Play Cafe is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation run by a Board of Directors and supported by our Treasurer.
Jamie Greenblatt, President comes to playwriting with a background in set and costume design. She has a BA in Theatre Arts from Oberlin College and is a member of Theatre Bay Area and The Dramatists Guild of America. Her full length play, My Recollect Time was staged by Inferno Theatre in Berkeley in 2013. Contradance, a full length movement piece with puppetry, trapeze, and music was performed at the Eighth Street Studio in Berkeley. Some of her other full length plays include: Elijah’s Hope (Honorable Mention in Stage 3 Theatre Company’s ninth annual Festival of New Plays) and Captain Nemo (a top finalist in Wily West Productions’ New Play Festival San Francisco 2011).
Sandy Kasten, Treasurer is an East Bay bookwriter and lyricist. Her short musical, Frankie’s Laundry (with Bryon Richards and Jerry Ranger), was produced in Los Angeles. Her songs were featured in Round One Cabaret and Show Me Yours at the Alcove Theatre in San Francisco. She is a member of New Musicals, Inc. (formerly the Academy for New Musical Theatre). Sandy serves as Treasurer of Play Cafe and is a founder and producer of the Musical Cafe Showcase series.
Madeline Puccioni, Secretary is a “re-entry” playwright, who’s delighted to be back at her desk writing plays, after grading English 1A papers for 30 years. Recently, she’s had a number of short plays produced in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles, and now she is working on a full length play and a screenplay. She is now a member of PlayGround SF, Towne Street Theatre L.A., Playwrights Center SF, Dramatists Guild and the International Centre for Women Playwrights. Recently, she’s become an Associate Artist with Those Women Productions. She’ll see her first full length, Cyclone Dancing, staged at Paper Wing Theatre this September, her Backseat Betsy staged by ReproRights at PianoFight SF in November, and her Cooley’s Reel produced in Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre’s 8×2 Festival in January. You can read some of her new work on the New Play Exchange.
Jerome Joseph Gentes, Executive Director and Board Member is a marketing content writer, playwright, and producer, and lives in San Jose. In 2015, he co-produced Sheherezade’s Last Tales, which received the award for Outstanding Anthology Play Production at the 2016 Theatre Bay Area Awards. In late 2016 he co-produced the inaugural run of PCSF PlayOffs. In 2014, he co-founded the Musical Cafe Showcase Series, a Northern California development platform for new, original musical theatre works-in-progress. As a professor and teaching artist, he taught at a number of public and private schools and universities. He was a 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry and his writing has appeared in Fourteen Hills, Out, Boxy Magazine, ElevenEleven, Rougarou, Verbatim, Artvoice, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Buffalo News, and Publishers Weekly, among other publications.
Robert Fields, Board Member is a screenwriter and playwright, Fields has had productions or readings of a number of his works. He has been active with Play Cafe for many years. Fields enjoys creativity and has a wide-ranging interest in things of that nature.
Ann Thomas Seitz, Board Member holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Mills College in Oakland and lives in the East Bay with her classical musician husband and is currently on the Play Cafe Board. She is the recipient of the 2014 Joeray Madrid Memorial Award for Excellence in Dramaturgy from Chabot College. Her play productions include the ensemble and devised work Deportee directed by Jon Tracy, the Inferno Theater One-Minute Play winner Hiroshima Awaits Below and the short play winner Nick’s Diner. Other productions include Life In Order and Poet’s Cafe.
Christopher Walker, Board Member has been involved in all aspects of theatre and film, including writing, directing, acting, design, lights, sound, stage management, stage craft, marketing, ticket sales, security, and janitorial, in no particular order. He’s had a number of stage plays professionally produced, most notably Locking Horns, which won two awards, the Beck’s Elect Best of the Fest, and the Universal Arts Award for Best Play, at the 2001 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His screenplay Rocketland was a top ten finalist in Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope Third Annual Screenplay competition. He has a BA in English and in Theatre from Indiana University; studied film for a year in Australia; studied at the Master’s level in Theatre for two years in South Africa; and studied Improvisation at the Second City Training Center in Chicago. If his back is against the wall, he can dance for money.