Full Circle Players Board

Finding Inspiration in Every Act

The Full Circle Players board is dedicated to equity, diversity, and inclusion as we strive to bring world-class theatre to Riverside, California, and the Inland Empire. As a board and company, we hold ourselves to high artistic, professional, and personal standards. 

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Meet The Board

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Wendi Johnson

President

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Thaddies Jackson

Secretary

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Cynthia Navarro

Treasurer

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.

Thaddies Jackson 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 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.

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Erica Batres

Social Media

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Matthew Johnson

Executive Director

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Sarah Sheppeck

Member at Large

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!

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.

Sarah Sheppeck (they/she) is a writer, editor, and performer. They are the co-Editor-in-Chief of queer literary and fashion magazine just femme & dandy, as well as the Managing Editor of Crash Course series How To College. Born and raised in upstate New York, they are now back in their hometown after stints in Vegas, LA, Brooklyn, and the woods of northern Maine. They enjoy watching TV with their beloved dog daughter, Chloe, and reading crime novels with their horrible cat son, Rita Moreno.

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Pryde Pierce

Member at Large

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Jeremy Mercado

Member at Large

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A.E. Santana

Communications Manager

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.

Jeremy Mercado is an actor who graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in acting, in 2017.  He has loved theatre all his life and has taken part in several Full Circle Players productions including Othello, A Very Dickens Christmas Carol, and Merry Wives of Windsor.

A.E. Santana is a writer and editor who's works can be found in Latinx Screams and other horror anthologies. She is the managing editor for Kelp Journal & Books. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and received her MFA in fiction from the University of California, Riverside's low-residency program. Her perfect day consists of a cup of black tea and her cat, Flynn Kermit.