George Green, CEO | Artistic Director

George Green is a native of San Antonio and is thrilled to be back in his hometown after living in the Inland Northwest for 20 years.

George has served as the Director of Development for Spokane Civic Theatre as well as the Executive/Artistic Director of The Modern Theaters of The Inland Northwest.  A former USAF Member, he gained his business acumen as a marketing and promotion expert in the radio and print industry.  George has been involved in the theatrical arts as an amateur and professional dating back to 1977. Mr. Green is an award-winning set designer, director, and performer. 

Some notable accolades include Outstanding Scenic Designer and Outstanding Director from the 5th Avenue Theater Awards-Seattle as well as the AACT National Best Supporting Actor Award for his portrayal of Lee Harvey Oswald in Assassins.  He is inspired by this community’s passion and emotional investment to make the best theater possible for our region.

You can reach George Green at ggreen@theplayhousesa.org

 

Meredith Alvarez, Director of Community Relations and Special Projects

Meredith grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and completed her B.S. at Northwestern University where she majored in Theatre and History. In 2003, she became a founding member of Signal Ensemble Theatre in Chicago where she served as both an ensemble actor and the company’s Event Planner and Graphic Designer. Since moving to San Antonio in 2013, Meredith has performed with The Playhouse, The Classic Theatre, Woodlawn Theatre, and Magik Theatre. She is active in the community and proudly serves as a member of the ATAC Board, The San Antonio Zoo's "Zoomers", and volunteers for The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, The DoSeum, and Rey Feo Scholarship, Inc.

When not in a theater, Meredith enjoys spending her time with her husband of ten years, David, and their two boys, Josiah and Theodore.

You can reach Meredith at malvarez@theplayhousesa.org.

 

Laura Michelle Hoadley, Business Director

Laura Michelle was born in Arizona and raised near Barksdale Air Force Base in northwest Louisiana. An avid fan of both spreadsheets and a good jazz combo, her passion is comprised of equal parts logistics and arts. She studied music and theater at the University of Louisiana at Monroe before joining Strauss Theatre Center as Operations Manager and Guest Director for YoungTroupe.

Her work throughout north Louisiana also includes performance, direction, and technical credits with the Rose Theatre in Bastrop, East Bank Theatre and the Bossier Arts Council in Bossier City, and Shreveport Little Theater in Shreveport. Laura Michelle moved to San Antonio in 2010 and joined The Playhouse team in 2011 as Box Office Manager, later reassigned to the position of Operations Manager and eventually Business Director.

Her passion for the arts keeps her busy both on and off stage with local performance and direction credits including work with The Playhouse, SAISD, and Allegro Stage Company. She is also a regular participant in the Association of Corporate Council’s annual Ethics Follies.

You can reach Laura Michelle at lhoadley@theplayhousesa.org.

 

Jeff Morden, Development Director

Jeff Morden has been a resident of San Antonio for 16 years, having been born and raised in Southern California. Jeff has a 30-year professional career in community-based and public service organizations including Orange County’s United Way, The San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind, City of San Antonio, The Salvation Army-San Antonio Area Command, Bexar County, and Family Endeavors. Jeff studied Communications at the University of San Diego and Saddleback College.

Jeff’s broad, non-profit experience includes business development, program administration, fundraising, special events, community relations, contract monitoring and compliance. Also, Jeff has been an active board member, serving on the board of directors of Miss Fiesta San Antonio, San Antonio AIDS Foundation, West Avenue Apartments, and acted as a volunteer mentor for The Salvation Army’s Boys & Girls Club.

When not giving back to his community, Jeff’s hobbies include attending concerts, riding bikes, or playing tennis and volleyball.

 

Shannon Bishop, Box Office Manager

Shannon was born and raised in Dallas, TX. In middle school, Shannon decided she wanted to attend "that cool art school downtown" (Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts) so she auditioned and was accepted with theatre as her study. Realizing that her stage fright might inhibit her ability to perform, she found her theatrical niche in stage management. Shannon decided to attend St. Edward's University in "that cool city down I-35" (Austin) where she received her BA in Theatre Arts Administration. While attending college, Shannon stage managed numerous AEA productions and was heavily involved as the Managing Director of a student theatre company, Transit Theatre Troupe. She also worked as the Box Office Manager for Mary Moody Northen Theatre where she discovered a trade that she actually liked more than stage management.

