Our Current Board of Directors includes…
President, Ted Jaquith
Ted was introduced to theater by his parents. He has early memories of hanging out at rehearsals while his father conducted pit orchestras and produced musicals. He still enjoys attending rehearsals. Ted has lived in Edmonds all of his adult life. He has been active with DP as an actor, a director and a patron. He is honored to now serve as its president.
Vice President, Keith A. Gehrig
Keith joined the Driftwood family in the early 1990’s to design lights for Nunsense and stayed to do many other things, including being the Office Manager from 2004 to 2014. His first produced play, Small World was presented as one of the first Spotlight on Local Playwrights at EDP. He also directed 2011’s award winner entry in the state festival, The Long Christmas Dinner.
He was recently appointed to the Snohomish County Arts Commission and is finishing a Master’s degree in Arts Leadership at Seattle University.
Jay has very much enjoyed being part of the Driftwood “family” for the past few years, having been on stage in several Driftwood shows: The Music Man, The Wizard of Oz, Thugs, A Funny Thing Happened….Forum, and The Drowsy Chaperone. He has also played keyboards and trumpet in pit orchestras for a number of musicals in the area. Jay hails from Wisconsin, where he taught Instrumental Music in public schools for eight years before returning to college for an Electrical Engineering degree. He has been in the area for 11 years, and serves as a Director of Engineering at a medical device company.
Katie caught the theater “bug” a few years ago, and hasn’t stopped since! Her experience includes working with Madrona Children’s Theater, teaching creative drama in preschools with Seattle Shining Stars, and many Driftwood productions. Stage managing and producing are her favorite roles, and she’s thrilled to put some of those organizational skills to use here on the EDP Board. Katie was an office manager for a Seattle law firm for more than 8 years, before taking the plunge into self-employment, as a Personal Assistant for small businesses and individuals. She loves being part of the Driftwood family, and hopes to continue being a part of the amazing opportunities EDP brings to our local community!
Member at Large (Building / Technical Maintenance), Michael Corey
Michael has been involved in theatre in one form another since high school. While he has acted on stage from time to time, he really enjoys accompanying actors either as a solo pianist or pit orchestra conductor. He has also volunteered” from time to time to build sets and set pieces, as well as run audio for shows. During the 30 plus years, he has lived in the Seattle area, he has done a handful of shows at Edmonds Driftwood Players. He also conceived of and hosts the Annual Holiday Sing-Along at EDP every December.
Currently, Michael is the Music Director for Ballyhoo Theatre and is on its Board of Directors. He has run Mike’s Remodel for the past 25 years and has extensive experience in residential remodel and repair.
Member at Large (Membership and Volunteers), Brian Toews
Brian is a Pacific Northwest native hailing from Snohomish County. He caught the “theatre bug” when he played Ebenezer Scrooge in a 5th grade class production; the show changed his life forever. Since then he has been a fierce advocate for the arts. Brian is a director, actor, playwright, producer and theatre educator. He received his BA in English and Theatre and his Master in Teaching from Western Washington University.
Brian has worked with the following institutions and companies in various creative and administrative capacities: Western Washington University, Idiom Theater, The Pocket Theater, The Slate Theater, Eclectic Theater, Roosevelt High School, Glacier Peak High School, Mount Baker Theatre, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. When Brian is not doing theater (which is rarely) he teaches full time.
Louise Kincaid has worked in nonprofit management and development for over 20 years. Prior to joining the Future of Flight Foundation, she was the Executive Director for Mercer Island Center for the Arts where she brought a wide range of arts and nonprofit management skills, initiating the $25 million capital campaign through community outreach and fundraising efforts. With a passion for the arts and musical theatre, Louise was Village Theatre’s Director of Development for 10 years, where she oversaw both the $2 million annual fund and the multi-faceted $11 million capital campaign fundraising efforts for both Issaquah and Everett. Joining the Northwest Chamber Orchestra in 1992 as Executive Director, she led the organization to a 10-year period of remarkable organizational growth, fiscal stability and artistic excellence. She graduated from the University of Michigan with two graduate degrees in Musicology and Music Performance.
