About Us

About us

Learn all about the past and present of the Custom Made Theatre Company. CMTC is dedicated to bringing an eclectic mix of political and socially relevant theatre to its audiences.

Company Staff:
Brian Katz - Artistic Director (bkatz at custommade dot org)
Leah S. Abrams - Executive Director (labrams at custommade dot org)
Daunielle Rasmussen - Associate Artistic Director/Casting Director (daunielle at custommade dot org)
Shay Henley -Technical Director/Production Manager
Sarah Phykitt - Technical Director/Production Manager

Company Members:
Perry Aliado, Lewis Campbell, Stefin Collins, AJ Davenport, Alan Kline, Brandy Leggett, Eric O’Kelly, Gabriel Ross, Jessica Jade Rudholm, and Richard Wenzel.

Associate Company Members:
Patrick Barresi, Steve Budd, Danielle Doyle, Charles Lewis III, Vincent Rodriguez, and Teri Whipple.

AJ Davenport (Company Member) was last seen in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and  as Sister Mary Ignatius in CMTC production of Durang Me!    AJ has been acting in San Francisco since 1995 favorite roles include Sisser Bean in The Sugar Witch at New Conservatory, Van Helsing in Dracula with La Vache Enregene, Ellen in Two Rooms with CMTC and Angel in When you Coming Back Red Ryder with Multi Ethnic theatre.

Alan Kline (Company Member) stage managed Cotton Patch Gospel and The Diary of Anne Frank. Other recent shows include Shame (Naked Empire Bouffon), The Shape of Things (Work Light Theatre) and Friends are Forever (New Conservatory Theatre). He is a graduate of Oberlin College where he concentrated in directing, helming a dozen shows including Little Shop of Horrors, Torch Song Trilogy, The Fantasticks and his own adaptation of The Yellow Wallpaper. He spent the last summer working with Cal Shakes’ Artistic Learning department and is now a New Works/New Communities assistant there.

Brian Katz (Artistic Director) is the co-founder of the Custom Made Theatre Company. For Custom Made he has directed Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell, The Devil and Billy Markham, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Red Light Winter, The Heidi Chronicles, The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, The Old Neighborhood,  Slavs!, Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, Orchards, Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin, Vinegar Tom, Black Snow, Animal Farm, Bobby Gould in Hell, Saint Joan of the Stockyards, Bye-bye, bin Laden!, Temptation, Finding the Sun, Candalous Commissioner, The Water Engine, Assassins and Down the Road. Brian has a B.A. in theatre literature and criticism from Clark University and interned in dramaturgy at the Goodman Theatre. He has worked at Cal Shakes, Killing My Lobster, Berkeley Rep, CenterREP, SFPC, La Vache Engree, the Goodman and other cool places. Almost a dozen shows he has directed or produced have been nominated for BATCC awars, and a few have made top 10 lists for Talkin' Broadway and the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Danielle Doyle (Associate Company Member) is originally from the East Coast, but has been living in the Bay Area for over 10 years. She studied Theatre Arts and Cinema at San Francisco State. Her first role outside of college was with CMTC playing Jill Mason in “Equus.” Most recently, she was in a CMTC workshop production of “Man Eater” – A Dance Play. Other credits include Helen of Troy in an original production entitled “All’s Fair,” various characters in the Educational Theatre Program at New Conservatory Theater, and the Chorus in SF Theater Pub’s “Oedipus at Colonus.” She has also worked for Cutting Ball Theater, Brava, and Round Belly Theatre Company. Danielle is proud to be a new Company Associate with CMTC!

Brandy Leggett (Company Member) is excited to be back working with the Custom Made Theatre Company after 1.5yrs in Omaha, NE.  Brandy has performed  in many Custom Made productions including, Adly Guirgus's The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Gloria, Mother Theresa) Tony Kushner’s Slavs (Upgobkin), Candide or Optimism (Cunegunda), Albee’s Finding the Sun (Cordelia) and Sincerity Forever (Jesus), to name a few.   Brandy is excited to be back home, performing and collaborating with Custom Made Theatre,

Charles Lewis III (Associate Company Member)  is proud to work with the Custom Made Theatre Company. He originating the role of Father Robert (and his 7 ½ personae) in the world premiere of Matthew Milo Sergi’s Glory Glory for the Front Line Theatre Company. The former acting student made his professional theatre debut with a staged reading of Marcus Gardley’s The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry for the American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T). He has since worked with such renowned companies as the SF Playwrights, New Conservatory, No Nude Men Productions, and Custom Made for whom he appeared in the Chekov-themed Orchards. Notable roles include Sheriff Will in William Inge’s Bus Stop at the ALTarena Playhouse, and The Soldier in Sarah Kane’s controversial Blasted for the UK-based 19;29 Theatre Company. Charles has appeared in nearly 20 independent film and televison roles.

