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.

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.

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.”

 

Email: actexdir@gmail.com

Lonny Harrison – President

 

lonnyMr. 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.

Kristy Meanor – Vice 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.

Randall Blades – Immediate Past President

 

Randy Blades is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Drama Department at Jacksonville State University. He currently teaches costume technology courses, puppetry and Introduction to Theatre. Prior to joining JSU, he was on the faculty of the University of Central Florida. Some of Randy’s costume designs at JSU include Blithe Spirit, Antigone, The Syringa Tree, Much Ado About Nothing, Tartuffe and Broadway Bound. Randy has also designed scenery at JSU for The Last Night of Ballyhoo, A Tennessee Walk and Vanishing Point. Professionally, he has also designed costumes for Kennesaw State University, Stage Door Players (Atlanta), Theatre UCF, Auburn University-Montgomery, Stage Door Players in Dunwoody, GA and the Maples Repertory theatre in Macon, MO. As a professional costumer Randy has worked for the Atlanta Opera, the Alliance Theatre, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Georgia Shakespeare Festival and the movies “Drumline” and “Dumb and Dumberer.”

Katie Dalrymple – Secretary

 

Katie Flannagan Dalrymple is an Alabama native. She previously taught Theatre and English over the past 9 years. Katie is currently an administrator after completing her Education Specialist degree from the University of North Alabama.  Katie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Judson College and Master’s degrees in Secondary Education and Instructional Leadership from the University of North Alabama. She is pursuing her doctoral degree in Instructional Leadership. She has been involved with over 100 shows as an actress, technician, and director. Some of her favorite credits include: Kate Keller for the past 3 summer’s in The Miracle Worker at Ivy Green, Ouiser in SummerStock at the Ritz’s production of Steel Magnolias, directing the 2012 state finalist production of The Insanity of Mary Girard, directing the internationally adjudicated production of Alabama Rain, and co-directing A Bad Year for Tomatoes here at the Ritz with Darren Butler. Directing credits also include: Godpsell, The Children’s Hour, The Boys Next Door, School House Rock Live!, A Christmas Carol, and countless others. Katie’s passions are education and theatre to which she has devoted her life.  Katie has been married to her wonderfully supportive husband Michael for 10 years and they have one daughter, Nora, who is 7 years old.  Katie works with both Time Out for Theatre at the Ritz in Sheffield, AL and Gingerbread Players at the Shoals Theatre in Florence, AL. She believes in arts education both in schools and through community theatre outreach. She is the current secretary for the Alabama Conference of Theatre.

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.

 

 

 

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Clayton Winters – College/University Division Chair

 

Clayton began his professional career in Kansas City and was privileged to work with great theaters’ like the American Heartland and Coterie. He studied at the University of Oklahoma and received his BFA in Theatre Performance before  attending Virginia Commonwealth University and where he received his MFA in Theatre Pedagogy with an emphasis in Theatrical Movement and Choreography.

Clayton directs, choreographs, and performs professionally as well as leads masterclasses and workshops on Musical Theatre Audition Techniques, Theatrical Movement, and Improvisation.

The training of musical theatre artists and future storytellers is very important to him and he believes the creative and educational process should be exciting, challenging, and collaborative.

“Collaboration is the key to Creativity.”

Regan McClung – College/University Vice-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.

 

Jeff Glass – Secondary Division Chair

 

Jeff is a graduate of Auburn University Montgomery, and he currently teaches Theater I, II, Musical Theatre and Technical Theatre at Wetumpka High School. Jeff was responsible for reviving a program at WHS that had been dormant for years and has taken many joys (and a few pains) in building the program. After being a “homeless”  troupe for 12 years, his students now perform on a brand new stage that Jeff has worked for years to secure.

 

Jeff has won 1st Place for One Act Plays at the Southern Literary Festival and was selected as the  Best Alabama Student Playwright at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival while at AUM.

 

Jeff worked in a competitive  internship at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival during his senior year. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. He is also the recipient of ABC News Golden Apple teaching award.

Jason Bozeman – Secondary Division Vice-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.

Terry Kelly – Community Division Chair

 

Terry is on the board of directors for the Auburn Area Community Theatre. Before moving to Opelika Terry was on the board for the Walker Independent Theatre. Terry has been involved in community theatre for 15 years.

Terry has a degree in Economics/Political Science from the University of Alabama and is employed by AT&T.

Tom Salter – Community Division Vice-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.

Jason Morgan – Theatre for Youth Division Chair

 

Jason Morgan is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. He holds a BLA in Theatre and has been acting and directing professionally since 2007.

His acting credits includes leading roles as Matt in The Fantasticks, Jack in Into the Woods. Barnaby inHello Dolly!, Ambrose in Hello Dolly!, and Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank.

When not on the stage, Jason can be found directing and stage managing. He has directed such productions as James and the Giant PeachThe Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, A Christmas Carol, and The Wizard of Oz.

When not under contract or touring, Jason can be found teaching acting classes in Montgomery with The Cloverdale Playhouse.

Recently, Jason has had the honor of working with two theatre companies ( Birmingham Children’s Theatre and The National Theatre for Children) listed inbackstage.com‘s article “12 Touring Theater Companies That Make a Difference.”

Cheryl Pointer Jones – Theatre For Youth 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.

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.