Artistic Staff

Thane Sugden, Director

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Mr. Thaine is thrilled to be bringing his interpretation of Tarzan the Musical to the Bay Area.  Drawing from his eclectic mix of choreography, fashion design, and Marketing /leadership roles with Gap Inc for over 20yrs, as well as his previous film work, being a member of the Screen Actors Guild since 1991. Having transitioned from being on stage or in front of the camera  (Free Willy, North, The War ….Shrek, Curtains) to working behind the scenes as a director (Seussical and Tarzan) has allowed for him to show how much he loves the creative process and having a hand in the overall vision.  He hopes you enjoy this show as much as he has enjoyed working to create it because he is so proud of the work each person has put into making it a Tarzan like no one has seen before.



Julie Mullen, Choreographer

Julie Mullen is grateful to be continuing her long and rewarding journey with Bay Area eTc. She received excellent training at Nevada Ballet Arts as a member of their competitive dance team. She continued to perform in college, earning a Minor in Dance at UNR. She has choreographed many productions with companies all around the Bay including Pied Piper Players, Spindrift Players, Tabard Theatre and Linda’s Musical Theatre. She is a licensed Zumba and Group Fitness Instructor and has incorporated her work as a behavior therapist into her teaching style.




Louis Lagalante, Music Director

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Louis Lagalante is a recent graduate of Stanford University, where he studied music and psychology.  Although Tarzan is his first production with e.T.c, he has been a musical theater lover since sixth grade.  He has been in productions of Godspell (Steven/Jesus), Violet (Monty Harrill), and Next to Normal (Doctor Madden), and has provided musical direction and supervision for several classes and original works, including his own show Mirror Image.  Tarzan is his first production as a college graduate, and he is so excited to bring the show to life.




 Steve McNally, Set Designer and Technical Director

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anything goes footloose how to succeed in business cinderella the wiz seussical narnia music man bat boy anything goes yep curtains willy wonka seussical alice in wonderland narnia oliver  peter pan shrek seussical again the wiz honk annie warbucks  the wiz  Tarzan* cinderella throughly modern millie sleeping beauty jungle book winnie the pooh Fiddler on the roof guy and dolls once upon an island Aristocats alice little mermaid willy wonka beauty and the beast frog and toad honk aladdin mulan foriegner.  I’ve seen them all.


* have not seen this one. Break a leg, you guy all rock!


Bernadette Fife, Stage Manager

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Miranda Blackman, Assistant Director and Assistant Stage Manager

miranda blackman headshotMiranda is thrilled to be a part of the artistic staff as Assistant Director and Assistant Stage Manager. She has been doing theatre in the Bay Area since 2003 and participated in the theatre departments at Bowditch Middle School and San Mateo High School. Miranda earned her Bachelors degree in Theatre Arts at UC Santa Cruz. You might recognize her from eTc Summer Camp, she has been working every summer since 2008. She recently started participating in Mainstage Shows and was in Seussical (2014) and The Wiz (2015). 

Ron Ho, Sound and Light Design

ron hoOperator, Audio Master, Music Director and musician for many local performance groups. Ron is the resident Sound Designer/Audio Master/Engineer for the San Mateo Performing Arts Center, as well as the San Mateo HS Drama Group, Broadway by the Bay, The Marin Peninsula Speaker Series, PAYS (Performing Arts for Youth Society), and Hospice. Other groups Ron assists include Aragon and Capuchino High Schools, Borel and Abbott Middle Schools, Baywood Elementary School and Burlingame Community Theatre. Ron also serves as the Music and Technical Director for Bowditch Middle School’s drama productions.


Michelle is excited to be joining E.T.C this year as their makeup designer, having premiered her work this past spring with Shrek the Musical. She is a graduate of Hofstra University, NY with her degree in Theatrical Arts and Performance as well as the exclusive Make Up For Ever Academy in Manhattan, completing their Master Program in Beauty, Fashion, Runway and Special Effects for Theatre/Television/Film. Having been a performer, she loves creating characters inside and out, adding the finishing touches with makeup, She is currently freelancing as the Assistant Stage Manager at Broadway By The Bay for their first traveling production, Anything Goes. Recent backstage projects include The West Coast Premiere of Big Fish (Palo Alto Players), Dreamgirls (BBB), The Color Purple (Hillbarn) and In the Heights (BBB). Michelle is thankful for Miss Sarah bringing her aboard and for Miss Theresa for keeping her! And finally for the E.T.C. families for giving her a place to create and explore her passions, onstage and off.