Towards the end of her time at St. Edward’s she became involved with a new theatre company called Palindrome Theatre. Palindrome’s mission was to produce excellent theatrical productions but with a three year death date wherein the company would disband. Shannon eventually became the Managing Director of Palindrome and worked with the company to receive their 501©3 status as well as take an original adaptation of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler to the International Fringe Festival in Scotland. After three years of intense work, the company dissolved and Shannon began to look toward other cities to continue her professional career. Shannon is pleased to have ended up at The Playhouse San Antonio (that even cooler city down I-35) as the Sales and Patron Services Director. 

You can reach Shannon at sbishop@theplayhousesa.org.

 

Abby Gonzales, Bar Manager - More information coming soon!

 

Ashley Riegel - Front of House Team

Ashley was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She’s always loved the performing arts and is delighted that it is now a permanent part of her life. She received a BA in English from the University of Texas-Pan American, where she minored in Theatre.

She lived in the Rio Grande Valley for ten years before finally making the long-awaited migration to San Antonio, where, within two months of arriving, she was able to work with the amazing people at the Playhouse as a prop master. Now, she's able to directly interact with patrons everyday and she couldn’t be happier.

 
Jesse Worley - Sound Engineer | Scenic Technician

Jesse Worley - Sound Engineer | Scenic Technician

Jesse Worley was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He studied audio engineering at Spokane Falls Community College and has been working with The Modern Theaters in Idaho and Washington for the past several years.  His audio credits include Chicago, Man of La Mancha, Next to Normal, Mary Poppins, All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, and The Wild Party.

Jesse also enjoys working on recording and producing music and audio dramas. He loves being able to collaborate with creative and talented people and is looking forward to doing the same here at The Playhouse.

He can be reached at jworley@theplayhouseSA.org.

 
Alex M Coy IV - Scenic Technician

Alex M Coy IV - Scenic Technician

Alex H. Coy IV was born and raised in San Antonio and has been an active member of the local arts community since 2004, where he is an award-winning playwright, singer, actor, and designer.  Alex joined The Playhouse team in September 2016 as a scenic technician and light/sound board operator.  Previously, he was the Technical Director for The Overtime Theater.  He's worked with The Magik Children's Theatre as a board operator and performer, The AtticRep as a technician and board-op, and was a founding member of the Proxy Theatre Company.

When not on stage or working behind the scenes, Alex does stand-up comedy, draws satirical cartoons, and engages in grassroots activism in the anti-war, environmentalist, and trade-union movements.  

He can be reached at acoy@theplayhousesa.org.

 
Courtnie Mercer - Sales and Guest Services Director

Courtnie Mercer - Sales and Guest Services Director

Courtnie was born in San Antonio but raised in the West Texas town of Abilene. She relocated permanently to San Antonio in 2003 and attended The University of Texas at San Antonio where she received a B.S. in Kinesiology and a Minor in Health.

Courtnie began dancing at a very young age and started teaching dance at the age of nine. Dance and performance has always been her passions. Courtnie has been a member of the San Antonio Spurs ‘Team Energy’ as well as the San Antonio Stars ‘Star Squad’. Courtnie has choreographed for high schools and dance conventions all over Texas and has danced in such events as the Florida Citrus Bowl, Super Bowl XXXVIII, and Fiesta San Antonio's Webb Party. Courtnie is affiliated with Northside and San Antonio Independent School districts as a choreographer and serves as Director for Insight Boys Crew at Trilogy Dance Center.

As a performer, Courtnie has been seen on several stages around the community. Recent Playhouse stage credits include The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Durla) and Grease (Patty Simcox). Choreography credits include Beauty and the Beast, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, Wizard of Oz, and The Music Man in which she won a 2016 ATAC Globe Award. Courtnie is thrilled to be a part of The Playhouse Team!

Courtnie can be reached at cmercer@theplayhousesa.org

 
Helen Saldana, Front of House Team

Helen Saldana, Front of House Team

Helen Saldana is a native of San Antonio and is a recent retiree from 32 years in the financial industry. She has turned her hobby of sewing into SEW HELEN,  her own business of costume and wardrobe design. 

Helen is pleased to be a recent addition to The Playhouse San Antonio box office staff, bringing her years of experience providing excellent customer service. She can now fulfill her dream to be part of the theatrical industry and has hopes of contributing her creative talents as well.

