ABOUT

Mission Statement

Include, Ignite, Inspire

Full Circle Players has a vision centered on inspiration, collaboration and creation from artist to audience. We are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in our work as we strive to create world class theatre in Riverside, California, and the world. We bring the best possible version of ourselves to our work onstage and to the organization, holding ourselves to high artistic, professional, and personal standards. Anchored by an inspired company creating exceptional art, we will be guided by thoughtful resource stewardship and a deep commitment to education and audience engagement.

Wendi Johnson

President

Wendi has a Masters in Shakespearean Studies, emphasis directing, bachelors in Theatre with an acting emphasis from Cal State San Bernardino. Currently, Master in Directing Candidate at Roosevelt University, Chicago School of the Performing Arts. She is the Director of Theatre at Henry J Kaiser High School in Fontana and honored to be the Founding Artistic Director and President of Full Circle Players.

Matthew Johnson

Executive Director

Matthew  is a graduate of the MFA Creative Writing program at University of Riverside Palm Desert. He has published fantasy short stories in “The Blackest Knights” and “Blackest Spells” anthologies, Lazarus Rising a zombie play, and is currently working on a slasher play.

Terre Gunkel

Vice President

Terre has acted, directed, or produced nearly 200 theatrical productions throughout Southern California over the last 50 years. He attended Riverside City College and University of Redlands where he earned degrees in Theatre Arts, as well as receiving his Master of Arts Degree with emphases in directing and acting from California State University, Fullerton. He was the Co-Founder, Producing Artistic Director, and President of the Board of Directors of Vanguard Theatre Ensemble in Fullerton, CA (1990-1996), and Artistic Director & Board Member of Inland Valley Repertory Theater [IVRT] (2008-2018).

Sarah Sheppeck 

Member at Large

Sarah is a writer, singer, and occasional actress. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside Palm Desert program, where she studied screenwriting under Collateral Damage producer John Schimmel and Borderland director Joshua Malkin. Born and raised in upstate NY, she had stints in Las Vegas, LA, and northern Maine before returning home. Her most recent stage production, S.A.S.H.A.s: The Musical, was co-written (lyricist, librettist, composer, and choreographer) with partner Nichole Jaymes.

Thaddies Jackson

Secretary

Thaddies is a professional actor and local philanthropist. He has dedicated many of his efforts to community theatre, education, and youth activities. He has been quoted saying “This isn’t how any of us expected this year to go, but true strength lies in the ability to adapt; and adapt we shall.

Cynthia Navarro

Treasurer

Cynthia has had a lifelong love for theatre and acting, and she has performed in multiple productions throughout the Inland Empire. She earned her B.A. in Theatre, Film and Digital Production with an emphasis in Acting and Directing from UC Riverside. She is a passionate advocate for diversifying the arts and amplifying BIPOC voices in the theatre community.

Pryde Pierce

Member at Large

Pryde is an award winning independent filmmaker, actor, and videographer. Among his accomplishments is a Best Actor award given to him when his short film "Hemorrhage" screened at the Directors Guild of America in the 48 Film Festival.

Erica Batres

Social Media

Erica is an activist, actor, and student at the University of California Irvine. She is continuously advocating to provide a more successful and equitable industry for BIPOC performers. She is excited to work along side these incredible artists!