Pick of the Vine Program

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Pick of the Vine 2021

CONTACT
by Rideaux Baldwin
directed by Esther Mira
Featuring: Allen Barstow, Lloyd Roberson II

ELEMENTAL
by Brandon Cahela, directed by Samantha Barrios
Featuring: Branda Lock, Doug Mattingly

PURGATOROMEO
by Joan Milburn, directed by Starina Johnson
Featuring: Josephine Chang, Rogelio Douglas III, Edward Hong,
Margaret Schugt

SNICKERDOODLE
by Christian Gallagher, directed by Madeleine Drake
Featuring: Cindy Shields, Kimmy Shields, Perry Shields

THE ALOHA LIFE
by Jean Koppen, directed by Jennifer Bobiwash
Featuring: Belinda Howell, Don Schlossman,

THE JOB INTERVIEW FROM HELL
by Chris Irby & Sean Freeman, directed by Mirai Booth-Ong
Featuring: Allen Barstow, Indiana Maven Diaz, Rogelio Douglas III, Daniel Gallai, Branda LockDionne Neish, Kimberly Patterson, James Rice, Lloyd Roberson II

WORKING FROM HIDEOUT
by Jack Karp, directed by Starina Johnson
Featuring: Charles Bates, Doug Mattingly,

PRODUCTION TEAM:

Lisa Coffi – Producing Artistic Director
Tara Donovan – Pick of the Vine Producer
Sara Haddadin – Video Editor
Diana Mann – Costume Designer

THE PLAYWRIGHTS:
Rideaux A. Baldwin

Rideaux A. Baldwin (Contact)

Rideaux, a Los Angeles native, has written and produced plays since 1990, including Sister Minnie’s Last Disciple, Parting Gifts and HIVers. His works have been produced by Two Roads Theatre, Jewel Box Theater and Palos Verdes Players. Several of his plays have won awards from the American College Theatre Festival, Sister Minnie received an honorable mention in the 2017 Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Instagram: @rideauxbaldwin Twitter: @rideauxbaldwin (Back to Top)

Brandon Cahela

Brandon Cahela (Elemental

Brandon grew up in Tampa, FL. His first play Excursions was published and performed in 2013 by Theatre Odyssey in Sarasota, FL. In September of 2013, Brandon moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA‘s Professional Program in Screenwriting.  His plays Shower and Earth Day premiered in 2016 at The Santa Monica Theatre. In 2017 his plays Lookout and Toxic also premiered at The Santa Monica Theatre. He has written for The Doll Web Series and is a writer on the scripted comedy podcasts Crypta! and Ghosters. In 2019 he co-wrote the screenplay for the crime thriller Hollywood. He’s currently producing the upcoming comedy series The Tonopah Five. In 2020 several of his monologues were performed virtually as a part of Theatre Is The Cure. In December 2021, his short play Silver And Gold is slated to be performed by Kris P. Productions in Hong Kong. www.bluecomet.info IG: @brandonecahela Twitter: @brandoncahela (Back to Top)

Sean Freeman & Chris Irby

Sean Freeman & Chris Irby

(The Job Interview from Hell)

Sean and Chris, are two lifelong friends who first collaborated in the early 1980s to produce a bunch of Super-8 films, most of which involved Dungeons & Dragons and/or prodigious amounts of blood spray. To the relief of their parents, they eventually decided to give up filmmaking and focus, instead, on writing for the stage. Together, they have been inflicting plays on unsuspecting theatergoers since 2006. These include The Final Adventure of Hercules, The Great Escape from Stalag 18, The Legend of Deadeye Mary, and the inexplicably popular Captain Phantasm series. The Job Interview from Hell is their first short play. You can find Chris and Sean’s other works at d20stageworks.com (Back to Top)

Christian Gallagher

Christian Gallagher – (Snickerdoodle)

Christian Gallagher, if that is his real name, is an actor from Philadelphia.  He received his BFA in Acting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.  Snickerdoodle is the first play he has written.

