Board of Directors

The magic of community theater is that it is created by community for community and Edmonds Driftwood Players (EDP) has been doing that for 65 wonderful years!

We have a small staff of five who, in 2023, worked with more than 650 volunteers who generously gave their time and energy to keep the lights on, the costumes vibrant, and patrons coming back. Our volunteers are the life of our organization and we couldn’t do what we do without them. We do not have a big staff or a big budget, but every individual involved has a big heart for this theatre community – past, present and future.  

EDP is led by a nonprofit community board, who are our leadership volunteers. We are seeking new members to join our board as we launch into strategic planning for our future, seek to expand our education programs and bring new technology to our space.

We welcome those with a love of theater, time to give, a service-minded attitude and some experience and willingness to help us plan for the future of the organization. In particular, we are looking for those with financial, legal, past board, or past nonprofit experience.  But if you don’t have those skills don’t be dissuaded. If you have an interest in joining our board, please connect with us for a chat!  You will have other talents that we don’t even know we need!

There are many ways to get involved with us and if the board isn’t the right fit, we are happy to help guide you to a team or a project that will be just right for you!   

For more information, please contact our Managing Director, Katie Soule, at [email protected].

CURRENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

HEATHER LAKEFISH | President

Heather was raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio where she enjoyed going to the theater and performing in school plays. She continued her passion for theater in college, where she graduated with a degree Dramatic Literature from George Washington University. She moved to New York and then LA for a few years working in TV and Film productions. She settled in the Seattle area 20 years ago where she has worked as an event manager, chef and cooking instructor. Recently moved to Edmonds, Heather and her husband have two school age children, and a big fluffy dog whom she walks frequently along the Edmonds waterfront. Heather is excited to be a part of this amazing community theater, and to re-connect with her life-long love of the theatre arts. 

RICHARD BECKERMAN | Vice President

With Richard’s first career in theatre lighting, then 30 years in leadership positions and as a national consultant to museums, returns him to his theatre roots. Especially with the amazing 65-year history of the Edmonds Driftwood Players. Now, post-covid, the board and staff are setting the table for the good things to come, and we are excited to be developing its future. Richard’s experience at the Museum of Flight and the Seattle Art Museum has him passionate about the nonprofit creative venues that bring so much to our communities.  He is a longtime advocate of museums and the performing arts while serving on the board of Inspire Washington. Richard’s education was at the Evergreen College, studying art and in the Management in the Public Interest program.  He also has a Master’s of Science in Management, with a focus on board and staff relations from Antioch University Seattle.

KELLY MCDONALD | Secretary

Kelly McDonald, President

Kelly moved to Richmond Beach in 2018 after many years living in SE Asia and working for international NGOs including IUCN and the Ford Foundation. She was an active member of the Bangkok Community Theatre and the Caravan Theatre in Bangkok, as well as a guest lecturer in theatre at Chulalongkhorn University. She served on the board of the Bali International School (now Bali Island School). Kelly is a graduate of Pomona College (BA in theatre design) and Carnegie Mellon University (Masters in arts management). She and her husband and have four grown children who live in various countries and a Bali dog. She is a Director at the National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association for Children.

SANDRA BOWERS-KINNEY | Member-at-Large

Sandra (she/her) has lived in the Edmonds area for 25 plus years and has been a enthusiastic attendee at numerous EDP productions. It wasn’t until recently she decided to volunteer and has quickly fallen in love with all aspects of the theater. She is committed to keeping local theater strong and accessible to everyone.

IRINA GELFENBEYN | Member-at-Large

Introduced to the arts at an early age, Irina is a theater super-fan. Understanding the vital role local theater plays in its community, Irina is proud to honor and support the 60+ year legacy of Edmonds Driftwood Players by rolling up her sleeves and doing whatever needs to be done to keep live theater alive!

JACQUELINE MEYNERS | Member-at-Large

Jacqueline Meyners is a director and theatre educator, originally from Colorado.  She grew up in the small mountain town of Durango, where she first acted as Miss Honey in a parent-adapted version of the Roald Dahl novel Matilda.  After getting her BA in Theatre Education and Acting from the University of Northern Colorado, Jacqueline taught middle school theatre for two years.  In 2019, Jacqueline moved to Seattle and became the Drama teacher at Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood.  Under her guidance, the Meadowdale Players have won multiple awards and grown to a program of 50+ students.  Jacqueline believes strongly in the transformative, creative process of theatre.  She is thrilled to help continue Edmonds Driftwood Players’ long legacy and looks forward to helping shape what it will grow into next.

SEAN MORRONE | Member-at-Large

Sean (he/him) grew up in the surrounding neighborhood of Mountlake Terrace in the shadow of the Edmonds Driftwood Players. He started acting at a very young age taking the Youth Acting Program at the University of Washington and Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute for Kids and Teens. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Cornish College of the Arts. His first show at EDP was the 2002 production of Rough Crossing where he played Alex Gal. Over the years he has performed in many of EDP’s productions. He also discovered, through EDP, a passion for stage management and has now stage managed many of EDP’s productions. He hopes to encourage the discovery of theater in Edmonds and the greater community overall to all those who have ever dreamed to trod the boards.


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