IRVINE, CA: The Board of Directors of Irvine Barclay Theatre announced the election of five new members to their ranks at a recent Board meeting. The new members of the Board are: Ms. Karen Cahill, Ms. Robin Follman-Otta, Dr. Jim Lindberg, Mr. Terry McDonald, and Mr. Gary Singer.
Ken Rohl, the Board Chair remarked: “It is remarkable that people of this caliber, who are already very busy, are willing to commit their valuable time and resources as volunteers and supporters. It bodes well for Irvine Barclay Theatre and speaks volumes about how much these people care about their community and neighbors.”
Jerry Mandel, the Barclay’s President, continued “These are exciting times at the Barclay with many changes underway. I look forward to working with this new energized board to develop new program initiatives and creative interest among people that haven’t attended Irvine Barclay Theatre before. The Barclay is moving forward to have a stronger presence in Irvine and the surrounding Orange County communities."
Ms. Karen Cahill is a former professional figure skater and choreographer. She is very involved in philanthropic work in Orange County and has worked with the Illumination Foundation, Harvesters, University of California, Irvine, St Margaret’s Episcopal School, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, and Oceana. Ms. Cahill continues to choreograph and has choreographed more than 40 productions for St. Margarets.
Ms. Robin Follman-Otta performed as one of the top leading ladies in the operatic industry for more than 30 years singing throughout the world. Since retiring from the arts world in 2012, Robin Follman-Otta has led the team at Markall Inc. as CEO, along with its manufacturing arm, RA Industries, LLC, as a privately held, woman- and minority-owned full-service engineering and fabrication completion center that has operated in Santa Ana, CA, for three generations. Deeply committed to education in the arts, she served as Artistic Director of the Orange County School of the Arts; and the Voice Conservatory as Director from 2000-2009. She was recently honored by the Orange County Business Journal with the Women in Business Award 2016.
Dr. Jim Lindberg is the Chief Medical Officer of PersonalCare Physicians and Chief of Service and Medical Director of Hoag Executive Health in addition to his private practice in internal medicine. Dr. Lindberg served as an Advisor on the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Exercise from 2005-2011. He has been a board member of Athletes & Entertainers for Kids, 911 for Kids, and the Derek Faison Foundation. He is also a past president of the American Heart Association.
Mr. Terry McDonald became passionate about the arts during his days as a student at Hollywood High School. A General Contractor by trade, his company built retail stores and restaurants throughout California. He and his wife, Toni, are also supporters of Laguna Playhouse, and Pacific Symphony, as well as long-time subscribers at the Barclay.
Mr. Gary Singer serves as a Senior Advisor to RSI Holding, RSI Home Products, Inc. and RSI Development and he is Chair of the Simon Foundation for Education and Housing. Prior to joining RSI, Gary served as an associate and partner in O'Melveny & Myers LLP Newport Beach office for over 36 years until his retirement in 2013. He has been active on numerous boards including: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc, University of California, U.C. Irvine Foundation, California Chamber of Commerce, Human Options, Orange County Business Committee of the Arts, the Dean's Advisory Council at University of California, Irvine School of Law, Loyola Law School Board of Advisors . He is a returning Board Member at Irvine Barclay Theatre and served as the Board Chair 1993-1996 and 2006-2007.
Irvine Barclay Theatre is an independent nonprofit organization established as an innovative public/private partnership with the vision of creating a unique performing arts venue. The private sector, the City of Irvine, and the University of California, Irvine, combined funding and land to achieve a mutual goal. The partners created Irvine Barclay Theatre to showcase top quality artists, to provide a superior facility for local and regional art groups, and to enhance UCI's educational mission. The theatre building is named for Mr. Richard Barclay, an area philanthropist, who provided the leading gift for the theatre's construction. The theatre auditorium is named for Dr. George and Arlene Cheng. The Barclay's 750-seat Cheng Hall has gained a national reputation for its excellent acoustics, intimate feel, and the high quality of its production facilities. It is a venue of choice, among artists, when performing in southern California. Internationally recognized dance and theater companies such as Mark Morris Dance Group, Akram Khan Company and Robert Lepage; musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma and Elvis Costello, world cultural events, flamenco, cirque and other entertainments, all have wowed audiences in the theatre’s elegant and intimate Cheng Hall.
For more information on the Irvine Barclay Theatre go to www.thebarclay.org