Staff

Anne Ellinger

Anne Ellinger

Writer & strategist
Christopher Ellinger

Christopher Ellinger

Executive director
Tonia Pinheiro

Tonia Pinheiro

Admin manager

Board

Amy Tai (President)
is an educator, musician, peer counseling teacher, community organizer, mother of a home- schooled son.  She currently teaches violin at the Suzuki School of Newton.  She is active in the Poor People’s Campaign and in climate change work.

Tonia Pinheiro (Treasurer)
is founder of Wake Up! Works, Iseeu Theater, is an improvisational singer and actor, and a trainer of diverse groups in improv, Playback, and cultural skills development. Tonia has more than 35 years experience in organizational management, human resources, interpersonal communications and the study of the human condition.

Max Roberts-Zirker (Clerk)
is the Director of Shambhala Boston where he is a teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.  He ​h​elps to lead conversations about the intersections of identity and spiritual life. He has a background in arts and non-profit administration

Christopher Ellinger (Executive Director)
is the founding director of True Story Theater, a trainer, presenter and award-winning author.

Cat Gilliam
provides experiential trainings in Compassionate Communication (NVC) that are infused with the light and spirit of Anthroposophy and the embodied joy of Playback Theatre and improv.

Maria Tereza Schaedler-Luera
is a Brazilian-born teaching artist and consultant with extensive work experience and knowledge in theater, music, arts and literacy, and cross-cultural engagement.

Priscilla Sanville
is Professor Emerita at Lesley University where she directed the Arts, Community and Education master’s program.

Tara Brooke Watkins
is the theatre program coordinator and assistant professor at theatre at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.  She is a community engagement specialist, using applied theatre and story circles to respond to needs in local communities, often following up with larger original plays to bring awareness to needs.