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Board of Directors


THEATRICUM BOARD - EXECUTIVE BOARD                                                                                                  

 

PRESIDENT

            MIKKO SPERBER currently serves as the Director, Leadership Development, for the UCLA Anderson School of Management Office of Alumni Relations.  He has a unique perspective on the Theatricum having grown up as a member of the Theatricum’s repertory company since he was seven years old, performing in countless productions and stage-managing a handful of others.  Over the years he has taken almost every class offered by the Theatricum and taught a variety of them himself.  Mr. Sperber is one of the few VAPA certified educators in the State of California holding a “Professional Designation in Arts Education” from the Los Angeles County Arts Education Training Program.  Mr. Sperber also held a variety of staff positions over the years and created the Young People’s Camp.  He joined the Theatricum’s Board of Director’s in January 2007 and has served as President since January 2009.  Additionally he serves on the Board of Directors of New Heights Charter School, a K- 8 Charter school with two campuses in South Central Los Angeles. (Masters degree in Leadership, emphasis in nonprofit management, USC’s Price School of Policy; Executive Program Certificate in General Management, UCLA Anderson School of Management)

 

VICE PRESIDENT

            BILL BUERGE has served on the Theatricum’s Board of Directors for more than 20 years.  He has been involved in the visual arts all of his life.  His paintings and designs are on permanent display at The Smithsonian Institution, and in many private collections.  In 1970, he received a degree in painting and drawing from the University of California in Long Beach and later became a freelance Illustrator completing assignments for The Saturday Evening Post, IBM, NBC, Capitol Records, Los Angeles Times, and hundreds of others.  He taught illustration at UCLB, has been a magazine art director, book designer, and was a designer for the Alaska State Centennial Exposition in Fairbanks, Alaska.  He also loves architecture and has built or restored dozens of homes in Topanga, Pacific Palisades, Hollywood, Venice, and Long Beach.  In 1989, he purchased the crumbling Sylvia Park Country Club in Topanga, moved in, and has been bringing it back to life ever since.  It was declared a State Point of Historic Interest in 1993.  Now called, The Mountain Mermaid, it is often used for community gatherings, weddings, bed and breakfast, and film and photography projects.  In the mid-80s, Mr. Buerge initiated the restoration and new gardens for the decaying Aldersgate Retreat Center, a Methodist facility built in 1893 in Pacific Palisades.  For contributions to community, he (and The Mountain Mermaid) have received commendations from the California State Senate, the California State Legislature, and the County of Los Angeles.  In 2000, Bill Buerge was chosen Citizen of the Year by the Topanga Chamber of Commerce.

 

SECRETARY /TREASURER

            MARYANNE DOLCEMASCOLO has served on the Board of Directors of the Theatricum for 30 years, serving as the first Executive Director from 1978 to 1982.  She began her career as a non-profit administrator when she moved to Los Angeles in 1974 to work as the Training Program Coordinator and Assistant to the Executive Director of the Grantsmanship Center.  For more that 12 years she worked as Director of Charitable Choices California, a non-profit organization that raises funds for worthy causes.  She helped create a Maryland affiliate for Charitable Choices as well as California guide and a market for it’s distribution.  She also works as a professional photojournalist, and her in-depth photo-documentary project of the Women’s Peace Encampment in Seneca Falls, NY was exhibited at Gallery 345 in New York City.  Thirty-five of her photographs from this series were included in the book The Women’s Peace Encampment: Images and Writings published by Temple University Press.  On photojournalism assignments from the L.A. Weekly, Los Angeles Downtown News and other publications she worked in Central America in the 1980’s documenting the peace movement.  She also documented organized homeless people in L.A. in her photo series on Justiceville.  Her images appeared in the television documentary “Trouble In Paradise: A Look at L.A.’s Homeless” and were published in the book “The Invisible Homeless: Losing the American Dream”:  She was an associate Producer on an independent feature film called “The Giving”, and she continues to document programs and people around the country for the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

 

