dramaworks is all about the love of theatre and the community! We are a creative outlet for all ages, located in the beautiful Northern California town of Quincy. We are a not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation started in the year 2000 by Earl Thompson and Edie O’Connor.
The mission of dramaworks is to promote the enjoyment of theatre arts, facilitate children’s and community theatre programs, and utilize our venue as an educational path to reduce societal barriers and improve the lives of rural families and children.
Board of Directors
Edie O'Connor is co-founder and Executive Director of dramaworks. Edie studied dance and movement at San Francisco State College in the 1970s and taught school at Westlake Junior High in Oakland. She later obtained her Physician Assistant training at US Davis. She moved to Quincy, California in August of 1988 and was the first full time provider at the Plumas Community Clinic. She joined Dr. Lawrence Price at Quincy Family Medicine in 1992. At this point she got involved with local community theatre productions which took her back to her original interests in movement and dance. In 1991 Edie was in a theatrical production with Earl Thompson and they have been together ever since. Together they created dramaworks as a not for profit corporation to support live theatre as a mechanism to enrich and improve the quality of life for all those in rural Plumas County, California. The West End Theatre was 10 years in the building and is now busy and full of activity.
Danielle Wagner Plocki is the West End Theatre Manager, and is currently in her twelfth season as a dramaworks instructor. She runs the Magic Beanstalk Player Program, and teaches K-8th grade drama classes. She also runs the Summer Drama Camp. She attended Theatre School from 2nd-12th grade herself, and was active in her musical theatre troupe throughout college. Danielle has been a musical theatre fanatic her whole life, and has been in 40+ plays! When she's not playing the role of drama teacher, she's plays the roles of registered nurse, mother and wife!
Maximillian Brown Egloff is currently in his first season of teaching the K-2nd grade drama class for Magic Beanstalk Players and helps with the summer camp and 3rd-8th grade class. Max grew up in Quincy and was involved in some community productions as a child but really found passion for theatre while involved with productions for Quincy High School. In college at UC Santa Cruz, he became a Theatre Arts Major and continued his exploration of the drama world. Since college, Max has worked as an Outdoor Educator all over California and Hawaii and currently works for P.U.S.D. teaching environmental education. Max is beyond exited to be involved and supporting the thriving West End Theatre community!
Lynnette Choate has been involved in the Magic Beanstalk Players, and dramaworks community theatre productions since 2009. She has been on stage and worked behind the scenes in many capacities, and enjoys creating costumes and props, as well as costume and back stage coordination. She is the costume and prop coordinator for The Magic Beanstalk Players and does bookkeeping for dramaworks. Lynnette has been a member of the West End Theatre Board for the past three years and currently holds the position of Secretary/Treasurer. One of her favorite quotes is by Ralph Waldo Emerson. “Every artist was first an amateur”.
Tina Thorman became a part of the dramaworks team when she saw that she could add a bit of her two loves in life to the program: art and teaching. Tina always knew she’d be a teacher and began her career with 9 years of teaching first graders in the Sacramento area before starting her family. Since then, she has homeschooled her two sons, taught and developed curriculum for after-school engineering and art programs, and provided private art lessons for children. Tina serves as set designer for the Magic Beanstalk Players productions, and loves to get the young actors and actresses involved in adding spectacular visual elements to their performances.