Gas Lamp Inc. is governed by a Board of Directors that includes the Executive Committee. Our Board members come from a diverse array of backgrounds. But they share a common goal of nurturing the arts and fostering community.
Lisa Monacelli McElwee is an actress, singer and producer. Lisa grew up in Glen Ridge and has been part of the Gas Lamp theater tradition for 20+ years! She attended Skidmore College and Circle in the Square Theater programs. She is a professional actress and has been in many plays and musicals within the Tri State Area. Some productions include The Marathon Years, (Off Broadway directed by Anne Bogart), Girls Room at Ensemble Studio Theater (lead), A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx at Roy Arias Theater (lead), The Women at Women’s Theater of NJ (Edith), Noises Off at American Stage Festival, Footloose at Allegro Theater (Vi), Annie at Gas Lamp Players (Grace) and Mary Poppins at Gas Lamp (Mary). Film includes The Baptism of Joshua Cohen. National Commercial, Optimum Online and Lady Footlocker. Lisa has taught acting at Gas Lamp Academy and subs in to teach at Sande Shurin Acting Studio in NYC. Currently, Lisa is Producing the Feature Film, Girl Clown set to shoot in NYC this spring/summer.
Sarajane Boyle graduated from Fairfield University with a B.A. in English and theatre. She taught high school English and drama for nine years, and earned her Masters Degree in Education from Marygrove University. Sarajane joined the Gas Lamp family in 2008, when her oldest child saw a Gas Lamp production and fell in love with the stage. For seven years prior to joining the Board of Directors, Sarajane served as Education Director of the Troupe, teaching a variety of GLAPA classes, while performing in our MainStage Productions. Sarajane lives in Glen Ridge with her husband and four children.
Brandee McHale is President of the Citi Foundation and Director of Corporate Citizenship at Citi. She oversees the Citi Foundation's global grantmaking strategy and leads Citi's citizenship efforts, including volunteerism and environmental sustainability.
For over three decades, Brandee has dedicated her career to philanthropy and developing a forward-thinking portfolio of grant initiatives that connect low-income residents to on-ramps of economic opportunity and a secure financial future. Additionally, Brandee is a staunch advocate for youth empowerment. Under her leadership, the Citi Foundation launched Pathways to Progress in the United States, the largest single commitment in the Foundation's 20-year history.
Brandee is the mother of three children who have all participated in Gas Lamp educational programming, including her daughter Lily, who has been in numerous Gas Lamp productions. Brandee is a passionate believer that creative arts education builds confidence and skills that youth can draw upon no matter what path they choose in life.
Miriam Tensuan loves Gas Lamp Players for its unique blend of big city pedigree & professionalism and small town congeniality & personal attention. In 2014, her son Alex played Curly in Peter Pan and discovered his passion for theater. Gas Lamp quickly became a family affair. Miriam’s husband Dick appeared in a Main Stage musical; stepson Clayton served as master carpenter on various productions; and nephew Sam did a stage crew summer internship. While Miriam herself hasn’t sung onstage, she is very happy to sing Gas Lamp’s praises. She advises on marketing and public relations issues, drawing on her professional PR agency and corporate communications training. Miriam makes her home in Bloomfield.
Don Flynn did shows in high school and after an inexplicable 27-year hiatus, he returned to the stage in 2011 to play Daddy Warbucks in Annie with the Gas Lamp Players. Since getting his second wind, he has been in various roles with a number of local community theater groups. These roles have included: Mr. Bennet (Pride and Prejudice), Mr. Banks (Mary Poppins), Kolenkhov (You Can't Take it With You), Albert Peterson (Bye Bye Birdie) and Emile (South Pacific).
Don has an undergraduate degree in Communications and a graduate degree in Divinity. He served as pastor of Riverside Community Church in Nutley for 17 years and has served at various other churches in North Jersey. Currently he works in Development at Market Street Mission--a drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation center for men in Morristown, NJ. Don & his wife Leigh were married in 1990, live in Fairfield, NJ and have three amazing children--two in college, one in high school.
Jeff Prior starred as Captian Hook in the Irvington Presbyterian Church's tour de force production of Peter Pan in 1976. With the prodding of his many admirers Jeff came out of retirement 40 years later to play the role of Dr. Grimwig in Gas Lamp Players' critcally acclaimed 2016 production of Oliver. Theater has played a major role throughout Jeff's life. His mother, Sue Prior, founded the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe in Quogue, NY, in 1978 and it remains a thriving haven for children and young adults who find a home in theater, today. QJTT shares the same values as the Gas Lamp Players - in addition to sharing costumes, props and sets, because that is what community theater companies do. Jeff's daughter Riley is a Gas Lamp lifer who has benefited from every moment with the troupe. And his wife Karin is a Gas Lamp costume and consessions lifer, though not necessarilly by choice. When he is not moving sets or bringing joy to the masses on the Gas Lamp stage, Jeff is Co-Founder of a review marketing technology start-up called KiQ Partners, based here in NJ.
Lisa Anderson Lisa became involved in Gaslamp after returning from a 3 year adventure in Hong Kong with her family and needing a creative and social outlet for her son, James. James was cast as John Darling in the 2014 summer production of Peter Pan, and has been a Gaslamp fixture ever since. While Lisa is not an actor or singer, she has always been a patron of the arts. After graduating with a BA in Fashion Design from Kent State University, she moved to NYC and eventually became a Technical Designer in the Fashion Industry. Lisa is currently the Director of Technical Design for Denim at Ralph Lauren and is excited to bring her knowledge of clothing and fit, as well as her organizational skills to the Gaslamp stage.