2019 Artistic Company

Bella Beccera

Assistant Stage Manager/Production Assistant. Bella is excited to be part of CCSF for the first time. She is currently a student at Pierce College in Washington. Her experience includes work on and off stage, most recently working as Assistant Stage Manager for CSUB’s The Dining Room and appearing as Medea in Luis Alfaro’s Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles for University of Washington Tacoma. 

Nicole Cortese

Nicole Cortese is going into her second year of PCPA’s Technical Theatre program, and is currently working in the costume shop for their Summer Season. This past year she has had the chance to be on fly crew for their production of Peter Pan and Deck Crew for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. She has been seen before on the CCSF stage in Much Ado About Nothing in 2017, and is excited to have the opportunity to stage manage this year! In her free time, she likes to bake, design costumes, and participate in SLO’s up and coming drag community! Enjoy the show!

Michael Hofacre

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Michael Hofacre (Director, Twelfth Night) has previously directed Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival.  Michael lives in Los Angeles where he has been part of the editing team on over 40 feature films, working for such directors as Adam McKay, Judd Apatow, Milos Forman, Michael Mann, Jodie Foster, and Danny DeVito.  He has edited the independent films Shelter, Winter in the Blood, and Frankie Go Boom which each won multiple awards at film festivals around the country.  He has also been an editor and producer on several award-winning documentaries including Surviving Friendly Fire, Walking Man and Political Animals. 

Diane Mayfield

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Dramaturg. Diane Mayfield recently retired from a 34-year career as a high-school English teacher, duringwhich she often described herself to her students as a “frustrated actress.”  It’s true that Diane’slove of literature in general, and of drama in particular (especially the works of Shakespeare),have led her into the world of live theater post-retirement.  Diane has enjoyed CCSF plays formore than 25 years as   an   audience  member, and she  is   thrilled   to   finally  have the time tocontribute to the Festival in a larger capacity

Rebekah Oulton

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Lighting Design. Rebekah Oulton has been involved in community theater in the San Luis Obispo for longer than she cares to admit.  She has primarily been a lighting designer, backstage manager, and/or production assistant for countless productions at the San Luis Obispo Little Theater (now SLO Rep), the Clark Center, and of course the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival. 

In her real life, Rebekah Oulton is an Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cal Poly SLO.  Her teaching focuses on water resource management, water treatment and reuse, and application of sustainability principles in civil and environmental engineering.

Zoe Saba

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Artistic Director. Recent directing credits include The Dining Room, Love’s Labor’s Lost, The Gamester, The Taming of the Shrew, Tartuffe, Lend Me a Tenor, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Cal State University Bakersfield); The Three Musketeers, The Tempest, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Treasure Island, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado about Nothing (CCSF).  Festival roles include Kent in King Lear, Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.  Other credits include Melony in The Cider House Rules, Carla Carla in Swimming in the Shallows, and Grandpa in Panama for California Repertory Company; Dr. Charlotte in Falsettos, Mary in On the Verge, Elsa in The Road to Mecca, Lyse in The Illusion, Sara in Quilters, and Margaret in A Perfect Ganesh at Centerpoint Theatre Group.  Zoe attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and holds an MFA in Acting/Directing from California State University Long Beach. She teaches courses in acting, auditioning, and Shakespeare at California State University Bakersfield.  

Jason Sumabat

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Choreographer. Jason is the founder and director of Blue Dove productions, and a veteran of the arts with experience in every facet of theatre, onstage and off.  Jason has contributed to each of the productions the Festival has performed since he began working with CCSF its first season in the summer of 1997.  

Carolyn Swanson

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Viennese Waltzer Bon Vivant and the Once and Future Production Manager. For  seven years, Caroline dedicated herself to shaping the minds of international youth at Leysin American School in idyllic Switzerland where she taught drama.  She currently teaches drama at the Vienna International School.  Carolyn was part of the Fearless Four who started the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival lo these many years ago.   She crosses continents each summer to return to CCSF -whip us into shape and make sure we don’t let actors jump off the sea train, all our lights and sound stay in working order, and we have the proper amount of fun at all times. 

Cynthia Totten

March 15, 2013

Cynthia Totten (Director of The Importance of Being Earnest) is a Professor of Theatre at Eckerd College, a small liberal arts institution in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she teaches stage movement, acting, directing, and performance courses. She holds an MFA in Acting/Directing from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Eckerd College directing credits include Eurydice, The Tempest, Fuddy Meers, Passion Play (Part One), Iphigenia, Rain. Some Fish. No Elephants., Our Town, The Dining Room, As You Like It, The Boys Next Door, and A Streetcar Named Desire. She received Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Meritorious Awards for Excellence in Direction for directing Iphigenia and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This summer marks Cindy’s 17th season with the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival, where she directed The Winter’s Tale (2015), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014), Love’s Labor’s Lost (2013), The Tempest (2012), As You Like It (2011), The Gamester (2010), Treasure Island (2009), Richard III (2007), Macbeth (2006), Cyrano de Bergerac (2005), Romeo and Juliet (2004), As You Like It (2003), The Taming of the Shrew (2002), Hamlet (2001), and The Merchant of Venice (1999), and performed the role of Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (1998). Cindy holds a 200-hour Yoga Teacher certification from Ananda Expanding Light Meditation Retreat near Nevada City, California.  In the Fall 2014 semester, she served as Director of Eckerd College’s London Study Centre, where she taught The British Seminar and Acting: Shakespeare. Cindy received the 2016 Lloyd W. Chapin Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Art at Eckerd College.

Jenna Yinguez

Jenna Yinguez has been stage managing for two years. She has previously assumed the roles of sound engineer for shows such as: Macbeth and West Side Story. She has also been apart of The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Summer Seminar in 2018. Jenna’s hobbies include coaching girls softball, taking naps, drawing, and drinking tea. She hopes you enjoy the show!

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