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Jack Karp

Jack Karp (Working from Hideout)

Jack has had his plays staged in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and across the country. Incendiary Agents premiered at the New Ohio Theatre in New York in 2013 and was produced at the Morgan Opera House in 2018. Irreversible premiered with Red Fern Theatre in New York in 2015 and was produced by Counterweight Theatre Lab in Colorado in 2018. Jack’s plays have also appeared in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, the Samuel French Short Play Festival, and the NY Fringe Festival. He has won the David Mamet Playwrighting Competition at ACT and the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Playwriting Contest, among others. Jack has an M.F.A. in creative writing and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Visit jackkarp.com.  (Back to Top)

Jean Koppen

Jean Koppen (The Aloha Life)

Jean lives in Northern Virginia and her plays have been produced in the D.C. area at Keegan Theatre, Active Cultures Theater, D.C.’s Capital Fringe Festival, and across the country. Jean’s play Capsmittment was Active Culture’s 2012 playwriting competition winner and Got a Light? was a finalist in City Theatre’s 2019 National Award for Short Playwriting. Jean is an alumna of the Kennedy Center Playwrights Intensive, a founding member of Pipeline Playwrights and a Dramatist Guild member. Jean’s plays are available at the New Play Exchange. jeankoppen.com  (Back to Top)

Joan Milburn

Joan Milburn (Purgatoromeo)

Joan is a playwright, actor, visual artist, and activist currently based in Dallas, TX. She is a 2019 graduate of Southwestern University with a B.A. in Theatre. During her time at Southwestern, Joan also trained with The National Theater Institute, The American Theatre Wing, and she was one of Beth Henley’s playwriting apprentices during the 2019 Powerhouse Theatre Season. Since graduating, Joan has appeared onstage with multiple DFW companies, and she has had her writing produced with The Resilience Theatre Group and Paper Kraine Theatre in NYC. Joan’s true passion exists at the cross section of arts and activism, and she is thrilled to also serve as the Artistic Producer of The Citadel of Playwrights, a new work development company where artist support, new work development, and community engagement are at the forefront of the mission. Instagram: @joanlesliemilburn, joanmilburn.com thecitadelofplaywrights.com  (Back to Top)

THE CAST MEMBERS

Allen Barstow

Allen Barstow+ (Contact!, The Job Interview from Hell – Mansplain)

Allen has been a Little Fish Theatre company member for the past 5 years and is proud to be amongst such great company. His first experience with the theater was with Private Eyes (Adrian) and he hopes to someday return to the role of Chris in Becky’s New Car which was scheduled to go up last year. His favorite performances include Macbeth (Banquo), A Winter’s Tale (Polixines), Shakespeare in Hollywood (Joe E. Brown), Waiting (McMartin), The Debate (God Who Loves), and Man of La Mancha (Dr. Curasco). He has also enjoyed studying with the Groundlings, Anteaus, and the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. When the world returns to some sense of normalcy, Allen invites you to join him in his spare time for some fencing, beach volleyball, or spikeball.  (Back to Top)

Charlie Bates+ (Working from Hideout – Clark)

Charlie is excited to be making his return to the stage after an absence to work, go to school, and start a family. Charlie has performed at Little Fish in previous Pick of the Vine and Twisted Spooky Creepy festivals. Charlie also performed with Torrance Theater Company and the now defunct PV Players. Prior to living in Los Angeles Charlie was a mainstay in Theaters in the DFW area, garnishing a Leon Rabin nomination for best supporting actor, for his role as Vinnie in Proposals at Plano Reparatory Theatre. Charlie wants to thank his wife and kids for always being supportive.  (Back to Top)

Josephine Chang Headshot

Josephine Chang (Purgatoromeo – Juliet)

Josephine is thrilled to be making her “on-screen” debut with Little Fish Theatre in Purgatoromeo. As a wise man once said, “Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse wouldn’t quit. He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out.”  Josephine is that first mouse. (╭☞´ิ∀´ิ)╭☞   (Back to Top)

Indiana Diaz

Indiana Maven Diaz (The Job Interview From Hell – Wrath)

