DIRECTOR & BOARD
Sharie Renault founded the Academy Actors in Berkeley in 1982, the St. Helena Children’s Theater and St. Helena Players Community theater in 1984-1995. She created the Calistoga High School Theater Program which won, consecutively, top awards for excellence in state competitions from 1989 – 2002. She has directed all of the UpStage Napa Valley productions to date.
Sharie developed her directing skills with Ralph Tutchek, renowned theater director in Berkeley and New York. She was chosen to further her acting talents with Shakespeare and Company in Lennox, Massachusetts.
She was selected by the California Arts Project to develop and instruct a theater curriculum at Cal State East Bay University and University of the Pacific for teachers.
Chairman of the Board, President and Director of Marketing
Elaine Jennings was Founder & President of Concentric Productions, Inc. for 12 years prior to launching Small Potatoes Catering & Events. Her extensive meeting, conference & event production expertise has equipped her with a skillful eye for design, form and function. Elaine directs SPC&E’s thriving Event Department. She has earned a reputation creating memorable, high profile, influential galas & themed events for both private and corporate clients.
In addition, Elaine studied theater locally and performed in several local theater troupes including TheaterWorks, Palo Alto, The New Shakespeare Theater Co., and independent San Francisco productions.
Elaine’s presentation & event production skills support all of the activities of Calistoga Theater Company as well.
Vice President & Techinical Director
Kevin is the owner of St. Helena Construction Company, a general contracting company with over 40 years of experience. Kevin has also honed his skills on set, ranging from set construction at the University of Pennsylvania, stage hand at UC Berkeley; technical director at the Magic Theater in Berkeley, California, owner of Golden Fleece Theater Lighting Company, Technical Director and construction crew for the St. Helena Players.
CFO & Director of Legal & Financial Operations
Kelly Berryman is a mediator, counselor and advocate promoting strong and sustainable relationships. She has worked with Napa Valley business owners and investors over 24 advising on business and real estate planning, sales and acquisitions, contracts and joint ventures. Now she contributes those talents to the emerging Calistoga Theater Company as it expands its audience and offerings to the Calistoga and St. Helena community.
She has served on several non-profit boards and committees, including the Napa office of the American Cancer Society, Napa Valley Community Housing, La Pradera Apartments, Calistoga Affordable Housing, Calistoga Education Foundation Auction Committee, St. Helena High School Parent Teacher Group, Calistoga Youth Soccer, and Calistoga-Bennett 4-H Club.
You might also find her on the stage since her debut in 2012 left an insatiable appetite for community theater.
Deborah Todd has worked in addiction recovery as a counselor for thirty years; the last twenty-five at Saint Helena Hospital's Recovery Center. Previous to that, she worked in gas chromatography, restaurants, the YWCA, lifeguarding, soccer, and studied psychology and art at the University of Texas. Deborah love's spending time with Fred, family, friends and felines.
Theater is cool for the same reason she loved working in treatment: being a part of a dynamic process with fun, creative people facilitating miracles.
H. Stuart Harrison
Stu Harrison has served as a sales and marketing executive in the Napa Valley for the nearly 40 years. He most recently served as the Sales and Marketing Director for Continuum Estate, the Mondavi family’s new project, which he helped launch in 2008. He retired from Continuum Estate in 2014 but continues his wine industry involvement with his own project, a wine called Trivium.
The bulk of Harrison's career has been spent working for subsidiaries of the Robert Mondavi Winery. For five years, he served as General Manager of Mondavi's La Famiglia Winery. His Mondavi tenure also included 15 years at Opus One, where he served as Project Manager, and Director of Marketing, Public Relations and Sales. He was Opus One’s first employee. He held that post from 1983 to 1998.
Stu began his career in the wine business immediately following his graduate work at Boston University, an academic career that earned him both an MBA and MA (in public relations). His career in the wine business started in Europe with an eight-month training program at Schloss Johannisberg in Germany’s Rheingau region. He served as a “Praktikant” in both the cellars and vineyards.
In 1973, following his experience in Germany, Stu came to California. His first job in California was with Almaden Vineyards, working in their San Francisco headquarters. Stu followed his work at Almaden with seven years as Sales and Marketing Director for Domaine Chandon. Prior to Continuum Estate, Stu spent 5 years as General Manager of Swanson Vineyards.
Stu’s Napa Valley experience also includes employment with Wilson Daniels, Ltd. and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars.