Who we are…

“I can’t think of another local company that’s aiming so high.”

(SF Weekly)

Company of Fools (Core Members):

Ben Yalom (Executive Artistic Director), Debórah Eliezer (Co-Artistic Director), Michelle Haner(Director, Contemporary French Plays Project), Brian Livingston

Family of Fools (Artistic Associates):

Gustavo Alonso, Paul Collins, Lisa Drostova, Debórah Eliezer, Nkechi Emeruwa, Joan Howard, Stephen Jacob, Steve Morgan Haskell, Grace Ng, Angela Santillo, Ben Yalom

Old Fools: (Emeritus)

Lindsay Anderson, Kaibrina Sky Buck, Angie Bush, Jennifer Caleshu, Davina Cohen, Lisa Drostova, Kirsten Dwyer, Jason Craig, Téana David, Ben Eckstein, Corie Henninger, Csilla Horvath-Lewis, Rebecca Longworth, Jim Hudak (board), Zac Jaffee, Jessica Jelliffe, Patrick Kaliski, Alexander Lewis, Laley Lippard, David Mendelsohn, Lillian Meredith, Ryan O’Donnell, Josiah Polhemus, Kunal Prasad, Rod Hipskind, Mia Rovegno, Soren Santos, Elise Siegel (BRIDGE), Elizabeth Spreen, Ambra Sultzbaugh, Jessica Unker, Enrique Urueta, Paul Walsh (board), Wendy K. Yalom, Marlene Yarosh

Board of Trustees:

Janice Brenner, Angie Bush, Debórah Eliezer, David Gimpelevich, Pamela Hollings, Sukhi Singh, Ben Yalom


Ben YalomBen Yalom
(Executive Artistic Director)
Ben Yalom (artistic director) is founder and artistic director of foolsFURY. Recent directorial projects with foolsFURY include the world premiere of Monster in the Dark, the US premiere of Fabrice Melquiot’s The Devil on All Sides (which he also translated), Don DeLillo’s Valparaiso, the West Coast premiere of Martin Crimp’s seminal avant-garde work Attempts on Her Life, and others. In 2005 he directed the controversial musical Bangers’ Flopera with Inverse Theater (“Outstanding New Musical” Talkin Broadway, Summer 2005 citations). With San Francisco’s Traveling Jewish Theatre he directed Naomi Newman’s award-winning one-woman show Fall Down Get Up.

He teaches both playwriting and physical performance at California College of the Arts, and will be teaching movement for actors at the Lee Strasberg Institute (NYU/Tisch) in 2009. He has also taught at the La Mama Umbria Director’s Symposium, Stanford University, Vassar College, and the Berkeley Rep School of Theater.

Ben holds an MFA from the renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and his fiction, essays and translations of plays have appeared in magazines nationwide. His play The Strange Case of the Jensen Files was produced as part of the 2005 FURY Factory festival of ensemble theater. He is currently at work on a book with Viewpoints originator Mary Overlie.


Debórah Eliezer
(Co-Artistic Director)

Debórah Eliezer (Co-Artistic Director, Performer, Coach) Debórah has been working with the company since 2000 and a member of foolsFURY since 2005. She previously held the position of Education Director for five years. FoolsFURY credits include: Director/Choreographer, The Seeing Place, (FURY Factory 2014), Port Out Starboard Home by Shelia Callaghan, (world premiere SF & NYC, performer/choreographer,) (R)Evolution X, Sera, Monster in the Dark by Doug Dorst (world premiere,) The Devil on All Sides (world premiere, SF & NYC ), All You Can Eat, Apartment, and The Jensen Files. Choreographic credits include: (R)Evolution X, Monster in the Dark, Big Love, 12th Night, Valparaiso, Fall Down Get Up with TJT. Deborah developed the BRIDGE apprenticeship program, directs the internship program and is passionate about training youth as to be the artists and audiences of tomorrow.

