David C. Johnston

Executive & Artistic Director
Artistic Director of MAPA since 1992, David has more than 30 years experience directing professional, educational and children’s theatre productions. He taught theatre workshops and has been an acting coach and directing consultant for the last 25 years. In addition, he worked as an acting instructor at the University of Oregon and Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. Read more…

Carolyn King Wright

Chief Operating Officer
A long-time teaching artist, Carolyn began working for MAPA as a drama specialist for the Voices program in 1998. Prior to moving to Maui in 1991, Carolyn performed in and directed shows for Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program in the San Francisco Bay Area as a founding member of the troupe. Read more…

Frances Duberstein-Miller

Director of Development
Frances grew up in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, in Takoma Park, Maryland. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs, with concentrations in Nonprofit Management and Policy Analysis, from Indiana University. Read more…

Kathleen Schulz

Dance Director
Kathleen Schulz has studied modern dance with Martha Graham in New York, jazz with Roland Dupree in Los Angeles and ballet with Nico Cerese in Los Angeles. She has taught dance and performed nationwide. Read more…

Hoku Pavao

Assistant Artistic Director
Hoku Pavao Jones is a graduate of Baldwin High School and the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York City. Recently Hoku has taken on a new and important role in the organization as MAPA’s Assistant Artistic Director. Read more…


Front Office Administrator & Assistant Dance Director
Yezzi (Nicole) attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia on Scholarship and received her BFA in Jazz Dance/Musical Theater. While there, she had the privilege of dancing under such choreographers as Cuban Pete, Ronen Koresh, & Matthew Neenan. Read more…

Board of Directors

Dr. Virginia Cantorna

Vice President
Lou Young

Mason Williams

Linda Howlett

Members At Large
Herman Andaya, Jr.

Kathy Collins
Robert DeVinck

Marion Haller

Lisa Mosbarger
Sara Patton
Kristina Shugars
Satisha Smith
David Spee
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