Rachel Wynne is a choreographer, teacher, and improviser originally from Ireland. She is new to acting, and delighted for the chance to use her voice onstage. Recent choreography for 6th Street includes Constellations, Equus, Fairy Worlds! (Shakespeare in the Cannery), and A Little Night Music. This one's for Tadhgh. www.expandance.com
Nayla Makinano is 11 years old and has been in many amazing plays at 6th Street Playhouse. Some of her favorite roles include Jojo, Suessical Jr.; the Cheshire Cat, Alice in Wonderland; Kate, Annie; and Fagin’s Gang in Oliver!. Nayla thanks Beulah, Rachel, and her parents.
Ellen Rawley is honored to play the role of a woman who so bravely broke the stereotype of how a good woman should act to profoundly impact the rights of women. Some highlights of her work have been playing Jean Louise Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird and Shelby in Steel Magnolias. Other local roles include Smith/The Reverend in Threepenny Opera and Kate in Speechless Shakespeare. Her commercial/film experience includes work with inStyle magazine, State Farm Insurance, and SHOP HQ.
Cortunay Minor is an alum of the ArtQuest Theatre Arts program at Santa Rosa High School. She graduated in May 2019 and is currently taking an academic gap year, after which she plans to attend a four-year university with acting as her intended major. Cortunay's most recent past roles include Mrs. Smartlignton, Halfway to Princessitty; Romaine Patterson, Reggie Fluty, and Tiffany Edwards,The Laramie Project; and Agave/Bacchante, The Bacchae of Euripides.
Bonnie Jean Shelton, SAG/AFTRA, has appeared in film and television as well as local theatre for many years. She was last seen in Nuts and The Naked Truth at Left Edge Theater Company. You may have seen her in two of her favorite roles, as Sylvia the dog in A.R. Gurney's Sylvia or Hubert in Dan Goggin's Nunsense. She is also an aspiring playwright and is happy to be a part of this reading at 6th Street Playhouse.
Lydia Revelos is grateful to be back at 6th Street Playhouse following her last appearance as Marie Antoinette in The Revolutionists on the Monroe Stage. She was also seen on the G. K. Hardt stage in Annie, Stage Kiss & Animal Crackers. A native of southwest Ohio, she holds a B.F.A. degree from Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College.
Charlie Whitaker is a native of the Philippines and moved to the U.S. in 2016. She has participated in choirs and dance performances all her life, and has recently ventured into acting. She is a vocal performance major at SRJC where she played her first role as Gingy in Shrek the Musical. She has worked with 6th Street Playhouse as ensemble for West Side Story, and most recently as Maria Ellena in Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story.
Amanda Claiborne is thrilled to be resuming her acting career after a brief forty-year hiatus. She has a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.A. in English literature from Brandeis University, and has written and directed plays for children. She has studied acting with Uta Hagen at HB Studio (NYC) and with Lennie Dean and Mike Schaefer at 6th Street Playhouse. She would like to thank the Human Awareness Institute for giving her the courage to pursue her dreams, and Al-Anon for their loving support of the families and friends of alcoholics and addicts.
Grace Kent from Forestville, California, attended El Molino High School, SRJC, and Southern Oregon University to pursue her higher education in gender studies and theatre arts. Her favorite production credits include Distracted at SRJC; Horse Girls and Spring Awakening at Southern Oregon University. Gender equality in the performing arts is a very important subject to her, many plays and musicals have twice the amount of male roles to female and even less for gender neutral actors. She is excited to be part of a project that spotlights women writers and performers.
Brianna Rene Dinges is so grateful to be part of a project that is deeply empowering to women. Her role as Charlotte Delbo is her first portraying an historical figure and Brianna is so proud to be bringing this story to life in such talented company. Thank you for coming and staying to see this important story.
Aliya Bacal Peterson (Yvonne) is so excited to be part of her first production at 6th Street Playhouse! She is a senior theatre arts major at Sonoma State University, and some of her favorite past roles include Maria, Twelfth Night and Gayle, Sunday on the Rocks as well as performing with the SSU Improvahlics. She would like to thank her director and castmates for making her experience here so meaningful.
