Mary Beard

Mary Beard, a mezzo-soprano, has lived in Sonoma County for 35 years. She has a B.A. in music from Stanford University and also studied voice in Stuttgart, Germany. Locally, she has coached with Thelma Dare Ahner for many years. Mary has taught voice and piano in Santa Rosa for over 30 years and her students include singers now with the S.F. Opera and L.A. Opera. She sang with the Festival Consort, was the soloist at the Santa Rosa Christian Science Church for eight years, and has performed German Lieder concerts throughout the Bay Area and in Germany. She has sung a variety of roles in opera productions at Sonoma State University, the Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa Players, and Cinnabar Theater. She is a member of the Music Teachers' Association and is currently President of the Redwood Empire Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Mary, along with Susan Will-Butler (soprano, and voice professor at SSU) and with Adrian Boyer as accompanist, will be giving a recital of French Songs this Spring which will include the songs she will be singing in this production.

Adrian Boyer

Adrian Boyer started piano as a child and continued studying through college, acquiring a degree in piano performance and theory and composition from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He spent two years playing French Horn in the US Army band. Adrian started singing after college and has sung with numerous groups in the Bay Area, touring in Europe, China, Australia and New Zealand. He has sung lead and minor roles in opera and musical theater and was tenor soloist for the First Congregational church and the Oratorio Society in Palo Alto for many years. He is also a photographer and works at Safari West in Santa Rosa.

Kristen Daley

Kristen Daley graduated summa cum laude from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University where she received a B.F.A. in Dance in 1992. In 1994, she joined the Doug Elkins Dance Company, for whom she performed and taught, both nationally and internationally until 2001. She has also worked with Mark Haim, Matthew Nash, Locate Performance Group and Gus Solomons Jr. Dance.

Kristen was a member of the Chamber Dance Company in Seattle, Washington from 2001-2003 dancing the works of Isadora Duncan, Hanya Holm, Hannah Kahn, Susan Marshall, Bebe Miller, Mark Morris and Anna Sokolow. She has been a guest artist at Ohio University, New York University/Tisch School of the Arts and SummerDance Santa Barbara.

Kristen received her M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Washington in June 2003 and is currently on faculty as Assistant Professor at Sonoma State University in California.

Ananta De Tally

Ananta De Tally, artist formerly known as Butterfly and originally known as "April", works by day as a Financial Advisor, and identifies as an undying musician and composer at all times. As a violonist, she has played with the Auburn Civic Symphony, the American River College Symphony, the U.C. Davis Symphony, as well as various bands such as Land of the Blind, The Michele Star Band, and Mystic Family Circus. She has also been a guest artist in numerous political and social fundraisers and festivals such as Health and Harmony Festival and Sonoma Salute to the Arts. De Tally has also been composing her own music for 18 years. Her compositional influences range from Bjork to Minnie Ripperton, and she wants to be a 'bad-ass' business woman like Madonna. De Tally has taught locally at Woodland Star and Napa Valley Charter Schools in Sonoma County, as well as internationally, at CED International, a tibettan orphanage in Dehradun, India.

Eliot Fintushel

Eliot Fintushel began his professional acting career at thirty, at a mime theater in upstate New York. In return for mopping, he was allowed to study, and later to perform, with all the great dancers, mimes, puppeteers, actors, mask performers, and storytellers who did shows at that theater. Since then, he has received the NEA Solo Performer Fellowship twice, along with many grants for creating and touring shows from arts councils and foundations on both coasts. You may see him in a plaster-spattered apron, casting faces on street corners in his current project (Faces of Sonoma County), funded by the Sonoma County Cultural Arts Council. Eliot has performed nearly four thousand solo shows at schools, theaters, and community centers, including solo performances at the National Theater in Washington DC and at various international festivals. An adjunct theater professor at the Santa Rosa JC, Eliot's new novel, Breakfast With The Ones You Love, will be appearing from Bantam/Dell in the fall of 2006. His short fiction can be found in many science fiction magazines and anthologies.

