Lady Susan Creative Team

Jane Austen (Author; 1775 - 1817) is one of the Jane Austenmost beloved authors in theEnglish language. Known for her biting studies of social interaction and her brilliant character portraits, she was acclaimed by such contemporary luminaries as the Prince Regent and Sir Walter Scott, but preferred to remain anonymous during her lifetime. Best known for her celebrated novels, which include Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Persuasion, Austen also wrote a number of fragmentary humorous stage pieces, and acted in home theatricals.

Gina Baleria (Director) most recently directed 22 Minutes Remaining, by Ignacio Zulueta, at the BOA Festival 2009, and Ruffian on the Stair, by Joe Orton, at Theatre Rhinoceros. Other directing credits include Here’s That Rainy Day by John Levine, The Actor’s Nightmare by Christopher Durang, and Isaiah Dufort’s hilarious one-act The Pheasant. As an actor, she was last seen as Rhonda Louise in the AtmosTheatre production of John Patrick Shanley’s Women of Manhattan. She has also appeared in No Exit as Inez, and the Odyssey Players production of Much Ado About Nothing as Margaret. She is a co-founding member of AtmosTheatre (formerly Theatre in the Woods), and a member of Eastenders Repertory Company.

Kristin Clippard ("Jane Austen") has worked as a Kristin Clippardtheatre artist across the U.S. for the past eleven years. She graduated with a BFA in Acting from Wright State University, and has trained with the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, the National Theatre Conservatory, the SITI Company, and Shakespeare & Co. Some Bay Area credits include Josie in Moon for the Misbegotten with Hapgood Theater, Diana in Out of this World with 42nd Street Moon, and Phebe in As You Like It with Sonoma County Rep. She tours her original one-woman show, Wild Child, nationally. Kristin works as Education Associate for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, is a teaching artist for several theatre companies, and recently directed for the Bay Area One-Acts Festival.

Jennifer Daly (Stage Manager) is a longtime stage manager for Eastenders Repertory Company, but has recently begun her move into directing. She helmed Goebbels! One Night Only! Live from Hell! by Scott Munson, for Three Wise Monkeys' BOA festival in 2009, and co-directed Eastenders's 2008 staged reading of Morass by Pavel Kohout. Jennifer also designed the lighting for Bella Union's Improper Ambitions.

Daria Hepps (“Catherine Vernon”/ Producer) is Daria Heppsthe original founder of Bella Union Theatre Company. A longtime Bay Area theatre practitioner, Daria continues to act and direct, although much of her time is taken up by her demanding day-job raising funds for the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Local directing credits include The Sneeze and La Ronde. She acted in both of these, as well as in Bella Union’s productions of Demon_Industry and Improper Ambitions.

Geoffrey Libby ("Reginald") is excited to perform Geoffrey Libbyat the beautiful City Club, alongside such varied and talented actors. He was last on stage at the BOA Festival, in SF, under the wonderful direction of Gina Baleria, in the two-person one-act play, 22 Minutes Remaining, which has been picked up by the SF Fringe festival, and will play again in the city in September. Other recent roles include Valentine--and the decrepit Priest--in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, at the Curtain Theater in Marin, and Gary in Snakebit, at the Phoenix Theatre, SF. He is also proud to say he played a longtime friend of Harvey Milk in the recent feature film, Milk. He would like to thank his friends, family, and acting coach Linda, for all their help and support.

Candice M. Milan* (“Lady Susan”/ Producer/ Candice M. MilanScenic Designer), an actor who also directs and teaches from time to time, is a founding member of Bella Union Theatre Company. In a little over a year, Candice has appeared as “Joanne” in California Conservatory Theatre’s production of Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmie Dean, Jimmie Dean, directed a production of The Little Foxes for St. Ignatius College Preparatory, and enjoyed the arrival of her daughter Isadora. A favorite role with Bella Union is “the Dark Lady” in Devouring Time, a piece she conceived and directed featuring a selection of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Candice has an MFA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
*Member of Actors’ Equity. Lady Susan is an Equity-Approved project.

Tara Munier (Costume Co-Designer) -- Captivated by fabrics since the moment she discovered the silky satin binding of her baby blanket, Tara was a “material girl” long before Madonna. Her home is a veritable West Coast Smithsonian of irresistible velvets, silks and woolens. A lifelong sewer and a member of the Greater Bay Area Costumer’s Guild, Tara has outfitted countless Halloween characters, prom divas, and historic re-enactors. She toils by day as a website developer to fund her after-hours creative addiction. Lady Susan is Tara’s first theater production.

Gene Mocsy (“Manwaring”/ Producer/ Lighting Gene MocsyDesigner) is a founding member of Bella Union Theatre Company, where he has worked as a playwright, director, designer, and actor. His latest play, Pandemic, is about zombies. He recently appeared as Floridal in the world premiere of A Dangerous Precaution, by Mikhail Kuzmin, at Theatre Rhinoceros. By day, he is a video game designer. He recently helped finish A Vampyre Story at Autumn Moon Entertainment, and is working on an unannounced new title at the same company.

Jessica Lyn Robertson ("Frederica Vernon") is Jessica Lyn Robertsongrateful to be a part of Lady Susan. Jessica graduated with a BA in Drama from San Francisco State University. There she appeared in various shows such as Harold Pinter's The Lover, "Week 42" of Susan Lori Park's 365 Days 365 Plays, and an original piece by Nick Pappas titled Go, or Go Ahead. Jessica also just completed her first feature film, Trash and Progress, which is set to be completed in the winter of 2010.

Christine U’Ren (Playwright/ Producer/ Christine U'RenCostume Co-Designer) has worked in local radio and theatre as a writer, researcher, designer and actor. She is a founding member of Bella Union, and has also worked for Theatre Rhinoceros, Eastenders Repertory Company, Aurora Theatre Company, and Three Wise Monkeys’ Bay Area One Acts (BOA) festival. Her first full-length original play, Improper Ambitions, was produced by Bella Union in 2005.

Matt Weimer ("Sir James Martin") has been involved in Bay Area theater since 1991. Most recently, he performed in eighteen productions in six years at Theatre Rhinoceros, as well as working as Assistant Artistic Director there for over two years. Other work in recent years includes shows with Porchlight Theatre Company and Pacific Alliance Stage Company.