Indiana has appeared in many national commercials, on Latin Grammy nominated albums and on massive stages in China. She loves cake, her puppy and can’t wait to start kindergarten someday. (Back to Top)

Rogelio Douglas, III

Rogelio Douglas III (The Job Interview from Hell – Ostentation, Purgatoromeo – Paris)

Brooklyn, NY native, Rogelio Douglas III is an actor and spoken-word poet now residing in Los Angeles. He has a BA in Theater from SUNY New Paltz and an Acting MFA from UCLA Theater, Film & Television — Class of 2020! The Black & Afro-Latino storyteller has recently been seen performing in many new works across LA theaters — The Rover (Freud Playhouse) directed by Emily Chase, Class of 2020 by Lisa Loomer (Company of Angels), award-winning international production The Art of Facing Fear directed by Rodolfo García Vázquez, The Displaced by Isaac Gomez (San Diego Rep Theater), Titus Andronicus as Aaron (Shakespeare by the Sea), and up next Measure for Measure as Claudio directed by Patrick Vest! RD3 can also be seen in numerous films, new-media works, and co-starring roles on NBC, CBS, and HBO. Forever grateful for his debut with Little Fish Theatre. Love, Light & Black Therapy. RogelioDouglasiii.com  @RogelioDouglas3  (Back to Top)

Daniel Gallai

Daniel Gallai+ (The Job Interview from Hell – Sloth)

Daniel is happy to be back (virtually) with his LFT crew! He is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts and comes to Los Angeles by way of Phoenix, Arizona and Ottawa, Ontario Canada. He is a company member at LFT so you may have seen him on stage in Embridge, The Nerd, The Good Doctor, POV 2018, Chills and Thrills 2018 and The LFT Cabaret. He has performed with numerous theater companies throughout Los Angeles and Phoenix. Daniel has also had his films in festivals all across the country and around the world. Most notably, his documentary Put Up Your Dux premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. He is so grateful to his wife and two pups for getting him through the year.  (Back to Top)

Edward Hong

Edward Hong* (Purgatoromeo – Romeo)

Edward makes his Little Fish Theatre “stage” debut with Purgatoromeo and oh my, is he very excited. His theatre credits include DHH in Yellow Face (Firescape Theatre), Nhan/Khue in Vietgone (TheatreSquared), Tom/Marshall in the world premiere of Church & State (Skylight Theatre Company) and David in The Why (The Blank Theatre). For his film and television credits, his selected highlights are Please Stand By (Magnolia Pictures; starring Dakota Fanning and Toni Collette), a recurring role Devious Maids (Lifetime), and has appeared on Perry Mason (HBO), Kevin (Probably) Saves The World (ABC), New Girl (FOX), Lopez (FX), General Hospital (ABC), Angie Tribeca (TBS), and many more. In addition, he has an unhealthy obsession with Cinnabons and is the proud father of three cats. (Back to Top)

Belinda Howell Headshot

Belinda Howell+ (The Aloha Life – Anna)

Belinda is delighted to return to Little Fish Theatre, having played previous roles as Anna, the grande dame in Donald Margulies’ The Country House and Phyllis, the neurotic therapist in Woody Allen’s Central Park West. Other favorite roles include Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn in The Music Man (San Gabriel Civic and Alex Theatres), Helen, the social worker buried alive in Problem Child (Zephyr Theatre), and the award-winning ensemble production of Brecht on Brecht at The Atwater Playhouse. Originally from LA, Belinda has lived on both West and East Coasts, and co-founded a theatre group on each. Belinda received her MFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts).  (Back to Top)

Branda Lock

Branda Lock+ (Elemental – Mikels, The Job Interview from Hell – Vanity)

