BACT Staff

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Nina Meehan
Executive Artistic Director

Nina Meehan is a founding company member of Bay Area Children's Theatre where she has directed numerous productions including The Day the Crayons Quit, the Musical, James and the Giant Peach, Little Women, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Pippi Longstocking. She is a proud champion of new works for TYA and has produced original adaptations of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (TBA award-winning production), Ivy+Bean, Ladybug Girl and many others. She is an award winning Youth Theatre Director, most recently winning Outstanding Achievements in Acting at the Broadway Jr. Festival in Atlanta, GA for her youth production of Pirates of Penzance. Nina was recognized as one of the 35-faces of Theatre Bay Area and a “Mom who Rocks” by Red Tricycle. She has worked throughout the Bay Area as an actress, educator, storyteller, and director. Nina proudly sits on the Theatre Services Commitee for Theatre Bay Area and the Board of Directors for TYA/USA. Nina received her BS in Theatre from Northwestern University and her Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco. She is mom to Toby (age 8), Robby (age 5) and Meadow (age 1).

 
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Rebecca Posamentier
Education Director

Becca Posamentier has 18 years of administrative, teaching, and performing experience in theaters throughout California. A founding member of Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Becca is the Director of the Youth Education Program (YEP!). As the Camp and Family programs Manager at the San Francisco JCC, she directed extensive summer and vacation camps for children ages 5-12 in addition to creating a musical theater program for youth. Becca has taught performing arts at UCLA Unicamp, East Bay School of the Arts, University High School in Los Angeles, Stage Door Conservatory and the Berkeley and SF JCCs. She was the Academy Director at Playhouse West, and spent five years as an administrator and educator with Kaiser Permanente’s Education Theater Programs. She now a “Mom who Rocks” (recognized by Red Tricycle) to two children of her own, ages 7 and 4.

 
Beryl Baker
Operations Manager

After earning a BA in Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at Cal in 2009, Beryl completed a yearlong Fellowship in Sound Design in the 2009/10 season at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Since then, Beryl went on to work full time with the Rep for another six years, shifting from production to administrative work as the Development Operations Associate. Beryl has also co-founded an experimental theatre company, Highly Impractical Theatre, with a group of Fellowship alumna, all the while still designing sound around the Bay Area, including BACT for the 2011 summer production of Cat in the Hat. Beryl also performs live music in the SF/Bay Area as part of the camp musical duo Beryl & Nicole, playing numerous instruments, frequently at the same time. Favorite band to cover currently is Pink Martini.

 
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Maria Castro
Education Program Production Manager

After receiving her BA in Dramatic Arts from University of California, Davis in June of 2011, Maria came back home to the East Bay to commence her career as a stage manager and production manager. Her first show with BACT was in the fall of 2011 stage managing the world premiere of The Magic School Bus: The Climate Challenge; Maria's been hooked on working with BACT ever since!

 
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Derek Collard
Development Manager

Derek Collard began his career in theatre as an actor at a young age. After years in NYC, he relocated to the Bay Area in 2009 to expand his interest in the arts. Since arriving here, he has worked with theatre companies such as TheatreWorks, ACT, Berkeley Rep, CenterREP, CCMT, Ray of Light, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, 42nd Street Moon to name a few. He has served as an Assistant/Associate Director with ACT, Berkeley Playhouse, McCarter Theatre and the Old Globe Theatre, as well as Director with the Arundel Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, The Old Globe Theatre and Stars 2000. As an actor, he was recently seen as Lumiere in PCRT’s production of Beauty & The Beast. Prior to that, he has appeared in The Full Monty, Pinkalicious, A Year With Frog and Toad, A Christmas Carol, She Loves Me, Little Shop of Horrors (Shellie Award Winner – Best Supporting Actor in a Musical), Hairspray, Oliver!, Jubilee, Wildcat and High Spirits plus numerous readings and workshops. He has also worked with Disney, McCarter Theatre, The Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Repertory, LA Reprise, City Center Encores and on several National and International Tours. Other Regional credits: Angels (Pre-Broadway), Christmas Carol, Nunsense A-Men, Bye, Bye Birdie, The Gold Wuthakee, A Funny Thing Happened … Forum, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Funny, Pageant, Sweeney Todd, Rocky Horror Show, Drood!, Blood Brothers, My Favorite Year and Forever Plaid.

