Meet our Spring '21 featured guests... 


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Steven Ullman

 Producer/Director and longtime friend of Jim Haynes

Steven is an award-winning theater and film producer and director whose career has spanned over 30 years. At the Edinburgh Festival, where he first met Jim Haynes, the subject of Meeting Jim, he produced and directed the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Doug Wright’s first play, The Stonewater Rapture (Fringe First Award). His current film, Miss Lillian - More than a President’s Mother, will be screened later this month at The Carter Center in Atlanta. 

As Producing Artistic Director of the Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities, Steven was the only producer to win the L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Best Musical three times, with West Side Story, Dreamgirls, and Crazy For You.. He was also nominated for Best Musical for Titanic, Ragtime, and Forever Plaid.

Other producing highlights include: the Off-Broadway musical Falling For Eve and A Picasso, which he also directed. It was performed in Paris, alternately in English and French to rave reviews, including in Le Monde. In San Francisco, he produced The Foreigner as well as Greater Tuna which enjoyed a 6-year run. He also produced SNL alumna Nora Dunn’s one-woman show Mythical Proportions as well as the National Tour of Some Like It Cole! (five-year run).

In Los Angeles, Steven has produced more than 50 productions, including the West Coast Premiere of David Rabe’s Hurlyburly, directed by the playwright and starring Sean Penn, Danny Aiello, Mare Winningham, Michael Lerner and Suzy Amis, and another one-woman show with Nora Dunn, Small Prey as well as Loose Lips which was directed by Martin Charnin and starring Robert Morse, Fred Savage, Steve Landesberg and Joanna Gleason.  


Gilliam (Gigi) de la Torre   

Cinematographer & Co-Producer, Meeting Jim

Gilliam de la Torre (Gigi) is a Cuban visual artist focused on Cinematography and Photography. Having studied cinematography at University of the Arts (ISA) in Havana and completed DP workshops at EICTV San Antonio de los Baños and documentary studies at TISCH NYU. She was awarded a fellowship for the Flaherty Documentary Seminar on 2012.  With a passion for documentaries, she has worked as DP in features like Cuban Food Stories and Meeting Jim, Me Japanese and Call me Lucky (sponsored by Women Make Movies).

Gigi his a regular cinematographer for Vice (which may interfere with her being able to be with us) and developed 2 other feature length documentaries with Mambo Panda and “Febrero”, her first feature length film.  The 3 are premiering in 2022.


Additional film work includes art and dance related videos like “Once Broken”, “Trinity of Selves” and “Story of O”. Her photographs have been published by Shots, Theater Geist and Tablas magazines. Also highlighted at Lensculture, Fotógrafas LATAM and The Luupe platforms. \


Gigi is currently at work on healing and migration in the context of the global pandemic for the production of a video visual poem titled Primavera Adentro and the development of her photographic book A Way of Leaving. She resides between Brooklyn, New York and Havana.



SSR at a Glance


Stone Soup Ripple brings people together for connection that moves us forward, personally and professionally.  This is what Founder Christine Leuthold refers to as ‘the ripple"... those planned and unplanned forces that transform initial encounters into much more. 

Here are a few ways we do this:

  • We create unique opportunities that blend compelling content with Featured Guests and meaningful group interaction,

  • We provide a way for participants to Add a Ripple via voluntary contributions, of which 100% go to support the vision and work of Featured Guests,

  • We offer single-session Pop-Up Gatherings for a taste of our community,

  •  For deeper dive into content and each other, we offer programming in a series format.

  • In our Private Discussion Groups where participants in a specific series or pop-up can connect as a group

  • On our Members page, where we can follow and connect one-on-one with each other.  At individual pop-up gatherings which offer a taste of our community.

  •  The SSR Blog is an open forum for all who visit and invites contributors.

Reed Frerichs

Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, The Lesson

Reed is an award-winning entrepreneur, filmmaker. As Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Lesson, his vision is to celebrate he human spirit through shared experience to maximize the potential in people.


He is also the Co-Founder of HADO USA - the first ever physical AR (Augmented Reality) Esport that is played by over 2.5M people across Asia and Europe. Among is other involvements, Reed serves on the Advisory Board of Nanobiosym, a breakthrough Medtech company that won the first ever X-Prize for Healthcare.


Early in his career, Reed worked as an actor in film and television projects including Powder, Courage Under Fire, True Women, Saving Jessica Lynch, Push, JAG, Medium, and Pacific Blue. He also produced films, serving as an Executive Producer on Exists (Lionsgate), Santa Hunters (Nickelodeon) and the award-winning independent film Midnight Son.


Peggy Callahan 

Producer & Co-Director, Mission:  JOY - Finding Happiness in Troubled Times

Based in Los Angeles, Peggy Callahan's sense of fairness (or maybe masochism) has driven her work in television and human rights activism.  As an award winning filmmaker, television journalist and human rights activist, Peggy believes in the power of story to create real change on the planet.


She was honored to capture the life-changing conversations between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his 'mischievous brother' Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Their week-long meeting took place in Dharmsala at the Dalai Lama's compound. It was shot with five cameras, a crew from three countries and back-up equipment twelve hours away in Delhi. It came off without a single glitch. Holy men were surely keeping a watchful eye on things.

Their dialogues inspired the film as well as The Book of Joy - Lasting Happiness in a Changing World. The message that 'joy is an inside job' is spreading even faster with the largest ever global Citizen Science project on joy. BIG JOY which is available on-line for free around the globe.


Peggy also co-founded Voices4Freedom and Free the Slaves, two international non-profits

dedicated to ending modern day slaver in our lifetime.

Finally. Forever.