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 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.
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.
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.
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 OCTOROONat Capital Stage, BACHELORETTEat Big Idea Theatre, and STC’s THE CRUCIBLEas 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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Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 14: Michael Stevenson connects with Singer/Songwriter, Broadway star, and Capital Stage star of ANNA KARENINA, Lenne Klingaman.
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.
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.