Diana Lee, Musical Director, 2013-2014
diana headshotDiana Lee is a classically trained pianist and cellist teaching, performing and freelancing in the Bay Area. She maintains a private studio in the East Bay and works extensively with both the San Francisco Arts Education Project and the Spindrift School of Performing Arts as a music director, artist-in-residence and vocal coach teaching musical theater electives, a variety of choral classes and summer camps. She also teaches voice privately, specializing in audition preparation for teens. Most recently she played keyboard for SSPA’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, music directed and played piano for Pacifica Spindrift Players’ production of Godspell, and played cello for Youth Musical Theater Company’s production of Sweeney Todd. She is excited to be working with Bay Area Educational Theater Company on this production ofOliver!.

Sarah Wagner, Stage Manager
sarah wagner bwSarah Wagner is excited to Stage Manage for Bay Area eTc.  For the past ten years, she has been working in the industry both as a Stage Manager and a Technician.  Sarah began her work in the industry as a resident technician at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center.  She also worked as a lighting designer and technician during her time at U.C. Davis, where design credits include work on the Edge Festival.  Sarah began her work in stage management at the U.C. Davis Theatre and Dance Department, though her passion is with children’s theatre. Management credits include Bowditch’s Wizard of Oz, Broadway By the Bay’s Music Man, and Honk!, Narnia, and Peter Pan with eTc. Sarah graduated from U.C. Davis with a Bachelor’s degree in History. She is currently working at Gateway Middle School as a paraprofessional in the Special Eduction Department while pursuing a Masters degree in Special Education at Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont. Through her work, she is able to continue her love and joy — working with and educating children.

Rachel Holmes, Acting Coach

rachel holmes bwRachel enjoys her role as acting Coach for ETC.  She is passionate about the arts and is classically trained in theatre.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State with an emphasis in Drama.  Rachel has also studied with the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and has had the pleasure of working with some of the premier Bay Area actors and coaches.  She is trained in Classical Theater, Method Acting, Meisner, Stella Adler, Improvisation, Comedic Theater, Stage Combat, Voice, Directing and Play Writing.  She has acted professionally in San Francisco and Los Angeles as well as having been an acting instructor and coach.  She has lived in Los Angeles and on the East Coast performing on stage and in movies.  Rachel is grateful to be a part of ETC and is excited to be able to develop the talents of children and parents alike.  She will always push her students to be the best they can be!


Christie Blewett, Director, Shrek, Oliver, Peter Pan, Narnia, Honk!, Annie Warbucks, The Wiz, Alice in Wonderland, Seussical (2010), Annie

christie bwMA Theatre Education – Fontbonne U. Dual theses in Production Direction and Curriculum DevelopmentMiss Christie is excited to celebrate her tenth production with e.T.c.! She was born in the South, earned her Musical Theatre BFA on the East Coast, Theatre Education MFA in the Midwest and has taught and directed amateur and professional productions for 15 years from DC to SF.  Currently, she enjoys teaching drama at a private school in Campbell. Even though her dramatic work has won awards at the Kennedy Center, she much prefers the rewards of working in an educational theatre setting. She is deeply grateful for the opportunity to be a part of e.T.c. and thanks this delightful cast, superior staff, rockstar crew, supportive parents and inspiring Board for all of their hard work

Mike Repper, Musical Director, Narnia, Peter Pan

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Orange County School of the Arts Apples and Oranges ProductionsMike Repper is a graduate of the Music Department of Stanford University with Honors (BA), and is remaining at Stanford to obtain his Masters of Arts in Music. His main field of study is Orchestral Conducting, although he has a strong presence in the theater community, and studies Music, Science, and Technology as well. Mike has been playing piano since he was 4, and has been conducting for 11 years. He is also a skilled instrumentalist, playing violin, trombone, and clarinet. He has performed as far away as the Sydney Opera House, and has received many commendations, including awards from the MTNA, for his performance.Mike studies Music Theory with Dr. Greg Knowles of The Juilliard School, piano with Dr. Fred Weldy, and orchestral conducting with Jindong Cai, both of Stanford University. His long-time mentor and conducting teacher is Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and has also studied with Gustav Meier of the Peabody School. He has attended numerous workshops and masterclasses through the Conductor’s Guild, including one recently with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and several in the past with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra.A graduate of the Orange County High School of the Arts, Mike has worked throughout the spectrum of music, from Classical to Jazz to Music and Theater. His experience with theater has ranged from professional productions to student and community theater, and he enjoys working with everyone, no matter the age or experience level! His credits include BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE ONES LEFT BEHIND, SWEENEY TODD, GAIETIES, BLUE, HEARTBREAKERS, WHITE NOISE, and RUTHLESS, and he has worked with Susan Egan, Alli Mauzey, Pamela Winslow, Nick Demos, Paul Nygro, and Bree Rosen, among others. He is a huge supporter community and educational theater, and is absolutely thrilled to be working with eTc!

