Board of Directors|
THEATRICUM BOARD - EXECUTIVE BOARD
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)
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
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
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
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
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.
Earl Hamner, Jr.
Patricia Hyland Tackett