Steven Leigh Morris
Steven is a playwright, journalist, novelist, and the founder of the community-funded digital arts venture Stage Raw. He chaired the Jury for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2012, and served on that Jury in 2011. He received the Critic of the Year prize for his print reviews by the National Entertainment Journalism Awards in 2011, for his writings at L.A. Weekly. His theater features have also been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, American Theatre Magazine, Back Stage, World’s Fair Magazine in San Francisco, and DRAMA Magazine in London. His play Beachwood Drive was produced in Los Angeles and off-Broadway, and is published by Samuel French, Inc. and in Smith & Kraus’ anthology of Best New American Plays. Morris’ first novel Fowl Play — Padaro Press (Los Angeles) and Open Road Media (New York) — is a political allegory that combines his dual passions for theater and barnyard poultry. It received the 2016 Gold Prize for the Human Relations Indie Book Awards.
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Technology Programs Manager
Mark is an actor, entrepreneur, foodie and golfer. In that order. Mark came to Los Angeles in 1994 when he co-founded the Oasis Theater Company where he worked as an actor, writer, director and producer. He is a member of The Antaeus Company and Theatre Movement Bazaar while working extensively as an actor throughout Los Angeles. Originally from Detroit, Mark is a graduate of The Juilliard School and has studied Shakespeare in Oxford, Chekov in Moscow, and musical theatre in Ann Arbor (#GoBlue). To keep a roof over his head, Mark has worked as a technology consultant to numerous startup businesses for the last two decades. In various roles he has been responsible for designing and creating CRM databases, building out network infrastructure and providing ongoing operational support, among other things. In 1998 he co-founded Marksmen, a private investigations firm, in a bedroom in Pasadena with two friends. With a hand in everything from technology and HR, to operations and sales, Mark helped steer the company to its present position as a worldwide leader in IP investigations, acquisitions, and brand monitoring.
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With a BA in Theatre from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Monica has been acting, producing, and stage managing all over Los Angeles since 2002. She served as the Company Manager for the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program for the last three years, and has been a member of Sacred Fools Theater for seven years. You can also catch her bartending at the Kirk Douglas Theatre!
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BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Nathan Birnbaum (Chair). City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division.
Lano Williams (Vice Chair). KarolWilliams.
Marco Gomez (Treasurer). DOMA Theatre Company.
Katy Hilton (Secretary). Center Theatre Group.
Brian Felsen. Independent Artist.
Paula Holt. Independent producer.
Brian Kite (Former Chair). UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television.
Tom Ormeny. Victory Theatre Center.
Teri Schwartz. UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television.
Pamela Vanderway. Dialect Coaches Worldwide Inc.
Wayne Watkins. British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles.