2014 marks Sara's seventh season as Executive Director/Producer. Sara completed her 6-year service as a member of the Mountain Play Board of Directors in September 2006. She has worked for the past 20 years with a variety of non-profit organizations in the Bay Area including the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Marin Conservation Corps and Mother Jones Magazine. Her expertise is in non-profit fundraising and membership.Email: Sara@MountainPlay.org
This is Eileen’s eighth season with the Mountain Play and fourth as Associate Producer. She has previously served as Vice President of the Board of Directors and as Producer/ Director of the Mountain Play’s annual fall gala since 2006. For the past 25 years, Eileen has worked as a producer, director, songwriter and musician in almost every genre of music and theatre. Eileen’s theatrical credits include La Vida Breve (Director), Into The Words (Director), Oh, Boy! (Asst. Director), Wine, Women & Song: Benefit Concerts for the Fight Against Breast Cancer(Concert Artist/Asst. Producer) and The Breast of Broadway (Producer/Director).Email: Eileen@MountainPlay.org
This is Natalie's fourth season working with the Mountain Play and second as Assistant Producer. Previously, she has worked back stage and as volunteer coordinator. Natalie is a recent theatre arts graduate of CSU Long Beach where she focused on theatre and production management. She has worked with the University Players and California Repertory Company in Long Beach, been a part of the Marin Theatre Company internship program and spent a semester in Coventry, England where she stage managed two shows. Natalie has been coming to the Mountain Play since she was one year old and is thrilled to be a part of the 100th season.Email: Natalie@MountainPlay.org
Michael C. Vogel has been with the Mt. Play since 2000. He served as a member of the Board of Director for six years from 2000-2006, including a stint as the Vice-President. Michael became the Special Events Producer in 2007 focusing on booking the pre & post-show entertainment as well as coordinating the annual raffle. Michael is also involved with many of the "special effects" that are a unique part of each year's annual production. His favorite experience with the Mt. Play took place during the 2007 production of The Wizard of Oz, in which at every performance he called the plane which flew over the audience, pulling a banner proclaiming, "Surrender Dorothy"! A member of the Mill Valley Art Commission, Michael’s theatrical career Children's Theatre Company, he moved on to spin records & emcee at a prominent NY disco, as well as sound engineer and emcee at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco (where he did sound for everyone from Janis Joplin to Flatt & Scruggs), tour managed the San Francisco Shakespeare Co. and worked as a stage manager for Royal Viking Lines. He also was a DJ for KBOO FM (Alternative Radio) in Oregon for 4 years, managed Commander Cody & his Lost Planet Airman, AB Skhy Blues Band & was a booking agent before coming to his present home with the Mt. Play Association.
Linda celebrates her 26th year with the Mountain Play Association. She has received a Dean Goodman Choice Award for her direction of Once Upon a Mattress as well as a Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Nomination for her direction of Mrs. Warren’s Profession, all with the Ross Valley Players, where she also serves on the board of directors. Linda is an administrator, educator, professional director, stage manager and playwright. With over fifty shows to her directing credit, some favorites include the critically acclaimed Dixie Swim Club, Greater Tuna, Quilters, Shadowlands, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, The King and I, On Golden Pond, Our Town, Amadeus, The Miracle Worker, and Once Upon A Mattress. Linda has previously taught at the College of Marin, Marin Primary & Middle School, Mill Valley Middle School and Marin Catholic.
Debra Chambliss is a vocalist, pianist, instructor and Music Director who has worked in the Bay Area for over 25 years. She became Music Director for the Mountain Play in 2007, but she has been playing the keyboard in the orchestra since 1991. She has worked as an accompanist and music director at dozens of theaters, including The Willows, Contra Costa Musical Theater, and Woodminster. Highlights have included playing keyboards at the Post Street Theatre for the national tour of The 20th Annual Putnam County Spelling bee and at the Orpheum Theatre for Edward Scissorhands, as well as directing music for the West Coast Premier of Children of Eden. Debra has an affinity for children's theater, and served as Resident Music Director of KD Musical Theater for several years, as well as directing many performance workshops, musicals and summer training programs at places such as ACT, Yes, and Marin Theatre Company. She cantors and plays for churches throughout Marin County, and is the music instructor at St. Anselm and St. Isabella schools as well as teaching at her private piano studio.
Barbara has performed, choreographed, and taught in the SF Bay Area for over 25 years in musical theatre, dance, opera, film, and TV. She worked with SF Playhouse, 42nd St. Moon, Woodminster Summer Musicals, Mountain Play (in South Pacific, Brigadoon, Anything Goes), American Musical Theater of San Jose, Palo Alto Players, Santa Rosa Players, North Bay Lyric Opera and Wine Country Theater in musicals including The Fantasticks, Cabaret, Evita, West Side Story, Man of La Mancha, Most Happy Fella, Follies, My One and Only, On the Town, Jerry's Girls and the opera Carmen, receiving BATCC choreography nominations for Cabaret and Anything Goes. Originally from Connecticut, she trained in NYC with Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Luigi, and Chuck Kelly, among others. Barbara teaches musical theatre dance workshops throughout the SF Bay Area most recently at Alonso King LINES Dance Center in San Francisco. Barbara is thrilled to be back working with the Mountain Play! www.barbarabernardo.com
This marks Ken's twenty-seventh year as the Mountain Play's Scenic Designer, during which he has received five Bay Area Theatre Critic' Circle awards, including the 1996 production of My Fair Lady. Ken's design venues include Marin Theatre Company, Theatre Artists of Marin, Berkeley Opera, Marin Shakespeare Company and the Ross Valley Players Barn Theatre, where he has been a resident designer. To date, Ken has logged 220 scenic designs for various Bay Area Theaters. In addition to his design efforts, he has directed extensively for the Ross Valley Players and Berkeley Opera. Ken's performance roots are in opera, giving way in recent years to musical theater and drama, where he has played leading roles in over a dozen musicals and as many plays including Henry Higgins in the MPA's 1996 and 2004 productions of My Fair Lady.