President: Tiza Garland
In addition to serving as current SETC President, Tiza Garland is an Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Florida where she is the Coordinator of the Performance Area in the School of Theatre and Dance. Tiza teaches Movement for the Actor, Stage Combat, Period Styles Movement and Dialects. She is a classically trained actor and has trained with the Dah Theatre in Belgrade; Serbia in Grotowski-based work; studied Meyerhold’s Biomechanics with Gennadi Bogdanov; and trained with the United Stuntmen’s Association in Seattle, WA. Tiza is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) of Laban Movement Analysis (LMA). She is also a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD), a Certified Teacher with the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat (BASSC), and a Senior Teacher with Dueling Arts International. She served as Chair of the Movement Committee of the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) for five years and Chair of the Leighton Ballew Scholarship Committee for two years. Other past service to SETC includes serving on the Long Range Planning Committee and the Strategic Planning Focus Group. Her experience as a member of SETC’s Executive committee includes two terms as the SETC Vice President of Programming and two terms in the office of Secretary for SETC. Tiza received her MFA in theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Fine Arts at Texas Tech University.
Vice President of Services: Pat Gagliano
The current Vice President of Services for SETC, Pat Gagliano is also Chair of the Department of Arts and Communications at Newberry College. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of South Florida, and his MFA from Florida State University. His Master’s work focused on Theatre directing, education, and management. Over the years, Pat has continued learning his craft, staying active in stage performance as well as adding experience and training in acting for film and television. He has attended SETC for more than 20 consecutive years, collaborating with many colleagues for programming, and has served SETC in a leadership capacity as Chair of Acting/Directing Committee, College/University Division, Porterfield Graduate Scholarship Committee, and Scholarships Procedures Committee. Pat has also served two state organizations as host and officer since his arrival in South Carolina in 1994. Pat looks forward to his second year as Vice-President of Services and enjoys the work with all those who attend our convention and serve SETC.
Vice President of Administration: Jeff Gibson
In addition to presenting numerous workshop sessions at Convention, Jeff Gibson has served SETC through membership on the Finance Committee as well as initiating the development of the Arts Management interest group. He is Chair of Theatre and Dance at Middle Tennessee State University where he teaches courses in arts management and stage management. Gibson is Past Chair of KCACTF Region IV and has served as Chair of the Theatre Division of the Tennessee Governors’ School for the Arts for several years. He is a former Assistant to the President of Watkins College of Art & Design in Nashville, TN. He received his MFA in Theatre Management from the University of Alabama and served as a management assistant at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
Vice President of Finance: David Wohl
David Wohl has served SETC as President in 1997, as Treasurer from 1994 to 1996, and as a chair and member of the Finance Committee for many years. He has served on the board as the Elected Past-President for the past two years, and he was the recipient of the Suzanne Davis award in 2001. He is currently the Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. He holds a PhD in Theatre from Kent State University, an MA in Dramatic Arts from University of Connecticut, and a BA in Psychology from Clark University. He was the Artistic Director of the Charleston (WV) Stage Company for 19 years. He was co-producer of the films Chillers, Invasion of the Space Preachers and Paradise Park (aka Heroes of the Heart) and received the “Mayors Award” for Individual Artist of the Year from the City of Charleston, WV, in 1999. He has directed, acted and produced over 200 theatre productions in various academic, professional and community theatres over the past six decades. Before moving to South Carolina, he taught at West Virginia State University from 1976 to 2010 and served the university in various capacities, including theatre director, professor, chair of the Department of Communications and Media Studies, and, for 23 years, as their Dean of Arts and Humanities. In 2006, he received the “Lifetime Achievement” arts award from former West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin.
Secretary: Maegan McNerney Azar
Maegan McNerney Azar is the Assistant Professor of Acting & Directing at Furman University in Greenville, SC. She received her BS in Theatre from East Tennessee State University and her MFA in Acting Pedagogy from The University of Alabama. Her specialties lie in Physical Storytelling, Musical Theatre, and Theatre for Young Audiences. She has trained with Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy; the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, England; and Paul Sills’ Wisconsin Theater Game Center. Prior to teaching at Furman, Maegan was the Education Director for the California Theatre Center. She currently serves SETC as Vice-Chair of the College and University Division and the Long-Range Planning Committee, and she is the President of South Carolina Theatre Association (SCTA). A member of SETC since 2001, Maegan’s career has developed in large part due to the organization’s constant presence in her professional and academic life – she found her grad school at SETC, she found her first full-time professional job at SETC, and she now helps her students further their careers and training at SETC.
Elected Past President: Alan Litsey
Alan Litsey is Chair and Professor of Theatre at Birmingham-Southern College (BSC). He is proud to have served SETC in a variety of roles, including two years as President. A playwright, his works have been presented in the southeast as well as at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. Alan’s play Nest of Angels premiered in March 2010 at the Plovdiv Drama Theatre in Bulgaria and last summer at South City Theatre in Pelham, AL. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. Alan Litsey has been named Outstanding Educator of the Year and 2016 Commencement Speaker at Birmingham-Southern College.
Vice President of States: Mike Hudson
Mike Hudson has been a high school teacher for the past 32 years. He has taught Theatre at Centreville High School, in Clifton, VA, for the last 22 years. He has been a member of the Virginia Theatre Association since 1992, serving as Secondary Chair and President of the organization. He enjoys utilizing mask work in the classroom and encourages his students to experience a well-rounded exposure to all aspects of the theater. His program currently supports four levels of Theatre arts and four levels of Technical Theatre study. He is pleased to represent the member states as the current VP of States on the SETC Executive Committee.
Vice President of Divisions: Amie Kisling
Amie Kisling is the director of the theatre program at Bryan Station High School in Lexington, KY. Before returning to high school, Amie spent four years as the Associate Education Director at Lexington Children’s Theatre after seven summers as the Lead Teaching Artist. She received her MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences at the University of Central Florida after receiving a BA in Theatre and a BME in Music Education at Eastern Kentucky University. Amie has had the honor of serving on the board of the Southeastern Theatre Conference for the past three years as the Theatre for Youth Division Chair, and she served as the Theatre for Youth Festival Coordinator from 2010-2012. Amie has worked as a teaching artist with Metro Theatre Company (St. Louis), The Orlando Repertory Theatre, Great Oaks Village Group Foster Care Facility, and Polka Theatre (London). When not creating art with young people, Amie enjoys time at home with her husband Jeremy and their son Leo.
College/University Theatre: Mary Fran Crook
Community Theatre: Kristy Meanor
Professional Theatre: Matt Davenport
Secondary School Theatre: Suzanne Allmon
Theatre for Youth: Amie Kisling
Alabama: Neil David Seibel
Florida: Donna White
Georgia: Dean Slusser
Kentucky: Jeremy Kisling
Mississippi: Lee Crouse
North Carolina: John E.R. Friedenberg
South Carolina: Kris Rau McIntyre
Tennessee: Rex Knowles
Virginia: Mike Hudson
West Virginia: Greg Mach
The Nominations Committee members, led by the Chair, identify, encourage and contact possible candidates for the next year’s offices. The committee meets during the Fall Business Meeting and presents a slate of officers to the membership during the March convention.
Lee Crouse is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at The Mississippi University for Women. He received his MFA in Performance at the University of Southern Mississippi. Currently, Lee is President of the Mississippi Theatre Association and serves as the State Representative to SETC. Past service to SETC includes Chair and Vice-Chair of the Stage Movement Committee.
