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What We Do

UR Here produces material that amplifies the voices of underrepresented communities in the arts and beyond. We seek to entertain, enrich, and educate by bringing high quality performances; diverse, intersectional stories; and immersive experiences to the community. We strive to inspire and empower, promoting diversity and equality in all that we do.

 

Who We Are

Our Board

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Julie Lucido (she/her)

Board President
Founding Member

Julie is a freelance director and an associate member of the Stage Directors & Choreography Society. A  graduate of the University of California Santa Cruz, with a B.A. in Theatre Arts, she has been working in theatre for over thirty years. Experienced in live performance as well as commercial and film she has worked on many local TV spots as well as radio and the local theatre circuit. A performer who acts, sings, and dances her wide range of experience also includes working as choreographer and director. 


During the summer of 2020, Julie organized a small group of friends and theater lovers to read plays in her backyard. She spent her time during covid building on community and making artistic connections with creating the Backyard Readers Theatre Lab, a private group of actors and theatre lovers who, socially distanced, gathered to read new works, women works, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ works, and revisiting theatrical classics in the lens of modern times. Initiating conversation about equity, story, and the human experience. Embracing the common ground between us and celebrating the diversity each person brings to the group.


This Lab has now blossomed into UR Here Theater, and we hope to bring more of these types of works to our community. To create a safe place to engage in talk-provoking theater. Allowing audiences to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.


Directing highlights include; 

Working the Musical for The Depot Theatre in New York, Matilda for CMT, Man of La Mancha, West Side Story, A Few Good Men; Forever Plaid; Inherit the Wind; The Lion in Winter; 45 Seconds from Broadway; ‘dentity Crisis, All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten with Good Company Players.

Fun Fact: Julie is an amazing chef and her family and friends benefit from it!

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Jonathon Hogan (he/him)

Vice President
Founding Member

Jonathon Hogan has worn many hats in local theater. He has been a performer, writer, stage manager, and director. He has had the benefit of working with and learning from many theater companies and professionals, including Good Company Players, Centerstage Clovis, Children’s Musical Theaterworks, & Selma Arts Center. Mr. Hogan has produced the long-running Rogue Festival featuring dozens of performers and hundreds of performances.


Jonathon has a passion for community and building a connection between people using The Arts as the conduit. As a board member of the world’s First Cultural Arts Rotary Club, he helps to bring creativity and civic duty together to usher in a better future.


Jonathon is also a proud recipient of the Fresno Arts Council Horizon Award.


Mr. Hogan believes in continued learning and development. That conversations between people with different backgrounds and viewpoints are the building blocks of tomorrow.


Fun Fact: Jonathon also enjoys talking about himself in the third person.

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Alexis Elisa Macedo (she/her)

Secretary

Alexis Elisa Macedo is a poet, playwright, director, actor, producer, and activist from California’s sunny Central Valley. As a phenomenally unapologetic Chicana, Macedo’s work uplifts and empowers the silenced and marginalized voices of BIPOC and women of all kinds. She’s a National Theatre Institute Alum (Advanced Playwright ‘20) and has a BA in Theatre Arts - Acting Emphasis from Fresno State (‘21). Macedo is a Miranda Family Fellow, the recipient of KCACTF/LORT ASPIRE Leadership Fellows Meritorious Achievement, and the Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the California Arts Council. Her play, Homebrew Verdaerdos: Part 1, was a top 12 semi-finalist for Concord Theatrical’s 46th Annual Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival and featured in Fresno State’s ETC Short Play Festival. Currently, Macedo is also Lime Arts Production’s line producer, KCACTF Student Advisory Board Member, and obtaining her certificate in Chicanx/Latinx Studies in Secondary Schooling.

Fun Fact: Alexis does a striking Frida Kahlo impression!

