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Ricky Abilez* (Linus)
is a Queer, Latinx artist, educator and activist with a BFA in acting from California State University, Fullerton. He is thrilled to be returning to SCR after appearing last season as Arpad in She Loves Me. His other SCR credits include Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, The Velveteen Rabbit and Shakespeare in Love. He has appeared in various regional theatre productions with Rogue Artists Ensemble, Coeurage Ensemble, MainStreet Theatre and The Second City Hollywood, where he spent over a year in the cast of More Guns! A New Musical Comedy. He trained extensively with Russian master acting teacher Svetlana Efremova (“The Americans,” “Spinning Out”) and vocally with recording artist Terron Brooks (The Temptations). He worked with playwright Prince Gomolvilas and author Scott Heim to produce Mysterious Skin, the stage adaptation of Heim’s acclaimed novel, and starred as Neil McCormick. When he’s not acting, Abilez teaches a self-developed high school curriculum in using art for social justice. He also works with Deviant Content, a new media production company committed to Queer liberation and representation, where he serves as the executive assistant to LGBTQIA+ historian, and New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Eric Cervini. He’s currently pursuing an MPA in education policy and public policy analysis at the University of Colorado, Denver. He’s grateful to be sharing a space with you after a long hiatus from the arts and each other. @rickyabilez rickyabilez.com. he/him/el
Kelley Dorney* (Lucy)
is over the moon to be performing again. She was last seen as Peggy Jones in International City Theatre’s The Andrews Brothers. Her Los Angeles credits include Nancy Reagan in In a Booth at Chasen’s at the El Portal Theatre, The World Goes Round with Reprise 2.0, and Annie at the Hollywood Bowl. She has worked for McCoy Rigby Entertainment in Lend Me a Tenor (Maggie), Singin’ in the Rain (Ovation Award nomination), and First Date (Ovation Award nomination). Her other credits include Musical Theatre West’s Carousel and Nice Work If You Can Get It (Billie Bendix), 3D Theatricals’ OKLAHOMA! (Ado Annie) and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Phoebe D’Ysquith) and Tuacahn where she reprised her role as Phoebe D’Ysquith. While living in London, she performed in the PBS Concert Special: A Tale of Two Cities (Seamstress) and the workshop of Love Never Dies (Really Useful Group). She can be heard on both cast albums.
Matthew Henerson* (Charlie Brown)
is delighted to return to SCR, where he has appeared in She Loves Me, Shakespeare in Love and Hamlet. His local theatre credits include productions at the Ahmanson Theatre, A Noise Within, Celebration Theatre Company, Deaf West Theatre, East West Players, International City Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Main Street Theatre Company, The Mark Taper Forum and Musical Theatre West. Regionally, he has appeared at ACT, Ensemble Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, New Fortune Theatre Company, Northern Stage, North Coast Repertory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, West Virginia Public Theatre and at Shakespeare festivals in Arizona, Colorado, Marin, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Utah. He originated the role of Harry on the first national tour of Flashdance the Musical. His film and television credits include “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Hung,” “The Fosters,” “One Day at a Time,” Torn Apart (Lifetime), Ticking Clock (Sony) and A Christmas Carol, Mars Needs Moms and The Jungle Book, all for Disney. Henerson has an MFA from UC-San Diego and a BA from Yale University. At summer camp, when he was 13, he auditioned for Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, but wound up cast as Gandalf in a musical adaptation of The Hobbit.
Brian Kim* (Schroeder)
is beyond grateful to be returning to live theatre with his SCR debut. A Minnesota/New York City transplant, he now calls Los Angeles home. Kim is the founder of the award-winning Misfit Dog Productions, a creative incubator for marginalized voices with a focus on intersectional collaborations. His theatrical credits include Interstate: the Musical (Mixed Blood Theatre), Caught (Full Circle Theater Company/ Guthrie Theater), Aubergine (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Fast Company, The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity (Theater Mu), Labour of Love (Olney Theatre), Dinner with Georgette (New York Theatre Workshop), The Emperor’s Nightingale (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre), Gold Mountain (National Asian Artists Project) and Joseph... Dreamcoat (Ordway Center for Performing Arts). As a voiceover artist, he can be heard on many cartoons, video games, audiobooks, and podcasts including “Pokémon,” “Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain,” “Modern Combat Versus,” “Naughty Nuts,” “Parcast: Mythology,” “Gundam Seed” and “Mazinger Z: Infinity.” Follow @asian_with_a_camera on Instagram and visit www.brian-kim.com
Derek Manson* (Snoopy)
previously appeared with South Coast Repertory as the Centipede and Aunt Spiker in James and the Giant Peach and “Scootin’” Steve in Jane of the Jungle. His Los Angeles credits include The Bicycle Men (iO West), Neil Simon’s Musical Fools, Room Service and The Gary Plays (Open Fist Theatre Company), The 39 Steps and Life Expectancy (Malibu Playhouse), The Brat Pack and Love Actually in Concert (For The Record) The Big Event (Gangbusters Theatre), Making Paradise (Cornerstone Theater), 1984 and The Bewildered Herd (Greenway Court), and the news satire show Second City This Week (Second City Hollywood). Regional credits include Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Arcadia, Romeo & Juliet, Goodnight Moon, Einstein is a Dummy and A Christmas Carol (Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Ga.), Amadeus (Sacramento Theatre Company) and Never the Sinner (Woodshed Collective, NYC). His television and voice over credits include “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” “The Last Tycoon,” “UnREAL,” Project Blue Book” and SNL’s “Best of TV Funhouse.”
