BETH CLARK | Box Office Manager Beth works in library services and has been a member of the BCT board since 2016. She oversees the box office for a show (if she isn't in it or another show somewhere else). Beth enjoys running the box office and especially selling concessions and watching children's faces light up as they choose their candy. She likes the board for the people, their friendship, and dedication to improve BCT. Beth would like to thank her fellow board members and her family for their support of her efforts.
JJ DIAZ | Marketing JJ fell in love with theatre when first attending a touring performance of Cats at the Civic Auditorium in the late '90s, when she was about twelve years old (over twenty years ago!). She is a true Bakersfield theater proponent, having been a regular audience member and performer in many venues going back to the days of the Vaudeville Express Melodrama, where her first role was as Tiger Lily in the summer production of Peter Pan. From the moment of contact, she knew theater was one of the ways she would best express herself creatively, and since returning to BCT in 2017, she continues to be an active actor, producer, and director - among numerous other positions - throughout BCT's productions. An educator by day, JJ also enjoys writing novels, short stories, and scripts. She is continuously grateful for her family's unwavering support of her creative passions.
TIM FROMM | Finance Director Tim began his theatre life in high school where he did every show he could and occasionally performed in college where he originally studied Veterinary medicine before switching to Education. Tim was introduced to BCT by a dear friend who loved theater as much as he did and has been on stage, directing, and working backstage for over 30 years. Tim's favorite part about BCT is the people that make it a true community theater. He's been on several stages and loves the community feeling that comes out of doing a show at BCT. When not on stage, Tim can be found in the audience section of other local theaters, usually with his friend Julia or working on reports and accounting for BCT.
JAN HEFNER | Executive Director Jan discovered theatre as a senior in high school. After graduating, she attended a production of Funny Girl at BCT and was entranced. Within a month, she had landed a part in her first show, Harvey, which opened at BCT in January 1973. Jan has worked in nearly every capacity of theatre for 18 years, then stepped away from the stage to pursue other interests. She missed theatre while living a fulfilling life away, and she returned in 2007 and has been acting and directing ever since. Jan has had a long career in management positions for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations, which has been a good background for her current position as Executive Director of BCT, a position she has held since 2015.
TYLER HERZOG | Webmaster Tyler was bitten by the acting bug when he first appeared as Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol as a child. Moving to Bakersfield a few years ago, he began to appear on stage in various roles at local theaters. His dream role would be to play Sweeney Todd on stage. His love of theatre has brought him to become a member of the Board at BCT. Tyler loves to collaborate on projects and is excited to be able to work for such a respected theatre. When not working on theatre projects you can find him writing.
PORTER JAMISON | Artistic Director Porter has spent almost twice as many years in theatre as those he's lived away from it. After a surprise relocation to Bakersfield, his first local involvement was co-designing the lighting for "Tracers" at BCT, followed by a series of directing, design, and acting credits here before co-founding Pyramid Productions (which eventually morphed into The Phoenix Theatre, a part of which later became The Empty Space under Brian Sivesind's leadership). He returned to BCT as Artistic Director in 2015, and is delighted at the teamwork of the BCT board as they reconnect the theatre to the Bakersfield community. In his bread jobs, he's a clinical reading tutor and a teaching poet in state prisons.
REBECCA WORLEY | Secretary Rebecca has been involved in theatre for over 30 years as a director, producer, actor, stage manager, technical, and set design. Rebecca graduated from CSUB with a BA in English and Theatre and from CSU Dominguez Hills with a MA in Humanities. She taught English at North High for 18 years and is currently the Drama teacher at Foothill High School. Rebecca will see her favorite musical, Pippin, whenever she can. When not busy with theatre projects, she loves reading, taking day trips to the LA area, and caring for her beloved dogs Lola and Penelope.
CHELSEA ZENT | Director-At-Large Chelsea grew up in a theatre family, and, at the age of six, performed in her first production of Hansel and Gretel and the Pied Piper of Hamelin with Bakersfield Ballet Theatre. Chelsea’s passion for the artistic continued through adolescence and into adulthood, citing that reading Orlando (by Virginia Woolf) in her early-twenties had an extremely profound impact on her life. A teacher by day, she also enjoys writing and drawing, traveling, and taking in as much art as she can. She hopes to continue her legacy through guiding children to find and articulate their own passions.