Branda hails from the Washington D.C. theatre region where she has performed with such theatres as The Kennedy Center, Olney Theatre, Imagination Stage, and Adventure Theatre where she garnered a Helen Hayes award. She has appeared on several Los Angeles stages where some of her favorite roles include Alexandra Cafuffle in On The Verge at Little Fish Theatre, Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion at Archway Studio/Theatre, Viola in Twelfth Night at Zombie Joe’s, and Gertrude Chiltern in An Ideal Husband at Westchester Playhouse. Branda is a company member of Little Fish Theatre and Infinite Jest Theatre as well as a proud alumnus of National Players, Tour 59 and Susquehanna University where she earned her B.F.A. in Theatre and B.S. in Economics. Up next, Branda looks forward to directing Little Fish Theatre’s production of Pygmalion in the spring. For more information on her directing and acting projects please visit brandalock.com @branda_lock  (Back to Top)

Doug Mattingly+ (Elemental – Wells, Working from Hideout – Bruce)

Doug is thrilled to be back on the digital boards at Little Fish Theatre. He has appeared on stage, in feature films and shorts, on television, and in commercials and video. Some of his favorite recent stage roles are as Bernard in Boeing Boeing, Sir Robert Chiltern in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, as Bill Walker and Charles Lomax in George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara and as Jack in Dead Accounts (LFT).  Doug received actor training at the University of Southern California and Groundlings in Los Angeles as well as at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC.  He holds Masters and Bachelor degrees in Music from USC. He also works as a freelance guitarist, composer, editor, and sound designer/editor, and teaches World Music, songwriting, sightsinging, and guitar at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in Hollywood. (Back to Top)

Dionne Neish

Dionne Neish (The Job Interview from Hell – Sarcasm)

Dionne is a graduate from Drama Center, London, England; where she gained a BA hons in Theater. Moving to Los Angeles 11 years ago and racking up credits in Starz Blindspotting and Counterpart, Netflix’s What/If and Hollywood, ABC’s General Hospital and Peabody award winning FX show Better Things among other television appearances. Her stage work includes various productions in Los Angeles and London; Titus Andronicus with Shakespeare by the Sea, Aida, Merchant of Venice and many indie projects on and off the stage. Dionne is currently creating her own content and delving into the audio narrations world.  Instagram @bustybloom (Back to Top)

Kimberly Patterson

Kimberly Patterson+ (The Job Interview from Hell – Cellphone)

Kimberly holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from East Carolina University and an MFA from UCLA. Since moving to Los Angeles from New Orleans, she has been lucky enough to work with several theatre companies: CCPT, Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble, The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, the Hermosa Beach Playhouse, Repertory East, The Little Fish Theatre, and Watts Village, to name a few. Some of her roles include Cammie in The Distance from Here, M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias, Ruth in Blithe Spirit, the lead role in Sylvia, Myra in Hay Fever, Susy in Wait Until Dark, and Ethel in Barefoot in the Park. This is her 3rdd year doing Pick of the Vine.  (Back to Top)

James Rice

James Rice+ (The Job Interview From Hell – Wrath Voice Over)

James is a 30 year veteran actor and director who has been involved with over 100 productions throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Jim recently appeared in Taking Sides, The Stones Will Cry Out and A Very Special Holiday Special at Little Fish Theatre. He also recently directed LFT’s productions of The Clean House, The Good Doctor and Best of Pick of the Vine(Back to Top)

Lloyd Roberson II

Lloyd Roberson II* (Contact! – Dude, The Job Interview from Hell – Gluttony)

Lloyd is excited to be performing with Little Fish Theatre for the first time! He is a Company Member at Antaeus Theatre Company where he was in Measure for Measure and Readings of The Rover; Mayor of the 85th Floor. He has also has performed in My Children, My Africa! (Marin Theatre Company); A Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theater); Exonerated (Lynx Performance Theatre); Good Breeding (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts); Hamlet Machine (Ion Theatre). TV/Film: 40; Easy Made Hard; The Institute. Training: B.A., San Diego State University; M.F.A., American Conservatory Theater. Member: AEA, SAG. @lloydroberson  (Back to Top)

Don Schlossman

Don Schlossman*+ (The Aloha Life – Jack)

