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A Virtual Interview with Jonathan Rhys Williams

Posted on March 4, 2021

Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 16

Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 16: Capital Stage Producing Artistic Director Michael Stevenson virtually interviews Capital Stage Co-Founder and The Tabard Theatre Company‘s Executive Artistic Director, Jonathan Rhys Williams.

Jonathan Rhys Williams

Capital Stage Co-Founder & Executive Artistic Director of The Tabard Theatre Company in San Jose

Jonathan brings over 30 years of professional theatre management and production experience to his position as Executive Artistic Director of The Tabard Theatre Company, which he officially began in July 2020. Executive Artistic Director Cathy Spielberger Cassetta, who founded the company in 2001, retired from Tabard in June 2020. A Bay Area native, Williams returned to the San Francisco Bay Area after graduating from California Institute of the Arts in 1994, and began his career as a professional actor and director for a wide range of local theatre companies, including TheatreWorks, San Jose Stage Company, Aurora Theatre Company, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, American Musical Theatre, Theatre on San Pedro Square, and American Conservatory Theatre. In 2002 Williams relocated to Sacramento where he co-founded Capital Stage Company, serving in various capacities from Director of Production to Producing Artistic Director. In significant part to Jonathan’s leadership, Capital Stage Company is now one of the leading arts organizations in California. Williams’ directorial credits include Spamalot (American Stage Company), Guards at the Taj (Capital Stage), Good People and A Christmas Carol (Northside Theatre Company) and The Toxic Avenger (San Jose Stage), which won Best Musical from Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle in 2017. 

Black Artists’ Voices 4

Posted on February 19, 2021

Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 15

Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 15: Host Atim Udoffia (Actor, Director, Teaching Artist) talks with Anthony D’Juan (Writer), and Taylor Vaughan (Actor, Singer, Dancer, Entrepreneur), to discuss their experiences with the performing arts industry in Sacramento and beyond.


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Atim Udoffia
Host, Actor, Director, Teaching Artist
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Atim Udoffia is an actor, director and teaching artist working in theatre, film and video. Recent acting credits include MACBETH (Sacramento Theatre Company), THE ROYALE (Aurora Theatre Company), ZENITH (SF Playhouse), THE TEMPEST (Sacramento Theatre Company) and DISGRACED (Capital Stage). In 2018 she received accolades for her directorial debut with OTHELLO at Big Idea Theatre and followed that with a staged reading of THE DRILL at Capital Stage. Atim holds a cross-disciplinary degree in Human Biology from Stanford University. After completing the post-graduate program at the London and International School of Acting, she studied for several years with Judith Weston in Los Angeles. Atim currently teaches Shakespeare to middle school and high school students at the East Bay Center for Performing Arts.


Photo by Tara Sissom (@tunisianholiday on Instagram)

Anthony D’Juan
Writer

Anthony D’Juan is a Sacramento based writer/director who has worked for Actors Theater Workshop, B Street Theater and Capital Stage. His writing credits for the stage include SAFE AT HOME: THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY, 3: BLACK GIRL BLUES and THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED. His directing credits include SKELETON CREW, THE MOUNTAINTOP and BOOTYCANDY.


Taylor Vaughan
Actor, Singer, Dancer, Entrepreneur

Taylor Vaughan has a BA in Theater from CSU Sacramento. As a professional actor her past productions include: Sacramento Theatre Company’s rendition of TWELFTH NIGHT as Maria, B Street Winter School Tour HISTORY EXTRAVAGANZA 2017, Dido in AN OCTOROON at Capital Stage, BACHELORETTE at Big Idea Theatre, and STC’s THE CRUCIBLE as Tituba, and Rosencrantz and Francisco in HAMLET. As well as staged readings for Capital Stage’s Playwrights’ Revolution 2018-2020. During the pandemic she was in a Zoom performance of THE M(O)THERS by Nikki Yeboah and most recently made her debut in the film Whirlpool.

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A Virtual Interview with Lenne Klingaman

Posted on December 16, 2020

Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 14

Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 14: Michael Stevenson connects with Singer/Songwriter, Broadway star, and Capital Stage star of ANNA KARENINA, Lenne Klingaman.

