is an organizational development consultant, team and executive leadership coach, and Certified Master FacilitatorTM. As principal of Lumenance Consulting LLC she has provided services to numerous arts organizations and boards. She is currently co-authoring the American Institute of Architects Guides for Equitable Practice.
A longtime resident of New Haven, Connecticut – a microcosm of the U.S. – Nancy has served on the boards of Long Wharf Theatre (where she chairs the strategy committee), the Community Fund for Women and Girls, and Dwight Hall at Yale, the organization for student public service and social justice. She is also an angel investor, supporting women filmmakers and entrepreneurs.
Nancy was born upstairs from the Cherry Lane Theatre to theatre and film parents, grew up” In the Heights” and graduated from New York City public schools. She holds a BA in sociology, an MBA, and an MA in women’s studies and was a PhD candidate in religious studies at Lancaster University, UK. She raised four daughters who were all teenagers at the same time in a one-bathroom house.
is General Counsel for an academic health system. Passionate about his family, his interests (including theater) and his work. Bill is married mostly happily! to the same man for 33 years and the proud father of a 14 year old son whom we adopted 10 years ago.
J. Chris Babb
is the President & Owner of the Group Tour Company; a family business founded by his father in 1975. With a background in arts management Chris joined the family business in 1993 having previously worked at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and The Shakespeare Theatre Company, two not-for-profit theatre companies located in Washington, DC. As a small business owner in addition to being a tour planner he is responsible for the overall management and daytoday operations along with its marketing and financial oversight. Outside work, Chris serves on the Board of Directors at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Leadership Greater Washington (LGW) and the National Tour Association (NTA).
Born and raised in Washington, DC Chris resides in the Washington’s historic Shaw neighborhood with his partner, architect Jim Martin. Any free time left from work and volunteering is spent at the theatre and socializing with friends. Chris is an Eagle Scout and graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and theatre.
Dr. Patricia Baca
has served in a variety of positions in Denver Public Schools including: teacher, principal, executive director, and deputy superintendent. She was responsible for educational areas such as psychological, nursing, social work services, education and community partnerships, collaborative decision making (CDM), labor relations and neighborhood centers. In addition, at Denver Public Schools, she held the position of the first bilingual teacher and the first Latina Deputy Superintendent in Denver History. Baca’s career in education also includes positions with Jefferson County Schools, the University of Colorado at Denver, and the University of Houston. She most recently served as senior consultant to the Center of Network Development and the US Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Her extensive community involvement includes service on the boards of The Colorado Trust (Chair 2010-2012), The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver Art Museum, Metropolitan Major League Stadium District, Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, The Bridge Project, The Denver Zoological Foundation, Mile High United Way, the Colorado State Board of Human Services among others. She holds a Doctorate from the University of Houston, a Master of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado, and a BA from the University of Denver.
came to the U.S. from Taiwan to get her graduate degree in library science when she was 25 years old. She "immigrated" after graduation. Roseline was a librarian for 20 years before she became a real estate broker. Her father was of Mongolian descent from Beijing and her mother is an illiterate native islander in Taiwan. She considers herself a "privileged poor" (among her peers growing up). She has two children, age 9 and age 25.
recently retired after a 40-year career in environmental consulting, where he specialized in groundwater resource management and environmental sustainability, working on projects worldwide. Mike has been a member and supporter of the Denver Film Society for over 15 years and has served as a Board member for the past four years, holding secretary and vice chair positions. He currently chairs the Nominating Committee of the DFS Board. He has co-produced independent feature length films that have enjoyed success on the film festival circuit and is currently involved in several independent film projects.
John Clinton Eisner
co-founded The Lark in 1994 as a community of theater professionals dedicated to the playwright’s vision. He has grown The Lark into an award winning “think tank for the theater,” with local, national and global reach. He divides his time between working directly with playwrights and creating strategies with artistic leaders in the United States and abroad to advance new plays into the repertoire. He has collaborated with partner theaters, literary agencies and funders to develop multiple production “pipelines” for new plays.