Dewey Scott-Wiley is an Associate Professor of Theatre who heads up the performance curriculum at University of South Carolina Aiken. As a professional actor and director, Dewey has worked extensively up and down the east coast, from Off-Broadway to the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC, to the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, SC, and beyond. She is a long-time company member at Trustus Theatre in Columbia, SC, where she just served as Artistic Director for three seasons. Most recently at Trustus, she appeared as Barbara in August: Osage County, Margie in Good People, and Sonia in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Her latest Trustus directing credits include Godspell, Title of Show, Rent, Hair, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, and the World Premieres of Big City, The Velvet Weapon, Pine and The Palace of the Moorish Kings. Dewey has been recognized multiple times by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her achievements in Directing at USC Aiken, and she received the National Faculty Fellowship in directing in 2010. She is the coordinator of Directing Initiatives for KCACTF Region IV. Dewey served as Chair of the Professional Division for SETC for six years and was a member of the SETC Auditions Committee prior to that. She is a Past President of the South Carolina Theatre Association (SCTA). In 2013, Dewey received SCTA’s Founders Award, the highest award given to recognize contributions to theatre in South Carolina.
Susan Smith, from Rock Hill, SC, is currently serving a chair of the Community Theatre Division for the second time. She is a past president and current board member of the Rock Hill Community Theatre, has served as the president of the South Carolina Theatre Association and also served at the SC representative to the American Association of Community Theatre. Susan has also taught middle school theatre arts in North Carolina for close to 27 years and is currently teaching at Southwest Middle School in Charlotte. She has adjudicated both community theatre and secondary theatre festivals in NC, SC, TN and VA. She holds a B.A. in Music and in Dramatic Arts from Lynchburg College in VA, and an M.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Maine. She is a member of the Metrolina Theatre Association, the American Association of Community Theatre, the Educational Theatre Association, Alpha Psi Omega and is a life time member of the North Carolina Theatre Association.
Dennis is a Past President and former Secretary of SETC. He is continuing a 30-year-long gig at Glenville State College in West Virginia as a Professor of Communications. He was the founding chair of the Small Theatre Program Interest Group and Committee, and served on too many other committees to remember. He’s also Nancy’s husband and the proud father of Stephanie, a PhD candidate, and of Alex, a Master of History.
Roles and Responsibilites of Elected Officers
The President of SETC is, literally, the President of a non-profit corporation. He/she presides at all meetings of the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors and the membership and has the power and charge to appoint most of the organization’s committees and chairs. The President works closely with the SETC Executive Director in practically all aspects of SETC’s mission, including (but not limited to) oversight, governance, planning, finance and leadership. Desirable Skills: strong leadership skills, solid administrative and communication skills, knowledge of finance and strategic planning, strong knowledge of SETC’s history, goals, vision, and mission, and ability to work closely with diverse constituencies.
The Vice-President of Services’ central function is to work very closely with the Executive Director in planning the annual convention. Desirable Skills: strong administrative and communication skills, attention to detail as well as big picture vision, ability to meet deadlines, ability to plan as well as execute, ability to work closely with Central Office, knowledge of database management systems, computer proficiency, diplomacy.
The Vice-President of Administration supervises SETC’s Advisory Council which is comprised of all committee chairs, division chairs and liaisons. The AVP secures semiannual written reports prior to the fall Executive Commitee meeting and the annual convention. She/he also solicits all operation manuals and revisions for all committees, offices and divisions. Desirable Skills: strong administrative and communication skills, leadership skills, knowledge of the structure of SETC, consistent follow through, ability to meet deadlines.
The Secretary takes the minutes at all meetings of the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, the annual membership meeting at the convention and special membership meetings. Desirable Skills: strong administrative and communication skills, knowledge of meeting procedures, ability to transcribe from audio recordings, computer and typing proficiency, attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines.
The Vice-President of Finance works closely with the Chair of the Finance Committee and Executive Director and gives regular, accurate and complete financial information to the membership, the Executive Committee, and the Board of Directors. He/she serves as ex officio member, with vote, of the Finance Committee; and ex officio member, with vote, of the Endowment Fund Committee. Desirable Skills: Experience with Excel spreadsheets, budgets, audits, and investments.