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About Surf City Theatre Company
Lisa Leonard and Frank Prater began Surf City Theatre Company in January of 2012 with the idea of bringing high-quality, LA style theatre to the beach cities and the South Bay community as a whole.

Their idea for a singular, unique theatre experience that keeps the audience “in the show” instead of just “watching a play” has been roundly well received by their patrons.

This is grass-roots theatre at its best! As we always say, “You’d be surprised what you can accomplish with little to no $$ but a lot of guts and vision and the willingness to put it all on the line for a great show!!” 
"We are committed to bringing quality theater to the South Bay area...
Thank you to all who have made charitable contributions  to Surf City Theatre Company."

Calif. non profit
501c3 ID#:
45-5578780
Healthy Life.Net Radio
"Secrets of the South Bay"
Interview of Lisa and Frank
aired 5/24/2013
Mission Statement
Board of Directors
President & Executive Producer
Lisa Leonard               email:  surfcitytheatre@gmail.com   
Vice President
Nikki Parsons              email:  naparsons@att.net

Secretary
Diana Mann                email:  dmann90277@hotmail.com
Treasurer
Michael Grubb             email:  mngrubb@msn.com
A resident of the South Bay and familiar face to many south-land theaters she has costumed over 70 shows in the past 15 years, designing, coordinating, and building everything from small four character shows to 40 character musical productions. On stage she was most recently seen as Olive in the west coast premier of Olive and The Bitter Herbs on the Surf City stage, and as Grandma Emma in Over the River and Through The Woods.

Since becoming involved with Surf City Theater she has found a new and even greater passion: bringing her many years of theater experience and knowledge to help create the best dog-gone live theater in the South Bay. Watching this theater group grow and expand is exhilarating, not to mention fun. Thank you for supporting local live theater.
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Board Member
Bob Baumsten              email:  bbaumsten@showerdoor.com
Board Member
Sabrina Guyll                email:  sabguyll@gmail.com  
Bob is a Vietnam Veteran, (1968-1969)  After his service he went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Illinois University, majoring in speech with a minor in public relations, with an underlying passion for acting, yet to be realized.  His stage credits range from comedy, drama, and musicals. Favorites would be any Neil Simon works such as "Plaza Suite" and The Sunshine Boys." Musicals would include "Fiddler On the Roof", "Damn Yankees","Willy Wonka" and "A Man Of No Importance."
Military classics include "Mister Roberts" and "The Caine Munitity Court Martial."
Lastly, it has been a privilege to be in numerous productions for the Surf City Theatre Company. The company's inaugural "Bleacher Bums"," A Christmas Carol", as Ebenezer Scrooge,and the 2017 production, "Over The River And Through The Woods" to packed houses. 
Hailing from Bellevue, WA, Sabrina got her start in the performing arts when she was "discovered" for a Seattle pizza commercial at the age of five. Her love of performing grew and she became involved in numerous theatrical productions throughout the Pacific Northwest in various facets. Eventually she found her way to New York, where she returned to film acting. Some of her favorite experiences include originating the role of Kathy Cole in the off-off-off-off-Broadway play, "Q-mart Uprise," by Renee McNeil, playing a mafia hitwoman in the indie film "People on Monday," by Katsumi Funahashi, and playing a gender-bending dual role as Heidi/Howard in the stage version of the popular TV show, "Twin Peaks."
Sabrina is "thrilled" with her election to Surf City's Board and can't wait to use her talents to help this wonderful theatre company grow.
Board Member
Phyllis Nofts                email:  phyllis@phyllisnofts.com
Phyllis has been involved in theatre, onstage or backstage, since she was in high school. She received her degree in Theatre Arts a few years ago (she won’t admit the year!). Her theatre credits include productions at numerous So. CA venues. Her favorite stage credits include Norma Hubley (Plaza Suite), Emma Cristano (Over the River and Through the Woods), Betty Meeks (The Foreigner), Ouiser Boudreaux (Steel Magnolias) and Bernice (Self-Help). Her film credits include “Open” and “Carol Support Group”. Phyllis is honored to serve on the board of Surf City Theatre with the goal of helping contribute to the success of the company. She’s excited to bring her past theatrical experience, along with her enthusiasm in support of this growing theater company. Phyllis wants to thank you for your support and hopes you continue to be entertained by the high quality productions from Surf City Theatre.
Board Member
Darrin Reed                 email:  darrinreeed@hotmail.com  
Darrin Reed is a successful television, film producer and writer. Mr. Reed's produced a movie, called "Lila and Eve," starring Jennifer Lopez and Viola Davis which was featured at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and is currently showing on Netflix and Amazon.   Mr. Reed also created the highly successful Spike TV reality series, "Bar Rescue”, which just got renewed for its 6th.   Darrin has been in four productions for the Surf City Theatre Company. In his debut, he played DECKER in the production of “Bleacher Bums”, and the GHOST OF CHRISTAMS PRESENT in “A Christmas Carol”. He then played MAX in the production of “Laughter on the 23rd Floor.” Finally, he played OSCAR in the “The Odd Couple, another Neil Simon classic.
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Board Member
John Sugden                 email:  slogun57@yahoo.com  
From stage crew to set builder to assistant producer, this beginning led to John's only big break, when in 1995 he was hired by the Groundlings as their stage manager. He was promoted to Technical Director later that year which led to a highlight reel of memories and good shows.

John has been involved with Surf City Theater from the beginning. He now does mostly painting and nailing and less of pushing things around in the dark during shows. Being a board member also means looking for ways to bring Surf City Theater Company more fully into the community as they expand their brand and broaden their horizons.
Technical Director
Michael Thorpe              email:  mike@pedantic.org
Mike grew up performing many roles on the MBCC stage before his first starring role as Oliver Twist in "Oliver!" at the age of 11. He continued to perform, but also branched out into working backstage and in the light booth. He started at Surf City in 2014, designing and running lights for the lighting-heavy show "Wait Until Dark". He became Surf City's full-time technical director in 2016.

Mike tries to bring his skills to bear on Surf City shows to make them the best that they can be, Just in his first years with the company he had the opportunity to make a glowing mirror, a clock with hands that spin around, ringing phones, a door that opens on its own, and a keyboard that corrects what's played so a non-piano-player can play it. 
Company Members
Board Member
Caryn Richman            email:   caryn@starcast.net
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