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Karen Pinomaki

NAPA Program Director
Teaching Artist

Karen provides a unique balance of business, personnel, venue, and theater production management experience, garnered over 40 years. She previously served at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa as coordinator for Business Partnerships, Contracts, and Facility Rentals. While there she participated in the "Page to Stage" Literacy program, was liaison with the Resident Theater Companies and served as a Teaching Artist in Performance Arts with local elementary schools. She has directed youth and adult theater productions, classes, and camps and was instrumental in a grass roots effort as co-founder of a community theater for the City of San Ramon, "Front Row Theater." Karen holds a BA degree from Fresno State University in Theater Arts and Communications, studied with A.C.T., and received accreditation in the John F. Kennedy Center Teaching Artist Training program. She is an actress and since coming to this area has performed for Lucky Penny Productions, Sonoma Arts Live, Spreckels Theater Company and 6th Street Playhouse earning her accolades and awards in several roles. Her passion is to provide a performance arts arena for all to participate and attain confidence, empowerment, and positive life skills. 

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Susan Soriano 

NAPA Camp Director /  Choreographer 

As an arts educator Susan has worked with numerous schools and companies throughout the bay area.

 

 She became a member of the performance unions SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity after the start of her professional career as one of the original Great America Singers at Marriott’s Great America.

 

She had the honor to perform as vocal soloist at Davies Symphony Hall, has directed and choreographed for multiple theater companies including summer stock in Ohio, produces audiobooks from her home studio, and co-wrote the screenplay Audition.

 

 In addition to theatrical performance, Susan has worked on camera, in film, television, industrials, commercials, and hosted a local PBS series called “Health Minutes”. 

 

Her most recent creation is the original cabaret musical “Choices” which she premiered in 2019. 

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Taylor Bartolucci

Lucky Penny Co-Founder and Artistic/Casting Director
NAPA Teaching Artist

Taylor is a stage veteran with more than 70 productions under her belt. She is an accomplished Actor and Director making her stage Debut at the age of 4. Taylor earned a Theatre Arts degree at Pepperdine and trained at the American Conservatory Theatre.  She also has performed commercial voiceover work.  She has performed around the Bay Area and in numerous roles roles including Mama Rose in the Napa Valley Conservatory Theater production of "Gypsy," as Lilli Vanessi/Katherine in "Kiss Me, Kate" at 6th Street Playhouse, and was featured in cabaret shows at 6th Street and at The White Barn, as well as winning raves as Brenda in "Snowing at Delphi" at Napa Valley Playhouse, as Janet Van Der Graaf in "The Drowsy Chaperone" at 6th Street Playhouse, as Viola in "Twelfth Night" with Shakespeare Napa Valley. In 2012 Taylor played Marcy in "I Love You Because," Lucky Penny's first musical. In the spring of 2013, she realized a lifelong dream when she played Fanny Brice in Lucky Penny's production of "Funny Girl" at the Napa Valley Opera House. That summer she directed her first full-length play, "Wonder of the World," and then played The Lady of the Lake in the 6th Street Playhouse production of "Monty Python's Spamalot," followed by her third time around playing Mama Rose in "Gypsy," this time for Missouri Street Theatre. Having played numerous additional roles keep up with her at www.taylorbartolucci.com. When not on stage, Taylor directs the sales and marketing efforts for her family winery, Madonna Estate, which has been producing fine grapes and wine in the Napa Valley since 1922.

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Barry Martin

Lucky Penny Co-Founder and Managing Director

NAPA Teaching Artist

Barry is an accomplished Actor, Director and is a produced playwright and a member of the Dramatists Guild. Barry coordinated the annual "8 x 10" Festival of Ten Minute Plays at Lucky Penny Productions. He has produced, directed and performed in his first play in 7th grade. While majoring in theatre he performed in repertory with the Missouri Theatre Ensemble.  After college he spent 23 years in commercial radio. (The first radio show he created was "The Show Tune Show" at KODE-AM, reflecting his love for musical theatre.) He later spent many years as a talk show host. Returning to the stage in 2008, Barry has been seen in "The Dining Room,"  and in many of Lucky Penny's shows. His most memorable appearances have been as Jim Jones and Stephan Jones in "The People's Temple" with Napa Valley Conservatory Theater; as Fred Graham/Petruchio in "Kiss Me, Kate"; as Arthur, King of the Britons in "Monty Python's Spamalot"; and as Lawrence Jameson in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, all for 6th Street Playhouse; as Henry II in "The Lion in Winter" for Spreckels Theatre Company and Main Stage West; as Man #2 in "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change"; as The King in "Big River"; as Capt. Arthur Keller in "The Miracle Worker" and Mr. Boddy in "Clue: The Musical." for Lucky Penny. Recent directing work includes Lucky Penny's first musical "I Love You Because,"  two productions of "Funny Girl" for Lucky Penny, "The Secret Garden" and "Big River" (each co-directed with Taylor) as well as "Beyond Therapy", "The Andrews Brothers", "Cowgirls", and "The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical".

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Mary Beth McMann

NAPA Musical Theater Director

Mary Beth "MB" traveled to Napa after spending 15+ years on the east coast theater scene in the Philadelphia area. She put her love for performing in live theater productions (along with her degree in Musical Theater) aside to pursue a career in the music industry producing large scale international music festivals. 

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Jenny Shully

NAPA Musical Theater Director

Jenny has been singing and acting since the age of 5, and hasn’t stopped, much to her family’s chagrin. She received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and was an actor in Chicago, including at improv theatre Second City, before she transitioned to social work. Community theatre has always been her dream! 

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