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Lenne Klingaman

Actor, Singer/Songwriter

Lenne is a classically-trained actor with a love for the classics and the contemporary, working all over the US on stage and the many types of screens we have come to love, as well as in voiceover. She grew up in San Francisco and Minneapolis, receiving her MFA in Acting at the University of Washington in Seattle. 

Most recent credits: Kris in Will Eno’s The Underlying Chris at Second Stage off-Broadway in NYC, directed by Kenny Leon. Dawn in Broadway’s hit musical Waitress directed by Diane Paulus and originated the role for the 1st National Tour. Hamlet in Hamlet at Colorado Shakespeare Festival (nominated for a Henry Award – Best Actress), which was profiled by the New York Times and American Theatre. Other credits include: Fingersmith at A.R.T. directed by Bill Rauch, an all-female Two Gentlemen Of Verona at the Jungle Theatre dir. by Sarah Rasmussen, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet directed by Scott Wentworth and the world premiere of Appoggiatura directed by Risa Brainin both at Denver Center Theatre Company, Anna in Anna Karenina at Capital Stage, and Elinor in Sense and Sensibility at Sacramento Theatre Company. 

Photos: Singing (Rebecca J. Michelson). ANNA KARENINA at Capital Stage (Charr Crail). HAMLET at Colorado Shakespeare Festival (Jennifer Koskinen). WAITRESS (Joan Marcus, Marc J. Franklin). Dressing Room (Jenny Anderson). ROMEO & JULIET at Tahoe Shakespeare Festival (Joy Strotz).
Photos: Singing (Rebecca J. Michelson). ANNA KARENINA at Capital Stage (Charr Crail). HAMLET at Colorado Shakespeare Festival (Jennifer Koskinen). WAITRESS (Joan Marcus, Marc J. Franklin). Dressing Room (Jenny Anderson). ROMEO & JULIET at Tahoe Shakespeare Festival (Joy Strotz).

She helped compose original music in collaboration with John Glover for a production of Hamlet. The Tartuffe co-production (Shakespeare Theatre DC, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Repertory) in which she played Mariane was nominated for 2015 Theatre Bay Area Awards – Best Ensemble & Best Production, and a Stage Scene LA Award – Best Ensemble. She especially loves collaborating in new play festivals and has had the pleasure to work at A Noise Within (Stage Scene LA Award for Best Supporting Actress in Richard III, Ovation Award nominee– Best Production for The Rehearsal), St. Louis Rep, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Intiman Theatre, and Theatre Movement Bazaar (Ovation Award nominee – Best Ensemble for Model Behavior). She toured the country with her mentors from UW, Robyn Hunt and Steve Pearson, performing Flight, based on the first female aviators, in which she built a 3/4-size plane replica, hung from ropes, and performed static trapeze.  

Her film/TV credits include “Chicago Med”, “Cold Case”, “TWENTIES” (Lena Waithe and Justin Simien), Love: As You Like It (Official Selection of West Palm Beach & Seattle True Independent Film Festivals), Jason Headley’s The Exchange (Official Selection of East Oregon, Tacoma, Carmel, & Gold Coast Film Festivals), A Night in the Sunlight (Official Selection of Washougal International, 1-Reel, Rawstock & Schweitzer Lakedance Film Festivals), and various 5 Second Films which have repeatedly been featured on the front page of Funny or Die. She starred in “Welcome to Sanditon,” the “Lizzie Bennett Diaries” spin-off created by the two-time Emmy winning team Pemberley Digital, which was a 2014 IAWTV Awards nominee for Best Interactive Series, and was featured in “O” magazine. 

Lenne is also a singer and songwriter; her debut album, The Heart is the Hunter, is available on Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon. Check out her music page for more information and stay tuned on an upcoming album!

Connect with Lenne on Instagram & Twitter

@lenneklingaman
www.lenneklingaman.com

Black Artists’ Voices 3

Posted on September 11, 2020

Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 13

Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 13: Host Atim Udoffia (Actor, Director, Teaching Artist) talks with Judith Moreland (Director, Actor, Teacher), and Adrian Roberts (Actor), to discuss their experiences with the performing arts industry in Sacramento and beyond.


