BOARD OF DIRECTORS
FOUNDING MEMBER + MEMBER EMERITUS
Dennis Carroll // Professor at the University of Hawaii, Retired
PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD
Jim Murphy// Habitat for Humanity, Executive Director
Dawn Gohara// Honolulu Publishing, Account Executive
VICE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD
Tony Pisculli// Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, Director
Blane Asao // Central Pacific Bank, Branch Manager
Members at Large
Denise Aiko Chinen// City Prosecutor's Office, Paralegal
Karen Loebl Kaulana // Kalihi-Palama Health Center
Jason Kanda // HMSA, Medical Management Analyst
Dann Seki // Audiologist + Special Education, Retired
Brad Char // Chief Operating Officer, Red Hammer, LLC
Annie Macapagal // Government Relations and Public Affairs; Watanabe Inc
John Wat// Mid-Pacific Institute, Educator
A native of Northwest Indiana, Donna was recruited to join the Kumu Kahua team because of her unique background in both performing arts and business development and management. She joins Kumu Kahua with her passion for “theatre of place,” recognizing that this theatre is singular in its geographic and cultural commitment.
Most recently the Managing Director of Chicago Street Theatre in Valparaiso, Indiana, Donna has a BFA from the Professional Actors’ Conservatory of Wright State University. An award winning actor, director and producer, she has worked with theatres throughout the Continental Midwest.
Donna was named Distinguished Hoosier by Governor Mitch Daniels for her work as Managing Director of Chicago Street Theatre. Additional achievements include: Editorial Writer and Member of Editorial Advisory Board for the Northwest Indiana Times (second-largest newspaper circulation in Indiana); Speaker at Elmhurst College MBA Program on “Diversity in the Workplace, An Actor’s Perspective”; Speaker for Various Organizations on Art and Volunteerism in Our Communities; Past Board Member and Artistic Committee Chair of Chicago Street Theatre; Past Chair of Diversity Task Force, Merrillville Chamber of Commerce; Leadership Northwest Indiana Class #27 Graduate.
In addition to her career in the arts, Donna has 15 years of experience in the world of staffing and recruitment and has managed business development for 14 staffing offices across Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan. She has also worked with the consultant team at Insight Strategic Concepts in Elkhart, Indiana to facilitate strategic alignment and success for their clients.
Harry Wong III
A Kumu Kahua Board member from 1989 to 1997, Harry received received an Associate of Arts Degree from Honolulu Community College in 1987, a Baccalaureate in Philosophy from the University of Hawaii Manoa in 1990, and in 1993 went on to receive a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Direction from University of Hawaii Manoa. Harry has been the Artistic Director of Kumu Kahua since 1997.
While a guest lecturer at Windward Community College and Guest Director for Honolulu Theatre for Youth and The Actors Group (TAG), Harry oversees all season selection and direction of productions, as well as the annual playwright contest, and also directs at least one production each year at Kumu Kahua.
Additional achievements include: a Po‘okela for Play Directing for Topdog/Underdog, 2010; Outstanding Alumni Award, Honolulu Community College, 2010; Hawai’i Shakespeare Festival, Co-founder and Director; an Individual Artist Fellow Grant for Theatre Directing, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, 1999; a Princess Grace Award for Directing, 1996; Participant in the Young Director’s Lab at Lincoln Center Theatre, New York, 1996; Allen Lee Hughes Fellow, Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1995-1996; and a Masako Sakamoto Scholarship for Acting, Kennedy Theatre, UHM.
Wil has been involved in the theatre community since 1994. He has played onstage at many theatres in Honolulu including Manoa Valley Theatre, Diamond Head Theatre, The Army Community Theatre and The Actors Group as well as Kumu Kahua Theatre.
Since 2001, Wil applied himself in every aspect of theatrical art at Kumu Kahua Theatre. He has been involved in play readings, acting, stage managing, light and sound operator, assistant directing, directing and most recently, playwriting. He joined the staff as Office Manager in 2013 after 23 years in the healthcare field.
He was honored by the Hawaii State Theatre Council with Po'okela awards in 2007 for Featured Actor in a Musical (Flower Drum Song, DHT) and in 2012 for Director of a Play (Kamau A'e, KKT).