Our Board Members

Howard Price

President

Howard Price

A marketing professional for over 25 years, Howard has worked in high-tech for some of the biggest names in the industry, including Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and McAfee. He’s a strong technician with a long history of putting technology to work to solve problems. He is passionate about leveraging the latest advances to drive business forward. He brings to PCT new energy about how we can engage with our communities, audiences and local businesses to generate opportunities for growth across the board. His other love is music, he worked in the music business for many years as an artist promoter, working with several 80s artists, including Steve Strange (Visage), Samantha Fox, Thomas Dolby, Andy Bell (Erasure) and Marilyn. Howard has a strong success record for building and managing high-performing teams through honesty, transparency and a true desire to find ways to make people feel happy and appreciated. 

Ellen Price

Vice President

Ellen Price is proud to be a board member for Placer Community Theater. She is a retired Sacramento City Police dispatcher.  She started acting 2 years ago and has been involved with several plays in the community both on stage and behind the scenes. She encourages everyone to follow their dreams no matter what age you are.

Diane Ott

Secretary

Diane has lived in Auburn for 30 years, but grew up in Southern California. While working for Disney, Diane participated in Disney Employee Choir and The Disneyland Madrigals for 10 years.

In Auburn, Diane has been involved with Music and More, Placer Adult School Performers and Placer Community Theater, where she has had the wonderful opportunities to perform in “Annie Get Your Gun”, “Damn Yankees”, “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”, “Anything Goes,” “Music, Music, Music” and two productions of “Fiddler On The Roof”. She is now retired after working as a Lead Customer Service Rep with Placer County Water Agency for 27 years. Diane has been our incredibly dedicated PCT Board secretary for 20 years. She says, “It’s been a great challenge and I have learned so much.  It’s so much fun growing and learning together.  We are quite a wonderful “family”.  I am glad to be a part of helping to keep community theater alive in Auburn.”

David Weller

Treasurer

David Weller

David brings many years of non-profit financial expertise to his role at PCT. In his role as San Francisco Zoo’s Visitor Services Manager he oversaw a department handing large sums of money on a daily basis. He went on to become Student Accounts Officer at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where he was responsible for tuition fees and student financial support programs. Lastly David headed up the gallery management at San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation, where he lead a large team of full-time docents and volunteers. David brings incredible organization skills to PCT and is committed to total financial transparency. 

Steve Whittaker

Board Member

Steve Whittaker

Steve Whittaker has spent over 50 years as a professional Stage, Film, and TV Actor, Director, Designer and teacher.  He recently spent nine years directing/teaching on camera acting at the American Film Institute in L A, working exclusively with Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA actors.

Mr. Whittaker began his acting career when he worked as a Deputy Sheriff opposite Marlon Brando in a film entitled “The Chase”. 

He did his first starring role opposite CHER in a film entitled  “Chastity”.

He was seen as a recurring character in the soap opera “Young And The Restless”, and he has over 40 TV credits ranging from “Bewitched”, to “Miami Vice”, to “Murder She Wrote” to “Simon and Simon”, and “Nash Bridges”, among others.  ON STAGE he has over 30 Director, Producer, Designer credits including directing everything from light comedy “Bus Stop”, to heavy drama, “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf” to Shakespeare, “The Merchant Of Venice” and “Macbeth”.  He has worked in both professional and community Theater.

Learning from experience, he meets the first and most important demand of a Director or Teacher, he is a very patient man.

Andy Poston

Board Member

Andy Poston

Andy has been working with PCT since 2014. His main role has been as sound designer (where he can safely hide in the tech booth and avoid getting talked into being on stage!). He has also participated in set building and design, and has designed a number of special effects for PCT shows (anyone remember the exploding cuckoo clock from Moon Over Buffalo?), and is one of the few people that knows how to put together the stage!

Highlights from his time with PCT include Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Nunsense, and The Producers. Andy was nominated for an Elly Award by SARTA in for his sound design work on PCT’s production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. He has worked for many years in graphic design and marketing, and in his spare time, Andy has been learning the art of audio and video production.

Chris Plato

Board Member

Chris Plato

Chris grew up in the theater, as his father was an actor, director, and artistic director in various theater groups in the Bay Area. Chris spent his early years on stage in award-winning roles, backstage and in the booth designing and running sound. He and his wife met as children in the theater and ultimately were married in what was formerly known as the Old Town Theatre in Los Gatos (home of the former TheaterWest group).  Chris went on to build a successful career leading teams in company operations and logistics. He is now semi-retired after moving to Folsom in 2021 to be closer to family. In addition to his background in theater and leadership skills, Chris is a talented photographer who specializes in sports, performance, and charity event photography. Chris’ vast theater experience, leadership expertise, and all-around affable personality would make him a valuable addition to the board’s group dynamic.

Julie Rosch

Board Member

Originally from the Chicagoland Area, Julie has performed in numerous theater productions, written and recorded music, and has sung at various venues. Currently she resides in Georgetown with her husband John and their two dogs, Maggie and Winnie.

Murder’s in the Heir is Julie’s second performance with the Placer Community Theater. Her role as Mae, in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof won her an Elly award in 2020 for Best Supporting Actress. Julie has also performed with the STAC theater company most recently in The Drowsy Chaperone. While living in the Bay Area, she has had roles as: Clair Ganz, in Rumors, Celia, in Calendar Girls, Belinda, in Noises Off. She is thankful for the opportunity to work with the cast under the direction of Steve, who has encouraged us to bring the subtext to life.

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