DAREN A.C. CAROLLO (Executive Director)
Daren is over the moon elated about his new role as Executive Director of 42nd Street Moon. He has been a leader in the Bay Area arts scene for over a decade. Previously, serving as the Producing Artistic Director of Berkeley Playhouse, Executive Director of Broadway By the Bay, and Artistic Director for Diablo Theatre Company/DLOC. His production company, Carollo & Palumbo, LLC, produced the musical bare Off-Broadway and A Time to Kill on Broadway. Daren is an award-winning director with over 50 credits over the last thirteen years. His directing highlights include Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, Jekyll & Hyde, Sound of Music, The Music Man, Noises Off (twice), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Trip to Bountiful, Dracula (twice), Peter Pan (twice), Miss Saigon, The Drowsy Chaperone (twice), A Grand Night for Singing, Rabbit Hole, Doubt, Curtains, and To Kill A Mockingbird (twice). Daren has directed for Diablo Theatre Company, Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, Napa Valley Opera House, Ohlone and Solano Colleges, Town Hall Theatre Company, DRAA’s On Broadway, El Campanil Theatre and Contra Costa Civic Theatre. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and Theatre Bay Area’s Theatre Services Committee. For all that Daren has been blessed and honored to accomplish theatrically thus far, he is most proud of his greatest accomplishment: being the father of his son, Jack.
DANIEL THOMAS (Executive Director)
A Bay Area native, Daniel returns after two decades of professional theatrical experience as an administrator, producer, actor, director and musician in Southern California. Previously Daniel served as the General Manager for Musical Theatre West, Education Director for the Norris Center for the Performing Arts, and Box Office Manager for Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera. He was also a Founding Producer/Artistic Director of Musical Theatre Ensemble which is now the wildly popular Reiner Reading Series of Musical Theatre West. Daniel worked for nearly every regional theatre in Southern California as an actor, musical director/conductor, and/or musician, including Musical Theatre West, 3-D Theatricals, Cabrillo Music Theatre, McCoy-Rigby Entertainment, Moonlight Amphitheatre, Candlelight Pavilion and the Santa Barbara, Fullerton and San Gabriel Civic Light Operas, as well as the Disneyland Resort. Recently Daniel has been the musical director/conductor on multiple productions for Woodminster Amphitheatre in Oakland and Lyric Theatre in San Jose. Daniel is grateful and lucky to have the love and support of his wife Rebecca, and they are the extremely proud parents of their son Joshua.
DAVE DOBRUSKY (Resident Music Director)
Dave Dobrusky has long been a 42nd Street Moon mainstay, delighting audiences with his instinctive and intuitive feel for the music of the golden age of Broadway. Dave celebrated his 80th production as Music Director at 42nd Street Moon last season with Carnival! His past favorites include Zorba, Three Sisters, Strike up the Band, Babes in Arms, Call Me Madam, High Spirits, Finian’s Rainbow, Paint Your Wagon (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), and Leave It to Me! (recorded). Other Bay Area credits include Road Show; Marry Me a Little; Tick, Tick, Boom! (Theatre Rhino); I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; The Full Monty (both for Ray of Light); Camelot; My Fair Lady; Man of La Mancha (BATCC Award); Putting It Together (all for SF Playhouse); and Connie Champagne as Judy Garland at the Rrazz Room. Dave has appeared with Emily Skinner, Cady Huffman, Karen Ziemba, Rebecca Luker, Donna McKechnie, Noah Racey, Faith Prince, Andrea McArdle, and the late Celeste Holm, all at 42nd Street Moon. Dave holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory.
DYAN McBRIDE (Director of Education)
Dyan McBride has been with 42nd Street Moon for 22 years! She has worn many hats such as actress, director, education director, casting assistant, and is currently on the programming committee. Her work at Moon has been a highlight in her life and she is extremely proud to be a part of this great organization.
As an actress and director she has worked with such companies as Center Repertory Theatre, Woodminster, Lucky Penny, Sacramento Theatre Company, Ray of Light, Marin Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse, Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Broadway By the Bay, Napa Rep, Mondavi Center, California Theatre Center, Utah Musical Theatre, and Performance Riverside to name a few. She has had the opportunity to perform all over the United States and in Europe.
She is an adjunct professor in the theatre departments of Solano College and the Academy of Art. She has taught at many schools and theatres during the course of her career and considers teaching to be one of the most important parts of her life. Her students rock!
In the world of TV, film and print, she has done work for Comcast Sports Net, Yahoo!, Progressive Auto Insurance, Nintendo, Mervyn’s, Tcho, and Polycom among many others. She is in the film Springsteen and I and is featured in the web series Lien on Me. She is represented by Boom Models and Talent in San Francisco.