Debórah has also worked with Golden Thread (SF/Cairo,) Splinter Group, Silvia Girardi, Woman’s Will, The Puppet Players, Marin Shakespeare and Antenna Theater. From 1996-2002 Debórah held the position of Co-Artistic Director of Eclipse Dance Theater. As a professional voiceover, you may have heard her voice in Leapfrog Toys, Sims video games or radio ads. She holds a B.A. Cum Laude from SFSU, teaches with foolsFURY, maintains a private coaching studio in SF and is a Certified Sound, Voice Movement Healing Arts Practitioner. www.deboraheliezer.com

Michelle Haner
(Contemporary French Plays Project Director, performer)

Michelle Haner has been a member of foolsFURY since 2007 , where she oversees the company’s French Plays Project, dedicated to the translation and production of new French contemporary theater. She also heads the arts department at the French-American International School in San Francisco, where in 2013-14, she is the lead producer of Awaiting Dawn. Michelle studied and trained at Harvard, the Sorbonne, UCLA (M.F.A.) and L’Ecole Jacques LeCoq in Paris. Her work as a director includes Sarah Kane’s “Crave”, Charles Mee’s “Trojan Women”, Sheila Callaghan’s “Kate Crackernuts”, Dan Harder’s “Killer Story” and many devised performance pieces. As an actress, favorite performances include Steve Morgan Haskell’s “how blue the sky was (Roland Barthes is dead)” and “All You Can Eat”. She has also performed in television (“CSI”, “Dragnet”, “Deadwood”, “One on One”) and independent films.
Brian Livingston

Brian Livingston

Brian Livingston (performer) Brian Livingston is a long time Bay Area resident, a graduate of SFSU’s theater dept and a member of foolsFURY theater company. Brian has been seen in foolsfFURY’s productions of Twelfth Night, The Jenson Files, Monster the Dark, Turn of the Screw, The Devil on All Sides and Big Love. Brian has trained around the world and at home with foolsFURY, the SITI Company, Antero Alli, Stephen Wangh, Mary Overlie, Jim Kirkwood, Hiroko Tamano, Sara Shelton Mann, and a host of others. What you resist, persist. Brian’s love of performance and storytelling has led him to a lifelong pursuit of gathering, enriching, breaking and engaging our theatrical heritage.

Family of Fools:

Gustavo AlonsoGustavo Alonso
Gustavo Alonso, company member, graduate of The New School University, MFA, Actors Studio Drama School, NYC, New to Bay Area has lived and performed in CO, KS, TX, NYC, and NJ. This is his first full production with FoolsFURY having done staged readings, workshops and The Seeing Place directed by Debórah Eliezer in the fury factory theater festival 2014.

Paul CollinsPaul Collins
Paul Collins is an actor, teaching artist, and scenic carpenter who holds an M.F.A. in Acting from California State University, Fullerton. Before Paul moved to the Bay Area, he worked with Star Education in Los Angeles as a teaching artist and as an adjunct faculty member for CSUF. Since graduate school he has worked continually as a scenic carpenter recently building for the Youth Musical Theatre Company and The Shotgun Players in the East Bay. His most recent acting credits include The Crucible, Our Experience Has Taught Us, and The Paris Letter.

Formerly a special effects artist at Industrial Light and Magic, Lisa Drostova moved from film to publishing, spending six years as the lead theater critic for the East Bay Express, before switching sides to make theater. She has studied and taught aikido, performed with the bellydance troupe Ultra Gypsy, and trained in mime and physical theater. She has been a company member of Butterfield 8, directed through the Playwrights Center of SF and the Shelton Theater in San Francisco, and is currently an Associate Artist with foolsFury and the Public Engagement Manager for Ragged Wing Ensemble.

Joan HowardJoan Howard
Joan Howard is a physical theatre performer and clown. She has presented original performances at Physical Theatre Salon at Main Street, LEVYSalon, Barbary Coast Amusements, Literary Clown Foolery, The Clown Cabaret and Ei8ht. Joan has also performed with the site-specific company We Players, and is one-half of the acrobatic clown duo Max & Antoinette, who have appeared at San Francisco Theater Pub and the 2013 foolsFURY Factory Parts Festival. Most recently, Joan (as one half of the company Idiot String) co-created and performed in O Best Beloved, an ensemble devised adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, which won ‘Best of Fringe’ at last year’s SF Fringe Festival. She is a graduate of Flying Actor Studio’s Physical Theatre Conservatory, and holds a BFA in Sculpture/Performance Art from California College of Arts & Crafts. In 2010, Joan co-founded Main Street Theatre in San Francisco’s Excelsior district, an alternative performance venue dedicated to physical theatre and the variety arts. Joan is excited to get into all kinds of mischief as a new company member with foolsFURY…!

Stephen JacobStephen Jacob
(performer, playwright)
Stephen Jacob (ensemble) is a founding member and former associate artistic director of foolsFURY. He has appeared in many plays with the company, including Jacques and His Master, The Illusion, Midnight Brainwash Revival, Attempts on Her Life, and The Dreamstealers, foolsFURY’s first original play, which Stephen wrote for the company. He also performed in the New York premiere of Fabrice Melquiot’s The Devil on All Sides when the company toured to PS 122 in 2007. Since 2004, has resided in Germany, where he was recently seen in Werner Frisch’s Nico, Sphinx aus Eis at the Sophiensaele in Berlin and the Brut Kuenstlerhaus in Vienna. Stephen holds an MFA in creative writing from California College of the Arts.

