Board of Directors
Town Hall Theatre Company is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors that is highly engaged, energetic, and focused on building the future of the theatre arts in the Lamorinda community.
Lauren Rosi [Board President] is honored to serve on the Board of her hometown theater! Lauren first stepped on stage at Town Hall in Alice In Wonderland when she was 12 years old and since then has performed with CalShakes, Ray of Light Theater, OMG I Love That Show Productions, California Conservatory Theater, Contra Costa Civic Theater, Contra Costa Music Theater, New Conservatory Theater, Ross Valley Players, Berkeley Playhouse, B Street Theater, Woodminster Summer Musicals and back at Town Hall as Mary in It's A Wonderful Life and Isabel in Scrooge. She has also served as a teaching artist, choreographer, and director at Town Hall, Diablo Theatre Company, Berkeley Playhouse, Ray of Light Theater (Bay Area Theater Critic Circle Award for Choreography- Into The Woods), and the Young Conservatory @ the American Conservatory Theater where she received the 2012 Distinguished Artist Mentor Award. Lauren is a graduate of Idyllwild Arts Academy and Emerson College and currently serves as the head of the Theater Department at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda.
Tom Stack [Board Vice President] spent 20 years in the Rock and Roll merchandise industry. This eventually led to his position as a licensee of one of the world's most influential bands, the Grateful Dead, where he managed and negotiated worldwide licensing operations, the band's retail website and all of their merchandising endeavors. Tom also worked "across the table" with rock legend Carlos Santana, creating and distributing merchandise to clients worldwide. Tom works as a Broker Associate in the Orinda office of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. Helping clients achieve their dreams or realize their goals is a process he takes seriously and enjoys very much. In the Fall of 2009, Tom joined the Board of Directors of the Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, where he specializes in fund-raising via music promotion in the venerable treasure of a theatre that he is so proud to represent. He currently lives in Lafayette's Burton Valley with his wife Kiki, son Sam, and cockapoo Jammer.
Judy Bartley [Board Secretary] is an Independent Consultant with a successful track record in client services, operations, and managing large-scale Microsoft implementations world-wide. She specializes inthe areas of HR, Payroll, Finance, and Manufacturing. Judy grew up in Michigan, attended University of Michigan for her undergraduate degree in Computer Science and attended Pepperdine University for her Master’s degree in Business. She had recently been a board member on a local women’s multisport team whose mission is to empower women, who are driven to improve themselves in competitive endurance sports and community services. Judy and her husband lived in Walnut Creek for a while before moving to Alamo with their two teenage sons. Their boys attend San Ramon Valley High – a 16-year-old lacrosse enthusiast, and a 15-year-old who has appeared in Town Hall productions and has truly found his passion.
Denise Altaffer [Board Treasurer] is passionate about theatre and loves being a part of the show-any show- from inception through maturity on closing night. Formerly a Spanish Bilingual Elementary School teacher in Oakland, Denise pays the bills by working as Operations and Finance Manager for her family’s Real Estate Investment and Property Management business. However, what she really enjoys is being part of a theatre! While it was in business, Denise was very involved in the Crossroads Theatre Company and their education program, California Theatre Arts, where she was frequently seen stage managing and running sound and lights for the education program shows and house managing for the main stage performances. For the past 5 years, Denise is most often found in the Town Hall Green Room busily costuming all the Town Hall Education shows. Both of her children are avid performers and all three are ecstatic to have found a home with THTC. Denise lives in Lafayette with her husband, Michael, their two children, Will and Adrian and their two crazy dogs, Maxx and Bloo.
Linda Drucker Prozan [Board Member-At-Large] is an experienced attorney and executive in the financial services industry. Currently she serves as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at a major national securities broker-dealer in San Francisco where she manages a team of attorneys and a multi-million dollar budget for outside legal expense. Linda is on the THT Marketing Committee and is Town Hall’s representative to the Lafayette Community Liaison Committee. She attended Harvard University and Stanford Law School. Before becoming an attorney, she had a career as a journalist which included a two-year stint working as a foreign correspondent in Latin America. Linda is committed to encouraging the growth of the arts in Lamorinda, and also serves on the Lamorinda Idol Committee, for which she has organized the on-site auditions for the past two years. She and her husband have two children: a 17-year-old Acalanes junior and an 8th grader at Stanley, who has appeared in Town Hall and other local theatre productions. Linda grew up regularly attending Broadway productions and was a subscriber to ACT, Berkeley Rep, and The San Francisco Opera before moving to Lafayette in 2007 and discovering Town Hall.
Joel Roster [Artistic Director] Joel is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors. His bio is available on the Staff page.
Mike Gilson [Board Member-At-Large] has had a rather extensive career in building and sustaining companies serving global customers in a diverse range of functions including strategic planning, operations, finance, global business development, marketing, brand building, product innovation and launch, and channel and alliance development. Mike has lived in or worked in more than 40 countries ranging from Pakistan to France to China where he has had the privilege of working with senior business leaders and high ranking government officials. Over the past 20+ years, Mike has tried to balance a career with a passion for the non-profit world where he has served in virtually all capacities from Board President to builder of a classroom for a public elementary school in San Francisco to serving as a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania. Early in his career, Mike worked in various capacities in stage government in California including for the Chairman of the California Senate Education Committee and for the California Postsecondary Education Commission where he co-authored the first five year plan for higher education that was adopted by the Commission shortly after it's formation. Mike holds a BA from the University of California – Davis and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jennifer Duff [Board Member-At-Large] grew up in Lafayette and passed by the Town Hall Theater building a million times as a kid but knew nothing about it. When her oldest son was in 1st grade she was looking for an activity that was not sports related and heard about the Town Hall Kids program. “That was the beginning of my love for this building as well as my love for live theater.” Jennifer served on the theater board at her son’s school, Oakland School for The Arts for 7 years and learned even more about the ins and outs of theater. She finally began volunteering at THT for main stage productions 2 years ago then joined the board in October of this past year. “The more I learn about Town Hall Theater the more I like! I am proud to be part of this family!”
Lewis Fone [Board Member-At-Large] is an Englishman living in Lafayette and looks after social media for the theatre. Having played saxophone in bands for 15 years and DJing for a similar amount of time, he has a passion for music and the outstanding music events hosted here. Lewis also organised events while working at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London, and he is an asset to the team in event planning. Living in the Bay Area for the past 18 months, he has been instrumental in raising the awareness of our historic theatre. He has also helped introduce new ideas into Ed's Place to bring our bar more in line with other theatres in the area. The youngest member of the Board, Lewis brings fresh light to the table.
Catie Warburton [Board Member-At-Large]
COMMITTEES & CHAIRS
Music/Comedy: Tom Stack
Education: Lauren Rosi
Human Resources: Kristen Correll
Marketing: Linda Drucker
Volunteers: Judy Bartley
Facilities: Mike Gilson
Finance: Denise Altaffer