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Chris Mangels (he/him)

Treasurer
Founding Member

Chris holds an MFA in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University and is currently pursuing a second master’s Degree in Theatre Production and Design from Southern Oregon University.  For the past 15 years, he has worked as a full-time Professor of Theatre and Cinema at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, where he serves as resident scenic designer, fight choreographer, and director.  Chris' long history with the Fourth Wall Theatre Company goes back 30 years to his first performance in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Working with them repeatedly through college, he became a stalwart believer in the company's goal of celebrating under-represented voices in our community. After returning to Visalia after working professionally in the Midwest, Chris became Artistic Director, guiding the company out of a 3-year dormant period with a campaign to produce at least three shows per season and raise capital. He returned as a board member in 2012, a post he has proudly held for the past 10 years, supporting the transition of the Fourth Wall into its new incarnation as UR Here.


Fun Fact: Chris currently divides work and vacation time between Exeter – where he lives with his amazingly supportive mom, Sharen - and his home in Chicago – where he lives with his wife and best friend, Diane.

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Diane Fidalgo (she/her)

Board Member
Founding Member

Diane Fidalgo is a graduate of the B.F.A. Acting Program at the University of California at Santa Barbara, which emphasized classical and contemporary training as well as solo and group devised work.  Diane is also an alumni of the British American Dramatic Academy as well as the CSU Summer Arts program “Theatre and Social Change: Politics, Performance and Vocal Power.”  She continues to train and teach voice for the actor. She has performed locally for College of the Sequoias, Fourth Wall Theatre, Fresno City College, Stageworks Fresno, and Selma Arts Center. She is very excited to be involved with UR Here and its ambitious goals for the future. 


Fun Fact: Along with her amazing husband Chris, she now splits her time between Chicago, and Exeter, California.

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Marc Gonzalez (he/him)

Board Member
Founding Member

Marc is so excited to be serving UR Here Theater as their Development Director! Marc is an actor, choreographer, and writer in the Central Valley, having had the pleasure of working with Good Company Players, Children's Musical Theaterworks, the Rogue Festival, and StageWorks Fresno. Marc is the Theatre teacher at Bullard High School and is blessed to have such dedicated and talented students. Thank you for supporting theatre!

Fun Fact: Marc has a theater blog where his goal is to see & review 1,000 shows! (Ask him what number he's on)

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Carly Oliver (she/her)

Board Member

Carly Oliver is a theatre artist and educator who has traveled the States and the globe teaching and performing. She has donned outrageous wigs and jumpsuits to perform improv for French children at English immersion summer camps in France; she has directed high schoolers in The Star-Spangled Girl at Clovis High and elementary schoolers in The Lion King in Wethersfield, CT; and she has created and taught a bilingual after-school drama program with high school students in Spain.


Professionally, she has worked as a resident teaching artist with Hartford Stage, where she also served as a member of the Community Engagement Committee and occasional bartender. Locally, she has performed with Fresno State, Good Company Players, Selma Arts Center, and Woodward Shakespeare Festival. 


Fun fact: In her free time, she enjoys kayaking and paddle boarding the San Joaquin River (so does her dog, Dolce).

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Kenneth Green (he/him)

Board Member

Kenney is a Fresno, California native who has called New York City home for over 20 years. After attending both Fresno State University and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, he got his first break as a replacement cast member of the European Tour of THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER. This opportunity spring-boarded him into being blessed to walk the boards internationally, nationally and regionally in theatres such as Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and New Harmony Theatre.

His musicianship has afforded him opportunities to tour in Australia tickling the ivories and crooning an array of Broadway showtunes to sold out audiences as well as a collaboration with his partner, Adam Tilford, leading crowds in massive, energetic sing-a-longs in Darren Criss’ yearly “Coachella-esque” event, ELSIE FEST.


His business acumen, his love for the arts, and all of its players was the perfect mix to prepare him for the next chapter of his journey (life). In October of 2018, Kenney was chosen to hold the position of Producing Artistic Director of The Depot Theatre in the beautiful upstate New York setting of the Adirondacks. He is honored and thrilled to be tasked with the opportunity to continue the important mission of implementing gender and racial diversity and inclusion into modern theatre.


Fun Fact: On the rare occasions that Kenney gets to be home in NYC, he can be seen playing and singing at his home bar, the world famous Marie’s Crisis Café, as well as other venues around New York City