Press Release: ​S​CR Board of Trustees Elects 8 New Members, Names Samuel Tang as President

South Coast Repertory​ Board of Trustees Elects 8 New Members, Names Samuel Tang as President

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Aug. 9, 2018)— South Coast Repertory has welcomed eight new members to its Board of Trustees and named a new president. The newly elected trustees come from business, civic and professional communities.

The nonprofit theatre’s new trustees are Sophia Hall Cripe, community leader (Newport Beach), who previously served on the board; Carla Furuno, regional president for BNY Mellon Wealth Management; Pat Gantos, director of advisory services for KPMG, LLP; Adrian S. Griggs, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Pacific Life Insurance Company; John C. Hueston, founding partner of Hueston-Hennigan, LLP; Michael Ray, executive vice president and chief legal officer and secretary for Western Digital Corporation; Susan Shieldkret-Dull, community leader (Los Angeles); and Bruce Wagner, director and senior administrator of Union Bank.

Samuel Tang, co-founder and managing partner of TriGuard Management, LLC, will serve as board president.

Trustees serve three-year terms that are renewable up to three times; presidents serve one-year terms that are renewable up to two times.

The board’s executive officers are J. Steven Duncan, a Newport-based community leader, serves SCR as vice president for advancement; Sarah J. Anderson, retired managing partner with Ernst & Young, is vice president for development; Barbara Tingley, retired senior vice president with Wells Fargo Private Bank, is the board’s vice president for finance; and John G. Prichard, CFA, and co-founder of Knightsbridge Asset Management, LLC, is the board’s vice president for community relations.

The Board of Trustees members also include Bette Aitken, community leader (Anaheim); Leona Aronoff-Sadacca, Aronoff Capital; Barbara Cline, community leader (Newport Beach); Rita H. Dailey, executive vice president for deposits and treasury management, Banc of California; Michael Hards, CTP, senior vice president and treasury sales executive, Bank of America / West Region; James Jacobs Jr., principal operating officer, Capital Group Companies’ American Funds Service Group; Sue Johnson, community leader (Laguna Beach); Mimi Justice, partner, forensic and dispute services, Deloitte; Timothy J. Kay, partner, Snell & Wilmer LLP; Deidre Kelly, director of career services, Chapman University; Tracy Kirwan, community leader (Newport Coast); William A. Klein, community leader (Newport Beach); Sarah McElroy, community leader (Laguna Beach); Talya Nevo-Hacohen, chief investment officer and executive vice president, Sabra Health Care REIT; Deborah Sassoon, physician, obstetrics/gynecology-perinatology, Kaiser Permanente (Anaheim); Alan Slutzky, owner / partner, Merchant Capital Source; Terry Theologides, attorney (Irvine); William M. Weinberg, attorney, William M. Weinberg, A Law Corporation; Jon Wilcox, director, Mechanics Bank; Dean J. Zipser, partner, Umberg Zipser, LLP; SCR Managing Director Paula Tomei; and SCR Founding Artistic Directors David M. Emmes, PhD, and Martin E. Benson.

SCR celebrates its 55th season in 2018-19, with 13 productions on two stages at the David Emmes / Martin Benson Theatre Center in Costa Mesa. More information is available at

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.