Producing Artistic Director
It was twenty-one years ago that Steve made his Moonlight debut as Smee in Peter Pan and it has been a love affair ever since. Recent Moonlight credits have been Director of the recent hits: Big Fish, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Sweeney Todd, Hairspray, Miss Saigon, Cats, Les Misérables (2008 San Diego Critics Award for Best Director), West Side Story, Cabaret, and Children of Eden and the upcoming Big Fish. He thanks you all for the support you give Moonlight Stage Productions…the theatre that started the career of his wife, actress Bets Malone. Steven credits the Moonlight with the start of his Professional career…which has led him to several positions including: five years as Artistic Director/Producer at Musical Theatre West in Long Beach, CA. At MTW, Steve has directed Monty Python’s Spamalot, Annie (starring Andrea McArdle), Little Shop of Horrors, Mel Brooks’ The Producers, Regional Premiere of All Shook Up, The Pajama Game, The Pirates of Penzance (starring Rex Smith), The Full Monty and five years as the Executive Director/Producer of Performance Riverside in Riverside, CA. Steven was recently honored by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle with the Craig Noel Award for the Producer of the Year of 2014.
Colleen Kollar Smith
Colleen is honored to serve as the Managing Director for Moonlight Stage Productions. A native Vistan, she first performed here in the youth production of Cinderella and over time became co-director for the same program. A graduate of USD’s Nonprofit Leadership and Management Master’s Program, Colleen has worked as the Executive Director of San Diego Musical Theatre and Director of Development for Lamb’s Players Theatre. While at Lamb’s, Colleen was also a member of the resident ensemble where she performed in/choreographed dozens of productions, co-created the long-running musical Mixtape, and orchestrated the Guinness World Record breaking event and fundraiser 100 Hours of Stories. She is thrilled to watch her own kids, Scottie and Pepper make their memories at the Moonlight.
A Theatre Arts graduate from the University of Arizona, Justin worked with Arizona Opera, Arizona Theatre Company, and Upstairs Theatre Co. Locally, Justin has designed for Moonlight at the AVO, New Village Arts, La Jolla Stage Company, and Carlsbad Community Theatre. Justin has worked with Moonlight Stage Productions since 2003.
Assistant Technical Director
Eric is in his first year working at the Moonlight and the AVO Playhouse. He is a Bachelor of Arts Graduate from Oakland University (class of 2007) in Michigan. Eric previously worked in the Detroit area for IATSE, along with the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Fox Theater, Detroit Opera House, Fisher Theatre, and many touring companies from across the country.
This year marks Fred’s 24th season with Moonlight Stage Productions having been affiliated with the theatre’s early years starting in 1982. Fred returned to Moonlight in 2009 after working for a decade at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido in numerous positions including Director of Marketing and Acting Director of Performing Arts. Previously, he was Acting Information Officer and a Media Relations Manager of the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Ticket Services Supervisor
Keri joined Moonlight Stage Productions in 2012 after spending over 10 years as the Ticket Office Manager for Cache Valley Center for the Arts in Logan, Utah. It was acting, however, that took her to Utah; she performed in 11 summer seasons with the Lyric Repertory Company. Keri holds an MFA in Acting from California State University, Fullerton.
Carole moved to Vista in 1988 and is a graduate of Vista High School. Previously to joining the Moonlight staff, she worked in information technology at an investment firm for several years. Her other experience include working for Children's Hospital Los Angeles and for social services programs.
Andrew Amezcua, Program Specialist
Shelby Caughron, Assistant Ticket Services Supervisor
To reach a member of the staff, call 760.726.1340.