Thomas Gorrebeeck* (Young Mike) is thrilled to be making his debut with San Francisco Playhouse! Local Credits include The Monster-Builder (Dieter) and Eccentricities of a Nightingale (John) with Aurora Theatre, Cymbeline (Posthumus/Closten) with Marin Shakes, Pride & Prejudice (Darcy) with Livermore Shakes, Sleuth (Milo) and Dracula (Harker) with CenterREP, Sense & Sensibility (Edward) and The Chosen (Danny) with TheatreWorks, Much Ado About Nothing (Borachio) with Cal Shakes, Hamlet (Hamlet), Compleat Female Stage Beauty (Kynaston), Dead Man Walking (Matt), and The Three Musketeers (D’Artagnan) with City Lights Theater Company. Mr. Gorrebeeck received his BA from New York University and is a proud member of AEA & SAG/AFTRA.
Cameron Matthews (Marcus) Credits include: Unbelievers, Call It Off (Mojo Theatre), One Minute Play Festival (Z Space), Trattoria, Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre. Cameron is incredibly grateful and honored to be a part of this production. He sends much love and appreciation to his family and friends for all of their support. Especially his mom, Sophia, for her endless support throughout this process. Love you Mom! Cameron would also like to thank Berkeley Rep School of Theatre for their top notch classes and instructors, specifically Edward Morgan, for all of his help and knowledge. Thank you all for always believing in me! Go Raiders!
Wiley Naman Strasser (Jerry, Assistant Choreographer) is pleased to be making his San Francisco Playhouse debut. Past credits include work with Aurora, Crowded Fire, Cutting Ball, detour dance, EmSpace Dance, Golden Thread, Los Angeles Theater Center, Mugwumpin, Shotgun Players, and Studio Matejka. He holds a BA in Theater from UCLA and has also trained with Alonso King Lines Ballet, CalArts, Teatr Zar, and Yuyachkani, among others. Up next he can be seen in a FACT/SF world premiere at CounterPulse. wileynamanstrasser.com
Robert Parsons* (Damon) is happy to be returning to San Francisco Playhouse where he appeared in Slasher and Six Degrees of Separation. Other Bay Area credits include work at American Conservatory Theatre (Rock ‘N Roll, The Little Foxes, The Black Rider Buried Child and The Colossus of Rhodes,), Magic Theatre (A Lie of the Mind, Pleasure and Pain, The Lonesome West, and The American in Me.), Aurora Theatre Company, (A Bright New Boise, Private Jokes/Public Places), Marin Theatre Company, (Circle, Mirror, Transformation, Pal Joey, Communicating Doors) as well as stints at Symmetry Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, Word for Word, Cutting Ball, Marin and SF Shakespeare Festivals, San Jose Stage Company, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Regional credits include work at Ford’s Theatre, Ahmanson Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Huntington Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company and the Sydney Festival. Film credits include Delirium, Black August, and This Is Hamlet.
Dave Maier* (Coach, Fight Captain) is excited to be making his onstage debut at San Francisco Playhouse. He has served as fight director for fourteen Playhouse productions including Reasons To Be Pretty, The Mother F*cker With The Hat, Wirehead and The Fantasticks which received a SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Fight Direction. Performance credits include The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Aurora Theatre), God’s Plot (Shotgun Players), Salt Plays Part One: In The Wound (Shotgun Players) and Cyrano de Bergerac (SF Opera). Recent fight direction credits include Macbeth (Berkeley Rep), Dogeaters (Magic Theatre), Little Erik (Aurora Theatre), Born Yesterday (Center Rep). He is a long time company member with the Shotgun Players and the resident fight director at San Francisco Opera and California Shakespeare Theatre. Mr. Maier is a recognized instructor of theatrical combat through Dueling Arts International and is currently teaching stage combat courses at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.
Xander Ritchey (Player #1) is thrilled to be performing in his first production at San Francisco Playhouse. Recently graduating from CSU, Chico with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and B.S. in Business Project Management: Accounting Minor, he has chosen the bay area to be his home to thrive. Locally, he has performed in Marin Shakespeare Company’s Cymbeline and Richard III. Additional performance credits were gained at CSU, Chico in such shows as The Rover, Dr. Faustus, Arabian Nights, Rashomon, Living Dead in Denmark, Monty Python’s Spamalot, and Will Roger’s Follies. He is a two time Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF REGION VII) nominee and recent finalist. He has also had training in several weapons disciplines and recognized as Chico State’s dedicated student fight choreographer for a majority of their productions. Xander is proudly pursuing membership in AEA as an Equity Membership Candidate.