Shirley Nilson Hallis is grateful to be a part of this Women’s Project. She was last seen here on the G.K. Hardt stage as Ethel in Moon Over Buffalo. Other favorite roles: Violet in August Osage County (SFBATCC Award, Principal Actress), Vera in 4000 Miles (SFBATCC Nomination), Mrs. Higgins in My Fair Lady (MTJA Nomination), Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, and Fonsia in The Gin Game, which she performed with her husband, Norman A Hall.
Anastasia Encarnacion is a multi-talented: actor, musician, voice over artist, band leader, teacher, conductor, director, composer with 35 years performing as a Bay Area vocal soloist, company member, lead, and character actor. She has performed with: Contra Costa Musical Theater, Fairfax Theatre Company (FTC), Marin Opera, Ross Valley Players, Sonoma Theatre Alliance, Theater Artists of Marin, Verismo Opera, and Voices SF. She teaches voice in Sonoma, and is vocal coach for FTC. Her favorite roles: Loretta, A History of the American Film; Joanna, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Lise Meitner, Relativity: The Musical and Nurse–Romeo and Juliet. This is her third appearance with 6th Street Playhouse.
Juliet Noonan is honored to be directing Every Concentrated Fragment by Susan Hansell. Most recent directing credits include: The 12 Dates of Christmas by Ginna Hoben, Constellations by Nick Payne at 6th Street Playhouse, and Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar as part of the Threshold Theatre Reading Series. Juliet is the Director of Education at 6th Street Playhouse and is also an accomplished actor having played Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, the mother in Equus, and Margret in Silent Sky. She dedicates this directing experience to her daughter Emilia Bivetto, "May you always remember to break the glass ceiling!"
Heather Gibeson graduated with a B.S. in theatre with an emphasis in classical acting from Southern Utah University. Last seen at 6th Street Playhouse as Jen in The Book Club Play. Her previous experience includes Nell in Comedy of Errors (6th Street Playhouse), and Rosemary in Outside Mullingar (The Raven). She is a current member of the Natural Disasters Improv Comedy Troupe. Heather wants to thank her husband for his unwavering support.
Lorin Bell has written and performed two full length shows at Clear Heart Theater, Petaluma – Mommy, Daddy and Other Bad Words, and Aspen, Texas, as well as excerpts from those shows at The Marsh Theater, San Francisco and 6th Street Playhouse. Currently completing Evy-Lynn's story of redemption, two other characters, and a full-length show, Ordained, about Lorin's comical journey to become an ordained minister.
Olivia Marie Rooney (Cecil/Gary) is happy to be back on stage at 6th Street Playhouse after portraying Susy in the recent Wait Until Dark. She has worked all over the North Bay Area including Roustabout Theater and the Pegasus Theater in addition to numerous 6th Street Playhouse credits. A graduate of the Montgomery High School theatre program, she then attended PCPA Theater Conservatory. She would like to thank her family, her partner Jeremy, and her new puppy for all of their support and love.
Noel Yates has been active in West County theatre since 2007. With Pegasus Theater, she’s been in productions of The Oldest Profession, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Three Musketeers, Tempestuous, The New Century, and for many years has filled roles in Tapas, a short play festival. This is her second appearance at 6th Street Playhouse.
Jeanne St Jean is a fairly new actor but not new to 6th Street Playhouse where she performed in Blythe Spirit as well as in The Dixie Swim Club at Clear Heart in Petaluma. She is happy to return after a two-year break and is excited to be back on stage for this meaningful showcase.
Peri Zoe is excited to be a part of another 6th Street Playhouse show as a part of this amazing festival. The last two seasons she has been seen in Annie, West Side Story, Gypsy, and Buddy–The Buddy Holly Story. She was a part of A Christmas Story at Sonoma Arts Live and Speechless Shakespeare at the Petaluma Shakespeare Festival. She performed on stage as Nala, The Lion King; Bagheera, The Jungle Book; and Miss Andrew, Mary Poppins. She attends, and is president of, the ArtQuest theatre program. Peri Zoe plays several instruments and dances at the JC.
