Board of Directors

David Sandberg, President

David Sandberg, Cambridge, MA (Board President, Finance Committee) owns Porter Square Books with his wife Dina Mardell.  He is an attorney who was formerly in private practice and then served as General Counsel of ITA Software (which in 2011 became part of Google) in Cambridge from 1997-2013. He is a graduate of Princeton University (’80) and the Columbia University School of Law (’84). He serves on the Board, and as Dramatic Director, of the North Cambridge Family Opera Company, in many of whose productions he has appeared over the last fifteen years. He is the cantor of Temple Beth Shalom (the Tremont Street Shul) in Cambridge and was a founding Board member of Kesher, the Cambridge community after-school Hebrew program. He is also a member of the board of the newly formed Friends of the Cambridge Public Library.  He is an occasional Gilbert and Sullivan tenor.

Nancy Buck

Nancy Buck lives in Cambridge, MA, where she combines her interests in social justice and education with a professional background in both law and social work. She was a longtime trustee and executive committee member of the Rashi School, and in 2011 participated in an Israel-based program that teaches negotiation skills to mixed groups of Jewish and Arab Israeli high school students. She is currently a trustee of Hebrew College and chairs J Street Boston, J Street’s northeast finance committee, and is co-chair of J Street’s Boston PAC.  She lives in Cambridge with her husband, Jim Sebenius, and is the mother of Zander (25), Alyza (23) and Isaac (18).

James Burke

James R. Burke, Lincoln, MA, is a partner at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP, where he has practiced corporate and securities law since 2010.  Prior to joining Hinckley Allen, Jim practiced law at WilmerHale (previously Hale and Dorr LLP) for nearly 19 years. He is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, where he currently sits on the Grant Review and Strategic Planning Committees and previously served as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Investment Committee.  Jim sits on the President’s Council of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and is a member of the Campaign Cabinet for Colonial Williamsburg’s Campaign for History and Citizenship. Jim is also a member of the Civil War Trust and the Massachusetts Historical Society and a former Trustee of the Boston Classical Orchestra, where he served at various points as President, Vice President and Clerk.  Jim received his AB from Princeton University (’88), where he was Co-Chair of the Special Gifts Committee for his 25th Reunion, and his JD from Harvard Law School (’91)

Allyn Burrows, ASP Artistic Director

Allyn Burrows, Medford, MA (Artistic Director), Founding Member. Most recently appeared on the ASP stage as Leontes in A Winter’s Tale, Gloucester and Jack Cade in Henry VI Part 2, and Henry VIII in ASP’s 10th Anniversary Season.  He directed the ASP productions of Richard II, Romeo and Juliet, Pericles and Jon Lipsky’s Living in Exile.  Other ASP acting credits include Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Hotspur in Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2, Timon in Timon of Athens, Parolles in All’s Well that Ends Well, Kent in King Lear, Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure, and the Duke of Clarence in Richard III.  He was an artistic associate at Shakespeare & Company for many years and acted in numerous productions there, including King John, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Love’s Labours Lost.  Recently in the Boston area, he performed in productions of  Breaking the Code at Underground Railway Theatre, Shipwrecked at The Lyric Stage, Oceanside, The Seafarer, Pursuit of Happiness, and The Homecoming at Merrimack Repertory Theater, and Five by Tenn at Speakeasy Stage.  He was the 2006 Elliot Norton Award recipient for his roles in King Lear, The Homecoming, and Five by Tenn, and a received the 2011 IRNE Award for Breaking the Code.  Off Broadway credits include Bug, Killer Joe, Louis Lotin Sonata, Closetland, and The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd.  He has worked at a number of theaters around the country, including Actors’ Theater of Louisville, The American Conservatory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, The Denver Center, and The Walnut St. Theatre.  Television credits include, The Broad Squad, Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and Against the Law, and he can be seen in the films Manchester by the Sea, The Company Men and Julie & Julia.   

Austin de Besche

Austin de Besche, Arlington, MA, has been a cinematographer for over forty years, a director for more than half that time.  He has photographed feature films (Return of the Secaucus Seven and Lianna for John Sayles), documentaries (including Emmy winnersVoices of the Children and On Thin Ice), national children’s programming (“Postcards from Buster” and “Design Squad” for PBS), second unit television work (“Cheers”  and “St. Elsewhere”), concert films, magazine shows, corporate films and television commercials.   Awards include “10 Best Films of 1980” lists of the Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine for Return of the Secaucus Seven.  In 2013 he photographed The Year We Thought About Love, a feature documentary about True Colors, the Boston-based theater troupe for  LGBTQ youth.  He has done a bit of acting, in television commercials and corporate films, and on stage, and for 5 years was a member of Renegade Duck–“Boston’s Most Sublime Improv Comedy Troupe.”  He sings in several gospel choirs, including the Boston Pops Gospel Choir.  He graduated from Dartmouth College, and has taught cinematography at Boston University and Emerson College.  In 2000, Mr. de Besche produced, directed and photographed Pilgrimage into the Past, a documentary about a Holocaust survivor and his family.  It screened at several festivals, and was praised by documentarian Ken Burns as “a fascinating, terribly honest and challenging film . . . a great film.”

