Adrian Alita (Gabriel York/Henry Law)
Adrian began his professional performing career as a sea lion trainer at Sea World, California. After appearing in front of 2,500 seat audiences, he decided to pursue a degree in theatre to become a professional actor. As a performer, Adrian has starred in contemporary drama and comedy, farce, stunt shows, Shakespeare, puppet shows for Disneyland, and original clown productions (including a turn as a director in Lima, Peru), and has performed on stage, in front of the camera, and in front of the microphone (his voice can be heard as the narrator of the Disney Read Along CD for the movie Toy Story). Adrian holds a BA in Theatre Arts from SDSU, and an MFA in Acting from UCI. He currently serves as the Head of Acting at SDSU.
(Elizabeth Law (Younger)
Beth is thrilled to be making her debut as Young Elizabeth on the Cygnet stage. Beth most recently appeared in Car Plays: Interchange
at the La Jolla Playhouse 2015 Without Walls Festival. Selected local theatre credits include: Chick in Car Plays
& (2013 Without Walls Festival) Kayleen in Gruesome Playground Injuries
and Lucinde in Doctor Shmoctor
(Max Fischer Players), Corie in Barefoot in the Park
and Jeannie in Fat Pig
(Patio Playhouse), Gloria in Boeing Boeing
and Berdine in Psycho Beach Party
(OB Playhouse) and Agnes in Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins
(Diversionary). Beth is also a film actor and has appeared in several short films and commercials. "Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things." - Denis Diderot. www.beth-gallagher.com
(Gabriel Law/Andrew Price
Josh is very excited to be making his Cygnet and San Diego debut! Most recently Josh was seen as Rosalind in Shakespeare Orange County's As You Like It and Marley in Sierra Rep's A Christmas Carol. Other favorite roles include Feste in Twelfth Night, Louis in Angels in America, Edmund in King Lear, Theophilus North in Theophilus North, Asher Lev in My Name is Asher Lev, and Truewit in Epicene. Josh has acted regionally at theaters including Cincinnati Playhouse, Yale Rep, New Swan Shakespeare, Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and Counter-Balance, and in New York with HERE Arts Center, Culture Project, Ars Nova, Playwrights Horizons, and NYC Fringe, among others. He has also appeared on a handful of TV shows and two international commercials. BA: Yale University, MFA: UC Irvine. www.joshorubin.com.
Rosina Reynolds (Gabrielle York (Older))
Cygnet Theatre: The Vortex, Hay Fever, The Glass Menagerie, Noises Off, Arcadia, Little Foxes, Copenhagen. Regional Theatre: 33 Variations (Theatreworks, Palo Alto), Love In American Times (San Jose Rep), Steel Magnolias (La Mirada Theatre), Dividing the Estate, Sea of Tranquility, Romeo and Juliet, Missing Footage, Trojan Women, (Old Globe Theatre), San Diego Theatre: Favorite roles include; Uncanny Valley, Doubt. (San Diego Rep)Mandate Memories, Ghosts, Wit, Amy's View, (The North Coast Repertory Theatre), Lettuce & Lovage, (Lambs Players Theatre) Shirley Valentine, Long Days Journey Into Night, (Renaissance Theatre Company.) Other San Diego theatres include New Village Arts, Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company, Sledgehammer Theatre and Malashock Dance Company. Rosina has directed over 30 productions in San Diego. She is the founding artistic Director of the Chequamegon Children’s Theatre in Northern Wisconsin.
Cristina Soria (Elizabeth Law (Older))
Cristina is delighted to be making her debut at Cygnet Theatre in When the Rain Stops Falling. At the 6th@Penn Theatre: The Lover and Ashes to Ashes by Harold Pinter (“Billie” Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy or Drama) and Oedipus Tyrannus. South Coast Repertory Theatre: So Many Words. Blackfriars Theatre: La Ronde/Getting Around. San Diego Repertory: A Christmas Carol (2X) and Man of the Flesh. Old Globe Theatre/Cassius Carter Center Stage: La Fiaca. North Coast Repertory: Tiny Alice by Edward Albee. Theatre in Old Town (produced by USIU): You Can’t Take It With You. Carlsbad Theatre: The Lady Cries Murder. Member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
Tom Stephenson (Joe Ryan)
A veteran of over 70 professional productions, Tom trained in Great Britain at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and in Michigan at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Credits include, Hector in The History Boys, Ben Hubbard in The Little Foxes, and for the last three years, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Cygnet Theatre Company; Ben Franklin in 1776 (Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Performance in a Musical), Renfield in Dracula (Patte Award), George Frederick Handel in Joyful Noise, Lamb’s Players Theatre and off-Broadway; Billy in Heathen Valley, Saturninus in Titus Andronicus, The Rep; Bill in The Quality of Life, Intrepid Theatre Company; Finbar in The Weir, New Village Arts. Tom was named Actor of the Year for 2014 by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle.
