Daniel Joyce (Pirithous) will appear in his premiere performance with Dragon Theatre. Originally from Tennessee, Daniel has been a native of California for the last six years and has directed over a dozen Playhouse shows and workshops with the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre. He also teaches summer film courses and conducts private coaching with area youth. Daniel’s background as an actor began in college. He gravitated towards roles and material that had something profound to say about the human condition or ethics. Some of his favorite roles included “Orestes" in The Oresteia, "Billy Bibbit” in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and "Bobby Strong" in Urinetown. He received his BA in Theatre Arts from Middle Tennessee State and has been working professionally as an actor and director for the last decade. He work has taken him across the US and has included regional theatres and film everywhere from North Carolina to California. His work here has included children’s theatre state tours and a number of main stage roles with the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre such as "Bunny" in Goodnight Moon, “Cha” in 3 Little Pigs, and the immortal "Gladys Gutzman" in Junie B. Jones. He gives his wife, Dia, full credit for always inspiring him to work harder and reach farther than he ever has before.
Regina Kohl (Nereid) trained at the Drama Studio London, UK, after receiving her M.A. in History and English from the University of Vienna, Austria. She has performed in a variety of shows in Austria, Ireland and the UK. She is delighted to be able to continue her theatrical work in the United States, and that she can be part of this production at the Dragon Theatre.
Scott Kravitz (Elatus) is thrilled to be making his debut performance with Dragon Theatre. A New York native, Scott arrived in Santa Cruz in 2002 and has been involved with theatre companies around the Monterey Bay area ever since. Memorable roles include The Creature in Young Frankenstein with Mountain Community Theatre, Lazar Wolf in Fiddler On The Roof with The Santa Cruz Jewish Theatre, and Marvin Nash in Reservoir Dogs with Paper Wing Theatre. Mr Kravitz is also a theatre educator, acting coach, sometime radio personality and is currently training to be a voice actor at Voice One in San Francisco. More information can be found at scottbryankravitz.com
Mylissa Malley (Nereid) is making her Dragon Productions debut. A Bay Area native who grew up in local children's theater, Mylissa is a proud member of Theatre Bay Area and has performed all over the region. Daytime, she can be found teaching the theatrical arts to elementary and middle school students up and down the peninsula. Favorite credits: Ruth Hoch (Book of Days) with Douglas Morrison Theatre, Kate Monster (Avenue Q) with Los Altos Stage Company, Hero/Dogberry (Much Ado About Nothing) with Savage Wilde Traveling Players, Lin (Great American Trailer Park Musical) with Los Altos Stage Company, and Evelyn in the short film Offices and Accountants. She was also recently featured in Movemeant Production’s Revolution video - she’s the one rock climbing, her favorite off stage activity. She holds degrees in Dance and Drama from UC Irvine. Next, she will be seen in Evita with Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, opening at the end of April. More at mylissamalley.com.
Nichole "Nicky" Martinez (Caeneus) is a University of San Francisco graduate of the Performing Arts and Social Justice program for Theater. Previous to working with Dragon Theater Company they have worked with Bindlestiff Studio as an actor for their Queer As Fuck Festival. They have also performed in Missing: Gender, which was written and performed by them in collaboration with Claire Neubauer, at Noh Space and at the University of San Francisco. Other past performances include Vagina Monologues (2015) for College Players, Heroes and Saints (2012), Anton in Show Business (2013), The Seagull (2014), Twelfth Night or What You Will (2015), Origins of Love (2016) at the University of San Francisco’s main stage series.
Alexander Ortiz (Latreus): bio coming soon!
