THE CURRENT COMMITTEE
Lindsay is an associate producer at Center Theatre Group and has served on CTG’s artistic staff in varying capacities for the past ten years. Lindsay also serves as the artistic coordinator for CTG’s Sherwood Award. She was also co-artistic director of the Elephant Theatre Company (2004-2014) where she directed numerous world premieres and West Coast premieres.
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.
Mireya (Murry) Hepner has been the Artistic Director/Producer of The MainStreet Theatre Company since its inception in 2006. Before that, she spent many years working on Broadway, Off Broadway, in Regional Theatre, and on the road, working on diverse projects in various capacities. Some past favorites include Lapine and Sondheim’s Passion (stage manager, original workshop & Broadway), Anna Deavere Smith’s House Arrest (Coordinating Producer: Arena Stage), The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Production Manager, Universal Amphitheatre, L.A.) and touring the U.S. and Australia with legendary mime Marcel Marceau (Company Manager), among many, many others. She has a BA in Theatre from UCLA, trained as a stage manager at the London Academy of Music and Drama, and as an Arts Manager in the MFA program at Brooklyn College.
Tracey A. Leigh
An 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.
Jer is the founding artistic director of Coeurage Theatre Company where he has overseen more than 30 mainstage productions. Directing highlights for the company include Romeo & Juliet, Andronicus, The Woodsman, and Vieux Carré. He 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 he 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.
On 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.
Artistic Associate/Casting Director
Phyllis Schuringa is the Artistic Associate and Casting Director at the Geffen Playhouse. Recent work at the Geffen includes THE NIGHT ALIVE, SWITZERLAND, THE POWER OF DUFF and the upcoming BAD JEWS. Last season THE COUNTRY HOUSE, which she cast along with David Caparelliotis and Kelly Gillespie moved to Broadway. For the Boston Court, she just completed the cast for SHIV, due to run this summer. Before moving to Los Angeles, Phyllis was the Casting Director for Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago where her favorites include the original productions of Frank Galati’s adaptation of THE GRAPES OF WRATH, Steve Martin’s PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE and Austin Pendleton’s ORSONS SHADOW. She teaches auditioning at Steppenwolf West and is a member of the Casting Society of America and has been a member of the Ovation Rules Committee since 2011.
Eric 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.
Peter James Smith
Peter 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.
Casey Stangl is a new ORC member, appointed in February 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.
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.
Mark McClain Wilson
Mark 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.