J.R. Yancher, artistic director
J.R. Yancher has traversed the country for the last 10 years training and working as an actor and director. His theaters of employ have included Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Victory Gardens, Pacific Conservatory Theater, Capital Stage, Seattle Immersive Theater, Ten Chimneys and Davis Shakespeare Festival amongst others. On camera, J.R. has worked on Internet, Regional and Nationa Commercials as well as short films. He holds a BFA in Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts, and an AA in Acting from The Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts. He is a founder of OG Theater in Seattle which focuses on producing original theater that is accessible and affordable for all. J.R. served as the community outreach manager for Davis Shakespeare Festival during their 2016 season. He is a board member for the Empire Arts Collective in Sacramento and the Artistic Director of Bike City Theatre Company.
Sarah Marsh Krauter, PH.D., literary manager
Sarah is a dramaturg, theorist, and teacher. Recently a faculty member of Cornish College of the Arts she provided dramaturgical support for productions of URINETOWN and TOP GIRLS. A graduate of the University of Washington’s Theatre History and Dramatic Criticism Ph.D., her research focuses on how emerging technologies are registered in dramatic literature. She is the recipient of the U.W. School of Drama’s Michael Quinn Writing Prize for her work in critical theory. Her writing and reviews have been published in North Eastern Theater Journal and The Journal of Dramatic Theater and Criticism. She holds an M.A. in Text and Performance from King’s College, London in association with The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and a B.A. in Costume Design from San Francisco State University. Locally, Sarah has worked with Sacramento Theater Company and C.S.U. Sacramento, and now serves as the Literary Manager for Bike City Theatre Company.
Philomena Block is an actress, singer, writer, and comedian originally from Santa Cruz, CA. She holds two degrees with honors from CSU Chico, a B.A. in Musical Theatre and a B.A. in Psychology. She is trained in Improv, Sketch, and Stand Up Comedy. She has performed throughout Northern California at the Jewel Theatre (Santa Cruz), Berkeley Playhouse, Cabrillo Stage (Aptos), Los Altos Stage Company, and Davis Shakespeare Festival. She currently works as a Marketing Assistant for a national construction company and is head of Marketing and the Sketch Writers Group at Bike City Theatre Company.
Melissa Cunha, company manager
Melissa is a local actor and stage manager. She was a founding member of Millennial Theater and has collaborated with them for the past three seasons. She also has been working on theatre productions throughout the department at UCD - most recently in the role of Richard in Shakespeare’s Richard III. Other credits at UCD include Elements and Evelyn in The Shape of Things. She served as the assistant stage manager for Davis Shakespeare Festival’s 2016 season. Melissa is a recent graduate from UCD with a B.A. in Dramatic Arts and Film Studies.
Johnny is an actor, vocalist, lyricist, composer, and writer. Johnny has worked in education for over four years teaching elementary school choral programs and as a counselor for Students in Prevention. He worked as a counselor and music director for DSE’s Camp Shakespeare. He also serves as an assistant director with Davis Kids Klub. Most recently, he worked with Davis Shakespeare Ensemble as an actor and instrumentalist playing in their pits. He plays guitar, piano, bass, mandolin, and drums. He just recently finished writing his first full length musical entitled “Throats”. Johnny has studied at Sacramento State where he has earned his BA with a music concentration.
John R. Lewis, Casting Director
John is an actor, director, vocalist, writer, lyricist, and teacher from the East Bay Area. He is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association, and has been nominated for both Theatre Bay Area Awards and Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Circle Awards. John has performed locally with the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, as well as with the American Conservatory Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, Marin Theater Company, Marin Shakespeare Theater, San José Stage Company, New Orleans Shakespeare Festival, and several others. John has directed for the New Conservatory Theatre Center, the Playwright’s Center of San Francisco, and The (SF) Rocky Horror Show, worked as the Associate Producer for the Playwright’s Foundation, and currently serves on Marin Theater Company’s season planning committee. He studied at Southern Oregon University in Ashland and spent one season in repertory with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Alicia Hunt has worked as a producer, director, and actor nationwide since 2004. She can be seen in a number of major motion pictures alongside Academy Award winners and nominees such as Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Ryan Reynolds, Jessica Hecht, and Genevieve Bujold, among others. She acted in and helped make “Campito Kids” - a 2017 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection and homegrown film about the lives of Yolo County migrant farm workers’ children. She appeared Off-Broadway in “Good” at the Tribeca PAC and in a Central Park production of “The Tempest” in which she played Miranda. Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel selected her to join the cast of “A Civil War Christmas” at the Tony Award-winning Huntington Theatre where she appeared alongside Emmy winner Uzo Aduba. Alicia has produced films, plays, a music video, and an ever-growing resume as an arts educator, having taught at Boston University and at theatres across the nation, including local favorites Sacramento Theatre Company and the B Street Theatre - having performed at the latter a sold-out, 5-time extended run of the one-woman show “Grounded” to great critical and local acclaim. She hails from Davis (getting her start at Acme Theatre Company and DMTC) and was delighted to come home to direct Acme’s recent summer production of “The Odyssey.” She is currently working on a virtual reality project at UC Davis, and having a great deal of fun working in her hometown with the upstart artists at Bike City Theatre, where she serves as a resident director, educator, and member of the Spokes improv troupe.
Heidi Voelker, technical director
Heidi Voelker is currently Assistant Technical Director at California Shakespeare Theatre Company. She has scenic designed at Humboldt State University and Folsom Lake College, as well as projection designed at the former and Davis High School. Heidi graduated with a BA in theatre and a BS in cellular molecular biology from Humboldt State University.