDSU. Her day job is with Benefit Cosmetics. She lives in Alameda with her cool teen son, Edison & needy French Bulldog, Clarabell. If you need more Jill in your life, she also has a podcast, Brokenhearted Blockbuster. Follow on Instagram @brokenheartedblockbuster and @jilltt.

ANNA L. JOHAM (Cinderella's Stepmother) (she/her), an award-winning bay area actor-singer, is excited to make her Berkeley Playhouse debut as Cinderella’s Stepmother. Anna has been performing for 30+ years. Productions: Kim, Showboat (Portland Opera). Pennywise, Urinetown (Spreckles Performing Arts Center); Woman 3, The World Goes Round (Cinnabar Theater); Lili/Kate, Kiss Me Kate (Pentacle Theatre); Queen Anne, Three Musketeers (Marin Shakespeare Company); Mrs. Bateman, American Psycho (Ray of Light Theatre); Marie Dindon, La Cage aux Folles (Woodminster Summer Musicals); Clover, The Farm (Theatre First) where she received a nomination for Featured Actress in a Musical with BATCC Awards. She is a local piano & voice teacher and would like to thank her family, friends & students for their support.

MELINDA CAMPERO (Florinda) (she/her) is thrilled to make her Berkeley Playhouse debut! Recent productions include: Rocky Horror (Janet) with Ray of Light Theatre and OASIS, and Little Shop of Horrors (Ronette) with Hillbarn Theatre. Other Ray of Light Theatre credits: American Psycho the Musical (Vanden), Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon), Rocky Horror (Columbia, Usherette) and Heathers: the Musical. A regular performer at drag nightclub/cabaret, OASIS, she’s appeared in Debbie Does Dallas the Musical (Lisa), Above and Beyond the Valley of the Ultra Showgirls (Cristal) and Drunk Drag Broadway's Wicked-ish (Elphaba). Melinda has also been a guest artist with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus and The Skivvies at Feinstein's at the Nikko.

JASMINE COOK (Lucinda) is very excited to be a part of Berkeley Playhouse's production of Into the Woods as Lucinda. Jasmine has been seen as "Susan" in San Francisco State's production of Title of Show, and "Orange" in Color Your World by Christian Cantrell and Terry Boero. Jasmine is ready to bring another colorful sassy character to the stage. They would like to thank Max, Sarah and Eliana, Dad and Deb, Christian and the gang and all their other friends and family for the ongoing support

CHRISTOPHER SOTELO (The Steward) is thrilled to be making his Berkeley Playhouse debut! He was previously seen as Jamie in Palo Alto Players' The Last Five Years playing opposite his real-life counterpart and wife, Marah Sotelo. Other stage roles include Judas in Come & See: A New Musical (Cornerstone SF) and Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd (Danville Light Opera). A filmmaker by trade, Chris recently directed the filmed virtual workshop Songs from Larry: A New Musical (Brava Theater). You can find his work at chrisjsotelo.com and on Instagram @chrisjsotelo.


ALEX RODRIGUEZ (Director & Choreographer) is grateful for the opportunity to bring theater back to the community in this monumental show. Alex is the Co-Artistic Director for Ray of Light Theatre and an award-winning artist. Dir/Choreo: Ragtime (TBA Nom, Choreo) for Berkeley Playhouse. Jesus Christ Superstar (TBA Nom, Choreo), The Wild Party (TBA Award, Choreo), and Heathers: The Musical (TBA Award, Choreo) for Ray of Light. Acting: Hunchback of Notre Dame (Quasimodo - TBA Nom and BATCC Award), Evita (Che - TBA Award), Triassic Parq (V. of Science - TBA Award). National Tour: Miss Saigon. For Bam, Thor, and his PIC.

KENJI HIGASHIHAMA (Music Director/Conductor/Keys 1) has played keys for several Berkeley Playhouse shows including A Christmas Story, Pippin, and Dreamgirls. He is thrilled to return post-quarantine to music direct Into The Woods! Other music directing credits include Berkeley Rep's Paradise Square and Kiss My Aztec! and Windwood Theatricals' North American tour of The Music Man. Outside of the theater, he also works in music production from his home studio and in music education both at The College Preparatory School and as a private teacher.

