Director/ ProducerTitian Lish
Titian is currently a full-time theater faculty at Las Positas. Directing credits include Evil Dead: the Musical, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Arcadia, Heathers: The Musical, Titanic, Silent Sky, Chicago, The Importance of Being Earnest, Cabaret, Spring Awakening, Les Miserables, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Lost in Yonkers, West Side Story, Fools, Much Ado About Nothing, Rope, A Christmas Carol, Moon Over Buffalo, A Christmas Story, and Bye, Bye Birdie. Producing Credits include: Stinky Cheese Man, The Drowsy Chaperone, Evita, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Water Engine, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Addams Family, How to Succeed, A Raisin in the Sun, Almost Maine, Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Comedy of Errors, Fahrenheit 451, and others. Bachelors and Masters in Drama from San Francisco State University; teaching intern with London’s Globe Theater (London/UCDavis) as a member of the Globe Education Academy; additional training with AADA and BADA
Costume DesignerNathan Ynacay
Nathan Ynacay graduated from Louisiana State University with an M.F.A. in scenic and costume design and technology. While working as the CNC programer and operator for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he has had the pleasure of designing for Wanderlust Theatre Co. with their premier of Neverland and Ashland High School’s production of The Addams Family Musical. This will be his fourth Zoom production during this pandemic (wear a mask), and while he enjoyed all the lessons learned, he misses a more traditional design process. He has also worked at Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Palm Beach Atlantic University, New Venture Theatre, Louisiana State University Opera, Swine Palace Theatre, Playmakers, The Shaw Center for the Arts, and Cortland Repertory Theatre in roles ranging from technician to designer. He has presented at USITT 2018 and SETC 2018. He worked as Assistant Costume Shop Manager for LSU and Swine Palace from 2017-2018.
Technical DirectorJohn Kelly
John Kelly has been designing and working in theater since artists moved to San Francisco because it was affordable. Kelly has enjoyed working as the Lighting Designer at the Rohnert Park Spreckles Performing Arts Center and as Technical Director for the New Conservatory Theater Center in San Francisco. Most recently, he served as Technical Director for the Woodminster Summer Musical Festival before jumping into theater life at Las Positas.
Livestream Stage ManagerAnnie Tillis
Annie Tillis (Livestream Stage Management) is thrilled to be returning to the virtual world with Las Positas College’s Zoom production of Romeo + Juliet! Tillis has been spotted in or around the booth for a wide array of live performances around the Bay Area, including circus, straight theatre, musical theatre, dance, and devised work. She has accepted her starving artist lifestyle and openly admits her addiction to the performing arts. If not in a dark windowless room, one can often find her lounging in the sun, drinking a glass of wine, or dancing through life. She would like to thank all those who support her and her trying addict lifestyle, including her boyfriend, her family and friends, and her cat. Covid-19 will not stop ART!
Costume AsssitantJenny Elstad Gurney
Jennifer Elstad Gurney (Costume Design Assistant) is grateful for the opportunity to work on this groundbreaking production of Romeo and Juliet on a team with two accomplished costume designers. With three generations of family involved in the creation of plays, movies, and television, it would seem natural that Jennifer would eventually find her way into the field, but her venture into it came accidentally after finding a costume design class listed in the LPC catalog. Since then, she has costumed for several productions at LPC both as a student and as a professional, most currently working as Costume Mentor and Costume Shop Manager for the 2019-2020 school year.
Assistant Stage ManagerSeth Pope
Seth Pope is very excited to be Assistant Stage Manager for this rendition of Romeo and Juliet. He is studying film and theater at Las Positas, and plans to transfer to continue his education in both subjects.
Stage ManagerMIkala Slotnick
Mikala Slotnick (Stage Manager) is at her fourth production at LPC Theatre. She previously was sound for Evil Dead: The Musical and Stage Door and Assistant Stage Manager for Shakespeare in Love. In the future she would like to be producing and still continuing doing tech theatre. She would like to thank her family, her high school friends and theatre teacher who inspired her to continue her dream and the theatre community at LPC whom always offer her support and help.
Stage TechnicianKarl Haller
Karl has been working in technical theater since high school. He is a Jack-of-all-trades and Master-of-most, doing everything from sound to lights to sets. Before coming to Las Positas College, he was the lead sound technician at the Firehouse Arts Center for 10 Years. In his free time, he works with Northern Lights, Quantum Dragon Theatre and Dragon Production Theatre. Karl is a Monster Energy Drink™ Enthusiast.
Lighting DesignerMike Rinaldi
Mike has been a stage technician at Las Positas College for more than 17 years. He previously worked for ten years with Oakland and San Francisco Stagehand Unions, working in opera, ballet, theater, and concerts. Mr. Rinaldi also owns his own lighting company, Northern Lights, providing
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Playwright: William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare, Shakespeare also spelled Shakspere, by name Bard of Avon or Swan of Avon, (baptized April 26, 1564, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England—died April 23, 1616, Stratford-upon-Avon), English poet, dramatist, and actor often called the English national poet and considered by many to be the greatest dramatist of all time.
Shakespeare occupies a position unique in world literature. Other poets, such as Homer and Dante, and novelists, such as Leo Tolstoy and Charles Dickens, have transcended national barriers, but no writer’s living reputation can compare to that of Shakespeare, whose plays, written in the late 16th and early 17th centuries for a small repertory theatre, are now performed and read more often and in more countries than ever before. The prophecy of his great contemporary, the poet and dramatist Ben Jonson, that Shakespeare “was not of an age, but for all time,” has been fulfilled.
For more information on the Life of William Shakespeare, please visit: https://www.britannica.com/biography/William-Shakespeare
Script Adaptation for Romeo & Juliet: American Shakespeare Center, Turning Glass Shakespeare, MBU Shakespeare and Performance MFA Company, 2014-15 & 2018-2019, and Bards Ablaze Shakespeare Collective, and Titian Lish.