Board of Directors

Karl Meyer
President, Member of Finance Committee


Currently employed by Community Food Co-op in the outreach department in Bellingham, Washington. Karl is active in community building with a focus on education and the promotion of a sustainable economy. Founder of Nobody's Fools juggling troupe, former General Manager for NOTC, and touring member since 1990. Karl has organized, promoted, and produced annual regional shows in the Puget Sound area of Washington State. He serves as a workshop presenter on tour and a year-round performer. His alter-ego, Carlo Noodlini, assists him in his performances. Karl studied and received a Bachelor of Arts in Human Ecology from Fairhaven College, Western Washington University. Karl resides on a one acre urban farmstead in Bellingham, WA with his wife Robyn, son Jeremiah, and several extended family members.


Paul Magid
Vice President


Founding member of The Flying Karamazov Brothers and the New Old Time Chautauqua. Paul has been a touring member of NOTC since its inception. In addition to his roles as show emcee, performer, band member, and workshop leader, Paul helps coordinate the details of both the tour and regional shows.
Related activities:
The author of nine theatre plays, four screenplays, and a teleplay.
He has received an Emmy and an OBIE Award, and has been nominated for a London Olivier and an Ovation Award.
As a member of the Flying Karamazov Brothers he has been on Broadway six times and appeared on stages throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.
Costarred in 20th Century Fox's "The Jewel of the Nile"
Appeared on many TV and talk shows including "Seinfeld", "Ellen", "The Today Show" to "The Tonight Show".


Sophie Pipia


Sophie Pipia is a performer and educator with a flair for the extraordinary. She is the co-founder and artistic director of Northwest-based theater company Generation Goat Rocket, writing, producing, and directing original shows that have been staged both nationally and internationally, and leading outreach theater programs for children. Sophie plays accordion and sousaphone with the Fighting Instruments of Karma, leads dance workshops, and acts as parade coordinator during the New Old Time Chautauqua’s summer tours.


Nancy Levidow
Treasurer, Chair of Finance Committee


Nancy maintains the financial and organizational databases for NOTC and participates in development and planning. She joined the group in 1991. She plays flute and piccolo with The Fighting Instruments Of Karma Marching Chamber Band/Orchestra and strives to keep the Big Board up to date. In San Francisco, CA, she works as an event producer and facilitates team-building activities with San Francisco Treasure Hunts. Recently, she has been a Project Manager with a West Coast renewable energy company, working to develop utility-scale wind and tidal generation projects and smart-grid friendly transmission solutions.

Related Activities:
Served on funding panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council.
Former Managing Director of 'A Traveling Jewish Theatre' and 'El Teatro de la Esperanza.'
Entertainer at the Oregon Country Fair since 1980.
Plays and marches with the Musicians Action Group in San Francisco.



Erin McNamera


Erin has been in love with The New Old Time Chautauqua since 2004 when she was first invited to join as the costume buckstop. Her involvement has included; acquiring and maintaining band jackets and other costumes, dressing performers, seamstress, laundry mistress, dancer in the parades and a bit of tour booking. Off tour she works as a freelance costume designer for theatres and films and as a stagehand/dresser for Local #675 Eugene and Local#15 Seattle.


Anne Gavzer
Director, Member of Who-Am-Us Committee


Anne joined the Chautauqua board in the spring of 2010 after coordinating workshops on the Aqua Chautauqua 2 tour. She is inspired by the mission of NOTC and sees great potential for further developing its role as a service organization. Anne is the owner and designer for the Endless Knot boutique in Seattle. She is a past member of the board of the Backbone Campaign, a progressive arts and activism organization based on Vashon Island, WA.