Board of Directors
Cara S. Liander, Has assistant directed recent productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night, and has spent the last year leading the management of the company and spearheading the creation of the company’s new and exciting Board. Cara is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts with a BFA in Acting. Cara recently was an active producer of The Trojan Women and assistant director of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night for SIST. Cara will be directing King Lear in 2017.
Christopher Campbell, Retired NYPD serves on The National Lighthouse Museum Board as well as The Staten Island Creative Community, The Accolade,Bay Street Landing Boards.
Jaclyn Tacoronte, Treasurer, Managing Partner at JMT Media, LLC. is a New York boutique marketing, public relations and design firm. Jaclyn M. Tacoronte is an award-winning marketing and public relations professional with over 18 years of experience in both agency and client-side settings, serving Fortune 500 companies, including Canon, Puma, Harley-Davidson and Proctor & Gamble.
Danielle Bonanno, has enjoyed her time as acting secretary on the Staten Island Shakespeare Theatre’s Board. She grew up in community theatre both in Brooklyn and Staten Island. She works for the City of NY.
Allison Cohen, A native Staten Islander, Allison Cohen graduated from Vassar College in 2011. She worked at the Staten Island Advance, Dateline NBC and NY1 News before joining the Communications Department at the Staten Island Borough President’s office. She also serves as a Board Member for the JCC of Staten Island and the Have A Heart Foundation of Staten Island.
Rachel Somma-Devlin, A native Staten Islander and member of the local theatre community since birth. She has performed with Civic Theatre, Sundog Theatre, Snug Harbor Theatre, and most recently SI Shakespearean Theatre. She joined the board in 2017. Rachel has worked, happily, at the Staten Island Museum (located on the grounds of Snug Harbor) for the past 8 years.
Paul Duffy currently serves as a Court Attorney to the Honorable Robert J. Gigante of Surrogates Court Richmond County. Prior to his time with the Surrogates Court, Paul served for three years as the Richmond County Regional Representative to Governor Andrew Cuomo. In this position, he focused on public outreach regarding economic development, civic transportation, drug prevention and storm recovery initiatives on behalf of theGovernor’s office. In addition he has practiced privately in trusts and estates and real estate law. He looks forward to continuing to work with the board to put on great shows for the community of Staten Island.
Kashif Pervez, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager for Investors Bank, is a long-time Staten Islander who lives here with his family since 1998. Before joining Investors, Mr. Pervez held Branch Management and Business Banking positions at Citibank. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the National College of Business Administration and Economics in Lahore, Pakistan, and while attending the University of Westminster in London, England, he earned a Master’s degree in International Business and Management.
Stephen Scott, Stephen enjoyed twenty years of professional theatre experience including appearances in regional, on and Off-Broadway, and television productions prior to attending law school in 1992. In 2015 he retired from the practice of law in which he specialized in immigration matters and criminal defense. He is the Board’s newest member and he looks forward to being a part of this exciting, talented company.
Dorri L. Aspinwall– Retired Banker, former SIST Board Member/Chair, Actor and Wedding Officiant happily joins the SIST Auxilary Board. Looking forward to many new and exciting thing with this wonderful 40 year old Theatre Group.
Jayne Cooper is a former, long-standing board member of the Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre, Co., Inc., and has volunteered with the company for more than 30 years. She has extensive volunteer experience with various organizations, and is currently President of Soroptimist International of Staten Island. When not volunteering, Jayne loves spending time with her family and friends, and continues to work full – time as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Staten Island.
Evelyn Finn is a former longtime Board member who is the Principal of the John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School. She has also been Vice President of Integration Charter Schools, and a former Principal for NYCDOE. Evelyn graduated Trinity College, Washington D.C., and received a Masters from Virginia Commonwealth University and Long Island University. Evelyn serves as a Board Member for the Seamen’s Society for Children.
Frank A. Williams, Producing Artistic Director, is the first company staff member after serving in the role and providing a vision and company goals for the last two years. Frank has directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night for SIST, produced The Trojan Women, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol and Lysistrata, appeared as Duncan in Macbeth, and will assistant direct the upcoming production of King Lear. He studied theatre, including playwrighting and directing, at Wagner College. After serving more than ten years in non-profit fundraising and development at Historic Richmond Town, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Alice Austen House Museum, SIEDC, Prospect Park Alliance, New York Restoration Project, and Historic House Trust, Frank is excited to finally merge his non-profit experience with the artistry of the theatre that he loves best.