Marc Francoeur hails from Kankakee, a blue-collar factory town amidst the cornfields of central Illinois. As a child he was always drawn to the vitality and beauty of the dramatic arts: music, dancing and acting. It was his escapism and salvation from the narrow confines and minds of the rural Midwest. As he got older it became his ticket out of town to the more cosmopolitan and expansive consciousness of Chicago and Los Angeles.
Marc received his BFA in Theater and Music from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. He worked professionally in Chicago as an actor, writer and composer. He toured nationally with Child’s Play Touring Theater, was a founding ensemble member of the renown Free Associates Improv Company, and worked in Chicago musical theater doing A Chorus Line, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, 42nd Street, and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, to name a few. After moving to Los Angeles, Marc turned his focus to music. He founded and created two popular club bands that were regulars on the Hollywood music circuit: Marc Francoeur & the Motha Fizzies and The Butterflyman Band.
NANCY DOBBS OWEN
Director, Choreographer, Dramaturge
Nancy has performed throughout the United States, first with both ballet and modern companies and then as a ballerina and a Meg cover in the National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. Regional theater includes American Musical Theatre of San Jose, The Magic Theater, 42nd St. Moon, and Berkeley Opera. LA theatre includes appearances at Theatre of Note, The Alex Theater, The Hudson Theater, Santa Monica Playhouse and as Lucy in the Production Company’s critically acclaimed Sweeney Todd. She starred in the West Coast premiere of The Bridge Club at Deaf/West Theatre. Nancy has appeared in numerous independent films, several national commercials, as well as various web series and music videos. She also danced in the pilot of the former Showtime, now CW show, My Crazy Ex.
LA choreography includes Skeleton Stories (Best Choreography Nomination, BroadwayWorld.com) and Have You Seen Alice at Theatre of NOTE, Assassins with Sight Unseen Theatre, M. Butterfly, Sweeney Todd (Seven Ovation nominations), Working (Outstanding Choreography, Small Theater) and Enron, all at the Production Company, The Snow Queen (Memorable Choreography, Small Theater) at the Fremont Centre Theatre as well as additional choreography for I’d Rather Be Right at the Hudson Theater, Dolls! at the Santa Monica Playhouse and Pacific Opera Project’s recent critical and commercial hit production of The Mikado. She choreographed the music video for the Band Pie’s gorgeous song Yo Se, a flash mob scene for the hot web series Squad 85 and has numerous other new media projects in the works.
She made her LA directorial debut in August 2012 directing and choreographing SkyPilot Theatre’s smash hit War Bride, which received rave reviews, an extension and 7 StageScene LA awards, including Outstanding Direction of a Play. She has also worked with Fierce Backbone and Fresh Produc’d on new works, with Weyward Sisters Productions, a multi media production company focused on creating beautiful, thought provoking, emotionally bare work in film, theater, music and visual/fine art she has created two dance films; Surrender to the Mystery is currently on the festival circuit and Nevada Line premiered Sept. 7, 2014.
She holds a BA from UC Irvine. She completed the Teacher Artist Training Program through the Music Center in 2010 and participated in the 2011 Directors Lab West at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Nancy is a popular ballet and contemporary teacher with classes currently at the Performing Arts Center Van Nuys is a dance faculty member at AMDA in Hollywood and teaches at Gabriella Charter School.
A proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and an associate member of SDC.
Meagan Truxal can be found in, around and all about the theatre. She has worked on many shows at Pierce College, CSUN and various productions around LA, both in the scenes and behind them. Some of her favorite productions include Death of a Salesman, The Diviners, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, The Little Dog Laughed, Side Show, Sweeney Todd, and Learned Ladies. She has wardrobed many, applied makeup to some, helped design and operate sound, wrangled casts/crews as a stage manager and done a little acting as well. She is thrilled to be working on this fabulous show with a great team. She would like to thank her family for their support and unyielding confidence!
McKerrin Kelly is an LA based actor/writer/director who has studied and honed her skills in California and New York. Recent directing work includes The Arctic Circle, produced by Klepto Theatre Workshop (Best Director Award, StageScene LA); The Snow Queen, A Fractured Fairy Tale, (Best Director Award, StageScene LAby Blame the Clown Productions; Brendan (Best Director, Best Production Award StageScene LA), Dolly West’s Kitchen, The Hostage (Backstage West Garland Nomination for Directing) and Power (part of LA Critic’s Circle Award for Best Season) at Theatre Banshee; the inaguaral production of Blank, a one man show produced by Lone Star Ensemble; Dress Black at Theatre of NOTE and numerous workshop productions with Syzygy Theatre’s New Alignments program.
Additionally, she is active in several programs that develop young writers in local Jr. High and High Schools as well as a proud participant of Directors Lab West 2011.
Che’Rae Adams has been the Producing Artistic Director of the LA Writers Center since 2006 where she develops new work with local writers. She has also been a Development Executive for Playhouse Pictures Studios, Co-Artistic Director of the Road Theatre Company, and has worked in theatre, film and television in Los Angeles for over 20 years. She specializes in developing and directing solo and devised work including the premieres of Gracie and Rose by Anastasia Coon at the Hollywood Fringe Festival where if won “Best in Fringe” and was nominated for “Best Solo Show”; Ser: LA vs BA by Karen Anzoategui at the Downtown Urban Theatre Festival and Company of Angels; Pandora’s Trunk by Blaine Teamer at LATC starring Kim Fields and at the National Black Theatre Festival starring Tonya Pinkins; she co-authored and directed Fish Stories, which premiered at the HBO Workspace and went on to the Duplex Cabaret in New York.; From Bonkers to Botox, at the Stella Adler Theatre & Aspen Comedy Festival; Nothing to See Here at the Comedy Central Space staring “Reno 911” star Carlos Alazraqui; Flying Standby at The John Anson Ford Theatre among others. Che’’Rae has taught acting and writing workshops at various institutions such as The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Catholic University, Miami Dade University, California State University, Fulerton, UCLA Extension, and The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival.