Meet The Staff & Staff Directory

MaryAnna Alderete    |   Jordan Battle   |   Kimberly Dooley    |   Sean Griffin

Anna Hecht   |   MaryCait Hogan   |  Santiago Hutchins   |   Mary Lins

Laura Marlin    |   Melissa Martinez    |   Megan McGrath   |   Erika Oba

Michael Patrick Wiles   |  Cameron Pence   |   Shannon Reilly  |  Melissa Rivera

Rachel Robinson  |  Weston Scott  |  Dana Swint   |  Tara Vargo



Kimberly Dooley
Executive Artistic Director
Contact: kimberly@berkeleyplayhouse.org

Kimberly has been directing, choreographing, teaching theater and working in arts producing and administration in the Bay Area for over 15 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, and Grease, as well as several KidStage and TeenStage productions. She's grateful to call this her creative and professional home.



Mary K. Lins
Managing Director
Contact: 510.845.8542 x304 or mary@berkeleyplayhouse.org

This is Mary’s third season at Berkeley Playhouse. She's a theater graduate of Pennsylvania State University, the Harrisburg Arts School, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts musical theater program in Michigan. Prior to relocating to the Bay Area, Mary 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.



Melissa Rivera

Producing Director of Education & Mainstage
Contact: 510.845.8542 x383 or 
melissa@berkeleyplayhouse.org

Melissa 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 contribute to the community that she understands and craves to support.


Dana Swint
Director of Development & Community Outreach
Contact: 
dana@berkeleyplayhouse.org

Dana is a born and raised Northern Californian and has lived in the East Bay for 10 years. She attended Mills College, studying Sociology and Education. Dana holds a Masters of Arts in Education, from UCLA, (Social Sciences and Comparative Education, emphasis Race and Ethnic Studies), where she studied with Daniel Solorzano, Director of the Center for Critical Race Studies in Education. Dana’s professional background is in nonprofit program management, and youth development focused on educational opportunity and empowerment. Her most recent leadership position was at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts as the Education Manager and director of a supervised distance learning program for academically at-risk students. Dana is passionate about the arts, education, outreach, and access for all.



Megan McGrath
Youth Productions Manager
Contact: 510.845.8542 x303 or megan@berkeleyplayhouse.org

Megan is a theater artist who brings years of experience as choreographer, director, performer, and teacher to Berkeley Playhouse. She has recently collaborated with Quinan Street Project, Contra Costa Civic Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre-SF, and Tri-Valley Repertory. She studied Directing at California State University-Fullerton. At the Berkeley Playhouse, she has directed the Youth Productions Chicago, Willy Wonka, Annie, and Beauty and the Beast and choreographed Bye Bye Birdie, Tarzan, and Hello, Dolly!. Her Bay Area choreography credits include The Wizard of Oz (Berkeley Playhouse), Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical (Altarena Playhouse), The Taffetas (Altarena Playhouse), O'Neill: The Rhythms of His Soul (Eugene O'Neill Foundation), and The King and I (Tri-Valley Rep). She resides in and is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of quality arts education.



Mary Cait Hogan
Classes & Camps Manager
Contact: 510.845.8542 x379 or marycait@berkeleyplayhouse.org



Michael Patrick Wiles
Casting Director and Resident Music Director
Contact:
casting@berkeleyplayhouse.org

Michael has been a professional actor and musical director in the Bay Area and beyond for the last 20 years, and has been a proud member of Actor's Equity Association for the last 17 years. As an actor he has appeared in over 50 professional productions with the American Conservatory Theater, American Musical Theater, Aurora Theater Company, Berkeley Repertory Theater, California Shakespeare Festival, Capital Stage Company, Center Repertory Company, Magic Theater, Marin Shakespeare Company, Pacific Alliance Stage Company, Pacific Repertory Theater, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Shotgun Players, and Tacoma Actor's Guild. He has also served as Musical Director on over 80 productions with the Bay Area Children's Theater, Berkeley Playhouse, Capital Stage Company, Center Repertory Company, Contra Costa Civic Theater, Cornish College of the Arts, Pacific Repertory Theater, San Francisco Opera Guild, and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, among others. He is the Co-Founder, Co-Director, and Musical Director for Center Repertory Company's Young Rep Musical Theater Conservatory. Michael studied at the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts and holds a BFA in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.



Cameron Pence
Production Manager
Contact: 
cameron@berkeleyplayhouse.org

Cameron is in his third 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, lighting design credits include 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.



Shannon Reilly
Resident Stage Manager & Associate Producer
Contact: 
shannon@berkeleyplayhouse.org

Shannon is thrilled to join the Berkeley Playhouse team full-time! She has been the Stage Manager for Grease, Ragtime, Sister Act, Beauty and the Beast, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Peter Pan. Prior to starting her position at Berkeley Playhouse, she worked for many companies around the Bay Area including American Conservatory Theater and Aurora Theatre Company. Some highlights include The Rocky Horror Show (A.C.T. Conservatory), The Cable Car Nymphomaniac (FOGG Theatre), and Love Sick (Jewish Circle Theatre).



Sean Griffin
Director of Patron Services
Contact: 510.845.8542 x396 or 
sean@berkeleyplayhouse.org
For Box Office matters, please contact boxoffice@berkeleyplayhouse.org for a faster response.



