National Council for the American Theatre (NCAT)

Comprised of leading trustees from member theatres from across the country, the National Council for the American Theatre guides TCG’s programs on governance and board development and serves as a “brain trust” for the organization. Members are nominated by the artistic or managing leadership of their theatres, and must make a financial commitment to TCG (a minimum of $6,500 annually) without compromising their giving to their home theatre. The Council meets three times yearly, including an annual meeting with TCG’s board of directors in New York. Members are invited to participate in TCG committees, grant selection panels and or/advisory groups, and host a trustee breakfast at the annual National Conference. Members are invited to all TCG events, workshops and conferences. The chair of the National Council is Judy Rubin, trustee at Playwrights Horizons and former TCG board member. For information on joining the National Council, please contact Adrian Budhu, Chief Operating Officer.

*Judith O. Rubin, CHAIR, New York, NY

*Eve Alvord, Seattle, WA
Ralph Bryan, La Jolla, CA
Diana Buckhantz, Los Angeles, CA
Bunni Copaken, Kansas City, MO
Sophie Cripe, Costa Mesa, CA
Brad Edgerton, Los Angeles, CA
Reade Fahs, Atlanta, GA
Wendy Gillespie, San Diego, CA
Kiki Ramos Gindler, Los Angeles, CA
Laura Hall, Kansas City, MO
Ruth Hendel, Waterford, CT
Cynthia Huffman, Seattle, WA
Carole Krumland, Berkeley, CA

 

Gail Lopes, Ashland, OR
Bruce E. H. Johnson, Seattle, WA
Butch Mach, Houston, TX
Jennifer Melin Miller, Minneapolis, MN
Ruby H. Melton, West Haven, CT
Julie Morris, Raleigh, NC
*Eleanor Cook Nolan, Seattle, WA
*Toni Rembe, San Francisco, CA
Deedie Rose, Dallas, TX
Theodore Rosky, Louisville, KY
Jack Rouse, Cincinnati, OH
Jeremy Shamos, Denver, CO
David Shiffrin, Washington, DC
*Jaan Whitehead, New York, NY

*Founding Member

BIOGRAPHIES

Judith O. Rubin (Playwrights Horizons) is chairman of the board of Playwrights Horizons and was a member of the board of TCG for six years. She served on the NEA's National Council on the Arts for eight years and on the New York State Council on the Arts for twenty-four years. She is a member of Tony Awards Administration Committee and the Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, She is a trustee of the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation that awards a major annual prize to a play by an emerging playwright, the Mount Sinai Health System, the New York Community Trust, and the Collegiate School, and is a former director of Public Radio International. She served as president of the 92nd Y from 1984 to 1988, was a member of the Board of Regents of New York State, representing Manhattan, and was Commissioner for Protocol during the administration of New York City Mayor David Dinkins.

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Eve Alvord (Seattle Children's Theatre) of Seattle, serves on the board of trustees of the Seattle Children's Theatre, where one of its two theatres is named for her. Alvord also serves on the board of trustees of the Seattle Art Museum and Cornish College of the Arts. She is on the advisory boards of Treehouse, a support organization for foster children and families, and the Pratt Fine Arts Center. Alvord is a founding member of Crescendo, a support group for the Seattle Symphony, and the Washington Women's Foundation.

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Ralph Bryan (La Jolla Playhouse) is the immediate past chairman of  La Jolla Playhouse where he served as board chairman from 2006 to 2009 and a trustee since 2000.  He has served on or chaired committees for the Playhouse's capital campaign, finance, fundraising, long range planning and chaired the national search for Artistic Director and Managing Director.  He also serves on the board of Tectonic Theater Project.  Ralph is a two time Tony winning Broadway producer whose shows  include Jersey Boys (Tony Award), Memphis (Tony Award), American Idiot (Tony Nomination), 33 Variations (Tony Nomination), Cry-Baby (Tony Nomination), Farnsworth Invention.  Ralph is a Managing Director-Investments for a wealth management group at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC focusing on high net worth, endowment, and foundation asset management.  His group manages $400 million and is in the top 1% of the firm for assets under management.

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Diana Buckhantz (Center Theatre Group) bio coming soon

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Bunni Copaken (Kansas City Repertory Theatre) is a board member and trustee of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, who supports new work through the Rep's downtown theater, The Copaken Stage.  She is past president of the Women's Foundation of Greater Kansas City, the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri, and the Junior Women's Symphony Association.  She is a founding and current board member of Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, an organization celebrating 30 years as the official second home of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. KCFAA has impacted 1 million metropolitan Kansas City youth through the creation of innovative outreach programs, including the nationally replicated AileyCamp.  Other National Council Memberships include the Aspen Institute, Aspen Music Festival, Anderson Ranch and Theatre Aspen.