SARAH PHYKITT (Scenic Designer) (she/her) is originally from the East Coast where she attended the University of Massachusetts and promptly moved to NYC after graduation. She spent several years touring with the Broadway productions of Cabaret, Fosse, and Rent. In 2008 she relocated to the Bay Area. Scenic design credits include West Side Story and Memphis at Berkeley Playhouse; M. Butterfly, Little Brother, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, The Lion in Winter, Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and several others for Custom Made Theater Company; Agrippina and The Cunning Little Vixen for West Edge Opera; Le Switch, This Bitter Earth, Head Over Heels, and You’ll Catch Flies for the New Conservatory Theater Company; and A Time for Hawking and Copenhagen for Indra’s Net Theater. She also designed many shows for the American Conservatory Theatre’s MFA and Young Conservatory Programs as well as SF Oasis.

KATIE DOWSE (Costume Designer) (she/her) This is Katie Dowse’s first show with Berkeley Playhouse, but she has been designing costumes for Bay Area theaters over the last 12 years. Her most recent SF productions were Pericles with SF Shakes in summer 2021 and American Psycho with Ray of Light Theatre in 2019. She has also worked in Maine, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, England, Australia, and virtually, but she keeps coming back to the Bay. Her design credits include Heathers: the Musical, Oklahoma!, and the unofficial mascot of the University of Michigan. In addition to her design work, she is currently the Costume Professor at CSU Dominguez Hills. See more of her costumes at katiedowse.com. Enjoy the show!

JOHN BERNARD (Lighting Designer) (he/him) is very excited to be designing his first show with Berkeley Playhouse, Into the Woods. John Earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Washington in 2015. In the area, he has designed for Childerens Musical Theater San Jose, City Lights Theater Company, San Jose Dance Company, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Ray Of Light, Stanford Repertory Theater, San Jose State University, Silicon Valley Shakespeare, The Dragon Theater, The Pear Avenue Theater, and Hillbarn.

LYLE BARRERE, DESIRED EFFECT (Resident Sound Designer) is thrilled to be returning to Berkeley Playhouse for a fifth season as resident sound designer! He began his theater career when he was 11 and has now worked over 200 shows as a producer, director, sound or lighting designer, and stage manager for many professional companies in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. His sound designs have been nominated for Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Shellie, and Theatre Bay Area Awards. Lyle is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, with a degree in Physics. When not in the theatre Lyle enjoys working with his nonprofit trust, hiking, camping, and scuba diving. He is the owner of Desired Effect, a full-service theatrical effects company in the Bay Area. Desired-Effect.com

PEET COCKE (Prop Designer) (he/him) is a writer and director based in Oakland. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Art from the University of California, Davis and an MFA in Visual Art from the University of Southern California. His full-length plays include Nothing's Lost Forever, Extraordinary Mysteries, Even at A Funeral, and Already Done to You, and an original adaptation of the novel Voices, by Ursula K. Le Guin, entitled Through the Glass Darkly. His directing credits include Naomi Wallace’s No Such Cold Thing, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe and Charles Mee’s Under Construction and Heaven on Earth.

DAVE HAAZ-BAROQUE (Puppet Fabricator) (he/him) has been bringing his bizarre puppetry to the Bay Area since 2000. His creations have been featured in Kat Robichaud's Misfit Cabaret, the SF Oasis production of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Live, New Conservatory Theatre Center's Sagittarius Ponderosa, the annual Edwardian Ball, and on the television show Creepy KOFY Movie Time. His short puppet film Dude, Where's My Shard? won an honorable mention from the Jim Henson Company. Dave can be seen performing around town with his puppet show troupe Shadow Circus Creature Theatre.

SHANNON REILLY (Stage Manager/Resident Stage Manager & Associate Producer) (she/her) is a Bay Area native who has worked for many theater companies in the Bay including American Conservatory Theatre, Aurora Theater Company, Bay Area Children’s Theater and many more. Since 2015, she has been stage managing shows on the Berkeley Playhouse stage including Mamma Mia!, West Side Story, Dreamgirls, Ragtime, Sister Act, Peter Pan, and many more. Some other highlights from her time as a stage manager include The Rocky Horror Show (A.C.T. Conservatory), The Cable Car Nymphomaniac (FOGG THeatre), and Love Sick (Jewish Circle Theatre.) She is also a proud member of Stage Managers’ Association.

