Aldo Billingslea (Interim Artistic Director) was selected as the theater's creative leader after Steven Anthony Jones' retirement in June 2017. Prior to that, Aldo directed LHT's production of HOME in May 2017 which received six Theatre Bay Area (TBA) Tier 3 award nominations and won for Outstanding Direction of a Play and Outstanding Ensemble. Previously, he has mounted full productions of Lorraine Hansberry's, A Raisin in the Sun for Pear Theatre and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Goodwill Shakespeare Festival in Summerland, British Columbia. He has also directed Hansberry's The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, Shakespeare's Coriolanus, Love's Labours Lost, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, among others, at Santa Clara University where he is a Professor in the Theater Department. As an actor, he has performed at CalShakes, TheatreWorks, Marin Theatre Company, the Aurora Theatre, the Magic Theatre, A.C.T., and with Shakespeare Festivals of: Arabia, California, Dallas, Marin, Oregon, Santa Cruz, and Utah.
Stephanie Shoffner (Interim Executive Director) took the administrative 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.
Albert R. Dixon (Finance Director) retired as the Director of the San Francisco Small Business Development Center. Al has over twenty years management experience in high tech sales and marketing with companies such as IBM, Apple, Lexis-Nexis, the Thomson Corporation and E-Net. He is a former owner of a Computerland store in Southern California. Early in his career, Al spent three years as a college instructor and department chair in Physics and Mathematics after obtaining a Master’s Degree in Physics from UCLA. In the early 90’s, Al was a member of the organizing committee for what became the Community Bank of the Bay. He also served as the first president of the affiliated non-profit, the Local Economic Assistance Program, in Oakland.
Gina Snow (Manager of Marketing & Grant Development) has been with the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre since November 2011. In addition to marketing, she writes grant proposals and manages grant awards as well as patron, donor and box offices services. She is a seasoned communication specialist and prior to LHT, served as a public relations officer and PR/marketing consultant. For eight years, Gina traveled extensively throughout Asia and the Pacific managing meetings for an international tourism industry trade association with members in over 40 countries. For over 25 years, she produced and hosted a broadcast radio program on food, wine and travel. Joining LHT was a return to her early years when she was a member of a community theater group in Ohio.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR (RETIRED)
Steven Anthony Jones is a veteran stage, television and film actor of over 40 years. During his tenure as LHT's Artistic Director from March 2011-June 2017, Steven produced and directed plays and a variety of staged readings of established and new works, including Marcus Gardley’s Black Odyssey and Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ‘67, among many others. In 2015, he performed the role of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in LHT’s Bay Area Premiere production of THURGOOD by George Stevens, Jr. He also performed in Marin Theatre Company’s production of Fences by August Wilson in 2014 and the World Premiere of The BOX by Sarah Shourd at Z Space in July 2016. Prior to joining LHT, he was a core company actor at American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.), where he also directed and taught for over 20 years. He originated the role of Private James Wilkie in the original production of A Soldier's Play at the Negro Ensemble Company in New York in 1981. His many film and television credits include two seasons of Midnight Caller and a recurring role on the NBC series Trauma. Mr. Jones received his early theatre training at Karamu House in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. He is a graduate of Yankton College in South Dakota. Other experience includes the Cleveland Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, San Jose Rep, and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, among others.
Stanley E. Williams (1950–2010)
LHT Founding Artistic Director
Quentin Easter (1953–2010)
LHT Founding Executive Director