Making Theatre
That Matters

Fuse Theatre is a nonprofit arts organization founded in 2015 that creates meaningful theatre experiences to expand personal perspectives and connect communities to foster civic engagement.

Principles and Values

Guided by the principles of Education, Performances and Partnerships, Fuse Theatre projects create awareness for some of the most pressing social issues affecting our community today and, through its partnerships and presentation of works, provide a stage for individuals and communities to discuss and empower social change.

Meet The Sparks

Stacey Ardelean
Stacey Ardelean

staceya@fusetheatre.org

Stacey is the founding Artistic Director of Fuse Theatre. Her work includes theatre for social justice projects with local partners and creating collaborative performative experiences in and with the community. Her main creative roles include director, educator and facilitator.  She has worked as a theatre educator in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years and is an advocate for arts education. Her studies and work in devised theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed and theatre for social justice drives the mission of Fuse Theatre. Stacey is currently serving as the Board Past Chair of AATE, American Alliance for Theatre and Education – a national professional organization.

Armando Torres-Dahan
Armando Torres-Dahan

armandot@fusetheatre.org

Armando is an actor, arts administrator, teaching artist and founding member of the SPARKS artist group with Fuse Theatre. He has performed in theatrical productions in the Los Angeles and Bay Area regions and has acted in Fuse Theatre’s productions of Lily’s Wings and Because I Went There. He is also an arts advocate, working with local arts nonprofit organizations to advance access to arts programs for underprivileged students and communities. As an artist, he is proud to share and integrate his queer, immigrant, and multilingual identities in his work and collaborations with others.

Chelsea Unzner
Chelsea Unzner

chelseau@fusetheatre.org

Chelsea is Co-Artistic Director, Tour Project Manager, and a SPARKS member at Fuse Theatre. In 2011, she graduated with her BA in Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley. After working with theatre companies all over the country, she went back to school where she received her MA in Theatre Education and Theatre in Communities with an emphasis in theatre for social change from Emerson College in 2017. While at Emerson, she became Chair for the Theatre Education Graduate Association, where she produced many social justice plays and created theatre festivals and workshops for her graduate department. After graduate school, she directed and produced many productions all over the country, and she currently lives in Riverside, CA where she worked as the Producer for Riverside Children’s Theatre, a non-profit theatre organization for children in grades K through 8th grade, alongside being a lecturer in the Theatre Arts Department at CSU San Bernardino. She is also a playwright and performer. Her new play, What We Remember, was produced in digital format in December 2020.

Christina Diaz

Christina Diaz

christinad@fusetheatre.org

Christina is a performer, actor, singer, playwright, and lover of the arts. Her past credits include the role of Rosa Perez in Fuse Theatre’s touring production of Cinderella Eats Rice and Beans, costume designer for the 2019 Redwood City Play Festival partnership with Fuse Theatre and Dragon Theatre, and is currently developing a new play for youth about gun violence with Fuse Theatre. When she is not wearing one of her many artistic hats, she is taking care of her jungle of houseplants, upcycling discarded furniture she finds on the side of the road, and spending time with her rescued chihuahua-mix, Audio Hamilton.

Cleo Sonski

Cleo Sonski

cleos@fusetheatre.org

Cleo is the Graphic Designer and a SPARKS member at Fuse Theatre. She holds a BFA in Web Design + New Media from Academy of Art University. She has been interested in theatre since high school where she was a member of the backstage tech crew and stage artist. She’s a creative soul with a mission to generate awesome projects that are beautifully crafted, filled with passion, and are engaging for anyone. Cleo is inspired by positive messages, kind people, happy house plants, and powerful women. When she’s not at her desk, you’ll find her exploring the neighborhoods of Los Angeles or cuddling up with her orange tabby kitty, Fry. @designby.cleo

Elana Hershman

Elana Hershman

elanah@fusetheatre.org

Elana is a Bay Area-born actor and creative with a big spot in her heart for art and people. These passions led her to UCLA, where she graduated with her BA in Theatre. She is proud to have served as the Director of Education and Outreach for The Shakespeare Company at UCLA and has been using her quarantine time to continue teaching and encouraging young artists in the virtual world. She is constantly moved by the connective power of theater, and she is excited to build community and make meaningful, accessible art with the Fuse team as a SPARKS Member.

Haleyann Hart

Haleyann Hart

haleyannh@fusetheatre.org

Haleyann (she|her) is thrilled to be a SPARKS member and work with all the amazing artists at Fuse. She has always been passionate about theatre, particularly the power it has to bring people together. In June 2020, she graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, with an emphasis in musical theatre performance. At UCLA, she was a part of many projects, including Bruins Care, a benefit cabaret for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. She was also a member of YOUTHphonics A Cappella, a group that focuses on community service and music education. Haleyann has a passion for arts education and has been teaching online dance classes to young artists during quarantine. She hopes to use theatre to bring communities together and tell stories that need to be heard. Art is powerful, beautiful, and essential!

Hedvig Flores

Hedvig Flores

hedif@fusetheatre.org

Hedvig is a SPARKS Fuse Theatre Ensemble Member. She is a skilled, purposeful, and trilingual actress/playwright/director with extensive experience in theatre and film for more than 15 years. She spent the first 10 years of her professional career in Hungary, Europe; where she played as an actress in one of Budapest’s most popular theaters and also founded the Teatro Surreal, an independent theatre ensemble. She holds a BA in Acting from Hungarian Acting Academy, GNM and learned dramaturgy at Hungarian Writers Academy. Before she moved to the Bay Area in 2015 with her family, she worked as an artistic director at Teatro Surreal, where two of her plays were presented with success, in 2010 and 2013. In the Bay Area, she worked in Fuse Theatre’s first devised production, The Unfinished Story Of Docktown, and became a board of directors member at Dragon Theatre. Her last play Because I Went There was first presented in 2019 at the First Redwood City Play Festival, a co-production of Fuse Theatre and Dragon Theatre. Because I Went There was remounted online during 2020’s pandemic as part of Fuse Theatre’s mini-festival 3 Sparks in the Dark which was created for the Bay Area Women’s Theatre Festival.