Grace Yoo* (Sally)
is grateful to be making her SCR debut. She was last seen on stage as Florinda in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Hollywood Bowl production of Into the Woods. Some of her favorite roles include Sophie Sheridan in Mamma Mia! at East West Players, Pollyanna Peppercorn in The Root Beer Bandits at the Garry Marshall Theatre and Kei Kimura in Allegiance at SpeakEasy Stage in Boston. Yoo just wrapped her third (virtual) tour back in March with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Todd Rundgren! She would like to thank her team at KMR. Representation matters! www.graceyoo.info
Kari Hayter (Director)
is an award-winning professional director based in the Los Angeles/Orange County areas. She has directed plays and musicals for McCoy Rigby, Chance Theater, After Hours Theatre Company, Norris Theatre, California Repertory Company, Valley Performing Arts Center, Coeurage Ensemble, Summer Repertory Theatre, 3D Theatricals and South Coast Repertory. Many of her productions have been noted as Los Angeles-area Critic’s Choice selections and she was nominated for the LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award (Best Direction of a Musical) for multiple productions. Hayter was also nominated for the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Theatrical Excellence in Direction and was named Director of the Year for StageSceneLA. She is part of the musical theatre faculty at AMDA/LA and is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Efren Delgadillo Jr. (Scenic Design)
has designed American Mariachi (2019, 2021) and Kings for South Coast Repertory. His notable New York productions include The Three Musketeers (The Acting Company) and Mycenaean (Brooklyn Academy of Music). His regional theatre credits include American Mariachi (Arizona Theatre Company), Romeo and Juliet (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); BLKS (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company); Bordertown Now (Pasadena Playhouse); Smart People and Indecent (Denver Center for the Performing Arts); Othello (Hartford Stage); DJ Latinidad (Mixed Blood Theatre); Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles (The Getty Villa, Boston Court); and Prometheus Bound (The Getty Villa/Center for New Performance). He has had the incredible honor of working with directors and artists such as Nataki Garrett, Christopher Acebo, Dámaso Rodríguez, Diane Rodriguez, Jessica Kubzansky, Karin Coonrod, Melanie Joseph, Casey Biggs, Mark Valdez, Michael Michetti, Alex Torra, Jesse Bonnell, Travis Preston, Culture Clash, Thaddeus Phillips and Carl Hancock Rux. A recipient of LA Weekly Theatre Awards for both production design and lighting design for Poor Dog Group’s Brewsie and Willie, Delgadillo has also been nominated for an Ovation Award in Best Scenic Design for Culture Clash’s Bordertown Now, as well as a Barrymore Award in Outstanding Scenic Design for Bienvenidos Blancos with Team Sunshine Corporation. He earned an MFA in scenic design from California Institute of the Arts and a BFA in studio arts from University of California, Irvine.
Kish Finnegan (Costume Design)
is delighted to return to South Coast Repertory, having designed SCR’s American Mariachi in 2019. She makes her home in Tucson, Ariz., where she is the resident costume designer for Arizona Theatre Company. Her recent ATC design credits include Silent Sky, American Mariachi, Outside Mullingar, Chapter Two, Low Down Dirty Blues, King Charles III, Hair and Romeo and Juliet. Her other credits include the world premieres of The Kite Runner at The San Jose Repertory Theatre and The Tutor at Village Theatre in Washington, D.C., as well as The Yellow Boat; Go Dog. Go; Jingle Bells, Batman Smells; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Seussical; NeverEnding Story; and, most recently, a one-woman version of A Christmas Carol, with Phoenix-based Childsplay. Finnegan is a graduate of California Institute for the Arts. She began her career designing costumes for Team USA Synchronized Swimming and for aquatic shows in Las Vegas, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia.
Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz (Lighting Design)
is a professor at the University of California, Irvine, where he is the head of the lighting design program. He has designed for various regional theatres such as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Utah Shakespeare Festival. Among the productions he has designed at SCR are Outside Mullingar, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, The Whipping Man, Long Road Today/El Largo Camino de Hoy, 4,000 Miles, Three Days of Rain, La Posada Mágica, Saturn Returns, Culture Clash in AmeriCCa, Doubt, a parable, and My Wandering Boy. His recent designs include Opera Festival on Ice for Bietak Production (Muscat, Oman); All is Calm at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Macbeth, Cymbeline and No Child at Great River Shakespeare Festival; Mojada at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Portland Center Stage; Murder for Two at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Center REPertory Company (Walnut Creek, Calif.) and SEED: A Weird Act of Faith for Cornerstone Theater Company, where he is an associate artist. He is a member of the United Scenic Artists, Local 829/International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. His complete design portfolio can be found at lradesigns.com. Alcaraz was recently made an associate artist and the resident lighting designer at SCR.
Paul James Prendergast (Sound Design)
returns to SCR, where he previously composed music and designed sound for Lovers and Executioners, Habeas Corpus, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, The Little Prince, My Wandering Boy, The Happy Ones and Culture Clash in America. Broadway credits include All The Way, The Great Society and Julius Caesar. Regional theatre credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival (25 productions), La Jolla Playhouse, Guthrie Theater, American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Geffen Playhouse, People’s Light, Hartford Stage, California Shakespeare Theater, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Alley Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Great Lakes Theater and Arizona Theater Company. He is a former ensemble member of Cornerstone Theater Company. His theme park credits include Universal Studios, Disney and Knott’s Berry Farm. His museum credits include J. Paul Getty, Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Autry National Center. His dance credits include Diavolo Dance Theatre, Momix and Parsons Dance. Accolades include a Grammy and Drama Desk nominations and he is the recipient of Broadway World, Ovation, Drama-Logue, Garland, Gregory, Footlight and Gypsy awards. Prendergast’s work as a singer/songwriter has been featured in films, on recordings, and in music venues nationwide.
Kathryn Davies* (Stage Manager)
previously stage-managed The Velveteen Rabbit, Poor Yella Rednecks, Sugar Plum Fairy, Orange, The Roommate, All the Way, Future Thinking, Red, Vietgone, The Whipping Man, Tartuffe, Reunion, Trudy and Max in Love, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, How to Write a New Book for the Bible, Sight Unseen, Topdog/Underdog, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Doctor Cerberus, Ordinary Days, Our Mother’s Brief Affair and The Injured Party—all at SCR. Her favorite credits include The Wars at the Grand Theatre; Dividing the Estate at Dallas Theater Center; La Bohème at Tulsa Opera; The Mystery of Irma Vep at The Old Globe; Les Contes D’Hoffmann at Hawaii Opera Theatre; Of Mice and Men at Neptune Theatre; The Dresser at Manitoba Theatre Centre; Skylight at Tarragon Theatre; To Kill a Mockingbird at Citadel Theatre; and The Designated Mourner at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Davies also worked as head theatre manager at the Toronto International, Dubai International, AFI, TCM and Los Angeles Film festivals.
Julie Ann Renfro* (Assistant Stage Manager) is elated to be back at SCR for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! Some of her favorite SCR credits include A Christmas Carol, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Parisian Woman, Of Good Stock and The Light Princess. Her other credits include A Night with Janis Joplin (2018 North American tour), Geffen Playhouse, LA Opera, La Mirada Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, Sydney Independent Theatre Company and Long Beach Shakespeare Company. Renfro is from Costa Mesa, Calif., where she received her BA in theatre arts from Vanguard University and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. LYBNC!
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Kelley Dorney and Matthew Henerson in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Photo by Jenny Graham.
Matthew Henerson, Grace Yoo, Ricky Abilez, Derek Manson, Brian Kim and Kelley Dorney in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Photo by Jenny Graham.
Matthew Henerson, Kelley Dorney, Ricky Abilez, Grace Yoo and Brian Kim in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Photo by Jenny Graham.
Kelley Dorney and Ricky Abilez in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Photo by Jenny Graham.
Brian Kim, Kelley Dorney, Ricky Abilez, Grace Yoo, Derek Manson and Matthew Henerson in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Photo by Jenny Graham.
Matthew Henerson, Grace Yoo, Brian Kim, Kelley Dorney, Ricky Abilez and Derek Manson in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Photo by Jenny Graham.
Kelley Dorney, Grace Yoo, Derek Manson, Matthew Henerson, Brian Kim and Ricky Abilez in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Photo by Jenny Graham.
Ricky Abilez, Kelley Dorney, Brian Kim, Derek Manson, Grace Yoo and Matthew Henerson in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Photo by Jenny Graham.
Kelley Dorney and Brian Kim in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Photo by Jenny Graham.
Matthew Henerson in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Photo by Jenny Graham.
Matthew Henerson in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Photo by Jenny Graham.
Derek Manson and Grace Yoo in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Photo by Jenny Graham.