Claire Wahrhaftig - Acting Chair
San Francisco native and East Bay resident Claire Isaacs Wahrhaftig is on the Stagebridge board, but coming to Stagebridge as a student was just the latest in a series of adventures for Claire, who earned a B.A. in Speech and Drama and an M.A. in Art History from Claremont Graduate University. In addition, she lived in Israel for three years and studied Hebrew as part of her desire to learn more about Jewish history. She has also had a career in arts administration, including working for The Committee for Arts and Lectures at U.C. Berkeley (now Cal Performances), education programming at SF MOMA, and serving as Executive Director of the San Francisco Arts Commission. She is currently active as a board member of the Treasure Island Museum. Aside from storytelling classes at Stagebridge, she recently performed at The Marsh's popular "Tell It On Tuesday."
Marcia Grossman has been an active Stagebridge student since 2009, taking classes such as Acting, Singing with Scrumbly, and Musical Theater, plus attending summer camp four times. A retired Human Resources professional, she formerly served as head of HR for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and The Urban Institute as well as operating her own HR consulting company, which focused on the needs of non-profits in the Washington, D.C. area. Marcia earned an M.S. in Personnel & Industrial Relations from American University and a B.A. in English from Rutgers University. She is a past president of the Human Resources Association of the National Capital Area, serving on their Board of Directors for five years before retiring to the Bay Area in 1998.
Nader Robert Shabahangi, Ph.D.
Nader is co-founder and CEO of AgeSong, next generation communities in northern California that support the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being of elders. He is co-author of Deeper Into the Soul, aimed at de-stigmatizing and broadening understanding of dementia, and is also a licensed psychotherapist, and a frequent lecturer on aging, counseling, and dementia.
Lynne Hollander credits Stagebridge with helping her to fulfill a childhood dream of being an actress, having been chosen to create the part of Amanda in a production of Lauren Gunderson's By and By at the Shotgun Players theatre. She's a retired Children's Librarian and Library Media Teacher who has been involved with Stagebridge for about ten years, participating in Musical Theatre, Improv and Acting, including performing with the Antic Witties improv troupe. She serves as Chairperson of the Mario Savio Young Activist Award, and for eighteen years produced the Mario Savio Memorial Lecture at the University of California, Berkeley. She also served as Associate Producer for the Stagebridge production of [FSM], a play with music that was performed at Berkeley Rep in 2014.
Joseph Grossman spends his time singing, dancing and enjoying creative pursuits after a lifetime of working. Retiring in 1998 after 30 years in Engineering and Program Management for the Department of Defense and serving as a member of the federal Senior Executive Service for 16 years, Joe spent almost a decade in various capacities, including treasurer and VP for the town of Chevy Chase, MD. His experience also includes serving as Chairman of the initial Economic Development Board for the city of El Cerrito and serving on a committee to review the city’s economic planning. Additionally, he has served on the board for Kol Hadash Jewish Congregation, and on the National Board of Directors for the Society for Humanistic Judaism. He has been an active member of Stagebridge for almost a decade— taking classes in Acting, Singing and Musical Theater— and appreciates the nurturing environment at the senior theatre. “I had never sung before,” he says. “Stagebridge has given me something challenging that I never thought I’d do. Everybody pulls together and supports each other.”
Stuart Kandell - Founder, Emeritus Executive Director & Board member (1978 -2013)