Member at Large (Assistant Treasurer), Anabel Hovig
Anabel Hovig has been a member and volunteer at Edmonds Driftwood players for almost 10 years. She started as an actor and later went on to usher and house manage as well as serving on the Play Selection/ Director selection committee as co-chair for a number of years. During the last four years with EDP, she has coordinated the Missoula Children’s theatre program and co-produced a number of our mainstage productions. She even worked in the box office last spring. Anabel is resident of Edmonds and a very active member of the Edmonds community at large.
Member at Large (Front of House), Rita Baxter
Rita Baxter has always had performing in her blood. She started acting in high school as much as possible, taking drama classes and participating in school plays. After school she took a hiatus from performing to find her way in life. During that time she started working full time while also earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Management. She intended to get a PhD for the simple reason of making everyone call her “Dr. Rita” but, that was not in her cards. She lives in Marysville remaining close to family and friends. She is very adventurous and has started checking items off of her bucket list including: skydiving, scuba diving, hot air ballooning, getting her motorcycle endorsement (which is harder than you might think), traveling to various wonderful locations and flying an airplane.
Thankfully she was able to make her way back to the stage several years ago ultimately joining Edmonds Driftwood Players. She feels very blessed and honored to be a part of this theater group and looks forward to working more with the Driftwood family.
Desmond grew up on a farm in Rhodesia, present-day Zimbabwe, and now lives in Snohomish, WA with his wife, Karen. He is the sixth of eleven siblings, seven of whom are still living. Desmond attended a Catholic boarding school in Rhodesia from the age of 7 until graduating in 1965. He then attended the all-white Bulawayo Teachers Training College of Rhodesia; although he could attend classes, he was not allowed to live or have meals on campus. He moved to the USA in July 1972. He and Karen taught in a private junior boys’ school in Deerfield, Massachusetts. They lived in a dormitory while at the school and Desmond taught in the classroom, coached soccer (aka football), skiing – although he had never seen snow before, basketball – although he had never heard of it before, and track and field. He remained at the boarding school for fourteen years before moving on to become a principal at two consecutive private middle schools before retiring in 2006 and moving to Washington State in 2007. Karen and Desmond have two daughters and five grandchildren. One daughter lives in Snohomish, Washington and the other in Atlanta, Georgia. Desmond learned about the Children’s Commission from a friend and Commission member Chris. He attended his first SCCC meeting February 27, 2013 and decided to become a member a short time thereafter. Desmond now is sort of ‘unretired.’ He was the Children’s Advocate at the Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families in Everett, WA until 2015. He served on the board of the Snohomish County Health and Safety Network and was board chair of the Network Advocates. He now is the Chair of the Snohomish County Children’s Commission and is on the board of Edmonds Driftwood Players. He also is a member of the Children’s Mental Health Coalition. Desmond’s favorite sport is soccer which he played in high school, college and semiprofessionally in Rhodesia. He also ran soccer camps in Greenfield Massachusetts for 21 years and currently coaches – with his daughter – a soccer team of ten-year old girls, including his granddaughter. Desmond’s acting career ended with a part in the Kaufman/Hart play, You Can’t Take it With You. No, he never did meet Jean Arthur and yes, a grandfather of his was a renowned medicine man (a so-called witchdoctor).
As a season ticket holder, Wayne enjoys live theater. This started when his children were in drama classes during high school. With Driftwood Players involvement of the summer youth program, this has sparked him to volunteer on the board. Wayne says “We are the teachers to the children, let’s keep them laughing”. As a local businessman and event organizer, he brings insight on – reaching out to the community and protecting assets. As a Northwest native he enjoys traveling, golf, coffee and all the water views he can find.
LEGAL ADVISOR, Peggy Sanders, Attorney
Sanders Law Group 152 3rd Ave S, Suite 101, Edmonds, WA 98020