Board of Directors

 


Shelley Saxer -- Executive Director

Professional Experience: Shelley has her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and her law degree from UCLA. She has been teaching law at Pepperdine for over 25 years and currently holds the Laure Sudreau Endowed Chair. She's served in administrative roles at the law school, including Academic Dean and Vice Dean. Prior to attending law school, Shelley worked as a payroll supervisor and financial systems analyst at Pepperdine University, and as a financial systems project leader and data processing manager at Vetco Offshore in Ventura.

Theatrical Experience: Shelley has been a part of local community theatre for more than 35 years. Her first show with The Conejo Players was in 1982 -- and it's where she met her husband, Gary. She is an Honorary Life Member, having performed and served as musical director for several shows. Shelley has also performed locally with Pacific Festival Ballet, Cabrillo Music Theatre, the Moorpark Melodrama, and Horizon Players. For more than 10 years, Shelley worked with her dear friend, Mayme Paul, as a volunteer musical director for the Lindero Canyon Middle School spring musicals, in which three of her daughters performed. The Saxer family members -- including four daughters, two sons-in-law, and two granddaughters -- have all been part of the CPT family, and they continue to perform here and across the country.


Beth Glasner -- Executive Producer

Professional Experience: Beth has three degrees: one in Elementary Education, one in Reading Specialty, and one in Fashion Design. She’s worked as an educator and an office manager, and is now a professional costume designer and owns her own business, Beth Dressed. She designs for several different theatres in and around Southern California.

Theatrical Experience: Beth has been active at Conejo Players since 2005, and has served as its Costume Custodian since 2007. She is a proud Honorary Life Member of CPT, and a winner of the Golden Sweatshirt Award. Beth has been the Executive Producer since 2016 -- in addition, she costume designs; stage-manages; produces; has run lights and sound; has worked as the House Manager Coordinator; and often teaches workshops.


Jeremy Zeller -- Executive Technical Director

Professional Experience: Jeremy holds a degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and worked in the newspaper industry for over half a decade. After several years as a specialties editor for the Ventura County Star -- where his duties included writing, editing, print and web design, and photography (among others) -- he now works in marketing for an insurance services provider in the Conejo Valley. He's also worked for a local electrical contractor, and spent time with the facilities at his church.

Theatrical Experience: Jeremy caught the theatre bug at age 7 and has been involved (either on or off stage) ever since. His first involvement at CPT was as an usher in 2010, and he has worked on numerous productions since -- including as the director/producer of the Conejo Improv Players.


Devery Holmes -- President

Professional Experience: Devery holds a degree in Communications from Cal State Northridge and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University in Marketing and Management. Devery began her career at ABC-TV and went on to become a Unit Manager at ABC. She then went to get her MBA and started working at Time Life in Marketing. Soon after, she pursued a career that combined production with marketing and was hired to run the global American Airlines entertainment program for NMA Entertainment and Marketing. She worked at NMA for 10 years as SVP in Marketing, and President and CMO for 11 years heading up the entertainment strategy for brands like Baskin Robbins, Nestle, Samsung, Heineken, Sears, and Hostess. Devery went out on her own in 2009 and started Spark Alliance Marketing, where she became the agency of record for 20th Century Fox films, Focus Features, Crackle, and other studios and brands.

Theatrical Experience: Devery is an Honorary Life Member and Golden Sweatshirt recipient at Conejo Players Theatre, where she’s been active since 1986 -- when she and her husband Jim moved to the Conejo Valley. Since then, she's been involved as a performer, director, producer, prop master, costume coordinator, and children’s theatre usher coordinator. She's also directed the teen summer musical for Thousnd Oaks' Young Artists Ensemble, and has performed at numerous other theatres in our community, including Pacific Festival Ballet, Children’s Theater Experience, and The Young Americans. Currently, Devery is a judge for California Thespians, an educational theatre association.


Amie Woolweber -- Vice President

Professional Experience: Amie has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. After four years of teaching high school English in Wisconsin, Amie moved to L.A. and has worked in different areas of the entertainment industry ever since. She served as Head of the Youth Division at a reputable talent management company until moving on to positions in both Business and Legal Affairs at several Hollywood studios. Currently, Amie is a Senior Contract Administrator with The Walt Disney Company.

