Stagebridge Staff

 

interim Executive Director: Tracy Gary

Tracy has been with Stagebridge since May of 2018. She has been the founder or Ex. Director of over 23 nonprofits. She is a founder of the Women’s Building, the Women’s Foundation of CA, Changemakers, Inspired Legacies and Unleashing Generosity. She has raised millions for social justice, women and girls, youth and the arts. She is the author of "Inspired Legacies: Creating A Giving Plan and Legacy a Legacy” (published by Wiley, 3rd edition, 2008) and serves as a consultant to donors and nonprofit organizations all over the US and Bay Area.She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in Mythology and a minor in Theatre Arts.

 

Schools Program Coordinator: Barbara Johnson

As Schools Program Coordinator, Barbara works closely with elementary school principals and teachers in four East Bay school districts, booking assemblies and classroom workshops in storytelling, drama, and improvisation, and ensuring that schools comply with foundation and government grant requirements. A native of Louisiana and resident of West Oakland, Barbara attended Laney College and came to Stagebridge in 1995 after flying worldwide as an airline flight attendant, serving as a hostess and bartender, and driving a big rig.

 

Program and administrative coordinator: Lily nguyen

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As the Program and Administrative Coordinator 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.

 

Grantwriter: Michael Stephens

Michael Stephens is a 1973 anthropology graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.  Early in his career he worked as a museum anthropologist at U.C.B.’s Hearst Museum of Anthropology and with the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, NM. He became Grants Manager at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 1984 and later worked as Associate Director of Development – Foundations & Corporations at San Diego Opera and then Director of Development at California Shakespeare Festival. He has served as a board member for the Southwestern Association of Indian Affairs, Sinfonia San Francisco and several other cultural organizations.

 

Storytelling/TimeSlips Director: Kirk Waller, M.A.

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With a lifelong love of story, literature and the performing arts, Kirk Waller has been immersed in these art forms for over 20 years. He has garnered national recognition for his storytelling, including being awarded the J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Grant by the National Storytelling Network, receiving a Parent’s Choice Foundation GOLD award for his CD, “But Why? Stories, Music and Songs” and being a storyteller at the Exchange Place at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn. In addition to being the Director of Storytelling at Stagebridge, he is current chair of the Storytelling Association of California and is on the advisory board of Tell It On Tuesday at the Marsh in Berkeley. Kirk received his bachelor’s degree in English and his Master’s in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.

 

Marketing Coordinator: Vicki Wong

Drawing on a varied background in film production and episodic television production and now expanding to focus on theatre, Vicki is Stagebridge's Marketing Coordinator. 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 and 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.