creative team

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Rebecca S’manga Frank (Director) is an African-American, Jewish actor and director based in New York. She assistant directed Nat Turner in Jerusalem, a world premiere by Nathan Alan Davis at New York Theatre Workshop (Dir. Megan Sandberg-Zakian). She also assistant directed Zora Neale Hurston’s Spunk at California Shakespeare Theater (Dir. Patricia McGregor). Rebecca most recently directed for the 10 Minute Women's Play Festival “Lady Fest” at The Tank, the Go to the River Festival, and the Quicksilver Theater Company’s Playwrights of Color Summit in upstate New York. She directed her own play Shakespeare than Fiction for NYU’s Freeplay Festival. Rebecca's recent acting credits include: we, the Invisibles by Susan Soon He Stanton (Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana New Play Festival, Dir. Dámaso Rodríguez), All the Roads Home by Jen Silverman (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Dir. Lee Sunday Evans), and Coriolanus (Red Bull Theater, Dir. Michael Sexton). Rebecca is from California and has worked with many theaters in the Bay Area, including Shotgun Players, Cutting Ball Theater, Alter Theater, African-American Shakespeare Company, Intersection for the Arts, 6th Street Playhouse, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, and Bay Area Playwrights Foundation. TV: Elementary. Web: Swipe Left, The Series. MFA: New York University, Graduate Acting. BA: Mills College, Creative Writing. Instagram: @smangayahart


Sophie Leininger (Costume Designer) is an Oakland-based multidisciplinary artist, designer, and entrepreneur. Her work as a creative director extends to photography, film, and theater. Her most recent film work includes production design for the short Humble Pieand art direction for the feature Bride of Death. In 2011, she founded Magic Carpet Yoga mats, yoga mats printed with hand-painted textile designs. She holds a BA in Studio Art from Mills College, where she was awarded the Herringer Prize for Excellence in Art.


Brittany Mellerson (Lighting Designer) is the resident lighting designer for Lamplighters Music Theatre and Master Electrician at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Recent credits include lighting design for the 45th Annual Telluride Film Festival, The Gondoliers and Pirates of Penzance with Lamplighters, RE: with Tim Rubel Dance, and Absolutely Fabulous! with the Royal British Theatre Company. She holds a BFA in Theatrical Lighting and Sound Design from Point Park University.


Sarah Gasser (Stage Manager) has worked with San Francisco Playhouse, PlayGround Festival, Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, and Theatre Rhinoceros. Her regional credits include Cincinnati Playhouse, American Repertory Theater, Dorset Theatre Festival, Hangar Theatre, Kitchen Theatre, Reagel Music Theater, Arkansas Children’s Theatre, Theatre West, and Ocean Professional Theater.


Elena Wright (Fight Choreographer) is a bay area actor, fight choreographer, teacher, and director. She has taught combat or choreographed for Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theatre, Sonoma County Repertory Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Marin Shakespeare Company, Shotgun Players, Laney College, Napa Valley College, TheatreFirst, and SF Playhouse among others. Next up, her fight work can be seen in Everything is Illuminated at Aurora Theatre, 12th Night at Ross Valley Players, The Three Musketeers at Salesian Club Theatre, Romeo and Juliet at Oakland Technical High School, and We Are Pussy Riot at Laney College. She is a company member of Playground, Symmetry Theatre, and a member of Actors Equity. She holds an MFA in acting from the University of Washington and a BS in theatre from Northeastern University.


Mairin Lee (Producer) is an Oakland native. She received a BA in Theatre Arts and Communication from Boston College and an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. In the Bay Area, she has performed in Phèdre and A Christmas Carol (A.C.T.), Pericles (CalShakes), The Farm (Shotgun Players), Othello (Marin Theatre Company), and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Marin Shakespeare Company). She made her Broadway debut in The Heiress, directed by Moisés Kaufman, and has appeared Off Broadway in She Stoops to Conquer (The Actors Company Theater), Romance Language (Ars Nova), Romeo and Juliet (Wheelhouse Theatre), Chasing Jack (MLC Productions), The Winter’s Tale and Measure for Measure (NY Classical). Her regional work includes Antony and Cleopatra (McCarter Theatre), In the Next Room, or the vibratory play (Wilma Theater), Troilus and Cressida, Pride and Prejudice, and Hamlet (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), Lives of Reason (Two River Theater), Soldier’s Heart (Premiere Stages), All My Sons (St. Louis Rep), The Lion in Winter (Shakespeare Santa Cruz), The Album (Tectonic Theatre Project and Miami New Drama), and Dracula (Alabama Shakespeare Festival). She has appeared on TV in Madam SecretaryThe Good Wife, and Elementary and in the films Marcy, Ascension, Zero Issue, and Mortem Di Virgo. This is her first time producing.


Rachel Jorgensen (Co-Producer) is a senior at Stanford University, where she is majoring in Symbolic Systems and minoring in Screenwriting and Physics. She has been a company member with the Stanford Shakespeare Company since 2015, and she is their Artistic Director for the 2018–2019 season. Rachel produced Romeo and Juliet for their winter show last year. She is also a member of Stanford’s student filmmaking company, Cardinal Studios. This spring, she studied abroad at Oxford for a special focus tutorial on Shakespeare and history. She has also studied at the Orange County School of the Arts, specializing in creative writing.