PLAYS & MUSICALS

Calafia: A Re-Imagining (in development)

  • Adaptation of The Adventures of Esplandian by Garci Rodriguez de Montalvo

  • Workshop: June 2018, Berkeley Rep's The Ground Floor, Berkeley, CA

  • Experimental Sound Workshop: May 2016, Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco, CA

GOLD: The Midas Musical (in development)

  • Musical adaptation of the Greek myth

  • World Premiere: February 23, 2019, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Berkeley, CA

  • Workshop: October 2018, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Oakland, CA

  • Table Reading: June 2018, Bay Area Children's Theatre, Oakland, CA

  • Table Reading: November 2016, Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco, CA

Kinda Home (in development)

  • Musical collaboration with playwright Brad Erickson

  • Workshop & Reading: July 2018, Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco, CA

  • Writers Retreat: April 2018, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Redwood City, CA

  • Residency: January 2018, Djerassi Winter Residency, Woodside, CA

  • Table Reading: December 2014, New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco, CA

  • Residency: April 2014, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA

Inside Out & Back Again

  • Stage adaptation of Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

  • Commissioned by Bay Area Children's Theatre

  • World Premiere: March 31, 2018, Bay Area Children's Theatre, Berkeley, CA

    • Finalist for 9 Theatre Bay Area Awards

  • Workshop: December 2017, Bay Area Children's Theatre, Berkeley, CA

  • Table Reading: August 2017, Bay Area Children's Theatre, Berkeley, CA

The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga

  • Musical adaptation of Henry Kiyama's "documentary comic book," translated by Frederik L. Schodt

  • World Premiere: July 12, 2017 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto, CA with TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

    • Recipient of the Edgerton New Play Award

    • Recipient of a NAMT Production Grant

    • Recipient of 6 San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards including Original Script, Original Music, and Entire Production - Bay Area.

    • Recipient of the Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Original Musical

    • Finalist for 9 additional Theatre Bay Area Awards

    • Nominated for 5 additional Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards

  • Workshop: April 2017, Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco, CA.

  • Staged Readings: August 2016, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley New Works Festival, Palo Alto, CA

  • Staged Reading: December 2015, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Redwood City, CA

  • Excerpt Reading: January 2015, Musical Cafe Showcase, Oakland, CA

  • Writers Retreat: April 2014, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Redwood City, CA

Step Up Crew: A Street Smart Concert

  • School Assembly Touring Show about public transportation safety

  • World Premiere & School Tour: May 2017-Ongoing

  • Commissioned by San Francisco Unified School District

Story Explorers

  • Musical adaptation of stories created by children living with autism and other special needs

  • Partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the East Bay Community Foundation, a Theatre Bay Area CA$H Grant, and the generosity of individual donors.

  • School Tour: March 2018-Ongoing at various schools throughout the Bay Area

  • World premiere: February 18, 2017, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Berkeley, CA

  • In-school Workshops: September 2015-December 2015, and January 2017 in various Bay Area schools.

Bad Kitty On Stage!

  • Stage adaptation of Nick Bruel's Bad Kitty series

  • Co-comissioned by Bay Area Children's Theatre & Oregon Children's Theatre

  • Co-World Premiere: January 23, 2016, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Berkeley & San Francisco, CA

  • Co-World Premiere: February 27, 2016, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Portland, OR

  • Subsequent Production: January 2017, TYKEs at the JCC Rochester, NY.

  • Subsequent Production: May-June 2017, Gifford Family Theatre, Syracuse, NY.

  • Workshop: August 2015, Oakland, CA. Bay Area Children's Theatre.

  • Workshop: July 2015, Portland, OR. Oregon Children's Theatre.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

  • Musical adaptation of Grace Lin's Newbery Honor novel

  • World premiere: February 22, 2014, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Berkeley, CA

  • Recipient of three Theatre Bay Area Awards in 2014; Finalist in seven categories

 The Song of the Nightingale

  • Two-act musical based upon Hans Christian Andersen’s The Nightingale

  • World premiere: October 11, 2013 with Altarena Playhouse in Alameda, CA

    • Nominated for a SF Bay Area Critic's Circle Award for Original Musical

  • Subsequent Production: October 2017 at Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, CA

  • Table Reading at Diablo Theatre Company, June 2011

  • Staged Reading performance produced by Altarena Playhouse November 22, 2010 at the Little Theater in Alameda, CA

Tales of Olympus Jr.

