We come from different day jobs and different walks of life, but we have one thing in common: we love theatre and want to make it a big part of our little town!
Catherine is a Lansing, MI native and University of Michigan alum who moved to Manhattan in 1981 to pursue her dream of working in theatre. She worked at Circle Repertory Company, the Joffrey Ballet, and the New York Philarmonic before moving to Metuchen in 1990. For many years she was a jill-of-all-trades at the Forum Theatre Company. Currently she teaches theatre in public schools. She is eager to get back into the professional theatre world.
Anna is a Metuchen native. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 with a bachelor's in film, where she acted and directed in both film and theatre productions. After graduation, she promptly shot a low-budget webseries, "The Year of the Phoenix," using Metuchen as a backdrop. Currently employed as an associate casting editor at Backstage, she writes screenplays and acts in her "spare time." She loves the Mets and reality TV.
Matt is a Metuchen native and graduated from Howard University in 2013 with a B.F.A. in acting. He has many professional acting credits to his name, such as Surflight Theatre's Ragtime and the national tour of the musical Church Girls. On the set of Anna's webseries, he both acted and was an indispensable assistant director. In his spare time, he is involved with Metuchen's Second Baptist Church.
Angela Pineiro (President)
Angela Pineiro is the vice-president of Blue Parachute, a Metuchen-based design and printing company. She has five years' experience in local arts organizations and serves as the programming committee chairperson at The Unitarian Society in East Brunswick. She will be overseeing public relations and marketing campaigns, supervising printing and graphic design projects, and planning programs for the Dragonfly.
Patti Geruc Klimashousky (Secretary)
Patti Geruc Klimashousky has twenty years' experience working as a volunteer with various nonprofit, social service, and hospital organizations. She has event planning experience and was formerly an administrative assistant for the New York Stock Exchange. She will be maintaining board records and handling community outreach.
Paul Nadler (Treasurer)
Paul Nadler is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theatre at Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. With a Ph.D. in Theatre from City University of New York, Paul has written numerous articles on Theatre and served as a dramaturg for the East Lynne Company.
Marilyn Hansen Silver
Marilyn Silver is a Metuchen resident who is very active in the community. Marilyn is the Recording Secretary for the Friends of the Metuchen Library. She volunteers with Meals On Wheels, and she works with Metropolitan Maltese rescue to foster rescue dogs and help find them homes.
During her pursuit as a professional vocalist, Tangela Hamilton has recorded and performed as both a solo artist and a background vocalist. She kept her avant-garde style of writing on tap and recorded her first single, "Come See About Me," for which all lyrics and vocals originated from her exclusively. More recordings, such as "Sexy Ladies Cat Call The Anthem" followed as well as more performance opportunities with radio jingle contests, beauty pageants and local and regional shows. One of Tangela's defining moments as an artist was singing on the soundtrack of the Merv Griffin movie production "Rain," featuring iconic stars as Faye Dunaway, Giancarlo Esposito, Brooklyn Sudano, Erika Alexander, and Robert Loggia. Tangela embarked on her acting talents as well, with having a background role in the same movie. She has also acted in the film "Dream a Little Dream of Dee." She gained national attention from her role as Stacy Hammond in the reality show "Cheaters," where her episode with the car wash scene (Season 8 Episode 6) was selected on E!s "The Soup" as number 13 of E!s Best Reality Show Episodes of All Time. In September 2015, Tangela was awarded membership into The Recording Academy, also known as The Grammys, as well as an executive membership into The Songwriting Hall of Fame. In an effort to give to many others who are standing undiscovered because of their inaccessibility to major music markets, Tangela has also launched Ross Street Music Group, a full scale music licensing, sync and publishing firm to partner with talented artists and composers to take them to the next level with a "hand-up” approach.
Shailendra Khurana is an IT Professional with a passion for theater. He was able to connect with theater again in the US in 2008. He has had the honor of working with directors like Usha Ganguli from India, Joanna Sherman from Bond Street Theater, NY and Dr. Farley Richmond from University of Georgia. He travelled with Epic Actors’ Workshop to India and Nepal to perform Tagore’s Sacrifice and Rahul Varma’s Bhopal. Off the last couple of performances were Dr. Farley Richmond’s directed play “It’s about time”. It’s about time was a collection of short plays “All in the timing” by David Ives and “An Actor’s Nightmare” by Christopher Durang , TENALI RAMAN: FOLK TALES FROM INDIA and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night which was produced by DragonFly Multicultural Arts Center and Directed by Catherine LaMoreaux and Mahesh Dattani’s directed play “Masrayana” - based on true events.