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, Fly Guy, the Musical and Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site, the Musical. 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 and a TBA Award winning Director for her TYA work. Nina was recognized as one of the 35-faces of Theatre Bay Area and a “Mom who Rocks” by Red Tricycle. Nina proudly sits on the Theatre Services Committee 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 9), Robby (age 6) and Meadow (age 2).

 
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Gary Peare
Managing Director

Gary has over 30 years' leadership experience in the field of brand and marketing strategy, advertising, and design. A graduate of the prestigious Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and veteran performer, Gary earned a BA in Humanities from Michigan State University and holds an MBA from The University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. Joining BACT brought Gary's career full-circle, fulfilling a life-long interest in impacting the lives of children and families with exposure to the performing arts. In his spare time, Gary is an accomplished ukulele player, and teaches children and adults in Lafayette.

 
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Gabrielle Chapple
Development Director

Gabrielle spent almost every summer with her family in San Francisco. With her parents and grandparents both being Bay Area natives, she developed a deep appreciation for the vibrant Bay Area arts scene. Gabrielle is thrilled to be a part of the Bay Area Children's Theatre team, coming from being the Director of Development for Magic Theatre in San Francisco. In addition to her love of theatre, Gabrielle is also a proud member of the ArtPoint Advisory Council. Staying engaged with the ever-changing Bay Area art scene is one of her passions. Before making her way to the Bay Area, Gabrielle was the Director of Special Events + Major Gifts for Phoenix Theatre, a rapidly growing Lort-D identifying theatre company in the Southwest with a nearly $8 million operating budget. Gabrielle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Arizona State University. In addition to her background in fundraising, Gabrielle has been a teaching artist for over ten years working to help youth explore their imagination, build the creative storytelling process and translate performance skills into professional workplace readiness. Teaching credits include Mesa Arts Center, Childsplay, Free Arts of Arizona and Junior Achievement of Arizona. Gabrielle’s involvement with Theatre for Youth dates back to 2007 and through the years she has cherished working with students as they discover the transformative power of theatre.

 
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Annie Clark
Education Program Director

Annie Clark is tickled pink to be a part of the team at Bay Area Children’s Theatre as the Education Program Director. Her path led to arts education after becoming a proud mom to Everett (9), and Keaton (2). Over the last 4 years with Bay Area Children’s Theatre Annie has taught over 1,000 students as a Director, Choreographer and Music Director.

She attended the prestigious Ray Bolger Musical Theatre Program at UCLA, where she received a BA in Theatre Arts. She also has had the good fortune to work as a professional actress! Some favorite credits include Miss Dorothy in the 1st National Tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Lou Anne in Hairspray on Broadway and you can see her in the movie Dreamgirls as Sweetheart #1.

 
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Derek Collard
Development and Events 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.

 
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Hannah Dworkin
Arts in Schools Director, Artistic Associate, Casting Director

Hannah joined the BACT artistic world in 2014 as the choreographer for a production of Frog and Toad, and she joined the staff in 2016. Some of her recent BACT credits include Rainbow Fish (Director/Choreographer), Night Fairy (Co-Director),Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site (Choreographer, TBA Award Nomination), and Elephant and Piggie (Director/Choreographer). Hannah is an accomplished educator and is currently a professor in teacher education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Hannah holds an MA in Music and Music Education from Columbia University, a Teaching Credential with a Dance Certification from UC Berkeley Extension and a BA in Dance and Anthropology from UC Berkeley. In addition, Hannah is a classical vocalist, dancer and a company member of Upswing Aerial Dance. By far, her most rewarding job is being mommy to her two kids, Shaun and Genevieve.

 
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Amber Dyson
Curriculum Specialist

Curriculum Specialist Amber Dyson has worked in educational theatre for thirteen years. She recently directed BACT's Advanced Performers in their production of Singin' in the Rain Jr., which was recognized for Excellence in Dance at the Junior Theatre Festival West in February. A 2017 recipient of the Freddie G. Fellowship for excellence in musical theatre education, Amber recently studied in New York with Broadway masters, including Jeff Calhoun and Christopher Gatelli.

 
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Zach Goldberg
Arts in Schools Manager / Casting Associate

Zach is North Carolina-born artist, educator, and arts administrator who has been teaching, producing, and stage managing dance, theatre, and live music productions since he was a teenager. After graduating from Wesleyan University in 2013, he relocated to San Francisco to work with CounterPULSE and has since taught or stage managed with the Joe Goode Performance Group, Zettatech, the Oxbow Summer Arts Camp, and Bay Area Children's Theatre. Zach previously worked as the Program Coordinator for Theatre Bay Area and is thrilled to be returning to BACT to help manage their Arts in Schools programs.

 
Christina Larson
Producer

Christina Larson is thrilled to be working full-time at BACT. She first worked at BACT in 2012, stage managing Pinkalicous, and hasn't been able to stay away for very long since then. A freelance Stage Manager by trade, Christina has been seen working around the Bay at places like: ACT, Shotgun, Cal Shakes, Berkeley Rep, and TheatreWorks.

 
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Melissa Nigro
Art & Design Manager

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 print and web materials, and taken photos of every facet of BACT's programming. Melissa also does freelance design - look for her work at www.melissanigro.com .

 
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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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Shelby Stewart
Education Program Coordinator and Registrar

Shelby is thrilled to be part of the Bay Area Children's Theatre Education team! Born and raised in the Bay Area, she is an actor, singer, and director passionate about storytelling and theatre education. Shelby holds a BFA in Theatre Performance and a BA in Sociology from Chapman University. Upon graduating, Shelby returned to the Bay Area and joined Bay Area Children's Theatre as a teaching artist. In addition to teaching, she has performed for numerous Bay Area theatre companies including Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, Broadway by the Bay, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Woodminster Summer Musicals, the Mountain Play, Custom Made Theatre Company, and Altarena Playhouse. www.shelby-stewart.com

 
Kitty Torres
Lead Box Office Representative

I have been super fortunate to work with BACT as an actor and crew member but am so thrilled to have joined the team in March as one of the office staff! I have been working in the theatre scene for about five years now, primarily as a performer but occasionally get the chance to serve as a costumer. When I have free time, I enjoy watching old movies & cartoons, occasional knitting, listening/practicing music, playing around with cats, going on adventures, baking, studying astronomy, and solving puzzles.

 
Kari Warren
Business Services Director

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
Information Services Director / Artistic Associate

Austin joined Bay Area Children's Theatre in 2009 as a box office representative and is thrilled to continue on as Information Services Director. He writes, performs, and teaches classes all around the Bay Area. For the Bay Area Children's Theatre main stage, Austin wrote and composed Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site the Musical; Fly Guy, the Musical; The Rainbow Fish Musical; The Day the Crayons Quit, the Musical; Lemony Snicket’s The Lump of Coal; Rudolph the Ugly Duckling; and others. 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.

 
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