Executive Board of Directors

President: Gary Pugh Newman

Gary Pugh Newman

Gary Pugh Newman

I have been involved with PSP in many ways, including: acting, directing, producing, set building and painting, stage crew, board operator (light and sound), in addition to service on the PSP Board as both Vice President and President. Some accomplishments during my tenure include: overseeing the drafting and adoption of our new Board Bylaws, working with the City, a private architect, and contractors, to restore the theater roof to working order, as well as working with the Pacifica Rotary Club to clean and paint the theater building. My overall objective is to continue improving our theater, especially in efforts to enhance our new Gallery performance space, increase our volunteer base, and solidify our financial strength. [Elected 2015-2017]

1st VP in Charge of Membership & Volunteers: Joan Pugh Newman

Joan Pugh Newman

Joan Pugh Newman

I have been involved with PSP since 2008, first as an actor and then, beginning in about 2009, as a member of the PSP Board of Directors, and its legal advisor. In addition, I have served PSP as the Hospitality Chair for the past few years. In this position, I communicate with and schedule volunteers to cover the Hospitality service we offer for every show and fundraiser performance, as well as scheduling ushers, and coordinating the Galas for Opening Night. I have enjoyed performing in the cast of several PSP shows over the past few years, in addition to serving as stage manager and producer. I hope to assist the PSP Board in continuing on its current path of restructuring to ensure consistency, integrity, and excellence in overall operations of the theater, both financial and artistic. [Elected 2015-2018]

2nd VP in Charge of Marketing & Communications: Gary Craig Schoenfeld Jr.

Gary Craig Schoenfeld Jr.

Gary Craig Schoenfeld Jr.

My first thought when I walked up the stairs of PSP was that this is a truly beautiful location for a theater. I want the best for this place I love. My biggest goal for Marketing is to fill the house – it’s a pie in the sky kinda idea but I think that if we don’t dream big then we will become stagnant. A theater has to always strive for better to stay alive. I also wish to improve our Communication by making it more stream-lined and efficient. There is a lot of hard work to be done and a lot of wonderful people volunteering their time to do it. We have to make sure the process of volunteering is clear and enjoyable for everyone involved: our patrons, volunteers, technical staff, board members and our actors. That’s how we will create the best art – we cannot create great art without the organization and we cannot have organization among our people without communication. If we can do that then we’ll see the theater grow and keep growing. [Elected 2016-2019]

3rd VP in Charge of Finance: Lindsay Schulz

Lindsay Schulz

Lindsay Schulz

In the past year or so, PSP has essentially become my second home – I love spending time with the people and on the PSP stage. My biggest goal is the organization of our finances and files so we have detailed listings of all our records in one place that is easy to access. I would also like to brainstorm solutions to increase member participation and events – we have a strong community of members that we can partner with them to strengthen the theatre. This theatre has so much potential and I would love to explore new options, take some risks, and expand our reach in the community to help make PSP as strong and successful as it can be. [Elected 2016-2019]

4th VP in Charge of Sales: Mae Linh Fatum

Mae Linh Fatum

Mae Linh Fatum

I believe in the potential of PSP and I want to be able to help the theater realize its full potential. PSP re-ignited my passion for theater and I want to be able to give back to the organization that gave me so much. I have been participating in shows at PSP since 2011 as both an actor, costume designer, and stage manager. While I have worked with some other theater groups since then, PSP is my home and family and I want it to be that place for others. I plan on bringing what I’ve learned from those other groups to strengthen PSP as a whole. Since 2011, PSP has allowed me to grow as an actor and technician and I think it is time I gave back to the organization by being part of the team that will propel it into the future. [Elected 2015-2018]

5th VP in Charge of Fundraising: Dianna Collett

Dianna Collett

Dianna Collett

I have been acting in PSP shows since my childhood and have loved being a part of this community. I have been grateful for the opportunities it has given me to create art, and build wonderful friendships that have helped me to grow. so naturally I want to give back at least some of what I have gotten. My goals are to help engage our community in helping such a prized gem that lives among them. I would like to bring in funds to help our theater get the care and love it needs and help create more and more art we are proud of. Theater is such a collaborative art and there are so many different ways to collaborate, and I’m excited to be one piece in that collaboration. [Appointed 2016-2017]

Recording Secretary and Parliamentarian: Ben Ball

Ben Ball

Ben Ball

I’ve been involved with PSP for the last two years, and have become enchanted with this little theater in the woods. I believe that the arts are one of the most important assets of any culture. It is a great calling to organize and cultivate art in our community. On the board, I’m excited to do what I can to not only bring this art to life, but also to make the most efficient use of our resources and time to ensure that our art has the highest cultural and moral impact possible. As a Marine veteran, I intend to bring my leadership and organizational experience to bear in whatever present and future roles I’m chosen to fill. [Appointed 2016-2017]

ADVISOR – Theater Admin: Ruth Amber

Ruth Amber

Ruth Amber

My family and I have been Pacifica residents (having moved here from our native San Francisco) since 1975 and began attending PSP productions in 1989 and then began volunteering in box office and hospitality. I am very passionate about PSP and my goals for the coming year are to ensure that our theatre continues to be a welcoming, inviting and warm environment for our patrons, our volunteers and all others who enter our “little gem” in the woods, as well as help raise the funds we need to ensure that PSP maintains its presence in Pacifica and the surrounding Bay Area Communities by so we can provide high quality live community theatre and maintain our positive presence.

ADVISOR – Financial Admin: Sarah Lodick

Sarah Lodick

Sarah Lodick

I have been involved with PSP in many ways since 2011, both on-stage and off-stage, including acting, directing, producing, stage managing, online marketing, and serving on the PSP Board of Directors from 2013-2016. I am a musical lover through and through, with some professional training in acting, singing, and directing. In my non-theatre life, I was a college instructor, with a background in corporate Training & Development, Adult Learning, and Organization Development. During my time as an Advisor to the Artistic Board, I will strive to see each show have a consistent experience.