Empire Arts Collective provides support for performing artists to collaborate, learn, and share resources. We believe that art is best built in supportive communities, and that diverse voices create stronger stories. Our values include hard work, creativity, basic kindness, aiming for greatness, and long-term community investment -- after all, an empire isn’t built in a day.
Are you an artist looking for someone to help you produce a creative project? Contact us to learn more!
Empire in the News
Good Day Sacramento
Sac&CO on ABC10
Watch Co-Founder Emily interview with the folks at sac&Co and cast member Joel Case perform a song from our March 2019 production of “Once More, with Feeling.” Check it out here
Insight with Beth Ruyak on Capital Public Radio
Empire Arts Collective was founded by Jessilee Windhaus and Emily Maghanoy. They serve respectively as the Producing Artistic Director and Managing Director of That Plus Chips and were Top 10 Finalists in the 2015 Sacramento TedX Fellows competition, chosen as a top-5 project for Start-up Weekend and as Capsity Fellows.
Emily Maghanoy is a local creative with fifteen years of experience in marketing in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, and an M.A. in Spanish from Sacramento State. She trained as a music teacher at Sacramento City College Vocal/Choral Program and the Sara Harris Piano Studio. Currently she maintains a studio of piano and beginning voice students at the Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy.
Jessilee Windhaus has thirteen years of experience in the Sacramento theatre and comedy scenes, and a Bachelor's in Theatre from California State University, Sacramento. Jessilee has served as a writer, director, producer, actor, and founder of That Plus Chips live sketch comedy ensemble since its creation in 2013.
Board of Directors
Jessilee Windhaus - President
Jessilee has sixteen years of experience in the Sacramento theatre and comedy scenes, and a Bachelor's in Theatre from California State University, Sacramento. Jessilee has served as a writer, director, producer, actor, and founder of That Plus Chips live sketch comedy ensemble since its creation in 2013
Emily Maghanoy - Treasurer
Emily Maghanoy is the Co-Founder of Empire Arts Collective and Managing Director of That Plus Chips live sketch and improv comedy ensemble. She has fifteen years of experience in marketing in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, and an M.A. in Spanish from Sacramento State.
Marc Ashbourne - Secretary
Marc is a professional film actor and lawyer in the Sacramento area. Marc graduated from college with a BA in Japanese, and later went on to receive a law degree. He is also a performer with That Plus Chips live sketch and improv comedy ensemble.
Rich is a visual artist and founder of RB Visuals, a media creation company. He is a long time media volunteer with organizations like Yolo Hospice, TEDxSacramento, and KVIE. He received the Presidential Service Award for his work with the Center for Multicultural Cooperation in 2010. He carries a BFA in photography and a BA in journalism.
Rose is the founder of Pieces People Productions, and carries a Bachelor of Science in Digital Filmmaking and Video Production from the Art Institute of Sacramento. She has years of experience producing, writing, and directing films in the Sacramento area.
Sandi has danced for most of her life. She’s taught for Showstoppers Dance Studio in Lodi and for the Mendocino Ballet And Performing Arts studio in Ukiah where she also stage managed productions of The Nutcracker. She has also choreographed for The Raven Theater in Healdsburg. She has her BA in Theater from Sacramento State.
Joel Case is a musician with over a decade of experience in the Sacramento music scene. In recent years he has been looking for ways to serve the community, and he is thrilled to join the EAC board in its mission to support Sacramento performing arts.