Grace NgGrace Ng
Grace is a Bay Area native and recent graduate of San Francisco State University’s Theatre Arts Program. Her recent appearances include performances for The Bay Area One Acts Festival and for the Bay Area Children’s Theatre. Grace first took an interest in physical expression and Viewpoints through the guidance of SFSU professor, Barbara Damashek. She is delighted at the chance to further expand her artistic knowledge and skills in the foolsFURY BRIDGE apprenticeship program.

Steve Morgan HaskellSteve Morgan Haskell
Mr. Steve created Baden-Powell Wars, ALL YOU CAN EAT and how blue the sky was (Roland Barthes is Dead) for foolsFURY; fucking wasps, massacre and blue monkey love cuts for Theatre of NOTE; Paper Ballet, Head for Al’s National Theatre; Americansoapdishpie in Scotland and before that he was caught hobnobbing around UC Irvine with Jerzy Grotowski and the ants.

Angela Santillo

Angela Santillo
(playwright, director)

Angela Santillo (playwright, director) is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California where she directed and wrote the ACTF invited Red Umbrellas. As a member of foolsFURY she produced the 2007 FURY Factory, Malady of Death, Turn of the Screw, and Devil on all Sides at New York’s PS122. Her play Sera received a Incubator reading in 2008. Angela is currently pursuing her MFA in Theater at Sarah Lawrence College.

Board of Trustees:


Janice Brenner

Born and raised in South Africa. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Clinical and Industrial Psychology, from the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), Johannesburg, South Africa. Graduate Honors degree in Human Resource Management, Graduate School of Business Administration, WITS, Johannesburg, South Africa. Immigrated to the USA in 1986. Her professional experience has been in the field of community-building, public affairs, and marketing for a diplomatic mission. She was selected as a Wexner Heritage Foundation Fellow – a national Jewish leadership development program designed to groom outstanding professionals for the highest echelon of community leadership.
angie bushAngie Bush

Angie Bush is currently the National Sr. Director of Strategic Partnerships at Raising A Reader, a national nonprofit organization that has helped more than 1 million families successfully build and sustain literacy routines in their homes critical for children’s school success. Angie has over 12 years of experience in business development, corporate partnerships and donor engagement, forging partnerships with numerous Fortune 500 companies and national organizations in order to scale national projects for children and families. Angie has served as the Director of Engagement at Link Media and Director of Strategic Partnerships at YouthNoise, Inc., focusing on engaging youth in innovative projects around the globe. Angie holds a Master of Public Administration from San Francisco State University and an undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

david-gimpelevichDavid Gimpelevich
David Gimpelevich is a seasoned senior executive with over 20 years of experience across consumer goods, software, and consulting industries. He brings to the table deep experience in M&A, a string of successful turnaround efforts, as well as a solid record in growing global businesses. Most recently, he has been engaged in advising prominent private equity firms in identifying and packaging acquisition opportunities. Mr. Gimpelevich has worked opportunities in the restaurant chain, toy, sporting goods, consumer electronics, and video game industries and has collaborated with such firms as the Texas Pacific Group, Sorenson Capital, Hellman & Friedman, Sun Capital and H.I.G. Capital. Mr. Gimpelevich speaks fluent Russian and has extensive international experience. He received his MBA with high honors from the University of California at Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Pamela HollingsPamela Hollings
Pamela Hollings began her career in theater as an actor, but soon realized the joy of directing. She trained at Australia’s premier school, NIDA (The National Institute of Dramatic Art). Soon after graduation co-founded and was Artistic Managing Director of Soup Kitchen Theatre. The company was dedicated to commissioning new short works and experimental approaches to established texts. She has since had a second career in education as a teacher, registrar, and administrator. Most recently she was Chair of the San Francisco Waldorf High School. She is currently freelancing in education and as a storyteller and leader of rituals for individuals and groups.
Sukhi SIngh

Sukhi Singh

Sukhi Singh is a Management Consultant with Alvarez and Marsal Business Consulting. Sukhi has worked in the area of Healthcare for over 14 years with companies like Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California, Aetna, GE Healthcare and McKesson. Sukhi also was the founder and CEO of Ridezoom, a rideshare company. He is a member of American Mensa. He received an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and Bachelors of Engineering degree from Thapar University, India.