Stephanie Shoffner (Interim Executive Director) took the helm of Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in July 2017 after the retirement of Steven Anthony Jones as LHT’s Artistic Director in June. Ms. Shoffner served on the LHT Board of Directors for two years. Prior to joining LHT, she was the Operations Manager of HVS International and has a long history in the banking industry. Ms. Shoffner is committed to financially reinvigorating LHT as it continues to transition, grow and evolve as the only Actors Equity Association member African American theatre company on the West Coast.
Albert R. Dixon (Finance Director) retired as the Director of the San Francisco Small Business Development Center. Al has over twenty years management experience in high tech sales and marketing with companies such as IBM, Apple, Lexis-Nexis, the Thomson Corporation and E-Net. He is a former owner of a Computerland store in Southern California. Early in his career, Al spent three years as a college instructor and department chair in Physics and Mathematics after obtaining a Master’s Degree in Physics from UCLA. In the early 90’s, Al was a member of the organizing committee for what became the Community Bank of the Bay. He also served as the first president of the affiliated non-profit, the Local Economic Assistance Program, in Oakland.
Gina Snow (Manager of Marketing & Grant Development) is a seasoned communication specialist with experience in international media relations, meeting planning and destination management. While working for a non-profit travel trade association, she traveled extensively throughout Asia and the Pacific organizing meetings and conferences to promote the destinations of over 40 member countries. For over 25 years, Gina produced and hosted a broadcast radio program on food, wine and travel that included interviews with Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Paul Prudhomme, Martin Yan, and Rick Bayless among many others, as well as cookbook authors, health and travel experts. Joining LHT was a return to her love of theater as a member of the Mentor Marian Players, a community theatre group in Ohio.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR (Retired)
Steven Anthony Jones (March 2011-June 2017) is a veteran stage, television and film actor of over 40 years. During his tenure as LHT's Artistic Director, Steven produced and directed plays and a variety of staged readings of established and new works, including Marcus Gardley’s Black Odyssey and Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ‘67, among many others. In 2015, he performed the role of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in LHT’s Bay Area Premiere production of THURGOOD by George Stevens, Jr. He also performed in Marin Theatre Company’s production of Fences by August Wilson in 2014 and the World Premiere of The BOX by Sarah Shourd at Z Space in July 2016. Prior to joining LHT, he was a core company actor at American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.), where he also directed and taught for over 20 years. He originated the role of Private James Wilkie in the original production of A Soldier's Play at the Negro Ensemble Company in New York in 1981. His many film and television credits include two seasons of Midnight Caller and a recurring role on the NBC series Trauma. Mr. Jones received his early theatre training at Karamu House in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. He is a graduate of Yankton College in South Dakota. Other experience includes the Cleveland Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, San Jose Rep, and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, among others.
Stanley E. Williams (1950–2010)
LHT Founding Artistic Director
Quentin Easter (1953–2010)
LHT Founding Executive Director