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About Us

Elections for the positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary are held in April each year.  If you are interested in running for a board position, please contact us.

2021 - 2022 TABS Board

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Artistic Director - Jeff Bengford

 

Mr. Bengford has been teaching Theatre at Westmont and directing our award-winning productions for 22 years. He also works throughout the year with his fellow Theatre teachers in CUHSD to coordinate our annual District TheatreFest and serves on the CA State Thespian Board. Mr. B went to Gunderson High School (‘81) followed by five years at West Valley College.  He has a Bachelors in Theatre from Santa Clara University and a Masters in Directing from UC Davis. Mr. B is a published playwright and has directed professionally for TheatreWorks, Sacramento Theatre Company, San Jose City Lights, Shady Shakespeare & West Valley College. But his proudest accomplishment is being a Dad & a Husband. 

 

Mr. Bengford believes that theatre develops rich, engaging personalities, changes student’s lives, and inspires audiences.

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President - Doug Twilleager

Doug has been involved with the Westmont Theatre Arts Program since 2011.  His oldest daughter, Audrey, participated in the program from 2011 - 2015.  His youngest daughter, Molly, is currently in the program and will graduate in 2022.

He has always been a huge theatre fan and is happy to give back to the program that has given his daughters so much.

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Treasurer - Gretchen Shawver

Gretchen has enjoyed volunteering for shows over the past three years and is excited to be a part of the TABS Board.  Her daughter, Rachel (class of ’22), has been involved with the program since her freshman year and Gretchen is enjoying being more involved.  Gretchen has two future Warriors – class of ’26 and class of ’30 – who have enjoyed watching their older sister and looking forward to joining the program as well. 

Gretchen enjoys being involved with school activities and is looking forward to helping the Theatre Arts program!

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Secretary - Jodie Topping

This is Jodie’s second year being involved with the Westmont Theatre Arts Program and first year on the TABS Board. Jodie’s daughter, Kailey, is currently a sophomore in the program who will graduate with the class of 2023. Her younger son, Cole, will be a future warrior in the class of 2027.

Jodie has held multiple positions of leadership including PTA President, Vice President and VP of Programs at Marshall Lane. She is also serving her second year as a Board Member of the Los Gatos Saratoga Chapter of the National Charity League. Jodie works as a Reading Intervention Specialist in the Campbell Union (Elementary) School District.

Jodie enjoys getting involved in the community and is excited to work as a team to support the invaluable Theatre Arts program at Westmont!

What We Do

Putting on a Westmont production is, well… quite a production!  During a normal school year, these are some of the activities where TABS helps.

  • Sewing costumes (from putting on buttons to following a pattern)

  • Publicity – asking our friendly local businesses to display posters and flyers

  • Assisting at the Box Office

  • Concessions for performances – donating items; coordinating volunteers

  • Tech Week meals – donating food and drinks; coordinating meals for our crew and cast

  • Supervising students (the technical theatre students may need to work the odd evening when performers aren’t on stage)

In addition to helping with Westmont productions, TABS also helps with many other department activities.  These often include:

  • Driving / chaperoning field trips

  • Providing scholarships for students to attend events

  • Fundraising

  • Purchasing equipment for the theatre department

For details on how to help, see our Get Involved pages.