Peggy Moore, President
Peggy has lived in the Colestin Valley for 33 years. She and her partner, 39 goats, and rescue cats and dogs live on a farm and raise hogs and make goat milk soap. Peggy taught at Foothill College in the San Francisco Bay Area for 19 years. She taught English and drama and had the distinction of teaching King Lear about 82 times. She has actually taught the entire Shakespeare canon. Peggy started the women’s studies program at Foothill, which was the first community college in the country to grant an associate degree in women’s studies, awarding the first one in 1975. Before retiring in 2004, Peggy was the academic vice president at College of the Siskiyous for 15 years, an interim VP at Shasta College (twice) and Lassen College once, and the interim superintendent/president of College of the Siskiyous. She holds two master’s degrees—one in English and one is social science (women’s studies) from San Jose State University. Peggy loves theater and is delighted serve on the ANPF Board. She has been a reader for several years, as well. Peggy also loves animals and previously served as the president of the board for Friends of the Animal Shelter; she has been on that board since 1999. She also served on the board of AAUW Ashland. She chairs the board of the Colestin Rural Fire District and the Animal Control Advisory Committee for Jackson County. She volunteers with the Ashland Independent Film Festival and continues to serve as a consultant for colleges in both California and Wyoming.
Roger Pearce, Vice President
Roger worked for many years in community theater as a dancer, singer, and actor while supporting his theater habit by working as a cook and baker. After going to law school in his thirties, he practiced land use law at one of Seattle’s largest law firms for 23 years. Roger and wife, Julie, have been trying to move to Ashland for years. In 2013 they were finally able to make the move to Ashland, where Roger is practicing law less, enjoying it more, and making time for theater-oriented pursuits like Ashland New Plays Festival.
Beth Falkenstein, Treasurer
In 2016 Beth moved to Ashland from Los Angeles, California, where she had spent many years working in the entertainment industry. As a Production Coordinator for episodic television and movies-of-the-week, her nearly compulsive need for organization served her well; and, as a writer for several network sitcoms she found a productive outlet for her natural inclination toward irreverence and sarcasm. More recently, Beth has been the owner and manager of a successful music publishing and recording catalog. A graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Theater, she has fond memories of the regular summer trips her family made from Detroit to the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario. Making a home here, amid the theater community of Ashland, has been a dream come true. As a member of the board, Beth is thrilled for the opportunity to unite her administrative and artistic sensibilities, and to be a part of an organization as dynamic and vital as ANPF.
Carol Putnam, Secretary
Carol, a native Oregonian, has been attending plays, musicals, dance performances, and concerts since she was a child. Her first tickets were purchased with savings from her allowance. After more than twenty-five years working in global hi-tech companies (Hewlett-Packard, Tektronix, and Microsoft), in a variety of roles, Carol decided she would like to live and work in one time zone. She and her husband moved to the Rogue Valley in 2015. (They have been coming to Ashland for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for thirty years.) Within mere months of their move, Carol became a Reader for ANPF. A personal and professional coach, Carol works with executives, entrepreneurs, organizations, and small businesses. She has a M.Ed. in Adult Education, a M.S. in Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Education, focusing in Training and Organizational Development. Carol is a member of Ashland Business Connections, a chapter of BNI (Business Network International) and Women Entrepreneurs of Southern Oregon.
Jane has loved the theater since she had the lead in her senior play in high school. She considered a career in theater when she enrolled at UC Berkeley but decided she needed something that would support her more reliably in the future. She majored in economics and graduated with highest honors. She then got an MBA with a specialty in finance, also from UC Berkeley. After working for Wells Fargo in Investment Advisors for 10 years, during which she earned the designation Certified Financial Analyst (CFA), she founded her own firm, Bardin Financial Services, a Registered Investment Advisor. In 1987 she moved her firm from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Sierra foothills town of Jackson. She was one of the founders of the Amador Land Trust and served on the board in many positions, including president. In addition, she helped found the Amador Community Fund, again serving as a board member; she still consults with the board on financial questions. She returned to her love of theater by joining the Volcano Theatre Company, serving on the board for several years as secretary and treasurer, but best of all she got to act and do something she had always wanted to do: direct. It was from her fellow thespians that she learned about Ashland, which they lovingly called “Mecca,” and thus began the twice yearly trips to the Rogue Valley. When she retired and sold her firm, she and her husband moved to Medford. She quickly sought out ANPF and has been a reader since 2012. She says she thinks she has died and gone to heaven if she has a play in her hands.
Julie Gillis is a non-profit professional who specializes in development, community relations, and communications. She has produced transformational storytelling and fundraising events for over 22 years. She began her career in development at Bastyr University and with the Girl Scouts Totem Council in Seattle, Washington. She was the Assistant Director of Community Relations at the Austin State Hospital, and then moved to the University of Texas at Austin where she built and expanded a program focused on Student Philanthropy. She gained experience with major giving during her time with the Women’s Community Center of Austin and with grant oversight at the Rogue Workforce Partnership in Oregon. She provided fundraising consulting with film, book, and theater projects, including: Let Go and Love Tour, Tightly Wound, Windows, Duels, The Territory, Somebody Hold Me, and The Reluctant Radical. Julie is also an artist with over 35 years of experience in film, theater, public speaking, and comedy. She has curated and produced over 11 years of storytelling, comedy, and improv events in Austin, Dallas, D.C, San Francisco, Ashland, and in Canada. As a board member and volunteer, Julie has supported diverse organizations such as Lotus Rising Project, Ashland Children’s Theatre, Twin Heroes Productions, The Rogue Valley Messenger, Salvage Vanguard Theater, The Vortex Rep, Lilith Fund, NARAL Pro Choice Texas, New Leaders Council Austin, the UT Gender and Sexuality Center, Team FX Austin Marathon, and the Day of the Dead Race.
William (Bill) Grove
Bill was born in a small farm town in Kansas into a family of three generations of physicians. His parents appreciated the arts and took him to see Helen Hays and Maurice Evens in a touring performance from Shakespeare in Wichita. It was transforming, and, although he was predestined to be a physician, he has made theater a part of his life since then. He graduated from Rice University (attending the Alley Theater and the Houston Opera) and Northwestern Medical School (The Goodman Theater, Second City, etc.) and did his residency in Pathology at Stanford. He practiced medicine at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose. During that time, he served several terms on the nonprofit Medical Staff Corporation, including time as treasurer and president of the board. He also served a term as Treasurer for the Medical Staff. In the Bay Area theater scene, he had season subscriptions to ACT, Theatreworks, San Jose Rep, and the San Francisco Opera and regularly attended Berkeley Rep and other venues. In 1982, he discovered OSF. He became a member of the festival with regular visits increasing in frequency culminating in buying a home in 2012, so that he spends around a quarter of his time in Ashland now. Bill is active in the local CERT activities and the Atherton Disaster Preparedness Committee, acting as a Neighborhood Coordinator. He has also been treasurer and president of the Peninsula Wine Tasting Group as well as Chef de Cave and Grand Senechal (President) of the Conferie des Chevaliers de Tastevin, Sous~Commanderie de Silicon Valley – a Burgundy centric group. He is also a volunteer reader for ANPF, which he’s loved doing the past two years. He is honored to be a part of ANPF to help find good new theater and nourish it.
Jim is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the retired director of the John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional Journalists at Stanford University. A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Jim reported for 20 years for the Des Moines Register, mostly as the paper’s Washington DC bureau chief until moving to Stanford in 1985. Jim served as a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board from 1989 to 1999, including service on the Board’s Drama Committee. He was on the board of San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre, and, in 2003, he was elected to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Board of Directors, where he served nine years, including a two-year term as president. His proudest moment there was chairing the search committee that chose Bill Rauch as OSF’s new artistic director. Jim and his wife Sandi started coming to Ashland in the late 1980s to see OSF plays and moved to Ashland in 2004. Both do volunteer work at OSF. They have attended the Ashland New Plays Festival ever since moving to Ashland.
Judith’s brief career as a playwright—second-grade triumphs sadly lost to history—was enough to convince her of the joy and importance of bringing scripts to the stage. It also lit a love of theater she has since pursued by multiple means. She was an English professor at UCLA before moving to Ashland, where she works for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as a production and research dramaturg and writer. She has served OSF as a Boarshead participant and ANPF as a reader. And she has performed with the Randall Theatre, Ashland Contemporary Theatre, Camelot, ANPF, Atelier, Oregon Stage Works, and others. She is also active in the nonprofit world and has worked since 2005 as development director for the Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team (JC SART). Judith holds an AB from Harvard University and a PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley. She joined ANPF’s board in 2015.