Trained as an actor, he began his transition to directing and producing through his experiences at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference, the National Theatre of the Deaf, the Denver Center Theatre Company and Williamstown Theatre Festival (where he acted in one of Tennessee Williams’ last plays, Gideon’s Point). He worked in casting for Johnson Liff Casting Associates, ticket sales at the Roundabout’s Criterion Center Box Office and as managing director and associate artistic director at Rhode Island’s Colonial Theatre (where he co-founded Westerly Shakespeare in the Park, now in its 25th season, and Plays in Progress, a program that eventually led to the formation of The Lark).
He has directed plays by Calderon, Yeats, Wilder, Shakespeare, John Patrick Shanley, Jeroen van den Berg, Anton Dudley, Aditi Brennan Kapil, Elizabeth Logun, Ian Rowlands and Lloyd Suh, among others, and worked with hundreds of writers on new plays at The Lark, including Kristoffer Diaz, Katori Hall, David Henry Hwang, Rajiv Joseph, Arthur Kopit, Koffi Kwahule, Javier Malpica, Theresa Rebeck, Saviana Stanescu, Sinan Unel, Tracey Scott Wilson and Karen Zacarías. He has led workshops at many universities and served as advisor for CEC Artslink, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Theatre Development Fund, Theatre Communications Group, National New Play Network, TheatreForum Magazine, Transport Group and the Lucille Lortel Awards Committee and on the boards of the National Theatre Conference and the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America (of which he was a charter member). He received degrees from Amherst College and the National Theatre Conservatory and lives in New York City with his wife Jennifer Dorr White and two children, Hannah and Jake.
originally a Midwesterner, has lived in DC for twenty years. Her first career was in mental health services and her second in wealth management. Nancy currently coleads a team of Financial Advisors at Merrill. She is a feminist, a chronic volunteer and currently serves on two Boards: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and N Street Village, which is a large multi site organization that serves homeless women. In addition to theater, Nancy is very interested in opera, the fine arts, travel, wine and reading.
is an educator, director and playwright. He became the Director of Theatre Arts at Granite Bay High School in 2011 where he teaches theatre, technical theatre, and musical theatre full time. He has produced and directed over twenty-one productions, and his students have gone on to create art in Southern California, New York City, and across the United States.
In 2018, he was one of four selected theatre arts teachers in California chosen to serve on the California Department of Education’s Visual and Performing Arts Standards Advisory Committee (CDE VAPA SAC), re-writing California’s K12 VAPA standards. In 2019, he was recognized as Teacher of the Year by the Roseville Joint Union High School District. Additionally, Holmes works with the Sugarloaf Station Foundation, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to instilling art in the lives of El Dorado County Students. Kyle has been on the Board of Directors for eight years, including four years serving as Board President. The Sugarloaf Station Foundation works in tandem with the El Dorado County Office of Education to ensure every young artist has the opportunity to pursue their artistic passions.
born and raised in Colorado, Lia is an arts advocate through and through. Lia graduated from Whittier College with a self-designed major titled “The World As A Stage: Cross-Cultural Studies in Performance.” Focuses include theatre, ethnomusicology, religious studies, anthropology, and more. Lia then worked in the greater Los Angeles area as a producer/marketer for local, national and international arts programming, a special events planner, a career mentor for students interested in pursuing careers in the performing and visual arts, and a meetings and events facilitator between faculty and senior staff with arts and culture partner organizations, businesses, and government staff throughout Los Angeles County.
Past professional membership and training include: inaugural membership of Arts for LA’s ACTIVATE training program and Americans for the Arts ARTSU initiative, the LA Guild of Puppetry, the Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles, and the Latinx Theatre Alliance of Los Angeles.
Lia moved back home to Colorado recently and is pursuing a graduate degree in Arts and Culture Management: Outreach and Advocacy at the University of Denver. Lia serves as a board member for the Colorado Theatre Guild. Current membership includes the Young Bloods Collective, Women in Rural, the Colorado Theatre Guild, and the Young Professionals Network in Routt County.
