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Board Member Nominations for 2020

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Board Member-at-Large Nominations

The AACT Nominating Committee puts into nomination for Board Member-at-Large the following individuals:

Emily Anderson          Michigan, Region III
Photo of Emily AndersonEmily is a graduate of Central Michigan University, with a degree in Interpersonal and Public Communications. She began acting in community theatre when she was 14 years old, and never stopped, having performed in almost 40 productions. In addition to acting, she has volunteered as a director, stage manager, props chair, and dresser for Center Stage Theatre at Midland Center for the Arts, in Midland, Michigan. Emily was employed for six years as the Communications Coordinator, and later the Managing Director, for Center Stage Theatre, where she revitalized the theatre's involvement with AACT. In 2011, Emily chaired the Michigan AACTFest, and acted in Center Stage’s production of Urinetown, which went on to win second place at the national festival. Since that experience, she has found a second family with AACT, and has chaired a Region III festival, and served on the Board as a Member-at-Large, as well as on the Communications Team and Festival Committee. Emily lives in Midland with her fiancé, Jason, and her two sons, Liam and Kellan.

Chad-Alan Carr          Pennsylvania, Region II
Photo of Chad-Alan CarrOriginally from Texas, Chad-Alan is the Founding Executive/Artistic Director for Gettysburg Community Theatre, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He received his formal training in the BFA Musical Theatre Program at Sam Houston State University, where he was later awarded the Distinguished Theatre Alumni Award for Achievement in Professional Theatre. Chad-Alan had the honor of serving as Chair of the first-ever AACT National Youth Festival at AACTFest 2017, in Rochester, Minnesota, and again at AACTFest 2019 in Gettysburg. He directed the Eastern states regional premiere of The Penguin Project (theatre for youth with special needs), and chartered the International Thespian Troupe #7640 for Gettysburg Area High School. He has also served as a board member for the Pennsylvania Association of Community Theatres, Eastern States Theatre Association, and AACT. Chad-Alan is now seeing his life-long dream come true with the creation of Gettysburg Community Theatre, currently in its 12th season. He firmly believes that theatre changes lives, and is, “beyond humbled and honored to be sharing the joy of theatre through AACT and all it has to offer.”

Michael Cochran        Kentucky, Region IVa
Photo of Michael CochranMichael Cochran is the Executive Director of the Market House Theatre (MHT) in Paducah, Kentucky. He has worked for MHT since 1983, and has served as its Executive Director since 1996. Michael graduated from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater with a B.A. in Theatre, and then attended University of Alabama and Southern Illinois University (SIU) at Carbondale for graduate school, getting his MFA degree in theatre from SIU. He has worked professionally in administration, directing, and scenic and lighting design. He has directed and designed hundreds of productions during his career. His play Eternity was selected as a winner in the 2018 AACT NewPlayFest. Michael has also served in multiple roles with Kentucky theatre and arts boards. He is married to April Cochran, who serves as Education Director at MHT, and has a daughter, Jade.

Allen Ebert          Wisconsin, Region III
Photo of Alan EbertAllen is the Executive Director at Children’s Theater of Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. He is also a proud veteran of the U.S. Army; whose Army Community Theatre provides soldiers and family members an opportunity to participate in and experience theatre. It is where he learned many skills and formed lifelong relationships—and put him on the path to become a theater professional, including a degree in theater and drama from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His company, Children’s Theater of Madison (CTM), is a resident company of Madison’s Overture Center for Performing Arts, and a member of Theatre for Young Audiences/USA. Ebert previously served as Executive Director of La Crosse Community Theatre, and spent three years in Vicenza, Italy, as the Entertainment Director of Soldiers’ Theatre, an Army Community Theatre. He has served on the Wisconsin Association of Community Theatre board of directors, including as president. Over the past 23 years, Ebert has directed, performed, adjudicated, and conducted workshops at state, regional, and national community theatres. He also directs and performs in the Madison area.

