Cast & Creative Team

JAMES BALDOCK (Scotty), a member of Actors Theatre of San Francisco since 2002, recently directed Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio. James was a BATCC award nominee for his direction of Betrayal. At ATSF, he was a member of the BATCC award-winning best production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Prior to ATSF, he was a producer with the Royal Underground Theater production of The Wild Party. His acting credits include The Lion in Winter, The House of Blue Leaves & The Rose Tattoo. His design credits include American Buffalo, After the Fall, The Grapes of Wrath, Hurlyburly & Orpheus Descending.

Fontana ButterfieldFONTANA BUTTERFIELD (Princess), a San Francisco native, graduated from SFSU with a BA in drama & is a company member of Shotgun Players where she most recently performed in God’s Plot. Other credits at Shotgun include The Three Musketeers, The Forest War, King Lear, The Miser & Cyrano de Bergerac. Fontana has also performed with Killing My Lobster in sketch shows & the award-winning comedy Hunter Gatherers. She trained in the Meisner technique at Laura Henry Studio in Santa Monica & has just finished her Meisner teacher training. Fontana is also an improviser – performing, teaching & directing improvisational acting at various locations. After living in Los Angeles & NYC, she is ecstatic to be back in her hometown with her talented filmmaker wife, Mary, & their gorgeous son, Orlando. This is Fontana’s first production with Tides Theatre & she is incredibly honored to be a part of the magic.

Carolyn Ford ComptonCAROLYN FORD COMPTON (Aunt Nonnie) has appeared with Pear Avenue Theatre, Los Altos Stage Company, 3Girls’ Theatre & Los Gatos Shakespeare Company among others. A few of her favorite roles include Reba in Last Night of Ballyhoo, Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Virginia in The Clean House, Veta Louise in Harvey, Donna Lucia in Charley’s Aunt & Marion in The Shaker Chair. With much appreciation for all the talent, dedication & hard work of the Tides Theatre organization & as always with love to my Darlin’ Darryl.


Dan FaganDAN FAGAN (Chance) most recently performed in A Tiger Without Mercy, a one-man show about boxing champ Jack Dempsey, which he also wrote. Other stage credits include Seminar, Carapace & In Absentia (B Street Theatre), My Fellow CreaturesLiar (EMH), Antigone (KOLT Run) & Strangers on a Train (Actor’s Workshop of Sacramento).




Jeff GrahamJEFF GRAHAM (Bud) is making his stage debut in Sweet Bird Of Youth. He has played many roles for the camera in both commercial & short film productions, & is grateful for the wealth of acting experience he’s been surrounded by through this play. Jeff is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in acting at Academy of Art University of San Francisco.




SEAN B. HALLINAN (the Heckler)’s first acting job was in Hollywood at the age of 9 for a medical industrial that can still be seen at Kaiser Permanente with a doctor’s permission. Sean has been performing since then in one medium or another & has about an equal measure of hands-on and formal training including Jean Shelton and LACC Theatre Academy among others. Sean is a company member of the Actors Theatre of San Francisco & is very happy to make new friends & colleagues by performing in this production at Tides.

Hilary HesseHILARY HESSE (Heavenly) is excited to be working with Tides. An LA native, this is her second show in the Bay Area, following her debut last fall at the Victoria Theater in the original musical The Raven. Some shows she appeared in in Los Angeles include Assassins, Into the Woods, City of Angels, Sitcom the Play & The Women. She thanks her family and friends for their continued support!




Joe KearnsJOE KEARNS (Boss Finley) has lived in the Bay Area for one year after living & acting in Phoenix, Orlando & Chicago, his native city. Principal roles portrayed include Dodge in Buried Child, JB in JB, George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Gant in Look Homeward Angel & Henry Higgins in 4 different productions of My Fair Lady. In addition to the stage, Joe is also a voiceover and industrial film actor. Joe is delighted to be a part of this stellar cast. He lives with his wife Peggy in San Mateo.


John LowellJOHN LOWELL (Scudder) is happy to work again with Tides Theatre following his role as Ben in The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman. He has also appeared recently in San Francisco in Rough for Radio II by Samuel Beckett with Performers Under Stress, A Soldier’s Play by Charles Fuller at the Southside, The Exonerated by Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen at the Brava & Long Story Shorts, a collection of five short plays by Martin David at the Alcove. John has performed in a variety of film, television & commercial projects in the area. John is a twenty-year resident of San Francisco & native of Portland, OR.


