Marisa is pleased to be returning to QDT having previously appeared in Universal Robots, Spell Eternity and Speed of Light. Her most recent project is Great Expectations at Town Hall Theatre which you can catch November 29th through December 16th. She has worked in various capacities as an actor with theaters around the Bay Area including PlayGround, PianoFight, Golden Thread Productions, and CalShakes. Marisa studied at UC Berkeley where she received B.A.s in both Theater and French in May 2016 as well as at the Barrow Group in New York. She also studied Marionette at Université de Bordeaux.
Caitlin is gosh darn excited to be part of her first Quantum Dragon Theatre production. Selected Bay Area theatres include California Shakespeare Theater, TheatreWorks, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Custom Made Theatre, the Breadbox, Cutting Ball Theater, Ragged Wing Ensemble, PlayGround, Los Altos Stage Company, and PianoFight. Currently she is working as an arts educator with several theatre companies across the Bay including SFArtsEd, BACT, Berkeley Interactive Theatre, and LSF. She holds an honors degree in History and a minor in Theatre and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley and is a proud recipient of the 2015-16 TBA TITAN award.
Miranda is thrilled to be making her theatrical debut on the West Coast with Quantum Dragon Theatre. Miranda is a Boston native currently doing a fellowship at the American Conservatory Theater. She graduated with a degree in theater from Sarah Lawrence College in NY and has been teaching and acting professionally since graduating. Selected theater credits include We Have Always Lived in The Castle (Merricat), Peter Pan (Peter), The Mousetrap (Molly), The Graduate (Elaine), Hair (Linda), Marisol (June), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), The Merchant of Venice (Jessica). Miranda aspires to be a grown up Matilda and someday have her own dog.
Kitty has had the fortune of working in the Bay Area as both a performer and a member of production since 2013. She has previously worked with Central Works, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Custom Made, EXIT Theatre, and PianoFight. She is deeply honored to be involved with her third production with Quantum Dragon Theatre and supremely grateful to the production staff and her fellow cast mates for making this such an incredible experience. She hopes all enjoy the show!
Nicholas Wardigo is a Philadelphia-based playwright and novelist who has been confounding audiences and readers since his first production in 2004. He is the recipient of grants from the Pew Fellowships in the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and a nominee for the 2009 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist. Nick’s plays have been produced by such forward-thinking theaters as the MacKnight Foundation (Philadelphia), Plays & Players Theatre, Straw Flower Productions, Philadelphia Theatre Workshop, the Brick Playhouse, the Theater Alliance (Washington, DC), and The Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis). He has received staged readings in lots of other places, including PlayPenn, InterAct Theatre Company, Theatre Exile, Society Hill Playhouse, and Flashpoint Theatre Company. He is also the proud creator, host, editor, and chef on the web series Martinis with Nick, in which, he drinks heavily with local theater artists and talks to them about Philadelphia theater.
Anna Smith is an actor, director, and educator native to the Bay Area. As an actor, Anna has been seen at Bay Area Children's Theatre (TBA Nomination,Beautiful Oops), Town Hall Theatre, and Ray of Light Theatre (SFBATCC Nomination, Assassins). More recently Anna was fortunate enough to work with New York based director/playwright, Morgan Gould, on a reading of her new play Three Fat Sisters as part of Cutting Ball’s Variety Pack reading series. Anna's directing work has been seen at Novato Theater Company and Actors Ensemble of Berkeley. Recently, Anna became a company member with aMios West and is the Executive Producer of Shotz SF where Anna acts, directs, and helps with dramaturgy. Anna is also the founding executive director of The Quinan Street Project - an organization providing accessible arts education to the West Contra Costa Unified School District. www.QuinanStreet.org
Sara Saavedra studied Theatre at Glendale Community College, focusing on acting and music. She transferred to San Francisco State and earned a BA in dramaturgy and play development. She fell into electrics during the tail end of her education and made her light designing debut with QDT’s Ageless and was invited back for Universal Robots. She has also recently designed for PCSF Playoffs (Playwrights Center of San Francisco), and The Importance of Being Earnest (Ninjaz of Drama). In her free time she enjoys swing dancing and karaoke."
Arashi Veronica Cesana
Stage Manager & Props Design
Arashi Veronica Cesana is delighted to join Quantum Dragon Theatre for the first time! You can also find Arashi taking notes as Secretary of the Board for Playwrights Center of San Francisco, tending bar at Magic Theatre, designing and running lights/sound, practicing violin, crafting, and making things happen. Previous productions include Richard III (African American Shakespeare Company); PLAYOFFS 2016/2017/2018, Sheherezade’s Last Tales (PCSF); Suddenly Split and Swiping Over, Six Monsters: A Seven-Monster Play (All Terrain Theater); Ring of Fire, Nunsense (Altarena Playhouse). They would like to thank their husband for making sure they remember what food and sleep are.
Katie Whitcraft is General Manager at Circus Center, working to create a wonderful community space for circus arts training in the Bay Area. Katie grew up in Alaska, where she began her arts career as an intern for the Alaska Theatre of Youth in Anchorage. At the age of 18 she moved to New York to study theatre at New York University, attending studio training at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. She worked on many productions while there, including assistant designing Love’s Labors Lost and Faust Off-Broadway, acting in Savage in Limbo and Macbeth, and producing a set of one-acts Off-Off-Broadway for the Tisch Talent Guild. Katie later moved to Colorado. She continued her career in management, production, and performance roles with notable theatres such as the Wheeler Opera House, Theatre Aspen, and Equinox Theatre. Katie also assisted in the programming and management of the acclaimed Wolfe Theatre Academy at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center for more than five years. At the same time, she earned a Masters degree in nonprofit management from the University of Denver.
Emily Dwyer works as a costume designer at Youth Musical Theater Company and works in the wardrobe department at Marin Theatre Company. She is the fashion designer and lead stylist at AROMA Productions. As a freelance stylist, she works under the name WeMWeM with local artists and performance organizations all over the San Francisco Bay Area. She is currently studying fashion, costume design and dance at City College of San Francisco.
Jackie Dennis has done wig and hair design for productions across the San Francisco Bay Area.
Michael Kelly feels right at home with Quantum Dragon as a fan of Ballard, Bester, and PKD. A multiple TBA award nominee, he recently won the 2018 award for Outstanding Sound Design for Beautiful Oops! at Bay Area Children's Theatre, and is a 2018 recipient for Crowded Fire Theater's Ignite Fund. He heads the audio department at Cal Shakes and is Resident Sound Designer at CCCT, where musical designs include Allegiance, In The Heights, and American Idiot. Recent, current, upcoming: BACT (El Gato Ensombrerado, She Persisted, Gold), Saint Mary's College (Cabaret, Three Sisters), Ferocious Lotus (Two Mile Hollow), Town Hall (Great Expectations), and Zellerbach Playhouse (The House of the Spirits).
Karl Haller emerges from the wilds of Sunol to design and build sets for theatres all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Previous QDT credits include Speed of Light, Spell Eternity, Ageless, and Universal Robots.
Maya Herbsman is a Bay Area raised director, playwright, intimacy choreographer, and teaching artist. She received her BA in theater from Wesleyan University, where she was awarded the Rachel Henderson Memorial prize for excellence in directing. In the Bay Area, she has worked with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Idiot String, We Players, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Z Space, Shotgun Players, Bay Area Children’s Theater, and TheaterFIRST. Recent directing credits include Medusa’s Tale, a radical re-imagining of the myth; Nocturne, a new devised work; and Things I’ll Never Say, an original, immersive jukebox musical. Maya also teaches theater, dance, and creative storytelling to children 3-18 all over the Bay.