Staff

Kevin Harris

Kevin Harris

Managing Artistic Director

(805) 781-3889 x10
kevinharris@slolittletheatre.org

Kevin Harris received his MFA in Directing from the University of Iowa (2007), his BFA in Acting from New York University (1996), and his California Teaching Credential from Chapman University. While at NYU, he spent three years at the Atlantic Theatre Company studying acting under David Mamet, William H. Macy, and Felicity Huffman; he also spent a year at Musical Theatre Works (CAP 21) learning the finer intricacies of “jazz hands”. Favorite roles include: The Russian (Chess), Alan Strang (Equus), Jamie (The Last Five Years), Orsino (12th Night), and Rev. Hale (The Crucible) at the Atlantic. For the last several years, Kevin has been a freelance director in L.O.R.T./Equity theatres across the nation. Favorite shows: The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Comedy of Errors, The Exhibitionists, Militant Language, Woyzeck, Ghost Sonata, The Cherry Orchard, Man of la Mancha, and several original plays which have gone on to be produced at such venues as the New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theatre, The O’Neill, Cherry Lane, and many others. From 1999-2002 he was the Artistic Director of Centerpoint Theatre Group in San Luis Obispo, CA. In 2005, he traveled to the West Bank and Gaza Strip to co-write and direct an original play with Ashtar Theatre, Palestine’s only professional theatre company. The subsequent play, The Era of Whales, has been performed in Gaza, Ramallah, Nablus, Jerusalem, and several international theatre festivals. Currently, he is collaborating on an oral history theatre piece exploring the past, present, and future of the Gaza Strip. Kevin has taught at the University of Iowa, University of Chicago, and has led dozens of workshops on A Practical Handbook for the Actor across the country.  He is very happy to be back on the Central Coast with his two beautiful children, Dominick and Ella.

Patty Thayer

Patty Thayer

Communications and Development Director

(805) 781-3889 x15
pattythayer@slolittletheatre.org

After earning a BA degree in Theatre and Speech Communications, Patty began her professional life at Lamb’s Players Theatre in the San Diego area, working as an actress, in the box office, house managing, scheduling, fundraising, marketing and even bookkeeping. Thus are lifelong arts administrators born. After relocating to the Central Coast with husband David and their two sons, Patty worked as a part-time office manager and full-time Mom. She soon discovered CenterPoint Theater Group where she enjoyed flexing her acting muscles from time to time, and where she first met Kevin Harris. Patty was hired by the San Luis Obispo Symphony in 1997 and successfully led the marketing and communications efforts for that organization for 16 years. A graduate of Leadership San Luis Obispo Class XI, Patty currently serves on the Leadership SLO 25th Anniversary Committee and on the Parking & Access Committee for the SLO Downtown Association. Patty is thrilled to be a part of the Little Theatre, working with this talented staff and over 350 dedicated volunteers, to bring insightful, compelling and entertaining live theatre and creative education experiences to San Luis Obispo County.

Kerry Dimaggio

Kerry Dimaggio

Education Director

(805) 781-3889 x14
act@slolittletheatre.org

A native of the Central Coast, Kerry has been involved in theatre since she was young, including several productions on the Little Theatre stage. Kerry holds a BA (with honors) in Theatre Arts from Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department, where her interest in teaching was piqued by a course in Children’s Drama. Kerry has also trained with the Utah Shakespearean Festival, PCPA, and Cal State Fullerton’s Musical Theatre program. In addition to teaching for ACT, Kerry holds a substitute teaching permit and teaches consistently in K-12 classrooms throughout the county. Her passion for teaching young performers continues to grow, and she encourages you and your family to “Get into the ACT!”

David Linfield

David Linfield

Technical Director

(805) 781-3889 x17
technical@slolittletheatre.org

Dave was bitten by the theater bug in 1990, when an audition notice for a community theater production caught his fancy. He discovered a whole new circle of friends and has spent a large portion of his evenings since then rehearsing and performing with theater groups around the county. Over the years, he has migrated away from performing, and has embraced technical stagecraft as much more than a hobby. While Dave hasn’t had any formal theater arts schooling, his educational background in graphic design and his occupational experience with retail display and housing construction have all blended together nicely with his passion for designing and building sets.

Lacey McNamara

Lacey McNamara

Volunteer Director/House Manager

(805) 781-3889 x11
volunteer@slolittletheatre.org

Born and raised on the Central Coast, Lacey grew up in a very musical family. She started taking piano lessons when she was four years old and continued playing through college (and still does!) Her first experiences with theatre were sitting on her father’s trumpet case in the orchestra pit while he played for musicals with Pioneer Players. Over more than 20 years, she has been involved with nearly 100 theatrical productions with companies from Paso Robles to Santa Maria, serving as actor, volunteer, technician, stage manager, and music director. Lacey holds a BA in Business Administration from University of La Verne and is a certificated substitute teacher for the Atascadero School District. She accompanies the choirs at Atascadero Jr. High School and plays piano for Coastal Adult School voice classes. She owns and manages a music business with her wife, Danielle, teaching private piano and voice lessons, offering parent/child music classes for infants and toddlers, providing monthly workshops for musicians and actors, and facilitating music and movement sessions for adults. Lacey is honored to be a part of the Little Theatre staff!

Yvonne Ogren

Box Office Manager

(805) 786-2440
boxoffice@slolittletheatre.org

Yvonne has been the box office manager at the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre since 2005.

Amanda Thayer

Box Office Staff



Susie Newman

Suzy Newman

Assistant House Manager

(805) 781-3889 x11
suzy@slolittletheatre.org

Suzy Newman received her MFA in Acting from the University of Alabama and has worked with the Texas, Virginia and Southwest Shakespeare Festivals, Willamette University, and PCPA Theaterfest, where she was most recently seen as Louise in PCPA’s summer 2013 production of Always, Patsy Cline. For ten years, Suzy worked with The Great American Melodrama as an actor, director, writer and company manager. At the Little Theatre, her recent acting credits include The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, The House of Blue Leaves, My Generation, Watergate and My Way as well as directing this season’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Lee Blessing’s Independence during the 2013–2014 Season. Ms. Newman is also a frequent director at The Great American Melodrama in Oceano, and this summer Ms. Newman will direct The Two Gentlemen of Verona for the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival. In her spare time, she enjoys filling in as House Manager and greeting all of our wonderful patrons here at the Little Theatre.

Kelly Fidopiastis

Kelly Fidopiastis

Assistant House Manager

(805) 781-3889 x11
kelly@slolittletheatre.org

Kelly Fidopiastis holds a B.A. in Theatre and has been performing, choreographing and teaching for over 18 years. She was last seen on stage as Cassie in the Little Theatre’s 2014 production of A Chorus Line and you might also recognize her from our 2013 production of The Sound of Music in which she played Baroness von Schraeder. Kelly was also the choreographer for our Academy of Creative Theatre productions of Cinderella and Honk! Jr. In addition to serving as Assistant House Manager, Kelly is also an acting teacher for the Academy of Creative Theatre and a dance instructor at the Academy of Dance in SLO.

Michelle Roberson

Michelle Roberson

Assistant Technical Director

atd@slolittletheatre.org

Michelle is a central coast native whose love of the arts began at a young age. She began as a dancer with the dream of becoming a Prima Ballerina. Ten years later she found herself heavily involved in the drama program at Paso Robles High School specifically directing and stage managing. After graduating in 2007, she spent almost 5 years volunteering as a Stage Manager at the Little Theater before attending and graduating from the technical program at Pacific Conservatory Theater (PCPA). Three years and several internships later she’s back at her home theater and couldn’t be happier. She’s especially thankful for her partner in crime, Chris Glass, who always encourages her to dream big.

Emy Authier

Assistant House Manager



Arisa Bega

Assistant House Manager



Sarah Dickerson

Box Office Staff