"Every so often we are fortunate to cross paths with somebody with that intangible spark that makes them stand out in a really good way. They bring enthusiasm to all they do, and they inspire others to reach far beyond what seems possible. I ran into such a person some years ago, and I’ve been amazed by what this young fellow has done and continues to do."
Read the article by Val's mentor, Ande Jacobson, music director and founder of A Good Reed Review here:
Val is an all-around theatrical artist, channeling his creativity to bring people together and change how they see the world, through art. Working with numerous theatre companies across the Bay Area, Val is a director, music director, vocal director, actor, designer, stage manager, and writer. Currently, he is the 2022-23 Artistic Director of Upstage Theater and music director for the 22-23 season at Sunnyvale Community Players!
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STAGE MANAGER &
Sunnyvale Community Players
Lilacs in the Rain
SEPTEMBER 10 - OCTOBER 2, 2022
Based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with American workers, Working paints a vivid portrait of the workers that the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the phone operator, the waitress, the millworker, the mason and the housewife, just to name a few. Nominated for six Tony Awards, this classic has been updated for a modern age, featuring new songs by Tony Award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as favorites by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, James Taylor, Micki Grant, and more.
Leading a four-person band, Val is music directing the production, becoming the company's youngest music director!
OCTOBER 21 - 23, 2022
The Lamberts are a small-town family with four lovely daughters. When the eldest, Lavell, returns from college the weekend of prom, the household is thrown into a turbulent weekend of broken promises, phone calls, and prom dates. Heartfelt and humorously romantic, "Lilacs in the Rain" is sweet as its name.
Kicking off his second season of technical design for Upstage, Val is the lighting and sound designer for this production!
Into The Ring
Thomas Malinovsky and Olivia Spreen
Release date coming soon!
Newcomer to the town of Breag, Laurie and town troublemaker Henry discover a tape recorder and decide to set off on a journey to create an expose on this weird country town. Soon unexplainable events start to happen and Laurie and Henry realize they are the only ones who can save their town.
Val will appear as Bedwyr Fòlais, the Scottish bartender!
Episode details available soon!
MARCH 17 - 19, 2023
A true theatrical event, this legendary masterpiece is considered by many to be the greatest musical ever created. Surreal, sophisticated, compelling, heart wrenching and epic in scope, Follies by musical theatre legend, Stephen Sondheim, and author, James Goldman, uses the musical theatre as a metaphor for the collapse of American innocence and naivete in the post-Kennedy years.
Val is directing, vocal directing, and lighting designing this production, which sets out to bring a new concept to this classic musical!
Tickets available soon!