Marcelo Javier Pereira- (Director/Present & Co-founder) co-founded the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company (BATCO) in 2014. Before founding BATCO, he helped produce two Off-Broadway productions, The Black Book by Phil Blechman and Rogerandtom by Julien Scwab. Recent acting credits include Not Another Holiday Show! (BATCO), Gravity: A New[tonian] Musical, Home for “all of” the Holidays (BATCO), Skippyjon Jones (Theatreworks USA), Rent (Syracuse Stage), A New Brain (SU Drama), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bathwater Productions). Directing credits include Celebrate 12th Night Joyfully With Kathryn Crosby (NYPL at Lincoln Center), Cinderella (African American Shakespeare Co.) Not Another Holiday Show! (BATCO), La Posarela (Community Music Center), The Complete History of America [Abridged] (Black Box Players) and Too Many Tamales (Marsh Youth Theatre). Marcelo is an alumni of the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts.
Rodney Earl Jackson Jr./Choreographer
Rodney Earl Jackson Jr- (Artistic Director/Casting Director) made his Broadway debut in The Book of Mormon after graduating with a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. He was last seen in the 1st National Tour of Motown: The Musical, and is just made his Berkeley Rep. debut in Ain't Too Proud. An SF native who was discovered in his public elementary school at age 9 by SFartsEd (Emily Keeler & Danny Duncan), Rodney continued his theatre and performance education at Rec. and Park’s YPTMTC (Diane Price, Anne-Marie Bookwalter, Nicola Bosco-Alvarez) and graduated from the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts’ (Donn Harris). He is now the Artistic Director and co-Founder of BATCO, a non-profit theatre company whose mission is to culturally diversify the theatre scene of the Bay Area by producing live theatre that is reflective of the authentic perspectives and history of the San Francisco Bay Area. His personal vision is to foster more diversity in professional theatre in the SF/Bay Area community.
Adam Maggio/Associate Director
Adam Maggio is an actor, director, and teacher born and raised in San Francisco. He is an alumnus of the San Francisco Arts Education Project Players, YPTMTC, and Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts. As an actor, he has appeared Off-Broadway in NYC and in regional theaters across the country. Adam is a company member of Mile Square Theater in Hoboken, NJ. A founding member of BATCO, Adam recently played Tateh in their production of Ragtime and served as Associate Production Manager on Salt Pepper Ketchup. He has taught with SFArtsEd and at Lowell High School. BFA: University of Miami. Adam is thrilled to be producing theater with some of his oldest, closest friends. "Thanks to Mom, Dad, and everyone who supports this dream of establishing an incredible new theatre company in San Francisco."
Linda María Girón • María
Linda Maria Girón (María) is thrilled to be joining the increíble theatre artists of BATCO! Her past credits include: How To Be A White Man (Jennifer Sanchez), Chavez Ravine (Richard Neutra), The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily) and Twelfth Night: A Rock Musical (Viola). Also a rising playwright, Linda extends her passion for exploring Latinx identity and narratives, most notably in her works, Memoria del Silencio en el País de la Eterna Primavera, which was awarded the TDPS Social Justice Award and Roselyn Eisner Prize in playwriting at UC Berkeley, and the recent premiere of white iris in PianoFight’s Shortlived VI. Infinite kisses and thank you's to her mom, dad, family, friends, güerito chulo for all the love and support.
J. Adán Ruiz • José
Born in Oaxaca, Mexico. He moved to USA when he was 14 years old; since then he has been participating in Spanish/English theatre companies in California. Adan has been part of notable theatrical productions like In and Out of Shadows produced by The Marsh and SF Youth Theatre, Macario by Teatro Vision and others like El Espejo Dos, Escape Velocity, El Fantasmita Pluft, Huelga sin Palitos, Tarea de Ciencias Sociales, Polaroid Stories, Las Apariencias Enganan, Angel, Cinderella, Mentes Extranas produced by theatre companies like Teatro Nahual, MAAC, Theatrical Souls, Fusion Theatre, All Terrain Theatre, All Women Productions, Black Swan and more. He is a RVT in California, a traveler and an explorer by nature; He advocates and volunteers to build better communities. He has volunteered in Thailand taking care of abused elephants and is currently committed to rescue injured wild and domestic animals with Mesoamerican Rescue Center in costa Rica.
Maya Vilaplana • Archangel
Maya Vilaplana is an artist and educator raised in NYC and proudly based in Oakland. Drawing inspiration from the labor and love of her family and community, Maya writes and performs music, assists various extraordinary artists, and supports programs at Girls Garage and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Through her work, Maya is focused on empowering young people to hone confidence and creativity in imagining and instigating social change.
