Board of Directors



Ron Hofmann is currently managing director of B|W|R Public Relations, where he has been since 1996. Prior to joining B|W|R, he was Vice President of the Rick Miramontez Company. He has been an entertainment and lifestyle publicist for over 20 years and has overseen a spectrum of corporate and entertainment clients, including brand integration (Lincoln, AOL), actors (Jason Alexander, Dana Carvey, James Woods), authors (Lemony Snicket), personalities (Jon Taffer, Tom Leykis), events (Live Earth, HBO Comedy Festival), film festivals (Palm Springs, CineVegas), networks (Sí TV, Current), television/film (Malcolm in the Middle, Soul Surfer), theater (Rock of Ages, Sunset Boulevard), consumer products (Stella and Dot, Chooka) and technology companies (Netflix, ShoeDazzle).


Nick Antonian, CPA, MBA is the Treasurer of the Groundlings. He is currently a Director at Marcum LLP in the Firm’s Los Angeles office. As a member of the Assurance Service practice and National Retail and Consumer Products Group, he works on the financial audits and reviews for multiple clients as well as mergers and acquisitions. His experience includes working with clients in the high technology, manufacturing, distribution, furniture, and retail and apparel industries and provides post-audit business consulting services including financial forecasts, advanced modeling and recommendations for operational efficiencies. Nick can be contacted at


Joseph Yoshitomi has nearly 20 years of arts administration experience in not-for-profit producing and presenting organizations, for-profit media and technology companies serving the performing arts, and as an outside consultant on special projects for individual artists and companies. He currently serves as the Vice President and General Manager for Dallas Summer Musicals, was the first and only VP Marketing for TheaterMania/OvationTix leading up to that company's sale, and also served as Director of Marketing & Communications for Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles where he oversaw marketing during that not-for-profit theater’s largest artistic programming and earned-revenue expansion. He is a speaker at national conferences such as INTIX and those organized by Americans for the Arts and Theatre Communications Group. His marketing and communications methods have been reported as innovations in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and American Theatre Magazine. He currently serves on the board of The Groundlings and has served on the boards of LA Stage Alliance and the Foundation for New American Musicals. He has independently produced theater, and began his career as a Los Angeles County/J. Paul Getty Arts Administration Intern at The Pasadena Playhouse.

Main Company Rep

Emily Pendergast is originally from Youngstown, Ohio and graduated from Ohio University (she has the founding year, 1804, tattooed on her side to prove it). She can be seen on the upcoming season of VEEP. Other credits include: LOVE, YOU CAN DO BETTER, UNREAL, SEARCH BAR, and FUNNY OR DIE. She is over the moon to be a member of the Main Company!! She thanks her dog, husband, and family for their support and unconditional love. In that order? Probably.

Main Company Rep

Ariane Price is passionate about the energy that can only be experienced performing in and watching LIVE theater. Her book “The Amazing Ned” is soon to become a screenplay. Her blog “Tales of a Real Hollywood Mom” on is fun to read. She has happened to appear in numerous TV shows and a few movies. She’s the co-creator of the totally unique live talk show “Happy Hour” with alum Cheryl Hines, and cast mates Lisa Schurga and Lauren Burns. And because laughter is the best medicine, she’s also a doctor.

Michael Chuven
Main Company Rep

Originally from Australia, Michael Churven came to America as part of the Australian wave in the early ‘00s and is thrilled to be a Main Company member at The Groundlings Theatre. His television credits include MODERN FAMILY and Tru TV’s YOU CAN DO BETTER. He has appeared on Australian television in the series BUTTERFLY ISLAND and THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SKIPPY. Theatre credits include the Australian national tour of THE KING AND I and Open Fist Theater’s production of DELEARIOUS.

Alumni Rep

A pioneer member and former director of The Groundlings, Phyllis has enjoyed working in TV, film and stage as an actor, writer and director. Her one-woman show, "Katz: Music & Characters," won a Drama-Logue award for best performance; her play; "Codependently Yours," was an L.A. Weekly award nominee; and her first film short, "Shoedini," ran on I-film for a year with a 10 rating. She most recently appeared inReno 911, Strong Medicine, and the film Taking the Plunge and was the female lead on Showtime's cult comedy Sherman Oaks. As a songwriter, she co-authored three TV theme songs and the anthem for Project Literacy and was a regular contributor to FX's Son of the Beach. In addition to co-creating The Groundlings School, Phyllis does private coaching and conducts writing, character development, and song improv workshops across the country. She is a contributing writer for and her first book Hipwrecked: My Health Insurance Sucked, So I Went to India will be available this fall.