            NICK DAVIS serves on the Theatricum Executive Board and is Senior Manager of External Innovation at PwC.  In this role, Nick leads the external innovation projects across the US, and works with clients, universities, and third parties to foster open innovation, co-creation, and promotes the PwC brand as an innovative leader in the marketplace.  Previously, Nick was Associate Director of Corporate Development at UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Education.  He led 23 Open Enrollment Executive Educations courses as well as business development and marketing.  His clients included companies such as Warner Bros, Disney, Nestle, and Mattel.  He was also the founder of the Corporate Connect Team at UCLA Anderson.  Nick has 10 years of experience in business development, marketing, PR, social media, portfolio management, client acquisition, and managing teams. He is on the Executive Committee of The Conference Board's Innovation Council and Steering Committee for the LA Mayor's Council on Innovation and Industry.  Nick attended The Ohio State University where he majored in Political Science with a minor in Theatre, and is an alumni of the UCLA Anderson School of Management where he graduated from the Executive Management Program and Entertainment and Media Executive Program.  Nick's interests include entrepreneurship, digital media, and the power of authentic networking.  He is a native of Oak Hill, Ohio, and is a veteran of US Navy where he worked in Naval Intelligence.


THEATRICUM BOARD - SOUNDING BOARD                                                                                                     

 

PETER ALSOP is singer-songwriter, educator and humorist with a Ph.D. in educational psychology who was an original company member of Theatricum in 1973.  He’s served as on the Board of Directors and the Advisory Board and for the last 20 years he’s produced the Theatricum’s Kids Koncerts for children and families.  He worked as Director of The Harbor Schools Residential Treatment Center for emotionally disturbed adolescents in Maine, and as an elementary school special education teacher in New York's South Bronx.  His 22 audio recordings and 7 DVDs consistently win "Best Children's" awards from organizations such as Parents' Choice and his songs are used daily by thousands of parents, educators and human service professionals to help families discuss sensitive issues such as child abuse, loss & grief and chemical dependency. He's acted on stage and television, directed feature film, and he performs and consults extensively at conferences, festivals and concerts throughout the United States and Canada.  He lives in Topanga, CA with his wife, actress/director Ellen Geer.

 

ALAN BLUMENFELD has been a company member of Theatricum Botanicum since 1984.  He has played leading roles in over 60 productions and has won several awards for his work.  His work as a member of the ensemble is one of his proudest achievements.  Having found a theatrical home here in Los Angeles, Alan has served on the Board of Directors for the past two years.  As a working professional actor for the past 37 years, Alan has appeared in more than 300 TV shows as a guest star, been a series regular on TV, appeared in more than 30 films and on theater stages from Broadway to Regional Repertory companies throughout the US.  Alan has taught regularly for the Theatricum and has been on faculty for UCLA, USC and currently at Pomona College in Claremont, CA.

 

IAN FLANDERS is on staff as General Manager (see Staff Bios)

 

THAD GEER has been an actor and member of the Theatricum acting company for more than 30 years.  He started his acting career with the theater more than 60 years ago working with his father Will Geer and Burgess Meredith under the big sycamore tree by Topanga Creek.  He served on our Board of Directors and has been instrumental in helping with the physical maintenance of the theater and gardens over the years.  He performs frequently in our classics by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Thornton Wilder, ( too many to list) and has worked in film and television throughout the years.

 

WILLOW GEER has been a member of the Theatricum company since she was in diapers, as is fated to those born into the family clan – being thrown into a show was more cost efficient than a babysitter!  She holds a BA in theater from UCLA, School of Theater, Film and Television.   She studied in London with the Judy Dench patroned London Academy of Theatre and at the Globe Theatre where she specialized in Elizabethan dance under Angela Hardcastle.  She played Ophelia with the Independent Shakespeare Company at the Odyssey Theatre, and works frequently as a voice over artist for television shows and films, as well as appearing on the big screen and in numerous TV shows.  She toured the world as a singer with “The Bird and the Bee”, and continues to perform regularly as one of Theatricum’s leading ladies.  Willow has been an assistant Director, Stage Manager and Co-Director at the Theatricum, and has taught in our Young People's Camp since its inception 10 years ago.  She is a mentor in our Intern Program, co-cordinates our “Bootanicum” and “Rummage Sale” fundraisers, directs and teaches Elizabethan Life and Dance in both our Teen and Adult Intensive Shakespeare programs, directs in our Drama Camp, as well as being the Sounding Board member who keeps minutes for the board meetings.

 

AARON HENDRY is a Theatricum company member who has served as performer, production manager and artist educator for over 15 years.  Along with Stuart Rogers, Mr. Hendry was honored with an NAACP Award for his fight choreography in Theatricum’s production of King Lear.  He also served as fight choreographer for the company’s productions of Antony and Cleopatra, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, and Cymbeline.  He works extensively as a professional actor, acrobat, fight choreographer and artist educator.  For Theatricum, he directs and teaches young people of all ages participating in virtually all of the company’s programs.

 

MELORA MARSHALL has served on the Board of Directors and has been teaching and performing for Theatricum as one of our lead actresses since our creation in the 70’s.  She is now directing plays as well,  She has worked extensively throughout southern California at such theatres as the Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre, The Old Globe and South Coast Repertory.  As a skilled singer, songwriter, guitarist, actress and artist-educator, she is able to bring out the best in our students working alone or in ensemble.

 

MICHAEL PEEBLER hails from Houston and honed his craft earning his Bachelors in acting from Northwestern University and an MFA in acting at UCLA.  He has been a member of our Theatricum Company for the last twelve years and has spent the last decade working in the Los Angeles area in stage, film and television.  He has taught Shakespeare and acting to people of all ages around the country and at schools and theaters throughout Los Angeles.  His credits include Hamlet, Brutus, Orlando, Buckingham and several world premiere productions of new plays at LA area.  His television appearances include The Mentalist, American Horror Story, Medium, ER, Numbers, Scrubs, and films Valkyrie and A Lonely Place For Dying.

 

EARNESTINE PHILLIPS grew up in Dallas, Texas and earned a B.A. degree in Drama from the University of Houston.  She is a member of Alpha Psi Omega Dramatic Fraternity.  She is a member of Actors' Equity, SAG and AFTRA.  She has performed at numerous theaters and has been a member Theatricum’s repertory company since 1989.  The range of her Shakespearean roles include Paulina, Caliban, Queen Margaret, Peter Quince, Goneril, and Gonzalo in The Tempest for which she earned an NAACP theater award for Best Supporting Actress in 2008.  She is also a mainstay of our Educational programs, playing Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman and many other roles in our school programs.  Ms. Phillips has a deep appreciation for the theater's history and is currently archiving and preserving many of the valuable documents, chronicles, and memorabilia to share with the rest of the world.  She has served as a member of our Board of Directors and is currently on our Sounding Board.

 

STEPHEN POWERS has served as Board President and is currently on our Sounding Board.  He was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and has been founder, President or CEO of many prestigious companies, including Miller & Kreisel Sound, Drive Entertainment, Chameleon Music Group, Mountain Railroad Records and Charlotte’s Web, a performing arts center, school and professional repertory theater.  He was Director of A&R at Capitol Records and Director of Entertainment for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.  He has produced, engineered or served as executive producer of more than 100 albums, including work with Tina Turner, Duran Duran, Joe Cocker, Holly Near, The Beach Boys, Bonnie Raitt, Santana, Bob Hope and Brian Setzer Orchestra, earning numerous gold and platinum records.  His John Lee Hooker album, “The Healer”; won a Grammy® for Best Contemporary Blues Recording, and he’s received numerous other recognitions including Producer, Music Executive, Independent Label Of The Year and Lifetime Achievement awards.  He garnered an Emmy® nomination for the PBS special, “Swing Alive.”  Stephen lives in Topanga with his wife and 3 young children, and is currently President of Agape Media International, working with Dr, Michael Bernard Beckwith to create transformative content in music, movies, TV, books, and digital media and to promote artists and art forms that uplift the human spirit.


ADVISORY BOARD  

Edward Asner

James Catterall

Robert Dworkoski

Scott Garen

Earl Hamner, Jr.

Ernesto Hernandez

Patricia Hyland Tackett

Arthur Joseph

Jack McQuiggen

Susan Nissman

Mary O’Neil

Pete Seeger

David Soul

Linda Wilcox


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