People

 

StefaniStefani Overman-Tsai, PhD

Co-Founder, Artistic and Managing Director

stefani@lightboxforyouth.org

Stefani is currently a Lecturer in the Theatre Department at CSU Stanislaus where she teaches theatre history and children’s theatre courses. She has directed numerous plays over the years, her favorites being an adaption of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Evening Star by Milcha Sanchez-Scott, both of which focus on the lives and well being of children. Stefani has directed and taught children in various types of plays and productions with a fundamental goal to help them have fun while learning an artistic craft. Her desire is to introduce Turlock’s youth to the entertaining liveliness of the theatre and to stimulate their creativity even as they learn and think about literature in new ways.


EricEric Broadwater, MFA

Co-Founder, Production Manager

eric@lightboxforyouth.org

Eric is currently an Associate Professor and the Faculty Scenic Designer in the Theatre Department at CSU Stanislaus. Besides teaching, Eric has been a freelance designer and theater artist for the past 15 years. He has worked in local and regional theaters all over the country and some of his favorite work has been with children’s theatres including; spending a summer designing for UAA Theatre for Young people in Anchorage, Alaska, designing and painting for the youth programs at Barrington Stage Co. in Pittsfield, Mass., and the Plano Rep in Plano, Texas, and most recently serving as the 2014 – 2015 season designer for the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Company’s mainstage productions.


Board of Directors

Carolina Alfaro
Carolina currently serves as the Assistant Director for Admissions & Outreach at Stanislaus States which promotes college readiness. She is the Founder and Director of Teatro LHDC (Los Hijos Del Campo) a 20 year old Chicano theatre troupe, named after the children who lived in the labor camps of the Central San Joaquin Valley. She has performed in bilingual plays produced at the Gallo Center for the Arts including “Tomas and the Library Lady” and “Mariachi Girl”.  Carolina enjoys playwriting and directing for short “actos” (skits) that reflect the Chicano/Latino community. Her most recent skit “Chicano Identity Crisis Hotline” was recently performed across different college campuses and youth conferences. 

Jessie Ceja

Carin Heidelbach

Tom Hoy

Patrick Kolasinski


Staff

Hung P. Tsai
Webmaster/Technical and Marketing Support

hung@lightboxforyouth.org

Most of the time, Hung works in the Athletics Department at CSU Stanislaus as an assistant athletics director. Other times, he’s super busy being a husband, a father, a freelance Web designer, and an Oakland A’s fan. He has a background in journalism and marketing and is also versatile technologically in photography, video and graphic design.


Carol Howard
Property Design

Carol loves to read and likes helping “bring to life” great children’s stories. Her fascination with details fuels her enjoyment of the challenge of finding (and creating) props that add color, whimsy, or just a “special touch” to LightBox Theatre productions. She appreciates the help of her husband Jonathan, who graciously lends a hand when needed!


Edgar Alamo
Lighting Design

Edgar is currently finishing up his studies at CSU Stanislaus. He is very active in the theatre department as a lighting technician, programmer, and designer. He has worked for Summer Repertory Theatre Festival, CSU Stanislaus, Merced Shakespeare Festival, and a Theatre Technician for the Merced High School District. He plans on receiving his MFA in Lighting and media design in the very near future.