Jeff Garvens (Co-Chair)
Roberta (Nina) Hassele
Gina Tarantino Markey
Andrew C Hansen
Allison Hayes Lane
Producing Artistic Director
Roberto Prestigiacomo is a theater-maker whose creative work includes the development of community-based theatre through improvisation and storytelling techniques, and the creation of original physical theater pieces (TransPerformance). Roberto, a produced playwright, was artistic director for Theater With Your Coffee, Potlatch Theater Lab. He has directed (representative): The Servant of Two Masters, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, The Triumph of Love, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Marisol, How I Learned to Drive, One for the Road, Fat Pig, Guys and Dolls, Back of the Throat, The Irish Curse, Smudge, God of Carnage, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? The Forum Theater Project 08 “Facing San Antonio’s Homeless“, The Forum Theater Project 09 “Walls and Borders” as well as original works like 8, pastiche, Sabbia and Guernika. Roberto is Associate Professor and Director of Theatre at Trinity University, is the artistic director of AtticRep. and is a member of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC), American Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Roberto is a native of Rome, Italy.
Production Stage Manager
Madeline is thrilled to be working with AtticRep for a second season. She previously stage managed The Irish Curse, and danced in From the Mahabharata: The Great Dance Off. Madeline has been stage managing throughout San Antonio for the past five years, and has a M.A. in South Asian Dance Studies from the University of Roehampton.
Photography and Video
sRagnar Fotografi is Siggi Ragnar an internationally recognized award winning photographer whose talents transcend a broad spectrum of services for subject matter ranging from the performing arts to architecture and industry. Mr Ragnar focuses on finding the artistic aspects that are evident in and encompass today and tomorrow’s visual media.
Martha Peñaranda holds degrees in textile design, costume design, and scene design. Martha studied scene and costume design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy, and has a dual master’s degree in scene and costume design from Carnegie Mellon University. She has held positions in academia, industry, and as a design consultant. She worked as a field researcher with indigenous communities in the Colombian Andes. Her trajectory for the stage includes designs for theater and ballet. In San Antonio, Martha designed sets for the Ballet San Antonio production of The Nutcracker, and costumes for the Alamo Ballet Theatre production of Alice! A Ballet Wonderland. AtticRep, productions include: The Last Day of Judas Iscariot, Fat Pig and True West, She is a frequent costume designer at the North East School of the Arts and Centre College (Kentucky), and professor of design at The Art Institute.
Director, Secrets of a Soccer Mom
Marisela Barrera is a stage director, actor, and writer who co-founded the San Antonio Latino Theatre Alliance, was a 2013 National Association for Latino Arts & Culture Advocacy Leadership Institute Fellow, and serves on the Steering Committee for the Latino Theatre Commons. Barrera has a BFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University and is pursuing a MA/MFA from Our Lady of the Lake University where she is a Quest Graduate Teaching Fellow. Barrera was Artistic Director of the Cara Mia Theatre in Dallas before moving to San Antonio to head the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Theater Program in 2002, where she wrote and directed the world premieres of Milagritos and Ay, Pedro!. Her independent directing projects include Oscuridad, Carpafor, and her newest play, Cuero, La Ruby Red y El Big Bird at Jump-Start; Electricidad and Anna in the Tropics at The Playhouse; Lydia at AtticRep. Her La Chili Queen y El Serrano is on rotation at The Witte Museum, as well. Barrera acted in AtticRep‘s From the Mahabarata and is excited to be back to direct Secrets of a Soccer Mom in 2016. Barrera also has creative nonfiction published through online outlets and is working on a performative nonfiction piece –Home is Where I Wash My Chones– that will premiere in August 2016.
Actress, The Amish Project
Sara Gise could not be more thrilled to work on this beautiful project back in her home town, with a company she so admires! Sarah received a BFA in Acting from the University of Southern California, and currently resides in Chicago working professionally in theatre and film. In 2013, she won the LAWeekly Best Actress Award for her performance in The Belle of Belfast at Ensemble Studio Theatre LA, of which she is a company member. In Chicago, Sarah is a company member with Interrobang Theatre Project, where she has recently performed in Owners and Really Really. She will be assistant directing The North Pool by Rajiv Joseph with the same company in the Spring. She has also worked with Piven Theatre and New American Folk Theatre. She has a role in the independent film, Halfway, starring Quinton Aaron (Big Mike from The Blindside). She’d like to thank her mom and dad, as well as David Connelly for believing in her for all these years!
Actress, Secrets of a Soccer Mom
Maggie Tonra is very excited to be working on her first show with AtticRep. She last appeared at the The Classic Theatre as Raina in Arms and the Man and as Biondello in the Taming of the Shrew. Maggie spends most of her time at MacArthur High School teaching and directing young artists. Maggie graduated from Depaul’s Theatre School, trained in improv at Second City and premiered the original showing of The Ernie Play at Chicago’s Greenhouse Theatre. Her favorite roles include Eliante in The Misanthrope, Lamb in Pintor’s Hothouse and Jo in Boom!.
Anna De Luna
Actress, Secrets of a Soccer Mom
Anna De Luna is an actor, writer and HIV prevention activist. She received her training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, has toured the United States with the National Theater of the Performing Arts and for the American Theater Company in Brussels, Belgium. Anna has performed in leading roles at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in the productions, Milagritos as the Virgen de Guadalupe, Ay Pedro, Posada Majica and Surcos de Oro. In addition, she appeared at the San Pedro Playhouse in the production of Electricidad as Clemencia and in Anna In The Tropics as Conchita for which she received a San Antonio Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama. In 2006 Ms. De Luna wrote/acted and directed her one-woman shows Chicana Atheist which premiered at Teatro Fest and was produced at Say Si Theater in 2008. She recently received a stART Place grant from the City of San Antonio Department of Creative and Cultural Development to produce her solo show The AIDS Lady to educate and encourage HIV testing at various non-traditional community venues. Her new play, My Arab Fall has been performed as a work in progress at Jump-Start Performance Company, Luminaria, and World Theater Day 2014 at Palo Alto College.
Assistant to the Artistic Director
As a sophomore at Trinity University, Tristan Harness is grateful for her opportunity to work so close to the core of a professional theater, and believes in the cultural expansion and discourse that AtticRep brings to San Antonio. Originally from Roseville, California, Tristan is now pursuing her BA in Theater Arts and French at Trinity, where her credits include Amanda Wingfield (The Glass Menagerie), Lucy Brown (The Threepenny Opera), and Conchita (Anna in the Tropics). Tristan also works with Children’s Chorus of San Antonio as a teaching assistant in their Music Together program, and has worked with the Magik Theater as an Education Intern as well. She plans to further strengthen her presence in the theater community of San Antonio as she continues her education.
Katy Silva is the graphic designer and marketing consultant for AtticRep. She also works full time at The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center as the Development and Marketing Manager. Originally from Claremont, California, Katy moved to San Antonio to attend Trinity University on a Baker-Duncan Studio Art Scholarship. She graduated in 2013 with a BA in Studio Art and Art History. She continues her art practice at her studio/gallery space “FLAX ” in the Lone Star Arts District. As an active member in the arts & culture community, Katy serves on the board of The Artist Foundation, and the Millennial Committee of Chamber Orchestra San Antonio. Katy is an advocate for the arts as a means to connect, invigorate, and imagine the future.
Lighting and Sound Technician
Chuck Drew started with AtticREP last season. He has worked in stage and concert lighting, live and studio sound, video: recording, post production, and special effects for over 20 years. Chuck started in Memphis as a free-lance electronics technician for recording studios. In San Antonio he worked for the Witte Museum as the Manager of Exhibits. He now works for Spectrum Lighting as a Lighting Controls Technician. Chuck also owns Tech F/X Unlimited producing custom electronic solutions for the entertainment-education industry. He also consults and installs lighting for art installations including Palo Alto College, Texas Tech University and Houston Hobby Airport.