Anita Frykberg

Anita Frykberg is currently a dance major at Sonoma State University under the careful eyes of Nancy Lyons and Kristen Daley. An aspiring choreographer and performer she has choreographed and performed her own work in western North Carolina and northern California. Also a passionate improviser, Anita enjoys improvising with musicians as well as other dancers. Her greatest fulfillment yet has been attending the 2005 American Dance Festival, a six week summer intensive, in which she worked with Marigia Maggipinto, a former student and company member of Pina Baush. "Forsake thy inhibitions, and pursue thy dreams".

Diana Haigwood

Diana first encountered modern dance in college and went on to earn an MFA in dance from Florida State University. She came to California and danced. Along the way she discovered and came to love contact improvisation. She has had the good fortune to work with a number of wonderful dancers, teachers and performing groups including Moving Space Dance Company, the Ann Woodhead Dance Company, Gravity Lab and LeyZokiParl.

Nao Kobayashi

Nao Kobayashi studies Technical Theater Art and Fine Art Sculpture at Sonoma State University. She has designed the sets for Fefu and Her Friend, Ring Round the Moon, and the costumes for No.11 Blue and White, and Spring Dance. She has performed on campus, as well as in the streets and in festivals. Her recent learning field includes Contact Improvisation dance, Butoh, and expressional martial art Shintaido. Her international experience inspires her to consider art as nonlinguistic communication method and widens her medium/material to work; her Japanese background may add colors and accent.

Graham Lawler

Graham became involved in the theatre during the late 80's while attending Sonoma State University. As an audio engineer and techno enthusiast, Graham developed sound for several local productions, including Person Theater's first, and possibly only, 100% discrete 8 channel surround-sound production, Milena. He also studied photography at SSU, which has become one his professional interests incorporated into his computer consulting/multi-media company Larger Purpose Productions. This show affords him a chance to combine his love of language with his skills in audio-visual design, photography, web and graphic design, as well as all the computer savvy to bring it all together. Also, because of his love of word play, Graham is excited about being granted a forum that allows him to refer to himself in the third person. Something he has only previously been able to achieve (without sounding silly, or pompous) through short-stories or other fictional sundries.

Noam Lemish

American-Israeli pianist Noam Lemish began his classical and jazz studies in Israel. Following his high school graduation he settled in Sonoma County, California where he connected with Mel Graves, chair of the jazz department at Sonoma State University. Since starting at SSU he has performed in over 40 concerts and productions, including classical piano solo and chamber music recitals, featuring his own compositions, as an accompanist to dance classes and as a mainstay at the university jazz band. Lemish has been awarded the Everett B. Person music scholarship continually since enrollement in 2002, and was recently awarded the prestigious Ambrose R. Nichols Scholarship for academic excellence.

Away from the university, Lemish leads his own original projects in performances around the Bay Area and has played as a sideman with musicians such as Mel Graves, Mel Martin, Dave Phillips, Randy Vincent and George Marsh. Lemish also served as pianist for the Tony award winning Theater Company The San Francisco Mime Troupe in their 2003 summer tour. He is currently composing music for the SSU theatre producation "UBU RULES!" which will go on stage at Dec.6th-10th.

Christine Renaudin

Christine Renaudin is Associate Professor of French at Sonoma State University. She has been performing in Sonoma County for fifteen years, as a dancer (former member of Ann Woodhead’s Dance Company, co-founder of Lezokiparl), and as an actor (Anna Petrovna of Wild Honey,1995, Magdalena of Another Part of the House , Solange of The Maids, 1999, Mrs. Gabor of Spring Awakening, 2000). She has also earned acclamations for her choreography of Flight of the Heart, in 2000, and more recently choreographed Dido and Aeneas and Caliban’s Dreams (2004). She sees Verlaine: Muse and Music Maker as a rare opportunity to combine her expertise in French literature and her skills in the performing arts. The show also marks Renaudin’s debut as a director.