He spent 32 years in the business world. His last position was General Manager and CEO at Daiohs/ First Choice Services of Northern California. When he retired, he re-fired his life to get involved in other projects, and travel. He decided that after our drama performance of Prodigal in Ukraine, he wanted to do more in performing arts. A few of us decided to create Hidden Treasure Productions Corporation, and we are very excited about our future! A fun fact about Don is that he has more energy today than he had in his twenties, and he loves to walk at least five miles every day!
Ron has been in sales and marketing in Real Estate for 20 years, before owning a number of businesses. His goal is to find new national and international opportunities for Hidden Treasure Productions, to present excellent productions worldwide. In the area of drama, he was in the cast of Prodigal, which we performed in Ukraine in 2018. Also, he once performed in New York City as a clown. His passion for drama has been there for over 20 years. He looks forward to the opportunity to work with HTP. A fun fact about Ron is that he loves to have fun, always being a bit of a jokester!
Beverly is responsible for all the written communication from Hidden Treasure Productions. She makes sure that everything is spelled correctly, written concisely and with the spirit and intent of our organization's mission statement. She writes and prints the playbills and advertising posters, working alongside John Herrera, our Artistic Director. She also orders stationary products, writes and mails all correspondence, among managing the social media accounts. She has a B.A. Degree and an M.A. Degree, both in Theatre Arts. A fun fact about Beverly is that she used to work as a party clown, known as "Cuddles the Clown!"
As Director of Productions, Valerie is responsible for casting, directing and stage-managing all theatrical plays produced by Hidden Treasure Productions. Valerie spent three years as an actress before transitioning to a full-time backstage role. Prior to the transition, Valerie served three years as a makeup and hair director and two years as costumes and props assistant until she eventually landed into stage-managing. In 2018, she assistant-directed and stage-managed an original full-length play that was taken to Ukraine and performed in three different cities. A fun fact about Valerie is that she holds brown belts in both Wu Shu and Kung Fu.
As the Artistic Director, John is responsible for conceiving ideas, artistic and technical vision of Hidden Treasure Productions. John has spent some time on the stage as an actor, but has mostly operated offstage as a photographer, production assistant and technical advisor. In 2018, he served as a co-technical director on an original two-act play that was performed in three cities in Ukraine. A fun fact about John is that he is an avid surfer!
The Director of Technology focuses on theatrical tools used for quality Live Theater performances, to augment the Actors’ abilities to convey the message of the script to the audience. These tools must not distract or alter the plot. They will assist the audience in understanding the meaning and nuances of the story.
Theater Technology for live theater is useless when it overwhelms the production. Keeping the voices heard, faces illuminated, and the mood in tune with the plot is vital. Chris is an IT specialist at his "real Job" and with HTP! A fun fact about Chris is that his wife, Kitty speaks better Japanese than he does!
Kitty has been involved in theatre both on and off stage since childhood. She has a passion for theatre arts and for all involved with it's production. Performers, as well as support staff, have unique and stressful challenges and need to have access to counseling services in order to stay balanced and focused. Kitty provides this service, as well as handles the exit interviews, should the need arise. She also maintains a networking database, to help procure future employment for those leaving HTP . Serving with love, communion and conﬁdentiality is her highest goal. A fun fact about Kitty is that she was born in October, yet she was born in the Spring! (in Brazil)
Kanaan has been an active writer since 2007, starting with novels before being introduced to script formats. From there he studied film for a couple of years, dropping out of that, realizing that he could learn more through experience. Moving from there, he wrote and self-produced a few short films and web series. Ultimately, he has landed in playwriting. This is all thanks to his love for theater, since he was young enough to appreciate it, all the way up to having performed in community and professional theater productions. At the present time, although his production credits are still growing, he is excited to share his voice with the world. A fun fact about Kanaan is that he loves participating in Renaissance Fairs, as well as being a Wardrobe Master!