Guest Artists

Meet the guest artists who will be teaching, growing, and working with us this year!

Jon Tracy, Guest Director Rent, Spring 2019

Jon Tracy Jon Tracy works internationally as a director, playwright, designer, educator and facilitator. He is the Artistic Facilitator for TheatreFirst, an innovative small professional company based in Berkeley, and Co-Artistic Director of Groundswell: The International Theatre Intensive.

Jon's artistic work has been widely recognized: with a Kennedy Center Meritorious Achievement Award, fifteen North Bay Arty Awards, a Sacramento Elly Award, two Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, a Theatre Bay Area Award, and Solano College's Theatre Alumni Award, among others. He has received grants from Theatre Bay Area, Shotgun Players’ Bridging the Gap and the National Endowment for the Arts. Jon is a proud member of SDC, the union of professional stage directors and choreographers.



Dave Maier

dave maierDave Maier is the president of Dueling Arts International where he is recognized as a Senior Instructor and Senior Fight Director. In addition to St. Mary’s, Mr. Maier has taught at Stanford University, UC Santa Cruz, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Studio ACT and Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. He is the resident fight director at Cal Shakes, SF Opera and Shotgun Players where he is a proud company member. Mr. Maier has over 200 professional fight direction credits and has won several awards for his work including the 2017 Theatre Bay Area award for Outstanding Fight Direction.




Will Huddleston, Puss n' Boots, Jan Term 2018

willFollowing the success of The Adventures of Pinocchio (2016) and Goodnight Moon (2017) Will Huddleston returns to Saint Mary’s to direct his third Jan Term Children’s Show, Puss n' Boots. For many years the Resident Director of the California Theatre Center, Will wrote, directed and performed in more than 100 productions there. He has also been Artistic Director of the VITA Shakespeare Festival and Resident Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. As a professional actor, Will has performed with the American Conservatory Theatre, the Intiman Theatre(Seattle), and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, among many others. His plays for young audiences have been performed at the California Theatre Center as well as the Seattle Children’s Theatre, South Coast Rep, Honolulu Theatre for Youth and the Commonweal Theatre in Minnesota.


Matthew Antaky, Scenic Designer, Impure Thoughts (without apology), Spring 2018


Matthew Antaky creates installations, scenic, lighting and video designs for all of the performing arts - including theater, opera, dance, and music -  and his work has been presented across the United States and around the world. Antaky has designed multiple productions for Opera Parallèle, Utah Opera and Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Oakland Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Cabrillo Music Festival, and many others. His extensive work in the dance world includes twenty years of designs and installations for Liss Fain Dance, and ODC/SF, Flyaway Productions, Smuin Ballet, Robert Moses Kin, Lily Cai Dance, among others. Matthew is a nine-time nominee and four-time recipient of the Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Visual Design. 

Impure Thoughts is Matthew's fifth collaboration with director Rebecca Engle. Previously at Saint Mary's he designed: The Brothers Karamazov (lights), Alabama Rain (set and lights), Iphigenia and Other Daughters (set and lights), and Lorca in a Green Dress (set.). Lorca was a national finalist in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, and subsequently toured to University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and Prague.  


Lauren English, Performance Lab - Professional Issues, Jan Term 2018

laurenActress Lauren English earned her MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts, where she trained with Mark Wing-Davey and Zelda Fichandler. While in New York, she worked at The Public Theatre, The New York Times Theatre (Off Broadway), Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark Theatre, Playwrights Realm, and others. Her Bay Area acting credits include roles at Berkeley Rep, Aurora Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, California Shakespeare Theatre, and the Magic Theatre, in addition to over 25 productions at SF Playhouse. She is a two-time Bay Area Theatre Critics' Circle award winner and a three-time Dean Goodman Award recipient.  

Since returning to the Bay Area, Lauren has broadened her focus to include teaching and artistic leadership. She is a founding member of The San Francisco Playhouse and currently serves as both Artistic Associate and Resident Casting Director there. In addition to private coaching, she is a teaching artist on the faculties of American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Rep School, San Francisco State University, and San Jose State, among others. 


