Board of Directors

Cindy Harper – Executive Director

Cindy HarperCindy currently serves as the Executive Director of ACT.  Cindy has worked as a consultant with non-profit organizations bringing more than 25 years of experience with boards, staffs, and volunteers of arts organizations and community groups.  She has expertise in strategic planning, annual and capital fund campaigns, grants and grants administration, prospect research, and program development and evaluation. With a B.S. in Mathematics from Wake Forest University and an M.A. in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans, Cindy has held various positions with arts organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Alabama Ballet. Active in the community, she served as president of the Birmingham Figure Skating Club for five years and chaired the 2016 US Figure Skating National Theatre On Ice Competition in Pelham, AL.  She has served on numerous other boards including Association of Fundraising Professionals – Alabama Chapter, Magic City Actors Theatre, Space One Eleven and the Music Opportunity Program.


Sue Ellen Gerrells – Festival Director

Sue Ellen returns to ACT as Festival Director. She taught at the University of Maryland University College in Yokosuka, Japan and as an adjunct for the University of South Alabama, Mobile where she also served as an arts administrator for Theatre USA.  She’s an American Association of Community Theatre Ambassador, Fellow, and Adjudicator. Sue Ellen has a BA & MA from the University of South Alabama and has been the Artistic Director of the South City Theatre in Pelham since 2012.  She is recognized in Ireland, Singapore, Japan, and the U.S. as an award-winning actor and director, most recently receiving an Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award at the Southeastern  Theatre Conference in 2015 for “Night, Mother.”


Kristy Meanor – President

Kristy Meanor serves as Executive Director for the Wetumpka Depot Players, the River Region’s oldest community theatre. Kristy has directed, acted and designed for the Depot Players for the last 35 years and has been ED for ten years. Kristy leads marketing, educational outreach programs and the artistic activities at the Depot Theatre. Kristy has served in leadership roles with ACT and SETC. Her recent work onstage in Night Mother was recognized at ACTFest and SETC with an Outstanding Achievement in Acting award.  Kristy was also named Best Director at Southeastern Theatre Conference for her work with the talented ensemble of The Fantasticks and was a part of the ensemble cast of the nationally recognized production, Second Samuel. Other roles include Rosemary in Picnic, Willie Mae in The Sugar Bean Sisters, Dotty in Noises Off, Sister Amnesia in Nunsense, Felecia Dantine in I Hate Hamlet and Melissa in Love Letters. Directing credits include, Tuesdays With Morrie, Big River, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Kristy is a former recipient of ACT’s  Marian Gallaway Award. Kristy is mom to an ensemble of amazing children- Laurel, Drew and Colgan and a fur baby named Rudy.

Revel Gholston – Vice President

Revel Parsons Gholston has been a part of Alabama’s Secondary Theatre Education crew for the past seventeen and half years. All of these years have been spent managing the Opelika Center for the Performing Arts, and managing the High School theatre program at Opelika High School. Graduating from the University of Iowa with focuses on English, Theatre, and Creative Writing, Revel, is always eager to help out anyone and everyone that could use a hand. Having handled over 100 professional touring prouductions for the East Alabama Arts Association, all while directing near 50 high school productions, and teaching in the classroom part time…Revel tries to find time to rest as well as spend as much time with his wife and two children before they forget who he is. Bringing as much culture to the state of Alabama has always been Revel’s mission, and Alabama Conference of Theatre is more than a great platform for everyone to do just that. Revel looks forward to the bright artistic future that the state is producing.

Randy Blades – Secretary

Randy Blades is an Associate Professor and the current head of Drama for Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL.  He joined the faculty at JSU in 2006 and was hired as Department Head in 2012.  He is primarily a  costume technician and designer and holds an MFA in Costume Design from Penn State University and a BA in Drama from Jacksonville State.  Prior to joining the JSU faculty he was an Assistant in Theatre and costume shop manager for the University of Central Florida.

As a costume designer his credits include Shenandoah (Kennesaw State University), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stage Door Players), What the Butler Saw, The Trickeries of Scapin (University of Central Florida) Hamlet, A Soldier’s Play, and Macbeth (Penn State University) The Daughters of Abraham (Auburn University at Montgomery/ALA-etc) Steel Magnolias (Maples Repertory Theatre), and The Normal Giant (The Tesseract Theatre Company).  While at JSU, costume designs include An Enemy of the People, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Antigone and She Kills Monsters (costumes and puppets).

As a technician Randal has also worked for the Illinois, Georgia ,Orlando and Utah Shakespeare festivals, the Alliance Theatre, and the Atlanta Opera where he was costume shop manager and cutter draper for two seasons.

An active member of ACT, Randy has served in the past as the President, the Vice President, and the College Division Chair.

