Executive Director: Shannon McDonnell
Shannon is a native of Canada and comes to the award-winning theatre non-profit with more than two decades of experience in management, development, and PR with some of the Bay Area’s most dynamic organizations, including San Francisco Symphony, TheatreWorks and New Conservatory Theatre Center. Armed with a healthy sense of humor, Shannon’s background includes studies in theatre, communications, clowning, and a love of travel and dogs. She looks forward to getting to know everyone at Stagebridge and working with the students, staff, instructors and volunteers. “I’m deeply honored,” Shannon says, “for the opportunity to work with such a dedicated group of merry arts-makers!”
Director, Performing Arts Institute & Seniors Reaching Out: Lily Nguyen
As the Director of PAI and SRO at Stagebridge, Lily administers classes at our Performing Arts Institute (PAI), as well as performances and workshops through Seniors Reaching Out (SRO). Lily earned her BA in Dramatic Art, concentrating in Stage Management at University of California, Davis. She carries experience as a stage manager, theater technician, and arts administrator with theater companies around the Bay Area including Master of Fine Arts and Young Conservatory programs at the American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre Company and the Cutting Ball Theater. Lily holds the highest regard for all of the organizational magic that happens behind the scenes, and she thrives in collaborative settings. She hopes to give back to her community for a long time to come by making performance art accessible to all regardless of one's abilities, orientation, or culture.
Marketing Coordinator: Vicki Wong
Drawing on a varied background in film production, episodic television production, copywriting and in theatre, Vicki is Stagebridge's Marketing Coordinator. With Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communications and Art, her experience in multiple roles including producing, screenplay editing, script supervising, and production management includes the award-winning indie feature film East Side Sushi and indie comedy Nowhere Girl. Her varied production experience also includes freelance video work, two animated Star Wars television series, an extensive career in visual FX on feature films such as Charlotte’s Web, The Matrix Revolutions, and Hellboy, as well as commercials for clients such as Chevy and Sirius Radio, and the live comedy production Fool La La.
Director of Storytelling/Storybridge Programs: Clara Kamunde
Clara Kamunde is a tinkerer, a maker, an actor, storyteller and creativity development specialist and has a Master of Science in Creativity Studies. An experienced facilitator, she has developed and led creativity workshops for a variety of organizations, including The Children’s Creativity Museum of San Francisco, Cal Shakes Summer Conservatory, Performing Arts Workshop, Reading Partners, Mission Learning Center and the San Francisco Department of Children and Youth. In her capacity as a performing artist, Clara has worked with Cal Shakes (where she also a presenter on the Grove Talk Series), Berkeley Rep, Ross Valley Players, and Virago Theatre, and is a former recipient of the COLA Artist-in-The-Community grant from the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department.
Clara has been part of the Stagebridge community as a Teaching Artist for both PAI and for Storybridge, and her new position as Director of Storytelling and Storybridge programs marks the beginning of an exciting and challenging adventure with Stagebridge. She holds this truth to be self-evident: that the shortest distance between any people is a story.