EVENTS - 2019

15 August

Dan DulingAnn E. Wareham, Artistic Director of the Laguna Playhouse

Ann Wareham will speak about Behind the Scenes at Laguna Playhouse

Ann E. Wareham joined Laguna Playhouse in 2010 as Associate Producer and assumed the role of Artistic Director in August 2011. She worked for 27 years as a producing partner and Producing Associate to Gordon Davidson at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, producing such plays as Ain’t Misbehavin’, Pippin, Spring Awakening, No Child…, Sweeney Todd, Distracted, Sleeping Beauty Wakes, Edward Scissorhands, In the Continuum, Pyrenees, The Black Rider, Without Walls, Stuff Happens, Like Jazz, The Talking Cure, A Perfect Wedding and Putting It Together. Ann was part of the producing team for Deaf West Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening at Inner City Arts and the Wallis Theatre in Los Angeles as well as for its critically acclaimed production on Broadway in 2015. In 2010, she supported the Pasadena Playhouse as Associate Producer for the West Coast premiere of Dangerous Beauty. Her early producing career included productions at the CAST Theatre, the Met and Theatre Rapport in Los Angeles, and The Victory Theatre where she served on the board of directors.

18 July

Dan DulingRachael Coccia, Plastic Pollution Manager of the Surfrider Foundation

Ms. Coccia will speak about what the Surfrider Foundation is doing to combat the growing plastic pollution epidemic that is negatively impacting our marine ecosystems, wildlife, and human health. As the plastic pollution manager at Surfrider Foundation, Rachael directs the nationwide Ocean Friendly Restaurants program and manages single-use plastic campaigns across Surfrider’s chapter and club networks. She also leads the Rise Above Plastics program, which includes conducting public outreach and education efforts on the impacts of plastic in the marine environment with the goal of helping others make the transition from a single-use, disposable lifestyle to one that is reusable and zero waste. Having spent the first 27 years of her life in the Northeast, Rachael strives to find solutions to plastic pollution that have a positive and lasting impact from coast to coast.

20 June

Dan DulingShaena Stabler, Owner, Editor, and Publisher of Stu News Laguna and Founder/co-owner of Stu News Newport  

Ms. Stabler will speak about the Stu News business model and growth; how to pitch and package editorial ideas to her; the value of advertising in the digital age; and how to leverage social media for your business.

Ms. Stabler moved to Laguna Beach 12 years ago, and has been an integral part of the fabric of the community ever since. At the age of 25, she became business partners with Stu Saffer on Stu News Laguna – which boasts 33,000 unique readers monthly. When Stu sadly passed away in 2017, she purchased his half of the business and became the sole owner of Stu News Laguna.

Ms. Stabler was raised by her grandparents in a small coastal town in Oregon, lived on a yacht for five years with her family, was her high school’s valedictorian, graduated from Colgate University, and worked at ESPN as her first job out of college.

16 May

Dan DulingDan Duling, Scriptwriter for the Pageant of Masters  

Dan Duling earned his Ph.D. in drama from the University of Texas, Austin. His plays have been produced throughout the U.S. and honored with a number of awards including the Oregon Playwrights Award for Stranglehold. His recent plays include Only You, Monstrosity, and Tesla: A Radio Play for the Stage, for which a Southern California tour is in the works following a very successful showcase at Laguna Playhouse in 2017. Dan is also a former journalist, having written for publications such as the L.A. Weekly, Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. His writing for television, film and new media has included work for Oregon Public Broadcasting, MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. The feature film, Last Lives, based on his screenplay, originally premiered on the SyFy Channel and is available on DVD.

Mr. Duling has written extensively about the history of the Pageant of the Masters and the Festival of Arts including the history of their impact on the City of Laguna Beach.

Mr. Duling will speak to the Laguna Beach Business Club about the Pageant of Master’s history, what it is today and will share a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into putting on the Pageant.

18 April

Larry NokesGail Allyn Landau is the Founder/Owner of Catmosphere Laguna 

Gail Allyn Landau is the Founder/Owner of Catmosphere Laguna, Orange County’s first cat café. This life long cat lady is an attorney and mediator who graduated from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law in 1980 and completed her mediator training in 2012 at Pepperdine University School of Law. She was one of the Founders and a Managing Partner of Landau, Omahana & Kopka, LLC in Chicago, Illinois and headed the Medical Malpractice Litigation Division for 18 years.

Gail is a member of the Federal Trial Bar, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Humane Society (local and National divisions,) and has been honored by PETA. She is a popular speaker and round-table moderator on subjects ranging from Professional Liability and Medical Malpractice/Tort Reform to Feline/Human Relations and Animal Advocacy. Gail is a proud supporter of the Laguna Beach LGBTQ Heritage and Culture Alliance.

Gail is a nominee for the 25th Annual Women in Business Awards sponsored by the Orange County Business Journal and designed to recognize five outstanding professional women who have made significant contributions to their organizations, their professions and the Orange County community.

The Catmosphere Laguna Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit (which operates alongside the Catmosphere Cat Café) that is dedicated to finding forever homes for homeless, relinquished, and special-needs cats and kittens.

Gail will discuss how she transitioned from attorney to cat café proprietor and her experience working with a multitude of generations in the work place from baby boomers to Generation Z.

21 Mar

Larry Nokes Larry Nokes, Trail Lawyer, Nokes & Quinn

Larry Nokes will speak to the Laguna Beach Business Club about the Historic Preservation Ordinance Revision issues relating to plan processing and design review.

Mr. Nokes’ litigation practice focuses on matters relating to real estate, including land use, building defect, design and construction issues, land subsidence, eminent domain, and inverse condemnation, real estate broker and agent errors and omissions, and general commercial and personal injury litigation, including defamation. He appears in all California State and Federal Courts. Mr. Nokes enjoys the coveted AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been recognized for inclusion by Super Lawyers in its publication. Mr. Nokes has been a featured speaker in seminars hosted by the Society of Professional Engineers on issues concerning design and construction defects.  Dedicated to his community, Mr. Nokes was the chair of Laguna Beach’s View Preservation Ordinance Drafting Committee, completing one of the most successful pieces of legislation the City has produced; he is past president of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and remains a proud member; and he’s currently involved in working with the City to recognize the oppressive application of the existing historic preservation rules.












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