Nancy Youngblut became associated with the SMP when she was brought in late in the rehearsal period to play Mrs. Webb in Our Town with Christian Lebano as the Stage Manager. She’s delighted to be back and wearing her director’s hat, having received her MFA in Directing at the University of Georgia back in 1977! She has spent the past 36 years primarily working as an actor. She has appeared on Broadway as Anna in Burn This, at the Cleveland Playhouse as Heidi in The Heidi Chronicles and at the Citadel in Edmonton, Alberta as May in Fool for Love. Other Theatre: World Premieres – Witkiewicz’s The Cuttlefish, Catherine Butterfield’s Life in the Trees, also Agnes in Dancing at Lughnasa, Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story, The Lady in The Lady from Maxim’s, Gabrielle in The Dinner Party, Mary in Vanities, Fran in The Only Game in Town. Television: Perception, Shameless, Bones, WEEDS, Desperate Housewives, C.S.I., Law and Order: LA, Cold Case, The Division, The Shield, The Unit, Diagnosis Murder, Home Improvement, Star Trek: DS–9, Star Trek: Voyager, Murphy Brown, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, the pilots Beacon, Arly Hanks and Mars: Base One with Dan Ackroyd. In between these jobs she made over 300 television commercials. Nancy lives in Pasadena with her daughter, Nora Grace – a freshman at Flintridge Preparatory.
D. Martyn Bookwalter (Scenic & Lighting Designer) has designed over 400 productions for theatres across the country including productions for Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theatre and the Doolittle Theatre in Hollywood; Geffen Playhouse, Lincoln Center Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Playhouse Theatre in London, San Diego Rep, San Jose Rep, Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Sacramento Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, among others. His designs include Like Jazz, QED with Alan Alda, The Wood Demon, Hunting Cockroaches, Passion Play, Frankie & Johnny In The Clair De Lune and Having Our Say for the Mark Taper Forum; a special presentation of “All About Eve” and Barbara Cook’s Mostly Sondheim for the Ahmanson Theatre and A Perfect Wedding, the inaugural production of the Kirk Douglas Theatre directed by Gordon Davidson. He is also a television art director, with 8 consecutive Emmy nominations for his work on MADtv. Martyn has received numerous awards, including 3 Art Directors Guild “Excellence In Production Design” the 2001 Angstrom Lighting Lifetime Achievement Award from the LA Drama Critics Circle, 3 Drama Critics Circle Awards, the Sarah Siddons Award and 25 Drama-Logue Awards. He received an MFA from California Institute for the Arts and trained at Lester Polakov Studio in New York. Martyn has taught and/or been on the faculty of University of California, Davis, Cal Arts, Los Angeles City College, USC, Boston University and Miami University.
Samantha R. Else (Production Stage Manager) ) recently relocated to the Los Angeles area. She has a Master of Arts in Contemporary Performance from the Arts University College at Bournemouth (UK), and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with an emphasis in Theatre from the University of South Carolina Upstate. Previous stage management credits include Lamplight & Shadow, November, Stones in His Pockets (all at The Warehouse Theatre, Greenville, SC), The Underpants and Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Spartanburg Little Theatre, Spartanburg, SC). Directing credits include Blood Orange Sorbet (The Riant Theatre, NYC) and Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare by the Sea, UK). samanthaelse.wordpress.com.
Garrett James Mayer (Composer of Original Music/Keyboards) is an up and coming composer/arranger. Growing up in Alaska, he studied piano from the age of 8 and showed an early aptitude for playing by ear and memorizing music. He left Alaska after high school to study composition at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Writing for the orchestra is his first love, but Garrett has also become experienced playing and composing jazz. He recently returned to Alaska where he continues his music career, teaching piano and composition and playing keyboards in the band 907.
Scot Q. Merry (Sound Design) has been recording and composing since age 11, using two old fashioned tape recorders from his dad’s office and his trombone. After touring nationally with a rock and roll band in the 70s, he worked in regional theater in Wisconsin in the early 80s. Scot moved to Nashville TN in 1985 and co-founded County Q Productions. During the 90s County Q was a music production faculty including 4 recording studios and a music publishing house. The 90s were a busy time in Nashville. Scot performed as a studio musician and/or music producer on over 20,000 recordings. For the past 13 summers, Scot has owned and operated a fishing guide service in Alaska. He continues to compose, produce and record.
David Rambo (Playwright) is the author of the plays The Lady With All The Answers (off-Broadway Cherry Lane Theatre starring Judith Ivey; Lortel nomination), God’s Man In Texas, The Ice-Breaker, The Spin Cycle, Babbitt, an all-new book for Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon, and The Lifeguard: Ronald Reagan And His Story. His plays have been widely produced throughout the country, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, Geffen Playhouse, Old Globe, Denver Center Theatre, Alliance Theatre and Pasadena Playhouse. He has adapted several classic screenplays for live performance, including All About Eve, Casablanca, Adam’s Rib and Sunset Boulevard, produced at the Hollywood Bowl. For television, David is currently a co-executive producer and writer of the NBC series “Revolution.” Among other TV credits, David spent seven seasons writing and producing “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” He is a member of the Western Council of The Actors Fund, The Dramatists Guild, The Writers Guild of America and The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of N. Carolina School of the Arts.
Steve Tom (Voiceover) is a veteran Los Angeles actor and voiceover talent. For two seasons he was the critically acclaimed host of Will Ferrell’s “Funny or Die Presents” on HBO. This summer, Steve will reprise his television role as Judge Craig Richwood on TNT’s “Major Crimes”. His other television work includes guest starring roles on “NCIS: LA”, “Modern Family” and “How I Met Your Mother”. Last year, he appeared in the Emmy Award Winning HBO drama, “Too Big to Fail”, opposite William Hurt and Paul Giamatti. His latest feature film appearance was in “The Guilt Trip”, opposite Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen. And the only reason Steve does any of this is to pay for his obsession with fly fishing.
Holly Victoria (Costume Designer) a Pasadena local, is thrilled to be designing her first show for Sierra Madre Playhouse. She has been working as a designer for over 10 years in the LA area with over 70 credits to her name. She is the resident designer at several universities as well as Parson’s Nose Productions for which she has just completed The Miser. She is currently designing Rio Hondo’s Our Town and is happy to be back at The Geffen Playhouse as assistant designer on Neil LaBute’s adaptation of Miss Julie opening this April. Her work has been seen in several shows for regional theatre, educational theater as well as a national tour.