Lindsay John (Princess) is excited to make her 6th Street debut working on such a fun project! Her last theatre performances include Edna Louise, Jimmy Dean; and Jenny, 5 Tellers at Novato Theatre Company. She hopes you enjoy the line up of empowerment! She would like to thank her family, friends, and cast for all the support.
Taylor Diffenderfer has been performing in and around Sonoma County theater since the age of nine. She graduated Santa Rosa High School’s ArtQuest Theater program in 2009. Her most recent roles include Paige in The Great God Pan (Cinnabar) and Anne DeBourgh in Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley (Spreckels). When Taylor is not acting, she is taking care of dogs and working for Canine Companions for Independence. She is very pleased to be back on the 6th Street Playhouse stage.
Tika Moon is a professional singer, musician, songwriter, and leader of her band Tika & the Moon-Shines. She also is co-host of a weekly comedy podcast called the Tika & Thego Podcast. You may see Tika hosting a sing-a-long or as Ursula at a local tea room! Some of her favorite shows are Mrs. Lovette in Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Lucy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown; Grandmama in The Addams Family; The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods; and 15 different characters in I Love You, You’re Perfect, NOW CHANGE!
Cat Bish (the Queen) was last seen at 6th Street Playhouse in Scott Lummer's 2045. Her most recent role was as Mrs. Lynde in SAL's production of Anne of Green Gables.
Serena Elize Flores, born and raised in Chicago, is honored to perform on many Bay Area stages over the past five years. Favorite roles include: Church Lady, Between Riverside and Crazy; Marianne Angelle, The Revolutionists; Morticia Addams The Addams Family; Rita, The Naked Truth – U.S. premiere; Yaz, Water by the Spoonful; Columbia, The Rocky Horror Show; Jenny Diver, The Threepenny Opera; Rosie, Bye Bye Birdie; Mathilde, The Clean House; and Francine/Lena, Clybourne Park – TBA Best Actress nominee/Best Ensemble win).
Régine Danaé is a senior at Sonoma State with a double major in biology and theatre arts. She is very pleased to be playing Isabelle in her first production at 6th Street Playhouse. Some of her past Sonoma State credits include Bulrusher, Bulrusher; Ophelia, Hamlet; and Ellie, Sunday on the Rocks. When not acting, Régine enjoys archery, bird watching, and international travel. reginedanae.wixsite.com/reginedana.
Merlyn Sell moved to Virginia to get her M.F.A. in Shakespeare and Performance in 2013 after many years on and behind stages in Sonoma County. More recently she has directed shows at Black Hills Community Theatre and Firehouse Brewing Theatre in Rapid City, South Dakota. Sweet Are the Uses has previously been performed at the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska and at the Blackfriars Conference in Staunton, Virginia.
Maggie Bromige is studying acting with Lennie Dean at 6th Street Playhouse. She is ecstatic to be part of the Women’s Theatre Festival. She also worked in costumes and as part of the front of house staff.
Erin Lane is a playwright, improviser, comedian, and solo artist. Her show Jersey Shore: The Musical was named one of the Top 10 Shows in 2011 by Time Out Magazine Chicago. Her play Hoist, the first runner-up for the Charles M. Getchell New Play Contest, was featured in the Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha, NE; the Rose of Athens Playwriting Festival in Athens, GA; the Hollins New Play Festival in Roanoke, VA; and received its world premiere in Chicago. Her play Upstairs was featured in the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Hollins New Play Festival, and Casa De Beverly’s One Acts and Snacks in New York City and Redding, CA.
Carole Barlas has been studying acting with Lennie Dean at the 6th Street Playhouse since 2011. She has done scene work including Shirley in Ladies of the Alamo, Edna in The Oldest Profession, Margaret in A Perfect Ganesh, as well as many monologues. She has participated in staged readings including Life Sucks or The Present Ridiculous and Secretary.
