Statera Members - California
Amy Chaffee (she/her) has been acting professionally from the age of 6. Her 6 plays focus primarily on issues of intersectional feminism. Her most produced show, a dark comedy about infertility called, "Your Mother's Vagina" played to sold out houses in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Los Angeles Fringe Festival, and other cities in Europe, Australia and the USA. Amy has a BFA from NYU where she was classically trained in New York City, under Group Theatre founding member, Stella Adler; at London's Royal Court Theatre; and received her MFA in performance from California’s Old Globe Theatre. She has appeared in films, soap operas and sitcoms. She has been a dialect coach for Film and Television for the past 12 years and has been on faculty at CSU- Long Beach, NYFA, UCLA, and, is an Assistant Professor at Tulane University. She is a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and proficient in many other pedagogies.
Lori Ann DeLappe-Grondin (she/her) is a member of the faculty at Sacramento City College since 2005. She has been working in her local theatre community since 1994. She is the founding Artistic Director of an all-female Shakespeare ensemble, Wildflower Women’s Ensemble, to provide free Shakespeare in the park to her community and opportunities for women to explore traditionally male roles. As an artistic associate of both Sacramento Shakespeare Festival (SSF) and City Theatre, she takes on both administrative and artistic positions with those organizations including directing, management and education. She is the program director of the High School Intern Program for SSF which she created in 2004.
Mike DiSalvo (he/him) has been a professional actor for over fifteen years, appearing Off Broadway, in the region, and on film, television, and soap opera. New York credits include the Broadway National Tour of 12 Angry Men with Richard Thomas, and Suicide, Incorporated for Roundabout Theatre Company. Regional credits: Eat Your Heart Out (Humana Festival at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville), Spamalot (Geva Theater Center, Casa Manana, Arkansas Rep), By The Water, Other Desert Cities, This Is Our Youth, The Credeaux Canvas, Tape, and Cripple of Inishmaan (Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati). Film and TV credits: Law & Order: SVU, The Adjustment Bureau, Smash, Blue Bloods, Rubicon, The Family, American Odyssey, All My Children. As a writer, his play SNUC was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and received a staged reading by Naked Angels Theater Company in New York.
Michaela (Mickey) Goldhaber (she/her) is Artistic Director of Wry Crips Disabled Women’s Theatre and the Lead Instigator of the Bay Area Women’s Theatre Festival. Her plays have had workshops at Central Works in Berkeley, and New Perspectives in New York, and have had staged readings at The Drama League, North Carolina’s Women’s Theatre Festival, and in the Bay Area at Symmetry Theatre Company, and Playwrights Foundation. She was the cofounder and co-artistic director of Flying Fig Theater (2002-2008). Mickey is a stroke survivor, and she wrote about her path back to being a working theater artist for Theatre Bay Area Magazine.
Karin Hendricks (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Acting and Performance at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, teaching courses in Acting, Voice and Diction, Dialect, Musical Theatre, Introduction to Theatre, and Community-based Verbatim Theatre. She holds a MFA in Acting from the University of California, Irvine and her BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Arizona. She served as a Resident Artist and Head of Movement Curriculum at PCPA (The Pacific Conservatory Theatre) for 9 years where she trained and directed young actors. There, she co-founded an ongoing Verbatim Community Based Theatre project- Community Speaks!, which has been performed annually with PCPA since it’s 2009 inception. She continues to serve as head playwright for the project.
Debbie Lagomarsino (she/her) is a seasoned music and education teacher with global experience. Known for her mastery of both playing and teaching the piano (28 years), she is actively sought after to direct musical productions for theatrical organizations and provide piano lessons to students of all ages. Her academic teaching experience (25+years) is deeply rooted in transformational learning for disadvantaged children and those wanting to learn English. Highly collaborative and engaging, she strives to bring out the best in individuals and organizations.
Lisa Mallette (she/her) has been at the helm of City Lights Theater Company since 2001. Lisa has overseen the successful staging of over 100 provocative and acclaimed productions during her tenure, and she has directed or appeared in nearly three dozen. In addition, she sits on the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Selection Committee of the San José Rotary, she is a 2009 graduate of the esteemed Community Leadership San José program, and she is a 2014 Silicon Valley Artist Laureate.