Rachael VanWormer (Gabrielle York (Younger))
Cygnet Theatre: The Vortex, Hay Fever, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Arcadia, The Matchmaker, The Little Foxes, Curse of the Starving Class; Playhouse Productions: Love, Loss and What I Wore; San Diego Rep: boom; New Fortune: Henry V; North Coast Rep: Faded Glory, A Christmas Carol; Diversionary Theatre: Regrets Only, Birds of a Feather, Speech & Debate, Corpus Christi, Beautiful Thing; IntrepidShakespeare: Oleanna; PCPA TheaterFest: The Wizard of Oz, Lifeboat, The Reluctant Dragon; ion Theatre: Reason to be Pretty, In the Heat of the Night, The Woolgatherer, bash: latterday plays (Critics Circle Award), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, In a Dark Dark House; Moonlight Stage Productions: The Mousetrap, You Never Can Tell; New Village Arts: Waving Goodbye, Things We Want, Time Flies, Be Aggressive, This Is Our Youth, The Playboy of the Western World, The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Moxie Theatre: Eleemosynary, The Sugar Syndrome, The Listener.
Andrew Bovell (Playwright)
Andrew Bovell is an award-winning writer for theatre, film and television. His AWGIE award-winning play Speaking in Tongues has been seen throughout Australia as well as in Europe and the US and Bovell adapted it for the screen as Lantana. Both the play and screenplay have been published by Currency along with After Dinner, Holy Day, Scenes from a Separation (written with Hannie Rayson), When the Rain Stops Falling and Who's Afraid of the Working Class?, written with Patricia Cornelius, Melissa Reeves, Christos Tsiolkas and Irene Vela.
Rob Lutfy (Director)
Rob is the Associate Artistic Director at Cygnet Theatre. He was the 2014-2015 National New Play Network Producer-in-Residence at Marin Theatre Company. Cygnet Theatre: Hay Fever, Sons of the Prophet, The Motherf**ker with the Hat. Elsewhere: Clown Play, NYC International Fringe Festival; The Gin Game, Anacostia Playhouse; The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Threshold Repertory; The Sunset Limited, 3M Productions;Time Stands Still, Collaborative Arts. He has worked on plays in development at The Kennedy Center, The O’Neill Theatre Center, Burning Coal Theatre, The Hub Theatre and The Rensing Center. He has assisted directors at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center and Marin Theatre Company. He was the 2012-13 William R. Kenan, Jr. Directing Fellow at The John F. Kennedy Center. Rob is a graduate of the directing program under Gerald Freedman at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Kevin Anthenill (Composer/Sound Designer)
Previously designed and composed for Cygnet Theatre’s Shakespeare’s R&J, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Maple and Vine, and Gem of the Ocean. He is the Resident Sound Designer at The San Diego Rep, designing sound for The Oldest Boy, Violet, Everybody’s Talkin’, Honky, Steal Heaven, Red, Zoot Suit, and composed music for Detroit, Boom and In The Next Room. Other design and music credits include The Old Globe’s Globe for All: All’s Well that Ends Well, San Diego Musical Theatre’s White Christmas, and La Cage Aux Folles, Diversionary Theatre’s Amazons and Their Men, Tru, Regrets Only, Bare, Thrill Me, She-rantulas from Outer Space, Birds of a Feather, Next Fall, Pippin and Marry Me a Little. USD/Old Globe’s Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night, Moxie Theatre’s A Raisin in the Sun and The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek.
Meg DeBoard (Assistant Director)
Meg DeBoard recently worked on Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin at La Jolla Playhouse (Assistant Director). Directing credits include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Hawaii Premiere, Paliku Theatre), Lulu (East 15 Acting School), Plaza Suite (Assistant Director, Waterloo East Theatre), Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (Movement Director/Assistant Director, Tristan Bates Theatre). She has an MFA in Theatre Directing from The University of Essex in England.
