Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | June 14, 2015

June 15, 2015 Host Lynden Turner Speaks with Artistic Producing Director of FRT Leira Satlof About Her Theater Arts History in Humboldt County

Leira Satlof is the Artistic Producing Director at Ferndale Rep. Leira has an extensive background in Theater Arts. Leira is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. After college, she returned to Humboldt to pursue her MFA in directing at Humboldt State University. While in graduate school, Leira directed her first productions at FRT under artistic director Peter Buckley. She also taught voice at both College of the Redwoods and Dell’Arte International, got married (on the FRT stage after a performance of Hound of the Baskervilles!), and had her oldest child, Lynden. She has directed opera, musical theatre, revues, plays, and original works.staff-leira

Leira grew up in Humboldt County. Her mother, Jane Hill, was a  founder of Dell’Arte International, and Leira first set foot in Ferndale Little Theatre as a preteen when the Dell’Arte Company brought their first touring show to the theatre in 1972. In 1995 Leira and her current husband Carl McGahan moved to Santa Rosa with Lynden and their infant son Mathew. Living in Sonoma County offered new opportunities for the growing family. Daughter Olivia was born while Leira taught theater and music at Santa Rosa Junior College, managed several small non-profits, and worked as Cantorial Soloist, assistant to the Rabbi, and music director of Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa.

After a fulfilling 18 years in Sonoma County, Leira and Carl decided to return to the home they loved in Humboldt County, and life has come full circle. As a stage director, musical director, teacher, performer, cantorial soloist, culinary artist, gardener and mother, Leira appreciates the arts in many forms. She has also taught at the Dell’ Arte, and has a 15-year history of arts development and administration. Leira is very glad to be once again teaching, directing, and providing leadership in the local arts community.

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