Our Mission: FUSE Theatre collaborates with partnering organizations to create theatrical experiences that respect and celebrate social awareness and a spirit of community


Stacey Ardelean, Founding Artistic Director

Through theatre arts, Stacey Ardelean teaches and directs students to explore and examine their viewpoints of the world around them.  She guides students through thematic discovery by developing cooperative student devised work and basic drama education curriculum.  She has directed over fifty productions of published plays and musicals with cast numbering from one to one hundred. Stacey is a strong advocate of theatre education at the national level through her membership and participation with the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.

Shannon deMelo, Managing Consultant

Shannon directs and stage manages for theatre companies all over the bay area.  With her Master of Letters (MLitt) and MFA in Shakespeare and Performance, her passion is bringing Shakespeare to new audiences.  For Fuse, she is utilizing the knowledge and experience gained from working with theatre companies across the country to stream line business practices and get the company started on the right foot.

Shannon DeMelo

Board of Directors

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Rick Freedman, Founding Board Member

Rick has over 30 years in hi-tech marketing and management.  He is an avid lover of theatre and music, starting with frequent visits to Broadway as a child.  Rick is thrilled to support Fuse Theatre and serves as a member of the board providing marketing, IT and management direction.

Joanne Schultz, Founding Board Member


Pauline Rodriguez, Board Member

Pauline has been an educator for 26 years and has performance with Lamplighters and Broadway by the Bay.  She dedicated her work, acting and participation on the Fuse Theatre board to seeing all people use their creativity to enhance their life.

Terry Sturtevant, Board Member

Terry is a native Californian, loves the Theater, and has over 20 years experience in Human Resources at JP Morgan and IBM. Since her college days as an English major at UCLA , Terry has been a passionate theater goer. She believes in supporting local and regional theaters .

Terry Sturtevant


Fuse Theatre welcomes and appreciates any and all donations to support the development of our projects.

You too can join our list of donors:

Individual Contributors

Dynamite ($1,000 and above)

  • Rick Freedman
  • Joanne and Robert Schultz

Explosion ($500-999)

  • Robert Ardelean

Fireworks ($250-499)

Fuse ($100-249)

  • Anonymous
  • Victor Ardelean
  • Kay Bray
  • Mayrin Bunyadidi
  • Mark and Carol DeZutti
  • Troy Gobel
  • Kelly Power
  • Tim Schultz
  • Jim and Terry Sturtevant
  • Anita and John Younan

Flame ($50-99)

  • Ben Schultz
  • Deborah Grubbs
  • J. Casey Lane
  • Rachel Prouty Simpson
  • Judy Wilbur

Spark ($25-49)

  • Maria Segal

Flicker ($15-24)

  • Anonymous


Corporate, Foundation and Government Gifts

Foundations and Corporate donors sponsor productions, support project development and community partnership programs.  Sponsors may receive heightened visibility or recognition at events and enjoy other community benefits.

Dynamite ($1,000 and above)

  • Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission (grant)

Explosion ($500-999)

  • Arthur Murray Dance Centers

Fireworks ($250-499)

Fuse ($100-249)

Flame ($50-99)

  • Talk of Broadway Restaurant, Redwood City
  • Yokohama Restaurant, Redwood City

Spark ($25-49)

Flicker ($15-24)

Donations may include cash, grant or in-kind gifts or services.