Riverside Rep Theater

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Board of Directors

Matt Taylor President

Matt Taylor received his MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Florida. He has since worked extensively as a designer and assistant/associate designer in New York City, as well as around the U.S. and in China. He has worked in wide range of venues, from Broadway to small, off broadway to theme parks and everything in between. Some of his assisting projects include Masters of Illusion (CW Network 2014), The Last Goodbye (Old Globe Theatre), Kinky Boots, Illuminights, Piano Lesson and Present Laughter and his design credits include Godspell (WVPT), Electronic City (UF) and My Fair Lady (Broward Stage Door). In addition to his work with Riverside Rep, Matt maintains an active freelance design career and teaches lighting and sound design at the University of California Riverside. Samples of Matt's design work can be found at (www.matttaylordesign.com).

Valerie Rachelle Vice President

Valerie Rachelle has been a professional director/choreographer for over 16 years. Based in Los Angeles, Valerie’s most recent residency was as a Director/Choreographer and Casting Director for PCPA Theaterfest. She has also taught theater at the PCPA conservatory, University of Southern California, Riverside City College, and Glendale Community College. Ms. Rachelle is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine with her MFA in Directing and also of California Institute of the Arts with her BFA in Acting. Valerie has directed/choreographed for companies such as: The Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, PCPA Theaterfest, Performance Riverside, The Morgan Wixson Theater, Fresno Grand Opera, Summer Repertory Theater, South Coast Rep, and Utah Shakespearean Festival where she worked on productions such as: Into the Woods, Chicago, My Fair Lady, Showboat, Sweeney Todd, White Christmas, The Mikado, Peter Pan, Wizard of Oz, A Chorus Line, and Cabaret to name a few.  She is also a founding member of Lucid By Proxy, a not-for-profit theater company that produces new works. (www.valrachelle.com)

Diane David Secretary

Diane David, a product of Riverside schools (Central, Poly, RCC, UCR) she has always been grateful for the support shown by this community for the performing arts. As a performer, vocal director and stage manager (Performance Riverside, Disneyland, Moonlight Amphitheater, Inland Pacific Ballet, Candlelight Pavilion, Sturges Performing Arts Center, Lewis Family Playhouse) Diane has worked on over 120 productions and considers her work with Stephen Schwartz on the first Children Of Eden, and with Calvin Remsberg on Sweeney Todd to be highpoints. Other career highlights include stage managing the One Light Ceremony for the City of Los Angeles (commemorating the tenth anniversary of 9-11), broadcasting a radio show for twenty-five years on KUCR, and portraying the “wife to the man in red” at Disneyland during the holiday season.

David St. Pierre Managing Director

David St Pierre has been a Riverside resident for over 20 years. A theater major at Cal State Bakersfield in the early 80’s, David went on to become an Electrical Engineer and the Vice President of a Manufacturing Company. In the late 90’s David left the corporate world and purchased a business in downtown Riverside. Today David owns several businesses in downtown and sits on several non-profit boards within the city. Never losing his love for the theater, David returned to the stage in 2007. As an actor, David was a part of Aida, The Sound of Music, Curtains, Chicago, A Christmas Carol - On the Air, Secret Garden and How to Succeed with Performance Riverside. King Lear and Buried Child with 3 Theater Group. David also works as a Technical Director, Lighting Designer, Set Designer and a Sound Tech. David is also a founding member of the Gestalt Theater Project in Riverside.

Matt Neves Artistic Director

Matt Neves (Artistic Director, Founder) was the Producing Artistic Director for Performance Riverside for two seasons where he produced 16 musicals and staged readings. He was the Director of Arts Administration at Southern Utah University and the Associate Artistic Director for the Neil Simon Festival. He has also served as the Associate Managing Director for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Matt has degrees in Directing (M.F.A, Exeter; B.A., BYU) and Arts Management (M.B.A., Illinois State). Directing credits include How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Secret Garden, Christmas Carol: On the Air, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Oklahoma!, The Mikado, and Chicago for Performance Riverside; Rumors, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, Broadway Bound, Chapter Two, and Fools for the Neil Simon Festival; Born Yesterday, George Washington Slept Here, You Can’t Take It With You for Hale Center Theater; Saturday’s Warrior/The White Star for Omega Productions (regional tour); Miss Saigon for Dixie State College; Lend Me a Tenor, Beyond the Horizon, How To Succeed..., Forum for SUU; A Woman of No Importance, King John at BYU. Matt serves as the regional chair for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and is a father of four.

Alexis Jacknow Board Member

Alexis Jacknow is a Los Angeles based director and actor. She holds a B.F.A. with honors from New York University and since graduating has directed and acted in cities all over the country. Recent directing credits include In the Next Room or the vibrator play (The Lounge Theater), As Bees in Honey Drown (The Washington Street Theater), and four National Tours for Theatreworks USA. Upcoming: The Diary of Anne Frank at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Alexis also recently optioned the rights to the non-fiction book "The Lady in Gold" which she is adapting into a full-length play. She is thrilled to sit as the Chair of the Creative Committee on the Board of Riverside Rep. Proud member of SDC, AEA, and SAG/AFTRA. For further details please visit www.alexisjacknow.com.

John LaLonde Board Member

This local actor/singer/dancer/director/choreographer/set designer/playwright, has pretty much experienced every aspect of this business called show. Originally from Niagara Falls, NY, John came to the Inland Empire in the mid 1970’s. He has performed in show choirs and church choirs and John was a member of the renowned choral group, The Citrus Singers. He has performed at the LA County Fair, Knott’s Berry Farm, Magic Mountain, and Disneyland. He was the lead singer in City Lights, at The Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas, and Fascination’ Rhythms at The Merv Griffin Resorts in Atlantic City. John has toured the country in many a children’s theatre production. He spent a year in Hawaii performing as Frank-N-Furter in the Hawaiian premier of The Rocky Horror Show and in Side By Side By Sondheim. He, along with his writing partner, Don Cloud, wrote three Broadway reviews for DanceWorks in Kaimuki. John spent a time in The Big Apple and performed Off-Broadway in A Christmas Twist and The Count of Monte Cristo. He also toured Europe in Jesus Christ Superstar and hit the high seas performing for The Norwegian Cruise Lines. Some of John’s favorite roles include Don Quixote, in Man of LaMancha, Sweeney, in Sweeney Todd, Capt. Von Trapp, in The Sound of Music, and Aldolpho, in The Drowsy Chaperone. As a director his credits include Nunsense, I Love You, You’re Perfect. Now Change!, All Shook Up, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Church Basement Ladies, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Oklahoma!, and The Secret Garden. John performed in the very first show at The Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont and is now their Artistic Director. He has written the Pavilion Christmas show for the past five years. In 2013, John was named Director/Performer of the Year by StageSceneLA!

Carrie Miller Board Member

Carrie Miller is a shareholder of Roorda, Piquet & Bessee, Inc., one of Riverside’s premier accounting firms, where she has worked for 18 years. Carrie received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from California State University, San Bernardino. Carrie has worked in the accounting field for over 30 years and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 2005. Prior to joining RPB, Carrie worked in the accounting field in several capacities: bookkeeper, controller, staff accountant, tax preparer and tax instructor.

Carrie is active in the Inland Empire chapter of CalCPA Education Foundation, she created and heads up the Foundation’s Riverside discussion group. Carrie is active in the community, serving on the executive board of the Riverside Arts Council as the Treasurer since 2009. In addition, she participates in various community fundraisers including MDA, LLS, Path of Life and many others.

Carrie resides in Riverside with her husband and is the proud mother of two boys. She enjoys the arts in all forms. In her spare time she enjoys live performances, movies, favorite TV shows, crosswords, reading, traveling, scuba diving, and weekend getaways with her husband on their BMW touring bike.

Charlotte Ransom-McKenzie Board Member

Scott T. Smith Board Member

Scott is on staff at the College of the Desert teaching classes in Digital Music (MIDI techniques and audio recording) and Musical Theater. He has been musical director/conductor for many COD/McCallum Theater productions and won the Desert Theatre League's Award in Music Direction for their productions of Damn Yankees, South Pacific, Gypsy, Sweet Charity and Guys and Dolls. He has also served as a musical director/conductor for Riverside Repertoire Theater, Performance Riverside (Inland Theater League Award winner in Music Direction for their production of Chicago), , Redlands Bowl, Candlelight Theater and is very active as a music director/conductor with many other Southern California theatrical companies. He served as a sound designer (sound effects) and composer for several years at a TV/Motion Picture audio post-production studio in Hollywood. During that stint he composed and recorded the film scores for complete restorations/reconstructions of John Wayne’s first fifteen films (that’s a story in itself)! Some other highlights of his career include performances with many national tours and with such legends as Bernadette Peters, Betty Buckley, Elaine Paige, Tommy Tune, Hal Linden, Shirley Bassey, Jay Leno and many others. He also enjoys performing piano and keyboards in various jazz/big band/cabaret venues around Southern California as well.