LYNNE ATKINS is a co-founder of Arts Center Theater where she has produced seventeen productions, while directing fourteen- including, Annie, Secret Garden, Beauty and the Beast, Wizard of Oz, Park Your Car in Harvard Yard and Diary of Anne Frank as well as co directing California Suites, London Suites and Scrambled Shakespeare. She has appeared on local stages in many plays - favorites include Steel Magnolias and Little Foxes for Art Center Theater and Lettice and Lovage, Odd Couple (Female Version), Arsenic and Old Lace and Spoon River Anthology with the Sea Ranch Thespians. Lynne holds a Bachelors Degree in Theater Education and a Masters Degree in Theater/Communications. She has worked in film and commercials but loves the stage (as a director and as an actor) for the pure excitement of live theater.
DIANE BOEKE, graduated from the University of Utah with a theatre major. Following graduation, she taught speech and drama for several years and appeared as co-host on a weekly TV talent show in the early days of live commercial television. Then followed a move to Los Angeles where she appeared in experimental television productions for the U.S. Air Force. She later resided in Hawaii for 16 years, appearing in many community theatre productions, several movies, and live TV appearances on game shows and in commercials. Diane returned to Southern California where she continued her involvement in acting, directing, and producing community theatre productions before establishing residence at The Sea Ranch. Diane directed the first 16 Thespian plays and appeared in "Dear Master" and "Beyond Reasonable Doubt".
KATHYE HITT, Kathye has appeared in several Thespian productions including “The Foreigner”, “Rehearsal for Murder”, “The Supporting Cast”, and “Henceforward”. She is a co-founder of the Gualala Arts Center Theater where she directed “Steel Magnolias” and co-directed “California Suite”, “London Suite”, and “Scrambled Shakespeare”. She has designed the sets for many local productions including “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Secret Garden”, “The Diary of Anne Frank”, and “Scrooge”. Before moving to the coast, Kathye earned a master's degree in theater from the University of North Texas and did extensive work in the Dallas area in theater and film. Kathye directed “Guilty Conscience”, “Seascape” and “Love, Loss and What I Wore” for the Thespians.
KAREN SERRATONI has taught theatre arts and communications skills in high schools in Michigan, California and Kentucky. She has directed community theatre, produced and directed a performing readers theatre and was the administrating director of the Louisville Children’s Theatre. She performed professionally and in community theatres. Since moving to Sea Ranch, she has directed THE DINING ROOM and SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY for the Thespians and THE LITTLE FOXES and THE LADIES OF THE CAMILIAS for the Art Center Theatre. Roles on the Thespian stage include Lila in THE AUTOGRAPH HOUND, Sylvia in SYLVIA, Nancy in SEASCAPE and Claire in PROOF. At Gualala Arts she was Miss Hannigan in ANNIE and M’Lyn in STEEL MAGNOLIAS.
JERI TAYLOR has had extensive experience in theater as an actress, director, and teacher of acting. She had a career in television as a writer, director, and producer, with credits on such shows as the "Star Trek" franchise, "Magnum, P.I.", "In the heat of the Night", and "Quincy, M.E."._As part of the Thespians, she has been seen in “Anastasia”, “Honour”, "Spoon River Anthology", "The Dining Room", "My Old Lady", "Beyond Reasonable Doubt", "Lettice and Loveage", "Sight Unseen", "The Supporting Cast" and "The Foreigner". Jeri directed two one-act plays, “Lemonade” and “The Autograph Hound”, and three full-length dramas, “Love Letters”, “The Rainmaker” and “Copenhagen”.
The Sea Ranch thespians will have different artistic directors. For information on who will be directing the next production visit the NEXT PRODUCTION page
CAROL EMORY, co-sponsor, has a family history of theater involvement. Her grandmother taught drama at the University of Wyoming for 24 years, her sister was a writer and actress and her nephew is an actor. Carol was involved in high school drama, but did not appear on stage again until she substituted for another actress in “Murder at Rutherford House”. Carol immerses in all the logistics of bringing a play to life script reading, set construction, backstage, onstage (and occasionally under the stage), working with different directors and with the many people who contribute their many talents to making the Thespians as professional as possible.
JOHN WINGATE(1928-2012), co-sponsor. John's background was in mechanical and electrical engineering which he used in years of contracting, manufacturing and small business ownership. John provided our barn/theater with equipment equal to or better than many professional theaters - computer-controlled lighting, sound and projection. He provided tools and supplies for set building as well as electrical upgrades to the barn systems. Ten years of working with the very dedicated barn crew on the rehab of the barn gave John an intimate knowledge of the structure, including the electrical and mechanical systems.