Artistic Staff

Shane Smuin
Artistic Director
Born into a family of performers, Shane’s been on stage and backstage, one way or another, since he was six months old when his father carried him onto the Kennedy Center Main Stage for a performance of the ballet “Petrushka.” In 2006, he came back home to the Bay Area to pursue his true calling in life… teaching. For the last ten years, Shane has taught and directed theatre at Aragon High School. His past Aragon musical productions include: Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 9 to 5, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Seussical, Into The Woods, Chicago, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Batboy, Curtains, and The Producers. Shane has his B.A. in Theatre Arts from Notre Dame de Namur University, and an M.F.A. from The Actor’s Studio.
Rick Reynolds
Music and Vocal Director
Rick is excited to return to Aragon after last having conducted Legally Blonde, Young Frankenstein & Sweeney Todd. Rick has worked with schools, colleges, community & professional theatres on hundreds of shows, including Theatre Royal (Drury, London), Chester Repertory (Wales), Gilbert & Sullivan (Bedford,UK), and the Royal Derngate Theatre (Northampton,UK). He served as Resident Music Director for Peninsula Center Stage, Palo Alto Players and L’Act. World/Regional Premieres including: Secret Garden, Triumph of Love & Krieger & Russell’s Side Show and Lucky Duck. Recognized with awards and nominations for best musical direction by Bay Area Theater Critics Circle, Theatre Bay Area, Dean Goodman Awards… for 42nd Street, Damn Yankees, Jesus Christ Superstar, Bells are Ringing, Oklahoma , Assassins and Sweeney Todd. Contractor for artists & music preparation for studio recordings used by theme parks including: Kings Entertainment and Marriots.

Kathryn Aarons
Kathryn is thrilled to return to Aragon this fall after having the joy of working on Legally Blonde last spring. She’s a Bay Area native who trained at Dance Arts Center growing up, and was active in the San Mateo High School Drama department. Kathryn went on to earn her B.A. in Musical Theatre from California State University, Chico, and made her professional debut as a company member of The Clinton Area Showboat Theatre on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi in Clinton, Iowa. She was honored to dance captain the licensing workshop of NEWSICAL THE MUSICAL for Theatrical Rights Worldwide, and JOSEPH… at The Clinton Showboat. For more, check out:
Fred Eiras
Set Designer
Fred returned to the Bay Area in 2016 after living in Kentucky for 13 years. Fred has been involved on and off stage for 40+ years. After growing up around theater, Fred wanted to be involved with young artists to support their efforts and the arts. Fred is currently the Technical Director of Performing Arts at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton and a designer and teaching artist freelancing around the Bay Area. Fred’s motto is “All the world’s a stage but someone has got it build it first…

Margaux Mansfield
Costume Designer