Bonnie Gamble has a B.A. in dramatic art from UC Berkeley. Favorite theatrical roles include Sister Mary Lazarus in Sister Act and Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest (Bay Area Stage), Wikiwitch in Anton in Show Business (Valley Players), and Mrs. Dubose in To Kill a Mockingbird (6th Streeet Playhouse). She is grateful to director and mentor Lennie Dean for her inspiration and guidance and her friends and family for their undying support.
Stacey Kerr has been working with, studying with, and playing with Lennie Dean for 30 years. She loves the challenges of theatre work that include truth, full expression, and focus. She is thrilled to be back on the boards with these talented women, even though she had to go to therapy to get there.
Maureen Merrill, longtime friend of Left Edge Theatre and LBC, is a results coach, facilitator, and communication workshop leader. "This has been an exploration in authentic communication and presence. Thanks to the amazing cast, and to Lennie, for this illuminating adventure – my first acting experience!”
Diane Pratt returned to acting last year after a "brief" 50-year hiatus. Raised in Iowa, she lived in New York City before moving to California in 1986. After a long business career, Diane retired a few years ago and lives in Petaluma with her husband John.
Jess Headington has a B.F.A. in theatre arts from Stephens College. She recently directed The Book Club Play at 6th Street Playhouse, and the Apprentice Company production of The Girl Who Fell Through a Hole in her Sweater. Other directing credits include one-act plays: His Own Petard and Under a Violet Moon at 6th Street Playhouse and The Unabridged Kama Sutra and Horny Like the Wolf at Sonoma Stage Works.
Caitlin Strom-Martin graduated from The Meisner Technique Studio in 2015, and currently works at 6th Street Playhouse as their Education Associate. As an actor, she was last seen as Mayella Ewell in To Kill A Mockingbird at 6th Street Playhouse, and Chick in Crimes of the Heart at Ross Valley Players. Caitlin last directed in 2018, with Time Stands Still at The Raven Players. Caitlin thanks her husband for being her biggest supporter as well as you, our audience, for supporting the WTF and women in the arts.
Allie Pratt is an actress and educator in the Bay Area, who holds an M.A. in theater arts from UCSC.
Beulah Vega (Festival producer; Director: Calliope and the Girl, That’s My Time, Sweet are the Uses; Poet: Don’t, Gone), is a theatre artist and writer living in the North Bay Area. She specializes in new works and giving a voice to those traditionally underrepresented in art. Serving in the past as the managing director of Narrow Way Stage Company and artistic director of Pegasus Theater Company, she recently directed Of Mice and Men at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center where she will be returning later this year with The Beard of Avon. 6th Street Playhouse patrons will remember her work producing such plays as From Russia With Love: An evening of Chekhov plays, The New Voices on the Vine Theater Festival, and It’s All Relative, an evening of one-acts about the meaning of family. She is indebted to all the women who came before her and helped give focus to her art, especially to Lennie Dean, and to Rusty and Martin without whom she would not have made it through.
Jacinta Gorringe has directed, choreographed, and performed throughout the West Coast at Magic Theater, P.C.P.A., S.R.T., 42nd St Moon, San Jose Civic, American Theater Ventures, Yosemite, to name a few. Jacinta directed at 6th Street Playhouse for Voices on the Vine Theater Festival, choreographed A Christmas Carol, Shrek, Jolly Juliana/Holiday Vaudeville, and Heritage Project. She directed the reading of Strom Thurmond is Not a Racist for Main Stage West, and recently wrote and directed Speechless Shakespeare for Petaluma Shakespeare Festival.
Lennie Dean received an M.F.A. in acting from the Temple University Advanced Actor Training Program in Philadelphia and has been part of the Sonoma County theatre scene for forty years. She has taught, acted, directed, worked as dramaturge and produced for several theatre companies and schools in New York City and San Francisco as well as locally in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and Sonoma. She is authorized by master acting teacher Eric Morris to teach his technique, The Eric Morris System.