Wily West is pleased to announce some terrific new artists have joined the company for our 6th full season!
Jaene joins Wily West as our new Producing Director. Jaene has an extensive background in acting, directing and writing that spans two coasts. Jaene will be our on-the-ground coordinator for production and will be exploring new possibilities for Wily West on several fronts! Jaene will start her artistic contribution by joining the writing team for our summer shows!
Bridgette Dutta Portman
Bridgette is already a familiar face in the Wily West family but this year she steps up as an associate artist. Bridgette’s playwriting career is quickly gaining steam and last year her plays for SUPERHEROES brought Wily West some critical acclaim - we are so thrilled we will have her energy for this season - She has big contributions to make! Bridgette will be a part of the summer show writing team.
Local actor, and native San Franciscan, Colleen Egan has long been associated with Wily West and has already directed and acted for us numerous times. Some of you may have seen Colleen’s truly stunning performance in last season’s DROWNING KATE.
Theatre maker Genevieve Perdue brings her multi-talents to our team and we couldn’t be more thrilled. If you saw last year’s DROWNING KATE and UN-HINGED you were treated to some terrific scenic and costume design which was the product of Genevieve’s tireless effort – and on top of that she is a damn fine actor many theatre companies and ensembles would give their eye teeth to have on their roster!
Actor and Playwright Karl Schackne has already proven to be a talented writer and a loyal helping hand on projects last season. This year he joins us as a core artist. We are so thrilled to have as part our team. Karl brings his unique voice once again to the writing team for our two summer shows!
Things are afoot at Wily West, good things and some sad things. At the end of the season last year we planned to scale back a little bit this season and focus on some development work to launch us into a truly spectacular 2016 and we are all very excited about the possibilities and how that's going to look and know you will be too! The Wily Westers will be meeting in February and getting all our ducks in a row so we can announce our plans. In the meantime we've had some major changes in the company that we need to announce. It is with genuine sadness that we are saying goodbye to Quinn Cayabyab, Laylah Muran de Assereto and Wesley Cayabyab. Each of whom has been at the core of the company nearly since the beginning and made enormous contributions to our little band of theatre makers. Each has personal reasons for leaving and this was a harmonious, if gut wrenching decision for everyone involved. I wish them all the best and hope that you'll join me in thanking them for their passion, vision, and the care with which they helped shape Wily West. Stay tuned for more announcements about the season and Wily West!