Deborah Slater Dance Theater - Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Joanne Bender, Emeritus Board Member and Company Manager

Joanne has been involved with the performing arts since 1982 when she served on a lighting crew at the Fulton Opera House in Lancaster PA.  Since then she has gone on to be an assistant lighting designer and a seasoned stage manager for traditional theater, improvisational theater and dance. Most recently she served as the stage manager for the Franklin and Marshall Dance department from 2001-2007.

Joanne was the production manager for the experimental theater group The Independent Eye during the 1984-85 season and for Comotion Theater from 1997-1999.

When she was not behind the stage, Joanne was a software designer and developer having graduated from Penn State University in 1984. From 1986-1996 Joanne worked for a company in South Africa developing computer based education materials which were used in teacher training colleges, high schools and primary schools. While there, Joanne received her Masters of Education in Computer Based Education from the University of Pretoria. When she returned to US, Joanne was a computer trainer for a short time and then began her own business as a database designer and developer in Lancaster PA.

Joanne has also become involved in the healing arts since returning to the United States. She is a certified Reflexologist and has studied several modalities of energetic healing. Joanne’s teachers include Eckhart Tolle, Dr. Eric Pearl, Cheri Huber and Michele Mayama.

Photo by Lori Stahl