The Western Stage Theatre Arts Council
Central Coast’s Cultural Mecca
Founded in 1974, The Western Stage is committed to enriching the culture of its community by bringing together professional artists, theatre students, and community members to produce a dynamic season of plays that enhances the lives of both the artist and community; developing new works that speak to the history and culture of our region; and providing educational opportunities to allow students of all skill levels to explore and develop their unique talents.
Purpose of The Western Stage Theatre Arts Council
The Council upholds the mission and vision of The Western Stage and the Hartnell College Foundation. The purpose of the Council is to assist and support The Western Stage Theatre Arts Program at Hartnell College and ensure its relevancy to the community. Members will be key supporters of the Theatre Arts Program as well as advisors.
Function of the Council
The function of the Council is to provide support to the program in a variety of areas, including but not limited to:
- Serving as ambassadors of The Western Stage
- In coordination with staff, develop community engagement strategy and participate in their development
- With staff input, reviewing The Western Stage’s needs for private funding to further enable them to implement work outlined in the strategic plan
- Attracting and increasing private funding
Structure of Council
The council will have 17 or more community members and receive staff support from the college, including The Western Stage staff and Office of Advancement staff. College faculty and staff will serve as resource persons and participate as ex-officio members of the committee.
A qualified individual for Council membership will be an advocate for the arts, and have the time, interest and enthusiasm necessary to provide support to The Western Stage. A qualified member will be able to assist in one or more of the following areas including financial support, development of strategic relationships and the ability to offer constructive recommendations to college staff. The member’s role will be realized through active support in attending council meetings regularly, organizing and participating in program funding activities, and providing advice, from the community’s perspective, to administration regarding the program.
Requirements of Council Members
All Council Members are expected to attend monthly council meetings, to participate in a majority of Council activities and to make an annual contribution at a level significant to their own personal circumstance. It is preferred that council members participate annually as subscribers and participate in as many TWS programs and actives, as possible.
Term of Council Members
Membership is for an initial term of one year which can then be followed by a term of three years. Provision will be made for staggered terms so that there are always experienced members on the committee. Members may serve more than one term, but not more than three consecutive terms. On an annual basis the council will consider nominations for new members and renewal of terms for existing members.
The Western Stage Theatre Arts Council will meet monthly. The college staff will be responsible for distributing the annual meeting schedule, notices, meeting notes for each meeting, and follow up tasks. They will also prepare meeting agendas in consultation with the chairperson. Please contact Karen Hagman for more information (831) 755-6810.
Based on ongoing research into our audience and their attendance patterns, the Theatre Arts Council and planning teams recently reviewed the organization’s Vision, Mission and Values statement, as the guiding principles of the strategic plan.
The Western Stage Theatre Arts Council Members
Nick Pasculli, Chair, The Marketing Department
Pam Darling, Lavorato & Darling Inc.
Pat Donohue, Hartnell College Board of Trustees
Cesar Flores, Community Leader
Linda Gin, Community Leader
Oly Gomez, Dataflow Business Systems
Pat Horsley, Community Leader
Laura Lienk, Community Leader
Coralee Linder, Community Leader
Dottie Massey, International Produce Group
Al Munoz, Community Leader
Steve Pearson, Noland, Hamerly, Etienne & Hoss
Susie Polnaszek, Community Leader
Demetrio Pruneda, Hartnell College Board of Trustees
Judy Sulsona, Community Leader
Tamara Swanson, Community Leader
Julie Tucker, Community Leader
Brian Worthington, Worthington Law Centre