MaryAnna Alderete
Concessions & Volunteer Manager
Contact:
maryanna@berkeleyplayhouse.org
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact volunteer@berkeleyplayhouse.org .



Jordan Battle
Lead House Manager
Contact:
jordan@berkeleyplayhouse.org




Anna Hecht
Marketing & Communications Manager
Contact:
anna@berkeleyplayhouse.org

Anna is very excited to be a part of the Berkeley Playhouse team combining her love of theater and marketing skills. Previously she was the Marketing Associate at 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, CA. Anna has a B.A. in Print & Online Journalism from San Francisco State University and an A.A. in English from Santa Rosa Junior College. Anna is originally from Petaluma in the North Bay, lived in San Francisco for a few years for college, and is now very happy to be in the East Bay living in Oakland and working in Berkeley.



Santiago Hutchins
Facilities Manager
Contact: 510.845.8542 x319 or 
santiago@berkeleyplayhouse.org
For theater and studio rentals, please contact
booking@berkeleyplayhouse.org .

This is Santiago's fourth year at Berkeley Playhouse as Facilities and Maintenance Manager. He brings with him over 12 years of experience in the skilled trades field. His hands-on approach to much of our building's physical issues makes him a strong asset. In his four years he has accomplished many projects including: installation of a restroo, laminate flooring to one of the facilities' studios, an exceptional curtain system to our studios, painting the building, and many other projects. Santiago enjoys and takes pride in the work he provides. He loves the building and the community it serves, and is proud and grateful in his position at Berkeley Playhouse.



Tara Vargo
Finance Manager
Contact: 510.845.8542 x306 or
tara@berkeleyplayhouse.org



Melissa Martinez
Resident Teaching Artist

Melissa has worked as a performer, choreographer, director, and teaching artist in the Bay Area for the last 6 years. She received her BFA in acting from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Melissa is the Associate Director of Theater at Contra Costa School of Performing Arts as well as a resident teaching artist with The Quinan Street Project in Pinole, where she continues to teach theater and dance to students ranging from 2-18 years old. Her directing and choreography credits include Bye Bye Birdie, Shrek The Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, and James and the Giant Peach with Berkeley Playhouse. Melissa is also a working actor and her favorite roles include Diana Morales from A Chorus Line with Solano College Theater, Hermia from Midsummer (Jon Tracy’s original adaptation of A Midsummer Nights Dream) with Solano Repertory Company, and a featured dancer in The Wiz with Berkeley Playhouse.



Weston Scott
Resident Teaching Artist

Weston is a playwright, director, and teaching artist from the Central Coast. After graduating from UC Berkeley, he completed a Directing Internship at PCPA and worked for several months in London theatre. At the Berkeley Playhouse, he has directed shows for YouthStage such as The Little Mermaid, Into the Woods, and Bye Bye Birdie, all while teaching several additional camps and classes. His writing has been produced by PianoFight, Custom Made Theatre Co., and FaultLine Theater, where he is a proud Associate Artist. His best-known work may be as the lyricist for the millennial musical Tinderella, for which he was named a TBA Finalist. Apart from the theater, Weston has written an album of original parody songs, contributed to several podcasts, and studied improv at the Groundlings and the Upright Citizens’ Brigade. He is ecstatic to be one of the first Resident Teaching Artists at the Berkeley Playhouse and looks forward to mentoring young artists for many years to come.



Erika Oba
Resident YouthStage Musical Director

Erika is a composer, pianist/flutist, and educator based in the SF Bay Area. As a performer, she is a member of the Montclair Women’s Big Band, Ends Meat’ Catastrophe Jazz Ensemble, electro-jazz duo Rice Kings, and The Sl(e)ight Ensemble. As an artist, she is interested in exploring ritual, diasporic identities, and community through performance. She received her BM in Jazz Piano Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and her MA in Music Composition from Mills College.



Rachel Robinson
Resident YouthStage Director

Rachel is a versatile theatre artist, equally at home directing, music directing, and teaching. She has been working in the Berkeley Playhouse Conservatory since 2013 and is delighted to call it her artistic home. Her YouthStage credits include Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Legally Blonde, Anything Goes, Spamalot, and this past summer’s TeenStage Intensive of Grease. Rachel also frequently works on the Berkeley Playhouse mainstage shows. This season she will direct West Side Story and will music direct Big, The Musical. In addition to her directorial work, Rachel runs a thriving music studio where she teaches voice and piano to students of all ages. Rachel began performing as a child on the stages of Washington, D.C., she received her degree in Musical Theatre and Vocal Performance from New York University, and she continues to learn every day from her students here in the Bay Area. www.rachelrobinsonmusic.com.



Laura Marlin
Resident YouthStage Director

Laura is a teaching artist, dancer, teacher, storyteller, and writer. Laura has a Masters in Education from the Bank Street College in New York and over the past 13 years has taught subjects from middle school English to kindergarten movement. She has trained in Movement Education with Luna Kids Dance, and for five years has worked with Imagination Players as a writer, choreographer, stager, teacher, and collaborator, not to mention game player, bubble juice maker, Frisbee catcher, lunch monitor, snack bringer, and minivan driver. Laura will almost always say yes if you are a kid and you ask her to tell a story. As a dancer, Laura has performed with Bay Area notables Nina Haft & Co, Carol Keuffer, Dana Lawton, Rebecca Johnson, and, currently, Paufve Dance.