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Sophie Cripe (South Coast Repertory) an avid theatre fan, is Vice President of Development for the Board of Trustees of South Coast Repertory Theater in Costa Mesa, CA. She has served in a variety of leadership positions with SCR including chairing board development and the 2010 gala. She was also a member of the committee to select the new artistic director. Sophie and her husband, Larry, have been patrons of the annual Pacific Playwrights' Festival for five years.  Prior to being involved with SCR she was President of the Laguna Playhouse, as well as President of STOP GAP an organization that uses drama as a therapeutic tool in local schools, shelters and hospitals.  A life long community volunteer, Sophie is a 44 year member of the Junior League. She is also currently on the board of the National Choreographers Initiative, and the Friends of the Newport Beach Library. For fun, Sophie assists in Dramaturgical work for the Chance Theater in Anaheim. In her professional career, Sophie has a BA and MA in Speech and Theater from the University of Illinois and she taught theatre at the high school level for many years. Her second career was as a professional fundraiser for the United Way of Orange County and Goodwill Industries.

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Brad Edgerton, MD (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) serves on the board of directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland and the Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles. He is a practicing reconstructive plastic surgeon in Los Angeles at Kaiser Permanente. He is the President of the Edgerton Foundation which has awarded Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award grants since 2006 to art theatres nationwide to support the extension of rehearsal time of world premieres. He is also on the boards of Harvard-Westlake School, Pacific Council on International Policy and Southern Skis.

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Reade Fahs (Alliance Theatre) bio coming soon

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Wendy Gillespie (La Jolla Playhouse) bio coming soon

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Kiki Ramos Gindler (Center Theatre Group) of Los Angeles, CA, currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Ojai Music Festival, the Board of Overseers of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and is a past trustee of the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts. She also has served the City of Los Angeles as a member of multiple historic preservation and community outreach boards. After receiving a JD from Harvard Law School, Ms. Gindler practiced corporate law with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, where she specialized in acquisitions, joint ventures, finance and intellectual property, and has held the positions of Vice President, Legal Affairs, with Columbia Pictures and Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs, with Rysher Entertainment. In recognition of her work to help establish low income housing for women and children, Ms. Gindler has received the State Bar of California Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Services Award.

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Laura Hall (Coterie Theatre ) of Kansas City, MO, is President of the Board of the Coterie Theatre and a member of the board of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.  She also serves on the board of the Center for Practical Bioethics and on the advisory board of Horizon Academy, a private school serving children with learning disabilities.

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Ruth Hendel (Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center) Ruth Hendel has been producing theatre for ten years. Growing up in Norwich, CT, near the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, she had the opportunity to attend all the readings of new American plays there. This exposure blossomed into a life-long love of the theatre. After raising her three children, Ruth began her producing career with Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses on Broadway. From there she was on the producing teams of numerous Broadway shows, including A Raisin in the Sun; Caroline, or Change; The Lieutenant of Inishmore; Red (Tony); American Idiot; FELA! (conceived by her husband Stephen Hendel), and more. Off-Broadway, she produced The Exonerated, Red Light Winter and others.  This season, Ruth is represented on Broadway by Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; The Motherf**ker with the Hat; Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo; House of Blue Leaves; and Driving Miss Daisy.

Ruth serves as vice-chair of the Eugene O’Neill Theater in Waterford, CT. She also is on the boards of the LAByrinth Theater Company, The Play Company and the Yale School of Drama. She has numerous theatre projects in the works and is excited to be joining TCG.

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Cynthia Huffman (Intiman Theatre) is President-elect of the Board of Intiman Theatre where she has been a trustee since 2007. During her tenure she has chaired the Education Committee, the national search for Managing Director and, most recently, the Planning Committee for Intiman’s new beginning. Cynthia is Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Seattle Children’s Hospital, and serves on their Quality and Safety Committee, Management Development & Compensation Committee, and Government Affairs/Advocacy Committee. Formerly she was a member of the Board of Trustees of Childhaven, a center for treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect, and served as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Center on Infant Mental Health and Development at the University of Washington. Before retiring, Cynthia was Director of Bank Street Head Start in New York City, a child life specialist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and had a business career in broadcast sales management. 

