Board Of Directors

Listed below are a group of people who are dedicated to the mission of Island City Stage.  Each Board Member offers their leadership, gifts and talents to insure the longevity the of the organization.

Angel Burgos, President

Angel Burgos is Executive Director of MBA Programs for the Chapman Graduate School of Business at Florida International University (FIU).  Prior to joining FIU, he managed graduate programs for the George Mason University, University of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins University.  He holds an MPA from Columbia University and BA from Hunter College.   Beyond the academic world, he served as a Congressional Fellow in the U.S. Senate and as a Fulbright Program Scholar in Germany.

Angel resides in Wilton Manors with his husband, David Jobin. They are thrilled to live in South Florida and support various cultural organizations that add to the vitality of “our” community.

Scott Clearwater, Vice President

Scott Clearwater has been a lawyer for over 30 years. He obtained a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a JD from the College of William and Mary.  He has worked for law firms and corporations in Virginia, Washington, DC and New York City, practicing environmental law and managing a global Environmental, Health and Safety Department for Fortune 500 Corporations.  He is a member of the Virginia and DC Bars.

Scott has been an active supporter of theatrical organizations such as the Studio Theater in Washington, DC and The Actors’ Fund in New York City.

Following his retirement, Scott became a permanent resident of Fort Lauderdale, where he and his husband have owned homes for almost 20 years.  He is thrilled to continue his passion to support local theater and be a part of Island City Stage.

Tim Hart -Treasurer

Tim Hart is a CPA with over thirty years of vast accounting and finance experience including 10 years with KPMG, one the world’s largest international public accounting firms. Mr. Hart now runs a successful private practice that deals with all types of SEC matters; mergers and acquisitions; back and front office systems implementations; and various other accounting, finance and tax services.

Mr. Hart is an active participant in the community in which he lives. He is a Director and former chair of Oakland Park / Wilton Manors / Uptown Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce (formerly the OPWM Chamber of Commerce); director and former treasurer of the Dolphin Democrats; a board member of the Florida LGBT State Democratic Caucus; treasurer of the Island City Stage since inception, treasurer of the World Aids Museum; treasurer of Kids Playing for Kids; and CPA for (and participant in) the SMART Ride, the second largest AIDS bike ride in the nation.

Mr. Hart holds bachelor’s degrees in Accountancy, Economics and Business Administration from Thomas More College, and has been a certified public accountant since 1984. Mr. Hart is married (36 years) and has two adult children. His oldest child is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and is currently a surgeon at the University of Chicago. His youngest child is completing his education at Florida State University.

Jim Walker - Secretary

Jim Walker is a senior loan officer for Florida Community Loan Fund which provides financing throughout Florida for non-profits that are serving low and moderate income communities.  He joined the Florida Community Loan Fund in 2010, bringing 25 years of community development finance and lending experience including structuring financings for multi-family housing, charter schools, community health clinics, and Historic and NMTC revitalization projects.  Jim has served on Capitol Hill working for Congressman Barney Frank, where he was responsible for budgeting, international finance and development issues. He also served as Director of International Finance for Fannie Mae and as a Managing Director of Enterprise Social Investment Corporation.

Jim has served on numerous boards including GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), Equality Maryland, Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce Housing Leadership Council of Palm Beach County and The Pride Center.

Jim received his BA from Harvard College an MBA from Columbia University. He is a native South Floridian and lives with his husband, Lee Rubin, in Fort Lauderdale.

Larry Ferber

Larry Ferber spent thirty years in the TV business, earning numerous awards including three Emmy nominations. He served as Executive Producer on various shows including: Joan Rivers, Dennis Miller and Sally.  After retiring from TV, he was the Artistic Director of the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival for several seasons. Under his management, revenue grew from $75,000 to $350,000.  He recently began his fifth season as the Artistic Director of the Living Room Theater at FAU.

Larry holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Northeastern University in Boston. He’s divorced and “on the market!”

Andy Fischman

A native New Yorker, Andy has been a South Florida resident since 2004.  He received his Bachelors in Business Administration and Masters in Business Administration from the George Washington University.  After a successful career in marketing and advertising, Andy realized that it was time for a change and decided to take a leap of faith from the safety of a corporate career and follow his creative passions into the field of design.  Andy obtained his degree in Kitchen & Bath Design (Century College), and is now an NKBA accredited Kitchen & Bath Designer and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist.  He has enjoyed a successful career at Allied Kitchen & Bath for the past 12 years.

Andy’s design work has been published in Florida Décor, Boca Raton Design, City & Shore Magazine and the Gulfstream Lifestyle publications.  His work can also be seen on houzz.com, alliedkitchenandbath.com and andyfischman.com.

Andy’s passion for live theater goes back to childhood, having had the opportunity to attend many Broadway productions at an early age.  An avid theater goer and a patron of the arts in South Florida, Andy is honored to have been elected to the Board of Directors of Island City Stage in 2017, and looks forward to contributing to the growth of the company.

Mark J. Fox

Mark Fox, CHC CHPC currently serves as the Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer for the American College of Cardiology. Mark led the development of a comprehensive compliance program for the National Cardiovascular Data Registry, the largest cardiovascular data registry in the United States. Mark previously worked for MedCath as an Implementation Specialist overseeing the standardization of systems for Performance Improvement and Risk Management. He supported the opening of five heart specialty hospitals.  Mark is an Emergency Medical Technician by training and currently holds a certification in Healthcare Compliance and Healthcare Privacy Compliance.

Mark has served in multiple technical theatre roles over the course of the last 20 years. He previously was the Assistant Production Manager for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington D.C. Mark also previously served on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia where as Treasurer he successfully implemented a financial contingency plan that stabilized the financial standings of the organization. Mark currently lives in Wilton Manors.

