LAURANCE KAUFMAN, board MEMBER
Larry is the Director of Asset Management at World Wide Group, an owner/developer of residential and commercial real estate. In his 25+ year career in real estate, Larry has been involved in the acquisition, asset management, leasing and management of millions of square feet of office space and thousands of residential units in markets across the country. Prior to Mainspring, Larry has held leadership and committee positions on not-for-profit boards, including: The Working Group (off-Broadway theater company), Medical Development for Israel, UJA-Real Estate, Congregation Habonim, and various real estate co-op/condo/HOA associations. Larry received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters in Business Administration from New York University-Stern School of Business.
Jennifer Melin Miller, board member
Jennifer is Principal of JMM Consulting Inc., specializing in business development work. Most recently, she was the Senior Vice President of International Development for Minnetonka Moccasin, a global footwear company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to Minnetonka Moccasin, Ms. Miller worked in various sales and marketing management roles in New York City's publishing industry at companies including Time Inc., Advance Publications Inc., and the New York Times Company. In addition, she formed North Star Theatricals to invest in and produce commercial and nonprofit theater productions in New York City and beyond. Ms. Miller currently serves on the nonprofit board of the Guthrie Theater, Achieve Minneapolis, the Temple Israel Foundation, and Mission Animal Hospital, and is a member of Theatre Communication Group’s (TCG) National Council for the American Theatre. In 2012, Ms. Miller was named a 40 Under Forty honoree from the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal. She received her bachelor's of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her master's of Business Administration degree from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Business, and her master's of Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Gregory Ramos, board member
Gregory is a director, playwright, and theater educator originally from Los Angeles; MFA Playwriting: UCLA. He studied acting at Playwrights Horizons and privately with Academy Award winner Ellen Bursytn. His one-act plays Reaching Mercy and Breasts were produced in New York City. The short plays Sunrise at Peaked Hill Bars and Graceful were produced at the Provincetown Playwrights Festival and Queer Shorts in Madison, WI. A Visit from San Cristobal and Our Father’s House were part of the New Play Series at Company of Angels in Los Angeles. Gregory has performed his two solo plays Border Stories and When We Danced at venues around the country. He worked as a marketing executive on Broadway shows and was on faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he created the Border Public Theater and the Latino Guest Artist Program. He has directed many university and professional productions. He teaches directing, playwriting, and courses related to diversity in the U.S. American theater. Associate Professor, Resident Director, and Chair of the Department of Theatre at the University of Vermont, and board member of Vermont Shakespeare Company. Gregory is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.
CHRISTOPHER SCHOUT, BOARD MEMBER
Christopher is the President of Triumph Productions and a partner in Stone Arch Theatricals. Previously, Christopher spent a decade as the Art and Marketing Director at Mercury Creative Group in Saint Paul, Minnesota, a small boutique firm specializing in brand strategy and marketing solutions. Christopher’s background includes a degree in Art History and Criticism and completion of the prestigious Shillington School Design course in New York. He is an alumnus of the 2016 Commercial Theater Institute’s Three-Day Intensive Producers Seminar in Manhattan and has had previous stays on the boards of the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation and 7th House Theater in Minneapolis. As a producer, Christopher has investments in off-Broadway’s Curvy Widow, Broadway’s Waitress, Hello, Dolly! with Bette Midler (Stone Arch Theatricals), 1984, JJ Abrams’ The Play That Goes Wrong, Scott Rudin’s The Front Page, and Escape to Margaritaville, due on Broadway in February 2018. He has also contributed to the world premiere of The Shining (Minnesota Opera) by composer Paul Moravec and librettist Mark Campbell, The Great Work, The Passage or What Comes of Searching in the Dark and Rhinoceros (7th House Theater), The Parchman Hour (Guthrie Theater), and The Norwegians (Dark & Stormy Productions).