Myron Shapero, MD – President
Bill Egan – Vice President
Heather Weitzel – Secretary
Howard Hudson, CPA –Treasurer
Alice Gleghorn, PhD.
Pamela Dillman Haskell
Paula Lopez Ochoa
Frederick Perner, PhD
Amber Stickerod, PsyD
Nick Strimple, PhD
Anne Smith Towbes
Santa Barbara Revels engages today’s audiences and celebrates seasonal change by creating experiences that involve theater, music, and dance, bringing the world’s customs and traditions to life and to lives. We embrace the art of participation, foster cultural exploration, create connections within the community, and fulfill the need for human celebration.
FOUNDER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR SUSAN KELLER (she/her) is a fifth-generation Californian, an honors graduate of Stanford University, and a performer whose career has taken her across North America. A mezzo-soprano, her first job was with the Canadian Opera Company as Venus in their production of Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, performing in 42 states and all the Canadian provinces and territories during two years of touring. She remained in Canada, starring as a panelist on the popular, long-running CBC-Television network show, This Is the Law. At the same time, she appeared in cabaret and revue, she explored comedy (with the Toronto company of Second City), and starred in stage productions (in Toronto and with the Philadelphia Drama Guild and the Shaw Festival among others) and television dramatic series. She made her feature film debut as the lead in The Clown Murders, opposite John Candy in his first dramatic role.
After returning to California, Susan’s career remained equally varied. She co-hosted Mid-Morning LA for KHJ-TV; she was a regular on Days of Our Lives, a guest on numerous television comedy and drama series (including the “Who Shot JR?” episode of Dallas), and she co-starred in ANTA-West’s premier of Gog and Magog at the Coronet Theatre. She pursued an award-winning song-writing career, created comedy and vocal showcases for LA clubs, and she acted as spokeswoman for an eclectic array of commercial products, work that enabled her to put herself through UCLA Law School. She then practiced entertainment law prior to moving to Santa Barbara.
Local audiences have seen Susan on stage with the Civic Light Opera in The Sound of Music, at the Ensemble Theatre, in regular appearances with Speaking of Stories, and in Bad Dog at Center Stage. In addition to much volunteer work on commissions and other non-profit boards, Susan served on the Lobero Theatre Board of Directors, producing Always…Patsy Cline and Leslie Nielsen’s Clarence Darrow at that theatre. In 2007, after seeing her first Revels production in Oakland, Susan founded Santa Barbara Revels. During the past fifteen years, annual productions of The Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice have featured the music, dance, story-telling, and seasonal rituals of: the Renaissance and medieval Europe; Victorian England; Bavaria; Appalachia and the American South; Britain since the 11th century; the Irish emigrant experience of the early 1900s; the crossroad of cultures in Andalusia, Spain; the clash of clans in the Highlands of Scotland; and actual events during the Rancho period of Early California.
In addition to yearly presentations of The Revels, Santa Barbara Revels also creates a variety of other events and activities to mark seasonal change, including a Pub Sing for Spring equinox, a May Day celebration, Equinox: a Concert in Celebration of the Changing Seasons, in September, as well as a Harbor Sing, and other events that bring tradition to life. Susan’s husband and son (Myron and Matthew Shapero) have joined her in promoting and performing in The Revels. They all embrace the Santa Barbara Revels slogan: Join us and be joyous!
MUSIC DIRECTOR MICA BASILICI (they/them) is a multi-faceted artist making their Santa Barbara Revels debut this year. Mica’s approach to the voice is rooted in functional singing, and often incorporates joyful movement. Since relocating to Santa Barbara County, Mica has performed with Out of the Box Theatre Company, Opera Santa Barbara, and the Santa Barbara Choral Society. Mica is also a choral conductor with the Music Academy’s Sing! program.
Mica earned a Voice Pedagogy Certificate in Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method; a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance (Voice) from Ball State University; and is currently completing a Master of Education in Global Perspectives: Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning Environments from Boston College.
Mica serves on the editorial board for the Jazz Education Network Journal, and on the board of directors for Out of the Box Theatre Company, and is a member of Women in Music.
Mica is passionate about using the arts to promote positive social change throughout the world and in their local community. They are especially interested in creating accessible and inclusive experiences for community members to engage in belonging with one another through the performing arts.
PRODUCTION MANAGER DANIEL HERRERA (he/him) has been working in theater as a production manager, stage manager, actor, producer, designer, and director for nearly twenty-five years. He began his theater education at Santa Barbara City College and continued theater at SBCC while getting his BA in Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He continued his education at Southern Oregon University to receive a Master of Theater Studies in Production and Design.
Some of his favorite credits include acting in Avenue Q (Brian), directing The Bible: The Complete Word of God [Abridged], costume designing Spectral Frequencies, sound designing The Government Inspector and stage managing George and Emily Get Married which was written and directed by his mentor and long-time friend Rick Mokler. Daniel is currently also working as the production manager for the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of California, Santa Barbara while teaching stage management. As a first-generation Mexican American, Daniel is excited to be a part of Santa Barbara Revels to help bring in the Hispanic cultures that make up such a large part of the population in Santa Barbara.
STAGE DIRECTOR MATTHEW TAVIANINI (he/him) has been working in the theater for over 40 years and is pleased to be in his eleventh season with Santa Barbara Revels, continuing as stage director for this coming season’s production. He has been serving as the managing director/producer/actor of Boxtales Theatre Company for 15 years. He is a graduate of UCSB and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory where he received his MFA in acting. Some of Matthew’s favorite stage credits include: Semyonov Pischik in Lit Moon Theatre Company’s The Cherry Orchard, Trinculo/Alonso in that company’s production of The Tempest, Michal in Genesis West’s production of The Pillowman, Karl in The Last Days of the Empire, Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, Telemachus in the Boxtales production of The Odyssey, Joe in The Last Night of Ballyhoo, David in The Rivals, and Thurio in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Matt in Wrench, and Bobby in American Buffalo.
Matthew studied physical theater with James Donlon at UCSB and Sigfrido Aquilar at the Estudio Busquerda de Pantomimo Teatro in Guanajuato, Mexico. Matthew teaches acting, Shakespeare and stage combat, and he directs the GVJH annual spring production in Santa Barbara. He has also enjoyed working at the Westport Playhouse, The Odyssey Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, The Odyssey Project, The Cape Playhouse, Asolo Theatre, Santa Barbara Theatre Group, The Ensemble Theatre, Speaking of Stories, Santa Barbara Revels, Santa Barbara Shakespeare Co., and City at Peace.