Kristi Quinn                Nebraska, Region V
Kristi QuinnKristi has been active in community theatre for over 20 years. A current member of the AACT Board of Directors and Festival Commission, Kristi previously served for six years as the Region V Representative on the AACT Board. She has also been a member of AACT’s  Advocacy, Workshops, Marketing, Oral History, Festival Adjudication, Awards, and Membership Committees. Kristi completed the AACT Adjudication Workshop, and has since adjudicated several festivals, including regional and national festivals. She currently chairs AACT’s Endowment and NewPlayFest Committees. Kristi serves as artistic director for Warrior Theatre in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, and leads the theatre and speech programs at the Sergeant Bluff-Luton Community Schools. She participated as a core committee member and chair of several state and regional festivals, which were held at the Sioux City Community Theatre. Her theatre experience includes acting, directing, set decoration, and costume design, as well as public relations, grant writing, and development. She has been employed as executive director of the Sioux City Community Theatre and as development director of the Sioux City Art Center. Kristi resides in Dakota City, Nebraska.

Jennifer Van Bruggen-Hamilton       Oregon, Region IX
Photo of Jennifer HamiltonJennifer served as the Education Director for Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy from 2002 to 2014, where she directed over 50 Youth and Theatre for Young Audiences productions, created curriculum for after-school theatre classes, created and managed summer camps, and provided theatre-based outreach programming for area schools. She received her Master’s Degree in Theatre from the University of Kansas, where she also taught both Improvisation and Introduction to Theatre classes, and directed for the University Theatre. Jennifer currently teaches after-school theatre classes in Newport, Oregon. She has also developed day programs for non-school days, and conducted a summer camp for K-2 graders, as well as administering a storytelling program in the schools, that visits every kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade classroom in the district. Jennifer has twice facilitated AACT’s Education Director's Conference. She also created and facilitated AACT’s Youth Leadership Conferences in 2017 and 2019, and currently serves on the Education and Youth Activities Committees. Jennifer and her husband reside in Toledo, Oregon, with their two young children. She serves on the Board of a local AACT member theatre, The Porthole Players, and is slated to direct Miracle on 34th Street for them this fall.

Jim Walker     South Dakota, Region V
Photo of Jim WalkerJim Walker, Artistic/Managing Director of Aberdeen Community Theatre in South Dakota, is a 40-year actor, director, designer, adjudicator, and theatrical consultant. A charter member of AACT, Jim currently serves as Vice President for Festivals. He has also served as President of the Aberdeen Area Arts Council, the South Dakota Theatre Association, and the Aberdeen Convention and Visitors Bureau, and currently serves on the South Dakota Arts Council. Jim designed a majority of the 100+ productions he has directed, and has received numerous acting, directing, and design awards. He directed Honk! in 2007 and How to Talk Minnesotan: The Musical in 2009, both advancing to national festivals. Honk! also represented the United States at the International Festival in Toyama, Japan in 2008. Jim served as AACT Region V representative for six years, and is currently an AACT board member at-large, serving on the Audit Committee, as vice-chair of the International Committee and Festivals Committee, and as Vice President for Festivals. He was recognized as an AACT fellow in 2015.


Officer Nominations

The Nominating Committee recommends the following slate of officers for the 2020 election:

President        Chris Serface  Washington, Region IX
Photo of Chris SerfaceChris has been the Managing Artistic Director of Tacoma Little Theatre (TLT) since 2013. During those seven years, he has paid off the company’s previous debts, purchased a second workspace, rebuilt community relationships, and restored financial control. TLT now operates in the black, and has much to celebrate in its 102nd year. Chris grew up in the community theatre world, and at the age of 16 was the youngest board member of Capital Playhouse in Olympia, Washington. His professional experience includes District Manager for Hollywood Video (Utah, Arizona, California, and Washington), managing 18 retail locations. He also served as Company Manager for Capital Playhouse, where he implemented and developed a human resources program, oversaw the reorganization of their accounting practices, developed a community outreach program, oversaw profit & loss management, and ensured patron retention. In his five years as the Director of Education at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, he created a year-round curriculum and grew the program exponentially. He currently sits on the board of the Washington State Community Theatre Association as its Secretary, and as a member of the AACT Board of Directors.