At LFT, Froggy in The Foreigner, Everyone Else in On The Verge, Best of POV, Max in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Herbert in Domestic Tranquility, Norman in Table Manners, TSC ’09, ’11, ’12, ’16, ’18 & ‘19,  Roderick in And The Stones Will Cry Out, Kaufmann in Bach at Leipzig, Finbar in The Weir, Pato in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Pick of the Vine ’12, ’13, ’17, ‘19. Other LA credits: The twins Gunner and Trigger in the world premier musical, Don’t Hug Me: We’re Married, at the Group Rep, Hartwell Clark in A.R. Gurney’s O Jerusalem (LA premier), Billy Pilgrim in Slaughterhouse Five (west coast premiere), Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons, Jerry in Road to Nirvana, Molokov in Chess and Charles Guiteau in Assassins. Regional: Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Huntington Theater and a season with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. (Back to Top)

Margaret Schugt

Margaret Schugt+ (Purgatoromeo – Regan)

A long-time Los Angeles based director and actor, Ms. Schugt is a company member of Little Fish. Previous Little Fish directing credits include 13 O’clockCentral Park WestQuartetAnd to All a Goodnight, the world premiere of Embridge last season and dozens of one acts as part of both Pick of the Vine and Chills and Thrills (which she also coproduces). Little Fish acting credits include Gilda Stern in Hamlet 2, Janie in Wonder of the World, Adelaide in Tryst, a psychopath attempting to buy a card, a witch who may or may not curse her brother-in-law, and a shinning twin all grown up in various Chills Shows, and even the Virgin Mary in the World Premiere of A Very Special Holiday Special. When not in the theatre she can often be found with her nieces and nephews, her book club – The Jane Austen Fight Club, or, out on her bicycle exploring Long Beach.  (Back to Top)

Cindy Shields Headshot

Cindy Shields+ (Snickerdoodle – Mom)

Cindy is so tickled to be back performing with her Little Fish family, and the chance to act with her Sweetheart and daughter! (Thank you, Little Fish!) Cindy is an actress and teaches children with The Actor’s Place afternoon theatre program. Commercials include Consumer Cellular, City MD, Tophatter, Credit One, and Omaha Steak. She has two films coming out soon on the Lifetime Channel, Fireman’s Deception and Picture Perfect Lies. Cindy is also a standup and is regularly seen at Flappers Comedy Club and headlines all around L.A. Favorite stage roles include Faye Nettles in The Sugar Bean Sisters, Aggie in A Catered Affair, Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone, Sr. Mary Laz in Sister Act, Ouiser in Steel Magnolias, Clelia Waldgrave in The Nerd, and Jeri Neal McFeeley in The Dixie Swim Club. Represented by Abstract Talent Agency. God bless and stay safe and hopeful…live theatre will be back!  (Back to Top)

Kimmy Shields

 Kimmy Shields+ (Snickerdoodle – Ann)

Kimmy is an LA-based actress and long-time friend to Little Fish Theater. Previous credits with Little Fish include Rapture, Blister, Burn (Avery). Other credits include Insatiable (Netflix), The Resident (Fox), and Ad Astra (20th Century Fox). She graduated with her BFA in Musical Theater from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in 2014. When not performing, she can be found cross stitching to Podcasts, baking, or reading voraciously with a cup of tea. She was unaware until now that all of her hobbies would suggest she has taken an early retirement, but that is simply untrue.   (Back to Top)

Perry Shields

 Perry Shields+ (Snickerdoodle – Dad)

A proud LFT Company Member, this is Perry’s sixth (and first virtual) Pick of the Vine. He was last seen in the virtual reading of a M*A*S*H episode last summer for LFT, and Pick of the Vine last season. In addition to Little Fish, you have seen Perry at Torrance Theatre Company where he recently directed Living On Love, and Surf City Theatre Company in Hermosa Beach. His association with Little Fish began in 2008 where he played himself in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), one of his favorite roles to date. Perry has trained with The Groundlings and has appeared at LFT in several Improv and cabaret shows, as well as several staged readings. He is happy to keep theater alive at LFT! (Back to Top)

