The Foundry Board

The Foundry Board of Directors is a group of Flagstaff locals who are passionate about individual expression and the the performing arts. The Directors hail from a variety of backgrounds and professions, bringing a well-rounded wealth of experience and perspective to the organization. We are all just a little bit quirky, too! 

Dina Barnese

Executive Director

Dina fell in love with The Flagstaff Foundry the first time she attended, where she witnessed an act that comprised sandwich-making to oboe music. Her mind was blown and she was hooked. As a lover of the performing arts and a performer herself, she is inspired by Foundry community and loves being involved. She serves as Chair of the Board and oversees various business and administrative functions along with producing the virtual shows. She loves the front and back of the house and has performed at the Foundry as well as managing production for several shows. Dina is the front woman for Flagstaff bands Rock Nine and F-Town Sound and serves on the Board of Directors for the Flagstaff Music Festival. She also hosts the PineStories Story Slam.

Garrison Garcia

Esteemed Advisor

Your Host, Garrison Garcia founded the Flagstaff Foundry and continues to serve as Executive Director and host of the show. Garrison is also the head writer for Foundry Radio, creator of the Flagstone Four, and performer with house improv team Chomsky School of Business. All he really wants is for people to join the Foundry family by performing in a show, volunteering to help the cause, or to enjoy a night of cheap entertainment without pretension or pretenses. If you’ve got a flag to fly, Garrison wants to help you hoist it.

Your Name Here?

Board Member

Do you want to be on the board of one of the most exciting, inclusive, and talented things happening in Flagstaff? We are currently accepting board member applications. Apply today!

Margarita Cruz

Board member

Margarita Cruz recently received her MFA in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University. Former editor-in-chief of Thin Air Magazine, she is currently a columnist for Flagstaff Live! and an assistant editor at Tolsun Books. Her works have been featured in PANK, the New Delta Review, and the Susquehanna Review among others. She’s in love with living and works towards creating dialogue between people about the ways in which we share our art, love, and hopes.

Margarita joined the Foundry as Intern in 2020 and became a board member in 2021.

Your Name Here?

Board Member

Do you want to be on the board of one of the most exciting, inclusive, and talented things happening in Flagstaff? We are currently accepting board member applications. Apply today!

Alexis Garcia

Board Member

Alexis is originally from Florida but has been happy to call Flagstaff home for the past three years. When she’s not at the Foundry, she can be found hiking, playing with her dogs, or taking a nap. To her, all things are possible with a little positivity and creativity, which is why she loves the Foundry!

Becki Zaritsky

Board Member

Becki is a theatre artist from Philly, and has worked in theatre all over the US and the globe. She first came to Flagstaff in 2019 to perform with the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival, and soon after arriving attended her first Flagstaff Foundry. Immediately, she felt connected to Flagstaff and the arts community here. Previous performances credits include: Indecent (Halina) and As You Like It (Rosalind) with FlagShakes, A Comedy of Tenors (Tatiana Racón u/s) with the Walnut Street Theatre, and The Bremen Town Musicians (Harriet) and Look Up: Tales of the Sky (Stella) with The REV Theatre Company. Favorite stage management credits include: The Polar Express (on a moving train!) and the West Side Story International Tour that toured throughout Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East. Becki is a member of the Foundry’s improv team Chomsky School of Business, one of the “shrews” on the local podcast Untamed Shrews: Women Talk Theatre, and is an aerial artist studying trapeze and pole at Momentum Aerial. Follow along in the adventures at #BeckSideStory and


Foundry Interns

We love our interns!  At any given time, the Foundry can have one, two or even – wait for it – three interns!  We are always taking applications.  Check out our Internship page for more info!

John Compton

Production Intern

John is known in Flagstaff for celebrating all that is nerdy, artistic, or weird. So naturally, The Foundry is the perfect place for him to intern. John hosts local events like medieval craft nights, pop-up interactive theater, and game nights through Peppercorn Games. His first recommendation to newcomers is always The Foundry to show them what Flag is all about. In his free time, John volunteers with FlagShakes, and builds props and board game components in his fabrication lab. When his social battery gets low, he likes to camp with a telescope, practice aerial, and spin a yarn around a campfire.

Get Involved!


The Foundry adores our performers! Each month, the show is built from the acts that sign up, making it new, different, and exciting.



The Foundry only operates with amazing volunteers like you! Every single aspect of the show is run by folks who love the mission and want to be involved behind the scenes.



Care to chip in to help keep the lights on? It'll help keep our shows affordable, make us eternally grateful, and we will give you a nifty letter for a tax deduction!