The Redwood Playhouse Board of Directors:
Community volunteers with a passion for the arts.
To be considered as a board member fill out the above form and plan on attending two consecutive board meetings.
Board meets monthly - contact us for more information
Graphic Artist, Writer, Musician, Goatherd & Cheese maker.
Contributing Writer, Director, Set Designer, Prop builder and Producer of community theatre with the annual Random People Theatre Project. Scenic Artist and Puppet Master for Recycled Youth Productions, Guitar player in the musical duo: Frisky Brisket, and since 2000, founding contributor and current Editor of the monthly GREENFUSE Newspaper.
Pursuing Art & Craft since childhood, Joshua spent over a decade immersed in the world of Professional Tattooing, and is an experienced Silver-smith, Printmaker, Puppeteer, Sculptor, and Graphic Designer.
Joshua performed locally as a member of the Twigglet Morris Dance group, and as a member of the Non-profit Mateel Arts Cooperative participated in developing the First Friday ARTS ALIVE! in Garberville, produced Gallery shows for the Mattel Arts Co-op Gallery, and advocated for the development of surplus school site that houses the Playhouse as a community resource center for the arts.
A homesteader and gardener in Piercy since 1989, with his wife Tanya he raises dairy goats, and has been a cheesemaker since 1997.
Charley Custer was a writer and prize-winning poet in Chicago when he
came to Southern Humboldt in the early 80s, to check out a community
already buzzing with political and forestry reform initiatives, avid
environmental and salmon defense, alternative and sustainable energy
development, and music and madness and pot to boot. He liked it enough
that he kept coming back, until he stopped leaving. Active in the long
Headwaters campaign, he also helped put together initiatives that
permanently protected more than 5000 acres of old growth surrounded by
wildlife connectivity corridors in southern Humboldt, and Redway's
Stable Slopes across the river from town. He also chaired the third
community initiative that resulted in our Playhouse schoolhouse being
restored. He liked to explain that he was "a community organizer like
President Obama used to be, but more successful." He hopes to start
writing again, as soon as he gets his homestead cleaned up.
Cynthany is glad to be back in southern Humboldt County after living away for twenty plus years. Now retired she devotes her time to Redwood Playhouse and Healy Senior Center after taking a couple of years to travel the United States and Canada.
In a former life, she had a career an Assistant Director for a national trade association, a real estate broker, co-owner of a construction company, Administrative Assistant in a department at a county schools office, and as a spiritual counselor and vehicle for self-healing.
For the last many years, she has been involved at the board level of several non-profits including a YMCA-sponsored youth program, League of Women Voters, Shasta County Friends of the Library, Humboldt Mediation Services, and several others.
Even though she doesn't have theatre experience, other than a long-time love affair with theatre and extensive audience participation, she is grateful for the opportunity to work with creative theatre folks.
Tech & Hall Manager
Gary is a recent arrival to Southern Humboldt, having been transplanted from Oakland. He taught Technical Theater and Social Studies at Skyline High School, Oakland’s Performing Arts high school, for 15 years. While there, he oversaw the complete renovation of the school’s theater.
He was also the resident stage manager and technical director for Alameda’s Virago Theatre Company, with whom he took productions to New York City and Los Angeles, and worked with other theatre companies such as Island City Opera and Stagebridge.
He is very happy to have found the Redwood Playhouse.
I am a Bay area transplant espousing the offgrid lifestyle in Piercy.
Going on four years at the Playhouse I've been helping with and enjoying the Tabata fitness class. Talk about a long run!
Theatre roustabout and enthusiast.
Hope to see you there!
a Master Instructor and Regional Director of the World Tang Soo Do Association.
Becky began Dragon Heart Tang Soo Do in 1998 in Garberville.
A program encouraging a generation of enthusiasts of all ages, teaching the principles of the martial arts while increasing self-confidence, focus, critical thinking, and goal achievement.
Founding President/Community Advisor
A Founding member of the board and long time President, Dan Is passionate about community theatre because of the thrill people experience being onstage. Theater is an important. right of passage in an age when meaningful rituals are very few.
A writer, naturalist, and tree photographer, Daniel is releasing his 3rd book co-written with his teenage son Rylie- The Great Trees of California, Exploring the beauty of the amazing trees that have evolved in California.
As a healer, Dan is privileged to be building feather fans. "Fans of Divinity" clear away psychic barriers so we can enjoy the nature of our being. The fans, used with intention, prayer, cedar and sage can open doorways to the world of our dreams.
As a father of 2 boys, Nate and Rylie, Daniel has coached numerous sports seasons in the Southern Humboldt area. He started the Babe Ruth boys team and served on the Little League Board before taking on building the Redwood Playhouse.
Former Board Member & Community Advisor
Arrived in soHum 1973 from the Bay Area.
Teacher at Salmon Creek School in the '80s and early '90s, wrote plays for children.
Danced with Feet First in occasional productions beginning in the '80s and continuing into the 2000s.
Teacher at Miranda Junior High and South Fork High School, biology and drama, Mid '90s to 2003, produced and directed annual school plays
Founder, along with Susan Alexander, of the Random People Theater Project (originally called The Monologue Project) in 2005. A co-producer of the Project for 5 years and writer and director during those years and in the years following.
Member of the Redwood Playhouse board since its inception.
A graduate of Colorado State University with a BA in Speech and Theater Arts. She received her MFA from Florida States University/Asolo Conservatory in Theater. She has worked with various theater companies in Florida, Colorado, Arizona and California. Locally she has been active with the Random Peoples Theater Project, Pure Shmint Players, Feet First Dance, and Ferndale Repertory Theater. She also has a MSW from the University of Denver and as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker has worked for Redwoods Rural Health Center for the last 14 years.
Feet First Dancer, Clown, Actor, Educator. Producer of Recycled Youth Theatre projects.
Former Board Member & Community Advisor
Joani is a graduate of Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre In Blue Lake. She spent several years performing with the company and working in their Education Through Arts Program. She is a six time recipient of California Arts Council Artist in Residence grants. She has written and performed original work, including her award winning one woman show, Under the Counter Culture. (Best of Fringe/Best Cabaret at the San Francisco Fringe Festival) Joani contributed songs to the acclaimed Dell'Arte production Mary Jane: The Musical, which was later made into a movie. She is a founding member of the Southern Humboldt Theatre company Pure Schmint Players. She has directed Recycled Youth for 20 years. (an after school teen theatre ensemble that presents an original production annually at the Mateel Community Center in Redway) Lately she has been singing jazz in various venues in Humboldt & Mendocino.