Spare Stage was founded in 2007 and is a San Francisco-based 501c(3) nonprofit organization.
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Laylah Muran de Assereto
Laylah has been involved in theatre and writing creative fiction since childhood. Raised in an extended urban family of poets, musicians, and performance artists, Laylah got her start acting with her family’s avant-garde puppet theatre troupe, Handghost Theatre in the 1980s. She attended the School of the Arts at J. Eugene McAteer High School in San Francisco (now the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts) where she studied drama and theatre tech. She studied acting with Stephen Drewes from 1994 to 2006 and became heavily involved both as an actor and board member with the Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco (PCSF) in 2005, serving variously as the Secretary, Publicity Director, Board Chair, and volunteering as a literary committee member. In 2009 Laylah joined Wily West Productions as Executive Producer where she served until 2015, presenting several award winning, nominated, and critically acclaimed productions of new works by local area writers and theatre artists. She produced the annual short play festival “Sheherezade” from 2008-2014, which received a TBA nomination for Outstanding Anthology for “Sheherezade 14“. She is a proud member of the Dramatist’s Guild, Playwrights Center (Minneapolis), International Centre of Women Playwrights, and The Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco.
Credits include I SAW IT, she wrote for and was primary editor for this collaborative work with 8 contributing playwrights, produced by Wily West Productions in 2015. AS OF ONE, a short play for ReproRights! The Body Politic produced as a staged reading as part of 3Girls Theatre’s Womens Work Festival in August 2016 and again at PianoFight in November 2016. ANONYMOUS ME, JAIN, and CASH FOR CAPES, three short pieces included in Wily West’s SUPERHEROES which received a 2014 TBA Nomination for Outstanding Anthology. CENSORED IN TEHRAN, a short play included in the 2010 PCSF production SHEHEREZADE 10: 2009 A Year in Review. She is a member of the 2016/2017 PlayGround Writer’s Pool and is returning to SF Olympians Festival as a playwright in October at the Exit.
Her directing credits include, PCSF’s PLAYOFFS 2016, ReproRights! The Body Politic (2016), SF Olympians Festival VII: The Servants night of 3 one-acts by Bridgette Dutta Portman, Elizabeth Flanagan, and Marissa Skudlarek, and PCSF’s SHEHEREZADE’S LAST TALES (2015) which received the TBA Award for Outstanding Anthology.
Laylah performed Celia in TALKING HEADS by Alan Bennett, directed by Stephen Drewes for Spare Stage Theatre in March 2016 and as Decima in Ex Nihilo’s live recorded radio play series TERRA INCOGNITA as Decima in April, June, August, and October 2016.
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Ted’s experience in theater began with a stint as stage manager for Spare Stage's 2008 production of Stephen Dietz’s PRIVATE EYES. He has been involved in every subsequent show in various capacities: stage manager (HERE), production manager (THE UNEXPECTED MAN revival), board operator (HERE), assistant to the director (THE UNEXPECTED MAN, A BODY OF WATER), sound designer (THE BREATH OF LIFE, THE UNEXPECTED MAN revival, OLEANNA, TALKING HEADS), and gopher. Ted has prepared posters, postcards, and programs; and scheduled rehearsals. Ted also created and maintains the company’s website. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Jeremy is an actor and sound designer, getting his start in radio plays in his teen years as a sound engineer for KOPN Radio’s Lullaby of Broadway, Inside Radio kids’ workshops, and the annual Midwest Radio Theater Workshop. Most recently, Jason designed sound for Ex Nihilo's six-part radio play series TERRA INCOGNITA, which was recorded live at Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland, and for Wily West’s productions of UNHINGED and DROWNING KATE. Jason performed in PCSF's annual short play festival Sheherezade from 2006 through 2009 and 2014, and he designed sound for Sheherezade in 2010 and 2012. He is a founding member of Wily West Productions and performed numerous roles for them including Pingta in THE WIDOW WEST, The Mighty Magora in MAIDRID'S BOW, Cosimo in ZERO HOUR, and various roles in SAN FRANCISCO STORIES and I SAW IT. Jason played Matthew in Spare Stage's production of PRIVATE EYES, and Reese in the New Conservatory Theatre Center's THE WAR AT HOME.
Quinn J. Whitaker studied theatre design and production at Oakland School of the Arts with a concentration in Lighting Design and Stage Management. She attended Barnard College in New York City during which time she served as the Lighting Design and Stage Manager for Columbia University Event Management and the Columbia University Musical Theatre Society. She also worked as a technician for the International Architectural Lighting Design Awards and Ellie Charles Awards. Quinn was the lead designer and production manager for PCSF's Sheherezades 10-14. She was a designer, production manager and producer for Wily West from 2010 through 2014, including award nominated productions of SUPERHEROES, EVERYBODY HERE SAYS HELLO, and GORGEOUS HUSSY.
I am thrilled to be a part of an ensemble group creating theatre from the bare stage up! Born in England, I grew up on the East Coast and have been a West Coast transplant for 26 years—San Francisco is where my creative heart lives. I believe passionately in theatre being the crucible for many different voices and stories, and I look forward to sharing Spare Stage’s projects with you. I find theatre to the perfect intersection for my interests and skills—I am an actor (recently seen in the Playwrights Center 2016 Playoffs-Short Play Festival); a dramaturg (for Golden Thread Productions 2015 ReOrient Festival, and several one-person shows); a published photographer (but mostly taking photos of my dog and clouds right now!); a film buff (especially French film noir and anything by Werner Herzog); a researcher (I will literally look up anything and everything, including the kitchen sink), and recently, I just wrote my first play, Waiting for Van Gogh. Other theatrical activities include reading new, unproduced plays for several literary committees, including the Magic and The Playwrights Foundation. I received my MA in Theatre from SF State, with a BA in English, and a minor in Women’s Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, and I am a member of LMDA (Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America). As always, my beloved acting teacher, Linda Lowry, who taught me so much truth about who I am, will always be a part of my artistic journey.
Board of Directors
Laylah Muran de Assereto Chair
Luana Hernandez Treasurer
Quinn Whitaker Secretary
(open position) Development Director
Laylah Muran de Assereto
Writers & DramaturgsJerome Joseph Gentes, playwright & lyricist
Rice Majors, composer & lyricist
Jennifer Lynne Roberts, playwright
Ted V. Bigornia
James Allen Brewer
Laylah Muran de Assereto
Ely Sonny Orquiza
Abigail Van Alyn
Stage Managers &