Margaret Morneau (she/her) is a local director/actor/producer, currently working with Resurrection Theatre in Sacramento. Margaret graduated from CSU Sacramento with her Master’s degree in Theatre and a concentration in directing. Margaret has studied with Steppenwolf Theatre company co-founder Jeff Perry (Cyrus on ABC’s Scandal) through CSU Summer Arts. Some of her favorite shows she has directed are Burn This, Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Glass Menagerie, and The Sleeper. She has been responding or working in other capacities with Lenaea High School Theater Festival since 1998 and loves the opportunity to see new actors putting their heart into their work!
Heather Reynolds (she/her) is the current Assistant Lighting Director at the Old Globe in San Diego. She is also a freelance lighting designer, assistant designer, and draftswoman. She spent several years at Southern Utah University as the Lighting and Audio Supervisor and Associate Production Manager (and as a freelance designer). She has also worked at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Maine State Music Theatre, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cedar Point Amusement Park, Arizona Broadway Theatre, and others. She is a proud graduate of Florida State University. In her free time, she likes spending time at the beach with her dog Diana.
Yusef Seevers (he/him) is a man of many parts and a creator of joy. He began his artistic career In West African Dance in Detroit, MI. Performing with groups such as Kankouran, Thiosane Performing Arts Company, Spirit of Uganda, Timbuktu Academy and teachers from all over the continent. His path also includes Singing & Acting with Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit. He holds a B. F. A. in Musical Theater from Santa Fe University a Masters in Acting at Southern Methodist University. Now he is a resident artist at PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theater). During this time in grad school he completed a huge undertaking of losing 100lbs and began his passion for health and wellness, thus B.A.E.I was born; focused on creating educational programming to help us increase, understand and enhance emotional receptivity and responsibility in the workspace and educational environment.
Jennifer Schwartz (she/her) has worked for over 15 years as a non-profit arts manager and is currently the Managing Director of PCPA. She was the Finance and Administration Director at the San Jose Repertory Theatre and has held finance positions at SFJAZZ and The San Francisco Film Society. She was the Associate Managing Director at the Yale Repertory Theatre where she produced The Special Events Series that included artists, Don Byron, Meredith Monk and Guillermo Gomez-Pena. Schwartz has worked as a consultant for many Bay Area non-profits including The Magnes Museum, Southern Exposure, Prison Law Office, Glide Community Housing and Youth Speaks. She is an award winning playwright and screenwriter and founder of Absolute Time Productions, a non-profit organization that produces works by and about under-represented communities. Schwartz produced The Women’s Comedy Show for public radio and received an NEA grant. She has an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. Jennifer is a member of TCG and the Dramatists Guild.
Jackie Vanderbeck (she/her) is an actor, writer and the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Sing For Your Seniors (SFYS), a New York-based non-profit organization. Jackie studied performing arts at the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music, receiving her BFA in Musical Theatre and the Ross Award for Excellence. Some of Jackie’s theatre credits include the Denver Center Theatre Company, Pacific Conservatory Theatre, Sacramento Theatre Company, CMT’s Music Circus, Shawnee Playhouse and two concert tours with the Tokyo Philharmonic in Japan. Jackie is a member of Actors Equity Association and the Dramatists Guild of America.
Natalie Wachen (she/her) is an award winning actress and producer from Southern California. The middle of 5 overachieving children, she graduated high school early, took a semester off, and began college at 16. While working her way through school, she became a full-time actor and put traditional education on hold. Now in her 30s, she is pursuing a degree in Global Studies. As an actress, her credits include series regular and recurring roles on television shows like Boardwalk Empire, 90210, and Deception, roles in the Off-Broadway productions of Rent and Hamilton, and countless regional theater productions. She's directed and produced theater in Los Angeles, as well as several educational tours. She co-produced the play Basement, which was recently awarded Best Production at the Los Angeles Theater Festival. Her company Heatwave Entertainment produces joyful, uplifting entertainment that celebrates Black women's contributions to music and culture. 80% of its employees are women of color.