Crew (lighting, sound, audio/visual):
Steve Dyer, Michelle Arietta, John Ton, Tillman Bussey, Jack Uline
Trisha Almond, Renee McKenna
Donna Agoitia – returns for her second V-season
Ronda Black – returns for her fourth V-season as a cast member, continuing to raise awareness that you don’t have to live in silence or fear. Ronda is also in a local production, Evolution of A Woman, with cast members from last V-season. When she’s not on stage, she’s helping out somewhere in the background!
Lorin Bell - has completed about ten short mockumentary films, working both in front of and behind the camera acting, editing, directing and writing. She continues to develop the character of her first one-woman show, a comical purging of her religious childhood, and looks forward to another show in 2013.
Simon Corwin - has lived in Petaluma since 1978. She is retired from an organic farming business. With a background in art, she has worked as a ceramicist, weaver, stained glass artist, and jewelry maker. She is a voracious reader and member of a local women’s writing group which led her to participate in The Vagina Monologues for the first time this year.
Karen Garber – born in the Boston area to a talent-free household. After college in Washington DC, and a year in London, she migrated to San Francisco where she spent 12 glorious years working as a graphic designer and enjoying city life. Unable to find a parking space, she relocated to Sonoma County. Some time later, a voice from behind the desk lamp said, “Be a nurse,” so she answered the call. In 2011, she realized her dream of becoming a nurse with Hospice of Petaluma. When the opportunity arose to join V-Day Petaluma 2013, it just seemed like the right thing to do.
Sheridan Gold – recently retired after 18 years of teaching marginalized youth in Alternative Education for Marin County Office of Education. She now has more time for playing and teaching her passion – Native American and silver flutes and African drumming. This is Sheridan’s second year reading in V-Day Petaluma’s production of The Vagina Monologues. She is also in a local production titled Evolution of A Woman with cast members from last V-season. Sheridan feels very strongly that global silence must be broken and is thrilled to be involved in the organizing team for Petaluma’s One Billion Rising event.
Diane Haris - returning for her second year in the cast, Diane is a 30-year resident of Sonoma County. The past fifteen years she has practiced as a somatic release therapist in Cotati. Women’s groups and women’s issues have been the cornerstone of her adult life.
Zemaya Martinez - is a Healing Artist, Early Childhood Educator, budding Filmmaker -having made two short films – and has been waiting for an opportunity to perform in this amazing healing tribute to women and our Vaginas.
Carol Ann Matthies
Debbie Mitchell - first joining us in 2009, this is Debbie’s third expereince in the cast.
Allison Murphy - using her professional skills as a Marriage and Family Therapist, in the past she has supported VDAY as a therapist available for emotional support during various productions. Now, she is loud, proud and so excited to be up on the stage!
Leslie Scatchard – also returning for her second year in the cast, Leslie has been performing in one way or another most of her life. She can often be seen telling true stories at Petaluma’s West Side Stories and recently performed her own one-woman show, ”The Drama Queen“, and is also an active member of Petaluma Readers Theatre. Leslie also directs children’s theater locally and will be casting a show in May at the new Clear Heart.
Andrea Stevick - is a musician and traveler. She plays piano, guitar, saaz, ukulele, trombone, djembe, and likes to sing as well. She has a love of diversity and has traveled to Mexico, Costa Rica, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, and Turkey. Andrea was born and raised in Petaluma and went to UCLA for Economics. She is currently the Billing Coordinator for the Petaluma Valley Athletic Club and is planning to enroll this fall in Sonoma State’s Masters of Counseling Program. This is her first time performing in The Vagina Monologues. She is very excited!
Cindy Thomas - is a survivor of a violent relationship and a long-time advocate for the prevention of intimate partner violence. Cindy returns to The Vagina Monologue cast after having read in 2009 and 2010. She’s lived in Petaluma since 1991 and is a fifth generation North Bay native. Cindy works for Kaiser Permanente supporting the Workplace Safety Program which includes participation in Kaiser’s Family Violence Prevention Program. She’s also a founding Board Director for Guided To Safety, a recipient of the fund raising efforts of V-Day Petaluma. Cindy proudly joins the One Billion Rising campaign and will rise and stand for those who didn’t survive and because she did. Break the chain and demand an end to the violence!
Julie Traverso - is a third generation Petaluman. She attended the V-Day Petaluma productions of A Memory, a Monologue, A Rant & A Prayer as well as The Vagina Monologues for the first time last year, and was so deeply moved she jumped at the chance to join this year’s cast. Saddened and shocked by the domestic violence related deaths of her fellow classmates last spring, Julie promised to RISE UP on February 14, 2013 to support an end to such atrocities in her community and the world.