Vanessa Dinning (Dialect Coach)
English-born and professionally trained in theatre and classical music in London, Vanessa pursued a successful stage career in theatre acting, direction, theatre education, cabaret, and text and dialect work throughout the UK working at The Royal National Theatre, The Belgrade Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe in London, various drama schools and touring. Moving to San Diego in 2007, Vanessa became Artistic Director of San Diego Shakespeare Society, a position she held for three years, producing and directing performance and outreach programs. Recently she has worked at North Coast Rep Theatre School, Coronado Playhouse, Scripps Ranch Theatre, Write Out Loud, Cygnet Theatre and Moonlight Stage Productions as an actor, a director, a voice teacher and a dialect coach. Vanessa is excited to return to Cygnet after working as dialect coach on My Fair Lady, Hay Fever and The Vortex.
Jungah is a New York based designer, recently graduated from Yale School of Drama. Her design credits include Paradise Lost
, Cardboard Piano
, Measure for Measure
(Yale Iseman Theatre); Gone Missing
(USD Studio Theatre); The Diviners
, The Good Body
(LBCC Auditorium); Henry the Tenth/Julius & Cleopatra
(LBCC Studio Theatre); Re-Drowning Ophelia
(San Diego Rep Lyceum Theatre); Cabaret
(USD Shiley Theatre); The Little Dog Laughed
, No Exit
(Diversionary Theatre); If I Were Your Superhero
(Old Town Theatre); Big Money
(Director’s Studio Williamstown Theatre Festival); A Number
(Cygnet Theatre); Flight of the Lawnchair Man
, The Cherry Orchard
, Nickel and Dimed
(Don Powell Theatre, San Diego State University); Massie/Kahahawai
, Heads by Harry
(Kumu Kahua Thatre). She has lived in San Diego and Los Angeles where she taught classes at University of San Diego and Long Beach City College. Jungahhan.com.
Peter Herman (Wig & Makeup Designer)
Cygnet Theatre: Costumes and Wig/Makeup Design for Shakespeare’s R&J, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Wigs/Makeup Design for Hay Fever, The Vortex, Dogfight, My Fair Lady, Sons of the Prophet, Pageant, Fool for Love, True West, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Spring Awakening, Maple and Vine, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Company, Assassins, A Christmas Carol, Gem of the Ocean, Mistakes Were Made, Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Parade, A Behanding in Spokane, The Glass Menagerie, Little Shop of Horrors, Our Town, Cabaret, The Norman Conquests, Private Lives, Sweeney Todd. Elsewhere: Peter has designed hair and wigs for over 300 productions, including the La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, San Diego Opera, Disneyland, and various film and television projects. Film: Costume design for Ready? OK!. Peter currently teaches wigs and makeup at SDSU.
Michael is thrilled to be returning to Cygnet Theatre. Previously with Cygnet: Spring Awakening
(Craig Noel Award nom.). Elsewhere: Brownsville Song (B-Side for Tray)
(Moxie Theatre); In The Va Va Voom Room
, Hot Guys Dancing 1-3
, Altar Boys
(Stage Scene LA Award, 2012 Bravo SD Award, Craig Noel Award nom.), Dooley
(Craig Noel Award nom.), Divine Sister
, Miss Kitty’s Wild West Revue
, Scrooge in Rouge
, Bare: A Pop Opera
(Stage Scene LA Award, Craig Noel Award nom.), A New Brain
(Stage Scene LA Award) and Thrill Me
(Diversionary); Chicago: A Speakeasy Cabaret
, Grey Gardens
and Ass, or A Midsummer Night’s Fever
(Ion Theatre); Suds
(Blue Ribbon Award) and Carnival!
(Coronado Playhouse); The Full Monty
(New Village Arts); Trolley Dances
(San Diego Dance Theater); Rent
(Southwestern College); West Side Story
(J*Company) and Threepenny Opera
(UCSD). Upcoming Projects: Altar Boyz
(Palm Canyon Theatre); Once On This Island
Jeanne Reith (Costume Designer)
In her 25-year career as a Theatrical Costume Designer, Jeanne has dressed over 350 productions. She has served as Resident Designer for theatres in Los Angeles, Glendale and Santa Barbara, and at Lambs Players Theatre Coronado. As a Resident Artist for Cygnet Theatre, some of her designs include: The Little Foxes, A Little Night Music, My Fair Lady, Company, Man of La Mancha, Copenhagen. Costume designs awards she received include: Craig Noel, Patté, LA Weekly, Backstage West, and Dramalogue. Jeanne also teaches Fashion History, Draping, Patternmaking, and other fashion related classes at San Diego Mesa College and San Diego Continuing Education, West City.
