Line up for the June 12, 2019 Lit Up at Town Hall with Women On The Verge of A Nervous Breakdown!


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Katie Zeigler

Lecturer, 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.

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Kathryn Jordan


Kathryn Jordan received her MA in English at UCB. A music teacher and poet, her book, Riding Waves, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2018 and she has poems published or forthcoming in The Comstock Review, Wraparound South, Birdland, Roar, The New Ohio Review among others. Kathryn has also adventured into theatre, appearing in “Big River” and “La Cage aux Folles.” She is an avid birder and loves to ramble in the East Bay Hills, translating bird song to poetry whenever possible.

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Dustin Richardson

Filmmaker, Actor

Dustin Richardson, born and raised in the Bay Area has had a passion and connection with film since childhood. His favorite aspects of film making are acting, writing, editing and directing, which allow him to explore his greatest joy in life which is telling stories. Over the years he has performed in several plays and created many full length and short films. He is honored to be here tonight and can’t wait to share with you one of his latest projects.

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Laurie Roldan

Playwright, Actor

Laurie Roldan is an award winning actress and concert artist who has a passion for inspirational music. She is a guest vocalist at Special Events throughout the West, and has appeared as a soloist with Symphony Orchestra’s, and in a variety of settings, both intimate, and large concert venues including, the “Concord Pavilion”. Laurie has performed leading roles with most Bay Area Theater groups including, DTG, CCMT, CCCT, Playhouse West, and Woodminster. Favorite roles include, Sarah in “Guys and Dolls”, Percy in “The Spitfire Grille”, The Narrator in “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.” Rose in “The Secret Garden”, Mary Magdalene, in “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and Vicki in “A Grand Night for Singing”. Laurie loves to sing music that inspires and comforts all, and has an uplifting CD “Even That” She also donates her time singing for the Hospice of the East Bay’s Annual “Tree of Lights” . Her proudest blessings are her three beautiful daughters, Charlotte, Bridgette, and Natalie, and her wonderful husband Dan who continues to inspire her. You can learn more about her music, and upcoming performances at “ A Voice To Comfort”

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Beatriz Fernandez


Beatriz Fernandez lives in Castro Valley, California and works as a preschool teacher in special education. Born and raised in Jalisco, Mexico, Beatriz will be performing "El Jarabe Tapatio."

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Greg Zema

Musician, Actor, Composer

Greg Zema is active on both sides of the proscenium as either performer or piano guy. His past theatrical ventures include : Evita, Million Dollar Quartet, Jekyll & Hyde, Les Miserables, The Last Five Years, Next To Normal, West Side Story, Sweeny Todd, Camelot, Assassins, as well as productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Follies, Berstein's Mass, Forever Plaid, Songs For A New World, and the East Bay Premiere of Urinetown, and Becoming Brittany and Sunset Boulevard.