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MEET THE RANKS

Palm Springs is rich with talented artists. At RSC we strive to build a strong community around the theater's activities. Learn more about what inspires us and drives us in our work. 

Gary Powers

Producing Partner

Piture of Gary Powers, Producing Director of Revolution Stage Company

Born into a large family in Pennsylvania, I was entranced by movies as a child, particularly ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ hoping one day to find my own rainbow. I wrote my first musical at eight, sang in the church choir, and performed in high school plays. I loved performing, whether for Grandma or a thousand strangers.

 

After seeing Angela Lansbury in ‘Gypsy’, I knew I wanted a life in the theatre. I was accepted into the acting and directing program at Emerson College in Boston, and worked at a local theater, pulling bubble gum off the bottom of seats and selling tickets. I came to love that work—selling tickets, not pulling gum— and did box office work for decades, eventually on Broadway.

 

Working at Boston’s Colonial Theatre, I was mentored by composer John Kander (‘Cabaret’ & ‘Chicago’), who gave me a master class in developing musicals. In NYC, I studied playwriting with Milan Stitt (‘The Runner Stumbles’). Since then, I’ve continued to perform, and have written numerous plays and musicals.

 

In 2014, husband Miguel and I moved to Southern California. I feel blessed to be collaborating with James Owens and other talented artists in the Coachella Valley, creating a Theatrical Revolution!

James Owens

Producing Partner

As a lifelong performer and theatre enthusiast, joining Revolution Stage Company is a natural step in my march to bring high-quality, live theatrical experiences to the Valley. It’s my sincere belief that theatre not only inspires but saves lives.

 

For many, including me, theatre has become my home, my sanctuary, and my place of escape in an otherwise chaotic world - a place to explore the world through expression and fantasy. The world of theatre and its possibilities are unlimited (unintended Wicked reference) and in this limitless world, we get to try anything and watch the magic created through our experiments dazzle the audience!

 

This is why I LOVE live theatre.

 

In my nearly three decades in theatre, I have played almost every role on and off stage, from director to sound operator, from ensemble to lead, from committee member to executive board, and everything in between. As a Producing Partner with RSC, it will be my mission to elevate theatre beyond what is expected or thought possible and I personally welcome all who are ready to join the Revolution!

James@revolutionstagecompany.com

Piture of James Owens, Producing Director of Revolution Stage Company

Tessa Gregory-Walker

Theatre Manager

Piture of Tessa Gregory-Walker, Theatre Manager of Revolution Stage Company

I moved to Coachella Valley five years ago and was surprised by how rich the arts scene is. My background is in stage and venue management, and I wanted to find opportunities here to strengthen our theater community, elevate the quality of work, and explore new possibilities for bringing stories to life on stage. Joining RSC is the natural next step in that journey!  

 

I trained as an actor at Bath Spa University, where I found a deep love for reinvigorated classical work that reflects current times. That love of the classics led me to an MA in Performing Shakespeare. The training was intense, but it was worth it because we performed our final project at the world-renowned Globe Theater! Before leaving the UK, I continued performing, and venue managing for Pleasance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Spiegeltent at Brighton Fringe Festival. 

 

Moving to America brought me here, to Palm Springs, and I began doing production work with Desert Theatreworks. You might know me from my work with multiple companies around the valley, including Desert Theatreworks, Desert Ensemble Theatre, and Thought Theatre. Favorite role to date: Joanna in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

Tessa@revolutionstagecompany.com

Contact RSC at 760-318-4115

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