Kathryn Ervin is a Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at California State University San Bernardino and is serving as Department Chair. She served on the faculty at Michigan State University. She is a graduate of Wayne State University and Illinois State University. She teaches courses in Directing, Acting, Creative Drama and African American Theatre and Film and Culture.
She is a director and has directed drama’s comedies and musicals. She is currently at work devising INVISIBLE a play based on The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison and HG Wells. Past productions include NO CHILD, THE WIZ, NOVIO BOY, HAMLET:the artist formerly known as PRINCE of Denmark. She guest directed INTIMATE APPAREL and HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE at UCR and MA RAINEY”S BLACK BOTTOM at Illinois State. Her original production of the hip hop opera KEEP HEDZ RINGIN’ by Rickerby Hinds was a finalist at the American College Theatre Festival in Utah and presented as part of the NYC Hip Hop Theatre Festival in 2002.
She is active in numerous professional organizations including the California Educational Theatre Association, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and she is a fellow of the California Arts Project. She is a recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Outstanding Educator Award and an NAACP Pioneer Award.
She is a consultant and past president for the Black Theatre Network, the national organization for artists, scholars and individuals with an interest in celebrating the beauty and complexity of black life onstage. In 2010 she received the Black Theatre Network Lifetime Membership Award recognizing her service to the organization. (Lives in San Bernardino)
In addition to her position as Treasurer of Arts Connection, Dr. Anne L. Viricel is Executive Director of the San Bernardino Symphony, spending her days creating opportunities for visibility for the region’s longest running and most prestigious professional orchestra. In the evenings, she serves as a professor at the University of Redlands School of Business specializing in quantitative operations and strategy coursework. She is also a public servant in her locally elected role as Vice President of the San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees.
In Joshua Tree, she took lessons in oil painting at the community center, while volunteering at the Hi Desert Nature Museum in nearby Yucca Valley and working as a bookkeeper. Since then, she has gradually transitioned from full time bookkeeping to full time artist. A volunteer for the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council since 2010, Geiger has aided and participated in the increasingly attended Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tour, a high-desert arts event now in its 18th year.
Geiger went from treasurer to vice president of the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, and is currently president of the organization, having seen it grow from just over 100 members in 2010 to nearly 350 in 2019. She applied for and was awarded three grants from the California Arts Council on their behalf. She was instrumental in acquiring the acclaimed Joshua Tree Art Gallery this year for the Council, adding it to the aforementioned Art Tours, the members’ run Gallery 62, and the Art In Public Places program. She is also active in the Palm Springs Artists Council and the 29 Palms Artist’s Guild in Twentynine Palms, CA.
Marcia Geiger’s artistic focus is on oil painting. Her subjects range from abandoned buildings in desert ghost towns and old homestead cabins, to local landscapes and desert fauna. When not fulfilling duties as president, she enjoys the camaraderie and friendships that come from living in the thriving artists’ community of Joshua Tree and surrounding areas. Her remote private studio north of Joshua Tree provides the open space, peace, and solitude necessary for her creative inspirations to grow and flourish.
He received the Citizen of Achievement Award from the League of Women Voters and was recognized as a 30 Under 30 Leader by the state assembly for the community impact he created as one of the youngest Executive Directors in one of San Bernardino’s oldest non-profit organizations.
With almost two decades of experience in graphic design Victor recently decided to embark on a new career as a CTE Graphic Design high school teacher to share his love and passion for design with youth. He enjoys seeing students embrace their creative energies and discovering how design and art play a vital role in our society.
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