The Dragon Theatre
2120 Broadway St.
Redwood City, CA 94063
Voicemail Menu Options:
Press 1 Directions to the theatre
Press 2 General ticket information or are a season subscriber needing to change your tickets
Press 3 Executive Artistic Directors Max and Alika
Press 4 Rentals coordinator
Press 5 Kimberly Wadycki, Managing Director (press or donation requests)
Press 6 For information about Dragon's classes and workshops
Co-Artistic Director: Bora "Max" Koknar firstname.lastname@example.org
Max is a theatrical jack of all trades. His past work range from founding and teaching with Urban Renaissance, a theatre education program designed to help increase language fluency in under-served elementary schools to co-producing and performing in large scale immersive theatre experiences with Epic Immersive. Before joining Dragon, Max worked with the California Theatre Center as an actor, teacher, director and administrator and where he got to perform for hundreds of thousands of children and teach and direct many hundreds in addition to that. When not at Dragon, Max also performs as part of the Headlands Gamble, a New York Times featured, weekend-long immersive adventure for two. Max is a graduate of OSU Theatre Department. He has studied Viewpoints and Suzuki with The SITI Company and mime with Marcel Marceau trained master teachers Jeanine Thompson and Gregg Goldston. In addition he has trained in devising works of physical comedy with Robert Post and Clowning with Dan Griffiths (SF Circus Center), John Gilkey (Cirque du Soleil) and Quinn Baudriel (Pig Iron Theatre Co.) Max is thrilled to contribute his wide breadth of skills and experience to Dragon, his new artistic home.
Co-Artistic Director: Alika U. Spencer-Koknar email@example.com
Alika Spencer-Koknar is a local Bayarian who graduated from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in 2006. Alika has been building a name in the theater community of the South Bay Area. Her past theatrical credits include; Pamela in The 39 Steps and Mina in Dracula with California Theater Center, Hannah in the South Bay premier Collapse and Evelyn in The Shape of Things with Renegade Theater Experiment, Maureen in The Beauty Queen Of Leenane with Northside Theater, Johnna Monevata in August: Osage County with City Lights Theater Company and Alice Bloomfield in Kinan Valdez’s production of Zoot Suit with El Theatro Campesino.
Alika also teaches young people throughout the Bay with Theater of All Possibilities and through Tabard Theatre with the Boys and Girls Club.
Managing Director: Kimberly Wadycki firstname.lastname@example.org
Kimberly Wadycki graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor's degree in political science. While pursuing her degree she was very active at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - she was the founding producer of "On the Rocks," a series of student written, directed, and produced one-acts, sat on the Administrative Board of the Krannert Center Association for three years, and was the sole student campus representative on the search committee to hire the new Executive Director of the Krannert Center. After moving back to St. Louis, she was heavily involved with St. Louis Shakespeare and Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre where she worked as a Stage Manager, Board Member, and Production Manager. After a 6 year hiatus Kim has "un-retired" to become active with Dragon Productions Theatre.
2nd Stages Director: Karen Altree Piemme email@example.com
Karen Altree Piemme is an accomplished director, actor, dramaturg, workshop facilitator and acting instructor, specializing in community access to the arts. Ms. Piemme spent 21 years with San Jose Repertory Theatre, where she was the Director of Outreach and Resident Dramaturg. She also served as the Director of the Red Ladder Theatre Company, the nationally-acclaimed, award-winning resident outreach company, which empowers disenfranchised populations in our community by helping them develop positive life-skills through the art form of theatre. Ms. Piemme is proud of the positive impact Red Ladder has had on the community as it works to meet the needs of the diverse populations the program serves. Through her expertise in the field, Ms. Piemme has been asked to mentor other artists through the process of creating their own programs based on Red Ladder’s philosophy and methodology, and has successfully launched two other companies on this model. Ms. Piemme’s facility for innovative program design has led her to develop a wide range of interactive arts programs, such as the Creative Playshop program, which have been lauded by others in the field of arts education and have been replicated by theatres nationwide.
Ms. Piemme has directed productions, conducted dramaturgy, taught classes and delivered workshops locally, nationally and internationally for over twenty-five years. In 2011 she received the Champion of Arts Education Award from the City of San Jose, and in 2012 she was honored as one of the “35 Faces” of Theatre Bay Area. She serves on the Theatre Services Committee for Theatre Bay Area, is on Playwrights Foundation’s play selection committee for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and teaches classes at San Jose State University.
As an active Bay Area community leader, Ms. Piemme served for two years as the Executive Director of the San Jose Leadership Council. She is a founding member of the Kids in Common Action Network, has participated as a mentor in the Enterprise Academy Mentoring Program and at the Foundry Community Day School, has led workshops for the Young Audiences Arts in Education Institute, the City of San José’s Arts Express Celebration, the Bay Area California Arts Project and the South Bay Arts Education Collaborative. She has been a guest speaker on the topics of arts education and community partnerships at local, regional and national conferences and community organizations. She has participated in training residencies for artists and conducted workshops in the creative process both nationally and internationally, most recently in Santiago, Chile and Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Piemme was educated in both New York and London, and received her degree in Acting & Directing (graduating Magna Cum Laude) from Syracuse University. Ms. Piemme is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Box Office Manager: Ellie Pershing firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellie Pershing is a recent college graduate from Guilford College in North Carolina, and a new transplant to the Bay Area. She has been a part of various
theatre communities throughout her life, participating as an actress as well as working on set construction, lighting, costumes, props, and stage management. The shows she participated in include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Chicago, and Godspell. She has also worked as a camp counselor at several summer theatre programs for children. Ellie loves theatre and is very excited to be working with the Dragon Theatre as their new Box Office Manager.
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