Etta Washburn • Lil Angel
Etta Chase Washburn, a freshman at Berkeley High School, is super excited to be making her SFBATCO debut. She studies acting with Cal Shakes and the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT). Previously, she appeared in ACT’s A Christmas Carol. She was also cast as Lily in Masquer’s Theatre production of The Giver and performed as Scout Finch in Contra Costa Civic Theater’s production of To Kill a Mockingbird. Etta studies dance with the Big Open Space dance company, is fluent in Spanish and English, and is a black belt in Mixed Martial Arts.
Adan Faudoa • Lil Devil
Adan Faudoa is honored to be a part of the cast of La Posarela. This is Adan is second time working with BATCO this season. Earlier this fall, Adan worked as an Assistant Stage Manager and played the role of Officer 1 in Salt Pepper Ketchup. As an alumnus of Ruth Asawa School Of The Arts's Theatre department, Adan has performed in numerous productions. The most notable being, Joe in Balm in Gilead, Usher in The Skin of Our Teeth, and First Officer in Twelfth Night. He would like to thank BATCO for this awesome opportunity and his family and friends for the unconditional love and support.;
Tony Ortega • Diablote
Tony is Excited to return with BATCO! Tony has performed throughout the Bay Area and was most recently seen in Half Moon Bay Shakespeare Company's Romeo & Juliet as Benvolio and City Light Theatre's stage reading of Max Tachis' new play Candelabrum. Tony had the honor of being a Theatre Bay Area ATLAS recipient for 2017. Additional theatre credits include Tulles Aufidius in Coriolanus (Syracuse Shakespeare festival) Shrek in Shrek the Musical (Pied piper players),"
Isa Manon Musni • Featured Dancer
Isa trained in musical theatre with the San Francisco Arts Education Project and the Young People's Teen Musical Theatre Company before committing to ODC’s pre-professional dance company her junior year of high school. Last year, Isa graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Dance and was immediately cast as the titular role in Kularts’ production of Jay Loyola’s Bae Makiling. Most recently, Isa was a tribe member and dance captain for HAIR, produced at the Great Star Theater. Isa worked directly under San Francisco’s original Crissy, Jennifer Lee Ho, who subsequently won the TBA award for Outstanding Choreography. Isa would like to thank her family, her friends, her teachers, the entire BATCO team, and Nick for their love, support, and encouragement. Special love to her 'Uli tribe.
Stacie Lackler • Featured Dancer
Originally from outside of Baltimore, Stacie started dancing in middle school and trained throughout high school at Maryland Youth Ballet. She added modern, contemporary, improvisation, and choreographing to her ballet training while at Carnegie Mellon University, where she also studied civil and environmental engineering. She has performed with Dancing Sun Dance Company and is currently creating new work to be shown in the summer of 2018. Driven by her fascination with humans moving through space, Stacie holds a variety of passions, including dance, choreography, urban planning, engineering, and early childhood education. She currently spends her days working and playing with young children
Natasha LaGrone • Ensemble
Natasha LaGrone is ecstatic to be making her San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company debut! She hails from Flint, Michigan, and is a proud alumnus of Michigan State University (B.A. in Communication) and the American Conservatory Theater’s (A.C.T.) San Francisco Semester. She was seen recently in The Taming of The Shrew (The Strand Theater) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Flint Community Players). As an actress she has had the pleasure of working with the American Conservatory Theater, Shelton Theater, Z Space, Yerba Buena Community Benefit District, Viacom, Shop Floor Theatre Company, Flint Youth Theatre and DC Black Theatre Festival. Natasha has worked on production teams for BET Networks, Ken Ehrlich Productions – AEG and WETA TV. In addition to her work in arts and entertainment, Natasha has worked for the Obama Administration as a Presidential Appointee at the Department of Commerce in Public Affairs and White House intern.
Justin Cavazos • Ensemble
Justin Cavazos is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter from Harlingen, Texas. He studied vocal performance and jazz guitar at Stanford University. At Stanford, Justin performed the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Dr. Pangloss in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, and the Jazz Baritone in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. He also directed the Stanford Light Opera Company’s first production, Speed Dating Tonight. Justin sang a cappella and served as Music Director for Stanford Mixed Company, writing multiple arrangements that appeared on the group's 2017 album, Daylight. As a guitarist, Justin has played for a few musicals in the Bay Area including The Last Five Years, Little Shop of Horrors, and Custom Made Theatre’s SFBATCC-award- winning production of Chess. He is currently playing guitar and contributing to arrangements for Louis Lagalante’s new musical, Infinite.
Isabel Hansen/BATCO Apprentice
Isabel Hansen has been recognized as a California Arts Scholar twice, having completed the summer intensive for Theater Arts at CSSSA (California State Summer School for the Arts) in 2015 and 2016. She enjoys watching the performances of her friends and peers because all the work they do pushes her to work even harder and learn
more in the process. She thanks her family for believing in her, and her friends, who keep her sane and grounded, and let her be herself.