Our Esteemed Board & Staff Members
They say sometimes destiny brings us together. Well this is true with these board and staff members. They have become not only valuable members to our company, but are also gifted in what they bring to our community artistic table. We are grateful to have them on our team.
This is our staff and wonderful board members
Silvia Gonzalez Scherer
Executive Artistic Director and Founder
Silvia comes to her position with a variety of skills. Her passion for theater is what propels her! She writes plays with multicultural casts and social dilemmas. Her earlier endeavors began with standup comedy, ventriloquism, open-mike poetry, then on to acting. She has appeared in industrial films, McDonalds and Arco commercials, and a tv pilot drama. She studied improv at Chicago Second City and ImprovOlympics. She participated in acting and writing workshops in Chicago and New York. Her favorite writer’s workshop was with INTAR in New York with Maria Irene Fornes, an Obie winning playwright. She was a resident playwright with Chicago Dramatists and New York’s famous playwright institution New Dramatists where she calls her artistic home and does readings of her new plays. Her plays have garnished awards and recognition. Her plays are studied by high schools in their textbooks. She is the creator of Udderly Improv and is proud it has taken off and become a hired gig in Hanford and Kettleman City. Now led by superstars of HMTC members, Udderly Improv is a noted comedy troupe and proud to be a home grown comedic entertainment in the San Joaquin Valley. Silvia wants to thank Lila Chavez of Fresno Arts Council, the CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL and her husband Tom Scherer for their enthusiastic support of her work with HMTC.
Managing Director and Co-founder
Camia works in the office and goes to West Hills College Lemoore majoring in Psychology.Camia is responsible for social media, managing contacts, attendance of students, planning of classes, taking photos, maintaining records, organizing, supervising, and creating PowerPoints for live presentations, and other advertising activities. Multicultural is within her. She is half Latina and half Caucasian and very proud. Camia is a firm believer of diversity, and has a great sense of social justice.
Past Board President, 2017-2019
Karlotta Richardson is a graduate of California State University Fresno with a degree in Journalism.
Acting has been a passion for Karlotta and it was completely evident in her protrayal of Opal Eiker in the recent stage play Waiting Women produced by HMTC in the Spring of 2019.
Karlotta states that HMTC has forever changed her because she has met outstanding friends that share her passion and love of life. Karlotta handled the HMTC board president duties with grace. Her warmth enticed new members to become involved in this home-grown entity. With her assistance, HMTC moved quickly from an idea to a cherished and thriving theater company that is the pride of the Hanford Community. Though Karlotta has stepped down from board president, she has not stepped down from our hearts.
“I can’t think of anything better than having the opportunity of creative expression. HMTC is the perfect place to do just that!”
Thank you Karlotta, for helping make everyone’s secret dreams come true in Hanford’s performing-arts newest passion. (submitted by Silvia Gonzalez Scherer)
Vanessa (Vee) Velasco
Board Vice President
Vanessa (also known as Vee) is a Filipino American with Hawaiian influence. She is a graduate from UC Merced and has had an eye for art since childhood. During her undergraduate career in Merced, she joined the Polynesian cultural dance group, Ohana. In 2013, she became the publicist/public relations officer and helped her fellow officers plan their annual spring Lu’au events. She also functioned as the head director for the decorating committee which dealt with invitations, promotional posters, and props/costumes.
Vanessa is a self-taught artist. It was her stay in Merced that encouraged her to develop her artistic skills where she finished a Minor in Art. Her skills range from 2D, 3D, music, and dance. She believes in the therapeutic attributes of art and encourages others to explore their artistic side.
“I like to challenge myself in the world of art! So here I am, part of the improv with HMTC, and look forward to our exciting events that are coming!”
Victoria Girouard graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and earned her Master of Arts, in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University, Irvine. Currently Victoria is working for a Native American organization, Tribal TANF in Hanford, CA, where she helps families whom are living under the 200% poverty level become self-sufficient. Throughout Victoria’s childhood she had a dream to become an actress but didn’t know how to go about doing so. When affordable by her grandparents she participated in drama classes. In High School, Victoria was part of the Theatre in Education program where a group of students created their own scripts about peer issues and went to middle schools to provide techniques on what to do in those types of situations. Victoria believes Theatre arts is an opportunity for expression and a positive outlet that opens up the soul to the imagination.
HMTC is glad to present our newest Board Member, Amanda! Congratulations Amanda. A bio will be provided shortly.
Briefly, I am a lawyer and oil paint artist. I am currently working on a mural in Lemoore, and have paintings in law offices. I live in two places. Visalia is my main home, and the artist district in Los Angeles is my art home. Delighted to be doing art work for HMTC.
Esmeralda (Mimi) Gonzalez
Outreach & Teen Coordinator
Hello, my name is Esmeralda Gonzalez (Esme or Mimi) and I am half Mexican and half Guatemalan. I am the assistant and Volunteer Chairman of the Hanford Multicultural Theater Company (HMTC). .
I am an actress, but am mostly a musician. I absolutely love music; I can sing and play the flute, tenor saxophone, piccolo, guitar, piano and a little bit of the trumpet. I listen to all types of music except for a selected genre of which I respect but isn’t my cup of tea.
Along with music I am also a make up artist. The photo above is what I wore for our day of the dead event which is what I created free handedly. I am self taught and use mostly drugstore products.
I am honored to be apart of this wonderful organization and can’t wait to see how it will progress in the upcoming years.
Grace Eunsung graduated from Columbia University with her Master of Science in Journalism, and from the University of California, Santa Cruz with her Bachelor of Arts in History. She worked as a journalist for over ten yeasrs as a newspaper reporter, online editor and freelance writer. She has published a novel, The Professionals (2014) and two children’s books, From Korea to California: Our Journey to America (2014) and The Korean Spirit in the Air: The Korean Aviation School in Willows, CA (2018).
Margaret (Maggie) Franckhauser has always been a drama geek at heart. She recently graduated high school and is now a freshman at Long Beach State University, where she hopes to complete a double major in Theatre Arts and Journalism. However, she realized her interests early on; in elementary school she began avidly writing stories and attending drama classes at the Lemoore civic center. She went on to become the vice president of the drama club and president of speech and debate at Lemoore High School, directing and acting in over sixteen shows, and attending speech and debate tournaments on the weekends. She also took a storytelling class and performed at a wide range of venues in the community, from elder centers to preschools.
She discovered the Hanford Multicultural Theater Company through their annual Monologue Slam; she was delighted to meet so many new and wonderful people in the area who shared her passions. When she learned that the company needed a grant writer, she jumped at the chance to help out and put her writing skills to good use. Above all, Maggie wants to help the performing arts flourish in the central valley, and will continue to do so in Long Beach.
Julio Gonzalez Jr.
We are always open to new board members. If interested, contact us and we’ll send you information on how you can be a part of our cause! 🙂