50 years old
Freelance Public Relations/Marketing Professional | Writer/Photographer
Only other Sacramento natives would have even heard of all of the now-defunct local publications that featured my byline before I earned my degree in Journalism/Theater at California State University, Sacramento. Since then, I've alternated between working in public relations (for a theater company, a five-star cruise line, and a private university), and arts-and-entertainment journalism (for a gaggle of Northern California newspapers and magazines). All the while, I've been open to freelance opportunities at the computer keyboard and behind the lens. As a Paladin of photography ("Have Nikon, Will Travel"), I've shot fashion events for such magazines as seventeen and Teen Vogue, and covered a diverse lineup of personal appearances ranging from Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Sarah Ferguson. In addition to covering theater for regional print publications, including the Los Angeles-based Back Stage, I currently contribute to such online entities as Sacramento Press and Examiner.com.
For Matt Castle, a New York-based jack of all musical trades whose work can currently be heard in Sacramento Theatre Company’s lauded world-premiere production of “A Little Princess” (extended through the evening of May 19), taking on the task of orchestrating Eric Rockwell’s score was a multi-layered labor of love. Not only did it allow Castle, a Sacramento native now living in New York, the opportunity to participate in the gifting of his hometown with an original musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved novel, but it provided yet another project on which he and husband Frank Galgano could collaborate – further establishing the duo’s reputation as go-to guys for musical t
With all of the social media outlets available to theater professionals – arguably one of the Sacramento area's most "vocal" populations now posting, tweeting, webbing and pinning – it's a challenge for those company members charged with "getting the word out" to play it close to their Velcroed vests to avoid spilling "spoilers." But that's exactly the very thin, gaffer-taped line that director Jouni Kirjola is walking these days as he promotes the Big Idea Theatre production of "Private Eyes," playing April 26 through May 25. "It's so hard to describe without giving away the secrets," said Kirjola of the show, what playwright Steven Dietz calls a “relationship thriller.” "It's an explor
On June 24, boxing fans around the world will commemorate the 118th anniversary of William “Jack” Dempsey’s birth. This evening – May 2 – Sacramento’s Geery Theatre gets the party started for the well-liked heavyweight champ with its world premiere of Dan Fagan’s “A Tiger Without Mercy.” The one-man show, starring Fagan as Dempsey (as well as some 30 real-life figures in the prizefighter’s life), and directed by Anthony D’Juan, continues through May 10. As the first-time playwright (and up-and-coming actor) details, this “Tiger” is no blindly “Raging Bull,” but neither is he a pussycat. Dubbed “the Manassa Mauler” by writer (and boxing aficionado) Damon Runyon, whose Broadway-based stor
Today’s headlines: King Arthur and Sir Robin of Locksley pull out all the stops (as well as their sword and bow) to vanquish the evil Mordred; a boy’s neighbors find a bit more spring to their steps when a fairy godparent turns city streets into trampolines; a time-traveling scientist turns up the volume for all those he encounters during a mid-19th century sojourn; rival lemonade-stand entrepreneurs discover more in common than a mutual love of citrus fruit; and when a rebel cowgirl arrives in Rodeo Riday, she spurs the populace into making drastic changes. If only the real headlines of the day were as entertaining as these. These may not be actual breaking-news stories, but those famil
In putting together a season roster, artistic directors must weigh factors both creative and financial – from the cost of royalties, to the size of the stage, to scenic-design requirements. And though the finished dish may be delectable, rarely does a recipe end up with that perfect combination of ingredients in all of the right proportions. But, sometimes, prayers are answered. Celebration Arts Artistic Director James Wheatley, who directs the theater's current production of "Agnes of God" (March 22-April 28), was searching for a show that would satisfy some very-specific needs, including the above-mentioned considerations. "I was looking for a small-cast play featuring females," said