Staff & Board

Joel Shapiro

Dr. Joel Shapiro

Founder/Artistic Director

Dr. Shapiro created the Electric Lodge as a home for fellow artists to develop their craft and present experimental works.


Josh Berkowitz

Co-Artistic Director

Josh curates our High Voltage program and produces new artistic works.  He specializes in clown comedy and performance art.


Patrick Varon

Managing Director

Patrick is a graduate from CSULB in the MBA/MFA Theatre Management program.  He is an alum of Commercial Theatre Institute.

Eleni Merari

Eleni Merari

Executive Assistant

Eleni has been with the Lodge since 2015.  She is a paralegal and certified notary public.

Jenny Hodges

Jenny Hodges

Technical Director

She came to the Electric Lodge in 2006 with Broad Humor Film Festival and eventually become the in-house technical director and lighting designer.

Michelle Clay

Michelle Clay

Max10 Coordinator

Michelle is a member of Motion Picture Editors Guild and holds an MFA in Film from the Art Center College of Design. 

Board of Directors

* as of January 2017

Annette ShapiroInterim President
Joel ShapiroVice President
Lavinia FindikogluSecretary/Treasurer 

*For information on board membership, please contact Managing Director Patrick Varon

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