CALIFORNIA SHAKESPEARE THEATER (Scenic Construction) is a nationally-recognized leader in drawing on the power of authentic, inclusive storytelling to create more vibrant communities. Cal Shakes invites people from all walks of life to make deeply-felt connections with our shared humanity through its work onstage, in schools, and with people in non-traditional settings throughout the Bay Area. The Cal Shakes Scene Shop (Steven Schmidt, Technical Director; Heidi Voelker, Associate Technical Director; Charlotte Wheeler, Shop Supervisor; JJ Joseph, Nick Mead, Richard Fong, Carpenters) constructs scenery for companies throughout the Bay Area. For more information, visit calshakes.org.

DESIRED EFFECT (Sound Engineering and Electrician Services) now in it's 17th year, is a full service theatrical production company in the San Francisco Bay Area, offering equipment rental in Lighting, Sound and Special Effects as well as full service design, operation and custom special effects.


SYLVIA CHEN (Keys 2) is honored to be able to share her passion for music in theaters all over the Bay Area, such as Broadway by the Bay, Center Repertory Company, Woodminster Summer Musicals, and San Francisco Playhouse, to name a few. Highlights of her long career playing keyboards include performances with the visiting national tours of Wicked and The Lion King presented by BroadwaySF at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, Triumph of Love with TheatreWorks, and the two-piano orchestration of My Fair Lady at Foothill College.

JUSTIN J. SMITH (Trumpet) (he/him) is a freelance musician and the Upper School Music Teacher at the San Francisco Day School. A musical chameleon,  you will find him playing and recording with small-group jazz bands, musical theatre productions, pop/rock bands, orchestras, and classical chamber music ensembles. Justin also is the resident Trumpet Soloist at All Souls Episcopal Parish in Berkeley and Solo Cornet with the NABBA competing San Francisco Brass Band. Justin is excited to return to the Berkeley Playhouse for his ninth production with one of his favorite Stephen Sondheim musicals.

LARRY DE LA CRUZ (Reed 1) studied music at the Berklee College of Music, and earned a B.A. degree in Music Education at San Diego State University. He has been playing flute, saxophone, and clarinet in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years in various music groups, and looks forward to his fourth show at the Berkeley Playhouse.

AUDREY JACKSON (Reed 2) (she/her) Multi-instrumentalist Audrey Jackson has played for musical theater productions from Napa down to Monterey. She last worked at Berkeley Playhouse on Annie and Urinetown. Other last credits include Sunday in the Park with George, A Christmas Story, Cabaret and Groundhog Day the Musical at SF Playhouse. She is also now a proud part owner of Forrests Music in Berkeley. Her hobbies include cooking and hiking. When not engaged in musical activities, discovering the intricacies of Quickbooks or quarantining, she can be found in New York attending Broadway musicals and Mets games, or relaxing in the Napa Valley with her dearest friends.

BRIETTA GREGER (Percussion) is a Bay Area-based percussionist, well versed in all styles and genres of music. With an MFA from CalArts, she specializes in avant-garde chamber music and North Indian classical tabla, but holds a soft spot in her heart for musical theater. She also performs, records, and teaches orchestral, jazz, pop/rock, Afro-Cuban, classical, rudimental, improvisation, and more. Brietta is experienced in performing with dancers, touring, composing, and working with students of all ages. Visit  briettagreger.com  for more.

EMANUELA NIKIFOROVA (Violin 1) A native of Bulgaria, she benefitted from the influence of the Russian violin school at Varna and Sofia Middle and High music schools, the lineage of thinking of Carl Flesh, through his pupil, Yfrah Neaman, and Neaman's esteemed student, Professor Kevork Mardirossian (Louisiana State University School of Music), the dedication of Lord Yehudi Menuhin and Argentinian Maestro Alberto Lysy at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Gstaad, and the finesse and brilliance of Camilla Wicks at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  Nikiforova has performed on three different continents from a young age as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician. Nikiforova enjoys making time for private teaching, coaching youth orchestra members and popularizing Bulgarian Classical music as a Music Director of Bay Area Bulgarian Festival Strings.

