The Local Board of Directors provides fiscal oversight of Local Theater Company, and guides our nonprofit on our strategic growth, fiscal soundness, and theater pedagogy. We are grateful for their service, partnership and leadership.
Lari Abraham is an editor and non-profit development professional whose experience ranges across adoption, financial services, publishing, early childhood education, and palliative care. Originally from New York, she and her family had been expatriates for nearly 20 years in Tokyo and London before recently moving to Boulder. While in London, Lari had a principal role on the development team of After Adoption which offers support services in England and Wales to those affected by adoption. She also helped the charity drive adoption policy reform in the UK. Lari engaged in development activity for St. John’s Hospice, London’s premier palliative care facility. She assisted in the creation of Village2Village Project, a Uganda-based charity for vulnerable children, and has been personally involved with fundraising and sponsorship. Lari is a founding member and chaired for four years an international support group working with families and schools to build awareness on how to talk about adoption in the classroom and at home. Her popular digital newsletter highlighted the latest research on adoption and fostering. In New York, she was a senior writer with Ernst & Young receiving recognition for her work in a variety of fields. She was a writer, book editor, and national event coordinator for the American Banker newspaper. In Washington, D.C., she worked in corporate communications and media relations for James Madison Limited, a bank holding company. She planned and marketed large-scale national conferences for the American Bankers Association while interfacing with Capitol Hill. Earlier in her career, she had her own consulting practice working as a communications specialist. Recently, she reengineered Boulder High School’s online parent newsletter and served on the school’s grant committee. A theater enthusiast and energetic advocate of the cultural arts and humanitarian causes, Lari proudly supports the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, There With Care, and JEWISHColorado.
Jane Butcher is a civic leader, social activist and philanthropist who promotes local, national and international service. She is the former Chair of the Conference on World Affairs, chairs the Dean’s Advisory Council of the College of Arts and Sciences and founded and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Women of the West museum. Jane has served as President of the Association of Boulder Valley Parents, and on the Board of the Colorado Music Festival, including one year as President. Jane founded and is involved with Spunky Women, an organization that recognizes women who have contributed to the Boulder community. She is a board member of the Foundation for National Progress, which publishes Mother Jones Magazine. She has received many honors for her work, including the Daily Camera’s Pacesetter Award for Community Service, the Alumni Recognition Award from the Colorado University Alumni Association and the Boulder History Museum New Pioneer Award. Jane earned a degree in International Affairs from University of Colorado Boulder.
Lorenzo Gonzalez most recently played Satanás in Su Teatros’s production of Luis Valdez’s La Pastorela in Denver. Other recent credits include: Rocks, Karma, Arrows at the Atlas Theatre in Boulder; Sicario/Macbeth, a story linking the lives of an assassin in the Mexican drug cartel and Shakespeare’s Macbeth at Naropa University, and the Local Lab presented at the Boulder Chautauqua. Among the various theatres he has worked are: The RED CAT and The Ahmanson Theatre in L.A., San Jose Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory, Arizona Theatre Company, six seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, El Teatro Campesino, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and is a regular guest at the Independent Shakespeare Company in Los Angeles and a member of Tim Robbin’s The Actor’s Gang. Lorenzo’s MFA is from PTTP at the University of Delaware and is a core faculty associate professor and head of the BFA in Performance of at Naropa University.
Amy Hartman has been practicing in the field of labor and employment law for her entire 20 year legal career. Prior to starting Hartman Employment Law Practice LLC, she was a partner at the law firms of Cooley Godward Kronish in Colorado and Seyfarth, Shaw in Chicago. Amy’s diverse background spans the breadth of workplace law and ranges from negotiating with striking employees at a coal mine in Sheridan, Wyoming and conducting non-harassment training at midnight in a cement factory outside Atlanta, Georgia, to counseling employers on such diverse issues as theft of trade secrets to pets in the office to workplace romance gone wrong. From start up companies to Fortune 100 employers, there isn’t a workplace issue that Amy has not faced in her two decades of employment law practice. Amy also has extensive litigation experience in all aspects of the employment relationship including claims of harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination, as well as non-solicitation/non-competition disputes arising from executive departures. Amy has represented clients in federal and state courts throughout the United States, in arbitration proceedings and before a myriad of state and federal agencies. She has also argued cases before numerous appellate courts. Amy earned her undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University. Originally from New York City, Amy attended the acclaimed Bronx High School of Science.
Laurence Jones is the executive chairman of Coalfire Systems, Inc., that provides IT audit, security, and compliance solutions based in Louisville, CO. He has over 25 years of experience in running global public and private companies in the BPO, marketing services, enterprise software, smart-grid, information and IT services industries. Jones has a proven track record as the CEO of six companies executing buy-and-build strategies, new business initiatives and leading high-growth and turnaround situations. He also has experience as director of thirteen private equity, public and VC-backed companies and Executive Chairman of two others. Most recently, Jones was CEO of Denver, Colorado based StarTek, Inc. (Publicly Traded NYSE: SRT). Jones currently serves as a director of Diligent Board Services (NZX:DIL), NACD Colorado Chapter and the Leeds School of Business at Colorado University. Jones graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1975, and earned his MBA from Boston University in 1980.
Emily Lawrence is an entrepreneur, educator and artist. She began her career in media—first at Food & Wine magazine and then in the programming division at CNN— before turning to the intersection of arts, media and education. She received the Presidential Fellowship at The Ohio State University for her MFA research bringing contemporary dance to public radio audiences and served as the Acting Director of Dance at Dickinson College (PA) and visiting dance faculty at Kenyon College (OH). Emily then joined the start-up world as an early employee at Craftsy, an online education company for makers. During her time at Craftsy, Emily served as Senior Vice President of Content and Production, working alongside her team to acquire, design and produce the organizations' 1300+ video-based online classes in 16 maker categories. Craftsy was acquired by NBCUniversal in 2017. She holds a BA in Religious Studies from Haverford College (PA) and an MFA in Contemporary Dance Documentation and Criticism from The Ohio State University. She’s also a nominee for Outstanding Women in Technology and 40 Under 40. She is passionate about empowering artists and created informed, critical and engaged audiences.
Will Misko is an entrepreneur, adventurer, and community builder. Will leads programs for the account management and customer success team at Tendril, a cloud based data analytics company, running large scale energy efficiency programs for utilities across North America and Europe. After leaving the world of defense contracting in Washington, DC, he took an extended road trip and wound up in Boulder to join the startup community. Will currently serves on the organizing team for TEDxBoulder and runs TEDxBoulderSalons; he is also a mentor with CatalyzeCU and the New Venture Challenge at CU Boulder. Will holds a B.A. from Elon University in Environmental Studies. He is passionate about community engagement, travel, the arts, and the outdoors. When not at a Local show, you’ll find Will rock climbing, mountain biking, or skiing.
Carolyn Schuham has a passion of helping women and children internationally. She is a co-founder and board member of BoldeReach, an organization that is devoted to this mission. Carolyn is an advisory board member of the Boulder International Film Festival. In the past she has served in that capacity for the Boulder International Fringe Festival and Stories on Stage. She is also a Local Lab Playwright Sponsor. Professionally, Carolyn is a licensed clinical social worker in Colorado and Illinois and has master’s certification in organizational development. She is the founder and executive director of Bepeoplesmart Consulting which designs and presents workshops and seminars internationally. She has founded several businesses as well as a private psychotherapy practice. Carolyn is the founder of The Gatherings Inc., a nation wide organization offering adventure travel internationally. Using the Enneagram she has helped individuals and organizations improve and optimize the way they communicate.