Doree Steinmann was a regular in the JayRob theatre scene from the era of its three year stay at the Memorial Auditorium little theatre. She recalls playing the lead in “The Marriage Go-Round” and that she had one lead every year for many years since 1959. “A Mighty Man is He” was one of her first. “The Subject Was Roses” with Richard Bay as her son was presented in the JayRob South theatre located in the shopping center across Freeport Boulevard from the Sacramento Municipal Airport. She also performed in “What Did We Do Wrong” and with Harry Martin (Captain Sacto of television fame) in “The Perfect Setup”.
Doree began television work at KXTV in 1960. When Cosumnes River College opened its doors in 1970, she was hired as the only CRC staff member teaching television production and speech and built the TV production program into the best of its kind in the area.
After retiring from 22 years teaching Communications Media at Cosumnes River College, Doree moved to Capitola to live in a Condo overlooking the entire Monterey Bay. She has been busy ever since; especially for an 84 year old.
So, what does Doree do today (this bio was written on November 15, 2011)? Doree recently completed an 8 week after-school class, teaching students in three schools, to do a newscast about their school, which played on Community TV in May. She regularly teaches two sessions of “Acting for the Camera” for two weeks each morning for the Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation in the summers.
She produces and hosts a half hour weekly television program “Your Second Fifty Years” on Thursdays and Saturdays at 6:00 PM on Community Television, recently finishing her 450th program. She also teaches “Interview Techniques” for them and is on the Board of Directors. She videotapes local events about seniors and makes DVD copies for the people involved.
She volunteers for the Santa Cruz Symphony League, and attends all of their concerts, as well as the Shakespeare Santa Cruz performances in the UCSC Glen. She is past president of the UCSC Lifelong Learners group (three years) and is active in many of their Interest Groups.
She has been Chair of the Sandsculpture Contest for the Capitola Begonia Festival for the past seven years and teaches youngsters in the LOGOS program at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Aptos. She is a Docent at the Visitor Center at Seacliff State Beach and teaches 2nd and 4th Graders about the Fossils found in the cliffs by the Concrete Ship.
She manages to play bridge once or twice a week at Mid County Senior Center and belongs to the Toadal Fitness Center where she regularly works out in the water exercise class, on the Stationary Bike and the Circuit Chairs.
Doree loves to travel and does so with her partner of the last 14 years, Bob Begun, the past Mayor of Capitola and a member of the Capitola City Council. She is kept busy visiting her four daughters, seven grandchildren and one six-year-old great granddaughter and a two-year-old great grandson, all living in various places in California. A busy, but very happy life!