GREG MACKELLAN (Artistic Director, Writer, Director)
Greg MacKellan’s career in musical theatre extends back more than 30 years. His producing credits in New York and Los Angeles include The Baker’s Wife, a musical on which he worked extensively with Stephen Schwartz and Joseph Stein.
A graduate of the Musical Theatre Program at UCLA, he is also a musical theatre historian of note who has worked as a consultant to performers like Andrea Marcovicci and Paige O’Hara. Greg was responsible for the acclaimed six-CD Shadowland series of recordings devoted to lesser-known songs by classic American musical theatre songwriters; performers he directed on these CDs include Judy Kaye, Rebecca Luker, Jason Graae, Patricia Morison, Susan Watson, Diana Canova and Sheldon Harnick.
Greg was hired by the Yip Harburg Foundation in 1994 to provide a revised script for the forgotten Harburg/Styne musical Darling of the Day, and performed similar duties for 42nd Street Moon’s 2004 NEA-sponsored restoration of the Harburg/Arlen Hooray for What! Also in 2004, Greg’s award-winning revision of the Cole Porter musical Out of This World was presented to critical acclaimed at the Chichester Festival in England, and has since been produced in Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. During his 17 years as Artistic Director of 42nd Street Moon, Greg has directed more than 50 musicals, adapting the scripts for many of them.
He has written and directed more than 15 revues for various Bay Area groups, including I’d Like to Hide It, which explored gay subtext in the lyrics of Cole Porter and Lorenz Hart. He has produced three CDs for Moon: original cast albums of Porter’s Something for the Boys and Leave It to Me!, and a Jerome Kern anthology, The First Rose of Summer. The 2004 TheatreMania Guide to Musical Theatre recordings lists Leave It To Me! as one of the top show CDs of 2002, and singles out the work of MacKellan and Dave Dobrusky on this CD for special acclaim.
STEPHANIE RHOADS (Artistic Director)
Stephanie Rhoads plays roles on and off stage for 42nd Street Moon. Offstage she works with Greg MacKellan to shape each of Moon’s Seasons. Onstage, Stephanie most recently graced our stage as Madame La Comtesse Diane De Vobrillac in Ben Franklin in Paris. She also includes among her favorite Moon roles: Helen Vance in our smash production of Out of This World, Adriana in Boys From Syracuse, Ninotchka in Silk Stockings, Venus in One Touch of…, Elvira in High Spirits, Thea in Fiorello!, and Adeline in Sweet Adeline.
She is the recipient of the Dean Goodman Choice Awards for Hello Dolly! with Mountain Play and Out of This World (2000) with 42nd Street Moon, as well as Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards. She has appeared with many regional companies including American Musical Theatre of San Jose, TheatreWorks, Broadway By the Bay, Beach Blanket Babylon, Woodminster Musicals, and more.
JOE MADER (Managing Director)
Joe Mader first became acquainted with 42nd Street Moon when he saw their 1999 production of Sitting Pretty, which he was covering as a theatre critic for the San Francisco Weekly. Joe wrote on theater and film for a variety of publications, in addition to working as product manager and program manager for several Silicon Valley companies. Following his journalism career, he served as the managing director of a summer Shakespeare Festival in Worcester, MA, where he was also a producer and department administrator for the theater department of the College of the Holy Cross. At Holy Cross, he originated a visiting artist series which brought Christopher Durang, Bartlett Sher, Rinde Eckart, and other notable performers and creators to the campus. Upon returning to California, Joe worked as a contract program manager for Cisco Systems, but made time to become involved in the production side of Moon shows, serving as a stage manager, writer, and volunteer. He is a graduate of Stanford University.
DYAN McBRIDE (Director of Education)
Dyan McBride is an actor, director, singer, and teacher. As an actress and director she has worked with such companies as 42nd Street Moon, Ray of Light, Marin Theatre Company, Solano College Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Golden State Productions, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Pacific Alliance Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Sonoma, Broadway By the Bay, Willows, Napa Rep, Mondavi Center, Utah Musical Theatre and Performance Riverside to name a few. As a live performer, she has had the opportunity to perform all over the United States and in Europe.
She currently serves on the acting/musical theatre faculty at NCTC, Solano College and 42nd Street Moon, where she has been a company member for 15 years. She has also taught at Live Oak School, U.C. Davis, The Academy of Art and coaches privately as well.
In the world of TV/Film she has done work for Comcast Sports Net, Yahoo! Progressive Auto Insurance, Nintendo and many short films and web based projects. Her recent film The Sheep and the Ranch Hand has played in film festivals all over the world. Her current web project Lien on Me launched in May of 2010. She is represented by Boom Models and Talent in San Francisco. Dyan has her BA from California State University at Fullerton (musical theatre) and her MFA from U.C. Davis (acting). She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity Association and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
ANNETTE M. LAI (Office Manager)
Annette Lai keeps things flowing smoothly in 42nd Street Moon’s front office. Prior to landing in San Francisco’s own corner of Broadway, she was the Adult Contemporary/Hot AC Editor for the well-known radio trade publication, Gavin, where she interviewed pop music celebrities such as Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, and Donny Osmond. Some of her favorite Moon shows include Lady, Be Good! (2010), Call Me Madam (2009), High Spirits (2009), One Touch of Venus, and Mack & Mabel. She also previously served as Operations Manager at Mariedi Anders Artists Management in San Francisco. Ms. Lai is a graduate of San Francisco State University and a proud, third-generation native San Franciscan.
Hector Zavala (Production Manager)
Hector Zavala is an artist and director who takes pleasure in heightening theatrical pieces by making a magical experience through set, sound, and lighting design. He comes to 42nd Street Moon from Custom Made Theatre’s successful production of Steve Martin’s Underpants for which he stage managed and set designed. Hector’s artistry is both empowered by and respectful of his combined heritage of Mexico and California. He encourages emerging artists and students to envision their personal passions in the arts as a volunteer teacher. In addition to his creative work in theatre, Mr. Zavala is an award-winning float designer for Latin Dance Grooves, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Gay Pride and the San Francisco Chinese New Year’s Parade.