Who We Are

“Theatre for People Who Didn’t Know They Liked Theatre”

MISSION STATEMENT

Awesome Theatre is a Bay Area Theatre company dedicated to producing new, relevant, stylized, theatrical, live multimedia entertainment that will not only appeal to theatre audiences but to those who are just as likely to see a stand up comic, a movie or a concert as they are a play. We strive to create work that is accessible, creative, unique and knowing without being pretentious. Theatre is one of the last things we cant do or experience alone, there always has to be another person in the room. Our goal at Awesome Theatre is to create a lasting and original adventure for every audience member and collaborator, a shared escapade of escapist entertainment.

THE NERDS IN CHARGE

Executive Director- Anthony R Miller

armheadshotAnthony has been producing live entertainment of some sort in the Bay Area for 20 years, with one foot in the world of Regional Theatre and the other in the world of Camp, Cult, and DIY. Getting his start working backstage and (getting fired from) every admin department at American Musical Theatre of San Jose, and moving on to hosting and producing “The Rocky Horror Picture Show“, his own midnight movie series and the first “Shadow Cast” performance of Richard O’Briens  Shock Treatment on the the West Coast. He spent 5 years performing, organizing and Coaching for the San Jose Poetry Slam, recorded 2 spoken world albums, twice won the title of San Jose grand Slam Champion, and toured nationally. He organized other large-scale performance poetry events such as War of Words, which blended head to head poetry competition with the world of pro wrestling. Other credits include Directing  H3-D for the Primitive Screwheads, a former columnist for San Francisco TheatrePub, and teaching Artist for Young Rep Actors Conservatory. Anthony has a degree in Dramaturgy and Play Preparation from SFSU. Sales and administrative experience include, San Francisco Playhouse, Lesher Center for The Arts, and American Conservatory Theatre. Playwriting credits include  Zombie! The Musical!, Camp Evil, Christian Teen Dolphin-Sex Beach Party and Sexy Vampire Academy. Contact him at anthony@awesometheatre.org


Artistic Director – Colin Johnson

colinheadshotColin has toiled in the trenches of local independent theatre for nearly a decade, but the art monster in him goes way back.

He started at age 5 selling his own picture books in his driveway and never stopped. He became fascinated with genre-bending at an early age and has continually looked for ways to break down the barrier between theatre and film. He is fascinated by the subjective creative process as well as unique perspectives on human misfortune, which split off into the genres you know as horror and comedy (one-in-the-same at their bones).
His credits extend across just about every local enterprise in the Bay, from Playground, SF Shotz, Pianofight, Olympians, EXIT Theatre, Actors Ensemble, Bay One Acts, BattleStache Studios, Fringe, Circus Center and Theatre Pub (among others) to publishing two short plays, a full-length graphic novel and taking a horror film to San Diego Comic-Con.
Awesome Theatre and Colin are a match made in heaven. He enjoys near-impossible challenges and bringing new voices, styles and ideas to the bustling theatre scene, where he has gotten to know and collaborate with innumerable talented individuals.
He also sells books at a local independent bookstore and trains clowns how to perform on camera.
Contact him at Colin@awesometheatre.org

Artistic Producer- Jess Thomas

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Jess Thomas is an all-around theatre and film-type fella, holding a BA in Theatre and a BA in Film from Eastern Washington University.

After graduating, Jess moved to San Francisco and never looked back.  He has worked with several local theatre companies, including SF Theatre Pub, AMIOS West, The Dark Room, and The Cutting Ball Theater as an actor, director, writer, producer, and stage manager.  He has been seen onstage with Ross Valley Players, Quantum Dragon Theater, SHOTZ, Awesome Theatre, and First Person Singular.

In 2015/16, Jess directed, shot, and edited “Kaytay All the Way”, an 8 episode independent web series that was featured at the Downtown LA Film Festival. He has produced several rounds of AMIOS’ “Shotz”, and is currently producing and directing the short film series “Shortz”.

Jess used to be an adventurer like you, until he took an arrow to the knee.

Contact him at Jess@awesometheatre.org


Director of Artistic Development- Claire Rice

claireheadshot Claire Rice is sitting behind you in the dark somewhere and she is judging your hair cut. Her plays include Sex in the Next Room, Woman Come Down, The Carmine Lie, It Ain’t Me, Water Line, Demeter’s Daughter, Pride and Succubus, Ares and Eris, Cassandra, The Effects of Ultraviolet Light, and Choose Your Own Apocalypse. Her most recent play, Purity, was produced as part of Awesome Theatre’s Terror-Rama 2: Prom Night. She has also been lucky enough to have short plays featured in San Francisco Olympians Festival, Pint-Sized Plays, Shotz SF, and Llama Theater’s Monthly Question series. Claire graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a BFA in Performance before moving to San Francisco to earn her MFA in Playwriting from SF State.  She is currently working on My Cannibal Summer for Awesome Theatre’s Terror-Rama 3 and an untitled radio active monster play for Quantum Dragon Theatre Company. She lives and works in San Francisco with her wonderful husband.

She also thinks it’s weird she wrote this in the third person.


Resident Stage Manager – Apple

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Apollonia works in the BDSM industry by day and theatre by night. An actor, a stage manager, a director, and a properties mistress; she does it all! She founded and ran her own theatre company in Busan, South Korea for four years. She plans to take over the world from the backseat.


2019 Artist-in-Residence- Kaylamay Paz Suarez

kylamoonheadshotKaylamay Paz Suarez is a first generation Filipinx artist who was born and raised in the Bay Area. Born in Oakland and raised in the tiny village of San Lorenzo. She attended East Bay Arts high school where she discovered her love for performing. She is also an alumna of the Pacific Conservatory Theatre’s professional acting program (formally known as PCPA) located on the central coast. She is a teaching artist at various theatre companies in The Bay where she combines her love for performing, discovering, and play to children ages 1-10. Kaylamay is on a real mission to inspire and represent people to continue to do what they love, and remind other that it’s never to late to start.


Graphic Design- Stephanie Whigham

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Although 2018 was Stephanie’s first year with Awesome Theatre, the seeds of the relationship began four years ago when she shared a stage with Anthony and two grown men wearing nothing but diapers. In retrospect, none of what has transpired with them since should have been at all surprising. She has worked as a graphic designer for over 20 years, and even has an expensive piece of paper from San Jose State that says she’s supposed to know how. She currently designs materials for several other Bay Area theatre companies, and has also worked professionally as an actor, costume designer, properties designer, and stage electrician. Notable stage roles include Thana in Mercy Killing with AT, Anna in Closer at Northside Theatre, Estelle in No Exit at Mojo, and Cleopatra in Antony & Cleopatra with Silicon Valley Shakepeare. When she’s not acting or designing, she can usually be found standing physically naked in front of art students, or emotionally naked in front of karaoke bar patrons. You can find out more about what she’s up to at stephaniewhigham.com or on Instagram @actslikestephanie


Awesome Theatre is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Awesome Theatre must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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