Professional Nonprofit Theater on Martha's Vineyard
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Board of Directors

Arnie Reisman, Chairperson

Arnie Reisman

Arnie has been an award-winning writer, producer and performer for four decades. At present he writes a column, The Washashore Chronicles, for the Vineyard Gazette. Since the inception of the series in 1996, he has been a regular panelist on National Public Radio’s Says You!, the weekly comedy quiz show, sitting next to his wife, Paula Lyons, former national consumer reporter. In 2009, with Ann Carol Grossman, he produced for PBS The Powder & the Glory, a 90-minute film focusing on the business rivalry of Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. The film has been developed into a stage musical, War Paint. Starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, the show opens in Chicago in the summer, 2016. In the spring of 2015 the MV Playhouse produced his play, Not Constantinople. His national telecasts include Hollywood On Trial (Oscar-nominated documentary on the blacklist) and The Other Side of the Moon (90-minute PBS special for 20th anniversary of the lunar landing). In 2014 he was named Martha’s Vineyard Poet Laureate. He has authored two books of poems, Clara Bow Died For Our Sins (2015) and Sodom and Costello (June 2016).

David Behnke

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David has been a full time resident of Martha’s Vineyard since 2014. He is Managing Director and Head of US Investments for Najeti Ventures LLC, a private equity firm in Connecticut. Prior to that he worked for JP Morgan for 22 years, where he was a Managing Director and headed various divisions within the bank. He has served on the Boards of Directors of Triton Resources, Deep River Snacks, Annie’s, MVP, Data Path, Direct Fuels and Prestolite Electric. He has also served as CFO of Data Path and CEO of Triton Resources. He is co-owner of the Behnke Doherty Gallery in Vineyard Haven (and of a previous gallery in Washington, CT). David is also a professional singer and a graduate of the Opera Program at the Yale School of Music, a recipient of a grant for study at the Paris Conservatory of Music, and a resident artist with the Tri Cities Opera Company. He performs frequently on island including performances with the Island Theater Workshop. He is currently Chair of the Baker Institute for Animal Health at Cornell University on the board of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society. Previous non-profit board positions have included the Advisory Council of the Trustees of Reservations, the CT Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, The Housatonic Valley Association, the Steep Rock Land Trust and the Washington Art Association. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MM from Yale University, and a BA from Hamilton College.

 

Wallace Bullock

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Wallace Bullock is a writer, teacher, actor, and historical dramatist. Wallace has a one man show entitled A TASTE OF JFK, MALCOLM X, AND ADAM CLAYTON POWELL. Wallace has performed the show in many theaters across the United States and Europe, including at the Playhouse in August, 2013. Wallace is a retired high school English teacher, where he taught AP English and directed school productions. He directed productions such as GUYS AND DOLLS, GYPSY, ANNIE, PAJAMA GAME, ROMEO AND JULIET AND HARVEY. Wallace holds a BA in psychology, from Widener University and an MA in English Literature from Brooklyn College of CUNY.

George L. Cohn, Ex-officio

George Cohn

Dr. Cohn served as President of the Playhouse Board from 1998-2005 and remains an enthusiastic patron of the theater. During his tenure, the Playhouse “grew up” and became the highly regarded professional theater it is today.

 

Paula Lyons

Paula Lyons

Paula Lyons was an award-winning Consumer Investigative Reporter who worked in both local and network television for 25 years, then plied those communication skills in to a new career as an Executive Coach, helping C-level executives all across the country, become more powerful and effective, communicating vision and strategy throughout their organizations. She did that work at Bates Communications in Wellesley, MA.

Currently, she is a regular panelist with her husband, Arnie Reisman, on National Public Radio’s weekly comedy quiz show “Says You.”

She and her husband moved full time to Martha’s Vineyard in 2011. Paula credits her early immersion in both elocution lessons and theater with giving her the confidence to take on a public role in television. She sees the same thing happening here in the various childrens’ programs of the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. Theater transforms and Paula is happy to see those transformations take place here on Martha’s Vineyard throughout the year.

MJ Bruder Munafo

MJ serves on the Board as well as leading the theater in her capacity as Artistic & Executive Director.

Elizabeth (Liz) Trotter

Liz TrotterAfter a successful career as a Human Resources Manager for a DC area firm, Liz Trotter left the business world to raise her son. Moving to the island in 2001, she and her husband took over the renovation of an old family home. Active in programs at the local elementary school and later assisting Falmouth Academy through their development committee, she has not shied away from joining in to help out where needed. Currently, she benefits from combining a love of writing and an enduring respect for history by volunteering at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum library and publishing articles in the “Dukes County Intelligencer”. Liz is a long time avid supporter of the Playhouse since witnessing its impact on island school children.

Gerry Yukevich

Gerry Yukevich

A native of Steubenville, Ohio, Gerry practices internal medicine in Vineyard Haven, MA. He and his wife Martha and daughter Anna moved from Boston to the Vineyard in 1995 and quickly grew attached to the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. In Boston, Gerry founded the Buster-Scimitar Theater, which specialized in European farce and original American drama. He was also Publisher of Alpha-Bete, a Free-Form Art Sheet, and President of Z’Arts, a Boston-based arts networking organization. Gerry performs each June 16th in Arts and Society’s Bloomsday Concert. His comic novel “Cruise Ship Doctor” was published in 2003. He is currently shopping two screenplays and his essays and reviews appear occasionally in The Vineyard Gazette and the M.V. Times. Gerry also serves proudly on the island as Medical Director of Hope Hospice.

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