Technicians

Eric Andler is an emerging theater artist hungry to expand. With dedication to all facets of performance, he tackles any task from the most complex lighting design, to sweeping the stage, with a high degree of commitment and personal satisfaction. By utilizing creative problem solving with a broad array of skills, he remains independent in actively pursuing goals, yet finds deep joy working within a collaborative environment. Committing to passions for performance design he continues searching for ways to make the relationship between light, performer, and performance piece much more intimate, interdependent with each other, and completely fresh. Eric received his B.S. in Theater from Illinois State University in 2004. His work experience includes being the Technical Director for ODC Theater (’06-’08), the Sound Director for Smuin Ballet (’08-present), Resident Lighting Designer for Fresh Meat (’07-present), and Performing Lighting Designer for Dandelion Dancetheater (’08-present). Eric’s CounterPULSE experience includes design and technical work for RAW Dance’s Soft Return, the Artist’s In Residence Performances (Fall ’08) and Jess Curtis/Gravity’s Symmetry Project (’09).

Nicole Gluckstern has been involved in the performing arts since she was first cast in the role of Pontius Pilate at the age of eight. These days, preferring the ghostlight to the limelight, she’s helped to illuminate many fine black box theatres across the city, including The EXIT Theatre, The Phoenix, The Shelton, the Off-Market Theatre, and the Marsh, and enjoys “vacationing” on the Fringe Festival circuit as a touring stage manager/lighting designer. She’s been a member of the CounterPULSE tech team since its re-location in 2005, and while her area of expertise remains text-based theatrical productions, she’s also worked with dance companies such as Dancer’s Group and inFlux Dance, and musicians such as Victor Krummenacher and Kelly McCubbin. Her favorite song ever is (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes.

Cameron Growden started working in theatre on the opposite side. He was and continues to be a performer, but in college he realized that there was a better way to make money than in the kitchen washing dishes. He then found himself amongst the builders; constructing a new world with their spare time and really found a niche. He found that for once he enjoyed going to work and went on to become a supervisor and receive honors for work done in the scene shop. Since moving to San Francisco he has worked with Peck Peck Dance Ensemble as well as Ahdanco and Group A.

Cat Lu was delighted to serve CounterPULSE as the Program Intern for Fall 2008. So much so, that she returned the next season as the Technical Intern. She comes from the University of California, Davis with a background in science and language and, recently finishing an inaugural stint in the UCD Multimedia Ensemble, fosters a profound interest in prepared piano and sound art. She is currently working on brainstorming new motion-activated compositions, mastering boogie-woogie, not killing plants gifted from friends, and remembering that library books have due dates. Her technical work at CounterPULSE includes Stage Management for May Day ’09, and Technical Support for Words First and SF TALKS! Her outside work includes Tayo Aluko’s Call Mr. Robeson at the Phoenix among others.

Delayne Medoff has been working as a technician with CounterPULSE since 2008. Delayne found a passion for lighting in his undergraduate work. Since graduating from Humboldt State University in 2006, he has been loving theater more and more. His experience in lighting design is limited, but focuses on dance. He also stage manages, educates, reads, and expands his brain. He also loves to organize gels. His recent lighting technician employment includes work with The Magic Theater, Smuin Ballet, A.C.T., Center Rep of Walnut Creek, Diablo Ballet. For CounterPULSE Del has worked on Huckaby McAllister’s Luck 13 (’08), Sarah Kraft’s Hyper Real (’08) and CounterPULSE’s Artist in Residence Performances (Spring ’09).

Elizabeth Mendana (MFA) has been working as a technician with CounterPulse since 2002. Elizabeth began designing theatrical lighting as an undergraduate student. In graduate school, her thesis focused on the integration of lighting design and choreography. Her design work strives to create lighting choreographies where dancers and light interact dynamically. Elizabeth is a performer, choreographer, teacher, designer, production manager, and mountain climber. For more info, go to www.mendana.org

Becky Robinson-Leviton graduated Cum Laude from California State University, Long Beach with a B.A. in Dance. She now lives and works in San Francisco as a freelance modern dancer, theatre technician, and assistant stage manager. She has performed in works by the Nanette Brodie Dance Theatre, Joe Landini [The Garage], David Samas and many more. She was also a collaborating artist in the 2013 Home Theater Festival. Since being accepted into the CounterPULSE Stage Management Fellowship Program in 2012, Becky has had the pleasure of working with numerous theatres and performing arts companies including ODC Theater, CounterPULSE, Bill T. Jones, Joe Goode Performance Group, The Garage, California Shakespeare Theater, and Center Repertory Theatre.

Patrick Simms is an audio engineer by trade and has been operating Patrick Simms Music Studios out of his current location in the same building as CounterPULSE since 1995. He also designed, installed and maintains the CounterPULSE sound system. In all situations where clients need more sound equipment than what CounterPULSE provides, Simms is the go-to person to bring in additional gear particularly for sound heavy performances, such as live bands, microphones, wireless systems, monitors, etc… Simms has also taken up lighting to compliment his sound skills and has worked both as lighting operator and sound operator on occasion. At CounterPULSE, Simms is not only a technician, he is a board member and has been since we opened our doors to the public in 2005.

Simms moved to San Francisco in 1994 from Connecticut to pursue his musical asperations, and in doing so opened his studio while working at the Guitar Center, playing in bands, working in nightclubs as a sound engineer and even booking venues like the Paradise Lounge, Voodoo Lounge, Cafe Cocomo, Brainwash Cafe. Over the years he ventured into renting audio equipment and eventually took over the recording studio at the Local 6 Musician’s Union building where he has maintained a second studio since 1999, having recorded more than 100 groups mostly Jazz, Classical, singing groups, brass quintets, singer/songwriters, Americana Roots Rock, and more. In 2000, Mr. Simms began hosting the People In Plazas noon concert series which take place 5 days a week during the summer. He has since become the Assistant Program Manager for the program.

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Ali Woolwich has been connected with CounterPULSE (and 848) since 1995, first as a dancer, then in 2001 as a teacher and house tech, 2003-05 as Relocation Coordinator (ie, the hunt that yielded 1310), 2006-2007 as Technical Director, and currently as “a tech on the list.” She holds a BA in Film and Education from UMass/Amherst and a Certificate in Dance Education from CCSF. She has been working in Contact Improvisation (CI) for 18 years, and directs HumilitySwim, a CI-based performance ensemble and media group. Active in the Bay Area dance community for 14 years, she has championed contemporary dance as an editor, project manager, venue producer, teacher and theatrical technician. She has been on staff for 5 years for the West Coast Contact Improvisation Festival (WCCIF), now in its 20th year as one of the oldest and largest festivals of its kind worldwide. She has worked for 3 years as co-webmaster and tech support on the build and adoption of WCCIF’s secure, web-based database and PHP backed intranet that allows 82 teachers worldwide to dialogue in real-time. In her years as a dance teacher she has worked with children, gay teens, queer women, mixed classes of disabled and non-disabled dancers, and seniors. As a tech, she is a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) SF Union Local 16, and has tech’d in Seattle, NYC, and at Bay Area theaters large and small including: ODC, Theater of Yugen, Exit Theater, the studios of Berkeley’s Sawtooth Building, Luna Sea Women’s Theater, Dance Mission, Theater Artaud, Cowell Theater, Zellerbach Hall, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, ACT and Moscone Center. Her specialties are: lighting design for dance, and video projection.

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