Staff Directory & Meet the Staff
Berkeley Playhouse @ Julia Morgan Theatre
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Elizabeth McKoy is the Artistic Director & Founder of Berkeley Playhouse, where she most recently directed Peter Pan the Musical for the 2008-2009 professional season. The show set a record of 33 consecutive sold-out performances. Elizabeth has directed many shows for Berkeley Playhouse’s acclaimed Youth Company including: Bravado, Once on This Island, The Music Man, Into The Woods, Quonk, Once Upon a Pea, and many others. In addition to performing professionally as an actress, Elizabeth has always felt inspired and passionate about teaching all ages about the joy and power of live theatre. Before coming to Berkeley, Elizabeth taught theatre for many years in New York and Seattle, including over five years for the renowned Seattle Children’s Theatre. After performing and teaching in Seattle she moved to Berkeley and became the Education Director for an affiliate of New York’s Lincoln Center Institute which brought arts education to thousands of school children and teachers in the Bay Area. In addition to directing and teaching for the Playhouse, she is currently working to develop and sustain the Playhouse’s unique vision for music theatre and theatre education.
Lauren comes to Berkeley Playhouse via 9 years at 42nd Street Moon where she was instrumental in the company’s organizational development and financial growth, and the fire behind the development of the Salon Evenings series and the implementation of MoonSchool, the company’s educational program. As Director of Development of Berkeley’s Aurora Theatre, she initiated the capital campaign with the company’s board of directors to fund the Aurora Theatre’s new home. While serving as Executive Director of EARPLAY, she presented works by emerging Bay Area composers as well as established composers such as Andrew Imbrie and Lou Harrison. As the former Director of the Jon Sims Center for the Arts, she founded AIRspace, a new works residency program for performing artists. Under the fiscal sponsorship of the Jon Sims Center, she produced the new opera, Wuornos, on the main stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2001). San Franciscans remember Hewitt as the owner and operator of the Clementina’s Baybrick Inn, a favorite nightspot where she gave emerging artists the opportunity to break into performance and seasoned artists the challenge of presenting new work. Among the memorable Baybrick performers include Marga Gomez, Ellen DeGeneres, Paula Poundstone, Bonnie Hayes, and Linda Tillery. The Baybrick was awarded a San Francisco Cable Car Award for Hewitt’s curatorship of local artists’ work. A fourth-generation Californian, Hewitt graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Directing Theatre, and she holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.
Lisa Appleyard is thrilled to join Berkeley Playhouse as Director of Education. A native to the Bay Area, Lisa has worked as both a performer and educator throughout the region. Early in her career, she taught and site managed Bay Area Shakespeare camps for many summers and used their model to develop curriculum for programs she initiated at The Freeman School, KIPP King Collegiate High School and Windrush. She spent twelve years at Windrush School where she taught Middle School Drama, Shakespeare and Musical Theater Electives, as well as academic classes including 8th Grade Algebra and Science. She was also the High School Liaison, Alumni Relations and Advisory Coordinator. Lisa is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College and holds a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She completed ACT’s Summer Training Congress and American Musical Theater of San Jose’s Theater Artists Institute. Lisa is delighted to share her passion for performing arts through the creation of programs for this thriving theatrical community. She also loves to work with students in classes and rehearsals.
Ken is honored to have been asked to help grow Berkeley Playhouse’s community as Communications Director. He comes to BPH after three and a half years at 42nd Street Moon, where he headed the Development and Marketing Departments, and acted as Interim Managing Director for a year. Prior to his work with Moon he taught for a year in South Korea and before that worked with At-Risk youth as the Youth Director at the Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County. He has worked with Smuin Ballet in their Development Department and was involved with Bay Area Cabaret for 5 years, where he worked with Broadway and Jazz greats Marin Mazzie, Jason Danielle, Ann Hampton Callaway, Amanda McBroom, Maureen McGovern, and many others.
Levin holds dual Bachelor Degrees’ in Psychology and Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles, where he graduated with honors. While at UCLA, he worked for Fynsworth Alley Records where he helped record albums by Liz Callaway, Brent Barrett, Jason Graae, Christiane Noll, as well as the first ever Sherman Brothers Songbook, and a recording of Christopher Durang’s Beyond Therapy starring Catharine O’Hara, David Hyde Pierce, Ed Begley, Jr, Richard Kind, and Christopher Durang.
Jessica began her “career” in the theatre at the age of six playing a singing cat and never looked back. She acted and directed her way through high school and continued on to receive her B.A in Theatre Arts from Southern Oregon University (1998). Shortly after graduation she moved to Portland Oregon and began working as a teaching artist, director and actor for Children’s Theatres and outreach programs. She fell in love with theatre as an educational tool and went back to get her Master’s In Theatre Education from N.Y.U. (2010) to expand her knowledge of teaching and theatre making techniques for youth and adults. She relocated to the bay area in the summer of 2010 and has been working as a teaching artist, director and actor for non-profits in San Francisco and here in the east bay. She is thrilled to join the team here at the Berkeley Playhouse and to do her part to “change the world, in a positive way, with musical theatre for all”.
Gayle first came to the Bay area in 2011 to work as the Production Management Fellow at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. After her year at BRT, she moved back home to New York and interned at Aurora Productions, a production management company that works on Broadway, off broadway and national tours. Gayle received her BA in Theatre from SUNY New Paltz where she concentrated in stage management but had the opportunity to learn and work with all the technical elements. She is very excited to be back in the Bay area and to start her career at Berkeley Playhouse.
Judith McKoy, PhD. is an educator and administrator with 40 + years experience working in colleges, hospitals, and profit and nonprofit organizations. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Education, Training and Counseling for Planned Parenthood of Western Washington. Of her myriad positions through the years, Judith most enjoyed developing and leading training events. She wrote a number of curricula and several texts for English as a Second Language learners. She currently coordinates outreach projects for the Berkeley Playhouse.