Board of Directors
J. PATTERSON MCBAINE (Board Chair)
J. Patterson (Pat) McBaine is Member Manager of the San Francisco investment firm of Gruber & McBaine Capital Management, LLC. A graduate of Harvard, where he was president of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, Mr. McBaine attended the John Hopkins School of Advanced Studies and was a member of Henry Kissinger’s National Security Council. Mr. McBaine was a partner in the investment banking firm of Hambrecht & Quist for 15 years before forming Gruber & McBaine in 1988. For the past 10 years, Mr. McBaine has been active in Bay Area theatre and music as both a producer and performer. He is a member of the Vocal Minority musical theatre troupe, which performs original productions annually for the benefit of San Francisco
BRANDON JOHN HARRINGTON (Secretary)
Brandon John Harrington currently works in Talent Acquisition for YouTube, specializing in content recruiting. He previously spent three years working alongside senior leadership at Google. Prior to joining Google, Brandon spent five years working in film and theatrical development for DreamWorks Animation. An avid supporter of the theatrical arts, Brandon has worked with theatre companies in Los Angeles, Chicago, on Broadway and in the West End. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Northwestern University and is a proud Bay Area native.
VICTORIA STEWART DAVIS
Victoria Stewart Davis is a top producing San Francisco real estate agent with Pacific Union and Christie’s International Real Estate with over 15 years of experience in residential and development sales. She recently served on the advisory board of the Young Professionals Network of the San Francisco Association of Realtors. Victoria’s love for musical theater developed in the South Bay at the Children’s Musical Theater of San Jose, where she was a frequent performer over many years. She went on to study vocal performance at the University of Oregon School of Music, and has been honored to perform on the 42nd Street Moon stage. Her volunteer work has included running a “Read Aloud” program in San Francisco public schools; membership in Symphonix, an organization supporting the San Francisco Symphony; and work for the Epiphany Center and various San Francisco performing arts organizations. Victoria and her husband Erik are proud San Francisco residents and enjoy raising their two young children in the city.
Lee Fishel has had parallel careers in both business and theater. A graduate of U.C. Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Political Science, he has worked in the sales and marketing of fire equipment, providing protective and life-saving equipment to fire departments throughout California, including the San Francisco Fire Department. For the past twenty-one years, he has been Vice President and shareholder in Allstar Fire Equipment, managing their Northern California division in Hayward. For many years, Lee also worked as a professional actor, specializing in classical theater including many Shakespearean productions. Lee is a lifetime fan of musical theater. He and his wife, Carolyn, have been subscribers and sponsoring members of many theater companies in California and Oregon.
Born in Germany in 1932, in 1936 John and his parents fled to New York City, where he spent most of his childhood. Against his parents’ wishes he attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison on a scholarship, then completed medical school in 1957. After a stint as a flight surgeon in the Air Force, John completed his residency at the University of Michigan, specialized in Dermatology, then moved to San Francisco where a temporary job with Kaiser turned into a 37-year career, becoming the chief of the department in 1978. He was married for the first time three days before the Loma Prieta Earthquake; his daughter lives in San Rafael. He is active in the Tiburon/Belvedere Rotary Club, goes on missions with Rotaplast (cleft palates), most recently to Tanzania, and is on the Board. John keeps busy rehabilitating and managing apartments, traveling and spending time with friends. John has always loved musicals (during his time in New York he saw the original productions of Oklahoma! and Carousel, among others). He can sing but does not read music, and he used to love dancing. He is a lover of Gilbert and Sullivan (long-time fan of Lamplighters) and became a fan of 42nd Street Moon in 2014.
JOANNA LEIGHTON NEVESNY
Most recently, Joanna Leighton Nevesny was a member of the Board of Directors of the Art Deco Society of California, where she was Events Director for four years and Secretary for two years. Before her work with the Art Deco Society, she served as a presiding Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and the National Association of Securities Dealers. She has been an associate attorney in a civil litigation practice and an associate with a law firm specializing in wine industry matters. She is a graduate of the Law School at Golden Gate University and passed the bar in 1987. Before law school, she practiced nursing for 20 years at the San Francisco Veterans Medical Center, where she held staff positions in the OR, ICU, and CCU. She was also in charge of the open heart surgery service, developed and taught two peri-operative nursing courses for San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco, and administered a neuro-oncology research protocol.
ROBERT ANTHONY PODESTA
Robert Podesta joins 42nd Street Moon with over 30 years of financial, theatrical, and professional public experience. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Podesta would go on to be schooled at Georgetown Prep, the University of Notre Dame, and the London School of Economics and Political Science before coming back to Chicago. While in Chicago he served as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company. His varied experiences include an internship at the White House, Campaign Chair for a Senate election campaign, and founding member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He is currently the President, Chair, and Principal in Podesta & Co.; Flynn Industries, Inc.; Bar Animal Productions; and a number of LLCs. He has three children: Nicholas, Juliann, and Madeleine.