By tying in arts practice with education reform, equity, and inclusion in organizational structure (including affordable or free arts programming for all in urban, suburban, and rural communities), and creating economic structures where artists and admins can financially thrive, Lia envisions a future where the study and practice of arts and culture is equally integrated and valued all over the world.
is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah. She grew up as the only daughter to a single mom after her father was sent to prison. They survived on food stamps and welfare checks until she graduated high school. Cheryl did not believe she was smart enough to go to college but when she turned 30, she realized she would be stuck in an administrative assistant (or equivalent) position for her entire professional career if she didn't get a college degree. She graduated college at 35 and now works in healthcare as a business analyst. Her dream job, though, is to write the stories of people she meets. Cheryl joined the Jet City Improv Board because of the theatre's work with ill, traumatized, or at-risk youth each summer. She was the recipient of a summer camp for traumatized girls and it changed her life. Cheryl would not be here were it not for others who saw her need for inclusivity and invited her in.
is an avid supporter of the arts since his teen years, enjoys supporting community growth and activism through the performing arts.
is the board chair of Long Wharf Theatre, excited about the journey we are on and eager to see the theatre work more powerfully as a site for community driven cultural change and important conversations. She is a journalist and author writing about gender equality and education, including about the experience of low income first gen students on elite campuses. She founded and runs a school newspaper for students in grades 3-8 in New Haven, CT. Laura is a writer-in-residence at the Wellesley Centers for Women and 2018-2019 Poynter Fellow in Residence in Gender Equality at Yale.
is on the board of the Regional Arts and Culture Council for Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington County in the State of Oregon and a former board member of the Milagro Theatre. She is an international trainer, mediator, curriculum developer and coach. Frances has worked in over 25 countries starting new initiatives, training others, and mediating conflicts within the programs. She is interested in the ways in which the arts can intersect with education to enhance understanding of such subjects as communication, conflict resolution, social and emotional learning and diversity, equity and inclusion.
after a 20 year career as an entertainment lawyer with a wide ranging practice that included television, radio, internet, theater, dance and art, Jolie retired to raise her three then teenagers, volunteer in her community and engage in pro bono legal and nonprofit work. Since the early 2000’s, Jolie has served on the Board of an international human rights organization dedicated to ending poverty and promoting the rights of women, girls, LGBTIs and indigenous people in the developing world, chaired an organization that started new public schools in New York City and Baltimore and was parent body president of a large public high school in NYC. She is currently on the Commission on Social Action of the Reform Jewish movement and is heavily involved in
immigrant justice and the rights of refugees and asylum applicants. Jolie co-chairs the Arts Council of Brandeis University (her alma mater) and has recently started funding a provocative arts class there. In addition to her service as a board member of the New York Theatre Workshop, she is on the Advisory Board of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and is a patron of a number of other nonprofit theaters in NY. She and her husband have three adult children and live in Manhattan. In her free time, Jolie paints, skis, hikes and gets to the theater as much as possible.
is a parent and a grandparent. She has a BFA in theatre and an MA in theatre arts and speech, majoring in theatre history and directing. Ann taught theatre history at the undergraduate level and has been involved with regional theatres as a board member and Broadway as a producer. She has been president of The Rep twice and is the chair of the Transition Committee which has overseen the retirement of Steve Woolf after more than 30 years and the hiring of Hana Sharif as their next Artistic Director. Ann has served on many boards and committees over the years but has been devoted to The Rep. Her other board commitment right now is the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association which governs George Washington’s Mount Vernon and has done so for over 160 years.
Heather J. Strickland
is the Communications and Development Director for the North Carolina Smart Start network, an organization that serves the state’s youngest children and their families. Strickland’s past professional roles also include Director of Communications for the NC Department of State Treasurer and Marketing Director for Carolina Ballet, one of the largest performing arts organizations in the state. Strickland currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Raleigh Little Theatre and has over 15 years of extensive experience and success in developing branding and communications strategies for nonprofit and public service organizations. Strickland has also worked in North Carolina for over 15 years as a director, actor, and dance/fight choreographer. She has a degree in Theatre Arts and Communications from Flagler College and is trained by the Society of American Fight Directors.