CREATIVE TEAM - Bios

Sara Moore (Playwright/Toby) is a beloved & multi-award-winning SF based clown, actor, director, author & filmmaker who is actively raising the stakes of new American Clowning. As director of SF’s famed Clown Conservatory, Moore has brought a punk rock sensibility to the teaching and performance of Physical Comedy & Tragedy. Her substantial body of creative work covers the full spectrum of clowning and spans multiple media, from the big top to film and stage, including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, The Krofft Puppets, Royal Caribbean Int’l. in NYC at Ars Nova, Women’s Project, La Mama ETC & P.S. 122, regional theatres, casino resorts, guerilla busking and as the comic foil in mega shows for entertainment tycoon Merv Griffin. She has opened for and performed alongside such greats as Chita Rivera, Carol Channing, Rita Moreno, Sammy Cahn, Phyllis Diller and others while working for Mr. Griffin, who called Moore “the hardest working clown in show business” and “our new Fanny Brice.” Moore is also the proud writer-director of the cult indie film Homo Heights starring the late Quentin Crisp, prompting Variety to rave “witty narrative clowning with continuous laughs & brilliant performances.” Known and loved well by SF audiences for her work with Oasis, Theatre Rhino, Brava, NCTC, Center Rep, Circus Bella, New Pickle Circus, Make-A-Circus, Circus Center & George Coates Performance Works, among others, she’s been hailed by critics as everything from a “21st century Pagliacci” to “a comedic powerhouse.” Moore’s trademark “human cartoon” productions include her nationally toured one-woman tour-de-force Show Ho as well as Wunderworld and now Atomic Clown: A Human Cartoon Fantasia, based on Moore’s book of the same name. Both the NEA and the Fleishhacker Foundation have honored Moore’s recent clown opera THE SUPERS with grants, enabling this “live silent film” about cosmic refugees to debut at Z Space in SF in February 2020. In the works is also CYCLONES, a future human cartoon production about the cosmology of the Cyclone rollercoaster!

Sean Owens (Director) Dubbed "SF's Best Comic Playwright" and "The Captain of Theatrical Camp" by the SF Weekly, Sean has been writing and performing for 28 years, with over 35 short and full-length plays both here in the Bay Area and abroad. Their solo musical, "Girlesque" has delighted audiences in the Bay Area, New York and Canada. Sean has been twice recognized by the Bay Area Theatre Critics' Circle Awards-- first, for the noir parody, "The Big Drag" for Best Original Script, and more recently, for their portrayal of Oscar Wilde with Shotgun Players in Berkeley. They also inaugurated the role of the Viscountess Marlene in Liz Duffy Adams' off-Broadway premiere of "Wet." As a writer, Sean has created content for multimedia platforms, including the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary, the grand reopening of the SFMoMA and the High Museum’s showcase of artwork from the MoMA, entitled “Fast Forward.” Children’s tours remain a favorite and a specialty: Sean has addressed topics ranging from the Titanic to slavery to turbine physics, and received awards from the National Association of Interpretation for his efforts. Sean has written keynote speeches for hospitality expert Holly Stiel, and the founder of Notehall Sean Conway, and has designed original training for such companies as the Kimpton Group and Hilton Hotels. Other accomplishments include a sci-fi comedy web series, entitled "FLOATERS" with co-creator Jeremy Solterbeck; work as a writer, teacher and director for the sketch comedy group Killing My Lobster; and an immersive nightclub experience called FANCYPANTS: A Trans-Temporal Evening for the Gender Playful. They consider their ability to write, direct and create across and beyond the boundaries of gender to be their greatest strength. Sean answers cheerfully to all pronouns, and looks equally glamorous in a bow tie or pearls.

Rory Davis (choreographer) is the resident choreographer for Peaches Christ Productions and the co-creator of Baloney, SF’s acclaimed Gay All-Male Revue. Most recently he staged the west coast premiere of Showgirls! The Musical! and played Alec Baldwin opposite Bianca Del Rio's Sheetlejuice. He has staged choreography for electro/rapper artist Peaches and recently toured with Jinkx Monsoon in the national tour of Return to Grey Gardens. He most recentlly staged the LA premiere of the FX miniseries Feud. Rory has become the go-to choreographer for the drag scene in SF and continues to specialize in movement for non-dancers. 

