People Directory

Adrian Causor

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Adrian Causor is currently a student at Sonoma State majoring in communications with a Theatre arts minor. He began acting in high school productions at the age of 16 in Fairfield, Ca eventually moving on to community productions at Missouri Street Theatre. Adrian’s most recent roles In Sonoma County have been as ensemble in Mary Poppins at SRJC and In The Heights at SRJC, he’s also appeared as Abe in a staged reading of Disgraced with Threshold Theatre. 

AJ Reilly

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AJ has been acting and directing in theatre and film for over 20 years in Sonoma County. His credits include Picasso at the Lapin Agile in the title role, King Henry in Lion in Winter, and Antipholus of Syracuse in Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors. He's been trained across a broad scope of acting techniques and styles, including stage combat and voiceover work.

Angela Squire

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Angela has appeared in several shows all over Sonoma County. Favorite roles include: Ruth Condomine in Blithe Spirit, Teresa Phillips in How the Other Half Loves, Catherine Givings in In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), Lana Sherwood in It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Ann Deever in All My Sons, and Beatrice in A View from the Bridge.

Argo Thompson

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Argo joined Actors’ Theatre of Sonoma County in 1997 and helped grow the company from 60 subscribers to over 600 in just 6 years. He has produced, directed and acted in over 100 plays, his favorites include Fully CommittedSantaland Diaries and Angels in America. As Executive Director of 6th Street Playhouse he helped raise $1.3 million and led the renovation project of an historic warehouse into a state-of-the-art theatre. He attracted over a million people to events in Marin by creating an online social arts network while Executive Director of the Marin Arts Council. He was awarded Top Five Arts Makers by the Press Democrat (2004) and Arts Maker of the Year by the Northern California Bohemian (2003). He earned a BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts.

Carla Spindt

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Carla, a professional actress, director and instructor, has performed with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland; the Alley Theatre in Houston; American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre and Eureka Theatre in San Francisco; TheatreWorks in Palo Alto; Aurora Theatre in Berkeley; Marin Theatre Company and numerous other professional theatre companies.  She directs Shakespeare, farce and contemporary works throughout Yolo, Solano, Napa, Marin and Sonoma counties.  Carla recently directed an “all female” production of “Hamlet” with 6 actresses playing the role of Hamlet.  Carla teaches acting, directing, period styles and Theatre History.

Chris Ginesi

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Chris has just returned from a year overseas, having earned a Masters Degree in Acting from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He also completed a residency at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, where he had the honor of playing Silvius in Shakespeare's As You Like It. Recently, with co-conspirator Danielle Welch, Chris wrote and starred in an original play entitled Behind the Front Lines, which premiered to critical acclaim at Glasgow's On The Verge Festival. Most recently, Chris originated the role of The President in Gary MacNair's new play, Let The Bitch Burn.

Dean Linnard

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Dean Linnard’s West Coast credits include Twelfth Night with Marin Shakespeare Company, The Huntsmen at Portland Playhouse, and Hamlet: A One Man Show at Central Works. His New York credits include Sleep No More Off-Broadway and the Guggenheim Museum’s Time Temple. His regional credits include The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Luna Stage, the New Orleans Fringe Festival and four seasons with Vermont Shakespeare Festival. He has toured with Theatreworks USA’s The Lightning Thief. Dean received a BFA from NYU Tisch, and has studied at Stella Adler Studio and RADA.

Devin McConnell

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For over a decade, Devin McConnell has been a local theatre enthusiast both on the stage and in the audience. An alumni of Santa Rosa High School’s ArtQuest program, in 2002 he was named a California Art Scholar by the State Senate and the Cultural Arts Council of Sonoma County. For years he served on the board of directors for Actors’ Theater For Children; which recently closed its final curtain after 45 years in operation. Devin is honored to work with Left Edge again, having previously appeared as Douglas in their 2015 production of Seminar.

Dorian Lockett

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Although he lives in the Bay Area Dorian is no stranger in the North Bay having portrayed Crooks in Of Mice and Men and Hoke in Driving Miss Daisy both at Cinnabar Theater and also Albert/Kevin in the 6th St. Playhouse production of Clyborne Park.