James MartinJAMES MARTIN (Fly/Charles) is excited to be making his Tides Theater debut & is a recent graduate of the Meisner Technique Studio here in SF! BA in Theater from UCSC. NorCal Tours: Outspoken, Other Side of the Closet.  SF Credits: Cinderella (African American Shakespeare Company), Thunder Above Deeps Below (Bindlestiff) & Waiting for Giovanni, Cootie Shots, Get Real (NCTC).  James is grateful to be able to pursue his dreams & live his passions!



Ariana PinaARIANA PINA (Violet) will be debuting her second theater performance on the Tides stage as Violet in Sweet Bird of Youth. She was previously a cast member of The Write Stuff in which she played an actress in search of her big break. Ariana studies multimedia communications at the Academy of Art University & is pursuing a minor degree in acting. She is delighted to be a part of the cast, as well as grateful for being able to work with director Jennifer Welch again.



Francis SerpaFRANCIS SERPA (Stuff) started acting across the bay at College of Marin in Aeschylus’ Oresteia trilogy. He has a BFA in Theatre from UC Santa Barbara. He’s delighted to be working with Tides Theatre for the first time.  Some of his favorite plays he has been in are Balm in Gilead, Pentecost & Corpus Christi. Favorite roles include George from Of Mice and Men, Chris from All My Sons, and Long John Silver. When he’s not acting, Francis writes stories about dinosaurs.



John TerrellJOHN TERRELL (Tom Jr.) is excited to be playing Tom Jr. in his first production with Tides Theatre. John recently finished playing Andrea in Bertolt Brecht’s Life of Galileo at the Masquer’s Playhouse in Point Richmond, CA.  John received his BA in Theatre Arts from Cal State East Bay in 2009 & has also studied with the American Conservatory Theatre here in San Francisco.  All thanks to his family for their continued love & support.




Sam VegasSAM VEGAS (Hatcher/Stage Manager) – I’m very proud to be a part of this production. Jenna is an amazing director & I’m just so thankful to be a part of Tides Theater. The cast & crew is top notch & I’ve learned so much from you. I’d also like to thank my friends & family for your support & your undying belief in me. Last but certainly not least, you, the audience member – thank you for supporting local theater.




ShannonWarrickSHANNON WARRICK (Miss Lucy) National tours: nearly 2 years with the London 360 production of Peter Pan (Mrs. Darling). Regional work: Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Sister Woman Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Young Miss Fezziwig A Christmas Carol). Bay Area: Shakespeare Santa Cruz (Maria Twelfth Night, Adriana The Comedy of Errors), TheatreWorks (Maria Twelfth Night), City Lights (Annie In The Next Room), The Western Stage (Becca Rabbit Hole) & Palo Alto Players (Becca Rabbit Hole, Irma Looking For Normal). Ms. Warrick holds an MFA in Theatre through the ASF/ PAT program & is the mother of two children, daughter Porter & son, Thatcher. She can next be seen as Lady Croom in Arcadia with Jewel Theatre Company in Santa Cruz.

Carmen YvetteCARMEN YVETTE (Violet) is beyond thrilled to be working with Jennifer Welch & the cast of Sweet Bird of Youth! A Bay Area native, Carmen has been fortunate enough to work on amazing acting and modeling projects with talented artists since graduating high school. She studied Public Relations at SJSU & currently works for a music festival production company & as an SF event and culture guide, all while relentlessly pursuing her first love – a tiny gold man named Oscar.


JENNIFER WELCH (Director/Sound Designer) is the Producing Artistic Director of Tides Theatre, a founding member of Howells Transmitter Arts Collaborative and a contributor to Her directing credits include Waiting for Godot, The Little Foxes, 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, The Grapes of Wrath, Glengarry Glen Ross, Buried Child, The Trip to Bountiful, A View from the Bridge, The Rose Tattoo, The Night of the Iguana, Lysistrata, The Real Inspector Hound and Killer Joe. Jennifer is the co-creator and director of StoryWorks, a collaboration between Tides Theatre & The Center for Investigative Reporting that explores investigative journalism through stage performances. She currently teaches acting classes in San Francisco and trained at the University of Kansas, American Conservatory Theater and the Jean Shelton Actors Lab.

CARY CRONHOLM ROSE (Creative Consultant) is the Associate Artistic Director & Literary Manager of Tides Theatre. She was most recently the Assistant Director of Waiting for Godot & 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche for Tides.  Cary holds a BA from Kenyon College & is a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf in Chicago & B.A.D.A.’s Midsummer in Oxford program. In Chicago, she worked with Second City, ImprovOlympic, The Chopin & the Steppenwolf Garage. Cary is a proud company member of Chicago’s Collaboraction Theater & a founding company member of Chicago’s Pine Box Theatre.  She is thrilled to be performing onstage at Tides this fall in Gruesome Playground Injuries.

SALLY DANA (Casting Director) recently joined Tides Theatre as a company member & is very excited to be working with the talented Tides family after her role as Regina in The Little Foxes this past winter. Sally has been performing as an actor, singer, drummer & voiceover artist for over 25 years. Other stage credits include performances at The Magic, Central Works, The B Street Theatre, Campo Santo (Dean Goodman’s Choice award for The Language of Angels) & the SF Fringe Festival (William Bivin’s Pulp Scripture, George Pfirrmann’s Arousal & Heartbeat by Miles Pawski). She played the role of Barbara in the award-winning hit comedy Shear Madness for 2 years. Sally was an ensemble member in Julie Taymor & Elliot Goldenthal’s Obie Award-winning & Tony-nominated masterpiece Juan Darien.  Sally spent several years in LA as a casting assistant working on such films as “Tropic Thunder”, “Charlie Wilson’s War”, “Georgia Rule”, “The Great Buck Howard”, “Knocked Up”, “Walk Hard”, “The Fast and the Furious”, “Next”, “National Treasure: Book of Secrets”, “Valkyrie” & the late night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live”. Sally is a casting director for voiceover projects including cartoons & video games, a company member of PlayGround & a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. She would like to thank Archie Bryan for his love & support.

ALICIA GRIFFITHS (Scenic Design) After graduating from San Francisco State University in Theatre Design, Alicia interned with the SF Playhouse. She is excited to work on Tennessee Williams and create in his world. She has designed for StoryWorks, The Couch and The Things We Do For Love: 3 Shorts, The Little Foxes, Gypsy Honeymoon, 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, and That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of. She is the Director of Production Design for Tides Theatre. Thanks to Sean, Sam, Peter, Evans and all the sweet birds that helped to make Williams’ world come to life.

CLAIRE KENDRICK (Lighting Design) has been a light/scenic/costume designer for theatrical shows, concerts, and events throughout California for the past 10 years.  She has worked with theatres such as ACT, PCPA, and the San Francisco Opera as well as served as the Technical Director/Design Teacher at The Thacher School from 2006-2010.  She graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Design / Directing from Williams College.  She’s excited to be collaborating with Tides Theatre, and delighted to be working with Jenna Welch and Alicia Griffiths once again.

DEBORAH CICHOCKI (Stage Manager) is originally from Los Angeles where she attended UCLA film school & worked in post-production in television & on numerous feature films such as “Back to the Future”, “The Color Purple” & “The Prince of Tides.” She previously production managed Tides Theatre’s StoryWorks in Spring 2013 & looks forward to continued collaborations with Tides.  Now a 15-year resident of Marin, she would like to thank her husband & two teenage children for their support.

ADAM KELLER (Projection Design) grew up in Oakland & has been working with video and digital media since his freshman year of high school. He’s now studying film at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where he has directed a few shorts & also works as a media lab technician. His music video for an American Sign Language cover of Kanye West & Jay-Z’s “No Church In The Wild” was praised by the Huffington Post as “a gimmick”. He’s thrilled to be back in the Bay Area working with Tides.

PETER RAPINE (Technical Intern)

MEGAN TOMASETTI (Directing Intern) is joining the Bay Area theatre community as an emerging Director. Previous collaboration includes working as a Production Assistant with the Playwrights Foundation on multiple staged readings & as Assistant Stage Manager for Mugwumpin’s The Great Big Also. She is Assistant Directing Grounded for the San Francisco Playhouse opening this August.

EVANS LEVY (Intern) is going to be a Senior at Tam High this fall.  She found her love for theater in 3rd grade when she played Nancy in Oliver. Since then the theater has become her life & passion. Evans moved to Paris for 2 years where she played The Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz & Rizzo in Grease. She has studied at ArtsEd in London. Evans is an active member of the Conservatory Theater Ensemble at Tam High School where she discovered the behind-the-scenes work of theater, designing & building the costumes for an all female cast of Julius Caesar this past year. Evans has just retuned from her 3rd summer at Stagedoor Manor in NY where she was in Twelve Angry Women as well as being selected to be in their Players Ensemble.