Creative Team 

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Cheryl L. West

Cheryl L. West’s plays include FANNIE: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer, Last Stop on Market Street, Shout Sister Shout, Akeelah and the Bee, Pullman Porter Blues and Jar the Floor. Her plays have been produced in England, off-Broadway, on Broadway (Play On!) and in numerous regional theaters around the country, including Seattle Rep, Arena Stage, Old Globe, The Goodman, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Rep, Asolo Rep, Merrimack, Arkansas Rep, St. Louis Black Rep, Bay Street Theatre Festival, Syracuse Stage, Cleveland Play House, South Coast Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Off‐Broadway's Manhattan Theatre Club and Second Stage. She has written TV and film projects at Disney, Paramount, MTV Films, Showtime, TNT, HBO, CBS, BET and is the Webby-nominated writer for the original web series Diary of a Single Mom. Ms. West is currently preparing a revival of Broadway-bound Jar the Floor, and working on commissions for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Minneapolis Children’s Theater, the Goodman Theatre and Seattle Rep.

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Maria Patrice Amon is a southern California based director, dramaturg, producer, and scholar. Directing: Mojada (UCSD) A Zoom of One’s Own (CSUSM) Ich Bin Ein Berliner (Theatre Lab) DREAM HOU$E (CSUSM/TuYo Theatre) Fade (Moxie Theatre), The Madres (Moxie Theatre) Lydia (Brown Bag Theatre Company). Assistant Directing: Bad Hombres/Good Wives (San Diego Rep), Sweat (San Diego Rep), Cardboard Piano (Diversionary Theatre), Roz and Ray (San Diego Rep). Dramaturg: Manifest Destinitis (San Diego Rep), Beachtown (San Diego Rep). Patrice is a 2020 National Directing Fellow, a LTC Steering Committee member, and a board member for NNPN. Patrice is an assistant professor at CSUSM and an Associate Artistic Director and Latinx Projects Producer at San Diego Repertory Theatre. JD: California Western School of Law. PhD: UC Irvine. 

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Jonathan Gilmer
Scenic Designer

Jonathan Gilmer (he/him) is a San Diego-based multidisciplinary theatre artist. Recent projects include The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (San Diego Symphony), Pick Me Last (La Jolla Playhouse), Noel Noel (San Diego Symphony), As One (San Diego Opera), The North Plan (ION Theatre), Shostakovich Day (Barbican Centre), Whistleblower (Waterloo East Theatre) and was a member of the design team for the UK Student Exhibit at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. Jonathan is also the Associate Technical Director at La Jolla Playhouse. He received his B.A. Honours in Technical Theatre Arts from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Carmen Amon
Costume Designer

Carmen Amon is a proud Queer Chicanx Costume Designer in the Greater San Diego area. She has been working professionally as a Freelance Costume Designer since 2016. She graduated the same year with a Bachelor's Degree in Theater with an Emphasis in Costume Design from San Diego State University. Her designs have been featured at La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Repertory Theater, MOXIE Theater, Junior Theater and Pacific Ridge School.

Eliza Vedar
Sound Designer

Eliza Vedar is a composer, sound designer, music director, and pianist. Her original music/arrangements have been featured in productions with TuYo Theatre, Moxie Theatre and the Amigos del Rep. She has written music for three original musicals during her undergrad (Araceli of the West, Despierta!, Way of the Witch). Eliza is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance at SDSU and is Artist in Residence at CSU San Marcos Theatre Arts for the 2021-2022 school year.

Sonia Desai

Sonia Desai, PhD, is scholar, dramaturg, and director. She currently teaches theatre at Loyola Marymount University and CSU San Marcos. Her scholarship focuses on issues of gender and sexuality in performance and Renaissance drama. In the past, she has worked as a dramaturg on new plays for theatre companies such as San Diego Repertory Theatre and Company of Angels in Los Angeles. She most recently directed Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for Shakespeare on the Bluff.

Valentina Orbit
Hula Hoop Consultant

Valentina grew up belly dancing with her mom Leela and their teacher Mesmera from the tender age of 12. During her first Burning Man festival in 2007, she was entranced with the hula hoopers and fire dancers and vowed to learn how to do both! A year of hooping allowed her body confidence to soar and she was inspired to perform Hoop Burlesque. She quickly landed herself on national television, HBO’s “Live Nude Comedy." In 2015 she married Steve Bags,’s 2013 “Male Hooper of the Year.” Together they formed Twisted Orbit and have since traveled the world performing and teaching. She has also added hoop fabrication, juggling, stilt walking, teaching yoga and large-scale show production to her repertoire.

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Kira Vine
Stage Manager

Kira Vine (she/her) is an Equity Stage Manager, excited to return for her second POP Tour. Previously at the Playhouse: SUMO (DNA Workshop Series); Pick Me Last (POP Tour 2021); The Luckiest. Other credits include: The Gardens of Anuncia; Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big San Diego Christmas Show; Noura; Native Gardens (The Old Globe); Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Homos: Or, Everyone in America (Diversionary Theatre); Actually; Aubergine (San Diego REP); Agent 355 (Chautauqua Theatre Company); Bliss: Or, Emily Post is Dead (MOXIE Theatre); Seven Spots on the Sun (InnerMission Productions).