STEPHANIE RHOADS (Co-Founder)
Stephanie Rhoads is a co-founder of Innovative Marketing, a promotional merchandise marketing firm for which she serves a vice president. An accomplished singer and actress, she has performed throughout Asia with the U.S.O., throughout Alaska and the Caribbean on the Princess and Viking Cruise Lines, and in the national touring company of Some Like it Cole. Other credits include A…My Name is Alice, Side by Side by Sondheim, Threepenny Opera, Anything Goes, The Mikado, Company, The Student Prince, Once Upon a Mattress, and two years in Beach Blanket Babylon Goes Bananas. In 1993, she co-founded 42nd Street Moon with Greg MacKellan. With 42nd Street Moon, her credits include Venus in One Touch of Venus, Ninotchka in Silk Stockings, Adeline in Sweet Adeline, and Elvira in High Spirits.
PETER H. SORENSON
Pete has spent his professional career in the investment and retirement services sectors with roles in management, system and business design, sales, consulting and relationship management, and with firms including Barclays Global Investors (Blackrock) as Managing Director, Wells Fargo, VP National Accounts and Financial Engines, Dir. of Client Services. He is currently the Managing Member of his family investment firm Casa Marin LLC. Pete has been active in Bay Area theatre and music for the past 30 years, both as performer and board member, most recently serving as board president of the Mountain Play and performing in nine of its shows. He received his B. A. magna cum laude from Dartmouth and MBA with a finance specialization from UC Berkeley.
Rani’s love of theatre began when her parents took her to shows on Broadway, in the West End, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and more. Her first performance experience was in middle school at Palo Alto Children’s Theatre (her friend asked her to go and support her at the audition, so Rani auditioned as well and got cast!). Rani attended Stanford as an undergrad and then Yale School of Medicine, receiving her M.D. in 1997. She trained in Surgery, practiced Occupational Medicine and Cosmetic Dermatology, then took a career break in 2010 to be the Spudich/Blacker family Lead Home, School, Activities and Travel Coordinator! Rani and her husband Dave have two children (Anjali and Alex) who both also love various aspects of the performing arts — both as observers and participants. Both Anjali and Alex have participated in MoonSchool camps as well as Moon’s mainstage performances. Rani has served three terms on her children’s school PTA (including as Secretary and Vice-President) and is thrilled to be joining the Board of Directors of 42nd Street Moon to help grow the education arm of the organization.
Cia Townsend has 25 years of San Francisco residential real estate experience. In 1986 she co-founded Town & Company and established a pre-eminent service specializing in San Francisco’s north waterfront. Because Cia has concentrated on San Francisco real estate and north waterfront (north of Market) in particular, she has a massive database of real-time information on the condition of properties, past ownership history, and pricing. Her clients have been the partners and CEO’s of the Bay Areas venture capital and investment banking community, internationally acclaimed film directors and producers, stage and film personalities, community leaders, sports personalities, artists, social leaders, professional men and women, and almost always with an emphasis on family. A native of New York, Cia relocated to San Francisco after a successful first career as an international model. She is the mother of two boys, has served on several community organizations principally focused on education and the arts.
Monica Turner is thrilled to join the board of 42nd Street Moon! She has over a decade of experience working in technology at Google on various platforms such as Doubleclick, Google Analytics and most recently, Google Cloud Platform. She is an active theater-goer and has performed all across the bay, working with companies such as Berkeley Playhouse, Ray of Light, Foothill Music Theatre and Cabrillo Stage. Past volunteer positions have included President of the Bay Area chapter of CSU, Chico Alumni Association, Program Manager for the Women@Analytics chapter at Google and Publicity Officer for the International Students Association at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. She received a Bachelors in Musical Theatre and in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing & International Business from California State University, Chico. Monica is a proud Bay Area native, originally from San Jose and currently residing in San Francisco with her husband Dan.
GREG MACKELLAN (Co-Founder/Founding Artistic Director)
Greg MacKellan began his career as a producer in 1981, following nearly 20 years as a professional actor. In 1986, he produced three productions of The Baker’s Wife, working closely with composer Stephen Schwartz, librettist Joseph Stein, and Tony-nominated director Susan H. Schulman. Other producing credits include Words (an original musical about lyricist Larry Hart), Tintypes, Mack and Mabel, and a staged reading of Cole Porter’s Jubilee at the Westwood Playhouse in Los Angeles. In 1989, he produced a series of six CDs on the Shadowland record label, spotlighting rarely performed songs from American musicals. He has worked with such noted performers as Judy Kay, Andrea Marcovicci, Paige O’Hara, and Broadway veterans Susan Watson, Susan Johnson, and Patricia Morrison. In 1992, he moved to San Francisco, and in 1993, he co-founded 42nd Street Moon with Stephanie Rhoads. Greg retired from 42nd Street Moon in 2016 and is currently living in Los Angeles.