 
Hannah Dworkin
Arts in Schools Director, Artistic Associate

 
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Emily Fassler
Production Manager

Emily caught the theatre bug in school at age five and hasn’t looked back since. Originally from Seattle, she spent much of her childhood at Studio East Training for the Performing Arts, which cemented her love of theatre and education. Emily studied at Whitman College before graduating from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Drama. She spent the next year as the Education Intern at Book-It Repertory Theatre by day and sound designing by night. In 2012, she relocated to the Bay Area to participate in Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s fellowship program, first in sound and then an additional year in production management. In addition to her work at BACT, Emily is also the Assistant Production Manager for the department of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley, and the Production Coordinator for Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor Summer Residency Lab. Additionally, she has been a freelance production manager for shows at TheatreFirst and Ferocious Lotus. Emily is absolutely delighted to be working with the incredible team here at BACT!

 
Mike Ferrell
Associate Technical Director

 
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Amy Lee Hulsey
Assistant Production Manager

Amy began her love of theater at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, California where she fell in love with Stage Management. She continued her education at San Francisco State University where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Drama with a Technical Emphasis in Stage Management in May of 2015. After graduation, Amy worked at several theater companies including Marin Theater Company's Production Assistant for the West Coast premier of Sarah Ruhl's The Oldest Boy, Stage Manager at New Conservatory Theater Center in SF for The Kid Thing by Sarah Gubbins, and was a Talent Wrangler of pro football players with Production Glue for Nike+ The Opening at The Mint in San Francisco for Super Bowl week 2015. BACT Stage Management positions include: The Jungle Book in San Ramon, Dear Edwina in Pittsburg, Annie Kids in Pleasanton and Bloom Kaboom! Theater for the Very Young, in Piedmont. Amy is overjoyed to be the Assistant Production Manager for BACT and is so happy to be a part of the BACT family!

 
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Min Kahng
Marketing & Communications Director, Casting Director

Min Kahng is an award-winning playwright and composer from the San Francisco Bay Area whose works include Bad Kitty On Stage - an adaptation of Nick Bruel's bestselling book series, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (recipient of three Theatre Bay Area Awards), The Song of the Nightingale, and Tales of Olympus. His upcoming projects include The Four Immigrants based on the comic book by Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama, and Story Explorers, a project supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts that will adapt stories created by children living with autism and other special needs into a fully produced musical. Kahng received the 2014 Titan Award for Playwrights and was recognized in American Theatre magazine as one of “9 Musical Theatre Writers You Should Know.” He is a Resident Playwright with the Playwrights Foundation and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild, Theatre Communications Group, Theatre of Young Audiences USA, and Theatre Bay Area.

 
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Amanda Maxwell
Education Program Manager

Amanda is a thrilled to be a proud member of the BACT family! Amanda's background in theatre education spans back to when she was a children's theatre student herself in her hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has been a teaching artist, performer and arts administrator in Fort Lauderdale Fl., Orlando Fl., and New York City before relocating to the Bay Area in 2015. Amanda is grateful for all of the opportunities her role at BACT has provided such as co-leading summer programming in Shanghai, China and bringing the magic of Disney Musicals in Schools to Oakland and Richmond public schools. Amanda holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Central Florida.

 
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Melissa Nigro
Graphic Designer

Melissa is thrilled to work with BACT's Marketing Team. After receiving her B.A. in English and Studio Art from Kenyon College, Melissa decided to combine her linguistic and visual talents by becoming a graphic designer and production photographer. Melissa worked as an intern for the Berkeley Rep's Summer Residency Lab before joining BACT in the summer of 2013. Since then she has illustrated logos for several shows, designed innumerable posters and postcards, and set up BACT's first commercial photography account. Melissa also does freelance design - look for her work at www.melissanigro.com .

