Board of Directors

Nicknamed "The Story Board," our Board of Directors is made up of a diverse group of public servants, activists, entrepreneurs, scholars, artists, teachers, and founding members of The Story Theatre. The Story Board ensures that we are living up to our mission statement, actively building community, producing shows to their fullest potential, and fundraising enough money to do so! If you are interested in joining The Story Board, please reach out to President Paul Michael Thomson at

Brenna DiStasio


Brenna DiStasio is a founding member of The Story Theatre. She currently serves as the Director of Operations on the Board of Directors. Additionally, she works as an actor, producer, and teacher. Brenna received her BFA in Acting from the University of Arizona. In addition to her work with The Story, Brenna volunteers with Vote Save America, and Children's Cancer Network.

Syd Ha

Vice President

Sydney is a writer, researcher, and creative interested in the ways we can engage socially and critically with those around us. They graduated from the University of Arizona in 2016 with degrees in Africana Studies and Journalism, and have a master's in Women’s and Gender Studies from DePaul University. With a foundation in performance studies, antiracist praxis, feminist frameworks and interdisciplinary multimedia, they're passionate about how we can inspire and inform each-other through the stories we tell.

Syamala Krishnamsetty


Syamala is a writer and activist who focuses on empowering underrepresented groups in the policy making and governing process. She started her career in social services, serving the communities of South Shore, Englewood, Marquette Park, and Archer Heights. In 2020, she ran for election to the Illinois House of Representatives to represent the 40th district, and continues to work with a number of bipartisan and progressive organizations to reform money in politics, strengthen our democracy, and end systemic corruption. She enjoys meditation and swimming.

Marilyn Price

Board Member

Marilyn Price is a puppeteer/storyteller, educator and author who travels around the country teaching and telling both classic tales and stories of her own making. Her puppet characters are often made of everyday and easily accessible objects that enhance not only the telling but the value of the story! Her clients range from libraries to school to large museums, faith communities and beyond! It is her thought that puppets will encourage the imagination and help with literary skills. Currently Marilyn is a partner at TriBraining Inc. a not for profit organization that emphasizes teaching educators of all sorts on how to reach all different genres of learners. With a specialty in creativity training and listening she uses humor and personal interaction to reach out and teach. Her latest book FROM GRATITUDE TO BLESSINGS AND BACK was published using Jewish blessings and stories with Rabbi David Teutsch.

Paul Michael Thomson

Board President

Paul Michael Thomson is a proud founding member of The Story Theatre, dedicating his life to activism through artistry. He has worked as a teacher, tutor, actor, playwright, producer, and currently serves as Executive Director on this Board of Directors. His volunteerism includes work with Vote Save America, The University of Arizona Honors College Alumni Advisory Council, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Paul Michael holds a BFA in Acting and a BA in Africana Studies from The University of Arizona, where he was named the Outstanding Senior from the College of Fine Arts and awarded the Dean's Award of Excellency.