The Maui OnStage Staff Members:
Alexis Dascoulias (Executive Director) has twenty years of experience working as a theater producer, director, teacher and manager. Alexis earned her B.A. in Theater Education from UNH. Previous to her appointment at MOS in 2007, she served as the Executive Director for Seacoast Repertory Theatre in New Hampshire, Artistic Director for Hackmatack Playhouse, Executive Director for Piscataqua Youth Players and was the head of the Theater Department at Dover High School. Alexis served as the President of the Rotary Club of Kahului, she also served on the Wailuku Community Association. Alexis was named one of Hawaii’s “Forty Under 40” by Pacific Business News in 2010, was voted to join the Hawaii State Theater Council in 2012 and was awarded the “Woman to Watch” Women Who Mean business Award by Pacific Business News in 2013. Alexis has directed The Wizard of Oz, La Cage aux Folles, Godspell, Chicago, To Kill A Mockingbird, The King and I, The Sound of Music, Elf the Musical, Mary Poppins and Inherit the Wind.
Steven Dascoulias (Production / Facilities Manager) has worked on stage and behind the scenes in theater for over 30 years. When not designing sets, running the lights, sound or restoring the 85 year old Historic Iao Theater, Steven works as an actor, director and musical director. Directing credits include RENT, On Golden Pond, Annie Get Your Gun, You Can’t Take It With You and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Musical direction credits include The Wizard of Oz, SHOUT, Oklahoma, Godspell and Elf the musical. Acting credits include Albin in La Cage aux Folles, Max in The Producers, The King in The King & I (Maui OnStage), Inspector Javert in Les Miserables, Lenny in Rumors (Hackmatack Playhouse,) Albin in La Cage Aux Folles, Charlie Martin in Another Summer (Seacoast Repertory Theatre,) Kodaly in She Loves Me, The Boss in Side Show (The Lyric Stage Company of Boston,) and Murray in The Odd Couple with Sherman Hemsley (The Stoneham Theatre)
Ricky Jones (Production Assistant) joined Maui OnStage in July, 2013, where he works helping build the shows sets and maintain this local landmark by day, and on various productions as an actor, director, stage manager, costumer, or set, sound or lighting designer by night. Originally coming to Maui in 2003 as the Directing Producer of Media Bridge’s GAMEKIDS on OC16, Ricky has worked extensively with youth theatre on the island, teaching in many schools through MAPA’s programs and directing shows both there and for our Maui OnSTAGE program. In addition to over 25 youth productions, other directing credits include: Brighton Beach Memoirs, Scrooge (MoS), 8 (MAPA), Carousel (Santa Rosa Players, CA), and Split Second (Fundamental Theater Project reading series, NY). A cross-sampling of acting credits include Buddy the Elf in Elf the Musical, Mark in Rent, Chris in Miss Saigon, Tommy in The Who’s Tommy, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Valere in Tartuffe, Lord Alfred Douglas in Gross Indecency, and Valvere in Cyrano de Bergerac with Tony Amendola.
Michael Pulliam (Production Associate) Likes to think he was “born in a trunk in the Paramount Theater in Pocatello, Idaho.” In reality it was a hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He first fell in love with the idea of a life in the theater after seeing Ben Vereen perform in “Pippin.”
Active in community and professional theater for more than thirty years his previous “homes” include The Cable Car Theater (SF), Steppenwolf (Chicago), Victory Garden (Chicago), the Annoyance Theater (Chicago), the Friars Club of Beverly Hills and for the past six seasons here at the Historic Iao Theater on Maui. A jack-of-all-trades, Michael occasionally performs but prefers the biz side: promoting, marketing and managing special events and MOS main stage productions. In addition to his past theater company positions he is the author of three plays produced in SF, Chicago and LA; director of two short subjects screened at the SF Film Festival and the Tokyo Film Festival; has worked for several Emmy winning and nominated television production companies; and writes a weekly theater column for the Maui News. Michael is the Festival Director of the Maui Fringe Theater Festival and he is most passionate about brand new plays. After a lengthy gypsy life in the big cities he feels very blessed to settle down with his Maui theater ohana, here at the Historic Iao Theater!
Erin Kowalick (Choreographer) is an ESL teacher at Kihei Elementary School. She is the founder/director of the Charter Dance Company at the Kihei Charter School. She also serves as the dance director for Camp CenterStage Maui. Besides The Addams Family, Erin also served as choreographer for Legally Blonde, Scrooge the Musical, The Wizard of Oz, Elf the Musical, Mary Poppins and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She also works as the choreographer for Maui OnStage’s youth program.
Judy Halip (Office & Box Office Manager) is very proud to be a part of the Maui OnStage staff. Judy moved to Maui from St. Paul, Minnesota, where she worked for Ticketmaster. She has always enjoyed theater but only as a member of the audience. She loves her co-workers and the Iao Theater patrons – they are the best!
Dawn Kealoha Harper (Resident Sound Designer / Engineer) is a Hawaiian native and got her start doing sound for her church, New Hope Maui, ten years ago. She earned a recording engineering / music productions diploma from the Audio Institute of America. Her Maui OnStage shows credits include RENT, The Producers, Chicago, SHOUT, The Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Story, The Spirit of the Iao, Once on this Island, The King & I, The Foreigner, Blithe Spirit and The Full Monty, The Sound of Music, Cats, Elf the Musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and 9 to 5 the Musical (to name a few!) Other show credits include: Maui ONStage Youth Theater, music concerts with Kealaokala Records, Steve Zuwala, Makana, and Maui Civic Light Opera and many other concerts here at the Historic Iao Theater!
Brett Wulfson (OnSTAGE Youth Coordinator) Brett loves working with Maui’s youth! She believes that the arts, performing, and exploring creativity are such an important part of growing up. She has assisted on such children’s theater shows as Maui OnStage’s The Story of Orange, Goldilocks, James And The Giant Peach, Johnny Appleseed, and MAPA’s 101 Dalmations. Brett has been working as a counselor and mentor at Camp CenterStage (youth theater arts camp) for 7 camp sessions now, on Maui and on the mainland. Besides working with the kids, she is also head photographer for Wulf Pack Creative Team, an actress with Maui OnStage (RENT, Elf The Musical, Legally Blonde, Scrooge) and a yoga instructor.