StefaniStefani Overman-Tsai, PhD

Co-Founder, Artistic and Managing Director

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 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

Jessie Ceja

Carin Heidelbach

Patrick Kolasinski

Ileana Ramirez
Ileana has a B.A. in Theatre from CSU Stanislaus, where she appeared in a number of plays including House at Pooh Corner, The Fantasticks and Vinegar Tom. Ileana has participated in several LightBox productions including The Super Cilantro Girl, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, Pinocchio!, and Cinderella Eats Rice and Beans. Ileana has also been an improv and music instructor for Lightbox’s Summer Theatre Camp.She is a mother of a wonderful two-year-old who loves the arts. Ileana is also an elementary school teacher with the Turlock Unified School District and leads a children’s church choir in Spanish. Ileana hopes to keep the arts alive in our community by inspiring students in and outside the classroom.

Angeleigha Arnold


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!

Bob McMillan
Stage Manager

Bob graduated from CSU, Stanislaus many years ago with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre.  Since then, he has worked in “the real world” as an Animal Control Officer.  However, he was excited to get the opportunity to return to the theatre as LightBox’s Stage Manager.  During his “hey-day” in college, Bob acted onstage in such productions as “Passion of Dracula,”  “And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson,” and “Hedda Gabler.”  He also worked backstage as stage manager or electrician on productions such as “House of Blue Leaves,” “Cabaret,” and “Fifth of July.”  A love of the theatre has always been with him and he is enjoying his return to this magical world.

Hung P. Tsai
Webmaster/Technical and Marketing Support

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.

Shawn Ward
Administrative Assistant

Shawn is a student at CSU Stanislaus pursuing a B.A. in Theatre and a B.S. in Business Administration.  When not in class, he works as the Assistant Front-of-House Manager at the Gallo Center for the Arts.  Shawn has been heavily involved in theatre most of his life, and has had technical and acting positions in a variety of shows including The Diary of Anne Frank, Arsenic and Old Lace, and The Fantastiks.  He is excited for this opportunity to give back to the local theatre community and hopefully help inspire the next generation of theatre practitioners.