Executive Vice President       Sara Phoenix  Oklahoma, Region VI
Photo of Sara PhoenixSara serves as Artistic Director for Theatre Tulsa, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has directed and/or choreographed more than 100 productions for various theatres and schools during her 20-year career. Sara holds a BFA in theatre from the University of Oklahoma, and is a certified theatre educator, workshop presenter, and adjudicator, as well as founder of Theatre Tulsa’s youth education program. Sara has both performed in and directed award-winning productions at AACTFest national festivals, including John and Jen in 2009 and Over the River and Through the Woods in 2001. She has twice had the opportunity to travel to Germany to perform at the USAEF Festival. Since 2009, Sara has been a member of several AACT committees, including Workshops, NewPlayFest, and Festival Adjudication, and has served as chair of both the Education and Strategic Planning Committees. She was a co-facilitator of AACT’s Youth Summit in 2015, and helped initiate the Youth Conference and Youth Festivals. She currently serves on the AACT Board as the Executive Vice-President. In her free time, Sara enjoys spending time with her nine-year-old twins.

Vice President-Festivals        Jim Walker                 South Dakota, Region V
Photo of Jim WalkerJim Walker, Artistic/Managing Director of Aberdeen Community Theatre in South Dakota, is a 40-year actor, director, designer, adjudicator, and theatrical consultant. A charter member of AACT, Jim currently serves as Vice President for Festivals. He has also served as President of the Aberdeen Area Arts Council, the South Dakota Theatre Association, and the Aberdeen Convention and Visitors Bureau, and currently serves on the South Dakota Arts Council. Jim designed a majority of the 100+ productions he has directed, and has received numerous acting, directing, and design awards. He directed Honk! in 2007 and How to Talk Minnesotan: The Musical in 2009, both advancing to national festivals. Honk! also represented the United States at the International Festival in Toyama, Japan in 2008. Jim served as AACT Region V representative for six years, and is currently an AACT board member at-large, serving on the Audit Committee, as vice-chair of the International Committee and Festivals Committee, and as Vice President for Festivals. He was recognized as an AACT fellow in 2015.

Treasurer        Michael D. Fox            Utah, Region VII
Photo of Michael FoxMichael began his theatre career at StageStop Theatre and at Bear River High School in northern Utah. He attended Southern Utah University (home of the Tony-award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival) on a performance scholarship, then earned his BS in business finance from University of Phoenix. He has used his talents as an accompanist, choreographer, director, singing dancer (“totally different from dancing singer…right!?”), light board operator, sound engineer, and stage manager at multiple venues. He currently uses these experiences, and his degree, as Chief Operations Officer for Hale Centre Theatre in Salt Lake City, where he has worked for 18 years. He has also served as President of Intermountain Ticketing Professionals (the Utah branch of INTIX), and serves currently as Treasurer for AACT. He was named one of 30 Professionals of the Year by Musical America in 2014. He has a beautiful wife of 24 years that cares for him and their puppy, Bear. He is a major foodie, loves to sit at the piano and sing with his wife, and loves any form of great dialog.

Secretary        Frank Peot      Wisconsin, Region III
Photo of Frank PeotFrank has been involved with AACT since its beginning. He has served on numerous committees including Membership, Convention Planning, Festival Commission, International, History, Elections, and Archives. He currently serves as Secretary to both the Board of Directors and the Endowment Trustees, as well as being a member of AACT’s International Committee and Strategic Planning Task Force. Frank has represented AACT at the International Amateur Theatre Association Congress and Festivals, and has served on the boards of his local, state, and regional community theatre associations. He is currently a Member-at-Large for the Sun Prairie Civic Theatre Board of Directors. Frank has extensive experience as an adjudicator, director, writer, and designer. For his many accomplishments, AACT honored him with its Special Recognition Award and Art Cole Award, and has designated him an AACT Fellow. Frank is a retired Sun Prairie school teacher.

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