CalStage honors beloved Bay Area actress and clown Joan Mankin
“Joan Mankin was a glutton for life, and made the most of it,” writes Joan Holden for American Theatre magazine. Her career of performing as clown, actress, mentor, and friend to countless Bay Area thespians more than proves the point. She has been remembered since her passing as generous, passionate free spirit whose artistry pushed boundaries. Continue reading →
Don’t miss their fabulous cameos! Now running through September 13th.
Craig T. Sanders recently graduated from Sacramento State University with Bachelors degrees in both theatre and journalism. Craig spends a good portion of his time writing and performing scripts for the sketch comedy group That Plus Chips. He is extremely excited to work on a show that portrays an image of hope during one of the darkest times in the history of civilization. Craig was born from Jewish descendants who experienced the horrifying realities of WWII and is humbled to be in a play that honors their many sacrifices, which has allowed him to exist today. Continue reading →
Introducing more of our illustrious cast! Come see them starting Friday!
Janet Motenko fell in love with theater at age 4 when she saw Charley’s Aunt at Fallon House Theatre with her family. Throughout childhood, she and her sister created plays and puppet shows for neighborhood, school and church audiences. She later earned a bachelor’s degree in drama and trained further at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and Mountview Drama School in London, where she lived for seven years. Janet has appeared in shows at various Northern California theaters, including Ovation Stage, Woodland Opera House, Sierra Repertory Theatre and California Stage. She won a 2014 Elly Award for her performance in Ovation Stage’s The Madwoman of Chaillot and was seen most recently in California Stage’s Italian Opera. Janet grew up hearing stories of WWII from her father, who served in the U.S. Navy during the war. She has a powerful affinity for all people who struggle against injustice and oppression. Continue reading →