Board of Creative Development

Rob Dario – President

Born in 1973 San Francisco, was instructed in language, arts, & manners by his parents Melinda Elena & Dante Pura Dario. Began his theatre arts education & love for performing after high school. A freelance artist, graphic designer, actor, playwright, & constant collaborator, his work has been seen in publications & neighborhood streets, stores & businesses, & performed in & around the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area.

Christina Chan – Member

Christina has long been involved with theatre both backstage and in the front of house. As a University of Washington graduate of Drama and American Ethnic Studies, she is thrilled to apply both disciplines into one venture. Along with working in the animal rescue field and at various event venues in the Bay Area, she plans to delve into playwrighting and cultivating new audiences into the love of theatre. She has volunteered for TheatreFIRST since 2009 and is excited to be a part of the new mission.

Stephanie Anne Johnson – Member

Stephanie is a second-generation theater practitioner. She has been a lighting designer working locally, nationally, and internationally for over forty years. Locally, she has worked with Cultural Odyssey, Afro Solo, Ubuntu Theatre, and many other groups. Johnson is also a visual artist who has had two one-person shows in San Francisco. She has also written and performed a one-person show entitled Every Twenty One Days: Cancer, Yoga, and Me. Dr. Johnson is a professor and founding faculty member of the Visual and Public Art Department at Cal State University, Monterey Bay. Johnson is a new member of the TheatreFirst Board of Directors. She is very happy to be working on this timely and important play. Her work can be seen online at www.lightessencedesign.com.

Geetha Reddy – Member

Geetha Reddy is a playwright and filmmaker working in the Bay Area. Her plays include Far, Far Better Things (TheatreFIRST, Shotgun Players), Safe House, (SF Playhouse), HeLa (TheatreFIRST) in collaboration with Lauren Gunderson and Blastosphere! (Central Works Theater) with Aaron Loeb. Me Given You, Girl in a Box, and On a Wonderverse were part of the Playwright’s Foundation’s In the Rough reading series. Her plays have also appeared in the San Francisco Fringe Festival, the Santa Rosa Quickies Festival, the Best of PlayGround Festival, the Just Theatre Lab series, and the Crowded Fire Matchbox series. Her short film Obit appeared at LA Shorts, NY Indie Fest, Bend Film Festival, the GI Film Festival, and many others. She is a five-time recipient of PlayGround’s Emerging Playwright Award and a June Anne Baker Prize winner. Geetha is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild and a former resident playwright at the Playwright’s Foundation.