Umbrella Theater people
(as of March 1, 2019)

Jamie Rocha Allan, Founder, Artistic Director, and Trustee. Jamie is a Freelance Theatre Director specializing in the Classics and New writing. Born and raised in London, he completed his MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck College London. He has also served as the Literary manager of the Jermyn Street Theatre and was Co-director of Forsite/Hindsite, a writer's group based at the Royal Court Theatre. Jamie has worked at numerous theaters and universities both in the UK and US including The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Globe Theatre London, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, University of Utah, Salt Lake Acting Company, Grand Theatre. At the University of Utah Jamie has taught Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Introduction to Playwriting, New Play Workshop, and has been a guest lecturer for Playwriting, Dramaturgy, Set and Costume design classes.

Lee Hollaar, Founder, Managing Director, and Trustee. Lee is an Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at the University of Utah, retiring May 2014 after 34 years as a faculty member. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1975 and was on the faculty there until coming to Utah. His research was in software and hardware systems and was the UofU’s first director of campus networking. During the 1996-97 academic year, he was a Committee Fellow in the intellectual property unit for the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he was the technical advisor during the writing of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). He was Managing Director of Utah Repertory Theater from June 2015 through March 2018, on the KUER advisory board, and was a board member for the Litchfield MN Opera House, where he was responsible for its stage lighting and sound systems. He is a technical advisor to Pioneer Theatre, designing low-cost microprocessors used to control LEDs as part of their sets and props.

Cara Pomeroy, Founder, Technical Director, and Trustee. Cara is a graduate of the University of Utah’s Theatre Department where she earned a BA in Theatre Studies with an emphasis in Scenic Design. Her recent designs include Jump for Plan-B, Bull Shark Attack and Hir for Salt Lake Acting Company, Perdida and First Date for the Grand Theatre, and Kiss of the Spider Woman and The Other Place for Utah Rep. She works as a set carpenter and painter for Pioneer Theatre Company and is adjunct faculty teaching stagecraft and scenic painting at Westminster College.

Cheryl Ann Cluff, Trustee. Cheryl Ann co-founded Plan-B Theater Company in 1991 and has served as its Managing Director since 1955. She has designed sound for nearly every Plan-B production since 2000, directed all 13 episodes of Radio Hour on KUER, and also directs one main stage Plan-B production every season, most recently the world premier of An Evening with Two Awful Men.

Dave Mortensen, Trustee. Dave is a producer and stage director at Sackerson, a SLC-based theatre company. For the past ten years, he has helped small arts organizations in both Salt Lake County and Utah County. He serves as a board member for the Grassroots Shakespeare Company, the Utah Theatre Bloggers Association, and the Salt Lake City Arts Council Foundation. By day he works for BMI (Kaysville, UT) helping educational and financial institutions leverage technology into their daily workflows.


Last updated 2019-03-25