JESSICA BATES* (1; Dance Captain) is thrilled to be performing with San Francisco Playhouse! NY Theatre includes: Medea (Riverside Theatre), Love in the Time of Unemployment (Gershwin Hotel), American Dreams, Lost and Found (Lucille Lortel Theatre) 365 Days/365 Plays (The Women’s Project), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Piper Theatre). National Tours; Twelfth Night, Hamlet (The National Shakespeare Company), American Dreams Lost and Found, As You Like It (The Acting Company). Regional Theatre: The Elephant Man (Circle of Life Theatre), In A Word (San Francisco Playhouse Sandbox Series), After the Revolution, The Lyons (Aurora Theatre), Noises Off (Idaho Shakespeare Festival) Or, (Capital Stage), The Voysey Inheritance (Milwaukee Rep), The Mask of Moriarty, Travesties, The Seagull, Tonight at 8:30, Henceforward (Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre), Cyrano De Bergerac (Hangar Theatre). Theatre Abroad includes; Mind The Gap (UK Tour), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival), Miss Julie (Man in the Moon Theatre, London), The River Merchant’s Wife (Edinburgh Fringe Festival).
DEVIN SHACKET (3) is thrilled to be making her San Francisco Playhouse debut! Credits include FOLD (The Robert Moss Theatre, NYC), The House of Bernarda Alba (SF State), Judas Iscariot (SF State). In June, she wrapped a six-month run of her original improv clown show, An Unapologetic Mess: A Clown Show at The Peoples Improv Theatre in NYC. Other original clown works include Scrappy Girls Keep Trying (Atlantic State 2, NYC), Eat My Heart Out (Wild Project, NYC) and Crash Circus (SF Circus Center). She holds a BA from New York University, an MA from San Francisco State University, and this fall she will enter her final year of conservatory training at the William Esper Studio in New York City. A huge thank you to Lauren, Lila Rose, and the entire San Francisco Playhouse family for the opportunity to be a part of this beautiful play!
*Member of AEA.
LAUREN ENGLISH* (Director) last directed the Sandbox Series World Premiere of Inevitable by Jordan Puckett. She is a founding member and Artistic Associate at San Francisco Playhouse where she also directed The Mystery Plays for the Main stage. Some of her favorite Playhouse onstage roles are: Kate in Seminar, Pilot in Grounded, Steph in reasons to be pretty, Sally in Cabaret, Emily in Our Town and Lisa in The Glory of Living. Most recently she was seen at the Aurora Theatre playing Sally in Talley’s Folly directed by Joy Carlin. New York Theater: TACT’s Off Broadway Production of The Cocktail Party, Hamlet at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and The Idealist at The New York Times Theatre. She has also worked at the Public Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Lark Theatre and Playwrights Realm among others. Locally she has also worked for California Shakespeare Festival, Word for Word, Marin Theatre Company, Marin Shakespeare Company, PlayGround and The Magic Theatre among others. She is a two-time BATCC award winner and three-time Dean Goodman award recipient. Training: Foothill Theatre Conservatory, MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program.
SOPHIA CRAVEN (Assistant Lighting Designer) is currently studying technical theatre at San Francisco State University. During her studies she has worked on lighting for Into the Woods, A Chorus Line, Measure for Measure, Dead Man’s Cell Phone as well as numerous dance and black box productions. A California native, she has always had a passion for the arts which led her to the world of theatre. Sophia is elated to be working on 123 and cannot wait for her next project.
BEBE LA GRUA (Dramaturgy/Assistant Sound Designer) relishes the opportunity to dramaturg and assistant sound design for Lila Rose Kaplan’s 1 2 3. During her senior year of school in Washington state, Bebe sound designed and dramaturged Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for her senior thesis following a rewarding experience dramaturging How I Learned to Drive the year before. An interest in new work grew through experiences of workshopping and performing in staged readings for Rattlesnakes, On Your Way, and a collaborative class venture on Caryl Churchill’s work. She thanks the playhouse for these opportunities to continue to grow in theatre.
THEODORE J.H. HULSKER (Sound Designer) is happy to return to San Francisco Playhouse. His previous work here includes Into the Woods, Seminar, Bauer, and Tree. His work can also frequently be heard at Shotgun Theater where past credits include Assassins, Woyzeck, Strangers Babies, Antigonick and Our Town. Other selected credits include The Chairs at Cutting Ball theater and Sleuth at Center Repertory Theater. He is a Mugwumpin Company member and past work with them includes The Great Big Also and the installation piece Luster at the Asian Art Museum. In 2012 he received the Eric Landismen Fellowship for emerging designer and has been thrice nominated for a BATCC award for Sound Design. For more information and sounds visit: theodore-hulsker.squarespace.com.
GABY SANT’ANNA (Props Designer) is thrilled to be prop designing her first show here at San Francisco Playhouse, where she is also an artistic intern for the summer. She is a Theatre/English double major at Northwestern University with emphasis in directing and dramaturgy. Gaby is passionate about new work and favorite world premiere credits include The Alligators, The Pastel Months, and Boomer’s Story for Vertigo Productions and Anti-Play for WAVE Productions. She feels very privileged to be working on Lila Rose Kaplan’s beautiful new play and hopes you will enjoy the show as much as she does.
HANNAH WESTBROOK (Stage Manager) is a stage manager and dancer, recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a double major in Theater, Dance & Performance Studies. Stage management credits include Trailer Park Gods (FaultLine Theater), Xtigone (African American Shakespeare Company), and shows with Bay Area Children’s Theater, Crowded Fire Theater, and LEVYdance. She is also a dancer with Tim Rubel Human Shakes, working on the evening length work Menace to premier in 2016. Hannah is thrilled to be working with SF Playhouse on this brilliant new play that combines so many of her interests!
*Member of AEA.
+Member of United Scenic Artists.