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.
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.
Eileen Fisher – Board President , Actor
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.
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.
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.
Gideon Jones – Technical Director
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.
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:
Maria Grazia Affinito
James Aaron Oh
David Westley Skillman
Julie Ann Valdez