MICHAEL KLAERS, lighting designer. Mr. Klaers has designed lighting for SBDT productions since 2012, including A Leap of Faith (2012-13), Time in Motion (2013-14), Common Ground (2015), the 40th Anniversary Season (2015-16) and Santa Barbara Dance Theater and Friends (2016). His regional theatre credits include Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Indiana Repertory Theatre.
Ryan Beveridge, composer. During his formative years, composer Ryan Beveridge’s love of music and storytelling was born in the orchestra pits of summer stock companies performing as a percussionist. Later, he followed his passion and attended Northwestern University where he earned his music degree majoring in the disciplines of composition, orchestration and percussion. He has written material spanning multiple genres that include classical, pop, rock, hip-hop, as well as folk and funk music. His music is a tapestry of organic sounds and melodies designed to capture the heart and captivate the mind. Mr. Beveridge has composed the scores to nearly forty film and television series, including Mr. Robinson, Back in the Game, Dirty, Meeting Evil, the NBC series Heist, and the acclaimed Sundance premiering films Barking Water, Mosquita y Mari, and This May Be the Last Time. In addition to film, Mr. Beveridge enjoys composing for dance, the theater, and arena. Projects have included vocal arrangements and music supervision for the arena sports spectacular Ben Hur Live, soundtracks for Sony Play Station’s Spyro, Bravo Network’s Breaking News and the Warner Brothers series, Brutally Normal. Mr. Beveridge has been honored with fellowships from the Sundance Institute and BMI. His music compositions and arrangements have been heard at seven Sundance Film Festivals.
Janet O’Neill, Costume Designer. Credits include: Fulfillment (Assoc., ATC, CH ‘15), Burnt House (NYC August Strindberg Rep. ‘15), Campo Maldito (NYC/SF Fringe Festival ’14), Ex Machina (NYC Fringe Festival ’13). UC San Diego: Mr. Burns, Burial at Thebes, Grapes of Wrath. Chautauqua Theatre Company Credits ‘13 Season: Dark Radio, Transit. UC Santa Barbara design & SBDT credits: Fall and Spring Dance concerts (15’-16’). Ubuntu Theatre Project (’13-‘15). La Jolla Playhouse Asst. Shop Manager 2016, CTC Costume Shop Manager 2015-16 Season. BFA: UC Santa Barbara in Costume Design, Communication, German. MFA: UC San Diego, Costume Design.
Lydia Harmon, costume designer. Lydia Harmon graduated from California Institute of The Arts in 1986 with her BFA in Dance and The University of AZ in 2008 with an MFA in Theatre Arts, Costume Design. Her professional costuming career began in 1989 designing costumes for The Magic of David Copperfield's television and stage shows while dancing as his magic assistant. Upon retiring from dance, she continued her work in the costume shops such as Houston Ballet as well as Houston Grand Opera, the University of Arizona School of Dance, and Huntsville Ballet, on productions that include Dracula, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Stars and Stripes, Madame Butterfly, Magic Flute and Salome.Since the inception of her company Tutu Etoile in 1998, she has designed and constructed costumes for many productions all over the world for ballet, contemporary dance, operettas and musical theatre. Most recently, she has created costumes for, "LA Dance Project" under the direction of Benjamin Millepied, California Institute of The Arts, “Sharon Disney-Lund School of Dance”, USC’S “Glorya Kaufman School of Dance”, "Santa Barbara Dance Theater", A Jointed Affair and Salt.
Nicole Thompson, costume designer. Ms Thompson is from Santa Barbara and has a BA in Apparel Design and Merchandising and a BA in Business Administration from San Francisco State University. She has been State Street Ballet’s Wardrobe Director since 2015, designing and creating costumes for The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Women’s Work, An American Tango, Modern Masters, and the SSB Summer Intensive.