Theatrical Experience: Amie comes from a family with strong theatrical ties -- and has been performing in theatre herself since the age of 3. In addition to being "in the spotlight," Amie is also a seasoned choreographer and director, having done both at high schools and community theatres. Through CPT's wonderful reputation via word of mouth, Amie knew she wanted to get involved there -- and became a member in 2013. To date, she's been fortunate enough to receive several Harlequin awards, and was honored as a Four Star Theater Alliance Award recipient for her performance in CPT's 2014 production of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE. Amie is now proud to be serving as Vice President on the Board of Directors.


Stephanie Harris -- Secretary

Professional Experience: With a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts from UCLA, Stephanie is in her 30th year at The Walt Disney Studios as Vice President of Credits & Title Administration, the department responsible for the legal side of screen credits, advertising, and publicity for all live action and animated films released by the various Disney brands.

Theatrical Experience: Stephanie’s love of theatre started at a young age, with trips to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to see many of the classic musicals -- as well as putting on plays with friends in her backyard. After raising her two children and her husband of 30-plus years, Stephanie finally got back into live theatre in 2012 and has since performed on stage at High Street Arts Center, Camarillo Skyway Playhouse, and CPT. Stephanie is happy to be a part of Conejo Players Theatre for its landmark 60th year.


Tim Holtwick -- Treasurer

Professional Experience: Tim holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from University of Redlands. He spent 40 years in sales and management in the print communications field and now owns and operates his own company, specializing in printing and ad specialties. Prior to coming to the Board of Directors at Conejo Players, he served in various volunteer capacities on the boards of two homeowners associations.

Theatrical Experience: At the tender age of 52, Tim went with a theatrically minded friend just to watch him audition for a show -- and in spite of having no experience on the stage, Tim himself ended up being cast as HC in THE RAINMAKER at a local theatre in Thousand Oaks! Since that time, 20 years ago, he has appeared on various stages throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Tim currently lives in Simi Valley with his wife Barb and teenage grandkids Haylee and Timothy. He is proud to be a part of the Conejo Players Theatre management team.


Renee Delgado Rose -- Business Director

Professional Experience: Coming soon.

Theatrical Experience: Coming soon.


Jim Bukowski -- Facilities Director

Professional Experience: Jim has an M.A. (UC Santa Barbara), Ph.D. (Indiana University - History), and MBA (Thunderbird School) -- and taught at colleges in Illinois before returning to Los Angeles to work for 30+ years in corporate insurance brokering and risk consulting. He currently works as insurance risk manager for a construction management firm. He also served on a Las Virgenes Unified School District oversight committee (regarding the building of its two Performing Arts Education Centers), and as board member of the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center (AHCCC).

Theatrical Experience: Jim is a long-time volunteer and Golden Sweatshirt recipient at Conejo Players Theatre, and previously managed their snack bar operations. He first performed in 12 ANGRY MEN while in college. Over the past 20 years, he’s performed in over 25 local shows, including numerous musicals by the Ventura County Gilbert & Sullivan Repertoire Company (at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts) and several shows at CPT.  He is proud to serve on the CPT management team.


Courtney Potter -- Media Director

Professional Experience: After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Film (and a whole lotta credits in Theatre) from UC Santa Cruz, Courtney worked behind-the-scenes in network television before transitioning into creating content for print and digital media ... most recently as a writer and social media strategist for several Disney communications outlets, including D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. For more info, check out courtneypotter.com.

Theatrical Experience: Born into a creative family (father Brian is the Grammy®-nominated producer and songwriter behind hits like "Ain't No Woman [Like the One I Got]" by the Four Tops and Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy" album; mother Karen recently retired after 20+ years producing corporate events for The Walt Disney Company), Courtney has been performing throughout California -- both professionally and avocationally -- since the age of 6; she's subsequently appeared on stages as diverse as the Santa Monica Playhouse, Cabrillo Music Theatre (now 5-Star Theatricals), Actors Co-Op Hollywood, Canyon Theatre Guild, High Street Arts Center, Glendale Centre Theatre, and the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. Happily, her theatrical adventures brought her to Conejo Players Theatre in 2007. Besides treading the boards, Courtney has directed or produced several of CPT's most acclaimed recent productions; was previously Vice President on the Board for five years; has received both a Golden Sweatshirt award and an Honorary Life Membership; and is proud to have assumed the mantle of Media Director.