  • One-act, condensed version specifically designed for young actors

  • World premiere: September 18, 2015, Firehouse Arts Center, Civic Arts Stage Company & Bay Area Children's Theatre, Pleasanton, CA

Tales of Olympus: A Greek Myth Musical

  • Two-act Children’s Musical based upon Greek mythology

  • World Premiere: December 8, 2012, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Berkeley, CA

  • Toured twenty-six elementary schools in the Bay Area in Jan-Feb 2013

  • Touring the greater Chicagoland area with American Eagle Productions.


SHORT PLAYS

  • Variations on a Fairy Tale, The Leap 2017, American Conservatory Theater MFA Program

  • Please Seat Yourself, ShortLived 2017, PianoFight

  • Homeless Fairy Godmother, FlashPlays 2016, Playwrights Foundation

  • Space Spelunker, FlashPlays 2016, Playwrights Foundation


SONGWRITING

  • Extraordinary, Lyrics by Leah Nanako Winkler, Music by Min Kahng, for Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company's production of Two Mile Hollow by Leah Nanako Winkler

  • This Woman Does It All, "Instant Song" in honor of Charlotte Jacobs MD, TheatreWorks

  • Like Lotto, What's Your Story Bay Area? Muttville, FOGG Theatre Company


AWARDS, GRANTS & HONORS

2018

  • Theatre Bay Area CA$H Grant for Calafia: A Reimagining

  • Just Theater New Play Lab Playwright

  • Djerassi Residency

  • Safeway Foundation Grant to Bay Area Children's Theatre for Story Explorers School Tour

  • Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for Original Script, Original Music, and Entire Production - The Four Immigrants

2017

  • Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding World Premiere of a Musical - The Four Immigrants

  • Edgerton Foundation New Play Award to TheatreWorks for The Four Immigrants

  • NAMT Production Grant to TheatreWorks for The Four Immigrants

  • Lafayette Community Foundation, Anonymous Donor to Town Hall Theatre for The Song of the Nightingale

  • Bill Graham Foundation Grant to Town Hall Theatre for The Song of the Nightingale

  • Mechanics Bank Grant, Lafayette Branch to Town Hall Theatre for The Song of the Nightingale

2016

  • Theatre Bay Area CA$H Grant for Story Explorers

  • East Bay Fund for Artists Grant for Story Explorers

  • Resident Playwright with Playwrights Foundation

2015

  • NEA Grant to Bay Area Children's Theatre for Story Explorers

  • NAMT Writers Residency Grant to TheatreWorks for The Four Immigrants

  • Theatre Bay Area CA$H Grant for The Four Immigrants

2014

  • TheatreWorks Writers Retreat participant

2013

  • Theatre Bay Area Titan Award recipient

2012

  • East Bay Fund for Artists Grant for Tales of Olympus

  • Safeway Foundation Grant to Bay Area Children's Theatre for Tales of Olympus


EDUCATION & TRAINING

2016 Resident Playwright with Playwrights Foundation
2013 Business of Arts Workshop: East Bay Community Foundation & Center for Cultural Innovation
2013 ATLAS for Playwrights: Theatre Bay Area
2004 BA Music & Rhetoric: University of California, Berkeley


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Dramatists Guild of America
Theatre Communications Group
Theatre for Young Audiences/USA - currently serving as a member of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force
Theatre Bay Area


GUEST ARTIST, LECTURE & PANEL EXPERIENCE

2018

  • Compositional Dramaturg, Musical Cafe Next Stage, Berkeley, CA

  • Reader, Musical Theatre Factory Makers Program, New York, NY

  • Guest Artist, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Berkeley, CA

  • Guest Speaker, From Manga to Musical: The Journey of the Four Immigrants, Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