Daunielle Rasmussen (Associate Artistic Director/ Casting Director) and is in her fourth season as Artistic Administrator and Director of the Professional Immersion Program at California Shakespeare Theater. She has been a free-lance artist for local companies such as Active Arts, Neighborhood Theatre Players and Neighborhood Youth Theatre as well as a stint with the Magic Theatre. Directing credits include A Lesson Before Dying for the Oakland Public Library, You Can't Take It With You for Town Hall Theatre of Lafayette's Ovation Program. For Custom Made, she has directed Mr. Marmalade, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You, and workshoped her orginal dance play, ManEater. Next up, she will helm David and Amy Sedaris’ The Book of Liz.

Eric O'Kelly (Company Member) is a Bay Area native who first appeared on the CMTC stage as the gloomy, one-handed Gloomb in Saint Joan of the Stockyards.  He has since acted in our productions of The Bald Soprano (part of Beckett/Ionesco), Sincerity Forever (part of Finding Sincerity), Equus, Woody Allen's God and Death, The Water Engine, and Christopher Durang's Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and The Actor's Nightmare.  Among his favorite roles are Stephen "Red" Ryder in When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (Multi Ethnic Theatre), Boo Hudlocke in The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Density over Duration), Roat in Wait Until Dark (Altarena Playhouse), and Dr. Pontius Pilate Scott in Rocky Horror Superstar (Klubstitute Kollective).  Among Eric's local credits include productions with New Conservatory Theater Center, Shakespeare at Stinson, California Conservatory Theatre, and of course Thrillpeddlers.

Gabriel A. Ross (Company Member) has been working with CMTC since 2005.  He has performed in Finding the Sun, Sincerity Forever, Equus, The Water Engine, Assassins, The Odd Couple, Orchards, The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer and Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell.  He also directed a couple of incarnations of local playwright Scott Munson's The Pet Dog with the Lady, as well as Durang's The Actor's Nightmare.  He helps produce CMTC's playreading series and workshop programs as well.  He has also worked with SF Shakespeare, The Willows, Impact, Actors Ensemble of Berkeley, Renegade Theatre, Festival Theatre Ensemble and Thrillpeddlers (where he plays Sebastian in the long running Pearls Over Shanghai).  

Jessica Jade Rudholm (Company Member) has been a company member of Custom Made Theatre Company since 2005. She has been seen in Custom Made shows including The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Slavs!, The Heidi Chronicles, The Water Engine, Sincerity Forever, Finding the Sun, The Odd Couple, Orchards, and Temptation. Jessica is also a company member of Atmos Theatre Company. She is a graduate of CSU Monterey Bay where she had the honor of working with Alexander Mikhailov and Benny Sato Ambush. In the summer of 2004 Jessica attended ACT's summer training congress where she studied with Michael Carroll and the amazing ACT staff. Her favorite roles include Liith in Love Song of J Robert Oppenheimer and Lisonje in Giant Bones with No Nude Men

Leah S. Abrams (Executive Director) is the co-founder and executive director of Custom Made.  For the company, she has directed multiple Beckett workshops, The Odd Couple, Dodo for President, and Two Rooms.  She co-directed Putting It Together and The Water Engine.  Acting credits include The Heidi Chronicles, A Delicate Balance, A New Brain, and Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell.  She is a graduate of Clark University.

Lewis Campbell (Company Member) is Artistic Director of Multi Ethnic Theater (MET) at The Gough Street Playhouse where he is also a proud member of Custom Made Theatre as a sometime actor, director, designer, and technician, capacities he has filled for over fifty years in theater.   Many of those years have been spent teaching, and he has directed over 250 plays and created 15 small theaters from various found spaces. At MET Lewis has directed three plays from August Wilson’s ten play cycle, and he looks forward to directing the other seven.  His acting credits include lead roles from the classics to Albee's Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf.  At Mission High School he founded Multi Ethnic Theater which became the Center for Theater Training which ultimately became the Actor Training Program of San Francisco’s School of the Arts (SOTA).  Many of his former students now make their living as theater artists.  Some are well known.  Some have won awards.  Retired from public school teaching but not from theater, Lewis studies classical guitar and believes strongly in the power of theater to do good in the world.

