“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. Elections are typically held annually in June. To contact the SBMT Board, email chairperson@southbaymt.com. Questions? Contact info@southbaymt.com. Meet our current Board Members below.

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.

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Michael HirschMichael Paul Hirsch. currently works as Senior Director of Product Management at Suzy and has served as Board Chair for South Bay Musical Theatre since 2020. He is a frequent performer for SBMT and studied theatre in graduate school at Michigan State University. He is a husband, father, kendo black belt shodan, and avid board gamer.

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Soni Kapoor

Soni Kapoor, originally from India, grew up in the Himalayas. Soni has always been passionate about the positive impact of science (+ technology) with the art of storytelling. Exactly 21 years after he participated in high school stage play on Bhagat Singh (charismatic Indian revolutionary), he found his way to SBMT as deck crew for On the Town in April 2022.

Soni studied electronics and computer engineering in college and moved to Buffalo, NY for graduate school. After completing studies, he moved to Portland, OR as a design engineer at Intel, got his private pilot license, and started taking his family and friends to the sky. And finally in 2015, he ended up in Silicon Valley. Soni is now in a high-tech company, Synopsys, working as a product and marketing manager.

When not at work, he is spending most of his time with his beautiful wife (+high-school sweetheart) and an amazing six-year-old son. You can find them flying around the Bay area, hiking/biking on the trails, and looking up at the night sky with a bunch of telescopes at dark sites, or just singing, dancing, and cooking at home.

For the past 10 years, Soni has been collaborating with various non-profits to empower kids with social emotional intelligence and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). Soni is looking forward to learning a lot and contributing in making n+1 version of SBMT!

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Ann LucenaAnn Lucena is a Bay Area resident with strong leadership skills and a passion for theater. Having performed in numerous musicals across the Bay Area, she made her SBMT debut at the Welcome to the 60s Anniversary Concert in 2022. She recently received the Legacy Robe as part of the cast of Ragtime at Lyric Theatre.

Professionally Ann is a hospital administrator. She most recently served as the CEO of San Ramon Regional Medical Center, an award-winning Bay Area hospital. Ann is also currently on the Board of Directors of Cerus Corporation, a Bay Area-based biomedical products company whose products enhance the safety of blood transfusions.

Ann is a member of the Executive Committee of the Harvard Business School Alumni Board as well as a member of the Stanford Arts Advisory Council. She previously served on the Board of Leadership San Ramon Valley and was the Co-Chair of their Cultural Arts Day. Ann earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

A second generation Latina, Ann is a believer in the power of the arts to develop empathy in participants and viewers, to give voice to the voiceless, to inspire people of all ages to be their best selves, and to bring communities together.

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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).

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Braden Taylor has been on the board since 2010 and has served as the CFO for over 10 years. He has been heavily involved with SBMT since 2008 backstage, on stage, and on staff for 24 of their last 38 shows (as of July 2023). A graduate of Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo with a degree in Finance and Economics, Braden enjoys using his skills to continuously improve SBMT as an organization. In his professional life, Braden works at Apple as a Global People Programs Manager. He has been involved with musical theatre since the age of five and enjoys being able to continue his passion while giving back to the community both on stage and by serving on the board and staff.

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Nicole TungNicole Tung – (she/her) is a Bay Area native who began dancing at the age of five with Pacific Ballet Academy. While attending Santa Clara University, she performed in her first musical, My Fair Lady. Since then, she’s had the pleasure of performing as an AEA actor with various theaters such as American Musical Theater of San Jose, Magic Theater, Woodminster Theater, San Jose Rep, TheaterWorks, and most recently, 42nd St. Moon. Her SBMT productions include choreographing Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and directing eStudio’s Almost, Maine. Nicole can also be seen in various commercials for California Olive Oil, PagerDuty, and Stanford Children’s Health. She resides in Morgan Hill with her husband, daughter, and their cat. Offstage/behind the scenes, she enjoys being part of the casting process, baking, yoga, kind humans, good food, and travel. She looks forward to helping SBMT grow as an inclusive creative space for everyone in the community and helping to shape the next generation of performers.

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Board of Directors Subcommittees

  • Community & Inclusion
    • Description: Develop relationships and outreach with the diverse members of the Saratoga, South Bay, and West Valley communities.
    • Chair: Soni Kapoor
    • Board Members: Michael Hirsch
    • MISSION: We are a diverse group of theatre makers working to identify and re-envision the theatre experience by more accurately reflecting the diverse community that we serve. South Bay Musical Theatre acknowledges the unhealthy history of implicit bias in theatre, and is committed to creating content that is representative of our community and also educates our audience. We hold ourselves accountable at every level, including the board of directors, staff, artists, and volunteers to include, uplift, and amplify underrepresented and misrepresented voices. Respectful representation inspires and ripples out into meaningful and necessary change.
  • Development & Fundraising
    • Description: Plan and execute SBMT’s annual giving and fundraising events. Develop Patron relationships in support of fundraising, members and volunteers.
    • Co-chairs: Barbara Heninger, Kathy Switky
    • Board Members: Michael Hirsch, Dan Singletary
    • Non-Board Members: Kama Belloni (Development Manager), Doug Hughes, Jordan Selburn
  • Organizational Development
    • Description: Evaluates, builds, and maintains processes and systems for SBMT’s operations, ensuring efficiency, timeliness, accuracy, and transparency.
    • Chair: Tipu Purkayastha
    • Board Members: Barbara Heninger, Michael Hirsch, Dan Singletary, Braden Taylor, Soni Kapoor
  • Vision & Planning
    • Description: Creates and develops SBMT’s vision and artistic goals, including themes and season selection. Identifies and supports programming that upholds our core values, mission and vision.
    • Chairs: Michael Hirsch
    • Board Members: Nicole Tung
    • Non-Board Members: Doug Hughes

SBMT staff members

Board Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, often at the SBMT studio, 761 Mabury Road, San Jose, CA or via Zoom. Visitors are permitted, but will be excused when confidential information is discussed. For a meeting invitation, contact chairperson@southbaymt.com.

Bylaws and Voting Information are posted on this website. Read the SBMT Bylaws to understand the official rules of SBMT as a non-profit organization. See the Participation Requirements for Voting Members to understand who is eligible to vote in elections of SBMT Board members.

Financial Reports are available to active SBMT members. If you would like to see the most recent Financial Report, please email treasurer@southbaymt.com.

Meeting Minutes starting from 2019 are posted on this website at https://southbaymt.com/category/board-minutes/ Other past minutes are available to active members who email our Recording Secretary at secretary@southbaymt.com.

To contact the SBMT Board, email chairperson@southbaymt.com
For other questions, contact info@southbaymt.com


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