Theater Leadership

Theater Leadership

Paul F. Daigneault (he/him)
Producing Artistic Director
Jim Torres (he/him)
Director of Marketing & Communications
Ben Walsh
Director of Development
Dominique D. Burford (she/her)
Production Manager
Alex Lonati (she/her)
Community & Artistic Programs Manager
Jenna Rehrig (she/her)
Development Coordinator
Claudia Bennett (she/her)
Associate Production Manager
Randy Biagas-Hill (he/him)
Development Associate
Christian Krenek (he/him)
Social Media Coordinator
Alex Leondedis (he/him)
Artistic & Literary Fellow
Paulina Martz (she/her)
Artistic & Community Engagement Fellow


The Board of Directors is the governing body of SpeakEasy Stage, holding us in trust for the public. Through advocacy, financial contributions, and active committee participation, our Board:

  • Sets overall policy
  • Champions SpeakEasy in the community
  • Approves our annual budget
  • Exercises oversight of general operations
  • Ensures SpeakEasy’s commitment to Equity, Justice, and Anti-Racism throughout the company’s work

Michael Appell
Julita Bailey-Vasco
Cathy Cotton
Paul Daigneault, President
Kerry A. Dowling
Jonathan Dyer

Andrew Fullem, Chair
Constance Gist Guindo
Evan Michael Haas
Lovely Hoffman
Susan Irvings
Suzette Martin, Treasurer

Joey Riddle
Alejandro Simoes
Candice Springer
Ann Teixeira, Clerk
Hannah Weisman
Clea Winneg


The Board of Advisors is a diverse volunteer group comprised of artists and arts leaders, community activists, business professionals, and entrepreneurs. SpeakEasy’s Board of Advisors expand support, community, and leadership for the company through the following initiatives:

  • Expanding SpeakEasy’s community by opening doors for strategic partnerships and new fans.
  • Supporting the growth of SpeakEasy through financial support & volunteer activities.
  • Socializing and celebrating SpeakEasy at shows and events.

Michael Appell, Chair
Bob Band
Gene Bauer & Ellen Shortell
Susan Black
Brian Bourquin
& Paul Mataras
Gregory Bulger
& Richard Dix
A. Joseph Castellana
& Jim Seligman
David Freeman Coleman
Stacey & Chris Constas

Anne d’Avenas
Richard Davies
Joe Gimbel & Jo Strobel
Meegan Gliner
Curly Glynn
Laura Haas
Ken Hirschkind
Robby Morse Levy
Keith MacDonald
& Thomas Webber

Ben Manthei
Jeffrey Mello
Roberta Orlandino
Robert Pascucci
Ellen Piccioli
Kenneth & Rise Shepsle
Hal Tepfer
Angela Yarde
Julianne Yazbek

Standing Board committees include Executive, Finance, Development, Nominating, and Community Engagement. Additional project-based committees are added on an ad-hoc basis. Directors must serve on at least one committee, and Advisors may also join committees based on their interest and the committee needs.

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