Staff of Actors Theatre Center
Founding Artistic Director Jeff M. Hicks
Operations Director Gail Hicks
Resident Production Designer Stephen C. Wathen
Resident Lighting and Sound Designer Bob Nelson
Resident Stage Manager Megan Hicks
Board of Advisors for Actors Theatre Center
Jeremiah B. Clauss
Nancy J. Kwong
Stephen C. Wathen
About Our Resident Staff
Jeff M. Hicks (Founding Artistic Director) for more information about our Artistic Director, please CLICK HERE to visit his website.
Stephen C. Wathen (Resident Production Designer)
Stephen designs all over the Bay Area and has recently designed 9 to 5 for West Valley Light Opera and All Shook Up for Starstruck Theatre among many others. Just some of Steve’s other recent credits include The Producers and Chicago for SBMT. His impressive career spans some 300-stage productions, 25 movies, and a few hundred TV shows. Mr. Wathen was one of the stop motion animators of the Gumby TV series and worked on special effects for many Hollywood productions including the Indiana Jones Trilogy and the original Star Wars picture. Also a talented writer, Steve has written original productions of Dracula and The Three Musketeers presented by Ohlone College. For ATC he has designed Jekyll and Hyde, the Musical, Superman, the Musical, The Odd Couple, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Assassins, Greater Tuna, Little Shop of Horrors, and supplied the award-winning design for The Rocky Horror Show for all 6 years.
Megan Hicks (Resident Production Stage Manager) For ATC, Megan has designed the fans and workied crew for Superman, the Musical, Greater Tuna, Little Shop of Horrors, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Odd Couple and Assassins as well as stage managing Gilligan’s Island, the Musical and Rocky for 5 years. She has stage managed and worked tech for several Bay Area companies. Megan’s recent credits include The Sound of Music, Jekyll and Hyde, the Musical and 42nd Street for Sunnyvale Community Players, Flower Drum Song, and SM for Cats, Annie, and The Drowsy Chaperone for West Valley Light Opera, and Annie for Saratoga Drama Group. Megan is a certified pastry chef at the Professional Culinary Institute and works as a Behavior Interventionist for Autism in the Cupertino Union School District.
Bob Nelson (Resident Lighting and Sound Designer) Bob currently designs lights and sound all over the Bay Area, including SBMT, West Valley Light Opera and many local schools. Bob's recent designs include The Drowsy Chaperone, 9 to 5, Aladdin, Cats, Grease, Aida, Into the Woods, Flower Drum Song, Forever Plaid, George M., Anything Goes, Noises Off, Titanic: The Musical and Footloose among many others. As the resident sound and lighting designer for ATC, Bob has designed Jekyll & Hyde, the Musical, The Rocky Horror Show, Art, Superman, the Musical, The Odd Couple, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Greater Tuna, Little Shop of Horrors, and the award-winning Assassins. By day, Bob is a general contractor and enjoys outdoor sports.
Gail Hicks (Operations Director, Resident Properties Designer) Gail is a retired software support engineer who was thrown into props by the director of the female version of The Odd Couple nearly 17 years ago. Gail’s amazing creativity and her experience in window dressing for The Emporium, Macy’s and the old Woolworth stores has helped prepare her for her new theatrical career. Gail has designed props and/or set decoration for 42nd Street, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Seussical The Musical, The Dining Room, W;t, Hello Dolly, Flower Drum Song, Jekyll and Hyde, the Musical, Art, The Wiz, and all of ATC’s productions. Because Gail is the master of ‘everything else’, she also has supplied the costume designs for ATC’s productions of Greater Tuna, The Odd Couple, Art, and five years of The Rocky Horror Show. She also continues to consult on properties throughout the Bay Area, most recently co-producing and designing costumes for Dartmouth Middle School's Disney's Aladdin. For designing the make-up for West Valley Light Opera’s production of Cats, she, along with the costume designer, was recognized with a 2009 Wave Magazine Small Theatre Award