Livermore Shakespeare Festival, committed to building community through the production of high-quality professional theatrical experiences, announced the addition of Robert Koelle, Stephanie Fish and Lawrence Lagin to their board of directors. LSF’s signature programs include the outside theater festival in the vineyards, now in its 18th year, and in-school educational programming, such as So Wise So Young which is in Livermore second-grade classrooms.

Robert Koelle has worked in pharmaceuticals for 26 years and currently serves as Drug Safety Operations Director for Exelixis. Bob and his wife Amy Pittel moved to Livermore from Delaware in late 2010 to pursue opportunities in a smaller, more nimble biotech sector. While in Delaware, Koelle’s volunteer work included literacy mentoring in the Wilmington public schools, for which he was nominated for a Jefferson Award for Public Service.

Stephanie Fish is a familiar face in downtown Livermore as she has served as General Manager of Swirl on the Square in Blacksmith Square since 2011. Fish is also an adjunct faculty librarian at Las Positas Community College in Livermore. As a representative of a downtown restaurant, Fish's insight will be invaluable as LSF progresses its plans to build a small affordable space as part of Stockmen's Park.

Lawrence Lagin is a professional artist and currently a resident artist at Livermore’s Bothwell Arts Center. Lagin retired in 2014 after 40 years of experience as a project manager, lead engineer and scientist in both university and industrial environments. Most recently, Larry served as the NIF Deputy Project Manager for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Larry founded and chaired the beloved “Science on Saturdays” outreach program through LLNL.

“Although I have had a career as a scientist, I have always believed scientists should have a solid background and education in the arts,” Lagin said. “This is why I have especially enjoyed attending numerous Livermore Shakespeare Festival shows over the years, and became trained as an artist after I retired. Both science and art involve a creative and exploratory discovery process that enriches both the individual and the community. By being on the Board of LSF, I hope to encourage the greater scientific community and others to enjoy and participate in LSF’s unique programs.”

Livermore Shakespeare Festival Board Chair, Laura Batti added, “Bob, Stephanie and Larry have been longtime supporters of Livermore Shakes and coincidentally, were all introduced to our organization through educational programs their children participated in. They have continued to support the company and are furthering their commitment by joining our board during this exciting time in the company’s evolution. Each brings a unique skillset to our strong, active board and will contribute to our growth in the coming months and years.”

Next up for Livermore Shakes is the Holiday Reading at Swirl on the Square in downtown Livermore on Dec. 4 at 2 and 7 p.m., and Dec. 11 and 18 at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45-$65 (day dependent) and include the performance, a glass of wine or other beverage and a tapas sampler plate. Pre-sale ticket only as seating is limited: LivermoreShakes.org or 925-443-BARD.