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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Maria Castro
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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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.

Tessa Corrie
House Manager

Tessa Corrie has been a part of the theatre community for eleven years. She has worked with theatre companies such as Berkeley Rep, Berkeley Playhouse, Hillbarn Theatre, Altered Sight, and ITP’s. Tessa has been a performer, casting director, arts advocacy chair, and artistic director. Raised by glassblowers, she feels incredibly lucky to have experienced the arts at a young age. She is thrilled to be the House Manager of Bay Area Children's Theatre and hopes that by attending our shows, you will see the magic of theatre like she did!

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

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Erin McNerney
Development Director

Erin joined Bay Area Children's Theatre as Development Director in 2017. Previously, she worked in major giving at California State Parks Foundation for five years and at University of California Press for a decade, first as an editorial assistant before becoming a fundraiser for the UC Press Foundation. Erin received her BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley, and worked briefly in primary education during and after college. Erin grew up in the Santa Cruz Mountains where she enjoyed attending theatre productions in the forest with her family. She lives in Oakland with her husband and their four-year-old daughter, who is a big fan of BACT.

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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 .

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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.

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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