Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
— Helen Keller

About Empire

Empire Arts Collective will provide a home 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.

Empire Arts Collective's resident theater company is Sacramento's most delicious sketch comedy ensemble That Plus Chips.

Are you an artist looking for a space to rehearse or perform? Contact us to learn more!

 

Empire in the News

Empire Arts Collective in Comstock's magazine

Empire Arts Collective in Comstock's magazine

The Founders

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. 

Emily Maghanoy has fifteen years of experience in marketing in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, and an M.A. in Spanish from Sacramento State. In her spare time she sings, dances, raps and invests time in her quest to watch all of the YouTube. 

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 fifteen 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 Beckermeyer
Rich is a professional photographer and long time TEDxSacramento live event video production lead. He has a BFA in photography and a BA in journalism. With his connection to the community and visual arts expertise, Rich is a valuable addition to the EAC Board of Directors.

Rose Mendonca
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.

J.R. Yancher
J.R. Yancher is a professional actor and director, and has worked with repertory theatres all over the U.S. He is also a founding member of OG Theater in Seattle. He carries a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts.