Ruff Yeager | Founding Member
Directing: She-Rantulas from Outer Space – in 3D!, Bent, Friends of Dorothy (Diversionary Theatre); [sic], Bronze (Sledgehammer Theatre); American Buffalo, Medea, Come Back to the 5-and Dime, Jimmy Dean (Compass Theatre); The Threepenny Opera, Cuatro Corridos (UCSD School of Music); Brooklyn Boy, The Sunshine Boys (Scripps Ranch Theatre); The Man Who Came to Dinner (Coronado Playhouse); Prom Night, Trevor, A Man of His Word (Playwrights Project); Macbeth, Night of the Iguana, The Laramie Project, RENT, Balm in Gilead, Twelve Angry Men, You Can’t Take it With You (Southwestern College). Produced Plays: She-Rantulas from Outer Space – in 3D! (New York International Fringe Festival), Bronze (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award), Friends of Dorothy, Oedipus in the Tragicomic Bathtub, Cool as We Fly, Dance on the Sun, Come to Life! Not-So-Tiny Tim’s Great Big Musical. www.ruffyeager.com
Will Cooper | Founding Member
Will Cooper is a playwright based in San Diego and Chicago. His plays Book of Leaves and Jade Heart received acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Jade Heart was last produced at San Diego’s Moxie Theatre in 2014. Will is a member of the Dramatists Guild and has been a Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists since 2006. A founding partner of The Roustabouts, his drama Margin of Error is opening for previews on April 19th and run through May 7th.
Phil Johnson | Founding Member
Phil Johnson played in Les Miserables on Broadway & on tour; the Canadian production of Sunset Boulevard; & the first national company of Miss Saigon. Last year at the NY Fringe Festival he performed in his original comedy She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D!, co-written with Ruff Yeager for Diversionary Theatre, and since published by Stage Rights LA. He is a two-time winner of the San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Award for acting, for Midsummer Night’s Dream at Intrepid Shakespeare Company, and The Man Who Came to Dinner at Coronado Playhouse. Theatres include: North Coast Rep (Spelling Bee, Don’t Dress for Dinner), Old Globe (How the Grinch…), Cygnet (Mistakes Were Made, Pageant), South Coast Rep, and San Diego Rep. Original works: Withering Heights (co-written with Omri Schein); Hound of the Baskervilles; Say Cheese (L.A. Dramalogue award, co-writer); Music, Mistletoe & Madness (co-written with Matt Thompson & Rayme Sciaroni); and ‘Casa del Haha with Señor Phil’, and A Jewish Joke (co-written with Marni Freedman), which is on tour this year in Chicago (Victory Gardens Theatre), New York (United Solo Fest), as well as several regional venues (info at www.ajewishjoke.com)
Omri Schein is a bicoastal writer and performer. With James Olmstead he has written the scores for Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist (NYMF 2013 Winner for Excellence in Lyric Writing), the upcoming Mambo Italiano based on the film of the same name, and Bed Fellas!. Omri also wrote the lyrics for The Toxic Avenger: Christmas Chaos, a spin off of the off-broadway hit. As a performer Omri was most recently seen playing numerous roles for Jason Alexander in When You’re In Love, The Whole World Is Jewish, and as Barfee for Intrepid Theatre Company's production of...Spelling Bee. MFA in Musical Theatre, SDSU. For more information: www.omri-schein.com
Monique Gaffney was last seen as Wiletta in Trouble in Mind at MOXIE Theatre. San Diego credits: Hoodoo Love (Mo’olelo), Much Ado About Nothing, All’s Well That Ends Well (Globe For All), The Tragedy of the Commons, The Piano Lesson, Man from Nebraska, Yellowman (Craig Noel Award) (Cygnet), Clybourne Park, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, Doubt (San Diego REP), Heddatron, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Raisin in the Sun (ion theatre), Brownie Points (Lamb’s Players), Medea (Craig Noel Award) and I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me By a Young Lady from Rwanda (Patté Award) (6th @ Penn Theatre), Gibson Girl, Blue Bonnet Court (MOXIE), and Gee’s Bend, The African Company Presents Richard III (North Coast Rep). New York credits: Mamba’s Daughters and American Silents. UCSD (BA), Columbia University (MFA). AEA, SAG-AFTRA
Directing Credits: North Coast Repertory Theatre: Fallen Angels; Broken Glass; Educating Rita; Glorious; Don’t Dress For Dinner; Relatively Speaking; Importance of Being Earnest; Travesties; An American Daughter; The Sum of Us; Blithe Spirit; Corpse; Rough Crossing; Chekov in Yalta. San Diego Repertory Theatre: Bad Dates. Cygnet Theatre: Atwater, Fixin’ to Die. Renaissance Theatre: Caretaker (San Diego Critics Circle Award). Compass Theatre: Three Days of Rain. Fritz Theatre: Vigil. Hahn Cosmopolitan Theatre: Marvin's Room. Diversionary Theatre: Marriage Bed; Happy Endings are Extra; Twilight of the Golds; Beautiful Thing; Wrinkles; Another American; Asking and Telling; Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde; Breaking The Code; Lot's Daughters. Chequamegon Children’s Theatre: Founding Artistic Director. 28 years of Broadway musicals with more than 60 kids annually, rehearsed and presented in 3 weeks.