Fernando Gambaroni (Social Worker) was a member of the Bat Theater Company in Tribeca and a proud founding member of The Hive Theater Company, both in New York. He has appeared Off-Broadway in shows such as: A Midsummer Night's Dream; Mac Wellman's Cellophane; Len Jenkin's Like I Say; A.R. Gurney's Mrs. Farnsworth; and Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid. His solo show just don’t touch me, amigo premiered at the NY Fringe Festival and performed in Buenos Aires and Mexico City.

Sharon Gless (Dr. Claire) TV viewers worldwide know and love the iconic characters brought to life over the last five decades by multi Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress,  Sharon Gless. As the final contract player at Universal Studios, Gless guest starred and costarred in many of TV’s top-rated series, including: The Rockford Files, Marcus Welby, M.D, The Bob Newhart Show, House Calls, and Switch.  Over 30 million viewers each week watched Gless as New York Police Detective Christine Cagney in the first hour-long drama to feature two females in the leading roles, Cagney and Lacey, for six Emmy-winning seasons; Gless winning two.  Another generation of viewers fell in love with her portrayal of Debbie Novotny, a dirty-mouthed devoted mom to a gay son and confidant and loyal supporter to his gay friends, for all five seasons of Showtime’s daring smash series, Queer As Folk.  U.S.A. network cast her in their radical series, Burn Notice, as the chain-smoking, persuasive, Madeline Westen, an unpredictable mixture of heart and heat, for which Gless earned her 10th Emmy nomination. Gless has also starred in major theatrical productions (Misery, Chapter Two, Round-Heeled Woman) on London’s West End as well as U.S. tours. Recently fans have found Gless playing reoccurring characters on The Exorcist, Casualty (BBC), The Gifted, and Nip/Tuck, garnering Gless yet another Emmy nomination.

Colin Johnson (Hammy Sammy & Soundscape Design) is a multi-hyphenate theatre and video production artist/ educator who has been recklessly operating in the Bay area since 2008. He is Founding Artistic Director of Awesome Theatre, Creative Director of Troubleshoot Productions and Director of Film at The Clown Conservatory. Notable collaborations include but are not limited to: PianoFight, Playground, Circus Center Cabaret, San Diego Comic-Con, Image Comics, Pegasus Books, Shotz, The Curran, SF Fringe, SF Olympians, 3GT, Quantum Dragon and BattleStache Studios. He makes movies until he gets too frustrated and makes theatre until he has a panic attack.

Texas Holly (Clown/Sexy Surgeon/Bride from Hell) has been delighting Bay Area audiences as a variety of overblown characters for 15 years. She has performed in Bay Area shows including New Pickle Circus, Circus Center Cabaret and Teatro Zinzanni’s Cabaret, as well as America’s Got Talent.  She is also an Arts Administrator at Circus Center where she is Director of Circus Camp and a core faculty member of the Clown Conservatory from which she also graduated. She also attended the University of Houston where she earned a B.A. in Dance, which comes in handy on this show.

Clown Conservatory (Producer) is our nation’s foremost training program for physical comedy, precision idiocy and eccentric acting. Based at SF’s Circus Center, the program is a 24-week tilt-a-whirl of character creation and narrative clowning designed to foster and embolden the super versatile human cartoon!

Night Sky Productions (Producer) is an independent theatrical producing company focusing on the work of women artists. Night Sky Productions is the Producing Persona of Annie Stuart. Ms. Stuart has served as casting director for PlayGround for the past twenty-one seasons and in 2005 was named the company’s first Associate Director and, most recently, Associate Artistic Director, where her passion for producing theatre has flourished. As a freelance casting director, her other credits include Marin Theatre Company, Center REP, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival, Brava! for Women In The Arts, Theatre Rhinoceros, and Z Space Studio. She has taught at San Jose State University, USF, The Bennett Theatre Lab, Center REP, the College of Marin, Marin Theatre Company and for Theatre Bay Area.

Debra Mosk (Associate Producer) is an enthusiastic producer & advocate of San Francisco Theatre, and queer theatre in particular. As a longtime Board member with New Conservatory Theatre she has helped guide many a world premiere and classic LGBTQ play into existence. She is longtime collaborator of Ms. Moore’s Thrillride Mechanics theatre company, co-producing their trademark “human cartoon” productions including Moore’s Show Ho and two productions of Wunderworld as well as Michael Phillis’s It’s Christmas, Carole.


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