 
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Drew Reitz
Front of House Coordinator

Drew Reitz is super happy to working with BACT as the Front of House Coordinator! He loves the BACT family and is thankful for all of the skills he has learned so far. In addition to working with BACT, he is a theatre and commercial actor and a teaching artist in the Bay Area. Drew is a proud alum of San Francisco State and holds a BA in Drama. He looks forward to seeing out our shows!

 
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Sandy Small
Stage Crew & Education Program Sound Specialist

Sandy Small is an audio engineer and sound designer. He holds a BAS in Sound Arts from Ex’pression College and has worked as a theater audio tech since 2009. He began working for Bay Area Children’s Theatre in the fall of 2011 as a crew member and has since contributed to their Youth Education Program as lighting designer and technical director, as well as to their production of Lyle the Crocodile as sound designer. He is also the co-progenitor and steward of BACT’s beloved Tapeball. Sandy records and very rarely performs experimental rock music under the monicker the Nondescript.

 
Yusuke Soi
Technical Director

Yusuke Soi is a Japanese native Theatre designer of the Bay Area. He joined Bay Area Children's Theatre in March of 2016 as Technical Director after working for New Conservatory Theatre Center as an assistant technical director, and for Palo Alto Children’s Theatre as a prop master. He has a BA in Theatre Design from San Francisco State University and has been working as a scenic/prop/puppet designer all over the Bay since 2013. He received his EB-1 artist visa in 2015.

 
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Isabel To
School Programs Coordinator

Isabel is a Bay Area native living the double life of an actor and arts administrator buzzing happily behind the scenes. She graduated from the University of California at Davis with a BA in Music, and has performed in operas, musical theater, and plays throughout the Bay Area. She debuted with BACT as "A-Fu" and "Xiao Mao" in the world premiere of Min Kahng's TBA Award-winning musical adaptation of the Grace Lin novel Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. She also had the privilege of playing Marley (Dragonfly Girl) in the national tour of Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical, which also had its world premiere at BACT. Most recently, she played Excavator in Austin Zumbro's TBA Award-nominated adaptation of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, for which she received a nomination for Best Featured Actress. Up next, Isabel will be playing JoJo in Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas.

 
Kari Warren
Business Manager

Kari is thrilled to be a part of Bay Area Children’s Theatre as their Business Manager. Her daughter Christine was the test subject for the first show that BACT produced back in 2003. Kari has a diverse working background, which serves her well as a business manager in the theatre world. She was most recently the Marketing/Events Coordinator for a local private school. Kari also worked as the Outreach Coordinator at Children’s Fairyland. Her first job out of college was working for Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Programs which is where she met the amazing group of people that started Bay Area Children’s Theatre. Kari received her BA in Speech Communication with a concentration in Voice and Performance from San Francisco State University.

 
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Austin Zumbro
Patron Services Manager

Austin joined Bay Area Children's Theatre in 2009 as a box office representative and is thrilled to continue on as the Patron Services Manager. He writes, performs, and teaches classes all around the Bay Area. For the Bay Area Children's Theatre main stage, Austin wrote and composed The Day the Crayons Quit - the Musical, and wrote Rudolph the Ugly Duckling. He was also the author and composer The Gold Rush Musical, Labcoats and Scapegoats: A Science Musicalamity, and Rock the Block: A Walk 'n' Roll Musical–all of which toured to schools throughout the Bay Area. He is in a bluegrass band. He is learning to juggle. He graduated from Stanford with a BA in Human Biology.

 
BACT Education Program
Theatre Educators

Allison Meneley, Amanda Maxwell, Amber Dyson, Anne Norland, Annette Stonebarger, Annie Clark, Bob Shryock, Brendan Noel Thomas, Bryan Quinn, Chelsea McPheron, Chelsea Wellott, Chrissy Brooks-Knipps, Christine Warren, Christina Holling, Diana Fisch, Evan Crone, Jaq Dalziel, Jacqueline Kappes, Jessica Benson, Kailah Cayou, Karen Fox, Karen Hernandez, Karina Gutierrez, Kate Brennan, Marena McGregor, Marissa Hockfield, Rebecca Faiola, Shelby Stewart, Sidney Speigel, Simon Trumble, Sydney Painter, Taylor Melville, Tiffany To, Zach Goldberg

 
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