Iu-Hui Chua choreographs, performs, directs, and devises physical theater, dance, and video performance. She has presented her work at the SF International Arts Festival, Apature, Asian American Dance Performances, San Francisco Art Institute, ODC, Yugen Presents, Somafest (L.A.), Highways Performance Space (L.A.), Sea Ranch and site-specific locations in North America, Asia and Europe. She’s been a company member with Anna Halprin, Ledoh and Salt Farm, Dandelion Dancetheater, Headmistress, Plaza, and Labayen Dance, and has created several award winning dance films including “All flesh is grass” with Terre Parker, and “Nexus” with Christine Germain. Recently, she has been a resident artist at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside and The Garage in San Francisco and has received support and funding for her work from Theatre Bay Area’s CA$H Grant, Puffin Foundation Ltd., the Consortium for Women and Research, and the UC Davis Institute for Theater, Dance and Performance.
Robert Ernst is a co-founder of the Berkeley-based Blake Street Hawkeyes and the Iowa Theater Lab. He has had the fortune to be a guest artist at CTE for the last ten years. He teaches creative writing of all kinds with a focus on play- writing. He has a BA from the U. of Iowa and was involved in the MFA Writer’s Workshop program there. He also was on staff at the U. of Iowa in the Center for the New Performing Arts dept., where he was a co-founder of the Iowa Theater Lab, a Jerzy Growtowski-influenced physical theater company.
Robert has performed on all stages, big & small in his 42 years in the Bay area. Other selected stage roles include: The Time of Your Life
at ACT and Seattle Rep., Speed of Darkness
and People’s Temple
at Berkeley Rep, Red State
at The S.F. Mime Troupe, Play Land
and The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite
at The Magic Theater.
His own original work, Catherine’s Care
was nominated for a Critic’s Circle award for Best Play. Robert’s own pocket opera, The John
, was picked for Best of the Year Series by the Bay Guardian. He received Dramalogue awards for Best Director and Best Production for Tokens
. Robert performed non-stop, according to The Guiness Book of World Records rules, for twenty-four hours and one minute. He is a member of the band, Smooth Toad.
Gus Heagerty was the 2010-2011 William R. Kenan Directing Fellow at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. He is a Washington, DC based director. He spent three seasons working at The Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC, assisting over ten productions. He has worked with some of the world’s foremost directors including Michael Kahn, Jonathan Munby and Maria Aitken. He has worked at many theatres across the country including Playwright’s Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Studio Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Gus is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Stephanie Hunt is an actor, director, and teacher. She is a company member of Word for Word, the company that creates new theater based on verbatim performance of short stories. With the company, she has originated roles in stories by Upton Sinclair, Angela Carter, Tobias Wolff, Andrew Sean Greer, Susan Glaspell, and Virginia Woolf. Also, Stephanie has acted at the Magic Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Encore Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Campo Santo, and was a company member of the improv group Pulp Playhouse. Stephanie has directed two productions with Conservatory Theatre Ensemble: Sideways Stories from Wayside School, and Helen on 86th Street, which was paired with Tobias Wolff’s Bullet in the Brain. The C.T.E production of Bullet in the Brain was the basis and inspiration for Word for Word’s professional award-winning production of the same story, which the SF Chronicle called one of the ten best productions of 2002. An Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, Stephanie teaches voice and text as part of ACT’s intensive workshop Back to the Source, and is teaching voice this summer in the Summer Training Congress. She teaches acting and voice at the University of San Francisco.
Julia McNeal -
is an award-winning actress who appeared in numerous theater and film productions in New York and Los Angeles before making the Bay Area her home 11 years ago. Local credits include: SF Playhouse, Marin Theatre Company, Porchlight, TheatreFirst, Center Reperatory Company, Pacific Alliance Theatre, First Person Singular, PlayGround (company member), among others. Coming up: Sam Shepard’s Lie of the Mind
at the Magic Theatre. Some favorite roles: Alma in Summer and Smoke
, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire
; Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?;
Kate, in Old Times.
Film and TV credits include: Hal Hartley’s The Unbelievable Truth
, and Law and Order
. She is trained in Linklater Voice Technique, Meisner Technique and various other modalities which she brings to her classes at CTE. She also teaches a distinct technique for Playing Multiple Characters at The Marsh theatre and privately. Julia is a graduate of Dartmouth College. www.juliamcnealarts.com
Julianna Rees (Director, Shakespeare, Audition, Acting, Directing) is an Equity actor and attended Crossroads School for the Performing Arts in Santa Monica as a music major, graduating summa cum laude. At Crossroads, she performed an improv show under the direction of Paul Sills of Second City, and toured the Los Angeles area and Hawaii with an A Cappella octet. She received her BA from UC Berkeley. While there, she worked with Romanian director Adrian Giurgia and Israeli director David Zinder, and performed in many main stage productions. As part of her studies, Julianna attended l’Universite de Paris IV where she studied semiotics and philosophy. Julianna began her professional acting career with the California Shakespeare Festival and went on to perform with the Sacramento Theatre Company, Shakespeare Festival Los Angeles, Moguls Theatre, CentralWorks, Marin Theatre Company, and was a guest artist with WordsFirst Theatre Company. Favorite roles include Polly in The Beggars’ Opera
, Kleonike in Lysistrata
. Alex in On the Verge
, Viola, Olivia and Feste in Twelfth Night
(L.A. Weekly Pick of the Week), and Raisa in Jar the Floor
, directed by Bob Devin Jones. Julianna has taught both privately and in schools for twenty-five years.
She has directed at Marin Theatre Company, Ross Valley Players, and Redwood High’s Epic Theatre Co. For four years Julianna taught Making Connections
at Marin Country Day School. She has been a guest artist for seventeen years at Tamalpais High School’s Conservatory Theatre Ensemble, teaching Shakespeare and Directing, and coaching students in preparation for auditions. She has coached students into acting programs at Guild Hall London, LAMDA, BU, Cal Arts, USC, Evansville, UNCSA, Emerson, Cornish, Harvard, American Repertory Theatre, Asolo, University of Michigan, and DePaul. While at Tam she has directedTwelfth Night
, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
, Much Ado About Nothing
, The Rimers of Eldritch
, Blood Wedding
, Under Milk Wood
, Dogg’s Hamlet/Cahoot’s Macbeth
and others. Julianna is also a member of Actor’s Equity Association. She is married to Ben Cleaveland, and is the mother of Rees and Ella Rose who keep her busy and entertained at all times.
Regina Saisi is a San Francisco-based actor and improviser. She has taught at ACT, CTE, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, UC Santa Cruz and KAUST in Saudi Arabia and has performed internationally in Belgium, Holland, Italy, Finland, France, Sweden, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. A pioneer in the development of long-form improv, she is a founding member of the improvisational theatre companies Improv Playhouse of San Francisco, True Fiction Magazine, Pulp Playhouse, and is a Company member of BATS Improv where she is currently the Dean.
Eliza Mantz is an actor, designer, and CTE alum, currently studying Theater, Dance, & Media and African American Studies at Harvard College. She has also studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Moscow Art Theatre in Russia, Powerhouse Theatre, and Carnegie Mellon University. At Harvard, she is on the student theatre board, where she facilitates the 60+ show season, teaches new student designers, leads social justice initiatives, and works with the American Repertory Theater. Selected Harvard acting credits include Measure for Measure (Isabella), Noises Off (Poppy), School for Lies (Eliante).
Trevor Guyton is an actor currently pursuing a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville. Selected credits in UE productions include Macbeth, A Streetcar Named Desire, and the world premiere of Kill Local by Matt Smart. Trevor has acted professionally with Labor Fest San Francisco and Inferno Theatre as well as multiple film projects around the Bay Area in his years growing up here.
Monica Norcia Bio
Monica works as a therapeutic voice teacher in San Rafael, helping students improve their voices and address vocal problems by weaving together classic vocal techniques with body and energy-centered modalities, such as the Alexander Technique, yoga-inspired movement and Reiki. As a youth music director and voice coach she has done more “Annie’s” than she can count, notably at Del Mar, Brookside and Marin Horizon schools; “Alice: Tales of a Curious Girl” and a musical “Mother Courage” at Tam High’s CTE, and “Most Happy Fella” with NTC, among many others, and “Children of Eden” and “Big” at Stapleton. As a performer, Monica enjoys concert work and has been featured at both the North Beach and Jack London Square Italian festivals as well as private fund-raisers. She has been seen at NTC as Christmas Past in an original “Christmas Carol,” the Countess in “A Little Night Music,” Amalia Balash in “She Loves Me” and as Gwendolyn Pigeon in “The Odd Couple.” She also enjoyed playing the Fairy Godmother in Stapleton Theater’s “Cinderella.” She was often seen on stage at the Altarena Theater in Alameda, and has music directed shows at Masquers and Contra Costa Musical Theater. She is an AmSat-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and a Level 2 Reiki practitioner.