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  • Ken has served as the president of the Hitz Foundation since 2011. Prior to that Ken was an independent consultant specializing in system architecture and implementation working on projects in Asia, Africa, South America, and the US. Ken also worked as a senior manager for Price Waterhouse Management Consulting.

    In addition to serving as the chair of board of Play On Shakespeare, serves on the boards of the Royal Shakespeare Company America, Global Digital Heritage, and the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Fund. Additionally, Ken serves on advisory boards for the Union of Concerned Scientists, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Inian Islands Institute.

    Ken holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

    Ken Hitz

    President of the Board, 
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  • Ayanna Thompson is a Regents Professor of English at Arizona State University, and the Director of the Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies (ACMRS). She is the author of Blackface (Bloomsbury, 2021), Shakespeare in the Theatre: Peter Sellars (Arden Bloomsbury, 2018), Teaching Shakespeare with Purpose: A Student-Centred Approach, co-authored with Laura Turchi (Arden Bloomsbury, 2016), Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race,and Contemporary America (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Performing Race and Tortureon the Early Modern Stage (Routledge, 2008).

    She wrote the new introduction for the revised Arden3 Othello (Arden, 2016), and is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Race (Cambridge University Press, 2021), Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance (Palgrave, 2010), and Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance (Routledge, 2006).

    She is currently collaborating with Curtis Perry on the Arden4 edition of Titus Andronicus. Thompson is a Shakespeare Scholar in Residence at The Public Theater in New York. She currently chairs the Council of Scholars at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn, NY, serveson the Board of Play On Shakespeare, and previously served on the Board for Woolly Mammoth Theater in Washington, DC.

    She was the 2018-19 President of the Shakespeare Association of America and was one of PhiBeta Kappa’s Visiting Scholars for 2017-2018. From 2015-2017, Thompson served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Marshall Scholars.

     

    Ayanna Thompson

    Board Member, 
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  • As Chairman of the Hitz Foundation, Dave’s focus areas include Mayan archeology, 3D scanning of
    ancient sites and museum collections, and global sustainability. As chairman of Deep Springs College,
    Dave helped guide the transition to coeducation after 100 years of all-male enrollment. He co-founded
    Play On Shakespare, which is translating all of Shakespeare's plays into present-day, performable
    English. It has been called the single largest literary translation project since the King James Bible—and
    also “a waste of money and talent.”

    In 1992, Dave co-founded NetApp, a Silicon Valley data management company. His roles included
    programmer, evangelist, architect, Executive VP of Engineering, cheerleader, strategist, and coach. Dave
    is an inventor on 29 patents. He wrote a book, How to Castrate a Bull: Unexpected Lessons on Risk,
    Growth, and Success in Business, about NetApp's journey from startup to Fortune 500. Dave is currently
    Founder Emeritus. Prior to NetApp, he worked for MIPS and Auspex.

    Dave dropped out of high school. Nevertheless, he attended George Washington University,
    Swarthmore College, and Deep Springs College. After eight years as an undergraduate, he received a BSE
    in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. At Deep Springs College, Dave
    worked as a cowboy and learned to herd, brand, and castrate cattle.

    Dave Hitz

    Board Member, 
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  • Miriam A. Laube is a mixed race first generation American actor, producer, and director. She recently directed The Tempest for Santa Cruz Shakespeare. In her 16 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Miriam was an actor and producer, where she had the honor of working with an extraordinary company of artists. Her favorite roles include Cleopatra, Olivia, Hermione, Rosalind and Julia, The Witch in Into the Woods and Vasantasena in The Clay Cart. She is proud to have originated the roles of Gynecia in Head Over Heels, Maruca in Party People, and Cleo in Family Album. Additionally at OSF, she served as the Associate Director on productions of Oklahoma and Pirates of Penzance. She also served as a Development Consultant at OSF, curating and hosting a bi-weekly interview series. She has worked on Broadway in Bombay Dreams and regionally at Berkeley Rep, Dallas Theater Center, Milwaukee Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, and The Guthrie Theater. She received a Henry Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the original production of The Book of Will at the Denver Center. Miriam is honored to be both a Fox Fellow and a Lunt-Fontanne Fellow.

    She believes that theater at its best celebrates the human spirit, by creating workplaces and works of art that invite a diversity of voices into the story telling and the story making. This allows a space where one can examine the conflicts of the national dialogue through metaphor, gifting us the ability to hear with fresh ears and see with new eyes points of view and stories that are not our own; which, through the tools of the theater, can reveal or startle or wonder us into a deeper connection to our collective humanity, allowing us to exclaim, “I recognize you in me!”

    Miriam A. Laube

    Secretary, 
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