“Sit Down, You’re Rocking The Boat!”

Has anyone told you that you’re rocking the boat? We can use someone like you on our Board of Directors. To contact the SBMT Board, email chairperson@southbaymt.com. Questions? Contact info@southbaymt.com.

Board of Directors 2021

Board members for 2020-2021 season.

Doy CharnsupharindrDoy Charnsupharindr (he/him/his) has been part of the Bay Area theatre community since 2013. He’s appeared in SBMT eStudio’s productions of Pride & Prejudice, Almost, Maine (Phil) and Dracula (Van Helsing). His past credits include Harold Hill in The Music Man (PSP), Mike Masaoka in Allegiance (CCCT), Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (BBBay), and Conrad Panganiban’s Welga! (Bindlestiff). As an immigrant from Thailand, Doy took his first acting class in an American high school to improve his English-speaking skills. Since then, theatre has become his passion and a way for him to make a positive impact in the world. Doy’s now a teacher and a coach specialized in leadership, communication, presentation, and storytelling skills. He also has extensive experience as a business executive in the financial services and high-tech industries. He is currently the CEO of the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute. Being on the SBMT board is Doy’s way to give back to the theatre community he loves and contribute to making the arts a truly inclusive and inspiring space for all, especially for BIPOC artists like himself.

Doy serves as co-chair of the Board’s Community, Inclusivity, and Accountability committee.

Contact info: doy.charnsupharindr@southbaymt.com

Barbara Heninger 300x400Barbara Heninger was re-elected to the Board in July 2021 after taking two years off due to term limits. She previously served on the SBMT Board from 2015 to 2019, including a two-year stint as SBMT’s Board Chair from mid-2016 through mid-2018. She was involved in hiring our Production Manager (now Executive Director), Sara Dean and has served as an assistant producer, assistant director, set builder, props manager, costume rental facilitator, and run crew member, among many other duties. Before her retirement, Barbara worked at Synopsys managing a technical writing team. She has also served on the Boards of three non-profit choral groups (West Valley Masterworks Chorale at West Valley College, Sunnyvale Singers, and Schola Cantorum in Mountain View).

Barbara serves as co-chair of the Board’s Development and Fundraising committee.

Contact info: barbara.heninger@southbaymt.com

Michael HirschMichael Paul Hirsch. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Michael studied art and theatre in college and graduate school and currently works at Shutterfly as Product Owner of books, prints, and calendars. He is a husband, father, kendo black belt shodan, acting instructor and avid board gamer. Follow him at michaelpaulhirsch.com.

Contact info: michael.hirsch@southbaymt.com

Ed HunterEd Hunter was elected to the SBMT board in 2020. Over the years he has designed lighting for a few SBMT shows —most recently A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.  Outside of SBMT, Ed designs lights for several different theatre groups around the Bay Area, including Sunnyvale Community Players, Palo Alto Players, and Los Altos Stage Company, to name a few. When not in the theater, he’s an engineering director at Netflix running the performance and demand engineering groups. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and son, who support his theatre habit.

Ed serves as co-chair of the Board’s Vision and Planning committee.

Contact info: ehunter@southbaymt.com

Jennifer MaggioJennifer Maggio was elected to the Board in 2019 and serves as SBMT’s CFO.  She has performed and staffed several SBMT shows.  She formerly served as Sunnyvale Community Players’ Treasurer for several years.  Outside of theatre, she currently serves as Vice President, Corporate Controller for SI-BONE, Inc., a medical device company.  Jennifer received a B.S. in Business Administration, with concentrations in Accounting and Computer Information Systems from California State University, Hayward.

Contact info: jennifer.maggio@southbaymt.com

Raiña Parks

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Raiña Parks, elected to the board of SBMT in 2020, after performing in a successful run of Big River (Newcomer Award). Raiña received a Master of Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has performed with local opera companies around the Bay Area. When not on the stage, she balances her work at a local aerospace company managing an engineering team, being the musical director at a local church, and a wife and mother of two.

Contact info: raina.parks@southbaymt.com

Sharon Peng is a costume designer, makeup/wig artist, and props designer in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Greater Los Angeles Area. She is a member of IATSE Local 706, working in film, fashion, and stage. Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, from a musically-inclined family, she currently resides in San Jose and is the Wig & Makeup Supervisor at Opera San Jose. Her first production with South Bay Musical Theatre was as Costume Designer for My Fair Lady in 2015. For more of her work, visit her online portfolio at ysharonpeng.net.

Sharon serves as co-chair of the Board’s Community, Inclusivity, and Accountability committee.

Contact info: sharon.peng@southbaymt.com

Tipu Purkayastha

Tipu Purkayastha was elected to the Board in July, 2021. A fan of theater and cinema, he has been happily indulging in the Bay Area’s rich offerings for over two decades since he relocated from India.  Tipu has been in the audience, often with his daughter, for various SBMT shows, and this is his first time in the governance side.  Tipu is hoping to be able to contribute to SBMT’s rich history in Saratoga and the Bay Area while attracting new audiences and engage with the community.  In his other roles, Tipu lives in Saratoga with his wife, two school going children and a pandemic labradoodle puppy and is a global HR executive with a Fortune 500 semiconductor equipment company in Milpitas.

Tipu serves as co-chair of the Board’s Organizational Development committee.

Contact info: tipu.purkayastha@southbaymt.com

Sammonds Steve - South Bay Musical Theatre Board of Directors Steve Sammonds was elected to the board in 2017. He has performed in several SBMT productions since starting in 2014. From 1989 to 2014, Steve was the musical and artistic director of The Peninsulaires Barbershop Chorus. He also served for five years on the board of directors of the Far Western District of the Barbershop Harmony Society and performed several other district leadership functions over the years. Steve currently works as a field manager for the 2020 Census, and he previously worked three decades in tech including 22 years at Electronic Arts in customer support and studio operations.

Steve serves as co-chair of the Board’s Vision and Planning committee.

Contact info: steve.sammonds@southbaymt.com

Dan Singletary portraitDan Singletary has been actively involved with SBMT since 2003, when he first found the organization playing Trombone in the orchestra for NO, NO, NANETTE.  Since then, he has been a part of nearly every production and taken on many different roles within the organization, including Musical Direction, Sound Design, Technical Direction, Producing, Box Office Administration, and Special Effects Design. Dan has served on the SBMT board previously for 8 years (2009-14, 2016-18), and has continually pursued efforts to improve processes and further the organization.  Dan currently works as a Design Verification Engineer at Apple (2015-present), and has previously worked for companies including IBM (1996-1999) and Cisco Systems (1999-2015).

Contact info: dan@southbaymt.com

Jay Steele South Bay Musical TheatreJay Steele is a retired high tech professional with a broad background in organizational leadership and process improvement, and formal management training that includes an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has served on the SBMT board for 12 of past 14 years, including nine years as Chair and two years as Marketing Director. Jay’s work with SBMT spans technical, staff, and artistic positions, from performing to producing to set-building and graphic design. He chaired the board committee that drafted SBMT’s new bylaws, led numerous projects to upgrade our procedures, and worked on virtually every production since 2003 in some capacity. Jay holds a B.S. in marketing from Wharton School of Business and was most recently the group’s Chair for the 2018-2019 season.

Jay serves as co-chair of the Board’s Organizational Development committee.

Contact info: jay@southbaymt.com