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MOOLELO PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY
January 22, 2011

I am a retired high school math teacher with no experience in theater at any level although I do love to attend the theater. In 2004 I saw a play which included an actor that I found exceptional. The play was the Life Design of Jenny Chow and the actor was Seema Sueko. In the playbill there was a note about the actor starting a new performing arts company called Mo`olelo and if interested we could respond to an e-address that had been listed. I could hardly pronounce the name of the company but I e-mailed the artist an "got involved" in a new phase of my life. Seema is a work horse, non stop advocate of the arts, especially the performing arts. She was and still is determined that Mo`olelo will become a company that will out last those who have started it.

I have caught the "virus". It is almost impossible to be around this lady and not feel the energy that goes into her work. I have been the box office manager of some of the productions; I have help set the lights on other productions; I have helped strike the sets after most all productions and I have been on the board of trustees for almost 6 years. It has been a lot of work but I have said this many times. "I get more out of working with Mo`olelo than I give". It is amazing what one can "receive" from working for and with a group of people that has a mission which is renewed with each production. I am now the president of the board of trustees of Mo`olelo but due to board limits will go off the board at the end of this year. That will not keep me from supporting this company both with time and money for as long as it exists...and that will be for a long time to come. I have and will continue to work as a volunteer for this company because the energy of the board and others who volunteer for Mo`olelo feeds my will to continue. I truely believe that this small but growing company has a big future in the regional theaters of southern California and beyond. You would too if you knew our executive artistic director, Seem Sueko.

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I have been fortunate to see the board change and grow from 5 members to 9 at this time with the intent of growing to 12 by the end of 2011. We have had some drop from the board but they remain in support of the mission of the company and all of them do something in their area of expertize to contribute to the on going success of Mo`olelo. As I have said before working with Mo`olelo and it's board and volunteers is very contagious.

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Mo`olelo's biggest problem is staff. I receive a monthly hourly time sheet from our one-person-staff, Seema. It is incredible the hours she works. Our growth limitations is based on the time one person can commit to the many facets of our program. We need more full time staff that is committed to the program. We are working on this problem.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & As a board member I have worked toward finding those who might support Mo`olelo both with their time and financially.