 

Daniel D Baumer, Marketing & Social Media Director

Daniel's background, though varied, has given him a vast and diverse skill set and has allowed him to meet, work with and befriend folks from all corners of the world and from all walks of life.  A California native, his years in the US Army kept him traveling and he's covered plenty of ground since then. Living in Virginia, Germany, Kansas City, Alaska, California, and the Inland Northwest has put him in the position to live a very exciting and multi-faceted life!

He believes that every show deserves its praise and every actor their spotlight. Each of our volunteers, patrons and sponsors deserve to be valued as the foundation upon we build. On stage, he's had such meaty roles as Lord Oakleigh in Anything Goes, The Constable in Fiddler on the Roof. As a photographer, Daniel has created a unique way to capture moments and create images that tell a story of their own.  He's been aiming his lens at stages to great acclaim and has had his theater imagery seen worldwide. Daniel's theater photography, character portraiture, and cityscapes can be found at danscape.de. He is also very active on TWITTER and INSTAGRAM.

He can be contacted at dbaumer@theplayhousesa.org.

 

Dan Heggem, Technical Director

Dan "Doc" Heggem studied and practiced lighting design throughout Southern California before moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2001. Since then, Mr. Heggem has received two critics choice awards for his designs of Woman in Black and Of Mice and Men for Spokane Interplayers Ensemble. He has won Outstanding Lighting Design at the 5th Avenue Theatre Awards in Seattle for his work on Mary Poppins in 2015 and Evita in 2016. Mr. Heggem has also won Outstanding Lighting Design for The Last 5 Years at I-Act Festival in Boise, Idaho.  

Most recently serving as Technical Director for The Modern Theater, Mr. Heggem has enjoyed many collaborative products with an array of designers and artist from coast to coast. He looks forward to all the exciting new challenges the future may hold.

You can reach Doc at dheggem@theplayhousesa.org.

 

Nicholas Ponting, Resident Designer

Nicholas Ponting is thrilled to be with The Playhouse! A Pacific Northwest native, Ponting grew up in Spokane, Washington. He holds degrees in Theatre (scenic design) and Music (voice) from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Recent design credits include Sweeney ToddHooded: Or Being Black For Dummies (World Premiere), Mr. Marmalade, and How I Learned To Drive, which earned him a Kennedy Center Award for the design. 

As a performer, Ponting has been seen on stages throughout Seattle, WA as well as regionally. Recent stage credits include: How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (The 5th Avenue Theatre), Working (Showtunes Theatre Company), Marina, A New Musical (Bellingham TheatreWorks), and Urinetown (WST).

Outside of theater, Ponting is an active leadership educator and speaker, working leadership camps, retreats and visiting high schools across the state of Washington, focusing on Maslow's hierarchy of basic needs and group collaboration.

Nicholas can be reached at nponting@theplayhousesa.org.

 

Meagon Roe, Company Manager

Meagon Roe began her theater career at a young age and followed her passion as an actor to Los Angeles. Her Los Angeles acting credits include Abe Lincoln/Tribe in HAIR, Myra Arundell in Hay Fever, as ), Savage In Limbo (Denise Savage). Ms. Roe was nominated for KCACTF award in Acting for her role in HAIR (2006) and for Savage In Limbo (2008). Los Angeles Technical Theatre credits include This Is Not A Tree (Stage Manager), Bat Boy (Assistant Director), Bus Stop (Assistant Director).

After returning to San Antonio, Ms. Roe found herself behind the scenes once again. San Antonio Stage Managing credits include Wild Oats (The Cellar Theatre), A Christmas Carol: The Musical (The Playhouse SA), My Fair Lady (The Playhouse SA), Hello Dolly (The Playhouse SA), 9 to 5: The Musical (The Woodlawn Theatre), The Playhouse 100 Year Gala Celebration (The Playhouse SA), Greater Tuna (The Playhouse SA), Company (The Playhouse SA), Private Lives (The Classic Theatre).

As a member of the San Antonio Theatre Community she is humbled and excited to find herself part of the next chapter that The Playhouse SA team is embarking on to bring excellent, live theatre to San Antonio.

Ms. Roe would like to thank George Green for this opportunity, the many directors and actors she has worked with over the years for their constant inspiration and support. Most importantly, she would like to thank her family and friends, especially her father Clyde Curtis Ligons, who taught her to love theatre, and to always follow her passion.