Tim Musial, President
I was invited to audition for a show by a friend from work, some 32 years ago. He’s moved out of the area, but I’m still here. As you might imagine, I have participated in this group in many capacities in that time. The draw of live theatre – of stretching my creative “muscles” – be it through onstage/backstage/production/publicity modes still excites me. To be able to do so – with my family and alongside a fantastic group of like-minded individuals – makes this a fulfilling avocation that is very enjoyable. I’m honored and excited to have the chance to guide the organization in realizing its goals in the coming years.
Patricia Hoefler, Vice President
Patricia was first involved with Aurora Players in the early 80’s when she appeared in The Lion in Winter. She recently returned and has since directed Barefoot in the Park, She Loves Me, and Amateurs as well as holding workshops on acting techniques. Patricia has an MFA in Theater, Performance and Society from Rhode Island College, with a focus on directing and playwriting. She has served on the board of directors for Academy Players in RI, and this is her first time serving on the Aurora Players Board
Rebecca Caufield, Recording Secretary
Rebecca Caufield holds a BA in Communication Arts: Theater from Eastern Nazarene College where she earned the Betty Blanchard Rice Award for Excellence in the Creative and Performing Arts and served as Assistant to the Technical Theater Director. Her first experience with AP was as an audience member in 2018, and her first on stage appearance was in Bright Star (2019). While not new to board experience this is her first time on the AP Board. “I am looking forward to serving AP in any way I can and am excited about what theater magic we can create for you.”
Catherine Burkhart, Member-at-Large
Originally from Syracuse, NY, Catherine Burkhart holds a BFA in Theater from SUNY Fredonia and has been active in Western NY theater for over 25 years. Her first role with Aurora Players was in 2003’s “See How They Run”. She has been an active member for 19 years and previously volunteered as a Board member. Although her first love is acting, and she feels lucky to have graced the AP stage many times, she has also directed four shows for the organization and produced five. She is a proud recipient of AP’s John C. Briggs Service Award. Catherine has worked for M&T Bank for 13 years. She practices yoga and enjoys hiking, reading and cooking. She is also a volunteer at Beaver Meadow/Buffalo Audubon Society.
George Lambert, Member-at-Large
A graduate of East Aurora High School with an AS in Business Administration, George has been a professional musician nearly 50 years. He began his career as a percussionist, eventually adding vocalist and harmonicist to his resume. Also interested in acting, George performed in several plays as a young man, including the 1971 production of Fiddler On The Roof for Aurora Players. He recently returned to Western New York from the Southwestern United States to marry his wife, Belinda. Now retired, George performs with a group from SUNY at Buffalo, playing classic rock. He has an entrepreneurial spirit and looks forward to co-producing shows and contributing his varied experience.
Gail Stengel, Member-at-Large
Gail has been part of the theater community in WNY for over 25 yrs. An alumni of Studio Arena theater school, performing is her first love. However, she can be found lending a hand with stage managing, costuming and/or gathering props for a show at any given time. Having joined Aurora Players in 2018 she is looking forward to joining the Board and participating in whatever capacity needed to insure the continued success of the organization.
E. Roger Stephenson, Member-at-Large
Roger is Professor Emeritus, Department of English, Canisius College. During his academic career he was afforded the opportunity to study and teach drama in a wide variety of venues. The focus of his career has been on American literature and culture, with a heavy dose of dramatic literature. While at Canisius, he taught drama every spring semester. For 18 years, Roger was Director of the Urban Leadership Learning Community, a residential scholarship program for underserved, WNY high school graduates, which he co-founded in 2000. Roger is looking forward to using his academic experience and organizational, leadership, and writing skills to contribute to Aurora Players’ continued success.