Board of Directors

Agendas and Minutes

The board of directors meets every second Tuesday of the month and meetings are open to all. To attend a board meeting, email the Secretary for the location (may be virtual).

To view CPT Board agendas and minutes, click here.

Rick Steinberg — Executive Director

Professional Experience: Rick studied at NSU, now called UNLV, in Las Vegas. During this time, he worked for Food Fair Markets as third man. When Food Fair was sold to Smith’s Food King, Rick was given the opportunity to become second man with Mayfair Markets in Oregon. While there, he was able to attend Lane College and the University of Oregon. At this point he was offered his own store in Washington State where he worked until he moved to California in 1977 to pursue a career with Albertson’s. He stayed at Albertson’s in different capacities, including Store Director, until his retirement.

Theatrical Experience: Rick had his first brush with theater in his kindergarten class when he was 5 years old. It was such a disaster that he didn’t try again until Pipe Dream in 1981. Since that time, he has worked nonstop at the theatre in just about every capacity. He has run lights, sound, been a stage manager, backstage crew, actor, Producer (which he will never do again), Set Designer and spent 9 years on the Board as Executive Director. He has won awards for both Directing and Set Design. While having directed in other places, both in LA and Ventura Counties, he considers Conejo Players his home and family.

Beth Eslick — 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 more than 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 as an office manager at an Ameriprise Financial independent franchise.

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.

Dana Marley-Kolb — President

Professional Experience: Dana received her BFA in Theater from UC Santa Barbara, followed by graduate studies at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. She then worked as an actor and director based out of Los Angeles for more than 10 years. Outside of her work in the theater, she is a 30 year partner in her family’s commercial real estate business.

Theatrical Experience: The daughter of a director and an actress, Dana grew up in the theater. She worked as an actor throughout her 20’s, switching to directing in her 30’s. During those years she co-founded The Strolling Players, a group that performed staged readings of Shakespeare and other classics for various bookstores. She was also a founding member of the Pasadena Shakespeare Company, where she won several directing awards. Moving to the Conejo Valley to start a family, she took several years off from the theater, but returned to performing right here at CPT 10 years ago. Picking one local show a year while her children were small, she has found herself on this stage 6 thrilling times of 10. The last year or so has found her behind the scenes as well, as dramaturg for Reduced Shakespeare (Abridged), and as director for 2 Car Park Theaters and the streamed Daddy Long Legs.

Elena Mills — Vice President

Professional & Theatrical Experience: Elena was born and raised in Russia. She started to perform at the age of 6 and continued through school and university. Elena studied Russian Language and World Literature and became a High School teacher at the age of 21. She was a Manager of High School Theater and directed numerous plays through her teaching career. She directed plays by Shakespeare, Golgoni, Chekhov, Ostrovsky, Schwarts and other Russian playwrights. Over 20 years ago Elena moved to America and started her new life here. She was volunteering in different places: Civic Arts Plaza as an usher, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks elementary schools as an art teacher, and in 2007 she started to paint sets at Conejo Players. All these years Elena worked as a set designer and painter, costume designer, producer, director assistant, actress, box office member and House Managers Coordinator, trying to help her favorite place to thrive and prosper. She is honored to continue her work at Conejo Players as Vice President, dedicating her time and energy for a place she calls home.

Sarah Ely — Secretary

Professional Experience: Sarah has worked for The Acorn Newspapers for over 15 years as a graphic designer. Her expertise is really spell-checking and proofreading although that’s not officially her job. Before that, she was a PTA newsletter editor for several schools her sons attended. Sarah has loved volunteering with many different organizations, including Boy Scouts and her sons’ sports teams.

Theatrical Experience: Sarah has been involved with the front of the house for several years, after helping backstage for a few times. First time was when her son was in Alice in Wonderland Jr. and she helped with sewing costumes, painting and other miscellaneous duties, which migrated her to front of house. Sarah has not looked back, and she even had a presence on stage in 2015, in The Graduate. She has been usher, snack bar attendant, ticket taker, house manager, box office personnel, and finally, box office manager, which is the position she still holds, along with Secretary to the Board.

Mark Grisez — Treasurer

Professional Experience: Mark has his undergraduate degree in Accounting Theory and Practice, graduating Magna Cum Laude from CSUN, receiving the Association of Government Accountants Merit Award for academic excellence. Mark has worked for over 30 years as Controller/MIS Mgr. for Hooper Camera & Imaging and still works with them on a part-time basis. He also worked as Controller and Royalty Accounting Specialist for over 10 years with monterey media, inc.

Theatrical Experience: Mark has served as Conejo Players Treasurer for more than 10 years and implemented the accounting software system that is in use today. In addition to serving on the board, Mark can often be found playing synthesizer in the orchestra pit during musicals.

Patrick McMinn — Business Director

Professional Experience: For the past 35 years, Patrick has developed his entertainment company, McMinn Management, to provide career advice and consultation for actors and directors in television and film. This support includes identifying scripts, developing projects and negotiating contracts. During this time, he served as the entertainment consultant for the golden west chapter of the ALS Association where he produced, wrote and directed their major fundraising events in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He also was hired to serve as the director for First Global Management’s west coast office, a division of the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency in New York.

Theatrical Experience: Patrick’s career as an actor included performing at such prestigious theatres as South Coast Repertory, The Old Globe Theatre and The National Shakespeare Company in New York. He then transitioned into directing and producing theatre in Los Angeles until forming McMinn Management in 1987.

Mike Mills — Facilities Director

Professional Experience: Mike and his family moved to Conejo Valley in 1964 and has lived here ever since. He has been involved in engineering, design and facility and project management since receiving his Engineering Degree from CSUN. He has worked for company titans such as Rockwell, Northrop, Baxter, Chevron, Hughes and Amgen. His portfolio of managed projects were in excess of $1million and the size of facilities managed over 1.25 million square feet. He is a Certified Facility Engineer from the Association of Facility Engineers. Most of the buildings he has managed were built in the early 1960’s which requires different skill set than those built in the last 10 or 20 years. Conejo Players Theatre was originally built in 1964 and we look forward to Mike applying his knowledge and expertise in making Conejo Players an even better Theatre.

Theatrical Experience: Mike, while taking undergraduate engineering classes Moorpark College, was asked by a classmate to help on a show. The first show he worked on was “You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Waters Running” in 1970 as lighting operator. Since then he has appeared and worked on countless shows at CPT. He was also elected as Executive Technical Director in the mid 1970’s. Most recently, he appeared in CPT’s The Graduate as Mr. Braddock accompanied by his lovely wife Elena Mills (Mrs. Braddock) who is our Vice President. When Mike isn’t on stage or working backstage, you’ll find him installing new LED overhead lighting, digitizing the Conejo Players archived files, or escorting contractors working or bidding on theatre projects.

Robin Rassell — Media Director

Professional Experience: Robin has her undergraduate degree from CSU San Marcos and an MBA from Pepperdine University. She has been involved with digital marketing since 2000 having helped both large and small brands, including Good Sam Club, Camping World and Bank of America. Over the past 7 years Robin has also provided consultant services through both her own company as well as partnering with some local agencies in the Southern California area supporting various luxury brands as well as AT&T, Robbins Brothers and Simon G Jewelry.

Theatrical Experience: Robin got involved in the local theatre community as a theater mom. Her daughter became involved with CPT in 2017 and over the years, Robin has taken the opportunity to get involved behind the scenes. To date, she has provided lighting support and sound operation for both main stage and childrens productions. When she was younger she was an avid dancer and piano player.