The Ensemble

Sam Bertken (Meekins)  Mr. Bertken hails from a Land Down Under, specifically the Peninsula, and having passed four years in the Land of Frozen Tundra (Michigan) toiling for a degree, he feels blessed to be in the Sunshine Year Round Except For Summer Land of San Francisco. Sam most recently appeared in foolsFury’s production of FAULTED (Mitch), assistant directed Allison Page’s tragicomedy HILARITY and will be appearing this fall in Custom Made Theatre Co.’s THIS IS OUR YOUTH as Warren. As a founding member of the Peripatetic Players, Sam has appeared as MEEKINS in every Samuel Peaches production, making children smile, laugh and occasionally tell him to please go away. Thanks for taking this journey with us!

Joan Howard (Thumper) is a physical theatre performer and clown, as well as a builder and scenic artist committed to creating stages that partner with performers. She designs props for Bay Area Children’s Theatre and teaches physical comedy at San Francisco Circus Center’s Clown Conservatory. Joan has presented original performances at LEVYSalon, Barbary Coast Amusements, Literary Clown Foolery, The Clown Cabaret, 8ight, and performed in both FAULTED and THE UNHEARD OF WORLD with foolsFURY. Joan has also performed with the site-specific company We Players, and is one-half of the acrobatic clown duo Max & Antoinette, who have performed at San Francisco Theater Pub and the 2013 Factory Parts Festival. Joan is a graduate of Flying Actor Studio’s Physical Theatre Conservatory, and holds a BFA in Sculpture/Performance Art from California College of Arts & Crafts. She is honored to be co-creating the Samuel Peaches Peripatetic Players with Rebecca and this incredible cast and design team. Thank you, all of you!

Rebecca Longworth (Madame Directrix) is a theatre maker dedicated to original ensemble performance. In addition to directing the Peripatetic Players’ shows, she creates original performance with the Hatch Collective. Other directing credits include New Conservatory Theatre Center, Ragged Wing Ensemble, SF Theatre Pub, Boxcar Theatre, Theatre Q, Dragon Productions, El Gato Family Theatre and Jump! Theatre, where she served as artistic director for four years. Rebecca has performed with Ragged Wing Ensemble, We Players, and FoolsFURY, and has also designed motion graphics and projections for Jump! Theatre, Crowded Fire, Custom Made Theatre, and Shotgun Players. Rebecca holds an MA in Text & Performance Studies from King’s College/R.A.D.A. and is a member of the 2009 Lincoln Center Directors Lab. She founded Idiot String with Joan Howard.

Casey Robbins (Samuel Peaches) is ecstatic to be spending the summer with the Samuel Peaches Paripatetic Players. Not too long ago, Mr. Robbins left the sagebrush and stolen avocados of the Ojai Valley for the lights and fog of San Francisco to begin an exciting career in The Theater! Now wearing hats such as actor, director, composer and teacher, Casey holds a BA in Drama from San Francisco State University, and predominantly creates and inspires at the Spindrift School of Performing Arts in Peaceful Pacifica and the Pied Piper Players in Summery San Mateo. This fall Casey will be directing both Seussical for SSPA and a TBD Turbo Teen production for PPP, as well as performing in the Palo Alto Players’ production of Cylbourne Park. When not creating theater, Mr. Robbins enjoys nature (especially backpacking), jamming, and tennis. He would like to thank this wonderful wonderful group of people for the love, and the laughs; his beautiful parents for being beautiful; and YOU for being here to share the fun!

Soren Santos (Percival Perkins) After several years of enthusiastically attending their shows, Soren Santos is positively plussed to be joining the Peripatetic Players on stage! He is an actor, mover, teacher, and Bay Area native. A graduate of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine (Honors in Acting, Cum Laude), he has worked locally with several theater companies, including Berkeley Rep, TheatreWorks, Mugwumpin, TheatreFIRST, Shotgun Players, New Conservatory, foolsFURY, Ragged Wing Ensemble, and more. He has also performed nationally with Movement Research (Judson Memorial Church, NYC), Counter-Balance Theater (Edison Theatre, St. Louis, MO), and Rogue Artists Ensemble (Northwest Regional Puppetry Festival, Seattle, WA). Soren is a Mugwumpin company member, and is beyond grateful to call Marlene his other half.