Mary Heebner, visual artist. Central to Mary Heebner's practice is her interest in the numinous qualities of the physical world and their expression in cultural and natural forms. The artist's inquisitive practice draws upon art of the ancient world and from sketches and notations made, often while traveling on assignments. The interpretative license of her work remains grounded, however, in a cultivated alertness to the distinct mythology, geology, archaeology, art, language and stories from each locale she explores. Skilled at the art of papermaking, Heebner incorporates her unique interpretation of antiquities,landforms, maps, and water forms to create sensuous abstract compositions. The artist uncovers a spiritual beauty in the earth and its history, and strives to capture, and in some ways re-create, the warmth and wonder its relics hold. Heebner has distinguished herself as an abstract artist, published writer and book artist, and her pieces are held in numerous esteemed public and private collections. In addition to her fine art practice, Heebner has editioned seventeen fine art press books under the imprint simplemente maria press, (est. 1995), two additional trade publications that pair her paintings alongside Pablo Neruda's poetry, and she has collaborated on three books with photographer, Macduff Everton on the landscapes of Patagonia, Chile, the American West, and Santa Barbara, California.
Jon Nathan, Director of the UCSB Jazz Ensemble, Jon Nathan has been a figure in the Santa Barbara musical scene since his arrival here nearly ten years ago. He holds a B.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an M.M. in Percussion Performance from Cal State University at Northridge. During his time there, he was introduced to William Kraft, and was asked to continue studies with Professor Kraft at UCSB, where he completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Currently, Dr. Nathan is principal timpanist with the Santa Barbara Grand Opera Association as well as Director of Jazz Ensembles and Lecturer in Percussion and Percussion Ensemble at UCSB. He has also served as Principal Percussionist with the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, and continues to perform regularly with the Santa Barbara Symphony, as well as for other regional orchestras including Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and Santa Monica Symphony.Dr. Nathan was also the original drummer in the Animal Liberation Orchestra and in various jazz groups in Santa Barbara, including the Nate Birkey Quintet. He has served as Jazz Ensemble Director and Percussion Instructor at Moorpark College, has taught Techniques of Percussion at Westmont College, and was the Applied Music Percussion Instructor at Santa Barbara City College. He has also served on the faculty of the Jazz in July Improvisation Workshop, held on the campus of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with such jazz luminaries as Yusef Lateef, Dr. Billy Taylor, Sheila Jordan and the Turtle Island String Quartet.
Will Thomas is a composer & producer based in Los Angeles, California. He began his professional career writing music for movie trailers and was then hired as the composer for the seminal dark-funk-techno-sic-fi show 'GvsE' on the USA network. During a stint in New York City, Will released four albums under his minimal electronic moniker Plumbline as well as four under his song based project Dive Index. He collaborated with ambient innovator Roger Eno on two of the Plumbline albums (Transparencies & Endless City/Concrete Garden). And the Dive Index albums include collaborations with Natalie Walker, Joseph Arthur, Cat Martino, Merz, Simone White, Mark Gardener (Ride) and Ian Masters (Pale Saints) among others.
In between releasing albums, Will has also worked on commercials, film and TV projects. He has been the go-to composer at Aveda for over 15 years and has had his music featured in CSI, CSI Miami, Melrose Place, Brimstone as well as clients Johnson & Johnson, Smirnoff, Herman Miller, Cody, the Nocturne podcast and a sound installation for flagship BMW showroom in Paris. Other projects include the feature film, 'Downward Angel' and the puppet horror film, 'The Mill at Calder's End'. He has produced the latest Helen Money album 'Become Zero' out now on the Thrill Jockey label. In 2017, Will was commissioned to compose and record an original piece for the Santa Barbara Dance Theater. Most recently, he has launched the In_Neutral app which allows users to collectively generate a unique and evolving piece of music in a site-specific, immersive environment using bluetooth speakers. More info at neutralmusic.com.
OMAR ZUBAIR (composer 1221 Primrose Lane)
After writing his first book Disorientation Therapy in 2007, Omar Zubair found that the closer to the core of being he looked, the more blurry it became; so, he began to listen to it, instead. And ever since, listening has become his primary compositional technique: whether creating a theatrical score for The Wooster Group or building a permanent sound installation for a national historic landmark, whether sound designing for a blind choreographer so that she can continually orient toward the audience or improvising with a dance class at Julliard to coax authentic movement out of each student, whether making music to help people grieve at a funeral or celebrate at a wedding. He lets the ear hear twice before acting once.