Staff

Sherri Young
Founder & Executive Director

Sherri YoungAn M.F.A. graduate from the American Conservatory Theatre; and former Commissioner for the San Francisco Art Commission proudly serving for Mayor Gavin Newsom, Young founded The African-American Shakespeare in 1993 and has been its Executive Director since. She has directed sixteen productions, produced and executed four programs for the organization and speaks at various colleges, universities, and conferences across the nation. Young manages the approximately 60 company members and volunteers for the organization’s programs. Some career highlights includes the creation of the company’s signature holiday performance Cinderella, effectively building and stabilizing the organization over the past five years, increase audience attendance by 30%, and increase new funding support by foundations and individual donors within the past two years.

L. Peter Callender
Artistic Director

L. Peter Callendar

L. PETER CALLENDER is a native of Trinidad, West Indies, and has worked professionally as an actor for over thirty years, more recently as a director and writer. He received his formal training in the theater at the Juilliard School in New York City; Webber/Douglas Academy in London, England; Mask Technique with Julie Taymor, and The Suzuki Technique with The Tadashi Suzuki Company in Toga-mura Japan. He has appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theaters across the US, and has performed internationally in Japan, England and France. His New York Credits include: Tom/Jamaican Waiter in Prelude to a Kiss (Circle Rep. and at the Helen Hayes Theater on Broadway directed by Norman Rene); Off-Broadway; Roscoe in Black Eagles (directed by Ricardo Kahn at Manhattan Theater Club), Casbeque in The Caucasian Chalk Circle (directed by George C. Wolfe at the Public Theater); Caliban in The Tempest (directed by Julie Taymor at Classic Stage Company); Curio/Ensemble in Twelfth Night at the Delacorte Theater directed by Harold Guskin).

Currently, Mr. Callender is an associate artist at the California Shakespeare Theater– now in his 21st season. Some roles at CalShakes include: The title roles in Julius Caesar and Cymbeline, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Orsino in Twelfth Night, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing, Polixenes in A Winter’s Tale, Navarre in Love’s Labor’s Lost, Bolingbroke in Richard II, Duke Solinus in Comedy of Errors, Laertes in Hamlet, Dukes Frederick and Senior in As You Like It, La Feu in All’s Well That ends Well, Dr. Chasuable in The Importance of Being Earnest, Vincent Crummels in Nickolas Nickleby, and Roebuck Ramsden in Man and Superman. He also teaches Acting Shakespeare Level One — for adults — each fall for CalShakes.

Kevin E. Myrick
Lighting Designer/Technical Director and Production Manager

Kevin Myrick has been lighting theatrical events since 1968, working for dance and theatre companies in Chicago, Atlanta and here in the Bay Area. Mr. Myrick studied theatrical design at San Francisco State University, and has designed shows for the Oakland Ensemble Theatre Company, A Black Box Theatre Company, United Projects, Berkeley Black Repertory Theatre Company, Go Productions, SEW Productions, Dimensions Dance Theatre, Wajumbe Cultural Ensemble, the Alliance Theatre Company and Just Us Theatre Company in Atlanta, African-American Shakespeare Company, Cultural Odyssey, AfroSolo Theatre Company; and many other community and professional arts organizations.

Gregg Hood
Company Consultant

This is Gregg Hood’s fifth season with the African-American Shakespeare Company. Mr. Hood’s recent Bay Area Production Management work has been with foolsFury for Port Out, Starboard Home at Z-Space and La MaMa, Mugwumpin for Future Motive Power at the Old Mint, ODC, UPT, WCT and over 150 live events. Tennessee Williams, Nilo Cruz and David Lindsay-Abaire are among Mr. Hood’s favorite playwrights. Gregg Hood is a graduate of San Francisco State University’s Theatre Arts Program and has served as the Acting Director and Theatre Arts instructor for AIM Schools in Oakland.

Liam Passmore / Shave and a Haircut
Publicist / Public Relations

The Quakers have a saying: Let your life speak. When this is applied to public relations, it becomes, Let the story speak. With over 15 years of experience in media, Liam Passmore and his company, Shave and a Haircut, specialize in public relations for arts organizations, authors, artists and others who have a story worth telling. His press placements include The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, 7×7 magazine, Dwell magazine, Sunset, The Onion, USA Today, ARTnews, Dance Magazine, KCBS, KFOG, KQED, KGO, West Coast Live, as well as ABC’s View from the Bay and SPARK. Clients past and present include Litquake, San Francisco’s Literary Festival; Headlands Center for the Arts; ODC Theater; SF Open Studios; AXIS Dance Company; the restaurants flour + water, Martins West and Del Popolo; author K.M. Soehnlein, the design and retail company, Paxton Gate, and performers Monique Jenkinson aka Fauxnique; Chris Black and Mica Sigourney.
Information, www.shaveandahaircut.biz

Angel Burgess
Musical Director

Angel Burgess’ has embraced her authentic voice—a voice that speaks to the heart. As a singer, actor, and musician, Ms. Burgess blends a unique fusion of classic elegance and edgy soul that resonates with her audience. Angel Burgess’ career is rich in diverse experiences. After capturing the attention of world-renowned entertainer MC Hammer, Ms. Burgess immediately joined him on tour as a featured vocalist and backup singer. Ms. Burgess has performed and been featured on a variety of nationally televised networks including BET, MTV, VH1, and Trinity Broadcasting Network. Ms. Burgess has shared the stage and recorded with artists such as Stevie Wonder and Sheryl Lee Ralph. Ms. Burgess has written music and performed vocals for major recording artists Dwele, and R. Kelly. Ms. Burgess has performed to international acclaim in Japan, Korea, and Barbados. Angel Burgess is a multifaceted performing artist.