Director - The Amish Project
David Connelly is pleased to return to AtticRep to work with Sarah on The Amish Project. As an actor, David has performed for AtticRep in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2014 & 2012), American Buffalo,Blackbird and Back of the Throat; he directed True West in both 2015 & 2008. He has worked professionally as an actor, director, producer, playwright, and composer. He has performed on Broadway, at the Festival of Perth, Australia, with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Goodman Theatre, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Utah Shakespearean Festival and San Antonio Public Theatre. David teaches acting at the North East School of the Arts (NESA), where he also directs much of the main stage season. In 2014, The Hollywood Reporter listed NESA eighth among the nation’s top ten high schools for “launchpads for teenage talent.”
Choreographer (dance), 14
Seme Jatib is a Dancer, choreographer and media artist who creates live and cyber performances incorporating different arts such as music, film and media. Her work as been a pioneer in dance for the Internet. Her interactive dance piece for Internet danza-digital had been presented in numerous festivals in Mexico, Canada, Spain and South America. She has been awarded NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant for danza_digital v2.0, which has been reaching international audiences in countries such as Australia, France, Lithuania, Japan and China. She has taught courses in contemporary technique and given converences on dance history at different educational institutions in San Antonio, TX and Mexico, as well as abroad. She currently teaches dance at Saint Mary’s Hall.
Choreographer (aerial), 14
Julia Langenberg is a professional aerial performer, choreographer, and instructor, consistently performing for international companies for nearly 10 years. After dancing on the sides of buildings for 3 years with Blue Lapis Light, Julia became the principal aerialist at SeaWorld San Antonio, where she performed for 3 years above whales and dolphins on silks, lyra, bungee/trapeze, and harness in the shows “VIVA!” and “Azul.” Julia recently completed an international tour with JAR Productions and Cirque du Soleil contacts Julia several times a year to employ her talents for their shows. Locally, Julia’s aerial artistry has been commissioned by Luminaria, the San Antonio Zoo, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Convention Center, TEDx, Nimble Arts, MOTH Poetic Circus, and Cirque Imagination. The Artist Foundation of San Antonio awarded Julia two grants, one for an Original Production and the second was the Tobin Grand Prize for Artistic Excellence. Julia serves as a judge for aerial competitions and she was a finalist in the US Aerial Championships silks division. In addition to her performing career, Julia built an aerial community in San Antonio where none existed before. As the Founding Artistic Director of Aerial Horizon, Julia and her company are known for creating innovative and meaningful art on the ground and in the air with the most highly trained performers in the industry. Aerial Horizon instructs hundreds of students every month and performs regularly for corporate, private, and educational events.
Actress, Secrets of a Soccer Mom
Georgette Lockwood is grateful to be in her second production with AtticRep, last appearing in their production of From the Mahabharata in 2015. She attended Winston Churchill H.S. here in San Antonio before attaining her BA in Acting and Theatre Arts at Boston University. She also had the pleasure of attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art where she studied clowning, movement of all kinds, and Shakespeare. Currently, she is working towards her certification to teach Ashtanga yoga and enjoys cultivating a healthy lifestyle. Some of her favorite roles include the title role in Richard III (L.A.M.D.A.), Clytemnestra in Euripides’ Oresteia (B.U.C.F.A.), Rita in Prelude to a Kiss (Huntington Theatre Co.), and most recently played the title role in Euripides’ Medea (Classic Theatre Co.).
Stephan Gaeth is proud and honored to be a part of this production. As a dancer he is thrilled to learn new styles with new friends, as a performer he is overjoyed to share his love of dance and theater with the audience. He is grateful for his first production with AtticRep and his first at The Tobin Center for Performing Arts. You can find Stephan dancing all over San Antonio.
Mireya G. Donahue
Originally from Quito, Ecuador, Mireya G. Donahue began her early training at Ballet Ecuatoriano de Cámara. She continued her contemporary dance education with pioneers of the genre in Ecuador, including Carlos Cornejo and Susana Reyes. She trained and performed with various independent groups, and was part of Dimensional Dance Media, the resident dance company at Essex College in Baltimore. After taking some time off, Mireya returned to dance as part of the cast of Taller Permanente de Experimentación Escénica at Ballet Euatoriano de Cámara. Mireya completed her B.A. in Psychology at Universidad San Francisco de Quito and her Master’s Degree in Consumer Studies at University of Guelph, Canada. She is currently working towards obtaining her Dance Movement Therapy Certification.