CAST

 
Cindy Head

Cindy Head
One

Cindy hails from the bluegrass state of Kentucky, where she earned a BFA in musical theatre performance. She has toured the USA with multiple children’s theatres, and her Bay area performances include such companies as Broadway By the Bay and the Los Altos Stage Company. Favorite roles include: Elaine Harper in Arsenic and Old Lace, Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Little Becky in Two Shoes in Urinetown, and a tour of The Secret Garden with Missoula Children’s Theatre.  

 
Ava Maag

Ava Maag
Karel Capek

Since moving to the Bay Area, Ava has worked with Awesome Theatre in Christian Teen Dolphin-Sex Beach Party (Judy). In her previous life as a Bostonian, she was seen in Hair (Featured Soloist) with Heart and Dagger; Circle Up with Central Square Theatre’s Youth Underground Ensemble; Planet of Warrior-Bunnies (Krista) with Unreliable Narrator; and The Spitfire Grill (Percy) and Guys and Dolls (Ensemble) with Emerson Stage. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College. Ava also coaches dialects and fronts the punk band Femme Fatal.

 
Marisa Darabi

Marisa Darabi
Josephine Capek

Marisa is pleased to be returning to QDT as an actor after having previously  appeared in Spell Eternity and Speed of Light. 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.

Marisa is a proud QDT company member which you can learn more about on the QDT staff page. For upcoming projects, visit www.marisadarabi.com

 
Louel Senores

Louel Senores
Radosh / Radius

Louel is highly enthused to be once again geeking out with the good folks here at Quantum Dragon Theatre, who he last worked with during Ageless, as their stage manager. You may have last seen Louel in The Human Ear (Anton’s Well) or Hedge (PlayGround SF) or maybe even in a diversity training workshop with Berkeley Interactive Theater. When Louel is not doing theater, he can be found wielding sword, shield, and song while fighting epic battles every Sunday with Berkeley Amtgard, or catching Pokémon on his phone. Or managing As You Wish Frozen Yogurt in Albany. To engage full-on stalker mode, check out LouelSenores.com

 
Paul Loper

Paul Loper
T.G. Masaryk

In concerts, performance art, and community-based projects, Paul has worked in 20 countries over 40 years. He danced with Twyla Tharp, the American Dancemachine, Ron Field, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, and ISO (formerly Momix), in two Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies, and has created one- or two-man shows in Seattle, Paris, and London. In 2004 he earned his Ph.D. in Learning and Change in Human Systems. His multi-epistemological Chormmunity workshops, which deepen a group’s self-understanding and creative access, have been conducted in health, education, business, and social justice settings. Local performance work includes SF Playhouse, Cutting Ball, Diablo Theatre Co, Broadway by the Bay, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, the Thrillpeddlers, Ragged Wing, Berkeley Playhouse, Eye Zen Presents, SF Int’l Arts Festival, Pianofight, the Exit, and being a 2016-17 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Fellow.

 

Michaela Greeley
Rossum

Michaela is thrilled to be working for the first time with Quantum Dragon Theatre. She was last seen as Virginia Noyes in It’s Only A Play at the New Conservatory Theatre Center. Other favorite past roles include Sissy in the cult classic Sordid Lives, Polly Wyeth in Other Desert Cities; “A” in Three Tall Women; Maria Callas in Master Class; Diane in The Little Dog Laughed; Old Molly in The Ghost of Molly Malone; and the Balinese grandmother in the world premiere of Rights of Passage. She has appeared at NCTC, Shotgun Players, Custom Made Theatre, Theatre Rhinoceros, Phoenix Theatre, Magic Theatre, The Marsh, KLM, Douglass Morrison Theater, and the Exit Theatre.

 
Dean Koya

Dean Koya
Peroutka

Dean is proudly making his Quantum Dragon Theatre debut in Universal Robots.  While he has lived in the Bay Area for most of his life, he is a relative newcomer to the Bay Area theater scene. He received his B.A. in Psychology from University of California, Santa Cruz and, after almost nine-years in the tech industry, has decided to jump into the world of theater and acting.  He has appeared on stage at SF Playground and Stagebridge; previous credits include TheatreFirst's The Farm and SF Playhouse Sandbox's Non-Player Character.

 
Kitty Torres

Kitty Torres
Helena Rossum

Kitty Torres 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 the Exit Theatre, No Nude Men Productions, Custom Made Theatre, Faultine Theatre, Pianofight, and Central Works, and she is deeply honored to be involved with her second 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!

 
Ellie MacBride

Ellie MacBride
Vaclavek / Sulla

In her ten years in SF, Ellie has done everything except act in plays. She paid for an education in Video Production and Creative Writing at City College of San Francisco while operating an unlicensed underground bar in the Mission District, and spent the last few years helping artists make a living as Patreon's first Community Manager. When she’s not snapping photos of vegan food or helping 6-17 year-olds find their writing voices at 826 Valencia, Ellie produces content and collaborative immersive experiences aimed at making people feel more connected to the world and each other. You can join her mother and ex-boyfriend in becoming her patron to get exclusive access to her published content. Universal Robots will be Ellie’s first staged performance since college, and she's both terrified and overjoyed to join such a talented cast and crew for its West Coast Premiere! 

