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JOHN BISCEGLIE (SFCMT/GCMT/SBCMT Founder/Director/Producer) Since 1985, John Bisceglie has created, directed and choreographed hundreds of community, commercial, and professional productions featuring actors of all ages. Since 1991, he has created and founded three Bay Area performing arts organizations in San Jose (SBCMT) Morgan Hill/Gilroy (GCMT) and San Francisco (SFCMT) producing original musical revues, scripted plays as well as feature films starting Bay Area youth. His large scale productions have appeared at the Herbst Theater, Marine’s Memorial Theater, Pier 39 and Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco. John enjoys sharing his longtime experience and passion for theatre with actors of all ages and is thankful to work with his wonderful team whose dedication, energy, and talent make producing his shows possible.

EMILY FERNANDEZ (Dance Director) is a 23-year-old newlywed residing in Gilroy, CA. She is a graduate from San Francisco State University, with her degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in elementary education. Emily plans to return to school to get her master’s degree and teaching credential in hopes of becoming an elementary school teacher. Emily first found her passion for performing at age 10, where she performed in her first show with John Bisceglie, “Forever Broadway”. After performing in numerous productions as a dancer and actress, she was thrilled when Bisceglie asked her to student choreograph. Emily has been assisting with choreography, later becoming dance director, with GCMT since age 16. She was so excited to take the trip to San Francisco to help start SFCMT, and then to San Jose to start SBCMT. Emily’s true passion is working with children and helping them discover their creative side! Outside the GCMT/SBCMT/SFCMT world Emily is also a nanny. She loves to mountain bike and take crazy adventures with her husband. As a former GCMT participant, Emily loves giving the families and children the same experience that helped change her life!

DEBBIE DOLPH (Box Office and Rehearsal Manager) has enjoyed working with John Bisceglie for 12 years. Debbie has played many roles behind the scenes from working as a backstage manager during her daughter’s 22 shows as a performer, to ticket sales and even assisting with costume embellishment and set construction! She now enjoys working alongside her daughter, Emily, in San Francisco, Gilroy and San Jose. Debbie is thrilled to watch her grandchildren be a part of the next generation of young performers and to witness the positive impact that theater has had in their lives and in the community. She is proud to be a part of a company that not only values but, celebrates the diversity and individuality that each child brings to our stage.

EVAN CRONE (Musical Director/Vocal Coach) Mr Crone hails from Pennsylvania and attended college at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ where he majored in education and minored in Organ and Voice. Evan resides in Oakland California and is presently the Musical/Vocal Director for the San Leandro High School Musical Theatre Program, Musical Director for the Bay Area Children’s Theatre Advanced Performers Program, and Music and Vocal Director for the Sunnyside Summer Theatre Program. Mr Crone also works as an accompanist and vocal coach. Evan is thrilled to be able to contribute to such a worthy program as San Francisco Children’s Musical Theatre.

NAOMI BERMAN (SFCMT Vocal Director / Assistant Choreographer) is excited to be collaborating with John Bisceglie and the wonderful team of artists at SFCMT. Naomi is a bay area native; she grew up doing shows with SJCMT, San Jose Civic Light Opera and Saratoga Drama group. Naomi attended The Boston Conservatory Theater, San Francisco American Conservatory Theater and San Francisco State University. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts and a teaching credential in Elementary Education. Naomi enjoys performing in John’s community theater productions and singing with her band Monday Night Collective. Naomi enjoys sharing her knowledge of singing, music and theater with the performers at SFCMT. Naomi is thankful for this opportunity and to be reunited with John Bisceglie, her dear friend of over twenty years.

NILS MYERS & L. MATTOCK SCARIOT (Video Production Team) are the founders of 152 WEST Productions, which provides High Definition video services to businesses and events. Some of their notable clients have included San Jose State University, Sigona’s Market, eBay/PayPal, PathSolutions Software, Xerox International Partners, the City of Gilroy and City of Merced . They have produced numerous short films, as well as three independent features “Movies ’til Dawn”, “Ocatilla Flat” and most recently “The Biggest Game In Town”. Mattie and Nils have also produced two extraordinary boys, Nathan and Jacob, who have been participating in John Bisceglie’s shows since 2002. Mattie & Nils have been part of John’s productions for over a decade, and have also collaborated with him on “Rock-N-Roll Reunion”, “Gleeful!”, “ROAR!” “POPular” & “Funky Town”, along with providing promotional and video production services for many SFCMT events.

SUDHIR & LISA CHAPNERKAR (Production Assistants) have been involved with John Bisceglie’s productions with SFCMT and GCMT for several years. They started volunteering when their son, Dinesh, participated in the movie “Gleeful!” followed by “Gleeful Live!”. Amazed by John’s creativity, talent, energy, and devotion to the kids, the Chapnerkar family has been dedicated to the SFCMT/GCMT productions ever since. They enjoy meeting families from all over the Bay Area who participate in the program. Their greatest pleasure is working with the kids backstage and the enthusiastic team to bring the productions to life on stage in front of a live audience or on the big movie screen in a theater. Sudhir and Lisa would like to thank the families who participate in the program and enjoy watching their children develop, grow, and strengthen their skills and talents, while having fun and making new friends. They thank John for his inspiration, imagination, passion, commitment, and efforts to provide a wonderful Children’s Musical Theater Program with opportunities for all ages to participate and enjoy.

LAURA McCOY (Production Assistant) has been involved with John’s shows since 2006, helping with costumes and various production tasks including writing, editing, and purchasing. Laura thoroughly enjoyed her role as Production Manager for John’s original “SF Follies” in early 2009. She is happy to be a part of SFCMT and always looks forward to seeing the transformations that take place from auditions to curtain call. When away from the shows, Laura is a part time dental hygienist who enjoys cooking, interior design, bargain shopping, and spending time with family and friends. Laura is so thankful for the close friendships she has made while discovering her love for theatre and holds deep gratitude to John for introducing her to the magic.