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Bruce E. H. Johnson (Seattle Repertory Theatre) of Seattle, has been a member of the Seattle Repertory Theatre board of trustees since 1992. A lawyer whose cases have involved defense of freedom of speech, freedom of press and other constitutional rights, he is a partner at the Seattle office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and is the co-author of a major treatise on First Amendment protections for "commercial speech." Johnson has served as president of the Seattle Rep's board in 1999-2001, and as its chairman in 2004-2006. Since 2011, he has served as chairman of the SRT Foundation, which holds and manages the theatre’s endowment funds.

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Carole Krumland (Berkeley Repertory Theatre) of Orinda, CA, has served on the board of Berkeley Rep for eleven years.  She also serves on the board of San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Roundabout Theatre Company, and Project Second Chance (Adult Literacy) where she was also a tutor.  As a docent at the Oakland Museum she chaired the Contemporary Art Committee for several years.  She is also a director of the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.

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Gail Lopes (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) is the OSF Corporate Secretary and Chair of its Governance and Nominating Committee. She is a lawyer with specialties in corporate, employment, technology, and nonprofit law. Gail has served on several nonprofit boards where she has held leadership positions, including Board Co-Chair of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in New York City and Board Chair of Students Rising Above in the SF Bay Area. After earning a JD at Harvard Law School, she spent ten years at the law firm of Morrison & Forester. Gail was also VP of Product Development at an early-stage software company, where she oversaw the development of expert systems and document assembly software for legal and HR professionals. Through a consulting firm she co-founded, Gail has led numerous strategic planning initiatives at both profit and nonprofit organizations. She has been a theatre patron for 35 years.

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Butch Mach (Alley Theatre) is the President of the Board of Directors of the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas. He has served as a Trustee of the Alley Theatre since 2006. During the past 10 years he has chaired the Alley's Sporting Clays event and served as Vice President of Facilities for 5 years. During his tenure as VP of Facilities, he oversaw the extensive renovation of the Alley during the 2015 season. He also served as the Executive VP for the past year as well. Outside of the Alley, Butch serves as the Vice-Chair of Facilities for Holocaust Museum Houston and chairs the building committee that is overseeing the upcoming renovation and expansion of HMH. He also serves on the school board for River Oaks Baptist School where he chairs the building committee for the expansion of the campus and construction of the new STEAM concept middle school building. Butch also serves on the Advisory Board for Texas Children's Hospital Cancer Center. He serves on event committees for Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Trees for Houston, Children's Museum Houston and Center for Hearing and Speech.

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Jennifer Melin Miller (Guthrie Theater) is Principal of JMM Consulting Inc, specializing in business development and nonprofit management work. Most recently, she was the Senior Vice President of International Development for Minnetonka Moccasin, a global footwear company, and prior to that, Ms. Miller worked in several sales and marketing management roles in New York City's publishing industry at companies including Time Inc., Advance Publications, and The New York Times Company. Ms. Miller is the Founder and President of North Star Theatricals, which she formed to invest in and produce commercial Broadway theater productions and nonprofit productions in Minneapolis and New York City, and she is also the managing member of Stone Arch Theatricals, a Broadway investment partnership. She is a dedicated community leader currently serving on the nonprofit boards of The Guthrie Theater, Achieve Minneapolis, Mission Animal Hospital, the Temple Israel Foundation and Mainspring Arts Cooperative, an innovative producer of touring productions to leading nonprofit theaters nationwide. Ms. Miller received her Bachelor's of Business Administration from The University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Business, Master's of Business Administration from The University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Business, and Master's of Public Affairs degree from The University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and was a 2012 40 Under Forty honoree from the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal.

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Ruby H. Melton: bio coming soon

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Julie Morris of Raleigh, NC, is a community volunteer with a passion for theatre. Julie has served as a board member for the Coterie Theatre in Kansas City and twice served as co-chair for the Kansas City Repertory Theatre Gala. She also served on the Society of Fellows Board at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for three years. Julie recently moved to North Carolina and can’t wait to engage with the theatre community in her new state. In addition to theatre, she is committed to youth programs acting as an advisor for Tips and Trips on Campus and having worked on the auction committee at Pembroke Hill School, chairing it in 2013. Her other work includes working on the planning committee for the 20th Anniversary of Bridging the Gap, Kansas City, and the Development Committee for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Missouri. Additionally, Julie is a member of The Aspen Institute.

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Eleanor Cook Nolan, (Seattle Children's Theatre) of Seattle, is Past President of the board of Seattle Children's Theatre and a Trustee of SCT for 23 years. A Regent of George Washington's Fredericksburg Foundation, she is a trustee of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture/the State Museum of Washington.