Atim Udoffia
Host, Actor, Director, Teaching Artist
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Atim Udoffia is an actor, director and teaching artist working in theatre, film and video. Recent acting credits include MACBETH (Sacramento Theatre Company), THE ROYALE (Aurora Theatre Company), ZENITH (SF Playhouse), THE TEMPEST (Sacramento Theatre Company) and DISGRACED (Capital Stage). In 2018 she received accolades for her directorial debut with OTHELLO at Big Idea Theatre and followed that with a staged reading of THE DRILL at Capital Stage. Atim holds a cross-disciplinary degree in Human Biology from Stanford University. After completing the post-graduate program at the London and International School of Acting, she studied for several years with Judith Weston in Los Angeles. Atim currently teaches Shakespeare to middle school and high school students at the East Bay Center for Performing Arts.


Judith Moreland
Director, Actor, Teacher

Judith Moreland directed BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY and AN OCTOROON at Cap Stage. She’s also directed at The Road Theatre (North Hollywood), The Blank Theatre (Hollywood) and at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television where she teaches acting. As an actor her film and television credits include Aftermath, Dark Skies, Blackish, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Parks and Recreation, and recurring roles on Bosch and Animal Kingdom. She’s worked with many theater companies including the New York Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theater/LA, Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, and was a company member of San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater for many years.


Adrian Roberts
Actor

Adrian Roberts has been an actor for over 25 years. He is a graduate of the American Conservatory Theater MFA program. Has done many shows around the country, Bay Area, and Sacramento. Credits at Capital Stage include FIRST PERSON SHOOTER, JESUS HOPPED THE ‘A’ TRAIN, and HOW TO USE A KNIFE.


Black Artists’ Voices 2

Posted on July 31, 2020

Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 12

Local artists Atim Udoffia (Actor, Director, Teaching Artist), Imani Mitchell (Actor, Director, Writer), and James R. Ellison, III (Actor) discuss their experiences with the performing arts industry in Sacramento.


Atim Udoffia
Actor, Director, Teaching Artist
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Atim Udoffia is an actor, director and teaching artist working in theatre, film and video. Recent acting credits include MACBETH (Sacramento Theatre Company), THE ROYALE (Aurora Theatre Company), ZENITH (SF Playhouse), THE TEMPEST (Sacramento Theatre Company) and DISGRACED (Capital Stage). In 2018 she received accolades for her directorial debut with OTHELLO at Big Idea Theatre and followed that with a staged reading of THE DRILL at Capital Stage. Atim holds a cross-disciplinary degree in Human Biology from Stanford University. After completing the post-graduate program at the London and International School of Acting, she studied for several years with Judith Weston in Los Angeles. Atim currently teaches Shakespeare to middle school and high school students at the East Bay Center for Performing Arts.


Imani Mitchell
Actor, Director, Writer
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Imani Mitchell was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. She has been acting for over 20 years and her most recent performance was ‘Morris’ in Capital Stage’s production of THE NETHER. Recently, Imani founded her film company I AM Studios with the mission to create compelling and unique works that primarily feature actors of color. Her first feature film, “Whirlpool”, will be finished for release in Fall 2020.


James R. Ellison, III
Actor

James R. Ellison, III is a natural born entertainer. Since the age of four he knew that by performing he could touch lives and inspire. James has done plays, stand-up comedy, improv, and local films all over southern and northern California. Recently seen as Junior in Capital Stage’s production of BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY. Other credits include Martin Luther King, Jr. in THE MOUNTAINTOP at Celebration Arts and Evan in the Capital Stage production of SWEAT.


CELEBRATION ARTS LIVE

Storytelling is rooted in many cultures and originates from African Diaspora traditions. This series presents a variety of engaging tales with host, James Ellison, III. You be the judge of which are fact and which are fiction. Every first Saturday of the month.

August 1st Featured Storyteller: PETRI HAWKINS-BYRD

You know him as the bailiff on the Judge Judy show. You’ve seen him on tv, now watch Petri Hawkins-Byrd uncensored with Celebration Arts as a guest storyteller.