Michael Wayne Rice (Poseidon) has acted in over 30 productions. He has acted on stages in Missouri, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Directing credits include shows with Valley Shakespeare, Livermore Valley Charter Prep, Grand Theatre, University of the Pacific and the Riant Theatre in NY. Michael is a graduate of the University of Missouri @ Kansas City with an M.F.A. in Acting and Directing. He has taught acting at the University of the Pacific, UMKC and the University of San Francisco. His last show, The Mountaintop, was a Theatre Bay Area Editor’s pick, Theatre Bay Area Recommended Production, a SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle “Go See” Pick 2016, as well as being nominated as Best Production by the SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle for their awards series. You can learn more about Michael @ www.TheatreProfessional.com
Elena Ruggiero (Nereid) is very excited and grateful to be a part of her first production here at Dragon Theatre in their performance of Caeneus & Poseidon. Her previous credits include: Real Women Have Curves, Douglas Morrison (Pancha); A Chorus Line, Douglas Morrison (Sheila); Prelude To A Kiss, Custom Made Theatre (Aunt Dorothy/Leah); Abundance, Shelton Theatre (Macon); I Married An Angel, 42nd St. Moon (Duchess/Seronella); Chicago, City Lights Theatre (Kitty/Ensemble) as well as numerous staged readings, S.F. Fringe and Olympians Festivals. She is currently the resident children's choreographer at New Conservatory Theatre Center and has taught at multiple other locations throughout the Bay Area. Elena completed the Musical Theatre Conservatory Summer Training program at Notre Dame de Namur last year and was also a TITAN finalist for Theatre Bay Area’s ATLAS program in 2016. She cannot express the appreciation of her friends and family for their support and wishes her sister could be here to see the show.
Sharon Shao (Hippodamia) is thrilled to be in her first production at Dragon Theatre. She is a Bay Area based actor, singer, and deviser. She recently graduated from University of California at Santa Cruz with degrees in Theatre Arts and Psychology. Recent credits include ReproRights (3Girls Theatre), Dos Rappers Two(YouthAware at NCTC), and The Dream Play (The Poet, UCSC). She has also gained invaluable training as an acting intern for Santa Cruz Shakespeare. Sharon's true passion lies in creating theatre that reflects the community and lifts the narratives of those deserving to be heard.
MEET THE PRODUCTION AND DESIGN TEAM (in alphabetical order)
Jonathan Covey (sound designer) is an aspiring sound designer and broke musician. A perfect fit for Dragon Theatre! This is the third play that Jonathan has made noise for with Dragon, the other two being Miss Reardon Drinks a Little and Rich & Famous. While he hasn’t been on Earth long, he has been around theatre for a bit. Covey worked in the stage crew for the Palo Alto Theatre Company’s productions of Zombie Prom and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, the assistant director for Crystal Springs Player’s production of The Bible: Abridged, and even tried his hand at acting, playing Detective Sargent Trotter in Crystal Springs’ production of Agatha Christie’s The Mouse Trap. But in the end, he felt much more comfortable alone in a dark room with a microphone and a guitar then a lit stage in front of a few too many people.
Amy Crumpacker (codirector/properties designer) is a SF based theater artist, who writes, directs, acts, and teaches throughout the Central Valley and Bay Area, and now at the Dragon Theater in Redwood City. She has directed and/or acted on stages from Los Angeles to Seattle, and was a properties designer/artisan for several years as well. Theaters Amy has worked for include Intiman, A.C.T./Seattle, Empty Space, B ST, CA Children's Theater, TheaterFirst, Aurora, Bayview Opera House, Infinity Productions, Playground SF, SF Shakes, NCTC, SF and Marin Fringes, and Sacramento Theater Company. Amy is a member of AEA, Groundswell ITI, and TBA, and is an associate artist at ArtSeed and Shipyards Trust (STAR).
David Donovan (scenic designer) is excited to be returning to the Dragon Theatre for his second round as scenic designer! David made his set design debut in 2016 in the Dragon Second Stages production of Anna Christie. This time, he is happy to invite you into the world of Thessaly, Greece, for an ancient myth that continues to resonate today in exploring the tension between the natural and the constructed. David wishes to thank the Caeneus and Poseidon production team for giving him this opportunity, and Tina for her unyielding support.
Leanna Keyes (Lighting Designer) is a production manager, theater technician, and Equity stage manager. She has had the good fortune to work with many Bay Area theatre organizations, including The Cutting Ball Theater, 42nd Street Moon, Dragon Productions Theatre Company, Stanford University, Broadway by the Bay, Performance Design Acronym, Andrea Fulton Productions, and Playwrights Foundation.
