Board of Directors
Carl Cookson’s knowledge spans 45 years in the Title Insurance business, including 21 years as Owner and Chair of Santa Clara Land Title Co. He served as President of the California Land Title Association, and President of the California Escrow Association and remains active in both organizations. Cookson was a founding Board member of Cupertino National Bank and currently is on the board of San Jose National Bank. In the non-profit sector, Cookson has been President or Chair of the San Jose Symphony, Children’s Discovery Museum, Silicon Valley Arts Council, Symphony Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County Boy Scouts, and is the current Chair of City Lights Theater. He has served as Chair of the San Jose Chamber of Commerce, Community Partnership, Fairgrounds Management Committee, and is the Founding Co-Chair of the Silicon Valley Capital Club. Cookson is a graduate of San Jose State University.
Katie Miller, Board President
A recent transplant from Seattle, Katie finds herself in the Bay Area again after over 20 years away at university, graduate school, and building a career in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry. Her past board experience includes serving on the boards of two non-profits and a corporation, including multiple terms as officer. Despite being a biochemist by education and experience, she has always maintained a passionate interest in the arts, from creating a bespoke calligraphy business in grade school to earning double minors in Literature and Psychology at the University of California, San Diego. In 2012 she took her first foray into film production, becoming Executive Producer of The Reel Britain (an independent documentary), and has since earned an Associate Producer credit on Geek Cred (a web series) and is the Producer of Tea, an original short film (currently in post-production). She also has renewed an interest in theater established in childhood, becoming a supporter of The Donmar Warehouse, a non-profit, women-run theater in London, and is eager to get involved in the local theater scene. It was in large part the presence of the Dragon Theatre in Redwood City that drew her to establish her new home here.
Gennady Farber, Treasurer
We came to US in 1992 from Leningrad and my wife Masha found that her talents for working with kids are in high demand in the new country. This is how TheaterGames - a youth drama studio came to be in 1993. TheaterGames continues to be my major “non-profit” engagement. I helped to develop Studio structure, helped to set a business model and supported multiple productions in my wife’s. In 2009 I was instrumental in setting relations between Dragon Productions and TheaterGames. Dragon became TheaterGames non-profit fiscal sponsor in 2010. Those relations allowed TheaterGames to run fundraising, enhanced parent appreciation of the studio programs and provided a major learning opportunity to see first-hand the complexities of running small theater company. In my “for-profit” life, I am an engineer with Agilent Technologies. I work as a technical expert in the sales organization. Before Agilent I worked for Varian, Intel and couple of start-ups.
Dale Albright is the managing artistic director of theatre Q and director of membership services at Theatre Bay Area. Dale has appeared as an actor at Dragon in Chekhov in Yalta (Stanislavski) and Heidi Chronicles (Peter), as well as Dragon's co-productions with theatre Q of Snakebit (Michael) and Cloud 9 (Betty/Gerry). Dale also directed Dragon's As Bees in Honey Drown, Side Man, After Ashley, The LIttle Dog Laughed, and Burn This as well as theatre Q's The Sum of Us, Torch Song Trilogy and My Strange Nation. Dale's first full length play, Keep the Yuletide Gay, was performed by theatre Q in 2006 and 2007. Other acting appearances have been with New Conservatory Theater Center (Tennessee Williams in Tennessee in the Summer), City Light Theater Company (Compleat Female Stage Beauty), Theatre Rhino, Town Hall Theatre of Lafayette and Thrillpeddlers
Carolyn Compton has lived in the San Mateo area where she has performed in several theatres along the Peninsula and San Francisco. The Dragon Theatre has always held a special place in her heart and she has enjoyed watching this child grow from infancy into young adulthood and is looking forward to seeing the Dragon grow into a fire-breathing force of a theatre that will awe and inspire audiences throughout the years. Carolyn works as a floral designer and specializes in floral decor for weddings and special events.
Meredith Hagedorn, Founder and Executive Artistic Director (non-voting Board member)
Meredith is the founder and Executive Producer of Dragon Productions Theatre Company has been a professional actor and director in regional theatres across the country for over twenty years and an acting teacher for all ages in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and now in the Bay Area. She began producing theatre in college and has been an acting and directing member of multiple theatre troupes across the country. Along with the many hats worn at Dragon, she also teaches teens and adults professional acting, marketing, and producing with her private coaching work.
Hedvig Flores has been a skilled, purposeful and trilingual actress-performer with extensive experience in theatre and film for more than 10 years. She founded the Teatro Surreal, an independent theatre ensemble in Hungary. She is new to the Bay Area and very excited to continue to build her career here. Hedvig loves the atmosphere of the Dragon Theatre and she is excited to begin the volunteering opportunity to become a board member and help with her work at the Dragon Theatre.
Board of Advisors
D. Michael Kastrop, AIA
In his free time, Mike likes to play guitar and sing for his church music group. He is an avid sailor, and has won numerous regattas and awards with his Catalina 30 sailboat "Goose" on the San Francisco Bay.
Lorianna has over 30 years of financial analysis experience and also handles human resources and some marketing for The Kastrop Group, Inc., Architects. Her specialty is budget management and reporting, to keep projects on budget and within estimates. She has a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.
Lessa Bouchard's credits in the midwest include work with Walk and Squawk Performance Project, the Planet Ant and Matrix Theatre in Detroit, where she also co-founded and was the artistic director for Pow! a feminist theatre company; also EP Theatre, StageLeft and Victory Gardens ACCESS program in Chicago. She has a BFA in theatre performance from the University of Detroit Mercy and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art and Media from Columbia College Chicago. Now in the South bay, she is proud to have appeared as Vi in the Memory of Water at Dragon in 2009, directed Tongue of a Bird at Dragon in 2011, and produced and appeared in Arc:Hive Present: A Moment (Un)Bound, one of Dragon's inaugural 2nd Stages events.
Mary Lou Torre
Laura Jane Bailey