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Jon Nordgren
Jon Nordgren (Artistic Director / Musical Director) is in his tenth year with Cabrillo Stage and fourth season as the Artistic Director. Since 2002, he has also served as the Director of Bands at Cabrillo College. He was formerly Director of Jazz Studies and Director of Bands at San Joaquin Delta College and Show Orchestra Director at Las Positas College. Jon has adjudicated and presented clinics at music festivals, lectured for the United States Academic Decathlon, and conducted honor bands throughout California. Jon has enjoyed a rewarding career as a freelance woodwind musician, conductor, and arranger including stints with the Santa Cruz Symphony, Princess Cruise Lines and for 13 years at Steve Silver’s musical revue, Beach Blanket Babylon...! He has performed in concert with Manhattan Transfer, The Ink Spots, Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, Little Anthony, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Bobby Rydel, Joanne Castle, Julius LaRossa, Donald O¹Connor, Jack Jones, and the Ringling Bros. & Barnum Bailey Circus. As musical director, his credits include countless productions spanning over the past 35 years. Jon would like to thank his family for their support, his brother Scott, for his inspired collaboration, and his daughters Cassie and Linnea, for their unending enthusiasm for art, music and theater. Jon would not be here if it weren’t for a couple of the greatest fans Cabrillo Stage ever had, his parents, Ardean and Lucille.
Dustin Leonard
Dustin Leonard (Managing Director/Production Manager) has had the honor of working with Cabrillo Stage since 1998, including Annie, Honk, Peter Pan, Music Man, The Last Five Years, Scrooge, Jesus Christ Superstar and Cabaret, just to name a few. Dustin has directed, produced and starred in a number of shows in the Monterey Bay area, most recently directing Beautiful Thing for MBR Theatre, The Full Monty, Little Shop of Horrors & West Side Story for Cabrillo Stage. Dustin's diverse directing credits include The Laramie Project, Lord of the Flies, A Midsummer's Night Dream, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Outsiders and Romeo & Juliet. A versatile performer, Dustin has been in shows as diverse as Shakespeare's R&J to Guys & Dolls. His credits include both on and off stage at The Monterey Bay Repertory Theater, San Jose Repertory Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Cabrillo Stage.  Dustin's most beloved performances on stage have been Mercutio in the return of the West Coast premiere of Shakespeare's R&J adapted by Joe Calarco, Jeff in The Sum of Us, Mark in Mass Appeal and the Barber in Cabrillo Stage's Man of La Mancha. Dustin has been an active promoter of Youth Theater in Santa Cruz for 16 years, and is the Managing Artistic Director for Hooked On Theater's summer youth workshop. His musical direction and management credits include West Side Story, Honk, Annie, Crazy for You, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver and many more.
Skip Epperson William “Skip” Epperson (Resident Scenic Designer) has been teaching theatrical design and backstage theatre for the past 18 years at Cabrillo College and currently serves as the Theatre Arts Program Chair. Holding a MFA from the Virginia Commonwealth University, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with many talented directors, designers, and technicians across the country, and has had many artists appear on his designs as actors, singers, and dancers. His work has who’s who - PRODUCTION STAFF Cabrillo Stage • Winter 2009 27 appeared on the stages of many theaters and venues including Cabrillo Theatre Arts, Henry Street Playhouse, Washington and Lee University Theater, Santa Cruz Actors Theater, Santa Cruz Bible Church, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Cabrillo Stage. Skip is the proud recipient of a 2008 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship. Together with his beautiful bride of 24 years, Mary Jo, his most precious productions have been his four children–Sara, Zack, Anna-Katherine, and Genevieve–ages 21 to 4
Maria Crush Maria Crush (Resident Costume Designer) has been working with Cabrillo Stage since 1988 and designed such shows as The Wizard of Oz, Annie Get Your Gun, Man of La Mancha, Funny Girl, The Sound of Music, Oliver, The King & I, Peter Pan, Honk, Some Like It Hot, West Side Story and The Music Man. She has designed costumes for West Bay Opera, New Music Works and Cabrillo College Productions including Much Ado About Nothing, Three Penny Opera, A Man For All Seasons, Rashomon, School for Scandal, The Visit, Twelfth Night, The Magic Flute, Oedipus Rex, The Importance of Being Earnest and Seussical. Other Credits include Bernstein’s Mass and The Tender Land with the Cabrillo Music Festival. Additionally she has designed for the Actors’ Theater. She is the costume shop manager at Cabrillo College, won the Gail Rich Award in 2007 and was nominated in 2009 for a Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship.
Marcel Tjioe Marcel Tjioe (Resident Technical Director) has been working for Cabrillo Stage for the last 8 years. He has had a great time crucifying Jesus, hanging Judas and Bill Sikes, melting the Wicked Witch, scaring the dickens out of Scrooge and bring the "Lunch" Hotdog Cart to life. Some of the other local companies Marcel has worked for include American Musical Theatre of San Jose, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and TheatreWorks in Palo Alto. He has also worked internationally in Germany (Capitol Theater in Düsseldorf) and Austria (Seefestspiele Mörbisch). Marcel was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He is a German citizen and he lives in Santa Cruz with his beautiful wife Myriam, daughter Sofia and son Gabriel. He is the Performing Arts Technician for Cabrillo College.
 
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