Emily Kron

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Recent credits include As You Like It (The Denver Center), Mary Poppins, Into the Woods (Northern Stage), Little Shop of Horrors (Playhouse on Park), South Pacific (Mac-Hadyn Theatre), The Europeans (Atlantic Theater), Red Light Winter (Primary Stages), Trouble Tales, Morpheus Quartet (Williamstown Theater Festival), Gardenplays (NYTW), Sweet Tooth (Cherry Lane Theater), Love in a Tub (LaMaMa), and These Seven Sicknesses (EPBB). Emily has her own band, Em & The Fates, where she's performed renown venues, such as 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, BB King, The Bitter End, The Highline Ballroom and more. Training: BA Middlebury College. Emilykron.com

Heather Gordon

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Heather Gordon studied at A.R.T Moscow Art Theater & Harvard University (MFA in acting). Local highlights include the role of “Billie Dawn” in Born Yesterday at Cinnabar Theatre and Public Exposure at 6th Street Playhouse. Most recently, she performed in Stop Kiss at TheatreFirst in Berkeley. On film, Ms. Gordon won critical acclaim and several film festival awards for her portrayal of “Clea” in the film, Seducing Charlie Barker, based on the play The Scene by Theresa Rebeck, in which Heather also performed in the West Coast premiere. Internationally, she’s performed at A.R.T. at Harvard (lead in The Donkey Show, Dir. Diane Paulus), Shakespeare Theatre Co. (Washington D.C. honoring Sir Ian McKellen), and the world renowned Moscow Art Theater. Heather embodied lead character, “Elizabeth,” in the #1 video game of 2013, BioShock Infinite. Heather has recorded with award winning Music Producer, Glen Ballard, including giving voice to the lead female character in his upcoming Broadway musical. She couldn't be more thrilled to be back on stage here in the Bay Area and working alongside all of the exceptional people at LeftEdge Theatre! Special thanks to all the amazing people who have loved and supported her through this journey.

Ilana Niernberger

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Ilana Niernberger is a native of Sonoma County. She attended SRHS Artquest, and received her undergraduate degree in Acting from The Drama Centre, London. In recent years she has performed at theaters around Sonoma County, and has been a core company member at Main Stage West in Sebastopol where favorite roles include Sara in Grace, Mileva Maric in Capacity, Elsa in The Road to Mecca, Hedda Gabler in Hedda Gabler and Queen Marie in Exit the King. Other favorite Sonoma County credits include Lady Macbeth with Shakespeare in the Cannery and Lady Croom in Arcadia at Cinnabar Theater. Ilana has also worked with the Irondale Ensemble Project in Brooklyn and Quantum Theater in Pittsburgh, PA. She was the Managing Director at Main Stage West in 2015 – 2016, and is a Flamenco dancer, amateur photographer, and general supporter, lover, patron, participant, and advocate of the arts. This is her first show with Left Edge Theater – she's excited and grateful for the opportunity!

 

Jared Wright

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Jared Wright originally began acting to become a better filmmaker and immediately fell in love with the stage experience. He has appeared As Bruce in Pegasus Theater's production of Phoenix, Bruce Lathrop in Beyond Therapy, and Bob Lee in Main Stage West's production of The North Plan. He was recently nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Sonoma County Stage One Theater Arts Awards (SOTAS), for his role as Cheché in 6th Street Playhouse's production of Anna In The Tropics. He was most recently seen portraying the characters of Besso and Herman Einstein in Main Stage West's Capacity. He is extremely thrilled to make his Left Edge Theater debut.

Jazmine Pierce

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Born in San Diego, Jazmine attended San Diego State University. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree Jazmine relocated to the San Francisco area where she studied at the Waterfront Playhouse and Conservatory in Berkeley. Her most recent on-stage roles include Rena in August Wilson's JITNEY at American Stage in St. Petersburg, FL and Kate in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People presented by Body Electric Productions in Berkeley, CA. Recent on-camera work a lead role in feature indie film Six Feet from the Edge produced by Unbounded Ambition Film.