  • Guest Artist, Musical Theater Workshop, Learning from Performers, Office for the Arts at Harvard, Cambridge, MA

  • Reader, Young Playwrights in Process, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis, IN

  • Panelist, The Great American Musical, ConFest, Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists, Chicago, IL

  • Guest Artist, Practical Aspects of Being A Professional Musician, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, CA

  • Guest Artist, Creating A Musical, TAPS department, Stanford University, CA

2017

  • Master Class Teacher, Song-aturgy: Making Musical Songs Serve Your Story

  • Guest Presenter, Lit Up, Town Hall Theatre, Lafayette, CA

  • Panelist, Radical Hope & The New Resistance, Dramatists Guild Town Hall at 3 Girls Theatre New Works Festival, San Francisco, CA

  • Guest Speaker, How Musical Theatre Songs Work, Town Hall Theatre Summer Camp, Lafayette, CA

  • Panelist, TITAN Award, Theatre Bay Area, San Francisco, CA

  • Presenter, Song Slam, One Theatre World Conference, Berkeley, CA

  • Guest Artist, Theatre and Loneliness, TDPS department, UC Berkeley, CA

  • Resume Doctor, Theatre Bay Area Annual Conference, Berkeley, CA

2016

  • Panelist, How to Get Your Musical Produced, Musical Cafe, Berkeley, CA

2015

  • CA$H Grant Panelist, Theatre Bay Area, San Francisco, CA

  • Master Class Teacher, Song and Dramaturgy, Playwrights' Center of San Francisco, CA

  • Guest Lecturer, Theatre/Forensics, San Jose State University, CA

  • TBA Conference Panelist, Intrinsic Impact, Berkeley, CA

2014

  • Open Door Panelist, TheatreWorks (San Francisco State, Berkeley High, Willow Glen High), CA


PUBLISHED ARTICLES

2016

  • The Dramatist, "What are the Obligations of Writing Outside Your Own Ethnicity?" Contributor


THEATRE DIRECTION

2014

  • Beauty & the Beast Jr., Bay Area Children's Theatre

  • Mulan Jr., Bay Area Children's Theatre

2013

  • The Little Mermaid Jr., Bay Area Children’s Theatre

  • Once Upon a Mattress (Kids Version), Bay Area Children’s Theatre

2012

  • Shout! The Mod Musical, Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre

  • Seussical Jr., Bay Area Children’s Theatre

  • Aladdin Jr., Bay Area Children’s Theatre

2011            

  • The Last Five Years, Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre

  • Café Broadway, Bay Area Children’s Theatre

2010          

  • The Nightingale, Altarena Playhouse/Min Kahng (Staged Reading)

  • Beasts of Broadway, Bay Area Children’s Theatre


THEATRE MUSIC & VOCAL DIRECTION

2018

  • CHURCH by Young Jean Lee, Crowded Fire Theatre, Mina Morita dir. (“Bread” by On!Air!Library!)

2013

  • The Song of the Nightingale, Altarena Playhouse, Christina Lazo dir.

  • Reel Blondes: Back to the Roots, Jeff Seaberg dir.

2012        

  • Tales of Olympus: A Greek Myth Musical, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Emily Morrison dir.

  • Annie, Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, John Maio dir.

2011           

  • Alice in Wonderland Jr., Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Meredith Meeks dir.

  • Bat Boy, Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, Paul Plain dir.

  • Little Shop of Horrors, Town Hall Kids, Joel Roster dir.

2010

  • I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Altarena Playhouse, Noah Haydon dir.

  • Once On This Island Jr., Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Meredith Meeks dir.

  • HONK!, A Dramatic Cure, Chris Ciabattoni dir.

  • Peter Pan, Alameda High School, Fred Chacon dir.

  • Cinderella (R&H), Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, Kathleen Breedveld dir.

  • The Wizard of Oz, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Meredith Meeks dir.

  • Disney’s Cinderella Kids, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Rebecca Posamentier dir.

2009

  • Annie, Alameda Civic Light Opera, Christina Lazo dir.