Patrick Dowdall

Patrick Dowdall, Wellesley, MA, is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (1970), Harvard Law School (1975) and Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Science (Ph.D 1977).  He practiced as an attorney in New York, Chicago and Boston for 18 years. He also has been the principal of an equipment leasing company, co-founded a 1031 exchange company and most recently has been a financial consultant in t renewable energy. He served on the board of a national trade and professional organization for the exchange industry, the Federation of Exchange Accommodators and was the president 2004-2005.  He has been on the board of the Ford Hall Forum.  He has written extensively on legal and business matters, sports and the politics of W.B. Yeats. He is a native of Montana, who has returned to the state where his grandparents were married more than a century ago.

G. Neil Harper

G. Neil Harper, Cambridge, MA (Finance Committee), was the founder and President of Harper and Shuman, Inc., a firm specializing in computer software and management services for architectural and engineering firms.  He is a Director of the Hopkinsville Milling Company in Kentucky where is he currently Chair.  Neil has extensive board experience, serving on ten boards over the past 40 years.  He is currently on the board of the Boston Architectural Center, Brookhaven Continuing Care Retirement Center, University Green Condominium Trust, and Actors’ Shakespeare Project.  Neil is a graduate of MIT and the University of Illinois

Bruce Herrmann

Bruce Herrmann, Melrose, MA, is a Director and Architect at the Boston based Architectural Firm, Wilson Butler Architects, where his experience ranges from design and understanding of original and historic construction techniques to 21st century building technology and theater operation. His architectural experience includes performing arts centers in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia and Ohio.  Mr. Herrmann is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Bruce received his Masters of Architecture from UCLA and brings the technical knowledge from his Bachelor of Sci-
ence in Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.  Bruce and family reside in an old Victorian that looks like it fell out of a fairy tale, an on-going “project” for him that may never end.

Denise Jillson

Denise Jillson, Cambridge, MA (External Relations Committee), is a Somerville native and has lived and worked in Cambridge since 1975. She and her husband, George Pereira have two children. Her career has spanned the spectrum from manufacturing/engineering, sales and institutional development.  Denise is currently the Executive Director of the Harvard Square Business Association. She serves on the Executivde Board of the Boston Minuteman Council, Boy Scouts of America, is the most recent past President of the Board of the Community Charter School of Cambridge, serves on the board and is Past President of the Rotary Club of Cambridge.  She joined the board of Actors’ Shakespeare Project in 2006.

Doug Lockwood, RAC Representative

Doug Lockwood, Jamaica Plain, Boston (RAC Rep), is a founding company member of ASP and serves as the Resident Acting Company representative to the Board of Directors.  Acting Credits for ASP: Richard IITwelfth Night, Antony and Cleopatra, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, Merchant of Venice, Henry V, King Lear, Titus Andronicus, The Winter’s Tale and Measure for Measure. Directing Credits for ASP: Middletown and Cymbeline. Other directing credits: Chesapeake (New Rep, Elliot Norton Award for Best Solo Performance);  Escape from Happiness (Brandeis University); Cyrano (two different productions for New Rep on Tour); For Dillon by Carol Lockwood (The Piano Factory); and Coolsville, Twelfth Night, Machinal, Cloud 9, Bent, Two Gentleman of Verona: The Musical, The Beckett Bash, and Landscape of the Body (The Boston Conservatory). Lead Actor in short film The Chain based on short story by Tobias Woolf; Faculty member at The Boston Conservatory. MFA in Acting from University of Washington under the direction of Steve Pearson. 

Geoffrey Nunes, Treasurer

Geoffrey Nunes, Westwood, MA (Treasurer, Finance Committee) is a graduate of Princeton University, ’52 (Woodrow Wilson School, Honors), and Harvard Law School, ’57 (JD).  He was an Officer in the U.S. Navy from ’52-’54.  He had a private practice in New York City from ’57-’66.  He was then the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, for Lenox China, and Executive Vice President  of the Millipore Corporation and was a Director of Reebok until its acquisition by Addidas.  Mr. Nunes was an Overseer at the New England Conservatory of Music from ’96-’02, and is currently on the Board of Visitors. He is a Trustee at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park and a Trustee of the Boston Biomedical Research Institute.

Luke Salisbury

Luke Salisbury, Chelsea, MA, is the author of the cult classic The Answer Is Baseball, and three works of fiction, The Cleveland Indian, nominated for a Casey Award, Blue Eden, and Hollywood & Sunset, which was selected as Book of the Year (Fiction 2006) by Online Review of Books & Current Affairs, and won Best Historical Fiction 2006 from USABookNews.  He teaches Shakespeare at Bunker Hill Community College and takes the class to an ASP production each semester.

Becky Webber

Becky Webber, Boston, MA, is a graduate of Brandeis University (BA) and Boston College (MBA). Currently, Becky works in the urban mobility space at Zipcar, and specializes in project management for new product development. As a volunteer and advisor, Becky has worked with Close2Home in Dorchester, a community devoted to domestic and sexual violence prevention. She also sat on the Brandeis theater department redesign committee in 2009. Prior to her MBA, Becky worked professionally in theater in the Boston area as a producer/director for the Gan-e-meed Theatre Project, and as an actor with companies including New Repertory Theater, Central Square Theatre, and the Gloucester Stage Company.