Katee Drysdale

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Katee Drysdale is in her third year at Sonoma State University as a theatre major and she is thrilled to be making her debut with Left Edge Theatre. Previous roles include: Catherine (Waiting for the Parade), Harmony Green (Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party), Cecily Cardew (The Importance of Being Earnest), and Wendla (Spring Awakening).She would like to thank her parents for their endless support and encouragement.

Kimberly Kalember

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Kimberly has been dancing, singing and acting since age 11. She is thrilled to be part of the new Left Edge Theatre Company, and grateful to Argo Thompson for his vision and commitment. Favorite roles include Good People (LET), Broadway Company & 1st National Tour of Me & My Girl with Tim Curry, Crazy For You (Peninsula Player, WI.), One Flea Spare, Smell of the Kill (David Lear), Company, and Fully Committed (Actors Theatre, SR), Talking With (Sheri Lee Miller-Spreckels Performing Arts Center), Dames at Sea (Theatre Barn, NY), A Christmas Carol (Fords Theatre, Washington, DC-David Bell), Sight Unseen (National Jewish Theatre, Chicago), Tartuffe (SRT-Libby Appel), The Lover (SFSU), West Side Story (North Carolina Theatre-Terrance Mann), and three productions of Best L’il Whorehouse in Texas (CT. & WI). Kimberly has a BA in Theatre from SFSU, and trained at Circle in the Square in New York.

Mark Bradbury

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Mark Bradbury was born and raised in Santa Rosa and grew up on Sonoma County theater. Most recent roles include: Bob in Bob, A Life in Five Acts at Main Stage West, Will Bloom in Big Fish at Spreckels Theater Company, and Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Show at Sixth Street Playhouse.

Maureen O'Neill

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Maureen recently returned to her home town of Sebastopol after living and performing in San Mateo. She was seen earlier this year as Abigail Adams at Spreckles Performing Arts Center. Other favorite roles include Annie in The Real Thing, the Woman in The Other Place, Mrs. Montgomery in The Heiress, and Elsa in The Sound of Music. She has performed locally with SRT, SRJC, Raven Players and Santa Rosa Players. When not performing Maureen writes poetry and randomly bursts into song with her husband Bill and their wild toddler Charlotte.

Melissa Claire

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Melissa Claire will next be seen as Vanda in Venus in Fur for Marin Onstage this May. Credits include: Taming of the Shrew (Katherina), One Man, Two Guvnors (Dolly), As You Like it (Rosalind), Clybourne Park (Betsy/Lindsey), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bottom), Return to the Forbidden Planet (Ariel), Avenue Q (Lucy/Nicky/Trekkie 2nd), Noises Off (Brooke), The Long Christmas Ride Home (Claire). She is a seven-time San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle acting nominee and a Best Costume Design award winner (2015) and a Theatre Bay Area Best Principal Actress nominee and a proud part of the 2015 Best Ensemble winning cast of Clybourne Park. She was the recipient of a directing/acting internship with the Yale School of Drama Summer Cabaret and an individual artist grant from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston. Thanks to Carl and Bella.

Mike Pavone

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Mike is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He played the character of "Uncle Jimmy" for five years on the multi-award winning hit television show Any Day Now on the Lifetime Network. He also played Holly Hunter's brother for multiple episodes of the TNT hit show Amazing Grace. Mike has written, produced and directed over three hundred hours of network and cable television. He was last seen in the North Bay theatre at Sixth Street Theater as part of the wonderful ensemble cast of Clybourne Park.

