P.O. Box 146
Bishop, CA 93514
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Playhouse 395 strives to provide the highest quality community theater though productions and educational actvities for people in all life stages, and, to provide theater management services for the BUHS preforming arts venue with long-term sights set on a state-of-the-art Eastern Sierra Preforming Arts Center.
Since 2006 Playhouse 395 has produced dozens of shows and children’s workshops, shared the love of performing arts with thousands of patrons. Playhouse 395 is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.
Welcome to Playhouse 395, A Message from Our Board President -
My name is Don Kunze and I am honored to be serving on the Board of Directors in my third term as President. I am not now nor do I ever aspire to become an actor out on a Playhouse stage. Instead, I prefer working behind the scenes on stage crews, set construction, special effects, lighting, stage manager and generally trying to follow my own adage that if you see me during a show, something has gone terribly wrong. I am but a small piece of the great mosaic of actors, directors, musicians, lighting and sound technicians, make-up and costume designers, production and house management teams that all come together to present the Highest Quality Productions Playhouse 395 has come to be known for.
I am honored to be supported in a leadership role on the Playhouse 395. Considering the talent and expertise of our great board, that they place their confidence in me to lead this organization is an honor I cherish. They are a fine board, donating untold hours of time and lending their unique abilities to guide this organization to uphold its mission statement of bringing community theatre to the people of the Eastern Sierra.
I have been proud to be a part of the evolution of Playhouse 395 going from producing two musicals per year to now, along with those productions, expanding to non-musicals, smaller more intimate productions such as “What I Wore”. We have embraced delightful productions such as Suds, along with Doyle and Debbie and have been expanding to the production of Radio Plays. Supporting our youth producing their own productions along with partnering with the City of Bishop’s Children’s Theatre Workshop (CTW) that keeps our talent pool ever fresh and growing as we provide opportunities for the young people of our area to experience the joy and wonder of live theatre.
We are continually seeking out productions that our local community want to see and are excited by what productions lay ahead of us in the near future. I would encourage you to keep checking back on our website to see what is coming and perhaps, finding a role you might want to audition for or a production position you might want to lend your help with.
I and this board, are always open to new ideas and hope to support anyone who is wanting to produce a play and needs an organization to help them make that happen. We are dedicated to community theatre which means we ae dedicated to you. I would also add that we are always in need or any and all talents you might want to bring to our organization. I am living proof that you don’t have to be an actor to find a role in Playhouse 395 and would welcome you to join us.
Don Kunze, President
Currently serving as Board President, Don has worked extensively with Playhouse 395 since its re-establishment in 2006. Don has loyally served as Stage Manager, Special Effects Artist, and Pyrotechnics Technician, among many other roles. Don is thrilled to continue his work with Playhouse and looks forward to Supporting artists and technicians well into the future!
Eric Bridges, Secretary
Eric is a Director/Stage Manager who is currently serving as Director of Production with Long Beach Opera. Based in Orange County, California, Eric is a native of Inyo County and got his theatrical start on the Bishop High School Stage with Playhouse 395. Eric is proud to be able to bring his ample professional theatre experience and production management skills to the Board of Playhouse 395.
Stan Conger, Treasurer
Stan Conger has been active with Playhouse 395 since joining the cast of The Music Man in 2008. He has been a cast member in nearly every Playhouse production since then, served as a member of the lighting crew for Chicago and is currently the Playhouse treasurer.
A devoted outdoor enthusiast who grew up in south central Michigan, Martha was introduced to theatre at an early age with the vibrant community theatre of the Tibbets Opera House. While working as a nurse at a university clinic, Martha was able to earn a BA in Theatre Arts which cemented her love of the art. Martha has been a part of Playhouse 395 since The Sound of Music in 2006 where she was cast as a nun alongside her daughter (one of the highlights of motherhood). Martha has since been both on-stage and behind the scenes working as a Stage Manager, Director, Producer, and Artistic Director. Martha has focused on presenting standard, classic musical theater to the Eastern Sierra and takes immense pride in the Playhouse 395 alumni that have gone on to study Theatre at University and pursue careers in the Arts.
Jenn Davis has had experience on the stage and behind it since she was a little girl. With a minor in theatre and some professional theater experience under her belt she is thrilled to be a part of the Playhouse 395 community. She feels very blessed to be part of this community theatre family for the last 11 years and counting! She has directed 8 shows and acted in 2 for Playhouse 395 over the years and excited to do more! She is thankful to Jesus for the gifts of story telling and song that bring a community of diverse people together.