Line up for the December 6, 2017 Lit Up at Town Hall with A Civil War Christmas!


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Katie Zeigler, Literary Consultant, Town Hall Theatre

Katie M Zeigler is a writer and professor living in Walnut Creek, CA. Zeigler holds a BA and MA in English from Stanford University and completed coursework at Oxford University in British Literature. She has had short fiction and non-fiction published in a variety of outlets, including A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, Wilson Quarterly, Fish Anthology and Stanford Magazine. Zeigler won the Stanford Magazine Fiction Contest, was a finalist in Glimmer Train's short fiction contest and placed second in Fish Anthology's international flash fiction contest. She has also performed readings of her short fiction for Why There Are Words and the Peninsula Literary Society. She is currently working on a young adult novel and teaches writing at Diablo Valley College.



Susan E. Evans, Artistic Director, Town Hall Theatre

As Artistic Director of Town Hall Theatre, Susan will serve as the dramaturg for our Lit Up at Town Hall community literary series. Most recently, Susan directed Lisa Kron’s Well at Contra Costa Civic Theatre. From April 2011 to June 2016, Susan served as the Artistic Director of the Douglas Morrisson Theatre, where she directed Private Lives, Dividing the Estate, All My Sons, Eurydice, An Ideal Husband (Scott Munson adaptation), The Skin of Our Teeth and Mrs. Warren's Profession. She continues as an Artistic Consultant at DMT. Previously, Susan served for 11 years as the Artistic Director of Eastenders Repertory Company where her directing work included We Won't Pay, We Won't Pay; Frozen; and Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, co-directed with Founder Charles E. Polly; and Parts II and III of Mr. Polly’s acclaimed Twyla Trilogy. She enjoys ongoing directing projects with Actors Reading Writers in Berkeley, and is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.


Reg Clay

Reg Clay is a Bay Area actor and podcast creator. His podcast The Yay offers insight into the local theatre scene and discusses topics in the arts. Clay stars in multiple roles in Town Hall Theatre's production of A Civil War Christmas as Bronson/James Wormley/Philip Reid/Burwell/Chorus.


Laura Fraga

I have cherished childhood memories of watching my Abuelita, my father’s mother, hand quilt traditional quilts with her church group. That inspired me to learn different domestic crafts as I grew up. (You should see how well I can press a dress shirt!) After taking cake decorating, crochet, needlepoint and tole painting lessons, I found my niche in 1990 after taking my first quilting class.

Once I mastered the basics, I defined two great passions: hand appliqué and making “Dear Jane” quilts. Dear Jane is a quilt that Jane Stickle completed in 1863 during the Civil War. Brenda Papadakis discovered it at the Bennington Museum in Vermont and introduced it to the world in 1996.     I have been a Janiac (rhymes with maniac, you get the picture) since 2000. To date I have completed five Dear Jane quilts of different sizes and helped numerous other quilters with their Dear Jane journeys.

I was excited when my quilts began winning blue ribbons in national shows.   My most gratifying moment was when I was told by a friend of mine, who was a docent at our guild quilt show, that one spectator could not believe my featured quilt was hand appliquéd and not a cheater panel. My friend had to show her the near invisible stitches that I take pride in.

Sharing my passion of quilting through teaching is very rewarding to me. Students from my classes have told me they appreciate my hands-on teaching approach. I strive to ensure that everyone leaves my classes feeling confident and more competent.


Jody Brettkelly

Jody Brettkelly, a Kiwi, trained as a barrister and solicitor and actually got a job with curly wig and gown until it was finally confirmed her scattered mind (and run-on sentences) didn’t suit the law, and she quit before she was fired. She then worked in London for 15 years as a journalist/guest columnist for national newspapers, writing on various heated topics of the day including football players' hairdos, pension scandals and how budgie smugglers (aka speedos) should not be worn in public, even by Europeans. She also appeared regularly on national television and radio pontificating on loads of other stuff. She has lived in Oakland with husband and four children and small but mighty dog Teddy for 14 years. She has freelanced for the San Francisco Chronicle for the past four years. She’s old.




Stephen Statler

Stephen Statler's work has appeared in McSweeney's, Bull, Punchnels and other magazines. His screenplay, Little Dan, was a semifinalist for the Nicholl Fellowship. Big Time, a screenplay co-written with Mouncey Ferguson, was recently optioned by Gulfstream Pictures.




Ruth Rauca

Ruth Rauca is a junior in high school and also attends Diablo Valley College. She loves to sing, and is very involved in her church choir and worship group. She was born in Romania, and moved to California with her family at the age of five. She loves to write, travel, and spend time with friends.  



Zoe Larkin

Zoe Larkin is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, and high school student. Through her work, she hopes to utilize art as activism, and, thematically, reflect upon nostalgia, conformity, and hope. She is zealously passionate about politics, feminism, and mangos.




Minobu Okano-Foell

Minobu Okano-Foell is a Junior at the Venture School and a student with the district's College Connect Program. She is associated with the Danville Girls Chorus, Girl Scouts of America, Mustang Soccer League, Scorpion Lacrosse, and NCKF. In her spare time, Minobu loves to hike, sing, write songs, and spend time with her family. She is a competitive classical pianist, studious student, and Girl Scout working towards her gold award. Living life to its fullest and obtaining joy from the little things in life are what Minobu strives to achieve every day, and she hopes that her music will be one of the little things that brings you joy today.