Sue has lived in Mill Valley for 23 years and then moved to Healdsburg in 2006. She has served on the boards of the Marin Community Clinic, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital (Treasurer, Chair), and the SFMH Foundation, the Operations Committee of the Marin General Hospital Board and the Quality and Finance Committees of the Dignity Health Board. She has also volunteered for the Mill Valley Film Festival and worked at the Open Water Rowing Center.
She discovered Mountain Play in 1985, while hiking the switchbacks, when she heard “Climb Every Mountain.” It was the Sound of Music that year. Since then, she’s attended almost every Mountain Play.
Barbara Tomber is a native of Indiana and has been in the Bay Area for 20 years after spending 13 years in Hawaii. She has a degree in Theater and worked at a theater company in Honolulu for 9 years. In her professional career she was an executive Vice President for a bank, lending money to Media and Entertainment companies. She has been on the Mountain Play board for almost three years but had attended the performances on the mountain every year since she moved to Marin. She also has served on the board of the SF Film Festival for 19 years.
The Mountain Play has been a family tradition for over 30 years. It kicks off our summer fun. It is so exciting to get on the bus, as we know the adventure has begun. Up the mountain we go enjoying the endless views and anticipating our picnic spread. It is so special to enjoy the play in the historic amphitheater with its breathtaking views of the ocean and San Francisco. What better way to end the day then a leisurely hike down the mountain. I hope you begin your own family traditions at top the mountain, as well as support the Mountain Play Association.
My background is I am a maritime attorney with a love of theater! I grew up in New Hampshire. My high school history teacher owned a small summer theater in a barn in southern Maine, Hackmatack Playhouse, and high school kids could intern there helping with backstage and audition for parts. I worked backstage there summers and fell in love with musical theater. Mr. Guptill put on the classics—Guys and Dolls, Li’l Abner, Damn Yankees, Sound of Music, Oliver!, etc. When I moved to Marin County in 1990, I discovered the Mountain Play. Obviously the venue is unique and spectacular and the talent displayed in the shows is fantastic! When I was offered the opportunity to be on the Board, I was delighted. I love supporting the Mountain Play organization and doing what I can to make sure it keeps going—one of the treasures of Marin!
This will be Sandee’s third season serving on the board for the Mountain Play. For over twenty years, she has been bringing her kids and grandkids up the mountain as an enthusiastic supporter of the program. Sandee is a life long resident of Marin, and raised a family in San Rafael. Once retired, she wanted to give back to her community, and her first thought: the Mountain Play.
Originally from Vermont and New York, John lived in California for almost 40 years. After receiving a Ph.D from UC Berkeley, he worked for 30 years conducting educational research for several educational institutes in Philadelphia and the Bay Area. The focus of his research was self-directed learning in the form of academic studying and, more recently, project-based learning. He has also developed a number of instructional materials packages for adolescents and their teachers. Most recently, following the lead of his wife, Sanna, he has been trying to learn as much as possible about climate change. He also occupies himself with managing income property, traveling, skiing, sailing, and playing golf.
Mountain Play Advisory Council
Say Hello to the full time staff that keeps the Mountain Play Association going.
EILEEN GRADYExecutive Director and Artistic Producer
This is Eileen’s tenth year as one of Mountain Play’s producers and fourteenth season with the Mountain Play. She has previously served as Vice President of the Board of Directors and as Producer/Director/Creator of the Mountain Play’s annual fall gala since 2006. For decades, Eileen has worked as a producer, director, songwriter and musician in almost every genre of music and theatre. Eileen’s theatrical credits include La Vida Breve (Director), Into the Words: the Lyrics of Sondheim & Porter (Director/Writer), Oh, Boy! (Assistant Director), Wine, Women & Song: Benefit Concerts for the Fight Against Breast Cancer (Concert Artist/Assistant Producer) & The Breast of Broadway (Producer/Director).
KELSEY SLOANAdministrative Associate
Kelsey began volunteering with the Mountain Play in 2012 and has since worked in several seasonal capacities on and off the Mountain. Kelsey graduated with magna cum laude in 2013 from SFSU after training as an actor at the Pacific Conservatory Theater. After developing her business skills working outside of theater, Kelsey is excited to be part of a unique theater company like the Mountain Play. Kelsey’s other training and credits include FAIR Education Intern 2014 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actor: Mary Bennet in PRIDE & PREJUDICE (Pacific Conservatory Theatre), and Committee Member of Ross Alternative Works at the Ross Valley Players.
LUCAS MICHAEL CHANDLERAdministrative Associate
Lucas is new to the team at the Mountain Play as of 2022! Beginning with HELLO, DOLLY! They fell in love with the tradition of the Mountain and now seeks to keep it vibrant and ongoing! Lucas Graduated from PCPA, Pacific Conservatory Theatre in Santa Maria in the Spring of 2015 and spent the following years as a company member for Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora, CA; Arts Education Director for Tuolumne County Arts Alliance in Tuolumne, CA; and Sales and Marketing Associate for Good Company Players in Fresno, Ca. Lucas is passionate about the arts, rooted in Accessibility, Longevity, Outreach, and Education.
WATSONChief Morale Officer
Watson joined the team during the pandemic closure and is very proud of his title as a pandemic pup. Though his prior work history is unknown he has adapted well to his duties after his 2020 rescue at approximately 4 years old. Special skills include naps, jumps, and regular security inspections.