*denotes member of Actors Equity Association

+denotes Little Fish Theatre Company Member

THE PRODUCTION TEAM

Lisa Coffi

Lisa Coffi (Producing Artistic Director)

As founder of Shakespeare by the Sea and Little Fish Theatre, Lisa is delighted to present this smorgasbord of plays virtually. She has an MFA in Theatre Management from CSU, Long Beach, and a BFA from CSU, Sacramento. Lauded as “Pedro’s Playmaker” by Random Lengths News, Lisa is living up to her moniker, producing more than 185 plays in San Pedro in the past twenty three years. Lisa judiciously divides her time between San Pedro and Newcastle (Auburn/Sacramento) where she resides with her husband, Curt, two dogs (Sally & Charlie), one cat (Cricket), and two cows (Raisin & Nutmeg). (Back to Top)

Tara Donovan

Tara Donovan (Producer)

Tara has spent her time in L.A. as the owner/operator of an acting studio, an actress, a director and an award-winning producer. As an actress, she has graced the California stages from San Diego to Ventura and been seen in several tv shows including Days of Our Lives. Tara has produced over 70 plays, developed a handful of World Premiere’s and directed/produced short theatrical trailers for the theatre. As a film producer, her shorts have screened around the world. Tara received her B.A. in Theatre Performance and Political Science from San Diego State and an MFA in Producing from the American Film Institute Conservatory. As the former Managing Director at Little Fish, Tara is thrilled to be returning for the holiday festivities. (Back to Top)

Sara Haddadin

Sara Haddadin (Video Editor)

Sara is a graduate of the University of La Verne. When not working with SBTS she is a freelance theatre tech, working on shows like Macbeth with an independent theatre group, and Quartet and The Balcony Scene at Little Fish Theatre. She is also a Rogue Artist Ensemble member and worked on Project Kaidan: Walls Grow Thin. During the school year most of her time is spent as the technical director for the Archer School for Girls and Mission Viejo High School. (Back to Top)

Samantha Barrios HeadshotSamantha Barrios (Director, Elemental)

Samantha is thrilled to be working with Doug and Branda again and always and is thankful for the LFT intro!! Currently she is serving on the board of the Kentwood Players as the Marketing Chair and DEI Committee Chair. Notable past productions have included the premier of Destiny: The Napoleon and Josephine Story, An Ideal Husband, The Isle of Dogs, Crimes of the Heart, and the Youth Jubilee at Radio City Music Hall. Though westsiders remember her most for the Kentwood Kids Rockin’ Robin Hood. You can also find Sam on the stage and film (checkout the Caesar and Otto Series). She was most recently seen in Kentwood’s Pippin (Leading Player) and the Sacred Fool’s world premier of Deadly (Minnie Williams). Sam was born in Venezuela, raised in the Sooner state and is part NYer. Samantha received her BFA from Webster Conservatory. Let us bring love and light into this world that so desperately needs it. Thank you for your endless support. Loves and hugs!! On all socials: @TSamanthaB   (Back to Top)

Jennifer Bobiwash HeadshotJennifer Bobiwash (Director, The Aloha Life)

Jennifer is a First Nations actress, writer, director and teaching artist and is a Lead Artist of Native Voices At the Autry. She spent 2020 honing her Zoom Theater skills.  In the before times, acting credits included world premieres at Perseverance Theatre, Native Voices, and La Jolla Playhouse, as well as Yale Rep and on tour in Northern Alaska. She is currently writing essays about genetics and identity, creating immersive theater experiences, and working on finishing another sci-fi play.    (Back to Top)

Mirai Booth-Ong HeadshotMirai Booth-Ong (Director, The Job Interview from Hell)

