The Ovation Repertory Theatre is a semi-professional theater offering the community professional quality productions. We are an organization ahead of the curve, unafraid to take chances with our art to impact the community as well as push the art form of theatre in Bakersfield forward. We believe theatre is an important element of entertainment in Bakersfield and must be continued at all costs.
WHO ARE WE?
The Ovation Repertory Theatre is a semi-professional theater that pays it’s actors, technicians, and staff, offers the community professional quality productions, and is an organization ahead of the curve, unafraid to take chances with our art to impact the community as well as push the art form of theatre in Bakersfield forward. We believe theatre is an important element of entertainment in Bakersfield and must be continued at all costs.
Our Vision, Mission Statement, and Core Values are as follows:
To unleash the power of theatre to show how live performance can reflect and impact our community.
The Ovation Repertory Theatre, is a semi-professional theater company with a mission to produce epic, moving, topical, and contemporary musicals and plays, reinvent classics, develop new work, and engage its community by offering a place where young artists can learn and hone their craft professionally.
- Organize a professional culture that encourages the rehearsal hall to be a place of experimentation and collaboration.
- Value excellence in all aspects of our endeavor.
- Achieve by building a healthy, dynamic and powerful artistic community.
- Throughout the organization and within the community the Ovation will champion diversity.
- Instill in the public a life‐long love and participation in the theater arts.
- Operate in a way that strives to advance the field.
- Nourish and engage, a diverse and responsive staff, audience and community.
Hal Friedman (Artistic Director) has been a theatre and film professional since 2000. Hal has been the For 9 years Hal was at the Spotlight Theatre in Bakersfield where he held the titles of Production Manager and then Executive/Artistic Director. In NYC, Hal was the Executive Director of Rescue Agreement Theatre Company. He was also a teacher for the New York Film Academy where he taught directing, screenwriting, and acting. Some favorite Bakersfield productions include Man of LaMancha (2016), Company (2014), Evita (2012), Next to Normal (2011), Sweeney Todd (2011 & 2004), A Little Night Music (2010), Drowsy Chaperone (2010), Parade (2010), I Am My Own Wife (2009), Bug (2009), Secret Garden (2009), Thoroughly Modern Millie (2009), High Fidelity (2008), Little Women the Musical (2008), Bent (2007), Corpus Chirstie (2007), Assassins (2006), Nine (2005), After the Fall (2004), Angels in America I & II (2003 & 2004), Into the Woods (2004), and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (2003). In Los Angeles Hal wrote and produced his own play Hatikvah (2003 @ Stage 52), and directed and produced A Song For Vanya in (2007 @ Theatre/Theatre). In Dallas he was in the 60th anniversary production of South Pacific (2009 @ Dallas Theatre Center) and in Washington D.C. he toured with the Kennedy Center(2000). Hal has also worked at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. as a Director’s Assistant working on the shows The Hidden Light, Floyd Collins, and Side Show. In 2015 Hal worked at the Tony Award Winning theatre, Arena Stage, on their production of The Hound of Baskerville as a Production Assistant. In Baltimore he originated the role of John Heartfield in the musical Heartfield in a joint production of Towson University and the Baltimore Theatre Project. Hal also worked at Scott Rudin Productions on such films as The Royal Tannebaums and the Oscar winning film The Hours. Hal has also worked at the Roundhouse Theatre in Bethesda Maryland.
Hal is a card carrying member of Actor’s Equity and has has several scripts produced and optioned in theatre and film. He has sold two screenplay’s to Gigantic Pictures and Rosetta Films. In 2013 Hal published his first novel Afterwinds published by a subsidiary of Penguin Books, iUniverse. Awards include: NYU’S Founder’s Day Award, Arts Council of Kern Award for Literary Excellence in 2004, Dramatics Magazine Playwriting Award (’86 & ’97), Maryland State Playwriting Award (’97), and Presidential Scholar Award (’97).
Bien Resolme (Managing Director) was born and raised right here in Bakersfield. He has been involved in the Bakersfield theatre community for over 25 years. He began as a performer and more recently has shifted his focus to the technical side of local productions where he volunteers his time to build sets and manage tech crews at local high schools and community theatres. Bien’s passion for theatre is only rivaled by his love for education and he finds his outlet for this as a teacher at his alma mater, East Bakersfield High School. At East High he wears several hats as a technical theatre teacher, graphic design/film teacher, auditorium manager, and the director of the Digital Arts & Technology Academy (D.A.T.A.).
For Bien, opening the Ovation with close friends Adam Cline, Hal Friedman, and Jason McClain, was the realization of a life-long dream. In a house full of amazing performers, Bien is the only one that does not perform on the stage anymore. Instead, these days he contributes to the local theatre community form behind the scenes. Being able to focus his time and skills on the Ovation has allowed Bien to delve deeper into his craft than ever before. Above all else, Bien takes great pride in sharing his love for theatre with the many talented technicians, performers, and volunteers that bring so much inspiration to our small community.
Business Development Director
Adam Cline (Business Development Director) has been involved in Bakersfield’s local community theatre program since 1992. For the past 25 years he has done every role from leading characters to producing, writing, teaching and directing many shows for Stars Dinner Theatre and the Bakersfield Civic Light Opera (now known as Bakersfield Music Theatre), and the Melodrama.
From 1994-1997 Adam taught hundreds of adults and children acting classes for television and theatre for the McCright Agency and Stars School of Fine Arts. In 1995 Adam started a productions company called A.C.T.S. Productions (Adam Cline’s Theatrical Services), where he met the needs of all local theatres and schools to provide sets, lighting, sound and crew to help run shows, school functions, Christmas parties and summer workshops throughout Kern County. In 1996 he was asked to join the family business, of which is a construction glazing contractor and has worked there now for the past 21 years. After learning much about the family business that was established in 1947, he began to increase the sales and growth of the company. In 2006 he became the Vice President of Operations and by 2010 was the President of the company. He has now grown the company from a small business of 18 employee’s to over 40. He has developed great relationships with other local businesses and enthralled the community with his witty advertising of commercials to promote his family business.
Director of Facilities
Jason McClain (Director of Facilities) was born and raised in Bakersfield by a wonderful Italian family who instilled in him a love and appreciation for art and music. He has been a local entertainer and audience favorite for nearly 30 years, portraying such standout roles as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (BMT 1994, 1996, 2004), Che in Evita (BMT 2003), The Baker in Into the Woods(Stars 2009), and Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Ovation 2018). Jason also regularly delights audiences with his one-man cabaret act as Dean Martin titled A Rat Without a Pack, which was developed while serving as an entertainer on cruises throughout Europe with Silversea Cruise Lines. Jason is an accomplished and highly sought-after set designer, artist, and interior designer who has been meeting the needs of local theatres, schools, businesses and homes since the inception of his business, Gogogo Design, in 2010. He is a licensed Insurance Agent and in 2007 became the CFO for Assist Business and Insurance Services. Jason is now the Technical Theatre and Scenic Design Teacher at Rideview High School where he gets to impart his love of theatre and design to the eager young minds of Bakersfield. He is excited to start this new chapter in Theatre and looks forward to being part of such a worthy organization.