2017-2018 SETC Board of Directors
The 2017-2018 Slate of Officers will be voted on at the Annual Business Meeting at the 2017 SETC Convention. Join us March 4, 2017, at the Lexington Convention Center to vote for your elected SETC Officers.
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President: Tiza Garland
Tiza Garland is an Associate Director of the University of Florida’s School of Theatre and Dance. She is also an Associate Professor of Acting, Movement, and Stage Combat. 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), 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. Tiza is also recognized as a Certified Teacher with the National Michael Chekhov Association.
Vice President of Services: Pat Gagliano
Pat Gagliano is Chair of the Department of Arts and Communications at Newberry College in South Carolina, where he has taught since 1994. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of South Florida, and his MFA from Florida State University. Over the years, Pat has stayed active in theatrical productions as director, actor, and producer, and has also had the opportunity to complete local film projects in South Carolina. Over his 25 consecutive years of attending SETC, Pat has collaborated with colleagues on programming, and has served in multiple leadership roles. He is proud to be part of the Executive Committee of SETC, doing his part to help fulfill our mission.
Vice President of Administration: Jeff Gibson
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, Chair of the Theatre Division of the Tennessee Governors’ School for the Arts, and a former chair of KCACTF Region IV. 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 holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from Kent State University and is currently the Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. He was SETC’s President in 1997-1998 and Treasurer from 1994 to 1996. Most recently, he served as Elected Past President and Vice President of Finance. He was the recipient of the Suzanne Davis award in 2001. He was the Artistic Director of the Charleston (WV) Stage Company for 19 years and co-produced the films Chillers, Invasion of the Space Preachers and Paradise Park. In 2006, he received the West Virginia Lifetime Achievement arts award from Governor Joe Manchin.
Secretary: Maegan McNerney Azar
Maegan McNerney Azar is the Associate 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. Specialties include Physical Storytelling, Musical Theatre, and Theatre for Young Audiences. She has trained with Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy; the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, England; and Paul Sills’ Wisconsin Theater Game Center. Prior to Furman, Maegan was the Education Director for the California Theatre Center. 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.
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 the Edinburgh Festival, Scotland. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. Alan Litsey was named Outstanding Educator of the Year and 2016 Commencement Speaker at Birmingham-Southern College.
Vice President of States: Lee Crouse
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.
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.
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.
Shawn Paul Evans
Shawn Paul Evans is the head of the Department of Theater, Dance, and Film Studies at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA. He is a scenic and lighting designer, a production manager and technical director. His research interests include: technology for theater management, video in performance, and Swedish Theater. He leads a study abroad trip every other year to Stockholm, extolling the marvels of Swedish Theater. His most recent design work includes lighting and video design for the new production of Unto to These Hills in Cherokee, NC. Shawn Paul works as a theater consultant for new and renovated theater spaces. He has spent the last 4 years being chair of the Stage management Committee for SETC.
Lynn Nelson is from Tupelo, MS and has been active in theater since she was in third grade. In high school she was active in Thespian Troupe 1949 and active in Delta Psi Omega drama honorary in college. Lynn works at North MS Medical Center in order to support her theater habit. She became active with Tupelo Community Theatre in 1984 and serves on its board of directors. At TCT she also directs, works backstage, edits the newsletter, and serves as emergency plumber on occasion. Lynn has also been active with Mississippi Theatre Association since 1992 and has served on its board with a term as Community Theatre Chair.
Esthere Strom is the Sales Manager for Barbizon Charlotte and Atlanta. She works closely with the sales staff to support the Theatrical community throughout their seven state territories. Esthere studied theater in NY at Buffalo State College and went on to hold the position of Head Electrician at George Street Play House, Cross Roads Theatre in NJ, and Lake George Opera in NY. She has also held positions at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and State University of NY at Purchase. Esthere also had the pleasure of working at Rosco Laboratories for many years.
Susan Cato-Chapman is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Fairmont State University in West Virginia. She holds an MFA from Florida Atlantic University and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Susan is a Certified Teacher of the Michael Chekhov Technique and serves as Assistant Teacher and Board Member of the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium. She continues to teach the technique to students, professors, and professional actors through classroom work and various workshops around the country. Susan is also currently in her second year of teacher training at Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies.