The Redwood Playhouse Board of Directors:
Community volunteers with a passion for the arts.
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.
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.
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.
Founding Board Member
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.
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.
Former Board Member
Ed got bit by the acting bug when he was a small child. He has been acting, singing, and dancing since he was 5 years old. He learned that he had the superpower to move people and eventually translated that into his current career.
Ed has been a Clinical Massage Therapist, Teacher, and Curriculum Specialist in Massage Therapy since 1989. He first came to Garberville as a visiting instructor at Heartwood Institute in 1993. He moved here in 2001 to join the residential faculty. Ed has maintained a private practice here since 2003. He was affiliated with local physical therapist, John Schmidt, for 10 years. Major highlights of his massage career are volunteering for Athlete Medical Services in the Athlete’s Village at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta and teaching an annual series of advanced bodywork seminars in Switzerland for 10 years. Ed has taught massage and advanced bodywork at schools in Atlanta, GA, Birmingham and Mobile, AL, Garberville, CA, and Kiental, Switzerland. He brings to the classroom more than 40 years of teaching experience, including 16 years formally studying, performing and teaching in theatre and dance.
Ed acted, sang, and danced in numerous school productions for 17 years. He was a high school band and drama geek. Ed pursued a double major in Theatre and Dance at the University of Akron, OH. He also acquired a background in academic administration and arts management while working for the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. He immersed himself in studying acting, directing, mime, ballet, modern dance, jazz and tap dance, choreography, classical voice training, and stage management. His technical theatre focus was in lighting design. He worked as a student lighting intern for the Ohio Ballet. In 1981, Ed accepted a summer internship with the Great American Mime Experiment (GAME) from Atlanta, GA. He moved to Atlanta to join GAME as a company member in 1982.
Ed has had a wide-ranging theatre career. In addition to performing as an actor, dancer, and mime, he was also an artist in education in Ohio and Georgia. In Atlanta, Ed was the Managing Director of the Dancer’s Collective Theatre, and was the Business Manager for Events Group, a Special Events Company. He has experience managing non-profit and for-profit corporations. His Special Events work allowed him to work with major corporations like Coca-Cola, IBM, and Sysco Foods. He also managed several large events during the 1988 Democratic Convention in Atlanta.
Ed got back into theatre in 2009 working as an Assistant Director with Recycled Youth for 4 years. He got back on stage in the Random People Theatre Project show in 2019. He joined the Board of the Redwood Playhouse in March 2019. He was recently elected to be the Board Treasurer.
Michelle Miller- AKA: DJ Rundat-
Former Board Member
a Mommy DJ for the last 10 years. Before I turned my hobby into a business. I loved Music and the way it makes me feel. I love bringing people together and seeing their smiles on the dance floor. The dance floor is where you can free your mind and let any worries fade away. I have always had music in my life and used it as medicine. Once I discovered the world of DJ’s I wanted to be one.
Marie Schafer Stretch -
Former Board Member & Community Advisor
At age 11, Marie combined her love for music and theatre and wrote her first play, ‘Rock-n-Roll Cinderella.’ She grew up on North Padre Island, off the coast of South Texas, and her mother was the founding member of the Port Aransas Community Theatre. Here, Marie learned all aspects of stagecraft and dedicated herself to the performing arts. Memorable moments from PACT are: starring as Captain Hook, stage managing for Little Shop of Horrors, and, supporting role as Bianca, and costume maker, in Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.
After high school and one year of college in Texas, Marie moved to California. Over the next 10 years, she attended three more community colleges and then graduated with a BA in Music Composition from Evergreen St. College in Olympia, Washington. Also she studied Ethnomusicology, Experimental Music and Instrument Design. Highlights from Evergreen were composing and performing an Operetta and being music director for a performance of ‘Monkey King.’ Marie was stage manager and arranger for the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, where her first symphonic piece, ‘Ordo Virtutum’ was debuted. Following graduation, she completed a one-year internship for a Masters program and was inspired to become a teacher.
‘Ms. Marie’ has been teaching music in Humboldt County since 2003 and currently teaches at Skyfish School and at her studio for private lessons. She emphasizes a fun and creative approach to music lessons.
Her most recent play, ‘The Quest for the Super-Scale’ aka ‘Izzy & the IPod’ has been performed in three variations at local elementary schools. It is a play about music history, the development of instruments, and how music and the arts have always connected people and brought strength to our communities.
Marie is also a chef, gardener, and animal lover. With her husband Robert, she enjoys making a home at Old Oak in Benbow, Ca.
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.
Feet First Dancer, Clown, Actor, Teacher
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.
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.