American Dream Players
Northern California Performance Troupe
Meet Our Players
Janey Hirsh comes from a New England family of more serious published writers - two sisters, a brother and father, who nonetheless seem to appreciate her zanier approach to the written word. After years working and touring in live theater and puppetry, Janey finds that writing comedy for this particular group is what gets her out of bed in the morning.
A New Jersey native, Michael Monahan studied philosophy in college in Boston, then moved to the West Coast, where he experienced a career shift to boilermaker working on ships at San Francisco's Hunter's Point. A later career shift led to acting - possibly an inheritance from his grandfather, a vaudeville street performer in NYC. Michael particularly loves playing the more eccentric characters in our stories.
Born near Chicago, Illinois,
Roxanne Jacobs was surrounded by Pentecostal and Puerto Rican neighbors. The storytelling, music and food of the different cultures she grew up with, made a lasting impression, and drew her to theatre arts. Love of theatre was postponed: A family was raised, alongside a corporate career in the natural products industry. Backyard herbalism, landscaping, and creating stories with accompanying illustrations, were sustenance prior to her first acting gig. Member of the ADP for the past five years, Roxanne feels her dream of acting has now come true.
Watch out for the Quiet Ones!
Cheryl Leighton enjoys showing off her creative side when she can. As a youngster she often entertained her friends and family with foreign accents and famous impressions, a real ham at heart! … with plans for a creative life ahead. She looks forward to doing more creative projects when she retires from her Nursing career.
Having performed stand-up comedy through the nineteen-seventies,
Steve Hastings continued to perfect his skills in the eighties as actor, musician, tap dancer and set designer, while also writing songs and touring with the band Air Whale. When the group disbanded, Steve continued as an actor, taking on many roles in film, radio and live theater productions.
Lainie Perry's love for theater started early, well before her high school role in the comedy, "Harvey". She went on to study with Stella Adler, AADA in Pasadena, and ACT, subsequently starring in many community theater productions, including "Gentlemen prefer Blondes", "The Owl and the Pussycat" and "Play It Again, Sam".
Lainie also has served on the boards of several theater groups, including the Benicia Old Town Theatre Group, where she was nominated as Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Madam Gertie.
Having recently moved from San Francisco's East Bay to the North Bay just in time for a major fire and the Covid lockdown, Lainie persevered, and has found a new home for her sanity-restoring theater passion in video roles with americandreamplayers.org. “There are no small parts.”