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 7) and Robby (age 4).
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Amanda is thrilled to join the BACT team after many years working in Professional and Educational Theatre on the East Coast. She most recently resided in New York City where she taught for the New York Kids Club and Broadway Bound Kids. In 2013 Amanda joined the Regional Touring cast of Hansel and Gretel, bringing the magic of theater to rural communities all throughout the southern U.S. Originally from South Florida, she will always hold a special place in her heart for the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre, who first opened the door to her love for theater and education! Amanda holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Central Florida.
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 .
Alexis Oparah is a graduate of Duke University with a B.S in Neuroscience and Philosophy. While at Duke, Alexis developed a passion for music and the arts that culminated in her taking on the roles of house manager and head student administrator for Duke's Music Department. She came to the Bay Area in 2013 and put her administrative skills and love for working with children and music to work by directing Camp Doodles: San Francisco and joining the BACT team. Alexis is excited to learn more about the world of theater and continue growing her involvement in youth recreation and enrichment with Bay Area Children's Theatre!
As an educator, Heather has been teaching for over 22 years and is delighted to join BACT. As a professional actress, her credits include: Broadway/Off Broadway: Romeo & Juliet, The New Victory and Love’s Fire, The Public Theatre/TAC, Collected Stories with Uta Hagen(US). Regional Theatres include: Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Arena Stage; The Guthrie; The Alliance; Rep. Theatre of St. Louis; Missouri Rep; Alabama Shakespeare Festival; The Acting Company; Syracuse Stage. T.V./Film/Commercial: “Law & Order”, guest star, John Deere, McDonald's Education/Training: MFA from NYU Graduate Acting Program. And most importantly, she's also mama to Grady(8) and Liam(4)
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 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.
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.
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.
Kailah hasn't been around long, but is stoked to be involved with a company composed of so many dedicated and talented people! She can't wait to learn from the so many multi-faceted individuals at BACT! She is currently a student at Diablo Valley College where she recently took the dive into performing. Before that, she had more of a technical emphasis. She studied lighting at DVC and attended Summer Repertory Theatre as an electrician. That all said, she is excited for the next chapter in her life to start!
Francisco is a developing Theatre Maker with a background in Performance, Lighting Design and some Writing and Directing. With a B.A. in Theatrical Performance from San Francisco State University, he is continuing to learn and grow within the world of Children’s Theatre, with his amazing new family at BACT. Before returning to the Theatre, Francisco spent a number of years as a Veterinary Technician as well as a Counselor for youth battling mental illness. Francisco strongly believes in the magic of Theatre and its ability to transform lives, hoping to deliver this gift to as many children and adults throughout his lifetime.
Dave is super excited to be joining the BACT team as an apprentice. He is from Milwaukee and has a BFA in acting from UW-Milwaukee. Dave started his theater career at the age of 11 when he was cast in Tom Sawyer at First Stage Children's Theater. At UW-Milwaukee he played The Magistrate in "Lysistrata", Officer Barrel in "Urinetown" and Mr. Harari in "Ruined". But his favorite role of all time was playing Lord Fancourt in " Charlie's Aunt. In Milwaukee he also worked as an educator at First Stage teaching Acting and Improv.
Chelsea is thrilled to be part of the BACT family as an apprentice. She is currently studying Theatre in performance at Diablo Valley College, where she has appeared in The Children's Hour, and the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She has recently begun studying technical theatre as well, working as an assistant stage manager and costumes in various shows. She is very thankful to have the opportunity to work with so many wonderfully talented people with BACT. She hopes to continue to learn and grow as a theatre professional.
Allison Meneley, Amanda Maxwell, Amber Dyson, Andre San-Chez, Annette Stonebarger, Annie Clark, Becca Posamentier, Bob Shyrock, Brit Frazier, Brittney Finley, Bryan Quinn, Caroline Schneider, Chelsea Wellott, Christina Martin, Dave Stein, Diana Fisch, Francisco Rodriguez, Jacinta Sutphin, Jacqueline Kappes, Jaimee Semsky, Jenna Stein-Corman, Jocelyn Sahagun, Kailah Cayou, Karina Gutierrez, Lisa Radzanowski, Marena McGregor, Marissa Hockfield, Rachel Seele, Shannon Davis, Sidney Speigel, Sydney Painter, Zach Goldberg