Mila Johansen, Artistic Director
Mila is the founder and artistic director of The Nevada County Performing Arts Guild. PAG is in it’s 30th year and is now the longest running theatre company in Nevada County. Mila Johansen is the author of twenty four plays and musicals along with two books on “how to teach theatre” that circle the globe and are used by directors and in classrooms everywhere. Featuring Shakespeare, Gilbert & Sullivan & other beloved classics, Mila’s original pieces and adaptations are performed by the young actors of PAG.
Mila is also an actress and public speaker. Her passion for public speaking came from her grandmother, Jessie Butler, who was on the front lines of the suffragette movement and taught Eleanor Roosevelt to speak. She followed her grandmother around to many of her later speeches with such notable personages as Jane Fonda, Marlo Thomas & Gloria Steinem. From these forays into Hollywood with Jessie, Mila was hired by Jane Fonda to teach Acting at her summer camp for kids in the Santa Barbara Foothills.
Visit 'Classics with a Twist' to view musicals, plays and books by Mila Johansen.
Paulette Rudolph, Executive Director (without the wings)
Paulette has been the Executive Director for P.A.G. for the last 19 years. She joined P.A.G. in 1989 when her 11 year old daughter expressed an interest in acting and singing. Paulette immediately immersed herself in the program starting out as a volunteer parent willing to do everything from sewing costumes, back stage work, and helping to coach students with their singing and acting.
Within a few years Paulette was directing and supervising entire productions. She has been nominated for Elly Awards as Best Director for three P.A.G. productions by SARTA, a Sacramento based organization that judges productions in the Northern California area.
Paulette graduated from Manchester Central High School in 1966. With a music scholarship awarded from St. Anselm’s College, she studied music and voice at Notre Dame College in Manchester, N.H. with an emphasis on operatic anthology and was guest soloist at many local events & pageants.
Paulette later married and raised a family of four children and became involved in many of their school functions and activities, as well as, president of the Parent Teacher Club at Ready Springs School for 8 years. During this time she produced and directed their fundraisers and created annual school Talent Show competitions. She auditioned and directed all participants with their acts. In 1991, Paulette received an honorary plaque of recognition from the Ready springs School Board for my many years of service as Parent Teacher Club President.
During the last 40 years, Paulette has been co-owner, along with her husband, Thomas Rudolph, of T & F Plumbing, Inc., running all administrative and accounting functions for the corporation.
Beverly Marks, Musical Director
Beverly Marks has been the musical director and accompanist for PAG for the past 27 years. While primarily a voice instructor, she has also worked in our community as a choir director, accompanist, actress/singer and violinist with the Classical String Trio and with Lisa Stine, harpist.
Before moving to Grass Valley, Beverly participated in several musical theatre presentations with Theatre 3 in Fresno, CA. She played several leading roles in musicals such as “Where’s Charlie”, “Steamboat” and many others.
She hosted a show on NPR called “Afternoon Classics with Beverly Marks.” Beverly holds an Masters Degree in Voice from the University of Nevada in Reno.
Beverly has a very special talent of being able to change the key of any piece she is playing within seconds–even a difficult classical piece. She is a Gilbert and Sullivan aficionado and loves her role in PAG of exposing young people in our community to the musical wit and charm of these endearing, timeless classics.
Beverly Marks is truly a Nevada County Treasure!