Patrick Moyroud (coproducer) is a film and television producer whose works have appeared on PBS, Discovery Channel and in Europe. Mr. Moyroud is a graduate of Brandeis University and the UCLA School of Film and Television. His television programs have won Emmy awards, and his film work, including 3 feature films, have been award winners at many film festivals, including Sundance. He is familiar with many different genres and subjects, from documentaries to short subjects and long-form narrative.
Bridgette Dutta Portman (playwright/coproducer) is a playwright whose work has been produced in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the country, and overseas. Her plays have appeared in multiple years in PCSF/Wily West's Sheherezade, the Pear Theatre's Pear Slices, and the San Francisco Olympians Festival. La Fee Verte, her first full-length play, was produced in February 2016 by Acadiana Repertory Theatre in Lafayette, LA. Caeneus and Poseidon will be her first full-length production in the Bay Area. She is deeply grateful to Dragon Theatre for this opportunity. More information about her work can be found at http://www.bridgetteduttaportman.com.
Scott Ragle (photographer) is an American stage and film actor, director and photographer. Originally from Sonoma, CA, Scott grew up in the Bay Area and is a graduate of the Meisner program at the Waterfront Playhouse & Conservatory in Berkeley, CA. Long a fixture in the Bay Area actor community, he helped launch the film industry networking group Coffee & Catchup and is one of the co-founders of Kaleidoscope – a collective dedicated to addressing the issue of diversity in casting. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association. www.scottragle.com and http://scottragle.photography
Wm. Diedrick Razo (codirector/coproducer) first worked with Dragon on this insightful take of a Greek myth by Bridgette Dutta Portman. He is a Producing Associate/ Assistant Director for Anton’s Well Theatre Company in Berkeley. Rick is a member of Theatre Bay Area and an ATLAS Director’s alumnus, and worked with The Magic Theatre, Theatre Rhinoceros, and Performers Under Stress, among others. Mr. Razo directed Holly Kerns’ Taps and Mickle Maher’s An Apology for the Course and Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Doctor John Faustus on This His Final Evening. Rick produced the Henry Mach – Paul Katz AIDS musical, Dirty Dreams of a Clean Cut Kid, and produced and directed Edward Crosby Wells’ 3 Guys in Drag Selling Their Stuff. He has assistant directed over 45 plays, the latest being Ages of the Moon. On the Board of Theatre Rhinoceros, Mr. Razo helped to bring to the stage Kate Bornstein's Hidden: A Gender, starring Bornstein and Justin Bond.
Roman Rimer (script consultant) has studied and performed at the Magnet, Upright Citizens Brigade, the Living Theater, EndGames and Pan Theater. Roman co-hosted the monthly EndGames LGBT Jam and has also performed solo shows in NYC, Indianapolis, Kansas City and Chicago Fringe Festivals. For the past three years Roman has hosted a news podcast, The Weekly Review every Friday on Mutiny Radio. Folks can listen in at mutinyradio.fm In addition to community organizing and teaching, Roman enjoys bicycling and encourages everyone to resist and speak up against the current administration. For more info check out livebio.com/romanrimer
Sydney Schwindt (fight choreographer) is an actor, fight director, and teaching artist. Fight Director Credits include Cyrano de Bergerac andRomeo and Juliet Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, Hamlet San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Romeo and Juliet andMr Burns: A Post Electric Play UC Davis, Margaret of Anjou Those Women Productions, and others. She was on the original creative team for Caribbean Buccaneers, a stunt show still running in the Dominican Republic. Sydney has her BFA in Acting from The Hartt School and has also trained with the San Francisco Clown Conservatory, Academia dell’Arte (Arezzo, Italy), and has various certifications with the Society of American Fight Directors, Stage Combat Deutschland, and Dueling Arts International. www.sydney-schwindt.com
Lindsey Eifert (costume designer) is a Bay Area native and recent graduate of CalArts. She is a free-lanced costume designer based in the peninsula who has worked in London and Los Angles. Upcoming productions include Isaac’s Eye at Custom Made Co. and Twins at PianoFight.
Polina Litvak (stage manager): more to come!
Ashley Kea Ramos (graphic designer): more to come!
Kazimir Valtchev (script consultant): more to come!