CORE COMPANY

Our core company members make it all happen! In December 2015, Eileen Fisher and Tina Taylor started meeting over cups of tea to discuss how to grow Theatre Lunatico as a company. Since then a small, dedicated group of actors have come together to put our hearts, minds, sweat and tears into realizing our artistic dreams.  We meet regularly to plan, orchestrate, and imagine. Backed up by our fantastic and growing pool of Associate Artists, we are striving to further the artistic and social mission of Theatre Lunatico.

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Tina Taylor – Artistic Director

Tina is an English theatre artist who has been acting, directing, and teaching theatre both in the UK and California for over thirty years. She has worked with many bay area theatre companies, including Cal Shakes, Marin Theatre Company, EchoTheatreSuitcase, Intersection for the Arts, and Ross Valley Players.  She has a BA (Hons) in Theatre and Dance from Leeds University, and toured as an actor throughout the UK. She started dancing at the age of 7, and went on to train primarily in ensemble physical theatre, working with many internationally recognized performance artists. In addition to touring as an actor on the English fringe theatre circuit, Tina has performed, directed, and taught theatre in prisons, youth custody centers, and with community service organizations using theater as a means of conflict resolution. She is trained in domestic violence crisis counseling. Tina has also been teaching Shakespearean acting for many years, and uses her physical theatre training as a gateway to understanding text. Tina has a deeply intuitive understanding of the craft of acting, and utilizes her diverse performance background to create spontaneous and collaborative work environments. Tina also writes and teaches poetry.

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Eileen Fisher – Board President , Actor

Eileen Fisher has been a core member of Theatre Lunatico since Fall of 2015 playing Hippolyta in Midsummer’s Night Dream, and in Spring of 2016 various roles (all male!) in Metamorphoses.  Eileen began acting in her 30’s at the College of Marin where she received her Associates Degree from the Drama Department.  She continued her theatrical studies at A.C.T. Studio and Berkeley Rep School of Theater.  
 
Eileen has performed all over the Bay Area, including Hillbarn Theater, New Conservatory Theater, Actor’s Ensemble, College of Marin, Ross Valley Players, Theatre At Large, Marin Classic Theater and Novato Theater.  Eileen‘s past favorite roles include Adriana in Comedy of Errors, Elmire in Tartuffe, Elizabeth in ’59 Pink Thunderbird, Dorothy in Glorious, Pamela in Fox on the Fairway, Cora in Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Sarah in The Bus (also part of the Pride tour), Kissin’ Kate Barlow in Holes, Chick Boyle in Crimes of the Heart, and Romaine Patterson (et al) in The Laramie Project. 
 
Eileen and her husband have thriving furniture stores in San Francisco and Birmingham, Michigan.  They have lived in Mill Valley for 18 years with their two sons.   

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Michael Barr – Education Director, Actor

Michael Barr has worked throughout the Bay Area with companies such as TheatreFIRST, PASCo, Crowded Fire, Willows Theatre, Shakespeare at Stinson, Livermore Shakespeare Festival, California Conservatory Theatre, Pear Avenue Theatre, SF Shakes, and Project Artaud, among others. Michael was a company member of Porchlight Theatre, where he was seen in Scapino!, Our Country’s Good, and Three Sisters.  He was the Education Director and a Company Member of Napa Valley Repertory Theatre from 2002-2005.  Michael holds a M.F.A. from Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University and a B.F.A. from the Greer Garson Theatre Center at the College of Santa Fe, and has studied theatre in London with the Ithaca College London Center, and in Cambridge, MA with the Moscow Art Theatre’s Stanislavski Summer School. He is originally from Denver, CO.

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Leon Goertzen, Site Manager, Actor

Leon Goertzen has worked at theatres in the SF Bay Area and Los Angeles including Ferocious Lotus, East West Players, Berkeley Rep, Will and Company, Asian American Theater Company, Magic Theatre, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Road Theatre Company, Cutting Ball, Aurora Theatre, ReACT Theatre Company, Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival, PlayGround, Vallejo Shakespeare,  Calaveras Rep, and New Conservatory Theatre.  Film credits include Quitters (with Kieran Culkin and Mira Sorvino) and Beauty and the Blade.  Leon is a graduate of the School of Drama at University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is a member of Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company, Actors Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA.  Recent performances include the role of Sir Andrew Aguecheek with Inverness Shakespeare Project and several roles in Theatre Lunatico’s production of Macbeth.

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Shawn Oda – Managing Director, Actor

Shawn Oda is thrilled to be a core member of Theatre Lunatico. She loves being a part of an ensemble that delves deeply into text and physical expression to tell human stories, all while building meaningful relationships in rehearsal, performance and ultimately with the audience. Besides her work with Theatre Lunatico, Shawn has worked with directors Molly Noble, MaryAnn Rodgers, DC Scarpelli & Peter Budinger, Rene Young, and Fe Bongolan, in productions in Marin, the East Bay and San Francisco. She holds a BA in Dance & Choreography from U.C.L.A and was a company member with Fellow Travelers Performance Group for many years.

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Gideon Jones – Technical Director

Gideon Jones began his association with Theater Lunatico as Stage Manager for their 2015 production of Midsummer’s Night Dream, and is thrilled at the opportunity to work with Lunatico and associates as he grows into his role as Technical Director.
Gideon’s theatrical experience began in his mid-teens with a combination of performance and technical work eventually finding a passion for dance as a young man. Despite his late entry to the dance profession- and before suffering a career ending injury- Gideon would go on to perform professionally with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, San Francisco Opera Ballet, as well as in Europe and Israel.
For the past 21 years Gideon has worked building scientific apparatus at a local research lab, where he has developed a creative problem solving skill that’s right at home with Theater Lunatico.
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 Camille Cheetham – Company Intern

We were so impressed with Camille’s work with us as stage manager for School For Scandal, we invited her to become a company intern. Camille is now working with us on many aspects of production and company development. Camille will be graduating UC Berkeley in Summer 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater. She also just finished her Artistic Learning Internship at Cal Shakes where she was able to work with amazing, inspiring children.

UPDATE: Camille has now graduated and moved on to new adventures! We wish her the very best. If you are interested in an internship at Theatre Lunatico, contact us.

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 Associate Artists

Theatre Lunatico has had the pleasure of working with a growing number of actors. When casting all Lunatico productions, we give priority to our Associate Artists. We extend a huge thank you to all the dedicated and talented actors we have worked with:

Shoresh Alaudini
Melanie Bandera-Hess
Cedar Banks
Jean Cary
Camille Cheetham
Heather Cherry
Melissa Clason
Maddie Cope
April Culver
Jon Demegillo
Sonia Decker
Megan Donahue
Sharron Drake
Shane Fahy
Isabella Faillace­
Jennifer Greene
Isabelle Grimm
Melissa Haines
Pablo Hamlin
John Hanlon
Michel Harris
Derek Jepsen
Ray Martin
Aeron Mcintyre
Charlie Morgan
James Aaron Oh
Tom Osborne
Rainier Pearl-Styles
Eileen Puppo
Scott Ragle
Keara Reardon
MaryAnn Rodgers
Camille Rose ­
Lauri Smith
Alison Whismore
Zoe Taylor-Wolland
Nicole Thordsen
Kaz Valtchev
Dalia Vidor
David Westley Skillman