Kate Rose Reynolds is pleased to be returning to the San Diego stage. Locally, she was last seen in Arcadia at the Cygnet Theatre, and Lot’s Daughters at the Diversionary Theatre. Recent New York City credits include MindFlood (Torrent Theater Company) and Mario Fratti’s The Academy (Theatre for the New City). Regional credits include PlayOffs! (Playwright’s Center of San Francisco); Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Black Comedy, Mary’s Wedding, Private Lives, and the world premiere of The Cookie Fight (Bristol Valley Theatre); Noises Off! (Cohoes Music Hall). She also stars in the independent horror film Soul To Keep, currently in post-production. She is a member of the acclaimed San Francisco sketch comedy group Killing My Lobster. You can find her at www.katerosereynolds.com
Joel Miller is honored to be a part of the Roustabout’s inaugural production of this World Premier play. Regional credits include San Diego Repertory Theatre: Sex With Strangers (u/s Ethan), Violet (Ensemble, swing); Ion Theatre: The Normal Heart (Bruce). Other credits include local TV spots for Kearny Mesa Infinity and KPTV News (Portland, OR); Ocean Beach Theatre Co: Avenue Q (Nicky), Godspell in Concert (Jesus), Next to Normal (Dan). Many thanks to the amazingly talented cast, crew, and production team for making this work of art come to life on the beautiful Lyceum stage.
Credits include BROADWAY; Chicago (Velma Kelly) INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL TOURS; West Side Story (Consuelo), Chicago (Velma, Dance Captain), A Chorus Line (Morales, Cassie, Sheila, Val), BROADWAY WORKSHOPS: Poet Matador (Alma), Like Water For Chocolate (Gertrudis) at Sundance Institute at White Oak; REGIONAL THEATRE: Manifest Destinitis, In The Heights, The Women, Real Women Have Curves at The San Diego REP, El Henry, The Who’s Tommy, Figaro Gets A Divorce at The La Jolla Playhouse, Dames At Sea, Fox On The Fairway At North Coast Rep; TV: Recurring Role on “As The World Turns” (Chardonnay), “Law And Order : SVU” (Featured) - NBC, “Broadway On Broadway”- CBS, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, CBS MORNING SHOW. Roxane has an M.F.A. specializing In Musical Theatre from San Diego State University, Is a teacher at The San Diego School Of Creative and Performing Arts, and the proud Mom of Lucas.
Melanie Chen is a San Diego based freelance sound designer who has designed over 70 productions in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. This past summer, she assisted sound designer Sten Severson at The Old Globe in San Diego on Love’s Labor’s Lost and Macbeth on the Festival Stage. Recent regional credits include: Plays by Young Writers Festival 2015 with The Playwrights Projection at The Old Globe; Our Lady of Kibeho at Moxie Theatre; Now You See It, Way Downriver, Hedda Gabler, Ain't Misbehavin' and The Cocktail Hour at North Coast Repertory Theatre. Coming up, she will design The Cherry Orchard at Pomona College in Claremont, as well as returning to Cygnet Theatre for August Wilson’s Seven Guitars and King Hedley II. Later in the fall, she will be designing The Two Gentlemen of Verona with the USD/Old Globe MFA program, and La Jolla Playhouse's POP Tour in 2017. Melanie holds an M.F.A. in Sound Design for Theatre & Dance from UC San Diego. www.melaniesound.com
Sean Fanning is a San Diego-based set designer specializing in scenic design for the stage. Current & upcoming work: The Boy Who Danced on Air (Diversionary Theatre), Gypsy (Cygnet Theatre Company), The Little Mermaid, Rock of Ages, Titanic (Rocky Mountain Repertory), and Manifest Destinitis (San Diego Repertory Theatre). Recent designs: Full Gallop (The Old Globe), My Mañana Comes (Marin Theatre Company), The Oldest Boy (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Brownsville Song (b-side for tray) (Moxie Theatre), Hay Fever, The Vortex, The Whale, and Sons of the Prophet (Cygnet Theatre), Honky (San Diego Repertory Theatre, Onstage in America PBS Airing & 2014 Craig Noel Award Nomination), Menopause the Musical (Harrah's Las Vegas)
Sean is a member of USA Local 829. He has taught at UC San Diego, and holds an MFA in Scenic Design for Theatre, Television, and Film from San Diego State University, as well as a B.A. in Technical Theatre from Sonoma State University.
Charmaine Reed (Production Stage Manager) started her love affair with theater over 30 years ago as an actor, but found her penchant for Stage Management in 2013. She has a B.A. in History, is a graduate of CSUSM’s College of Education, and earned her Theatre Arts degree at Palomar College. In 2013 she completed a Stage Manager Internship at The Old Globe for How the Grinch Stole Christmas. SM credits include: Diversionary Theatre; Amazons and Their Men and Tru. Scripps Ranch Theatre; Beau Jest, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Murder at the Howard Johnson's, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. CSUSM; Twilight: Los Angeles 1992, Seussical the Musical, Good Kids, Stop Kiss. And Fiddler on the Roof with Pacco Arts. Charmaine is looking forward to being a part of Playwright's Project as PSM for their Plays by Young Writers festival which will return this January to the Old Globe's White Theatre.