Jamie Stephenson – Treasurer

Jamie Stephenson teachers at Vestavia Hills High School. She has been teaching high school theatre for 16 years. She has a BS in Theatre Education from East Carolina University. She has an MA in Directing from Roosevelt University. Jamie is the assistant coordinator for the Educational Theatre Associations scholarship program. She is also the co Chapter Director of the Alabama Educational Theatre Association. She has served on the national Praxis committee for the Theatre pedagogy exam. She has also served on the Alabama State Department committee to rewrite the course of study in Theatre. Her students have represented Alabama at the International Thespian Festival for 10 years. They have also be named as a Best in Show for the Studio event at State Trumbauer over 3 times. She loves theatre education and working with her students to create Art.





Lonny Harrison – Past President


Mr. Harrison is the Director of Theatre at Saint James School in Montgomery, AL. This is his 19th year at Saint James. He attended the University of South Alabama for undergraduate school where he received a BFA in theatre. Mr. Harrison went on to the University of Florida and the University of Alabama where he earned his MFA in theatre with a concentration in scenic design. He has served on the ACT board in many capacities including serving as treasurer and most recently chair of the secondary division. He is the current Director of the Theatre for the Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts (AIEA) and has been on many boards and committees for theatre organizations across the state. Mr. Harrison enjoys what he does and gets a big kick out of watching his students grow and flourish as young men and women while receiving acclaim and artistic fulfillment in their post secondary careers.

Neil David Seibel – SETC Representative

Neil David Seibel teaches the performance curriculum at Auburn University Montgomery. A proud member of Actors Equity, he spent six seasons with Theatre Aspen, appeared Off-Broadway in Jonathon Larson’s JP Morgan Saves the Nation, originated the role of Lewis for the TV musical Passages: Lewis and Clark, and enjoyed regional contracts with the Denver Center, Arvada Center, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, The Alley Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Theatre Under The Stars and most recently the Montgomery Ballet. He has directed and choreographed for numerous theatre companies across the US and served three years as the associate artistic director of ALAT-etc (A Laboratory for Actor Training – experimental theatre company). As a playwright, he has developed several solo and ensemble works that have been performed throughout the United States and Europe.

Regan McClung – College/University Chair

Regan McClung is in her 14th year at Northeast Alabama Community College. As a high school teacher, she directed numerous plays and individuals for State and Regional competition. She also coordinated youth theatre camps in Kansas City, New Jersey, and Cullman. She has been an active member of the Alabama Conference of Theatre (ACT) and the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) for 16 years. She piloted an innovative outreach program at NACC which services approximately 3,000 K12 students within the college’s service area. In addition to her Theatre Administration duties, she coordinates NACC’s summer youth program and students’ participation in the ACT and SETC competitions. She has won various graphic design awards with the Alabama Community College System Public Relations Association, National Higher Education Marketing Report, and National Collegiate Advertising Awards. Dr. David Campbell named her NACC’s Support Staff Person of the Year 2015, which is a part of the Alabama Community College System’s Chancellor’s Awards. Also, The Times-Journal included her in DeKalb Magazine’s list of “Top Forty Leaders Under Forty”. Recently, Regan submitted Northeast’s Summer Workshop for review by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Southeastern Theatre Conference Alabama Representative. Both recommended the workshop for the prestigious National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. She also serves as the assistant coach for Fort Payne Middle School’s Robotics Team, Gigawatts, which recently placed in 1st in International Lego League competition.

Roy Lightner – College/University Division Vice Chair

Roy Lightner is an award-winning theatre creator, director, choreographer, and educator born and raised Kansas City.  He recently joined the Musical Theatre Faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as an Assistant Professor. Previously, Roy served as the Associate Artistic Director for the Transcendence Theatre Company, and also on the Musical Theatre Faculty of Ithaca College.  As a national director for Dancers Inc., he toured the country as a master class teacher.  Roy has taught at New York City’s Professional Performing Arts School, as well as created the contemporary/musical theatre dance program for the Astoria School of Fine Arts.  As a director/choreographer his credits include: Transcendence Theatre Company’s productions of Best of Broadway Under the Stars, Fantastical Family Night, This Magic Moment, Wine Country Speakeasy (creator/director), Gala Celebration, Oh, What a Night! (2015 Winner Best Director Broadway World San Francisco), Superheroes in Love, and Music of the Night; New York City Opera’s Lucky to Be Me (Lincoln Center, assistant to Peggy Hickey), Hairspray, Miss Saigon (Sondheim Center), Newsies (New London Barn) Hound of the Baskervilles (Cape Playhouse, New Jersey Rep, Westin Playhouse, Depot Theatre). University of Alabama at Birmingham Productions: Working and Hairspray. Arizona State University: Legally Blonde.  Ithaca College productions: Dogfight, A Chorus Line, Under the Covers, How to Succeed…, Gone Missing, and Legally Blonde; Bring It On (Music Theatre of Kansas City), Hairspray (Winner Best Director Broadway World KC), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Good News, Urban Cowboy, Starmites, Little Shop of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and more. Roy currently serves as Festival Producer for MTWichita. Dance Concert Choreography credits include: two full-length original choreographic works Under the Covers (Ithaca College) and In Your Eyes (Miller-Marley Ballet Company), The Oklahoma City Dance Project, NYC’s Community Dance Project, New York City’s Jazz Choreography Enterprise, Astoria Fine Arts and B.C. Beat.  Performance credits include: Holland America’s Grand World Voyage (lead singer/dancer), Babes in Toyland (Lincoln Center), a two time Kansas City Symphony principle soloist, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Stages St. Louis), Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Geva Theatre, Oklahoma City Rep. and Music Theatre of Wichita’s CATS (Mungojerrie), 7 Brides for 7 Brothers (Gideon), West Side Story (Baby John), Seussical (Wickersham), Hairspray (IQ), The Full Monty, Phantom, Aida, Beauty and the Beast and more totaling over 40 professional productions. He graduated summa cum laude from Oklahoma City University with a degree in Musical Theatre; and received his Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts with a Concentration in Performance Creation from Goddard College.