Mike Schaeffer

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MIKE SCHAEFFER earned a B.F.A. in acting from Carnegie-Mellon University, studying with Mel Shapiro, Elizabeth Orion, Lee Sankowich and Billy Porter. Most recently, he played Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks in Lucky Penny’s production of ANNIE. North Bay audiences may remember Mike as “ Denny” in Left Edge Theaters critically acclaimed A STEADY RAIN (Winner, Best Drama Production, Marquee Theater Journalists), directed by Argo Thompson.  Previously, he was seen in "Beyond Therapy" (Stuart), "Bonnie & Clyde" (Frank Hamer) and "Funny Girl" (Ziegfeld) at Lucky Penny Productions and Sixth Street Playhouse. Local audiences may also remember Mike from his critically acclaimed performance as Edward IV, and the murderer Tyrell in Richard III, at Marin Shakespeare. Off-Broadway credits include THEATREWORKS USA PRESENTS TREASURE ISLAND as Long John Silver. OFF-OFF BROADWAY includes "The Boys from Syracuse", "Witness for the Prosecution", "Bliss", "The Blackbird" and "The Diviners". Regional credits include Virginia Stage Company, Virginia Opera, Marin Shakespeare Company, Virginia Musical Theater, La Comedia, Pittsburgh Public Theater, City Theater, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival and The New Group Theater. Film and TV includes, "The Silence of the Lambs", "Friday the 13th Part 3","Collisions" "Love Kills", "Wicked Attractions", "FBI: Criminal Pursuit", "Christine at the Crossroads", "The Last Hit", "Criminal Justice" & "Battlestar Galactica". He co-wrote the award-winning screenplay for "The Audition" and an original screenplay, "Psychotronic FM", to be directed by Scott Hansen. Mike was an acting instructor at Marin Shakespeare, Point Park College and the prestigious Governors School for the Arts in Virginia and has a BFA in theater studies from Carnegie-Mellon University. Love to Holly.

Nick Sholley

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Nick Sholley has acted around the Bay Area for 20 years. Most recently, he appeared as Clarence in “Richard III” (Marin Shakespeare Company), as Ian in “Shining City” by Conor McPherson (Main Stage West), and as Robert Chiltern in Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband” (Marin Shakespeare Company), for which he received a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle nomination as Best Actor. Before that, he spent many years as an artistic core member of Porchlight Theatre Company in Ross, where his favorite roles included Valmont in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”, Frederick Arnott in “Enchanted April” (co-produced with Cinnabar Theatre), and Medvedenko in “The Seagull”. He is thrilled to be a part of Left Edge’s inaugural season. Thanks to Thais and baby Sid for their love, constancy, and laughter.

Paige Picard

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Paige spent her adolescence acting in the local theater scene until moving to New York City to complete her undergraduate degree at New York University. While at school, she took a break from acting to study history and dramatic literature, and graduated with high honors for her crazy thesis on the history of female body hair removal in the United States. Some of her favorite local credits include The Tennessee Menagerie and One Man, Two Guvnors at the 6th Street Playhouse, No Exit with Actor’s Basement, and Trouble in Mind at the Santa Rosa Junior College. For her role as Judy in Trouble in Mind she received an Irene Ryan nomination, and advanced to the top ten finalists round at the American College Theater Festival in 2013. In her free time, Paige loves to cuddle with her massive tabby cat, hike, and read silly comic books at the nearest brewery.

Ron Severdia

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While studying at ACT, Ron played the title role in the Exit Theatre's controversial reverse-cast production of Othello. Starting as a magician when he was nine, he wrote and performed in Houdini: The Great Escape, a play he wrote. He has traveled Europe where he performed in Shakespeare festivals and television. He performed in King Lear at Marin Shakespeare, Blithe Spirit and The Foreigner at the Ross Valley Players, and has won three Bay Area Theatre Critics' Awards, one for his solo adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Sandra Ish

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Actor Sandra Ish is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. After receiving her BFA from California Institute of the Arts, she toured Europe with Rootless Productions performing in Jean Genet's The Maids. Sandra has done commercial, film and voice over work. She has performed in numerous stage productions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of her favorite roles include Celimene in Moliere’s The Misanthrope, Catherine in Suddenly Last Summer, Mary in The Women, Lysistrata in Lysistrata, various roles in The Good Doctor, Sabrina Daldry in In The Next Room, Mac in Three Viewings, Jean in Left Edge Theatre’s production of Good People as well as various roles in The Big Meal. Sandra currently directs and teaches acting at YAS (Young Actors Studio). Sandra is also an Artistic Associate at Left Edge Theatre.

Victoria Saitz

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Victoria Saitz started doing theater in high school, and up until now has only been a part of shows at Mercy High School San Francisco or Sonoma State University. She is currently in her third year at SSU working towards a BA in theater with an acting concentration. Some of her favorite roles include Amber from Hairspray (Mercy SF), Sylvia from The Women (Mercy SF) and Tina from Abraham Lincoln's Big, Gay Dance Party (SSU).