Young Performers Theatre's Board of Directors


Malcolm Bowles (President) is a healthcare professional who has worked in leadership roles at the intersection of public health and technology. A San Francisco native who recently moved back after a decade in Portland, Oregon, he is eager to reconnect with the arts in San Francisco. He is a patron of the visual and performing arts and is dedicated to performing service in his community at a variety of non-profit organizations, including those focused on public health and animal welfare.

Bob Regan (Treasurer) is the Director of Education for bgC3, Bill Gates private office. In that capacity, Bob develops curriculum and educational technology for schools worldwide as well as reviews and advises education-related organizations. Bob has been on the board of numerous other education non-profit organizations.

Graham Button (Secretary) is a graduate of Northwestern University and worked for eight years as a writer and editor at Forbes Magazine in New York City before moving to San Francisco in 2001. Now self-employed, he freelances for Wells Narrative Group and is sole proprietor of a business focused on event merchandising and the wholesale distribution of licensed sports fan gear. He has been a theater lover since boyhood, when his parents took him to productions in New York City, London and Cleveland, OH.

Martha Conte is an active philanthropist and civic leader based in San Francisco, California who has served on the Boards and Committees of numerous non-profit organizations including the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the Exploratorium, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Professionally, Martha is an independent marketing and brand strategy executive, previously at Prophet Brand Strategy and Ogilvy & Mather. She earned an AB in Economics from Princeton University and is the mother of four children. Martha enjoys running, hiking, rowing and traveling.

Edie Fleishacker Rindal is a native San Franciscan and proud mother to two daughters, one a current YPT rep member. She serves on the board of her family foundation, The Fleishhacker Foundation and is also a member of the Children's Theatre Association of San Francisco. She has worked in early childhood education for almost 20 years. She comes from a theatre loving family and has seen the enormous positive impact that YPT has had on her daughter and wants to ensure its continued success and growth. 

Liz Pola is committed to the local arts as she is a Bay Area native and sixth generation UC Berkeley grad. Liz is an active philanthropist for numerous Bay Area non-profits and was on the Board of the Girl Scouts, Co-President of San Francisco Mid-Weeklies, Alumni Board Member for Crystal Springs and Uplands High School and regularly on the reunion and fundraising committees for her graduating class at UC Berkeley.  All three of her sons have been actively involved with classes and plays at YPT. Liz is a founding Partner and KarrScheffelSullinger where she has recruited 100's of CFOs over the past twenty years to companies like Amazon, Netflix and the Academy of Sciences.

Shay Casey has been involved as an actor, director, and tech operator at Young Performers Theatre off and on since 1995. He hopes to assist the board with outreach to past generations of YPT alums, to help ensure its future success as a company. Currently he works as a Program Operations Analyst at

Sorcha Howard is the mother of one current repertory member and one alumni member. Passionate about the impact of YPT on children in terms of self-confidence and collaboration in every child, Sorcha is eager to give back to the company. A licensed vocational nurse by trade, Sorcha is a veteran of numerous arts and education non-profits.

Stephanie Holmes, Executive Director, Stephanie literally grew up in the theater. Her parents were professional actors in London, her oldest sister is a published author and her brother a musician.  Stephanie has been thrilled to be a part of YPT for almost 15 years.  She is the mother of 2 sons but considers the YPT actors her children as well.