  • Seussical, Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, Eric Neiman dir.

2008

  • Beauty & the Beast, Pleasanton Playhouse, Kathleen Breedveld dir.

  • Urinetown, Pleasanton Playhouse, Eric Neiman dir.

2006

  • Little Shop of Horrors, San Ramon Community Theater, Mike Kasin dir.


THEATRE PERFORMANCE

2018

  • Las Arañas, Gus, Developmental Reading, Berkeley Rep's The Ground Floor, Playwright Leonard Madrid

  • Story Explorers School Tour, Clayton, Bay Area Children's Theatre, Hannah Dworkin dir.

2017

  • Story Explorers, Clayton, Bay Area Children's Theatre, Hannah Dworkin dir.

2016

  • Seussical TYA, Cat in the Hat Understudy, Bay Area Children's Theatre, DerekTravis Collard dir.

2015

  • The Day the Crayons Quit, the Musical, Green Crayon, Developmental Reading, Bay Area Children's Theatre, Nina Meehan dir., written by Austin Zumbro

2014

  • I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, Christina Lazo dir.

2013           

  • Reel Blondes, Dante/Ensemble, Victoria’s Reel Blondes, Jeff Seaberg dir.

2012         

  • Tales of Olympus, Hermes, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Emily Morrison dir.

  • Legally Blonde, Lowell, Diablo Theatre Company, Gia Solari dir.

2011         

  • Japanese Demons and How To Date Them (Reading), Akira (lead), Playwrights Center SF

2010           

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Joseph (lead), Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, Todd Aragon dir.

  • I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, Christina Lazo dir.

2009           

  • Lady Windermere’s Fan, Lord Darlington (lead), San Leandro Players, Hallie Hunt dir.

  • Godspell, Jesus (lead), A Dramatic Cure, Chris Ciabattoni dir.

  • Another Depression (Staged Reading), Oral Hender (lead), Sylvia Bayeux dir.

2008

  • HONK!, The Cat, Contra Costa Christian Theatre, Derrick Silva dir.

2007           

  • Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jimmy Smith, Pleasanton Playhouse, John Baiocchi dir.

2006          

  • A Christmas Carol, Bob Cratchit, San Ramon Community Theater, Mike Kasin dir.

  • Jekyll & Hyde, John Utterson, Diablo Valley College, Buddy Butler dir.


OTHER MUSICAL/THEATRE WORK

Marketing Director, Bay Area Children's Theatre, 2014 to 2017

  • Construct and execute marketing strategy, according to budget and business plan goals

  • Develop and implement audience feedback and research

  • Oversee brand messaging and awareness

Casting Director, Bay Area Children's Theatre, 2016 to 2017

  • Coordinate auditions and callbacks for Mainstage performances, student matinees and touring shows

  • Assist creative teams with and communicate with actors about casting process and decisions

  • Maintain database of actor headshots & resumés

Publicity Coordinator, Altarena Playhouse, 2014 to 2015

  • Generate and distribute communication and press materials for season productions

  • Manage publicity calendar

  • Maintain website & social media

Youth Education Program Instructor, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, 2010 to 2014

  • Primary teacher and director of the early teen class (ages 11-14)

  • Direct and produce high quality shows for young performers each session

  • Provide specific feedback to parents for guidance on future theatre goals for their children

Songwriter/Singer, 1995 to present

  • Have written over 50 pop and art songs (unrelated to theatre)

  • Have performed at special events ranging from open mic nights to City of Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce Employee Appreciation Banquet

Marketing Coordinator, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, 2011 to 2014

  • Coordinate with graphic designer, copywriter and director to create and distribute marketing pieces

  • Maintain Marketing Calendar

Church Pianist, Epiphany Lutheran Church, 2011 to 2014

  • Play liturgical and special music each Sunday

  • Accompany choir and other special performances/services at the church

Voice Teacher, Self-employed, 2008 to 2013

  • Self-run studio consisting of about 15 students

  • Conduct semi-annual recitals for students

  • Train students in technique, artistry, showmanship and theory