Dean Remington (Stage Manager)
National Tours include The Lion King and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and in the United Kingdom Dean was pleased to work with Cameron Mackintosh on his musical Hey, Mr. Producer! Other highlights include international productions of Grease, 42nd Street, Anything Goes, A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls and Meet Me in St. Louis. He has also enjoyed working in Film and Television on numerous projects as a Production Coordinator. Dean is grateful to be joining the team at the Cygnet for the San Diego premiere of When the Rain Stops Falling.
Chris Rynne (Lighting Designer)
Dogfight, My Fair Lady, Sons of the Prophet, Spring Awakening, The Importance of Being Earnest/Travesties, Company, Assassins, Gem of the Ocean, Parade, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2003).Off-Broadway: The Pianist of Willesden Lane. His other credits include The Old Globe, Geffen Playhouse, San Diego Opera, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Madison Opera, Pasadena Playhouse, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Michigan Opera Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, Hartford Stage, San Diego Musical Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Diversionary Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, and Starlight Theatre. Chris also designs lighting for museum exhibitions, special events, architectural features, and lighting systems for new venues.
Syd Stevens (Properties Designer)
Syd is a multitalented fine artist, photographer, filmmaker and multimedia designer. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University. Syd has contributed to numerous theatre productions, music videos, television productions, TV commercials and has worked both behind the scenes and in front of the camera on motion picture film productions. Syd is an accomplished fine artist and has had many public art, photography and digital multimedia exhibitions. He is also a community activist and covers current local events as a photojournalist and blogger. At Cygnet, Syd contributes his talents as Props Designer, Charge Artist and Set Painter. Other theatres include: Bailiwick Theater, Diversionary Theatre, J*Company Youth Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company, Moxie Theatre, Northwestern University Theater Department, The Old Globe, San Diego Jr. Theatre, SDSU Department of Theatre, UCSD Department of Theatre & Dance. Syd has two National Youth Theatre Awards for Outstanding Set Design.
Taylor Wycoff (Dramaturg)
Taylor is delighted to be continuing her work as dramaturg for the Cygnet Theatre. Previous dramaturgical credits include Hay Fever, The Vortex, Dogfight, The Whale, My Fair Lady, Sons of the Prophet, True West, Fool For Love, Pageant, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Spring Awakening, Maple & Vine, A Christmas Carol, Playwrights in Process, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Company, Shakespeare’s R&J, Assassins, Gem of the Ocean (Cygnet); Red Planet Respite (Circle Circle dot dot); Kita y Fernanda, Yellow Face (Mo’olelo). She has presented at multiple conferences and her work has been published in Praxis: The Journal for Theatre, Performance Studies, and Criticism. Taylor received her BA in Theatre and International Relations from the University of San Diego and is a proud member of the community based theatre company Circle Circle Dot Dot, as well as the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.
Sarah Zimmerman (Assistant Stage Manager)
Sarah Zimmerman is a recent graduate of Grove City College where she received her B.S in Business Management with a minor in Theater. Recent credits: White Christmas (SDMT), The Weir (New Village Arts), The Music Man (Moonlight), The Tempest (GCC) and RED (KCACTF). She is excited to be working her first Cygnet production.
Travis Barrett (Assistant Scenic Director)
Travis Barrett (Assistant Scenic Designer) is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Technical Direction from San Diego State University. He is excited to make his Cygnet Theatre debut! Previously, Travis served as the Assistant Technical Director at the nearby Old Globe Theatre, where his credits include the regional theatre premieres of the Broadway bound productions A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (2014 Tony Award Winner Best Musical), Allegiance: A New American Musical, and Bright Star. Other credits include the world premiere of Samuel Hunter’s The Few and the West Coast premiere of Marco Ramirez’s The Royale. In his free time, nothing beats an afternoon at the archery range.
Anthony Paulin (Assistant Lighting Director)
AJ currently holds his Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from California Baptist University, and is seeking his MFA at SDSU. Lighting Designer: Mr. Doctor, Water by the Spoonful (SDSU); Sondheim on Sondheim (Moonlight Amphitheatre); Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fresh Off Broadway (CAT); HMS Pinafore, Androcles and the Lion, Switchfoot, Gungor (CBU); Associate Lighting Designer: Les Miserable (Theatre Royale); Assistant Lighting Designer: Les Miserable (SDSU); Master Electrician: Spamalot, Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady (Moonlight Amphitheatre); Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser (SDSU).