Marlene Yarosh (Princess Gwen) Marlene is beyond thrilled to be a part of the Samuel Peaches’ Peripatetic Players! She is a graduate of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine, and has her B.A. in Drama. There she developed her love of movement theatre and contact improv under the tutelage of Annie Loui. A Bay Area transplant, Marlene has worked with Berkeley Rep, Custom Made Theatre, Cutting Ball Theater, TheatreFIRST, and Repurposed Theatre, where starred in the premiere production of Megan Cohen’s The Horses’s Ass & Friends! Marlene would like to thank Soren for constantly providing animal origami to make her smile, her father for his support from afar, and her mom and padre for coming to see her perform in super random places, like Disneyland, a cemetery, and various parks. Cheers!

Paul Eric Collins (Guy Hank – Ensemble Member Emeritus) Paul Collins is excited to be performing in his first role with The Samuel Peaches Peripatetic Players! Paul arrived in this wondrous Golden State seven years ago from the mighty shores of the Mississippi (Memphis) after a four year pit stop in Montana. Long story – another show in the making! He most recently performed in NCTC’s production of Other Desert Cities. Other local credits include: Faulted, The Iceman Cometh, Baden Powell Wars, The Seeing Place, The Paris Letter and Our Experience Has Taught Us. He is a company member with the Fools Fury Theatre Company. To pay for his acting/performing “habit”, Paul builds scenery for local theatres and teaches some too! He earned an M.F.A. in Acting from CSU, Fullerton.

Allison Fenner (Aloysius Fandango – Ensemble Member Emeritus) Allison studied at UC Berkeley after being raised by hermit crabs in San Diego. She enjoys being watched, stranger staring contests and making sounds with her mouth. Some favorite past projects have been playing Ponyboy in The Lowroad Theater Company’s ‘Outsiders’ adaptation, Delilah in Milton’s closet drama, Samson Agonistes  and most recently being a rock in Hayward. You might just catch her singing Ginsberg poems in SF landmarks and pretending to have a different kind of laugh in Dinner Detective Theater.

Juliana Frick (Arby Darby – Ensemble Member Emeritus) Juliana creates and performs character-based movement theatre in Oakland, CA. She is the cofounder of Hungry Bird Theater (hungrybirdtheater). Drawing on her backgrounds in mime, mask, character work, acrobatics and music, Juliana strives for total embodiment and audience engagement in her performances. Her goal is to make dynamic theater that sneaks past the intellect and ambushes you right in the gut! Juliana graduated from the Dell Arte International Professional Training Program in 2013 and also studied with James Donlon and Leonard Pitt in the Flying Actor Studio conservatory program. She graduated from Hampshire College with a BA in music.

Sam Jackson (Blueberry Starshine – Ensemble Member Emeritus) is an actor, teaching artist, vocalist, and founder of Sam Jackson’s House for Wayward Boys (like us on Facebook). Some of Sam’s favorite past roles include Emilie in The Submission, Ensemble in 11th Hour’s The Seagull Project, and Gary Coleman in NCTC’s  production of Avenue Q. She enjoys long walks on the beach and indulging in adult beverages after shows… But enough about her! Get ready to embark on this fun journey with the ensemble! Enjoy.

Sabrina Wenske (Kitten Mittens – Ensemble Member Emeritus) is ecstatic to be working with this wonderful group of performers and crew! She was last collaborating with Ragged Wing Ensemble for a short piece in the FoolsFury Factory Parts Festival, and another piece in their Fierce Plays Series. She also performed as a clown character in Bay Area Children’s Theatre production of “Lyle the Crocodile.” Sabrina studied theatre at Dell’Arte International, ACT, and UC Berkeley, and loves performing and living in the Bay Area.


One thought on “The Ensemble

  1. Hey Rebecca and Joan:

    Congrats on your new season. I am going to make one of your shows. Looking forward to seeing you both.


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