Ken Prestininzi, Distinguished Artist in Residence, Fall 2017 and Jan Term 2018

Ken PrestininziIn 2015, Saint Mary’s had the honor of presenting the West Coast premiere of Chaste, by playwright KEN PRESTININZI. This fall, he returns to Saint Mary's as a Distinguished Artist in Residence, to direct the fall mainstage production and teach playwriting.  

Prestininzi's plays have been professionally produced across the country and beyond, from Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York, to Mexico City and Prague.  Also a dramaturg and director, Prestininzi has worked on new scripts and revivals by Quiara Alegría Hudes, Sarah Ruhl and Paula Vogel, among others.  He also maintains collaborative relationships with several Bay Area artists and companies, including: playwright Peter Sinn Nacthrieb, the Bay Area Playwright's Festival, Z Space, and Playground at Berkeley Rep.  Now on the theatre faculty of Connecticut College, Prestininzi is the former Artistic Director of the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre; from 2008-13, he was Associate Chair of Playwriting at the Yale School of Drama. Prestininzi holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is a member of New Dramatists.


Michelle Jacques, Distinguished Artist, Fall 2017

michelle jacquesNew Orleans native and Oakland based musical artist MICHELLE JACQUES will be a featured performer and guest Music Director for our fall production, … And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi. Performing with Jacques will be members of her a capella ensemble, CHELLE’S Juke Joint, who repertoire runs from Creole, jazz, and funk to gospel, R&B, and Zydeco -  with a dash of Mardi Gras Indian chants.





Lisa Marie Rollins, Distinguished Artist in Residence, Spring 2018

Lisa Marie RollinsLisa Marie Rollins is playwright, poet, freelance director and dramaturg. Her acclaimed solo play, Ungrateful Daughter: One Black Girl’s Story of Being Adopted by a White Family…That Aren’t Celebrities has been performed in festivals, universities and academic conferences across the US. Most recently she co-directed Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment (Crowded Fire Theater) and a reading of Tearrance Chisholm’s Br’er Cotton (Playwrights Foundation).

As a poet, Lisa Marie's writing has been published in Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out, River, Blood, Corn Literary Journal, Line/Break, As/Us Literary Journal, The Pacific Review and others. She was Poet in Residence at June Jordan’s Poetry for the People at U.C. Berkeley, and a CALLALOO Journal London Writing Workshop Fellow. Her new collection of poems, Compass, received the 2016 Mary Tanenbaum Literary Award from SF Foundation. Lisa Marie is a Lecturer in San Francisco State's Department of Race and Resistance Studies, and a Resident Artist with Crowded Fire Theater. She holds degrees from The Claremont Graduate University and UC Berkeley.


Jiwon Chung, Interactive Theatre, Fall 2017

Jiwon ChungJiwon Chung is a professional actor, director, educator and a key theorist of Theatre of the Oppressed. Grounded in the work of Augusto Boal. with whom he studied extensively, Chung's focus is on theatre as a tool for social and political change. Through Boal's Interactive Theatre, Chung empowers others to challenge, resist, and transform systemic oppression, structural violence and injustice. He is the Artistic Director of Kairos Theater Ensemble and past President of the national organization for Theater of the Oppressed. Chung is also a Visiting Associate Professor of Art and Social Justice at Starr King School/GTU and a Teaching Artist at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre School, though his work as an educator often takes him around the country and across the globe.


Julie Douglas, Improvisation, Spring 2018

Julie DouglasJulie Douglas is an actor, theater-maker, teaching artist and clown. She has trained and performed internationally in Italy, Russia, and Bali, as well as with Bay Area companies such as Impact Theatre, SF Shakespeare, Shotgun Players, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Julie also gets silly on a regular basis as a hospital clown with The Medical Clown Project. A regular faculty member of ACT’s MFA and Studio programs, Julie teaches students of all ages for a range of theatre companies, schools, and community groups, from San Francisco Shakespeare and Cal Performances to Stanford Live and Contra Costa Civic Theatre. She holds an M.F.A. in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell'Arte International School, and she is a certified instructor of the Michael Chekhov Technique.