Board of Directors

President 

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LAUREN ROSI 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 Director of Theater Programs at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda. 

 

Vice President 

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TOM STACK 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.

Treasurer 

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DENISE ALTAFFER 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.

Secretary

CATIE WARBURTON

Members at Large:

LYLE BARRERE

LYNDA DIVITO

Staff

Dennis Markam [Managing Director] Dennis Markam [Managing Director] joined the staff of Town Hall in August of 2008 and has served as the Ads/Promotions Coordinator, Assistant Box Office Manager, Patron Services Manager, and — starting in November of 2014 — Managing Director.  He has also been a Teaching Artist since 2008 and has worked with 2nd graders through high schoolers as part of Town Hall Kids and now Town Hall Education.  As an actor and director Dennis has worked with Central Works, Fantasy Forum Actors’ Ensemble, Contra Costa Civic Theatre, and Diablo Actors Ensemble among others.  Dennis studied at Diablo Valley College where he studied with Jim Kirkwood, Doug Dildine, Beth McBrien, Ken Hein, and others.

Susan E. Evans [Artistic Director] joined Town Hall Theatre Company as Artistic Director in December 2016. Previously, she served for five years as the Artistic Director of the Douglas Morrisson Theatre in Hayward, where she directed Private Lives, Dividing the Estate, All My Sons, Eurydice, An Ideal Husband (Scott Munson adaptation), The Skin of Our Teeth and Mrs. Warren’s Profession. While at DMT she developed a second stage series of staged readings of contemporary playwrights, and also programmed story-telling evenings and an annual playwriting contest.  Previously, Susan served for 11 years as the Artistic Director of Eastenders Repertory Company where her directing work included We Won’t Pay, We Won’t Pay (Dario Fo), Frozen (Bryony Lavery) and Fear and Misery of the Third Reich (Brecht) co-directed with Founder Charles E. Polly, among many others. At Eastenders, which focused on re-envisioning classics and developing new works, she was very proud to have directed the World Premieres of Parts II and III of Mr. Polly’s acclaimed Twyla Trilogy. She received her undergraduate degree from Emory University in Atlanta, and further post-grad training at the Drama Studio London @ Berkeley. Her work with solo artists includes two collaborations with solo artist Carolyn Doyle on productions at the Marsh and the SF Fringe Festival, as well as producing a festival of Solo Artists at DMT which featured Josh Kornbluth, Ann Randolph and Marga Gomez. She enjoys ongoing directing projects with Actors Reading Writers in Berkeley, and has also directed locally at CCCT (Lisa Kron's Well). Susan is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Madison Gerringer [Director of Education]  is a proud Bay Area native and a graduate from Emerson College with a BA in Theatre Education. While earning her education degree, she also spent her time at Emerson exploring directing, performance, playwriting, choreography, and the development of new works. Before Emerson, Madison attended high school at Idyllwild Arts Academy in southern California with a concentration in Musical Theatre. She developed a passion for theatre education early on and most of her artistic endeavors since then have stemmed from that passion. She is also actively pursuing a career in theatrical directing, and was a 2017 Theatre Bay Area ATLAS participant. 

Suzie Shepard [Community Engagement Specialist] received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from San Jose State University, the former in Theatre Arts and the latter in Recreation and Leisure Studies. She has served as a Recreation Therapist in various public health settings using drama techniques as a modality for therapeutic outcomes. Suzie also spent ten years as a lecturer at San Jose State in the department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. During her tenure, she taught and developed curriculum around the power of play and creativity in the development of human potential. Her research focused on the relationship between engaging in the creative process throughout the lifespan, and its impact on creating a meaningful life. Most recently, Suzie returned to a very meaningful career acting on stage, and serving on boards for various performing arts organizations.

Michelle Hoselton [Production Manager] joined the staff at Town Hall Theatre as Production Manager in 2017. Michelle has stage managed numerous shows at THT since 1996, including The Farnsworth Invention, Moon Over Buffalo, Play it Again Sam, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and A Civil War Christmas, among many others. She has also stage managed at Role Players Ensemble, CCMT, and Diablo Actors Ensemble, where she also served as the Production Manager. For 11 years, Michelle worked in the online banking industry as an operations analyst.

Erich Blazeski (Technical Director)  joined the staff of Town Hall Theatre in June 2018 as Technical Director. Previously. he has worked as Technical Director and production manager for Performer and Producer Brian Copeland, as well as facilities manager and assistant technical director for the Marsh Theatre. Erich also works as a freelance lighting designer and technician for several Bay Area theatres. He was born and raised in San Francisco and now calls the East Bay home. 

Justin DuPuis [Interim Technical Director] has worked at Town Hall Theatre for three years and is the current Artist in Residence. He has been an active part of the Bay Area theater community for the last 12 years and has been nominated for numerous awards as an actor and properties artisan, and most recently received a TBA Award for properties design at Town Hall.  Justin is also one of the resident teaching artists for the company, has worked as a summer instructor at Diablo Valley College and currently works for Cal Shakes as part of their education outreach program.

Leah McKibbin [Box Office Manager] Leah McKibbin is a graduate from St. Mary’s College of California with a BA in Theatre. She began working at Town Hall Theatre in the fall in 2008, and has continued to work in various capacities with a variety of titles. Leah also works as an Outsourced Operations Administrator for Sans Souci Group, costume designs productions at St. Joseph Notre Dame in Alameda, and attends Board Meetings for the Quinan Street Project.