Ed Hashek

Ed Hashek has worked in the IT Industry with a focus on financial technology services for the past 40+ years, including financial technology service companies associated with Marine Bank and M&I Bank in Milwaukee, WI.  He has managed various areas including network management, product management and Risk and Fraud vendor management.  Industry acquisitions resulted in working with FIS, a Jacksonville, FL based company and the world’s leader in technology products and services for the financial industry.

Ed has a BA degree in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin (Madison) and a MBA in Business IT from the University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee). Ed has a passion for community service and has been an active member of the Boards of the Milwaukee Art Museum, The Milwaukee Repertory Theater Company, and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. Currently, he is a Board member of the Community Foundation of Broward County as well as the Island City Stage.

Ed lives with his spouse John in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Rick Karlin

Rick is a playwright (Witches Among Us, Moving Day, Boy Meats Whirl, Spin Cycle and Seuss on the Loose), novelist (Show Biz Kids, Tales of the Second City, Death on the Rocks) and free-lance journalist (South Florida Gay News, Palette, Chicago Free Press, Gay Chicago Magazine, and OutTraveler.com). As a performer and emcee for charity events he is renowned for his quick wit and snappy repartee in his alter-ego, Charity Case.

In his previous (pre-FL) life he was a teacher for 30+ years. He has both a BA in Early Childhood Education and an MA in Gifted Education from Northeastern Illinois University, as well as an unfinished PHD, with his thesis topic focusing on LGBT youth. He was named one of Illinois Most Talented Teachers and ran the drama club at his school and wrote an original musical for his students to perform each year. He is currently spearheading the new Island City Stage Youth Drama Program.

Rick enjoys cooking and put himself through college by working as sous chef. He usually caters our opening night and donor appreciation parties where he enjoys matching the food to the theme of the play. He has a 42 year-old son (please tell him he looks too young to have a son that age) and lives in Fort Lauderdale with his husband of 25+ years, the noted poet and author, Gregg Shapiro.

Peter Lovello

Lorenzo Robertson

Lorenzo Robertson currently is the Emerging Interventions Manager with The Pride Center at Equality Park. He has worked in the HIV prevention and education field for the past 15 years in various capacities.

Lorenzo previously worked for the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County as the Minority AIDS Coordinator and the Statewide MSM Coordinator and as the Executive Director with People of Color AIDS Coalition. He has worked in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health creating various initiatives for HIV prevention for MSM and as the Public Relations Director for Francis House. Lorenzo has worked with Black AIDS Institute as a consultant around issues for Black people and HIV.

Lorenzo is also a published author and poet of Detached and Eclectic Essence respectively. Lorenzo currently lives in Coral Springs with his husband, Derald.

Andy Rogow

Andy Rogow is the founding Artistic Director of Island City Stage. Under his leadership ICS has garnered numerous awards and accolades including nine Carbonell Awards – two for Best Production of a Play. Aside from numerous ICS productions including the world premieres of “Daniel’s Husband” and “The Goldberg Variations”, he is best known for directing Steve Solomon’s “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy” and its two sequels which have toured non-stop around the country since 2004. In addition he has directed at Broward Stage Door and was the director of the original production and tour of “Waist Watchers the Musical”. He was previously the Artistic Director at the Hollywood Playhouse where directed Sally Struthers in “Always, Patsy Cline” and Avi Hoffman in “Fiddler on the Roof”.

Andy has a BFA from NYU and an MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  He lives in Oakland Park with his husband Lloyd.

Jeff Sacks has had a 30+ year career in marketing at blue chip corporations that include Citibank, General Mills, Clairol and WebMD. His increasingly senior roles culminated in the last 10 years being spent as the Chief Marketing Officer at industry leaders Elsevier Health Sciences and Bloomberg BNA.   His unique background includes nearly 20 years in online marketing, database and analytics, social media and market research.

Jeff has a BA degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.  Jeff’s passion for theater started during his 20 years living in NYC, and it has always been his goal to get involved with an “off-off-Broadway” type venue that focuses on challenging, unique theatrical works, and Island City Stage fits the bill to a T.   Jeff is recently retired and lives with his husband John in Imperial Point, Fort Lauderdale.

 

Harvey Shapiro

Harvey Shapiro is a former State of Ohio Election Official, Law Professor, Magistrate, Law Director, and Prosecuting Attorney.  He graduated from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, with a B.A. degree, and American University Law School, Washington D.C.

Since retiring to Florida, with his husband Michael Dager, Harvey has been active in the Arts and LGBTQ communities, serving presently as Grants Chairman for FAB! FUNDING ARTS BROWARD, as well as on the Board of Directors of the GAY MENS CHORUS OF SOUTH FLORIDA, and the BEARS OF SOUTH FLORIDA.

Harvey believes that our intention to do good, must be matched with using our time and treasures to robustly support local Arts and Cultural organizations and LGBTQ organizations advocating Equal Rights and Opportunities for all in a diverse society.

 

Sue Wilder

Sue is a retired financial services industry executive.  Armed with a BA from City University of New York (CUNY), Sue enjoyed a career that focused on managed products, marketing, sales, and product development.  Based on Wall Street in her native New York City, she travelled for her work throughout the United States.

Sue has been residing in South Florida for the past 15 years.  Her frequent visits to NYC feed her enjoyment of theater, particularly off and off-off Broadway.  In addition to theater, her favorite activities include movies, museums, book reviewing and rock and roll.  Sue volunteers and serves on the Fort Lauderdale based board of Our Fund Foundation.