Board of Directors

President Lauren Rosi      

Vice President Tom Stack

Treasurer Denise Altaffer   

Secretary Catie Warburton

Members at Large:

Lyle Barrere

Grace Chaffey

Lynda DiVito

Linda Drucker

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.

Henry Perkins [Technical Director] is enjoying his second go-round as Technical Director for Town Hall Theatre Company, since he formerly served as TD from 2008 - 2009, and built sets for Miracle on 34th St., Rabbit Hole, The Odd Couple (Female Version), and One Night at the Hotel Grand.  Henry then left Town Hall to freelance and improve his skill set.  During this hiatus, Henry did technical direction as an independent contractor for Shotgun Players, Tri-Valley Rep, Diablo Theatre Co., Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Contra Costa Civic Theatre, African American Shakespeare, Bay Area Children's Theatre, and Curtain Call Performing Arts.  Henry has also worked as a Scenic Carpenter for Center Rep, the Douglas Morrisson Theatre, The Willows, and Rooster Productions, LLC.  Henry has also performed in 11 productions at Town Hall, including The Rainmaker, God of Carnage and a one-weekend stint in Every Christmas Story Ever Told.  Henry is a proud member of Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble.

Justin DuPuis [Asst. 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.