BATCO
San Francisco Bay Area Theater Company
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RODNEY EARl jackson jr. 
artistic director

Rodney was born in San Francisco and grew up in the Lower Haight/Hayes Valley. He participated in youth theater through the SFArtsEd Players and SF Rec and Park’s Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company. he attended The Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, with an emphasis in theatre and graduated in 2013 from the Tony Award's first exclusive higher education partner, Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama studying Acting and Musical Theatre. In the summer of 2013, during final rehearsals of sfBATCO’s Fake Your Way to the Top, He was cast by the producers of The Book of Mormon, where he made his Broadway debut. he then enjoyed touring the country as a vacation swing for all three US book of mormon companies. Currently, he is performing “My Girl” and other classics in the 1st national tour of Motown: the Musical. He feels blessed and so fortunate for his success and now feels it is his duty and privilege to make and spread the joy of theatre in his hometown.  #SUPPORTHEARTS twitter.com/RodneyEJacksonJ facebook.com/rodneyjacksonjr

 

marcelo pereira
executive director

Marcelo has helped produce two off-Broadway shows, The Black Book by Phil Blechman and Rogerandtom by Julien Schwab. Recent acting credits include Skippyjon Jones (TheaterworksUSA), Rent (Syracuse Stage), A New Brain (SU Drama), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bathwater Productions). Directing credits include Celebrate 12th Night Joyfully with Kathryn Crosby (NYPL at Lincoln Center) The Complete History of America [Abridged] (Black Box Players) and Too Many Tamales (Marsh Youth Theater). After co-founding BATCO, Marcelo did the all too sensible thing of moving back to New York. Why? Well, because who does things the easy way?

 

ADAM MAGGIO

Adam was born and raised in san francisco. An enthusiastic athlete as a kid, theatre was never on adam’s radar until an artist from san francisco arts education project (sfartsed) came torooftop elementary school to teach a theatre class. Immediately intrigued by performing arts, adam joined their musical theatre company, with whom he performed throughout middle school. He then attended the ruth asawa san francisco School of the arts in the vocal department, where he appeared in several musicals, one of which performed at the fringe festival in edinburgh, scotland. He went on to the university of miami, where he received a bfa in musical theatre in 2014. Favorite educational credits include the title role in floyd collins, melchior in spring awakening, cable in south pacific, and ensemble in fifty*four*forever, a world premiere conceived and directed by tommy tune. Regional: ceyx/apollo in metamorphoses (adrienne arsht center, miami), hero in a funny thing…forum, ewart dunlop in the music man (connecticut repertory theatre) and marius in les miserables (woodminster ampitheatre). Adam has not forgotten his roots, as he has taught four summers at sfartsed’s theatre camp, the very place where he grew up performing. He is so thrilled about the prospect of being in a theatre company with his closest, most talented childhood friends.

 

Katrina McGraw

In 2013, theater took Katrina traveling all around the United States. Her mini tour started in May of 2013 where she left New York City to go work on Upstairs The Musical, a new musical that rehearsed in Los Angeles and performed in New Orleans. After that Katrina found herself back in San Francisco doing her first production with SFBATCO, Fake Your Way To The Top. The next day Katrina got on a plane and was headed to Boiling Springs, PA to play Motormouth Mabel in HairsprayOnce that closed she decided to try out Chicago, just for fun, then ended up heading back to the Bay Area where she did her second SFBATCO production, The Distance We Have Come: A Tribute to Danny Duncan and put on a one woman cabaret style show at the Randall Museum. She REcently performed in Shrek The Musical at Berkeley Playhouse where she played the Dragon and directed SFBATCO's Holiday show home for 'all of" the holidays. She currently resides in NYC.

 

ANGELA TRAVINO

Angela Travino has had the pleasure to be apart of many new works in New York City, this year. Angela just finished working on Dear Albert Einstein with Making Books Sing, a theatre company that commissions new writers and composers to create musicals out of children’s books that are then performed for school kids ages 6 and up, most of whom have never seen live theatre before. Angela was then fortunate enough to work with the 2014 Tony- nominated director Leigh Silverman, in Clouds are Pillows for the Moon, as an all too appropriate “Sassy Girl”. Angela ALso took part in the New York Musical Theatre Festival (also known as NYMF) where she played the Nurse in a reimagined Shakespeare classic called Searching for Romeo. In her spare time, Angela will be performing with her newly formed a capella group So Far.

 

Jamie Yuen-Shore

Jamie was recently a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Montevideo, Uruguay where she taught English and Musical Theatre to high school students. She is now the Event and Administrative coordinator for the Anderson Collection at Stanford University. she graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Urban Studies and an M.A. in Sociology. Since graduation, she has interned at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in the theater department and served as second assistant to Carole Shorenstein Hays at SHN. She directed and co-produced BATCO’s Tribute to Danny Duncan in 2014.



