Executive Board of Directors

President - Chris Garcia
Chris comes to us with 23 years experience in Environmental Health Care Management. His first experience with LBSC was when he volunteered for the 2001 production of Bram Stoker's Dracula. He still has fond memories of painting coffins in the alley at 3:00 am, behind our old storage and rehearsal space. He was also the stage manager for this production. His dedication, organizational skills, and talent for "taking care of the grown-up things", says Artistic Director Helen Borgers, soon led him to become our company president. 

When the "grown-up things" have allowed him to, Chris has been an active behind the scenes crew member, assisting with prop construction, painting, erecting the festival stage, and doing whatever it takes to keep LBSC moving in the right direction. He was stage manager for the fourth annual festival at Sterns Park, and has produced all of the festivals since. Chris has been instrumental in establishing a rapport with the Aquarium staff over the past years, and is grateful to the Aquarium management for welcoming us back for a third year. Approaching his fifth year as company president, he has always considered his position as one of service, and in a supporting role. 

He prefers to work behind the scenes, and makes every effort to assure that the needs of the Artistic Director, technical staff, crew and support staff are met. "Our company has attracted so many creative, talented, and committed cast and crew members, who have worked so hard to make every production a success," said Chris. "It is an honor to be of service to them."

 

 

Vice President - Janette Boyd-Williams

Janette has been with the company since it’s inception with Helen Borgers.That is over 20 plus years ago. When the company was called Bard In The Yard. She brings a lifetime of experience in the entertainment industry. Working in dramatic theater and variety arts.( primarily in Las Vegas and Paris) She was under contract with 20th Century Fox. She as appeared on national television Phil Donahue, Good Morning America, Entertainment tonight. She was train in ballet and Jazz. Performing in comedy and variety shows with Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante, Merv Griffin, to name a few. She was a solo performer in Las Vegas producing her own Acts. Working in Bal du Moulin Rouge, Casino de Paris, Follies Bergere, Lido de Paris. She is currently working with Ken Borgers in membership at KSDS 88.3 San Diego. Also she is producing shows for trade show events for ICMAD. It has been a honor to be on the board  over the years.

 

 

Treasurer - Lynne Frawley

Lynne joined the LBSC Board of Directors in 2012 as Treasurer, and also acts as the company bookkeeper. She grew up in San Bernardino and, after graduating from Cal Poly, Pomona, moved to Long Beach to accept her first job with the accounting firm of Windes & McClaughry. After having twin boys, Lynne retired from the business world and began a life of children and volunteering for her community in PTA, Boy Scouts of America, school libraries, and now with LBSC.

 

 

 

 

Secretary-Julie Rivett
Julie joined LBSC's Board of Directors in 2007, bringing with her a life-long love of the arts and a commitment to volunteerism that, over the years, has included many hours in service to scouting, booster clubs, local government, public schools, political and non-profit organizations, and KKJZ 88.1 public radio, where she first met Helen Borgers.

As granddaughter of mystery writer Dashiell Hammett, Julie worked with Helen to bring the first dramatic production of The Maltese Falcon to LBSC's Richard Goad Theatre in 2005. Moreover, Julie is a respected Hammett scholar and a passionate advocate for literacy. She writes, edits, advises, and provides programming for libraries, schools, and community reading groups across the United,States.

Julie is a southern California native and a graduate of Long Beach City College and California State University, Long Beach. "LBSC is a natural fit for me," she says, "and I'm thrilled to join the troupe in support of cultural literacy in our own backyard."
 
 
 
Artistic Director - Brando Cutts
Brando discovered his love of Shakespeare through an LBSC outreach program at Cabrillo High School. He graduated with a bachelor’s in drama from UC Irvine, performed with companies throughout SoCal, as well as New York’s Instant Shakespeare Company, and completed an internship with the prestigious Cornerstone Theatre Company. He recently produced and starred in a production of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus for the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Director of Membership- Carolyn A. Rydell
Retired teacher and Program Facilitator for Long Beach Unified School District for more than forty years and a stanch supporter of the arts. Besides a keen interest and enjoyment of Shakesperian Theatre she is an avid reader, loves the ocean, is a yacht owner, and loves to fish. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Legacy Chair - Cannon Coccellato
 

ADVISORY BOARD

Joe LoCicero
Gina Rodriguez
Vic Warren