Saturday, August 1 at 5:00 pm

A Virtual Interview with Peter Mohrmann

Posted on July 21, 2020

Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 11

Peter Mohrmann

In addition to last year’s THE WICKHAMS, Peter has directed Capital Stage productions of MISS BENNET, THE TOTALITARIANS, MAPLE & VINE, THE NORTHPLAN, IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY, OR, FICTION, DINNER WITH FRIENDS, THREE DAYS OF RAIN, RELATIVELY SPEAKING and JACK AND JILL. His other directing credits include SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR, SCAPINO!, THE FALL OF X, BULLY BUSINESS, and THE BEAUX’ STRATAGEM for City Theatre, and THE CRUCIBLE for Falcon’s Eye Theatre. As an actor, he has appeared in many Cap Stage productions, as well as performing with Sacramento Theatre Company, Foothill Theatre Company, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, City Theatre and River Stage. As a co-founder of Capital Stage, Peter has worked in the capacity of managing director and marketing director. Currently, he is a professor of Theatre Arts and Film at Folsom Lake and Sacramento City Colleges. Peter received his MFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

A Virtual Interview with Amy Resnick

Posted on July 11, 2020

Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 10

Amy Resnick

Amy has truly enjoyed working with Capital Stage, where she last appeared in ADMISSIONS (for one lucky preview audience), SWEAT, LUNA GALE, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, BLACKBERRY WINTER and also directed BAD JEWS. Other credits include New York: Lincoln Center, Synchronicity Place, Cherry Lane, Barrow Theatre, Westbeth Theatre, Women’s Project. Regional: Mark Taper Forum, Berkeley Rep, Alliance Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Wilma Theatre, Magic Theatre, Arena Stage, B Street Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Theatreworks, Arizona Theatre, San Jose Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, South Coast Rep. World Premieres: by Aaron Sorkin, Stephen Belber, Claire Chafee, Leigh Fondakowski, Carlos LaCamara, Moises Kaufman, Steve Yockey, Wendy MacCleoud, Allison Moore, and Jon Jory. TV: Law & Order, Picket Fences, St. Elsewhere, Simon & Simon, Paper Dolls, Paper Chase, Back To The Streets Of San Francisco, Midnight Caller. Film: The Sure Thing, Haiku Tunnel, Love & Taxes, The Californians. Amy is also a B Street Theatre Company Member.

A Message from Designer Gail Russell

Posted on July 3, 2020

Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 9

When you have done as many creative, innovative, and soul searching shows as I have at Capital Stage, and worked in as many costume shops with amazing and talented people, and you are suddenly told to “Go home!”, what does a person do? They tumble into their library/guest room and set up to make MASKS!

May you and your family and friends be healthy and happy during this time of secured shelter.

I look forward to seeing everyone again as soon as soon is.

Gail Russell
Associate Artist, Capital Stage


Collaborating with Capital Stage for over a decade, her favorite shows include: MARJORIE PRIME, AN OCTOROON, BETRAYAL, THE HOMECOMING, A DOLL’S HOUSE, IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR, DANGEROUS LIASONS. Other local credits include STC’s KATE, THE WHIPPING MAN, GEM OF THE OCEAN; Fair Oaks Theatre Festival’s SUESSICAL, WILLY WONKA, SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER; BECOMING JULIA MORGAN, and LOVE ISADORA California Stage; HAIRSPRAY, THE SEAGULL, JEKYLL AND HYDE, BEAUX STRATAGEM, STOP KISS, and JULIUS CAESAR at American River College where she also teaches in the Theatre Arts and Fashion departments. Gail is the recipient of several SARTA Elly Awards for Costume Design.

Black Artists’ Voices

Posted on June 27, 2020

Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 8

Local artists Atim Udoffia (Actor, Director, Teaching Artist), James Wheatley (Teacher, Director Celebration Arts), and Omari Tau (Artistic Director Rogue Music Project, Professor of Voice Cosumnes River College) discuss their experiences with the performing arts industry in Sacramento.

A Virtual Interview with Janis Stevens

Posted on June 19, 2020

The Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 7