 
Matt Gunnison

Matt Gunnison
Salda / Baruch

Universal Robots is Matt Gunnison’s second outing with QDT, having appeared in 2017’s production of Spell Eternity as the living and undead forms of the caster Bent. The bulk of Matt’s Bay Area stage work has taken place in San Francisco, where he has worked with Custom Made Theatre Company (The Braggart Soldier, The Merchant of Venice, Candide of California), Killing My Lobster (Learns a Lesson, Reboots, Winter Follies), Thunderbird Theatre Company (Show Down!, Aaah! Rosebud, Release the Kraken, The Las Vega-Nauts), and many others, including Awesome Theatre, PianoFight, Impact Theatre, No Nude Men Productions, Guerrilla Rep, and SF Theater Pub.  He holds a BFA in Theatre from Eastern New Mexico University and is married to SF-based playwright/director Claire Rice. Matt thinks it’s funny that his most critically-acclaimed performance to date was for a role in which he repeatedly slammed a door on his own butt.

 

CREATIVE TEAM

 
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Mac Rogers
Playwright

Mac Rogers is an award-winning playwright based in New York City. His plays include Sovereign (New York Times and Backstage Critic’s Pick), Blast Radius (New York Times Critic’s Pick), Advance Man (Backstage Critic’s Pick and winner of the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Premiere Production), Frankenstein Upstairs (featured in the New York Magazine Approval Matrix and nominated for the NYIT Award for Best Premiere Production), Ligature Marks (CityBeat Critic’s Pick), Asymmetric (produced by Philadelphia’s acclaimed New City Stage Company), Viral (winner of Outstanding Play at FringeNYC 2009 and Best Off-Off Broadway Play from the New York Independent Theater Bloggers), Universal Robots (nominated for four New York Innovative Theatre awards and winner of Best Off-Off Broadway Play from the New York Independent Theater Bloggers), Hail Satan (Outstanding Playwriting Winner at FringeNYC 2007), and Fleet Week: The Musical (co-written with Sean and Jordana Williams; winner of Outstanding Musical at FringeNYC 2005). Mac’s plays have earned acclaim from The New York Times, Backstage, The Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York, New York Post, Flavorpill, io9.com (Gawker Media’s science fiction site), Tor.com, Show Business Weekly, New York Press, BroadwayWorld.com, nytheatre.com, ShowShowdown, and many others. As a professional writer, Mac has contributed columns to Slate.com and New York Magazine’s Vulture site. His science fiction short story “Miss Emily’s Voyage” appears on At Length. Mac currently writes online content for a number of global brands in his role as a Copywriter/Producer with the Brooklyn-based community-building and management firm StellarEngine.

 
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Sam Tillis
Director

Sam Tillis is the Artistic Director of QDT and geek-of-all-genres. You can read in depth about all of his nerdy credits on the QDT staff page.

 

Sara Saavedra
Lighting Design

Michaela Byrne
Stage Manager

Michaela Byrne, Stage Manager and lover of science, is delighted to be making her debut with Quantum Dragon Theatre. Recent stage managing credits include Gangster of Love at the Magic Theatre, Cutting Ball's Mineola Twins, Theatre Rhino's The Call, as well as San Francisco Youth Theatre’s touring production of In and Out of Shadows. When not in the booth, she performs, directs, gardens, and builds things. She has a BFA in Directing from the University of Michigan. She thanks her parents and brother for their love and support.

Sara Saavedra is a transplant from Southern California, specifically Glendale Community College where she originally studied acting and music, to the Bay Area. She went to San Francisco State University and graduated two years ago with a BA in Dramaturgy and Play development. She started doing electrics and lighting as one of the last parts of her educational program and hasn’t stopped yet. She is excited to share this first project as a lighting designer. Universal Robots is her second show with Quantum Dragon Theatre.

Tom O'Brien
Scenic Design

Kathleen Qiu
Costume Design

Kathleen is excited to be making her Quantum Dragon debut with Universal Robots! You can see some of her other work right now with Ferocious Lotus (Two Mile Hollow)! Previously in the Bay Area, she has designed with Foothill College (A Midsummer’s Night Dream), Dragon Productions (Insignificance, Cirque Exotique du Monde), Pear Theatre (Enemy of the People), Custom Made Theatre Co (The House of Yes, How I Learned to Drive), SF Playhouse (You Mean to Do Me Harm), and Palo Alto Players (The Graduate), among others. Her credits also include In the Heights, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pirates of Penzance, Steve Martin’s The Underpants, Dracula, War of the Worlds, and Picture Imperfect, among others, with a variety of theatres in Tallahassee and Chicago. She would like to thank the production team for this opportunity and her family and friends for their continued support.

Tom O'Brien is a San Francisco-based designer who has designed sets and properties for stage and still photography for many years. Some of the productions he has been involved in are Arturo UiEmilieAnything Goes, and How I Learned To Drive.

Miles Callan
Props Design

Miles Callan is a graphic and industrial designer who apprenticed at Italdesign Giugiaro, designers of every nerds' dream car: the DeLorean DMC-12. He's worked with clients worldwide in the creation of furniture, consumer products, and even a locomotive paint scheme. His passion for clean, timeless design with a nod towards cyberpunk, dieselpunk, and Art Deco has led Miles to professionally building scale models of locomotives, structures, and other vehicles under the handle “The Weathering Man.” Miles loves finding various relics from the machine age and fixing them up- be they brass locomotives, old telephones, or automobiles. His other main interest is the discovery of webcomics and graphic novels.

Sara Witsch
Sound Design

Sara Witsch is a practitioner of the art of sound and noise. Her most recent adventures in sound for theatre include Cutting Ball Theater’s production of Mineola TwinsLe Switch at NCTC, and Dryland at Shotgun Players. You can catch her next at SF Playhouse's Sandbox Series in the show Washed Up On the Potomac. She is also Production Manager for SoundPlay.Media, where she hopes to create the most absurd sound art. You can listen to her sound design, directing, and voice acting in the Bare Wire Theatre Podcasts with SoundPlay.Media. Sara hopes you enjoy the noise!