Kevin Harris

Kevin Harris

Managing Artistic Director

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Kevin Harris received his MFA in Directing from the University of Iowa (2007), his BFA in Acting from New York University (1996), and his California Teaching Credential from Chapman University. While at NYU, he spent three years at the Atlantic Theatre Company studying acting under David Mamet, William H. Macy, and Felicity Huffman; he also spent a year at Musical Theatre Works (CAP 21) learning the finer intricacies of “jazz hands”. Favorite roles at the Atlantic include The Russian (Chess), Alan Strang (Equus), Jamie (The Last Five Years), Orsino (12th Night), and Rev. Hale (The Crucible). For several years, Kevin worked as a freelance director in L.O.R.T./Equity theatres across the nation. Favorite shows: The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Comedy of Errors, The Exhibitionists, Militant Language, Woyzeck, Ghost Sonata, The Cherry Orchard, Man of la Mancha, and several original plays which have gone on to be produced at the New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theatre, The O’Neill, Cherry Lane, and many others. From 1999-2002 he was the Artistic Director of Centerpoint Theatre Group in San Luis Obispo, CA. In 2005, he traveled to the West Bank and Gaza Strip to co-write and direct an original play with Ashtar Theatre, Palestine’s only professional theatre company. The subsequent play, The Era of Whales, has been performed in Gaza, Ramallah, Nablus, Jerusalem, and several international theatre festivals. Kevin has taught at the University of Iowa, University of Chicago, and has led dozens of workshops on A Practical Handbook for the Actor across the country. He is very happy to be here on the Central Coast with his two beautiful children, Dominick and Ella.

Patty Thayer

Patty Thayer

Communications and Development Director

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After earning a BA degree in Theatre and Speech Communications, Patty began her professional life at Lamb’s Players Theatre in the San Diego area, working first as an actress, then in the box office, house management, tour scheduling, fundraising, marketing and even bookkeeping. Thus are lifelong arts administrators created. After relocating to the Central Coast with her husband David and their two sons, Patty joined the staff at the San Luis Obispo Symphony and successfully led the marketing and communications efforts for that organization for 16 years. She has been the Communications and Development Director for SLO REP since 2013. Patty is a proud graduate of Leadership San Luis Obispo Class XI and serves on the Parking and Access Committee for Downtown SLO.

Kerry DiMaggio

Kerry DiMaggio

Education Director

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A native of the Central Coast, Kerry has been involved in theatre since she was young, including several productions on SLO REP stage. Kerry holds a BA (with honors) in Theatre Arts from Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department, where her interest in teaching was piqued by a course in Children’s Drama. Kerry has also trained with the Utah Shakespearean Festival, PCPA, and Cal State Fullerton’s Musical Theatre program. In addition to teaching for ACT, Kerry holds a substitute teaching permit and teaches consistently in K-12 classrooms throughout the county. Her passion for teaching young performers continues to grow, and she encourages you and your family to “Get into the ACT!”

Susie Newman

Suzy Newman

Capital Campaign Coordinator

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Suzy Newman has worked in regional theatres throughout the country, but has spent most of her career in theatres on the Central Coast. She was the Company Manager at The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville and the Development Coordinator for PCPA – Pacific Conservatory Theatre. She received her MFA in Acting from the University of Alabama and continues to freelance as an actor and director.

David Linfield

David Linfield

Technical Director

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Dave was bitten by the theatre bug in 1990, when an audition notice for a community theatre production caught his fancy. He discovered a whole new circle of friends and has spent a large portion of his evenings since then rehearsing and performing with theatre groups around the county. Over the years, he has migrated away from performing, and has embraced technical stagecraft as much more than a hobby. While Dave hasn’t had any formal theatre arts schooling, his educational background in graphic design and his occupational experience with retail display and housing construction have all blended together nicely with his passion for designing and building sets.

Allison Rajcevic

House Manager/Volunteer Director

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A native of Arroyo Grande, Allison grew up performing throughout the Central Coast. She attended and graduated from PCPA’s musical theatre program and then took off to see the world, literally. Allison has performed on both the East and West coasts and also waaaay off the coast as a singer aboard Holland America cruise line. Once on dry land, she settled in Las Vegas where she was a principal singer in the Las Vegas spectacular Jubilee! After hanging up her feathers and rhinestones, she went on to work as the director’s assistant for Le Reve the Dream at the Wynn Las Vegas. Allison is thrilled to have finally made her way home and to be a part of the SLO REP family. She also feels very blessed to get to share the magic that is the Central Coast with her husband Vuk and their daughter Vivienne.

Randon Pool

Resident Costume Designer

Costume Designer “Randy” relocated to the Central California Coast eight years ago from Los Angeles. She has made her mark on the theatre community designing shows for SLO REP (Picasso at Lapin Agile, Independence, A Christmas Story and Hello Dolly), Central Coast Shakespeare Festival, and OperaSLO (La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Cavalria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Oklahoma). Randy was the Costume Director at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles from 2005-2013 and worked as an independent costume designer in the Los Angeles area for more than 25 years. She has also designed shows for Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas – most recently, Spamalot, for which she was awarded a Kennedy Center Award for Excellence in Costume Design. Randy is delighted to be working with the SLO REP family once again.

Michelle Roberson

Michelle Glass

Assistant Technical Director

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Michelle is a central coast native whose love of the arts began at a young age. She began as a dancer with the dream of becoming a Prima Ballerina. 10 years later she found herself heavily involved in the drama program at Paso Robles High School specifically directing and stage managing. After graduating in 2007, she spent almost five years volunteering as a Stage Manager at SLO REP (then known as SLO Little Theatre) before attending and graduating from the technical program at PCPA. Three years and several internships later she’s back at her home theatre and couldn’t be happier. She’s especially thankful for her partner in crime, Chris Glass, who always encourages her to dream big.

Carey Blauvelt

Box Office Staff

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Cheryl Wakefield

Assistant House Manager and Box Office Staff

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Cheryl Wakefield has lived in San Luis Obispo long enough to call our community, hers. She is a lover of all things art, with a special place in her heart for SLO REP. As a poet, she’s made her way on stage to offer an original only once. Cheryl prefers hiding in the background helping out the team. Find her in the box office or assisting the house manager throughout the SLO REP Season.

Sonya Jackson

Assistant House Manager

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After earning an AA in Theatre Arts in San Francisco, Sonya Jackson graduated with her BA in Theatre Arts at California State University Fresno. Within two weeks she was in New York City. She had years of sewing experience, design classes and working the costume shop in college. Sonya began working on a multitude of shows at Playwrights Horizons Theatre and many other theatres as an actress, costume designer and costumer. Upon her return to California, she has acted and done wigs for CCAT in Cambria. Sonya lives in Los Osos and is thrilled to be working at SLO REP!

Katherine Gibson/Perello

Assistant House Manager

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Katherine Gibson/Perello graduated from PCPA in Santa Maria over 10 years ago and has participated in many local stage productions including her work in Ubu’s Other Shoe Staged Readings. She was seen most recently in “How to Transcend a Happy Marriage” in 2019. Outside theatre, she completed her Associate’s Degree in Philosophy in May and will be transferring to Cal Poly this fall. You can find her at SLO REP helping volunteers and continuing her training managing the front of house. She is SO happy to reconnect with the theatre community and thanks YOU for your support in bringing theatre back to life in downtown SLO.

Stephen Shoemaker

Assistant House Manager

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Stephen Shoemaker is currently an English Major at Cal Poly, with minors in both Theatre and Linguistics. In one way or another he has always been involved with the theatre world; whether it is performing in Cal Poly productions or working at SLO REP.