Board of the Scoundrel & Scamp


Shawn Burke
Board Member

 Shawn Burke is owner of The Historic Y, a 45,000-sf Spanish Colonial building that was originally built to house the Tucson YWCA but now is marketed as The Historic Y Center for the Arts, Education, Human Rights and Social and Environmental Justice.  It is home to The Scoundrel and Scamp and The Rogue Theatres, the Bennett Theatre Lab, the Paulo Freire Freedom School and about 45 mostly non-profit organizations working in the above fields.  .

Shawn has over 30 years experience in building design, planning, construction and management, working variously as an architect, planner, project engineer, construction manager and property owner.  He established Wildwind Realty LLC in July 2014 when he purchased The Historic Y and as its sole member, has for over 14 years, been renovating, nurturing and stewarding The Historic Y from a neglected, under-tenanted property into a beautifully restored and thriving community of passionate, talented and dedicated artists, educators, activists and professionals.  

Prior to this, Shawn owned, operated and renovated various single and multi-unit residential properties in California and Arizona.  He has also worked in the telecommunications industry overseeing the development of cell-sites for wireless carriers, as a planner for the cities of Oakland, New York and New Haven and as an architect for Law Engineering in Los Angeles, Cesar Pelli in New Haven, Connecticut, and the successor firm of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in Chicago.  An avid world traveler and cyclist, Shawn has visited over 45 countries and completed many cycling tours, including a 2200-mile ride from Vancouver, British Columbia to the Mexican Border that he planned in celebration of his 50th birthday.  Shawn earned a B.A. from Yale College and an M. Arch from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  He primarily lives in Oakland, California but maintains a secondary residence in Tucson and typically visits often enough to see 75-90% of the theatrical productions at The Historic Y.



Bryan is an award-winning director (MFA Directing, Western Illinois, 2001) and tech entrepreneur with a passion for both education and building and scaling successful organizations.  

Bryan served as Artistic Director for two Indiana-based theatre companies, New World Arts, and the Backporch Theatre Company. He served as a director and set designer for numerous shows, including The Carthaginians, Lysistrata, Cloud Tectonics, Night Mother, Bug, Marisol, Love Letters, Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, and Romeo and Juliet.

In Tucson, Bryan has directed at The Rogue Theatre, including The New Electric Ballroom and Awake and Sing. He was recognized as Best Director (2012 Arizona Daily Star Mac Award) for the show The Night Heron.Bryan serves as Board President of the Tucson-based Southwest Folklife Alliance, and as a board member at The Rogue Theatre. 



Elizabeth is a poet, musician, and teacher with a passion for hybrid form and mixed media. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona in 2011, where she studied under poets Laynie Browne and Steve Orlen.

She has had work accepted at places like The Adroit JournalDrunken Boat, and Mid-American Review. Elizabeth also has a passion for teaching. She has taught writing residencies and developed curricula for the University of Arizona Poetry Center.  

She is currently enrolled in a Waldorf Teaching program, and has enjoyed volunteering at schools across Tucson as a guest poet. In prior job incarnations she oversaw system operations and operations staff for PowerSchool Learning, a K-12 learning platform.

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Tyler Meier
Board Member

Tyler Meier is the Executive Director of The University of Arizona's Poetry Center. Prior to coming to the Poetry Center, he served as managing editor at The Kenyon Review and co-director of the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. He received an MFA from the University of Washington, and his poetry and nonfiction have appeared in At Length, AGNI (online), Laurel Review, Bat City Review, jubilat, Washington Square, Thermos, Forklift, Ohio, and elsewhere.


Kerryn Negus
Board Member

Kerryn Negus  is an arts producer working in film and theatre. In the film industry, Kerryn has worked in acquisition, development, and marketing and PR. As Vice President of the Los Angeles office of PR agency DDA, her client roster included Miramax Films, New Line Films and Summit International and she regularly represented films, including the Academy Award-winning documentary Bowling for Columbine and the biopicPollock, at the Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin and Sundance Film Festivals.

In 2003, she moved into theatre, joining with partner Wolfe Bowart to create the touring company SpoonTree Productions. Kerryn has produced more than fifty tours of SpoonTree’s original physical theatre works to some 20 countries. A recent highlight was a national tour of France, including dates at the Festival Effervescence alongside works by Philippe Genty, Daniele Finzi Pasca and James Thiérrée. The company's tours of Australia have twice been honored with Helpmann Award nominations (the Australian Tony Awards) in the categories of Best Touring Production and Best Visual/Physical Theatre Production. 

In 2015, Kerryn co-produced the Tucson Festival of Films, working with the city’s tourism and film offices, and securing the participation of Martin Scorsese, Ellen Burstyn and Diane Ladd among others. Along with her role at the Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre, she is the Assistant Director of the Hanson FilmTV Institute at the University of Arizona.