Shari Gallegos Chair My hope is to enjoy my retirement years to their fullest and I plan to that in a variety of ways, by enjoying my family, volunteering in my grandchildren’s classrooms and most importantly by performing again. As a retired teacher and principal of 30+ years, I have found that acting and music help to engage children, supports the learning environment and makes people happy! It certainly has enriched my life! I hope our audience enjoys the show.

Shari Gallegos
Chair

My hope is to enjoy my retirement years to their fullest and I plan to that in a variety of ways, by enjoying my family, volunteering in my grandchildren’s classrooms and most importantly by performing again. As a retired teacher and principal of 30+ years, I have found that acting and music help to engage children, supports the learning environment and makes people happy! It certainly has enriched my life! I hope our audience enjoys the show.

Katherine Adkins Program Director Kathryn Adkins has taught acting and voice at Cabrillo College in Aptos for 20 years. She is known for her creative interpretations of musicals including The Mikado, Seussical and Joseph and the Technicolored Dreamcoat. Her work has included teaching stage combat, voice and diction, stage movement, beginning acting technique, and private and class voice. Kathryn has performed many lead roles for Cabrillo Stage and has directed and performed for South Bay Musical Theater and Lyric Theater of San Jose. She sang with Cabrillo Music Festival, Santa Cruz Symphony, and toured with the Tandy Beal dance company.

Katherine Adkins
Program Director

Kathryn Adkins has taught acting and voice at Cabrillo College in Aptos for 20 years. She is known for her creative interpretations of musicals including The Mikado, Seussical and Joseph and the Technicolored Dreamcoat. Her work has included teaching stage combat, voice and diction, stage movement, beginning acting technique, and private and class voice. Kathryn has performed many lead roles for Cabrillo Stage and has directed and performed for South Bay Musical Theater and Lyric Theater of San Jose. She sang with Cabrillo Music Festival, Santa Cruz Symphony, and toured with the Tandy Beal dance company.

Pat Duncan Treasirer “As I am retiring little by little, I am realizing that I will be having way too much time on my hands. I’ve spent the last 50 years in the accounting world. I would like very much to do something for my community and my age group by being with all these wonderful talented people, enjoy their company, their performances and help the organization get off to a good start.”

Pat Duncan
Treasirer

“As I am retiring little by little, I am realizing that I will be having way too much time on my hands. I’ve spent the last 50 years in the accounting world. I would like very much to do something for my community and my age group by being with all these wonderful talented people, enjoy their company, their performances and help the organization get off to a good start.”

 
Carole English Production Coordinator Carole with a business accounting background switched careers to personal development in the 80’s. She taught classes in self esteem and practiced and taught hypnotherapy in Santa Cruz for twenty years. In retirement she discovered a singing voice and love of performance with the Mid-County Choraliers, the Follies and currently performs with Hats Off, NextStage Production’s performing troupe.

Carole English
Production Coordinator

Carole with a business accounting background switched careers to personal development in the 80’s. She taught classes in self esteem and practiced and taught hypnotherapy in Santa Cruz for twenty years. In retirement she discovered a singing voice and love of performance with the Mid-County Choraliers, the Follies and currently performs with Hats Off, NextStage Production’s performing troupe.

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Gretchen

Director at Large

Lynn Knudsen Executive Director Lynn enjoyed a twelve year professional career in Broadway Theatre, after which she moved to Los Angeles to have a family. She retired to Santa Cruz in 2004 to be closer to her granddaughters and reacquainted herself with her love of theatre and performance. Over the past several years she has been a Santa Cruz Follies performer, assistant director, and director of productions at the Market Street Theater. At Cabrillo Stage, a professional theatre, Lynn helped develop the Cabrillo Theatre Guild. In 2012 she brought a replication of the renowned Stagebridge Senior Theatre to Santa Cruz, which has now become Next Stage Productions. Lynn is an artist, teacher, business professional and creative aging advocate.

Lynn Knudsen
Executive Director

Lynn enjoyed a twelve year professional career in Broadway Theatre, after which she moved to Los Angeles to have a family. She retired to Santa Cruz in 2004 to be closer to her granddaughters and reacquainted herself with her love of theatre and performance. Over the past several years she has been a Santa Cruz Follies performer, assistant director, and director of productions at the Market Street Theater. At Cabrillo Stage, a professional theatre, Lynn helped develop the Cabrillo Theatre Guild. In 2012 she brought a replication of the renowned Stagebridge Senior Theatre to Santa Cruz, which has now become Next Stage Productions. Lynn is an artist, teacher, business professional and creative aging advocate.