Jason Bozeman – Secondary Division Chair

Jason Bozeman is an English and Theatre teacher at Southside High School.  He returned to his Alma mater after 11 wonderful years as a Theatre instructor at Gadsden City High School.  He received his Bachelors Degree in Theatre from Jacksonville State University and his MS in Theatre for Educators from The Florida State University. He was the 2012 SETC William Wilson Award Winner and 2011 Gadsden City Schools Secondary Teacher of the Year.
In his winding carer towards education, Jason has managed record stores, made sandwiches, and ran radio stations.  After school every day, he is the afternoon drive host on WKLS Rock 105.9.  He also is an adjunct theatre instructor for Gadsden State Community College. He has many jobs, and uses them to raise four wonderful children with his beautiful wife Tabitha.
Being a member of the ACT Board of Directors is an honor he cannot accurately express.  He looks forward to working with the phenomenal educators of the ACT Secondary Division and its Chair Jeff Glass.

Sara Butler Argiro – Secondary Division Vice Chair

Sara Butler Argiro is a Scottsboro, Alabama native and a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She holds a BA in Theatre from The University of South Alabama and a MA in English and Education from The University of Alabama Huntsville.

Sara is the full time Theatre Arts teacher for DeKalb County Schools and is the Director of DeKalb County Fine Arts Academy – a program she was asked to develop through the DeKalb County Technical Center with the purpose of adding the Arts into STEM education. Sara is passionate about moving from STEM to STEAM and spreading the Arts throughout Alabama.

In her career Sara has been involved in numerous productions as a director, actor, or crew member. She has worked in professional and community theatres as well as several secondary programs. She has taught Theatre and English in Alabama, Mississippi, and Washington State.

When not working, Sara is with her favorite people – her husband T.J. and her son Xander – usually playing board games or watching superhero movies.

Sara is grateful for the support of her family and is proud to serve ACT.

Tom Salter – Community Division Chair

Tom Salter  is an award winning director, talented actor, lighting designer and a published playwright.  Tom, the Communication Director for  Montgomery Public School System, also enjoys riding his motorcycle and playing his guitar collection. Tom, a past ACT president, took the Wetumpka Depot Player’s show, Second Samuel all the way to the national theatre festival in 2010 and he was a part of the team that wrote the wildly successful The Wedding from Hell.  Other directing credits include Picnic, The Sugar Bean Sisters, and The Glass Menagerie which was named Best in Show and Best Direction last October at ACTFest ’17.  Tom is a proud grandfather to beautiful twins, Reese and Logan.

Adam Miller – Community Division Vice Chair

Adam M. Miller holds an M.F.A. in Theatre Management/Arts Administration from The University of Alabama, having interned at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.  He served as the Director of Marketing & Public Relations for the LSU Department of Theatre and their affiliated Equity theatre, Swine Palace Productions, for more than three years.  Adam has served as the Managing Director of Theatre Tuscaloosa at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, since 2010.

Cheryl Pointer Jones – Theatre For Youth Chair


Shannon Culver – Theatre for Youth Division Vice Chair

Michael P. Howley – Professional Division Chair


Michael is a freelance stage director. He is retired from the faculty of Alabama State University and a member of the American Theatre Critics Association.

He was a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge. He also held positions at Long Island University C.W. Post Campus and St. John’s University.

Patricia Putman – Executive Director Emeritus

Patricia Putman is presently the Executive Director Emeritus for the Alabama Conference of Theatre (ACT) and serves as the Arts Advocacy and Grant Coordinator for ACT. Patricia served as a Governor Appointee for the Alabama State Course of Study for Theatre Arts 2017. After teaching music in the Jefferson County School System for 34 years she retired Dec. 1, 2011. Patricia served as the Music Director for Corner Theatre Academy at Corner High School from 1987-2013. She has a BS (1978) & MS (1987) in Music Education from Jacksonville State University. Patricia was the 2011 ACT Secondary Teacher of the Year. She is a huge supporter of the blending of all the arts and Arts Education on all age levels.