ASSOCIATE COMPANY MEMBERS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ALEX AKIN

Alex, a San Francisco native is a proud member of the Bay Area Theatre Company. She was absolutely thrilled to have been a part of SFBATCO’s production of Fake Your Way to the Top with her lifelong high school friends. She studied in the Vocal Department at the San Francisco School of the Arts and was in productions with the Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company as well as the Young Conservatory at the American Conservatory Theatre. She was a vocal finalist in the 2008 Beach Blanket Babylon Scholarship Competition, and the blue ribbon winner in several Singing Competions at the Marin County Fair. Now a proud wolverine with a BFA from the University of Michigan, she has been living in NYC since 2012. For more than a year, as Bree in Vital Theatre’s production of Fancy Nancy The Musical, she’s been teaching audiences that “Anyone Can Be Fancy!” She played The Lady in I Will, a new musical about Our Lady of Guadalupe at New York’s Thespis Theatre Festival. When she’s not auditioning, taking classes or running in Central Park, Alex takes care of some of the cutest kids in Manhattan through the Artist Babysitting Agency.

 

Jake BRINSKELE

Jake Brinskele is a native of Northern California, graduate of Sonoma Academy, and currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre At Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania. Jake worked/performed with American Conservatory Theatre for several years and won Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon Scholarship for the arts competition at club Fugazi last year. Jake is honored to have the opportunity to be performing in San Francisco with this incredible ensemble.

 

IXCHEL CUELLAR

Ixchel is a Senior at Penn State University pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. She was most recently seen with SFBATCO in The Distance We’ve Come. University credits include: Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, Funk it About Nothin’, and Into the Woods. She is so excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful company.

 

 

ALLEN DARBY

After working in Los Angeles for over a year doing various theatre projects and a couple web series, a major life shift prompted him to move back to the Bay Area for the time being. Upon moving back he quickly booked two roles in As You Like It at Marin Shakespeare Company. Allen is currently auditioning around town for his next project.

 

 

 

Lily Drexler 

A San Francisco native who now calls Brooklyn her home, Lily is thrilled to be back in her hometown with SFBATCO! New York credits include Dark Water (MTWorks), The Empress of Sex (Bleecker Street Theatre), Love’s Labors Lost (Easy Leap), Rags (Beautiful Soup), American Nightcap (INTAR), Honestly Abe (Actors Temple Theatre), The Art of Dyeing (TinyRhino). Regional credits include Into the Woods (San Francisco Playhouse), Coriolanus (Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Sonnet Sonata (Shakespeare in the Valley), The Power of One (Soren Bennick Productions). NYU/Tisch/CAP 21.  Michelle and Lily can be seen in “A Very Drexler Cabaret.” www.lilydrexler.com

 

MICHELLE DREXLER

Michelle Drexler is so touched to be reuniting with this fantastic group of San Francisco natives!  She most recently appeared in Shotgun Players’ Harry Thaw Hates Everybody.  Other regional credits include Into the Woods and Camelot (SF Playhouse), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Berkeley Playhouse), Julius Caesar  (SF Shakespeare Festival on Tour), Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical!!! and Tales of Olympus: a Greek Myth Musical (Bay Area Children’s Theatre), Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing (Kingsmen Shakespeare Company), Sugar (42nd Street Moon), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and King Lear  (Great River Shakespeare Festival) and Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera (A.R.T.) Emerson College: BFA Acting. www.MichelleDrexler.com.

 

OLIVIA Harris

Olivia was born in Texas, raised on jazz, and received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University. After graduating, Olivia K Harris made her Bay Area debut alongside the founding members in SFBATCO’s production of Fake Your Way to the Top. Since then Olivia has been residing in Los Angeles. She spent her first 8 months in LA performing in the city’s popular “For The Record” series as Juliet in “For The Record: Baz Luhrmann”. Olivia is now focusing on writing, producing, and performing her own music. Be sure to catch her debut EP. You can stay updated by following her on facebook.com/oliviakharrisperforms and/or learn more about her at www.oliviaharris.co.

 

Patricia St. Peter

Patricia is a native San Franciscan with a lifelong love of musical theatre. She recently finished her BA in Voice and Opera at UCLA where she studied under Michael Dean and Peter Kazaras. She plans to stay on in LA for the time being to continue her studies in music and do any job that involves singing. While at UCLA she had the privilege of working on a wide range of female roles and art song repertoire as well as performing in various Operas and recitals including Amore in Handel’s Coronation of Poppea and Princess in L’Enfant et les Sortileges by Ravel. Her ultimate goal is to be the tattooed San Francisco version of Kelli O’Hara, focus on classically sung musical theatre roles, indulge her love of 21st century classical music and work with contemporary composers on new compositions. She performed with the SFBATCO crew in the Danny Duncan tribute and is thrilled to be associated with this dynamic, new company and have the chance to perform alongside her accomplished lifelong friends.