Leira V. Satlof, Artistic Producing Director
Leira V. Satlof grew up in Humboldt County. Her mother, Jane Hill, was a founder of Dell’Arte International, and Leira first set foot in Ferndale Little Theatre as a preteen when the Dell’Arte Company brought their first touring show to the theatre in 1972.
Leira is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. After college, she returned to Humboldt to pursue her MFA in directing at Humboldt State University. While in graduate school, Leira directed her first productions at FRT under artistic director Peter Buckley. She also taught voice at both College of the Redwoods and Dell’Arte International, got married (on the FRT stage after a performance of Hound of the Baskervilles!), and had her oldest child, Lynden.
In 1995 Leira and her current husband Carl McGahan moved to Santa Rosa with Lynden and their infant son Mathew. Living in Sonoma County offered new opportunities for the growing family. Daughter Olivia was born while Leira taught theater and music at Santa Rosa Junior College, managed several small non-profits, and worked as musical director and assistant to the rabbi at Congregation Shomrei Torah.
After a fulfilling 18 years in Sonoma, Leira and Carl decided to return to the home they loved in Humboldt County, and life has come full circle. Leira is very glad to be once again teaching, directing, and providing leadership in the local arts community.
Kathy Gropp, Office Manager
After retiring and relocating to Humboldt County from a career in intensive care, school nursing and public school district administration in the Central Valley, Kathy never expected to find herself working in a theatre. She had planned to relax and enjoy her horses, chickens, beach walks, gardening, birding, home remodeling, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Plans can certainly change in an instant it seems when you forget how to say, no. After being approached by a Ferndale Repertory Theatre Board member and asked if she would be willing to help out in the theatre office during the run of Spamalot life took a turn. What was supposed to be a 20 hour a week commitment for 5 weeks has turned out to be a rather permanent part-time commitment to the theatre.
Kathy has certainly enjoyed meeting people, getting to know the patrons and learning more all the time about the world of community theatre.