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Toni Rembe, (American Conservatory Theater) of San Francisco, is past president and a member of the board of trustees of the American Conservatory Theater. She is a senior advisor (former partner) with the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop LLP and president of a Bay Area foundation specializing in civil rights and social service issues. She currently serves on the boards of directors of AT&T Inc. and Aegon N.V., a multinational corporation headquartered in the Netherlands.

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Deedie Rose (Dallas Theater Center) of Dallas, is a past chair and life trustee of the board of the Dallas Theater Center. The past president of the board of the Dallas Museum of Art, she serves as trustee for numerous other not-for-profit organizations, including Public Radio International. She is a founding board member of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. She is a former member of the NEA's National Council on the Arts and a current member of the board of the National Park Foundation.

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Theodore Rosky (Actors Theatre of Louisville) has served on the Actor's Theatre of Louisville board since 1995.  Active in many of the arts, he also has served on the board leaderships of the Louisville Orchestra, Kentucky Opera, Louisville Fund for the Arts, and New Performing Arts, as well as on numerous other boards.  Now retired, he spent his career in two large financial services concerns in a variety of line and staff positions.  His wife and daughter both are professional musicians (viola and violin, respectively) who play in various ensembles and teach.  He and his wife are avid collectors of outdoor sculpture.


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Jack Rouse (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park) is currently board chair at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. He also serves as board chair for the Cincinnati World Piano Competition and is on the boar of trustees for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, ArtsWave (Cincinnati) and The Lake Dillon Theatre Company (Silverthorne, Colorado). Formerly served on the boards of Children's Theater of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Zoo. He was the founding chair of the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority and the Music Hall Revitalization Company. He was the founder of Jack Rouse Associates, a global experiential design firm based in Cincinnati. Formerly on the faculty of the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, he is an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of the Arts in New York where he teaches leadership.


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Jeremy Shamos (Curious Theatre Company) is the Board Chair of Curious Theatre in Denver, Colorado. Active in many performing arts organizations, he has served in leadership positions at Opera Colorado (where he and his wife, Susan, were Co-Chairs 2003-2007), Colorado Children's Chorale and the Acting Company of New York, on whose executive committee he currently sits. Now retired, he is a lawyer by training and spent much of his professional career with Mark Goodson Productions in New York and Los Angeles. He also had several years in Paris, France as a young lawyer at Coudert Freres, several more as the founder of a public interest law firm in Denver, Colorado, and several more as counsel to Governor Richard L. Lamm of Colorado. He is married with four children and six grandchildren. If you Google "Jeremy Shamos", you are more likely to find his son, a working actor in New York.

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David Shiffrin (Arena Stage) is a former real estate attorney with over 25 years of experience in the commercial real estate field. He was a partner with the law firm of Linowes and Blocher until 1991 when he joined the Resolution Trust Corporation where he was Senior Counsel for Real Estate. He also served in that capacity at the FDIC when the RTC completed its work. After leaving the FDIC, Mr. Shiffrin was a Special Advisor to the FCC Auctions Division, assisting the Commission with its auction program of wireless telecommunications spectrum. Mr. Shiffrin served from 1999-2000 as the Interim Executive Director of CulturalDC (fka Cultural Development Corporation), a private nonprofit organization in Washington, DC, that engages in real estate development for the arts.  Mr. Shiffrin serves on the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region. Mr. Shiffrin also serves on the Boards of several nonprofit associations, including Arena Stage, and CulturalDC. He co-chaired the capital campaign for the Source Theater, a project of CulturalDC. He has been a member of the Boards of Trustees of WETA and Facilitating Leadership in Youth (FLY), served on the Clark University Board of Visitors, and served for many years at The Maret School as a senior advisor to the Scholarship Auction. Mr. Shiffrin was the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Arena Stage from 2010 until 2013 and currently serves as President of the Board. Mr. Shiffrin has a B.A. from Clark University and a J.D. from the New England School of Law. Mr. Shiffrin is married to the former Peggy Kobacker. They have two children, Laura, B.F.A., Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, 2005; currently a Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, and Carrie, B.F.A., Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, NYU 2009; M.A.T., School of Visual Arts (SVA), 2012.

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Jaan Whitehead is the former board chair of the SITI Company and has also served on the boards of The Acting Company, Arena Stage, Living Stage, Whole Theatre, the National Cultural Alliance and TCG. She is also a founding member of the National Council for the American Theatre, and has been executive director of Theatre for a New Audience and development director for CENTERSTAGE. A former teacher of political philosophy at Georgetown University, she is the co-editor, with Nancy Roche, of The Art of Governance: Boards in the Performing Arts, published in the spring of 2005 by TCG, and also writes essays on art and culture.

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