Rick Lombardo, Producing Artistic Director
Rick Lombardo is in his sixth season as Artistic Director at the Rep where his productions have included The Death of the Novel, Disconnect, God of Carnage, A Christmas Carol, Spring Awakening, Love in American Times, The Dresser, Black Pearl Sings!, The Weir, and As You Like It. He was previously the artistic director for 13 seasons at New Repertory Theatre in Boston and in 2009 was awarded the Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence from the Boston Theater Critics Association for his work. His more than thirty productions there included award-winning productions of The Clean House, Sweeney Todd, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, A Streetcar Named Desire, Ragtime, and Waiting for Godot. His production of Bill W. and Dr. Bob enjoyed an extended run off-Broadway. His work has also been seen at the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Arizona Theatre Company, New York City's Town Hall, Opera Boston, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, The Actors Shakespeare Project, Porthouse Theater, and The Berkshire Theatre Festival, among others. He was co-director of the theatre program at Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center, and founding artistic director of the off-Broadway Stillwater Theatre Company in New York. He is an Executive Board member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley. He lives in San Jose with his wife, actress Rachel Harker, and daughter.
Kirsten Brandt, Associate Artistic Director
Kirsten Brandt is an award-winning playwright, director and producer. She directed the critically acclaimed productions of Legacy of Light, Groundswell, Splitting Infinity, This Wonderful Life and Rabbit Hole at San Jose Repertory Theatre. She has served as the Executive Artistic Director of Sledgehammer Theatre, San Diego’s leading Alternative theatre. At Sledgehammer, Brandt produced 23 productions (including nine world premiere and five west coast premieres) and directed 15 productions, garnering numerous “Critic’s Choice” nods and 32 awards (San Diego Critic’s Circle, Backstage West Garland, KPBS Patte Award, San Diego Playbill). Notable productions at Sledgehammer include Macbeth, The Dream Play, Furious Blood, Knife in the Heart, and Sweet Charity. She was one of the co-founders and curators of DURGA, the Women’s Performance Festival of San Diego in 2000 & 2001. Regionally, she has directed for The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, TheatreWorks, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, San Diego Repertory Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Sierra Repertory and Diversionary Theatre. She is the author of the award-winning Berzerkergang, NU, The Waves and The Frankenstein Project. Brandt received a San Diego Critic’s Circle Award for “Creative Achievement” and another for “Outstanding Direction” for The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at The Old Globe. Brandt’s wrote and directed The Thinning Veil is a telematic, multi-venue, multi-media performance piece which had its world premiere at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she lectures in the Theatre Arts Department. She is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and a proud alumna of the University of California,San Diego. www.kirstenbrandt.com
Karen Altree Piemme, Director of Outreach
Karen Piemme was invited to the Rep in 1993 to help develop and expand its Red Ladder Theatre Company for which she is Associate Director. Ms. Piemme additionally develops and implements the Rep’s many education and outreach programs, including internships, job shadowing, classroom study guides, acting classes, artists-in-schools, and the Creative Playshop Series—a unique program for children and families that has been replicated by other regional theatres. As an active Bay Area theatre staff member and community leader, Ms. Piemme is a community mentor, often appears as a guest speaker, and serves as a member of the Theatre Services Committee for Theatre Bay Area. Ms. Piemme is an accomplished director, actor and acting instructor specializing in youth and community access. She received her degree in Acting and Directing from Syracuse University and also trained in England at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Wade Sherman, Director of Development
Wade Sherman brings eighteen years of experience in live and broadcast entertainment production and development to San Jose Rep. He recently spent the last five seasons as the Development Director for Sacramento Theatre Company and El Dorado Musical Theatre. Prior to those positions, he served as the Senior VP of Business Development at The Outdoor Channel from 1996-2007. In this role, he sold and fulfilled multi-million dollar television sponsorships with companies like Bass Pro Shops, Cabela's, Academy Outdoors, Bushnell, Chevrolet, Honda and Interstate Batteries. Mr. Sherman spent two years as General Sales Manager for Salem Communications in San Jose, where he managed radio relationships with the San Jose Earthquakes and Santa Clara Men's Basketball teams, in addition to selling advertising to local clients like Alamo Capital, Pat Vitucci and Associates, Online Trading Academy and other leading financial advisors and managers. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from California State University at Fullerton. He’s married to his wife Jessica and has two boys, Samuel (11) and Zachary (9). As a family they enjoy sailing, disc golf, wine tasting in Napa and Livermore, live theatre and choral music.
Jane Casamajor, Production Manager
Jane Casamajor is happy to be back at San Jose Repertory Theatre as Production Manager. In five plus years at Boston University Jane completed her Masters of Fine Arts and had the pleasure of being an integral part of one of the premiere theater conservatory programs in the country. As Production Manager at Boston University, Jane had the pleasure of managing such initiatives as the Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP), the professional extension of the school; the InCite Arts Festival, an eclectic and compelling combination of titles and artists produced in New York and Washington, D.C.; as well as having the privilege to work with talented young artists and professional acclaimed faculty. Prior to Boston, Ms. Casamajor was the Associate Production Manager/Facilities here at San Jose Rep managing rental contracts, the facility, and assisting with all aspects of Production. Additional work experience includes six years at Arena Stage, in Washington, D.C., as the Production Office Coordinator and Human Resources Intern. Ms. Casamajor also held a variety of positions with Peninsula Players Theatre in Fish Creek Wisconsin and Madison Repertory Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin. Ms. Casamajor is pleased to be working with the energetic and creative team here at San Jose Rep and enjoying the California sunshine.