Mirai is so excited to be making her Little Fish Theatre debut with this hilarious play! In 2020 she directed Sweeney Todd for Young Stars Theatre, and Zoom productions of Bad Seed and The Piano for The Morgan-Wixson Theatre. She has choreographed Nunsense, Bye Bye Birdie, Annie Warbucks, The Sound of Music, and The Music Man, as well as many beloved Broadway abridgments for young performers. As an actor, favorite roles include The Drowsy Chaperone (Kitty), And Then There Were None (Vera), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! (Woman 1), Nunsense (Sister Amnesia) and The Sound of Music (Maria). TV credits include Scandal, Extant, Teen Wolf, Deputy, and Hombre. Additionally, Mirai has narrated many audiobooks and provides voice-over for various corporate clients. To keep up on news, follow her at www.facebook.com/himirai or on Instagram @hi.mirai.   (Back to Top)

Madeleine DrakeMadeleine Drake (Director, Snickerdoodle)

A veteran of more than 85 theatre productions, Madeleine did episodic television and was on the soap opera Days of Our Lives.  She appeared in early MTV videos for Lionel Ritchie and Robert Palmer.  Madeleine has directed for several theatres including Long Beach Playhouse where she also served as President. She received a Drama-Logue (now Backstage West) Award for her portrayal of Googie Gomez in The Ritz. She has an MFA in Acting from UCLA. For LFT she last appeared in The Foreigner. She played several roles in A Very Special Holiday Special. She has portrayed Margot in The Ladies Foursome, Charlotte in Beyond Therapy, Mavis in The Hallelujah Girls, Willie Mae Nettles in The Sugar Bean Sisters Vernadette in The Dixie Swim Club, Gertrude in The Underpants and has directed for LFT.   (Back to Top)

Starina JohnsonStarina Johnson (Working from Hideout & Purgatoromeo)

Starina is a multidisciplinary artist who grew up in a small southern Illinois town called Logan. After receiving several acting and public speaking scholarships, Starina decided to pursue acting as a profession, eventually transitioning into producing, writing, and directing. 
Starina can be seen in award-winning films such as West Hollywood Motel, More Scenes from a Gay Marriage, A Measure of the Sin, Stuck!, Casserole Club, Watch Out, and RoundballTheatre projects include Hollywood Fringe darlings Piñata, directed by Stan Zimmerman, complex[ion] woman, directed by Ebony Gilbert, as well as numerous Towne Street Theatre and NEO Ensemble Theatre productions. She also AD/Co-Produced the revival of Justin Tanner’s Heartbreak HelpRecent Zoom directing projects include Towne Street Theatre’s Bullet Points and In Response: BLM Sharon’s Prayer, as well as Fierce Backbone’s Wings of DraculaStarina’s play Border Towns won SLAM Boston’s Diverse Voices in Theatre competition. And her short plays have been produced in theatres across the country.   (Back to Top)

Esther Mira HeadshotEsther Mira (Director, Contact!

Born in India, and raised in Boston, Esther received her MFA in Acting from East 15 Acting School in the UK. Favorite theatre credits include Nina in The Seagull (GITIS/Moscow), Devonshire in Victory (Waterloo East Theatre/London), Naomi in With My Eyes Shut (Winner Best in Dance & Physical Theatre at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival), and Phoebe in Initial Velocity (Winner Best Comedy at 2Cent Theatre’s 2019 Acting Out InkFest). TV credits include Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC), Breaking Point (ID), & After Hours (BlkBeauTV). Esther currently produces and directs through her award-winning production company, Team Rebelution Films. Her directorial film debut, Inn Communication (which she also co-wrote), has won a number of awards in the US and internationally. Esther’s creative energies arise from the combination of her lifelong passion for the performing arts and her desire to help assure that the performing arts become fully inclusive. IG: @koalastar   (Back to Top)

Diana Mann

Diana Mann (Costume Designer)

A native of Chicago (Go Bears!), Diana began her venture into the theater world at Northeastern Illinois University where she received a BA in theater arts, sometime in the last century. She’s been around a while. A lover of all things theater, she wears many hats. She is a long time Little Fish Theatre company member, has costumed dozens of shows including a couple of Shakespeare by the Sea productions: The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Comedy of Errors. Her favorite to this day remains The Misanthrope from the early days of Little Fish.  She’s looking forward to the day when live theater returns.  Stay healthy, my friends. (Back to Top)

 

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