Nick Malakhow

Nick Malakhow

nickm@fusetheatre.org

Nick is a Dominican and Ukrainian writer and theater educator based in Boston. His full-length work includes SEEING EYE (developed with Victory Gardens, Fresh Ink, Actors Studio at Newburyport, finalist for the 2019 O’Neill NPC, the 2018 LTC/HowlRound Carnaval, and the 2020 In-Progress Reading Series at the Unicorn Theatre), A PICTURE OF TWO BOYS (developed with Abingdon Theatre Company, Skylight Theatre Company, the Quarantine Series), and GRIT (developed with Playhouse on Park, Fuse Theatre, Theatre@First). His other work has been developed or produced by the Open Theatre Project, the Q Collective, and as part of the 2018 Boston Theater Marathon. Nick was a Company One Playlab Unit member for C1’s 2019 season. He has also taught theatre, English, and creative writing at the secondary level for over ten years in the greater Philly and Boston areas. He grew up in the diverse town of Teaneck, New Jersey. BA: Swarthmore College, MA: Emerson College.

Nick Trengove

Nick Trengove

nickt@fusetheatre.org

Nick (he|him) is an actor, director, and educator based in the SF Bay Area. He holds a MFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University and has performed on stage and screen in both the Bay Area and Chicago. His recent acting credits include Richard Loeb in John Logan’s Never the Sinner, produced by Black Ice Theatre Co. and No Nude Men Productions, and in association with EXIT Theatre, and David in the critically-acclaimed Custom Made Theatre Co. production of Sarah Ruhl’s How to Transcend a Happy Marriage. His recent directing credits include an online production of Bay Area playwright Stuart Bousel’s The Snow Walk of the Empress Matilda, an intimate glimpse into the mind of the Empress Matilda as she narrowly escapes her would-be captors. In addition to his theatrical work, Nick is also deeply interested in the intersection between climate change and theater, stories that center LGBTQ issues, the workings of the human voice, complicated board games, and finally learning how to play guitar. 

Alex Valdivia

Alex Valdivia

alexv@fusetheatre.org

J. Adan Ruiz

J. Adan Ruiz

adanr@fusetheatre.org

J. Adán Ruiz was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. His passion for acting started when he was five years old when he got on stage on a production that he was not part of. That was the moment when Adán fell in love with the stage and the attention of the audience. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in performing Arts. He strongly believes that theatre is one of the best tools to educate our future generations. Adán has been participating in Spanish and English productions in theatre companies in California like The Marsh Theatre, SF Youth Theatre, Teatro Vision, Teatro Nahual, MAAC, Teatrical Souls, Fusion Theatre, All Terrain Theatre, Fuse Theatre, Woodminster Musicals, BATCO, Black Swan Theatre Co, and more. @jadanruiz

Frank Einboden

Frank Einboden

franke@fusetheatre.org

Frank is delighted to be a part of such an exciting  theatre company such as Fuse  . Frank studied Music Education at La Sierra university and attended  Citrus College Music Conservatory program. Past regional theater credits included Ursula in The Little Mermaid, Sancho in Man of La Mancha ,Horton in Seussical, Eddie”/Dr.Scott In The Rocky Horror Show, Lil Harp in The Robber Bridegroom,and Bud Frump in How To Succeed. Frank Has toured the USA, Asia and Europe singing classical and standard repertoire.  Frank Resides in beautiful Redlands California with his husband and 2 beautiful Cats. Frank is looking forward to making beautiful work that represents all of us. “If I rest I rust”

Operations Teams

J. Adan RuizActor / Workshop Facilitator

Stacey Ardelean
Financial/Development

staceya@fusetheatre.org

Title

Chelsea Unzner
Audience/Engagement

chelseau@fusetheatre.org

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Cleo Sonski
Marketing/Communications

cleos@fusetheatre.org




Board of Directors

Rick FreedmanFounding Board Member
Rick Freedman

Rick has over 30 years in hi-tech marketing and management.  He is an avid lover of theatre and music, starting with frequent visits to Broadway as a child.  Rick is thrilled to support Fuse Theatre and serves as a member of the board providing marketing, IT and management direction.

Terry SturtevantBoard Member
Terry Sturtevant

Terry is a native Californian, loves the Theater, and has over 20 years experience in Human Resources at JP Morgan and IBM. Since her college days as an English major at UCLA , Terry has been a passionate theater goer. She believes in supporting local and regional theaters.

Joanne Schultz Founding Board Member
Matthew W. Jower-Ho

Matt has worked a plethora of shows on stage and backstage for theatre companies in Atlanta, San Francisco, and New York. Some of Matthews stage management credits include Atlanta: Jekyll & Hyde (Atlanta Lyric), “Baby That Is Rock ‘N Roll, The Lieber Stoller Era”, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow: The music of Harold Arlen” (Theatrical Outfit), San Francisco: “Nan and the Lower Body” (TheatreWorks | Silicon Valley) “Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure” & “Fifty Million Frenchmen” (42nd St. Moon) “Grease”, “Hairspray” & “Sound of Music” (Broadway By the Bay), New York: “Kedagawan” (NY Fringe Festival), National Tours: “Wizard of Oz”, “Hairspray” USA and Japan Engagement (Networks Presentations) “Evita” (Theater League), Matthew also worked as a Stage & Production Manager for Celebrity Cruises. He is a graduate from UC Santa Barbara in Stage Management. 

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