Patrick Barresi (Associate Company Member) He made his CMTC mainstage debut with Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell; he was last seen in the workshop of ManEater: A Dance Play.  Recent Bay Area credits include Private Fears in Public Places (Dan) at Ross Valley Players, As You Like It (Oliver) Curtain Theatre Company, Broadway Bound (Stanley Jerome) Chanticleers Theatre, and Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Jamie Tyrone) and Hedda Gabler (Eilert) City College of SF.  Thanks to Jerry for his steadfast love and support.

Perry Aliado (Company Member) is a native of the Los Angeles area (Gardena, to be exact), and has been living in the East Bay for the last 15 years.  Perry has received training at Santa Monica College, ACT, UC Berkeley and Dueling Arts San Francisco; he earned his BA degree in Asian American Studies from UC Berkeley.  Past shows with CMTC include three of his most favorite projects ever: Candaules, Commissioner (part of A Very Brechty X-mas); Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins; and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.  Other favorite roles include The Engineer (Miss Saigon), Chip Tolentino (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and Schroeder (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown).  Other past productions include Mother Courage and Yellowjackets (Berkeley Rep), The Salt Plays: In the Wound (Shotgun Players), Macbeth, Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Impact Theatre), Marisol (UC Berkeley), James and the Giant Peach (Bay Area Children’s Theatre), and Romeo and Juliet (Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park).  Perry is also a budding national anthem performer, and has sung for Minor League Baseball’s Sacramento River Cats for the past two seasons

Richard Wenzel (Company Member) most recently seen at CMTC as Satan in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot..  Favorite roles include Popolitipov in Kushner’s Slavs, Charlie Fox in Mamet’s  Speed-the-Plow and Mr. Van Daan in Diary of Anne Frank.  He has also worked with 42nd St. Moon, New Conservatory, Center Rep and The Willows.  He can be onscreen as well as an FBI Agent in the indie film Strange Culture.  Training includes voice with Daniel Levenstein and acting with Katherine Keats of Mark Monroe Studios.

Sarah Phykitt  (Production Manager/Technical Director) Our Body Remembers (Scenic and Lighting Designer) withLevy Dance, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Scenic Design and Production Manager) with Custom Made Theatre, The Jewish Theatre San Francisco (Production Manager), the Duke on 42nd Street (Technical Manager).  Other recent  SF productions include Sketchfest 2010, Stateless: A Hip Hop Vaudeville Experience, The Sisters Rosensweig, and The Floating Light Bulb, NYC productions include Black Nativity, My Dead Mother Is Funnier than You, Altar Boyz, Slava’s Snow Show, Anton: Scenes from the Family Life of Anton Chekhov, Trailerville, and several pieces for the Central Park Zoo’s Wildlife Theater.   

Shay Henley (Production Manager/Technical Director) works freelance as a Theater Carpenter and Set Designer. She started working in Theater as a stage manager in Ashland Oregon and moved into scenic design and construction after relocating back to the Bay. She has been most recently working as a carpenter at California Shakespeare Theater, A.C.T.’s Conservatory and The Jewish Theater SF.

Stefin Collins (Company Member) is an actor fluent in ASL, with Bachelor degrees in American Sign Language (CSUN) and Theatre Arts (SFSU). He has been performing on Bay Area stages since 2002. He has played many zany memorable characters. His favorites with CMTC have been a (Furball from hell) in Sincerity Forever and as (the Actor) in Woody Allen’s God. Some of his other favorite roles include: (Otto)The Food Chain, (Erronius) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, (Sam Greenblatt, a reanimated dead guy) in Killing My Lobster’s The Cheever Tapes, (Praxis, an Owl) in Maidrid’s Bow with Wily West Productions, and (Beelzebub) in Goebbels! One Night Only! Live from Hell! part of Three Wise Monkeys’ 8th Bay Area One Acts (BOA) festival. He has worked with companies such as: CMTC, SFFCT, Thunder Bird Theatre Company, KML, and other companies.

Steve Budd (Associate Company Member)

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Teri Whipple (Associate Company Member)

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Vincent Rodriguez (Associate Company Member)

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