MEET OUR STAFF
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Margo Hall (Artistic Director) is an award-winning actor, director, playwright, and educator, who has been a leading presence in national and local theatre communities for more than 30 years. Hall’s direction credits include productions at Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, Shotgun Players, Campo Santo, Word for Word, Chabot College, and U.C. Berkeley. As an actor, Hall has appeared at nearly every one of the Bay Area’s leading theatres, including Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Main Theatre Company, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Aurora Theatre Company, San Francisco Playhouse, and Shotgun Players. She is a founding member of Campo Santo. Hall’s T.V. and film credits include performing as the mother for Daveed Diggs’s character in Lionsgate’s Blindspotting, Netflix’s All Day and a Night.
Hall collaborated with Tectonic Theatre Project’s Leigh Fondakowski (The Laramie Project and Laramie Ten Years Later), Greg Pierotti, and Stephen Wangh to write the World Premiere play The People’s Temple for Berkeley Repertory Theatre, which won the 2005 Will Glickman Award. Hall’s semi-autobiographical piece, Be Bop Baby: A Musical Memoir, premiered at Z Space in 2013. Hall is a dedicated theatre educator, mentoring and training the next generation of theatre artists in courses for American Conservatory Theater’s MFA Program, University of California Berkeley, University of San Francisco’s Performing Arts and Social Justice degree program, and Chabot Community College. In 2018 Hall was honored with SFBATCC’s Jerry Friedman Award, and in 2015 Hall received TBA’s Charles Dean Award. Hall holds a B.F.A. in Drama from Adelphi University and an M.F.A. in Drama from Catholic University of America.
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.
Theatre Bay Area Arts Leadership Resident
Julius Rea is a Bay Area playwright, curator and performer. In addition to writing for publications such as the East Bay Express and EBONY magazine, he obtained a degree in Philosophy at San Francisco State University. In 2018, he co-founded The Forum Collective, an arts organization that focuses on journalism theatre and gallery curation. Rea was a part of Crowded Fire Theatre’s 2020-21 Resilience and Development Lab and has been a finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Also an actor, Rea has performed with Ragged Wing, Left Edge Theatre, and Benicia Old Town Theatre Group; he received a 2019 Arty award for his portrayal of Chris in Lynn Nottage’s Sweat. He has worked and produced with the Playwrights Foundation, Greenhouse Theatre Festival, Nomadic Press, Firehouse Art Collective, Golden Thread Productions, Crowded Fire Theatre, Adelines Lab, and Playground.
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