Sarah Lodick, Director, The Wiz

Sarah LodickSarah is excited to be directing The Wiz this Spring! She is a six-time e.T.c. veteran, maybe most well-known for her portrayal of Fiona in Shrek last spring.Sarah Lodick has been directing and performing steadily around the Bay Area for the past 3 years. Her recent shows include: How To Succeed in Business…(Hedy) with Pacifica Spindrift Players, Seussical (Asst. Director, Gertrude u/s),Oliver! (Widow Corney), Narnia (Mrs. Beaver), Honk (Ida), Annie Warbucks(Grace Farrell) with Bay Area e.T.c., Curtains and The Producers with Woodside Community Theatre, 9 to 5 with Redwood City Community Theatre, Mame with Hillbarn, Thoroughly Modern Millie with Stage1; and the director for The Pirates of Penzance and Godspell with Pacifica Spindrift Players and Once Upon A Mattress with Spindrift School of the Arts.Throughout her many incarnations as an actor, singer, dancer, pastry chef, and math teacher, the one constant in her life is teaching. Sarah has taught math at the high school and college level, baking and pastry to kids, teens and adults, and theatre to all. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education, a Master of Education in Instructional Design, and is currently studying Vocal Performance with an emphasis in Musical Theatre at NDNU after completing their Music Theatre Conservatory summer program in 2013. She loves the challenge and the art of passing information on to young minds in ways that inspire them to explore their own creativity and passions.

Daniel Thomas, Music Director
Daniel copyDaniel is pleased to be joining the e.T.c. team! Having just moved back to the Bay Area, over the last 20 years Daniel has been involved in over 110 productions as a music director, conductor, performer and musician, covering most of the regional theatres in Southern California. Recent music direction credits include Sweeney ToddThe Full MontyThe Drowsy ChaperoneRagtime,XanaduI Love A PianoForever Plaid and Titanic. Onstage credits include Jinx in Forever Plaid, Baker in Into the Woods, Cornelius in Hello, Dolly!, Prez in The Pajama Game, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Gerald in Me & My Girl, Fodor inCrazy for You and the Dapper Dans of Disneyland. Following The Wiz Daniel will be music directing The Producers at Woodminster Amphitheatre in Oakland. Daniel is blessed to have the love and support of his awesome wife Rebecca and is eagerly anticipating the arrival of their son in June. Many thanks to the entire e.T.c. family.

Christina Alonso, Choreographer

christina alonso headshotChristina is so excited to join the eTc family this year!  She started dancing when she was three years old, and has danced ever since.  Her studies began at Kirkpatrick’s School of Dance and continued through college, studying tap, ballet, jazz, modern, and African styles.  After completing her teaching credential and Master of Arts in Teaching, she currently works as an elementary school teacher in Hillsborough.  By combining her love of dance and passion for teaching, she has taught dance classes for the past seven years including ballet and tap classes for children as young as three years old and adults.  Christina loves being in the theatre and is so excited to choreograph for eTc’s The Wiz this season.

Mike Lodick, Stage Manager


mlodick-bwMike is excited to return to e.T.c. in his first outing as Stage Manager, after serving as Assistant Stage Manager for Seussical andShrek The Musical. He has been involved in theater for many years, both offstage and on. Other roles offstage include Lighting Designer for the Pacifica Spindrift Players production of Godspell, and director for their upcoming production of The Gin Game. Recent onstage roles include Wally Whomper in How to Succeed… (PSP), Mr. Smith in Meet Me in St. Louis (PSP), Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance (PSP), Mr. Bumble in Oliver!, and Drake in Honk! (e.T.c). By day, he plays the role of software architect for Lyft; you will know us by our pink mustaches.




Thaine Sugden, Artistic Director The Wiz 2015

Thaine Sugden Head Shot smallThaine is extremely thrilled to be stepping into a new role within the e.T.c family.  Having an amazing and rewarding experience, working hand in hand with such a talented group of performers and creative team on Seussical made stepping into the Artistic Director role an exciting next step.  Mr. Thaine comes to the creative team with years of an eclectic mix of choreography, fashion design, and Marketing /leadership roles with Gap Inc for over 19 yrs, as well as his previous film work, being a member of the Screen Actors Guild since 1991. More importantly, at the core of Mr. Thaine’s drive is his continued focus on the connection between education and performance and helping those individuals who are looking to grow their theatrical abilities. Ensuring every participant’s experiences are fun and successful, helping the creative team execute to the highest level and assisting in the success of the company are all passions of his.  He feels privileged to be given this opportunity and looks forward to working with the creative team, board of directors and cast/crew to put on a terrific show as well as build on the work that has begun to continue this companies success.