Line up for the December 5, 2018 Lit Up at Town Hall with Great Expectations!


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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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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.


Gabriel Cordeiro

Writer, Musician

Gabrien Cordeiro was born in Walnut Creek and has lived in Danville his whole life. He enjoys his dog as well as writing both music and stories. He has been playing piano for the past three years and recently attempted to learn guitar. It’s going oh so very well.


Ruth Rauca

Writer, Student

Ruth Rauca is a senior 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.


Scott Fryer

Playwright, Director

Scott is the Founder of Diablo Actors Ensemble and has served as the Artistic Director for the Willows Theatre and Role Players Ensemble Theatre. Scott has directed for CenterRep, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Crossroads Theater, Town Hall Theatre, Willows Theatre, and many more. Directing credits includes a wide variety of shows: Driving Ms. Daisy, Educating Rita, All My Sons, Picnic, Candida, I Never Sang For My Father, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, A Little Night Music, Caine Mutiny Court Martial, The Subject was Roses, That Championship Season, Extremities, Barefoot in the Park, and Agnes of God just to name a few. Scott has received ten Shellie Awards for his work as a producer and director. Scott most recently authored An Appalachian Christmasthat was produced by DAE last winter. He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

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Rachel Powers

Actor, Singer

Rachel Powers has been performing in the Bay Area for the past eight years. You may have seen her get intoxicated as Sarah Brown in TVRT’s Guys and Dolls, fly with kites as Mary in Mary Poppins (TVRT), dance the Polka as Anna in The King and I (TVRT), dream about Thomas and his violin as Martha Jefferson or write letters as Abigail to her dearest friend John Adams in 1776 (TVRT,CCMT-Shellie Nominee), gypsy around as Lady Caroline in the world premier of Enchanted April (PCRT), sing as Cheryl with her three sisters in The Taffetas (PCRT), or fall in love as Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest (OnStage). You can catch her next in Chanticleer’s The 39 Steps in February. Rachel has also worked behind the scenes as choreographer for TVRT’s 1776 and OnStage’s Canyon Road. When Rachel is not performing she teaches fitness and dance classes at The Ballet School, PureBarre Walnut Creek and Forma Gym. She has also appeared in film, industrial, commercial and print work throughout the Bay Area

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Ekta Daryani

Word and Page Poet

Ekta Daryani is a Bay Area spoken word and page poet. Her passion for poetry and the written word stems from her love for observing society and the people in it. In 2015, she published her first chapbook, Kaleidoscopic Skies. Her poetry has been featured on web magazines such as The Velvet Drifters. She is currently working on her second book, and is also working on bringing more spoken word opportunities for other people to the Danville-San Ramon area.