Current Ovation Rules Committee
Allison graduated from UCLA’s theatre department, and began her career as an actor and dancer before moving into directing, choreographing and intimacy directing. Favorite credits include directing Around the World in 80 Days (North Coast Rep, The Matrix, and ICT – LA Times Critic’s Choice), choreographing The Who’s Tommy (LADCC nomination – she proudly lost to Andy Blankenbuehler), assistant choreographing Xanadu on Broadway, and dancing at The Hollywood Bowl with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. She is a Garland Award winner and a two time LA Weekly Award nominee. Allison has studied intimacy direction for theatre, film and television with three companies in three countries, and is Mental Health First Aid Certified. She has also executive produced two TV movies for Hallmark. Allison@AllisonBibicoff.com www.AllisonBibicoff.com
Casey Stangl – DirectorCasey Stangl has been an ORC member since 2014, and she also serves on the Executive Board of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers as the Western Region representative. Casey has directed for theaters across the country including American Conservatory Theater, The Guthrie Theater, Denver Center, the Humana Festival, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Portland Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, Arizona Theater Company and Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Locally Casey works frequently with South Coast Repertory, including the recent hit Venus in Fur, the Falcon Theater, and Antaeus Company, where her productions of Peace in our Time and The Curse of Oedipus have won numerous awards. As a Fellow at AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women Casey directed C U @ ED’S, a short film that has screened at 21 film festivals and won several awards. Her web series Trudy O’Reilly Consumer Rights Advocate can be seen on trudyoreilly.com.
Cricket Myers – Sound DesignerOn Broadway, Cricket earned a Tony Nomination and a Drama Desk Award for her design of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Off Broadway designs include The Marvelous Wonderettes. She has also designed regionally at La Jolla Playhouse, The Ahmanson, The Mark Taper Forum, Berkley Rep, Arena Stage, South Coast Rep, The Kirk Douglas Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, and the Geffen Theater. Other selected L.A. designs include NoHo Arts Center, Ghost Road Theater Company, The Celebration Theater, Ford Amphitheater, The Colony Theatre and Circle X. She has earned 16 Ovation nominations, as well as winning The Kinetic Lighting Award for Sustained Achievements in Sound Design, an LADCC and a Garland Award.
Eric Sims – Theatre ManagerEric Sims is the Director of Theatre Operations for the Kirk Douglas Theatre- the newest and most intimate of Center Theatre Group’s (CTG) three venues. In this role, he oversees all day to day venue operations- including front of house, facility management, community relations, special events and more. He is also responsible for booking and coordinating all outside rentals of the venue and acts as in-house producer for all rental events and productions. Previously, he worked in CTG’s Marketing Department as the Interactive Production Manager – responsible for print & online direct marketing campaigns for all three venues. He was also the Managing Director of the Powerhouse Theatre in Santa Monica, CA- where he oversaw the production of numerous critically acclaimed productions including the West Coast Premiere of A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant- directed by Alex Timbers. He is currently the President of the Culver City Downtown Business Association- which oversees marketing, maintenance, and advocacy programs for the small business community of Downtown Culver City.
Jen Albert is an actor, producer and an award winning fight choreographer. She also serves at the Managing Director and Resident Fight Choreographer for The School of Night theatre company. She is an emeritus company member of Babes with Blades, Chicago’s first all-female stage combat theatre company. She is currently a faculty member of Art of Acting – the Conservatory of Stella Adler in Hollywood where she teaches stage combat. Some LA theatre companies Jen has also had the pleasure of working with are Theatre of NOTE, Coeurage Theatre, The Road, The Vagrancy, Celebration, Broads’ Word Ensemble and The Production Company. Jen is a recipient of an LADCC award for Fight Choreography for Punch and Judy and also a Stage Raw Award recipient in the same category for Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood. Favorite roles as an actor include: Zenocrate in Klingon Tamburlaine (SON), Kate in Fifty Shades of Shrew, Inez in Women w/o Walls (both Broads’ Word Ensemble), Poison Inniman in Action Movie the Play (Defiant Theatre) Gwen in Fifth of July (The Production Company).
Jer Lelliott – Producer/Actor/DirectorJer is the founding artistic director of Coeurage Theatre Company where she has overseen more than 30 mainstage productions. Directing highlights for the company include Romeo & Juliet, Andronicus, The Woodsman, and Vieux Carré. She has acted in several Coeurage productions including Assassins and most recently The Pitchfork Disney. Lelliott has appeared in productions at The Pasadena Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Independent Shakespeare Company, The Chance Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, and Disney on Broadway, among many others, and she has acted in several productions with MainStreet Theatre Company in Rancho Cucamonga. Lelliott holds a BFA in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and an MFA in acting from California State University Fullerton.
Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx is an Ovation Award nominated director and serves as Director of Cultural Programming at A Noise Within Theatre. He recently served as Associate Producer of Skylight Theatre and as Artistic Assistant at East West Players. He has been on the California Arts Council and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission grant review panels. Muñoz-Proulx is on the Latinx Theatre Commons National Advisory Committee, and he held the position of Vice Chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights for five years. He is a script nominator for the Kilroy List, advocating for gender parity in theatre by championing new plays by women and transgender writers of color. Muñoz-Proulx was elected to the 2017 Emerging Arts Leaders Los Angeles Leadership Council, where he served as Programming Committee Co-Chair. He has also worked with Center Theatre Group, Boston Court Theatre, 24th Street Theatre, Playwrights’ Arena, Pacific Resident Theatre, Chalk Rep, EST/LA, Bootleg Theater, Watts Village Theatre Company and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Recent credits include One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Ovation Award, Lighting Design) and How We’re Different From Animals (Stage Raw Award, Best Adaptation). Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Southern California, School of Dramatic Arts, where he has served as adjunct faculty to the MFA in Acting program.
Lewis Wilkenfeld – Director
Lewis Wilkenfeld is the former Artistic Director of Cabrillo Music Theatre in Thousand Oaks, CA, and has over 35 years of experience in the theatre. He has directed twenty CMT shows during the last nineteen years, including recent productions of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Oklahoma!, Mary Poppins, Bye Bye Birdie, and The Sound of Music. Additional directorial credits: nine productions for the Musical Theatre Guild in Los Angeles, six for the Welk Resort in Escondido, and productions at Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, Musical Theatre West in Long Beach and Theatre Under the Stars, in Houston, TX. Lewis’ past experiences include casting for film and television, and teaching audition and acting technique in Southern California and around the country. Lewis’ proudest “productions” are the two he shares with his wife, Serena: daughter Melody and son Jesse.
Marco Gomez – Producer/Director
A recent member of the LA STAGE Alliance Board of Governors, Mr. Gomez acts as a liaison between the Board of Directors and the Ovations Rules Committee. Mr. Gomez is an award winning director (BroadwayWorld, LA Weekly, NAACP, etc) in Los Angeles for his work with DOMA Theatre Co and a seasoned Broadway producer (recent credits – An Act of God, Matilda, On Your Feet, The Color Purple). Currently overseeing multiple real estate developments, film productions and theatre productions, Mr. Gomez continues his work to develop intimate theatre and bring new works to life. Most recently, Mr. Gomez has begun the development and design of a performance center that is geared to showcase new works, revivals, dance performance and touring productions. He looks forward to working with the Ovation Rules Committee and the theater community at large.
Mark McClain Wilson – Actor/Director/Sound Designer/WriterMark McClain Wilson has worked extensively across Los Angeles area as an actor, director, and sound designer the last 15 years and has been lucky enough to work with a broad range of companies including The Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Rogue Machine Theatre, Boston Court, Highways Performance Space, The Bootleg Theatre, Sacred Fools, Theatre of Note, Theatre Dybbuk, Son of Semele, Celebration Theatre, The Lounge Theatre, The MET Theatre, Syzygy Theatre, Theatre Banshee, The Elephant Theatre, Vox Humana, Nautilus Milkshake, and Cathedral Productions. His work in acting and design have garnered two Ovation Award nominations and two L.A. Weekly Award nominations.
Peter James Smith- ActorPeter James Smith has been a member of the Los Angeles theatre community for over 20 years. He has worked as an actor with A Noise Within, Skylight Theatre Company, Open Fist Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre LA, Moving Arts, Son of Semele Ensemble, Celebration Theatre, Playwrights’ Arena, Playwrights 6, Theatre Geo, Cornerstone Theater Company, The Actors’ Gang, East West Players, Geffen Playhouse and Garry Marshall Theatre. Theatrically, he has also worked as an actor, writer and director in San Diego, Solana Beach, Costa Mesa, La Jolla, New York and Washington, D.C. In addition to his theater work, he works extensively as an actor in TV, film and commercials.
Rob is a proud member of the Antaeus Theatre Company, as well as the Troubadour Theater Company. Recent theater credits include Apple Season (Moving Arts), Sucker Punch (Coeurage Theatre Company), Julius Weezer (Troubadour Theater Company) and The Judas Kiss (Boston Court Pasadena) Film includes: Blonde, The 11th Green, Paper Tiger, To Hell and Gone, Safety, and Bad Samaritan. Television includes: Dynasty, NCIS: New Orleans, Little Fires Everywhere, Modern Family, and The Librarians. Education: Northwestern University. robnagle.com
Tracey A. Leigh – Actress/DirectorAn Obie Award and NAACP Theatre Award-winning actor, Tracey has appeared regionally at American Conservatory Theatre, The Guthrie, The Old Globe, The National Theatre, The Denver Center and Arena Stage, among many others, and Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop, Soho Rep, Signature Theatre, P.S.122 and La Mama ETC. In Southern California, she has performed several times at South Coast Repertory, as well as with Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara, Shakespeare Center LA, MainStreet Theatre Company, Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble, The Theatre @ Boston Court and Ensemble Studio Theatre LA, where she was previously Co-Artistic Director.