IVY ZHOU (Violin 2) (she/her) is a UC Berkeley graduate and violinist based in San Jose, CA. She has been playing the violin for 20 years under the instruction of Dan Flanagan, William Barbini, and Agnes Perroud. She played as a section violinist for the Apollo Symphony Orchestra and UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, and served as the concertmaster and soloist for the Davis Senior High School Symphony Orchestra. She now performs in orchestras, ensembles, and as a soloist in various events in the San Francisco Bay Area alongside her daytime job as a mechanical engineer.


CAMERON PENCE (Production Manager) is in his sixth season as Production Manager at Berkeley Playhouse! Originally from North Carolina, Cameron is happy to call Berkeley Playhouse his artistic home. In addition to production management of all Professional Season shows, Cameron has also served as Lighting Designer for Memphis, West Side Story, and Sister Act. Prior to Berkeley Playhouse, Cameron was Conservatory Technical Director at the American Conservatory Theater. Lighting Design credits at ACT include I’m Still Standing and Punk Rock for the Young Conservatory and The Big Meal and Rocky Horror for the MFA program. Before moving to the Bay Area, Cameron toured the world for six years with a variety of touring shows. In his spare time Cameron enjoys sailing on San Francisco Bay.

MICHAEL PATRICK WILES (Casting Director and Resident Music Director) (he/him) is in his eighth season as Casting Director & Resident Musical Director for Berkeley Playhouse. Previous music directing credits for Berkeley Playhouse include Mamma Mia!, Pippin (TBA Nomination), Dreamgirls (TBA Nomination), Grease, Sister Act, Urinetown (TBA Award for Outstanding Music Direction), Avenue Q (TBA Award Nomination), Peter and the Starcatcher, The Addams Family, and Hairspray. Michael has served as musical director on over 80 other productions, including work with Center Repertory Company, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Pacific Repertory Theatre, Bay Area Children's Theatre, Contra Costa Civic Theatre, Cornish College of the Arts and the San Francisco Opera Guild. BFA, Cornish College of the Arts.

MELISSA RIVERA (Producing Director of Education & MainStage) (she/her) is a Bay Area-born Latina performer, educator, and theater professional. She holds an MM in Opera & Music Theater Performance from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and a BM in voice and a BA in Spanish from San Diego State University. She participated in the LAByrinth Theater Company’s intensive ensemble in New York where she studied with Philip Seymour Hoffman (among others), and completed an in-depth teacher training course with Sheri Sanders, creator of Rock the Audition, in pop/rock musical theater audition techniques. Before joining Berkeley Playhouse Melissa performed all over the country in theaters such as Sight & Sound Theatres, Legends in Concert, and Opera Lancaster. She is excited to be a member of this theater community.

MARY K. LINS (Managing Director) (she/her) This is Mary’s third season at Berkeley Playhouse. She trained in theater and music at Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg Arts School, Interlochen Center for the Arts musical theater program, and holds a masters degree in religion and the arts. Prior to relocating to the Bay Area, she served on the board of directors for the Millbrook Playhouse Regional Theater. Mary is especially passionate about the ongoing development of Berkeley Playhouse’s educational outreach programs due to the invaluable tools and life skills children cultivate through introduction and engagement with the arts.

KIMBERLY DOOLEY (Executive Artistic Director) (she/her) has been directing, choreographing, teaching theater and working in arts producing and administration in the Bay Area for over 20 years. She is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in the Experimental Theatre Wing. At the Berkeley Playhouse, she has directed and choreographed Once On This Island, Seussical, Mary Poppins, The Wiz, Lucky Duck, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Addams Family, Beauty and the Beast, Billy Elliot, Grease, and Pippin, as well as several KidStage and TeenStage productions. She's grateful to call this her creative and professional home.

ELIZABETH MCKOY (Founding Artistic Director) (she/her) directed many shows for Berkeley Playhouse since founding the company in 2007, including: Peter Pan, Cinderella, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Sound of Music, A Little Princess, and Tarzan. She has also directed over 30 YouthStage shows including Hello, Dolly!, Pirates of Penzance, Zombie Prom, Narnia, Once On This Island, Into the Woods, 13, and more. Elizabeth grew the organization from a small youth theater camp to a thriving musical theater company and youth education program. She has spearheaded the commissioning of eight new musicals, including the acclaimed new musical Bridges, which had its world premiere at Berkeley Playhouse in 2016 and was seen again in New York. Elizabeth is also a proud mama of five amazing children.