Amanda Sitton (Actor)
: Selected theater credits include: Aubergine, The Oldest Boy, Road to Mecca, Doubt (SD Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award Outstanding Featured Performance) A Christmas Carol (San Diego Rep),Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Don’t Dress For Dinner, Voice of the Prairie, Collected Stories, Amy’s View (North Coast Rep), Maple and Vine, Glass Menagerie, It’s A Wonderful Life (Cygnet Theater, Resident Artist) Comedy of Errors, Golden Boy (SD Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award Outstanding Lead Performance) , Sailor’s Song (New Village Arts), Fair Use, Torch Song Trilogy (Diversionary Theater),Ms. Sitton received her BA in Theatre from UCSD.
Chris Rynne (Lighting Designer): San Diego REP: Bad Hombres/Good Wives, Actually (2018 Craig Noel Award nominee for Outstanding Lighting Design), The Pianist of Willesden Lane and Mummified Deer. Off-Broadway: The Pianist of Willesden Lane. His other theatrical lighting credits include The Old Globe, Geffen Playhouse, San Diego Opera, Cygnet Theatre, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Madison Opera, Pasadena Playhouse, Michigan Opera Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, Hartford Stage, San Diego Musical Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Diversionary Theatre, Laguna Playhouse and Starlight Theatre. Chris also designs lighting for museum exhibitions, special events, architectural features and lighting systems for new venues.
Melanie Chen Cole (Sound Designer): Melanie is delighted to be working with San Diego REP again! Her work with the theatre includes Aubergine, Actually (2018 Craig Noel Nomination) and Vietgone (2018 Craig Noel Nomination). Her recent regional credits include White Pearl (Studio Theatre in Washington DC), Noura, Tiny Beautiful Things and The Imaginary Invalid (The Old Globe), the 2019 POP Tour Light Years Away, At the Old Place and the 2017 POP Tour #SuperShinySara (La Jolla Playhouse), Buzz and Romeo & Juliet (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Silent Sky (Tantrum Theatre/Ohio University), Steel Magnolias (Dallas Theater Center) and Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood (PlayMakers Repertory Company). Melanie holds an M.F.A. in Sound Design for Theatre & Dance from UC San Diego. melaniesound.com.
Shelley Orr (Dramaturg): Shelley is a dramaturg and theatre scholar. She is Associate Professor at San Diego State University’s School of Theatre, Television, and Film, where she heads the Master of Arts in Theatre Arts program and advises student dramaturgs. Her dramaturgy credits include at the San Diego REP: Lynn Nottage’s Sweat, Laura Eason’s Sex with Strangers, Sarah Ruhl’s The Oldest Boy, and Herb Siguenza’s A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, at La Jolla Playhouse: Beckett’s Happy Days, and Heather Raffo’s 9 Parts of Desire at Mo’olelo Theatre. Her scholarly work has appeared in Review: The Journal of Dramaturgy, Theatre Topics, TheatreForum, Theatre Journal, and American Theatre. Orr is a past president of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.
Joel Castellaw (Dramaturg): Joel is a theatre artist and educator. He is Chair of the Communication Department at Grossmont College, where he teaches Readers Theatre. He holds a Master of Arts in Theatre Arts from San Diego State University, where he served as dramaturg on Stephen Sondheim’s Company and on R+J, a devised theatre piece adapted from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. He is a company member at InnerMission Productions, where he served as dramaturg on Johnna Adams’s Gidion’s Knot and Young Jean Lee’s Church.
Marie Jahelka (Stage Manager): Aubergine, Evita and Violet (San Diego Repertory Theatre ); The Underpants, Native Gardens, The Wanderers, Red Velvet, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Somewhere, The Last Romance, The Whipping Man, Romeo y Julieta, Back Back Back, Opus, The American Plan, In This Corner and Oscar and the Pink Lady (The Old Globe); Put Your House in Order, Hollywood, Ether Dome, Miss You Like Hell, The Tall Girls (La Jolla Playhouse); The Last Five Years, HIR, Dogfight, My Fair Lady, True West, Fool for Love, Spring Awakening, Company, Shakespeare’s R&J, Assassins, Mistakes Were Made, Parade, Cabaret and Love Song (Cygnet Theatre); Hairspray and The Full Monty (San Diego Musical Theatre); Mixtape (Lamb’s Players Theatre); The Amish Project (Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company) and This Wonderful Life (North Coast Repertory Theatre). She received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from University of San Diego.