Managing Director, Resident Playwright and 3GT co-founder Alisa (AJ) Baker has had a varied career in the arts as a writer, producer and visual artist, but in recent years she’s focused her creative energy on playwriting and theatrical production. Her first full-length play, GLICKMAN’S THIRD ACT, a semi-finalist in the 2011 Bay Area Playwrights Festival competition, was developed by the Playwrights Center of San Francisco during 2010-2011, receiving staged readings at both Meadowsweet Dairy in Corte Madera (2010) and Brava! for Women in the Arts in San Francisco (2011). Her play THE RIGHT THING was initially staged as a co-production of 3GT and Dramatists’ Guild at SF Playhouse in 2011, and then had its world premiere in March 2012 as the headline production of 3GT’s inaugural Celebration Of Women’s History Month at Thick House in San Francisco. As Managing Director of 3GT, AJ also served as Executive Producer for the festival, overseeing the production of 8 plays at all stages in the development process. AJ is an ongoing participant in the Will Dunne Dramatic Writing Workshops and a past member of the Board of Directors of PlayGround. From 2007-2008, she produced and directed the popular monthly nightclub event, Talk Show Live: San Francisco. When she’s not writing, AJ practices law, plays with her cats and eavesdrops for material in the cafes of North Beach.
Board Chair Carol Cassara is a published essayist, blogger and adjunct college professor who lives in San Jose with her husband and two dogs. A memoir she calls “a work in progress” has been on her computer screen for more than a year. She’s taught writing at the University of Tampa, advertising and mass media at the Florida State University and now teaches entrepreneurship at Cogswell College in Sunnyvale. She had a long career as a reputation management consultant and before that, as a corporate communications executive for Silicon Valley high techs. She and her husband are theatre supporters and love the diversity of voices represented in San Francisco theatre. She’s a fan of each of the 3Girls and loves bringing groups of her friends to performances. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ as ccassara and on her daily blog.
Louis Parnell has worked extensively as an actor and director with numerous companies in the Bay Area including American Conservatory Theatre, Campo Santo, CCT, Center Repertory, CentralWorks, The Magic, Marin Theatre Company, SF Playhouse, TheatreWorks, Thick Description and Traveling Jewish Theatre; as well as with many smaller nomadic companies. He most recently appeared in 3GT’S world premiere production of THE RIGHT THING Recent work includes TJT’s productions of DEAD MOTHER and DEATH OF A SALESMAN followed by CABARET, CORONADO, MAN OF LA MANCHA, THE FANTASTICKS and ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST all at the SF Playhouse, where he also directed RECKLESS. Other favorite acting performances include leading roles in ART, AFTER THE FALL, ANGELS IN AMERICA, THE BOYS IN THE BAND, IT HAD TO BE YOU, SPEED-THE-PLOW and TALLEY’S FOLLY. Favorite directing gigs include AMERICAN BUFFALO, DEATHTRAP, FOUR DOGS AND A BONE, HURLYBURLY, PRIVATE EYES, RECKLESS and REUNION. He has been honored with 10 BATCC nominations for acting or directing (4 wins) and 5 DramaLogue and Dean Goodman Choice Awards. He has also performed in numerous film, television and commercial roles including TRAUMA, NASH BRIDGES, AMERICA’S MOST WANTED and the PBS documentary RALPH ELLISON: AN AMERICAN LIFE which was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006. He is on the Board of Directors of the SF Playhouse, was a founding member of Genesius Theatre Company and the Actors Theatre of SF, and is a proud member of Playground at Berkeley Rep, SAG, AFTRA and AEA.