Robert Michael Moreno
Musical Arrangement

Robert Michael Moreno is a pianist, singer, composer, and musical director. Mr. Michael has musical directed Coraline The Musical and The Fantasticks at SF Playhouse; Guys and Dolls at Berkeley Playhouse; and Spring Awakening at Saint Mary’s College. Mr. Michael is half of the songwriting team Michael and Simon who wrote Torch: A New Musical; and their forthcoming collection of music, Undiscovered: The Songs of Michael and Simon.

Cheryle Honerlah
Stage Manager

Cheryle Honerlah is excited to work with the African-American Shakespeare Company again. Ms. Honerlah is a graduate of California State University, East Bay with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts. Ms. Honerlah recently completed her stage management internship with California Shakespeare Theatre. Show credits include: Scroogie; Yerma; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Good Person of Setzuan; and the US premiere of NN12.

Taylor Peckham
Musical Track

Regional: The Last Goodbye, Pygmalion, Nobody Loves You (Old Globe) Young Frankenstein (Moonlight Stage Productions) Respect: A Musical Celebration of Women (Herberger Theatre, Phoenix AZ) Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla Playhouse) A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Musical [Craig Noel Award Nominee](Intrepid Shakespeare Company), The Music Man, An American Christmas, miXtape, Guys and Dolls, Joe Vs. The Volcano: The Musical! (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Cygnet Theatre Co.), Xanadu! (New Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco), 13: A New Musical (Fine Arts Network), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Temecula Valley Players). In addition to being an award winning musical director, Taylor is also an accomplished arranger, orchestrator, and composer; having written and/or arranged pieces for various universities, theatre groups, orchestras and choral ensembles around the country. Thanks to his family, friends and to God for his many blessings.

Bert van Aalsburg
Set Designer

We’re pleased to work with Bert van Aalsburg as our set designer and carpenter for the 2013–14 season. For the past 26 years, Mr. van Aalsburg worked with almost every company in the Bay Area, large and small. Just this past season, Mr. van Aalsburg worked on 21 productions with 11 companies. Mr. van Aalsburg designed Betrayal for Off Broadway West, Last Love at Mojo Theatre, Hairspray and My Three Angels at Moreau Catholic High School and the remount of Placas at MACLA in San Jose. Bert van Aalsburg is also a recipient of a Critics Circle award for set design and has been nominated twice in the past for sets he has designed and built. Mr. van Aalsburg has been production stage manager for the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre since 1999. And in the past year, he was stage manager for many of LHT’s play reading series. In August, he stage managed their event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the “March on Washington” at the Oakland Museum which was co-produced with the Equal Justice Society of Oakland. Most recently, Bert van Aalsburg stage managed the new play First, by local playwright Evelyn Jean Pine, for PlayGround. Elsewhere, he has directed, was featured in several independent films, and painted a number of sets. He’s been busy. In the midst of all that, he has found the time to be an active member of Actors’ Equity, the union for actors and stage managers.

Maureen “Mo” Stone
Costume Designer

A recent Bay Area transplant, Mo Stone is excited to be finding her way in the world of San Francisco theater with the African-American Shakespeare Company. For Mo, costumes are a true passion, but she has also worked as a sound designer, makeup artist, and board operator for countless productions in her native Los Angeles, including collaborations with Golden Thread Productions, NeedTheater, the 68 Cent
Crew Company, and Graveyard Shift Productions. Ms. Stone is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, and currently is a fellow at the Brava Theater Center. Mo Stone would like to thank the AASC for this amazing opportunity, Michelle for the hookup, and Zac for his love and support.

Tom Segal
Choreographer

TOM SEGAL is very pleased to be involved as choreographer, setting dance to the music of his favorite singer for his first show with the African-American Shakespeare Co. He recently choreographed Ruddigore with Role Players of Danville which is performing through May 10th. He has performed, choreographed and directed locally, nationally and abroad, having done over 150 shows with various Bay Area companies. Tom previously directed and staged Peddling Rainbows for 42nd Street Moon and has choreographed 14 other Moon productions. He co-directed the 75th birthday tribute to Stephen Sondheim show, Simply Sondheim. Other Bay Area directing and choreography theatre credits include: SF Opera, Ensemble Paralelle Opera, Word for Word Co, Lamplighter’s, Marin Theatre Youth Co, Berkeley Playhouse, The Rat Pack show SF, DanceTime show national tours, Theatre Artaud, Theatre Rhinoceros, Opera Frontier, Pacific Alliance Stage Co, Santa Rosa Actor’s Theatre, Bracebridge Christmas show, San Francisco University, San Jose State Theatre, and many others. He is the recipient of numerous awards and was co-choreographer for SF Playhouse’s production, Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party, which was named “Best Play” at the 2009 NYC Fringe Festival. Other awards include 2 Dean Goodman Choice Awards, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Choreography, finalist in International Dance Competition of the Americas, “Outstanding Choreographer” – National Assoc. of Ballet and 3 Arty Awards.

Jason Conti
Administrator
Bria Temple
Arts Education Committee, Co-chair
Monique Taylor
Advocate for Community Engagement
Vicky Chen
Web Designer/Manager
African-American Shakespeare Company
762 Fulton Street, Suite 306
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 762-2071

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