Meet the Cast of How to Transcend a Happy Marriage
Fenner (PIP) is an actor, director and producer living in West Oakland. Trained in ensemble devising processes, clown, Suzuki and ancient Japanese theater, past collaborators have been Theater of Yugen, FoolsFury, Ragged Wing Ensemble and Naked Empire Bouffon. Producing credits include ‘Desire Caught by the Tail’ by Pablo Picasso, and most recently the collaboratively written piece ‘The Boy Who Cried Naked’. Around and in between and sometimes with theater they are also an adventure cyclist, musician and casual host with the most. Fenner is thrilled to be working with Custom Made Theater Co. for the first time!
Hilary Hesse (JANE) is excited to be performing again at Custom Made, where she played Stevie last season in Edward Albee’s “The Goat,” for which she won a BATCC Award. Previously she played Blanche in “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the Shelton Theater, for which she received a nomination for a TBA Award. Hilary continues to do film, theater and the occasional musical. Favorite roles include Crystal in “The Women” and Serenity in “Lovesick: The Cat Allergy Musical.”
Celeste Kamiya (JENNA) is a theatre artist from San Francisco. She earned her degree in theater from The New School in New York City, and studied acting with Fiona Shaw, Derek Jacoby, and Pippa Nixon for a year at the British American Drama Academy in London. Her recent Bay Area credits include Macbeth on tour with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival (Lady Macbeth/Witch 1), Allegiance at Contra Costa Civic Theatre, and Next to Normal with YMTC+ (Natalie). Also a stage manager and teaching artist, Celeste has worked with Ubuntu Theatre Project, West Edge Opera, and is the resident stage manager at Youth Musical Theater Company. Much love to her family, and gratitude that she’s never had to witness them partake in group sex!
Karen Offereins (GEORGE) is happy to be returning to CMTC after appearing in The Pain and the Itch and M. Butterfly. She was last seen in Elevada at Shotgun Players, where she also performed in The Mousetrap, Top Girls, and Our Town. Past credits include Two Mile Hollow (Ferocious Lotus), Phèdre (Cutting Ball Theater), The Potrero Nuevo Project (PlayGround), and The Rules (SF Playhouse). A founding member and Artistic Director of AtmosTheatre, her credits there include Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Big Funk, and No Exit. Additionally, she has performed with Word for Word, Playwrights Foundation, SF Theater Pub (where she also produced and directed new works), and Theatreworks.
Malcolm Rodgers (MICHAEL) was most recently seen at CMTC as the Public Speaker/Greg/Male Doctor in “Middletown” (2016) and Gene Dinkel in “How the World Began” (2014). Recent roles elsewhere include Malvolio in “Twelfth Night”, and Grossman in “These Shining Lives” at Ross Valley Players; Iago in “Othello” and Polixines in “Winter’s Tale” at Livermore Shakespeare; and George in “The Speakeasy” at Box Car Theater. Malcolm has also worked at CCCT, Arabian Shakespeare, Napa Valley Shakespeare, and the SF Shakespeare Festival. Malcolm studied theater performance and design at SFSU, and received his conservatory training at PCPA.
Nick Trengove (DAVID) is a professional actor with strong artistic roots in the Bay Area. From 2006 – 2015, he lived, studied, and worked in the Bay Area, performing in a multitude of professional productions, workshops, and new works. In 2015, he relocated to Chicago to attend The Theatre School at DePaul University’s MFA program in Acting. He performed in mainstage productions, including Tarell Alvin McCraney’s drag extravaganza Wig Out!, and devised and performed a thesis production on the nonviolent movements of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. After graduating in 2018, he performed for a short time in Chicago’s incredible storefront theater scene. In 2019, he returned to the Bay Area and, bolstered by his training and experience, is thrilled to return to the Custom Made stage and to this incredible community of artists and storytellers.
Matt (PAUL) is delighted to return to The Custom Made Theatre Company, having previously appeared in their productions of The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? and Six Degrees of Separation. Performing in the Bay Area since 1991, his recent work has been with such companies as New Conservatory Theatre Center, Theatre Rhinoceros, Left Coast Theatre Co., Indra’s Net Theater, and Exit Theatre. He has toured with children’s theater, performed improv and sketch comedy, appeared in independent films and video games, and written for the stage. TBA Award finalist (featured actor) for his performance in The Homosexuals at NCTC.