"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!
Explore Val's resume here:
2022-23 ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Selecting season titles • staffing productions • fundraising and budgeting management • production team mentorship • piloting communication with the MVCPA and the Mtn. View Performing Arts Committee • overseeing production processes and providing necessary artistic support to creative teams
Lilacs in the Rain • Follies •
Tick, Tick... Boom!
Contacting and hiring musicians • scheduling and running orchestra rehearsals and sitzprobe • managing communication between musicians • conducting the orchestra and cast through tech and performances
Working • Next To Normal
Creating and maintaining cast data tracking systems • managing communication between staff • tracking staging, vocals, and all necessary production information • leading technical rehearsals and overseeing all technical elements of the production • calling performances
Working with the director to learn and maintain their artistic vision • creating a lighting plot for load-in and strike • leading focus/color call • programming and/or work with a programmer to design all cues for the show
All Together Now! • Frozen Jr •
The SpongeBob Musical
STAGE MANAGER/LIGHTING DESIGNER
Sunnyvale Community Players
The SpongeBob Musical
Giving Individuals Fabulous Theater
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!
Tickets available soon!
AUGUST 7 - 10, 2022
Since the start of 2013, GIFT has performed for local health centers, assisted living facilities, and children hospitals. GIFT performs a variety of short plays, musicals, songs and scenes for residents at these facilities, who are unable to attend live theater productions and may have never seen a live production before. GIFT is entirely led, organized, and run by students in middle school and high school.
The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!
Val is vocal directing this special 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!