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El Campo Ruse is staffed by working artists / activists in the disciplines of spoken word, performance, experimental music, visual arts, and theatre. The organization is a Non-profit entity in California but functions as an extended family of relationships.




Board Of Directors

Brad Dow, Ph.D. - Musician, photographer. Founder, member since 1988.

Gary Ghirardi - Sculptor, Cultural Promoter. Founder, Officer, member since 1988.

Susana Martinez - Teacher. Founder, member since 1988.

Christopher R. Actor - Director, Small businessman. Founder, President of Board of Directors, member since 1981.

Manuel Mancillas - Anthropologist, Performer. Founder, Officer, member since 1988.

Nathan Weedmark - Artist. Member since 1989.

Linda Delgado - CPA. Officer, member since 1990.

Jeff Lollis (Miff Mole) - KSDS Jazz Radio Show "Free Time" and Insurance Businessman. Member since 1990.

Michael Schnorr - Artist, Teacher. Co-Founder of BAW/TAF, member since 1995




Bios of core Board of Directors


Manuel Mancillas (Zopilote)

Program Coordinator
Artistic media: Music, Text and performance, photography.

He holds a BA in Anthropology from UCLA, 1972. He is a founder and current program coordinator of El Campo RUSE. Member of the RUSE Music Collective, the Taco Shops Poets, and the Border Arts Workshop/Taller de Arte Fronterizo. He has been involved in the San Diego-Tijuana art community for 25 years as a performer, community activist, and cultural promoter. Currently, he works as a community organizer for the Escondido Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, funded by the California Wellness Foundation.


Christopher R.

Artistic Director
Artistic media: Theatre.

He is a graduate from the USIU School of Performing and Visual Arts, and USC's School of Film. He is a founder and current President of the Board of Directors of the Bear State Theatre/RUSE. He is the director and producer of the All-City Free Shakespeare Festival. He has been involved in the Southern California Theatre community for 25 years.


Gary Ghirardi

Artistic media: Sculpture.

Community art activist. Exhibitions at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, CECUT (Centro Cultural Tijuana), Hallwalls in Buffalo, N.Y. Commissions: Summa Corporation, Las Vegas, Nev., LeHigh Corporation, Pennsylvania. San Joseph Children's Hospital, Orange, Ca. Founder of Installation Gallery in 1980, RUSE in 1988, InSite in 1991, El Sótano in 1994, current officer of the Board of Directors of Bear State Theatre/RUSE. Involved in the San Diego Downtown artist's movement since 1978.


Michael Schnorr

Artistic media: Mixed media. Community art activist. Exhibitions at Venice Bienale, Sao Paulo Bienale. Co-founder Border Art Workshop- Taller Arte Fronterizo Teacher at Southwestern Community College Participant in InSITE 97




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