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46 Merchant St
Honolulu, HI, 96813
United States

808-536-4441

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Our Team

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 

BOARD SECRETARY                                                                                 Tony Pisculli//  Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, Director

VICE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD                                                     Annie Macapagal //  Government Relations and Public Affairs; Watanabe Inc

BOARD TREASURER
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

Michelle Kim Stone // General Council, American Savings Bank

John Wat//  Educator, Mid-Pacific Institute


STAFF

MANAGING DIRECTOR
Donna Blanchard

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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.


ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Harry Wong III

A Kumu Kahua Board member from 1989 to 1997, Harry 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.


OFFICE MANAGER
Sarah Babin Bauer

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Sarah discovered Kumu Kahua Theatre just a few years ago and has been an avid season ticket holder since. She previously worked as the Sustaining Membership Coordinator for Hawaii Public Radio where she increased monthly membership by 20%, improved donor giving methods, grew outreach statewide and maintained a strong volunteer program. She also was part of the transition team for HPR's rebranding and program realignment in 2017.

Before her time at HPR, she spent 3 years at The ARTS at Marks Garage as Operations Director where she grew events and programming, including producing both the Vagina Monologues and The Rocky Horror Picture Show annually.

Hailing from Atlanta, Ga, she completed her undergraduate degree in Women's Studies at Agnes Scott College. While there, she served as Vice President for Iota Iota Iota and intern to the volunteer and outreach coordinator for the Dekalb Rape Crisis Center.

Sarah has worked in non-profits for over a decade, serving on several boards including the Hawaii People's Fund and The ARTS at Marks Garage. Currently, she serves on the leadership team for HPR's Generation Listen. She also works as the Office Manager for The ARTS at Marks Garage.