Our Mission

We endeavor to thrill, challenge, and engage audiences with ideas that make us think more, laugh more, and feel more. With the highest artistic standards and the region's most talented theatre artists, we produce a professional season of ambitious performances in search of what is best in ourselves and in the human spirit.

The New Actors’ Theatre

In 1984, a group of local actors joined together to take a risk: produce a contemporary play never seen in the county before. Presented in an empty storefront in downtown Santa Rosa, the play was an astonishing critical and popular success. It became obvious there was an audience in Sonoma County that desired a contemporary point of view, an audience hungry for new work, the kind of cutting-edge, smart audience you wanted to have over for dinner.

For 20 years, Actors’ Theatre of Sonoma County delivered bold plays for contemporary audiences. Winning countless awards and accolades (including Best Theatre Company by the NB Bohemian readers poll 1998-2004), its audiences grew until merging with the Santa Rosa Players to form the 6th Street Playhouse.

Continuing the tradition of Actors’ Theatre, Left Edge Theatre endeavors to produce daring plays imaginatively staged for adventurous audiences.

The Team

Meet the people behind Left Edge Theatre.

Artistic Director

Argo Thompson

Argo Thompson

Recent directing credits at Left Edge include The Nether by Jennifer Haley, The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno (winner of Best Production of a Comedy at the Marquee Theater Journalists Awards “MTJA”), You Got Older by Clare Barron, A Steady Rain by Keith Huff (winner Best Production of a Drama at MTJA and Good People by David Lindsay Abaire (nominated for 11 Theatre Bay Area Awards “TBA”, including Best Director, Best Production and Best Ensemble). Other Directing Credits include (SIC) by Melissa Jane Gibson at 6th Street Playhouse, Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage by Jane Martin at Sonoma State University and Angels in America parts 1 and 2 by Tony Kushner at Actors Theatre. Argo has produced over 100 plays in Northern California, he is a sought-after public speaker, theatre instructor and consultant whose clients include The Center for Non-Profit Leadership, Marin Community Foundation, Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, Napa Valley Performing Arts Center, and the California Arts Council. He has served as the Communications Director of Theatre Bay Area, Executive Director of Marin Arts Council, Executive / Artistic Director of 6th Street Playhouse and Artistic Director of Actors Theatre of Sonoma County.


Artistic Associates


Kimberly Kalember

Kimberly Kalember

Kimberly has been dancing, singing and acting since age 11. She is a resident actor, artistic associate, box office personnel, and the casting director for Left Edge Theatre. Favorite roles include Margi in Good People, for which she was nominated in 2016 for best female performance in a principle role, Theatre Bay Area (TBA), Alice/Nicole in The Big Meal (LET), Phyllis/Charlie in the Sonoma County premier of Sideways by Rex Pickett, (LET), Swing for the Broadway Company & 1st National Tour of Me & My Girl w/Tim Curry, Tess in Crazy For You (Peninsula Players, WI.), Martha, Bess & Belle in A Christmas Carol (Fords Theatre, Washington, DC, David Bell Dir.), Grete in Sight Unseen (National Jewish Theatre, Chicago), Rosalia in West Side Story (North Carolina Theatre-Terrance Mann, Dir.), Handler in Talking With (Spreckels Performing Arts Center, RP, CA, Sheri Lee Miller, Dir.), Darcy in One Flea Spare, Jenny in Sondheim’s Company, and Sam+33 in Fully Committed (Actors Theatre, SR, CA), Nicky in Smell of the Kill (6th Street Playhouse, SR, CA, David Lear, Dir, Potboilers - Aaron Sorkin, (West Beth Theatre, NYC), Laurey in Oklahoma -Brian Stokes Mitchell, (San Diego Jr. Theatre), Shy in 3 productions of Best L’il Whorehouse in Texas (CT. & WI), Mona in Dames at Sea (Theatre Barn, NY), Marianne in Tartuffe-Libby Appel (Summer Repertory Theatre, SR, CA), Sarah in The Lover (SFSU), and Ellen in the feature film Donovan Reid directed by Austin Smalgalski (Official Selection for the San Francisco Independent Film Festival 2019, Port Orchard Film Fest, WA and on Amazon Prime). Kimberly has a BA in Theatre Arts from SFSU, and trained at Circle in the Square in New York.


Sandra Ish

Sandra Ish

Sandra Ish has appeared in numerous productions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of her favorite roles include Sabrina Daldry in In The Next Room by Sarah Ruhl, Mac in Three Viewings by Jeffrey Hatcher, Miss Lucy in Tennessee William’s Sweet Bird of Youth, and the title role in Lysistrata by Aristophanes. She also appeared in Pacific Alliance Stage Company’s production of The Good Doctor for which she and the cast received the Dean Goodman Choice Award for Best Ensemble. Sandra is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. After receiving her BFA from California Institute of the Arts, she did a European tour with Rootless Productions performing in The Maids by Jean Genet. In addition to her work on stage, Sandra has done commercial, film, and voiceover work.


Paige Picard

Paige Picard

Paige has been acting in the North Bay Area since a young age. She's worked primarily at the 6th Street Playhouse and the Santa Rosa Junior College before leaving to study at NYU. During her time at the SRJC, she was an Irene Ryan finalist at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). She has appeared at Left Edge in This Random World, You Got Older and The Realistic Joneses since returning to Santa Rosa from New York City, where she completed her bachelors degree in history and dramatic literature. Paige is an active play reader. Living in New York City ignited Paige's passion for new plays, so she was thrilled to find Left Edge Theatre after returning home.


Chris Schloemp

Chris Schleomp

Chris has performed all over the county over the last twenty years, most recently at Sixth Street Playhouse in "Masterpiece of Comic...Timing," and at Shakespeare in the Cannery in "Fairy Worlds." When he is not treading the AstroTurf himself, Chris teaches Drama at Montgomery High School.

Technical Associates

Vicki Martinez

Vicki Martinez

Stage Manager
April George

April George

Technical Director

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