I am a director and producer dedicated to developing socio-political new work, supporting emerging artists, and experimenting with theatrical space and form. I am especially drawn to queer femme narratives, heightened comedy, and plays about mental health and catharsis. My exploration of unconventional theater space and form, has led me to dabble in site-specific and immersive work and multiple media mediums. I have aided in new play development at companies such as American Conservatory Theatre, Magic Theatre, The GroundFloor at Berkeley Rep, Custom Made Theatre, Playground, and PianoFight. Awards: Promising Woman in Theatre, Porter Arts Grant, DaVinci Scholar, Renaissance Artist Award, and winner of Shortlived Play Festival 2019. LEARN MORE
I am the Co-Artistic Director, Producing at FaultLine Theater, a female-led company that supports early career artists, and focuses on developing and producing fresh scripts that lie at the intersection of pop culture and politics.
I am the Associate Artistic Director of The Custom Made Theatre Co, and the Creative Producer of Pint Sized Plays at PianoFight, a venerable and site-specific theater-in-a-bar festival.
Fun | Artsy | Edgy | sweet
TONIGHT WE FEAST
Grab a seat at the table because you’re invited to the feast! San Francisco based band Lentil stars in a music video inspired by Sheila Callaghan’s “Women Laughing Alone With Salad”. (DP and Editing- LMK Media)
RISE AND FALL
We used original lyrics from ‘Dog Act’ by Liz Duffy Adams, to visually explore the beauty of nature juxtaposed by the destruction of the environment and apocalyptic fall of man. The performer leads the the audience on a journey of how often we take Mother Nature for granted, and how doomed she will be if we do not unite towards a common goal. (DP- Ben Ellie, Editor- Brennan Pickman-Thoon, Lyrics and Composition: Sharon Shao)
“Maple Street” | “5_characters_search.EXIT”
“MAPLE STREET” and “5_CHARACTERS_SEARCH.EXIT”- Inspired by Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone” Directed by Ciera Eis. These modern adaptations are reflections on the year 2020. “Maple Street” encapsulates the fear of leaving our homes, the fear of our neighbors, and political mistrust. While “5_characters_search.exit” emphasizes our isolation, especially with our inability to escape and our increased dependence on technology in order to connect.
FAUST: ALT SHIFT CONTROL
Based off the Faustian concept of selling your soul, we used screen capture to create a piece analyzing the radicalization of young people through the YouTube rabbit hole. Our central goal is to make the audience wonder, “could that have been me?“ (DP and Editor: Brennan Pickman-Thoon)
YOU HAD ME AT HELLO
We asked Bay Area actor couples to remake (shot-by-shot) some of the most famous romantic movie scenes and tell us their love story.
Murder at Roland Manor
An interactive 8-Bit mystery play directed by Ciera Eis and written by Brennan Pickman-Thoon. Explore the virtual manor as you chat with guests, roam the grounds, and discover who killed Kenneth Roland- before they get to you!