The Ensemble

Sam Bertken (Meekins)  Mr. Bertken hails from a Land Down Under, specifically the Peninsula, and has resided throughout the Various Climes of the Bay Area performing, directing, doodling, designing, smiling and trying very hard to make others smile. Sam’s performing credits outside the Peripatetic Players include: Idiot String’s ELIXIR OF LIFE (Brother Calvin), Faultline Theater’s BREEDERS (Dean), Killing My Lobster’s SEX BATTLE (Ensemble), Custom Made Theater Co.’s SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (Rick), and many other favorites besides. Sam has also directed for SF Theater Pub’s penultimate production, KING LEAR. As a founding member of the Peripatetic Players, Sam has appeared as MEEKINS in every Peripatetic Players production, making children smile, laugh and occasionally request with no measure of politeness that he 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 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 Peripatetic 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 was seen in Elevada at Shotgun Players, directed by collaborator Susannah Martin, and will be performing in The Claim (along with Kenny Scott) in the future. Soren is a Mugwumpin company member, and is beyond grateful to call Marlene his other half.

Kenny Scott (Inspector Quimbley) (He/Him) is an actor based in Oakland, California. He attended Morgan State University, and was a member of the Laney College Fusion Theatre Project. Recent credits include Quantum Dragon Theatre (Ageless), The New Conservatory Theatre Center (Mystery of Love and Sex), The Forum (Sarafael) and Idiot String (Port Stories), Crowded Fire (Inked Baby). Company member with The Oakland Theatre Project (Hamlet, Mother Courage) as well as Shotgun Players (The Claim, The Light).

Marlene Yarosh (Princess Gwen) (she/her) is beyond thrilled to be a part of The Peripatetic Players! She is a graduate of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine, where she received her B.A. in Drama. Marlene has also received a Certificate in Arts Management from UC Irvine, a course taught by the Merage School of Business and Claire Trevor School of the Arts. She has studied 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 has performed in every SPPP and Idiot String production, most recently in A Lord of A Ring In A Suitcase, and Port Stories. Marlene would like to thank Soren, her father, and her Mom and Padre. Cheers!

Paul Eric Collins (Guy Hank) Paul arrived in this wondrous Golden State ten 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! Paul has worked for the New Conservatory Theatre Center, Role Players Ensemble, Idiot String, SF Playhouse, Fools Fury Theatre Company, and The Eugene O’Neill Foundation since landing in the Bay Area. Paul builds scenery for the New Conservatory Theatre Center and works as a teaching artist for SF Youth Theatre! He earned an M.F.A. in Acting from CSU, Fullerton. Paul would like to thank his wonderful friends and family who have given him constant support and love. He dedicates all his creative endeavors to the spirit of his beloved sister, Layla.

Ensemble Member Emeriti

Fenner, Juliana Frick, Sam Jackson, Sabrina Wenske

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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