Liz Santillan

Under Oregon law, a nonprofit board member’s first obligation is to protect and strengthen the financial health of the organization. What steps will you take to ensure the financial health of Pentacle Theatre?

To ensure the financial health of Pentacle Theatre I will work alongside my peers as a team to make stable, affordable and sustainable financial decisions on behalf of the business.

Describe how you will represent the theater.

I will ensure to always put my best foot forward, by being a reliable and attentive team member.

What volunteer work have you done for Pentacle Theatre?

I assisted in loading and transporting costumes, props, etc. from Pentacle Theater to the Elsinore back in 2019 during Pentacle’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and played the role of Cinderella.

What is your level of responsibility at this job? What other relevant experience or education will you bring to board service.

I’m currently a full-time housekeeper at a winery in Dayton! Due to low staff I’m the only housekeeper on the team so I juggle the responsibilities of 4 housekeepers each day. It’s taught me efficiency, time management and prioritizing skills. I do also have customer service skills due to my time working at Papa Murphy’s for two years.

 

Please describe the skills and core competencies that you will bring to the board.

Along my customer service skills, I am also bilingual. I am fluent in both Spanish and English due to my Hispanic heritage! I believe having different languages available opens up doors to a variety of demographics.

What do you like most about Pentacle Theatre?

What I enjoy the most about Pentacle is the sense of welcome when you walk into an audition, everyone auditioning will have a fair shot. It also has a level of professionalism every performer aspires to work in!

Tell members why you want to be a member of the Pentacle Theatre Governing Board.

I would love to be able to collaborate with my peers, assist Pentacle in their goals and grow together as a theater company!

Please describe your goals for your three-year term, if elected.

I would love to see a significant growth in BIPOC not only auditioning and getting cast in shows but also more opportunity for them to get their feet in the door as directors, producers, part of the governing board, part of the casting decisions etc!

Pentacle Theatre is in the middle of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative. Please describe your commitment to this kind of work and why it is important in an arts organization.

Walking in my shoes means I have had my fair share of racism, xenophobia and discrimination thrown at me throughout my life, and for better or for worse it’s shaped me and my voice today. I’m vocal and incredibly passionate about wanting to see only good change in my local theaters and in life. Black people, Indigenous people and people of color deserve to take up space in theater as much as non BIPOC counterparts. It is integral to the next generation of the arts, so that when children from all kinds of backgrounds go to their local theaters, they are met with people that look like them and never have to second guess their place in the arts.