Meet Our Staff
Darryl V. Jones
Acting Artistic Director
Darryl V. Jones (Acting Artistic Director) is Professor and Chair of Theatre and Dance at Cal State East Bay. Last season he directed and co-choreographed the Aurora Theatre production of The Royale which won the BACC Award for Entire Production-East Bay and this year he opened their season with Detroit 67. Directing includes: Off Broadway/National Tour We Are Your Sisters (AUDELCO Award Outstanding Production), A View From The Bridge (Theatre Lobby Award Outstanding Direction) and Spunk (Helen Hayes Award Nominee). Other credits include The Minneola Twins (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co.) and The Brothers Size (Theatre Rhino). Jones was Directing Associate at Arena Stage where he choreographed Candide and Dance of Death and directed and produced new plays for PlayQuest. He is an active member of Actors Equity Association and a 2017 TBA Award nominee for outstanding supporting actor in the musical Priscilla. He has performed with theatre companies such as Arena Stage, The Old Globe, and Ford’s Theatre. Jones was Head of the B.F.A. Directing Concentration at the University of Michigan and Foundation Advisor for their BFA Acting Program. He also currently teaches acting in the American Conservatory Theatre MFA Acting Program. Jones holds a Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance from The Catholic University of America, and an MFA in Directing from Boston University. He is a certified Meisner Acting Technique instructor from Larry Silverberg’s True Acting Institute.
Stephanie Shoffner took the administrative management helm of Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in July 2017 after serving on the LHT Board of Directors for two years. Prior to joining LHT, she was the Operations Manager for 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.
We are a not-for-profit theatre. DONATIONS and support are always appreciated.