Brandon Leland (Player #2) Brandon Leland-Ensemble/Understudy Mike-is humbled to be making his San Francisco Playhouse debut in Colossal. Past credits include The Rainmaker, Death of a Salesman, and Threepenny Opera (SJ Stage Company), 40 Season Of Summer (Cedar Fair Ent.),The Dayroom (Feature), and Bella Joy (Short). Offstage, Brandon records music independently and as part of the Rock/Pop band Till iFall, and tours Nationally/Regionally with the percussion movement group, and 2 time winner of Best Drum Ensemble of the Year, Street Drum Corps.
Ed Berkeley (Player #4) is a Bay Area based actor originally from the east who has had the pleasure of being a part of some great productions with even greater ensembles in the bay. This production is certainly a great addition to his time here. He’s ecstatic to get to share the great work that the entire cast has been working hard to develop. Previous productions that Ed has been a part of include: In Love and Warcraft at The Custom Made Theatre, In Plain Sight with Those Women Productions, and From White Plains at The New Conservatory Theatre Center.
Jacob Hsieh (Player #3) is thrilled to be part of this show and to be working on his first production at San Francisco Playhouse. A recent graduate of San Francisco State University, several of his recent credits include Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Carrie: The Musical, and Avenue Q.
Brian Conway (Player #5) appears in commercials, television and films. Stage: Paul in A Chorus Line (Plan B Entertainment Tour, Cabrillo Stage, Broadway By the Bay), Carlos/Dance Captain in the National Tour of The Magic School Bus (Maximum Entertainment/Bact), Damn Yankees directed by Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander (Reprise!), Tino/Dance Captain in The Best Me (Kaiser Permanente Tour), Sonny in In The Heights (Palo Alto Players), Thalia and Sonny u/s Xanadu (Retro Dome), Chino in West Side Story (Moonlight, PCPA), Benny Dora in The Explorer Live, Angel in Rent (VH1, Palo Alto Players), Tommy Keeler in Annie Get Your Gun (Moonlight), Tackaberry and Bud Frump u/s in How to Succeed (BAM), Judah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Sierra Rep), Linus in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Grove), Lyle Footloose, Annie, Aida (Tuacahn), All Shook Up (Musical Theater West), Flower Drum Song (American Music Theatre), 40 Seasons of Summer (Great America). I love you Mom and Dad!
Travis Santell Rowland (Player #6) is an interdisciplinary performing artist, choreographer, and arts educator. He holds BA degrees in both Drama (Popular Theatre) and Dance (Performance & Choreography) from San Francisco State University. His athletics background in the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League includes 5 years of wrestling where he was a 2 time League Champion Heavyweight, and 4 years of football where he was a starting Defensive Middle Linebacker and Offensive Lineman & Fullback. Recent performance credits include his roles as Assistant Movement Director & Faerie for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Collaborating Choreographer & Sprite for The Tempest at California Shakespeare Theater, and Mary Subprime Love in Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge at Magic Theatre. He currently performs as a creative collaborator and company member with Joanna Haigood’s Zaccho Dance Theatre and the Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project. Colossal is Mr. Rowland’s San Francisco Playhouse debut!
Paul Loper (Understudy Damon) feels jubilant to be part of this exciting, meaningful show and this tremendous company. In 19 countries over 40 years, he’s done concerts to performance art to community-based projects. In 2004 he earned his Ph.D. in Learning and Change in Human Systems. His Chormmunity workshops, which empower and deepen a group’s understanding of and creative access to its self, have been conducted in holistic health, business, education, and social justice settings. He danced with Twyla Tharp, the American Dancemachine, Ron Field (was also Assistant), Lynn Taylor-Corbett, ISO (formerly Momix), and in two Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies. Locally he’s performed with Cutting Ball Theatre, Diablo Theatre Company, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Ragged Wing Ensemble, the Thrillpeddlers, and Broadway by the Bay, Berkeley Playhouse, NOHspace, the Garage, Jon Sims Center, 848 Community Space, Venue 9, the Bayfront Theatre and in flash mobs, site-specific work, and installation art.
Paul Collins (Understudy Coach/Jerry) is excited to be working as an understudy on this production and with San Francisco Playhouse for the first time! Paul relocated to the Bay Area three years ago and feels truly blessed to be immersed in the great theatre produced here. Since his arrival, he has worked with Fools Fury, Idiot String, the New Conservatory Theatre Center and the Eugene O’Neill Festival. Local credits include: The Unheard of World, Aesop Amuck, Other Desert Cities, Faulted, The Iceman Cometh, Baden Powell Wars, The Seeing Place, The Paris Letter and Our Experience Has Taught Us. When he is not performing, Paul works as an acting coach for Kids On Camera, as a director with the San Francisco Youth Theatre, and as part-time faculty at CSU, East Bay. He earned an M.F.A. in Acting from CSU, Fullerton in 2011.