Southeastern Theatre Conference Proposed Bylaws Changes
The following Bylaw Changes will be presented for a Vote at the Annual SETC Business Meeting on March 8, 2014 at the Riverview Bon Secour Ballroom at 3:30PM
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Southeastern Theatre Conference Elections
The following individuals have been selected for the slate of 2014-2015 SETC Officers.
The vote will be held 2:30pm, Saturday, March 8, 2014 in the Bon Secour Ballroom in the Riverview Hotel.
President: Jack Benjamin
Jack Benjamin is Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and Executive Director of the Etherredge Center at the University of South Carolina Aiken. He has directed over 70 productions while at USCA and has directed over 150 productions since graduating from college. Prior to coming to Aiken Jack taught in Dallas Texas and also served as a lighting and scenic designer for several professional theatres throughout the United States. In 2002, Jack received the John F. Kennedy Center Medallion for his work in educational theatre. In November of 2004 he received the Founders Award (the highest award given to a South Carolinian) from the South Carolina Theatre Association. In March 2006 he received the Suzanne Davis Memorial Award for Distinguished service from the Southeastern Theatre Conference.
Administrative Vice-President: Steve Bayless
Steve Bayless currently serves as the Administrative Vice President of SETC. He is retired from the Pinellas County School system after 38 years teaching music and music theatre at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, FL. He was selected as the Pinellas County Teacher of the Year in 1995 and has served two terms as President of the Pinellas County Music Educators. He served as State Representative for Florida (5 years), on ExCom as State Rep Representative (3 years), on the Florida Theatre Conference Board of Directors, and as Co-Chair of both the Florida Theatre Conference and the SETC Transfer/Undergraduate Auditions committees.
Programming Vice-President: Tiza Garland
Tiza Garland is an Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Florida where she teaches Movement for the Actor, Stage Combat, Period Styles Movement, and Dialects. Tiza 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 is Past-Chair of the Movement Committee of the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), a member of ATME (Association of Theatre Movement Educators and VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association). Tiza received her MFA in theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Fine Arts at Texas Tech University.
Treasurer: Duke Guthrie
Duke Guthrie is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Valdosta State University and Managing Director of Peach State Summer Theatre. Duke is the proud recipient of VSU’s 2010 Faculty Excellence Award for Service. Duke has served as chair of Southeastern Theatre Conference’s Endowment Committee and served on the Finance Committee. A past president of Georgia Theatre Conference, Duke was Georgia's representative to the SETC Board of Directors for a number of years. Duke is the proud recipient of GTC's Leighton Ballew Award for Distinguished Service to Theatre in Georgia. Before joining the VSU faculty, Duke worked for a NYC-based general management firm specializing in tours. There, he worked with Chita Rivera, Sir Ian McKellen, Gavin Creel.
Secretary: Adanma Barton
Adanma Onyedike Barton is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Berea College in Kentucky. Founded in 1855, Berea College is the first interracial/coeducational college in the South where all students that attend do so tuition free. Adanma teaches Acting, Feminist Solo Performance, Contemporary African-American Theatre History, and General Education courses. A member of the Kentucky Theatre Association (KTA) since 2010, Adanma currently serves as the Vice President. Adanma is also a member of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Black Theatre Network (BTN), Alpha Psi Omega (APO), and the Appalachian Studies Association (ASA). Adanma has also served the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) as the past Chair for the Cultural Diversity, member of Finance Committee, and member of the Endowment Committee.
Past-President: David Wohl
David Wohl is Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. He holds the Ph.D. in Theatre from Kent State University, a M.A. in Dramatic Arts from University of Connecticut and a B.A. in Psychology from Clark University. Wohl previously served as President and Treasurer of SETC between1994-1997 and has chaired the Finance Committee for several years. He was the recipient of the Suzanne Davis award in 2001 and served as Artistic Director of the Charleston (WV) Stage Company for nineteen 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. In 2006, he received the “Lifetime Achievement” arts award from former West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin. And, yes, he did attend the original Woodstock Music Festival in 1969.
The Nominations Committee members, led by the Chair, identify, encourage and contact possible candidates for next years offices. The committee meets during the Fall Business Meeting and presents a slate of officers to the membership during the March convention.
Nominations Chair: Chris Rich
Chris Rich is Lighting, Scenic and Sound Designer for Troy University. His design work has received national recognition in lighting and sound and regional recognition for scene design from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Chris is fortunate to work with Southeastern Theatre Conference and the Alabama Conference of Theatre helping to grow theatre in our region. Chris and his wife Sara Dismukes, co-direct Studio 116, art + music + community, to promote Alabama arts, artists and musicians in Brundidge, Alabama.
Tom Booth is from Wren, MS, and got his start more than 25 years ago in a local community theatre. Tom has degrees in Education and Accounting and has been the Executive Director for Tupelo Community Theatre for the past 8 years. Tom has been active in the Mississippi Theatre Association since 2000 and served as treasurer, vice-president, and president. Tom has directed some of the most successful productions at TCT including Gypsy, Honky Tonk Angels, All Shook Up, 42nd Street, and Annie Get Your Gun. He has also directed three productions over the last 10 years which have won the Mississippi Community Theatre Festival, and the 2004 production of Bel Canto was a winner at SETC. At SETC Tom has served on the Endowment and Finance Committees, as the Mississippi State Representative, and is currently a member of SETC Strategic Planning Task Force. Tom is past president of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, a member of the Tupelo Rotary Club, and is active in his church and enjoys traveling, exercising, and time with his family.
Chip Egan is dean emeritus of Clemson University’s College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Theatre Emeritus and a recipient of the Clemson Class of ‘39 Award for Excellence. He has been a member of SETC since 1979 and has served in a variety of capacities including five years as chair of the New Play Project and chair of such other committees as Playwriting, Convention Program, Endowment and Personnel Advisory. He served as SETC president in 1996 and was awarded the Suzanne M. Davis Award in 2000. He is a frequent actor/director for such Southeastern theatres as the Warehouse Theatre and the South Carolina Repertory Company.
Kristy Meanor serves as the executive director of the Wetumpka Depot Players. An award winning actor, director and scenic designer, she has been affiliated with the Depot Players since 1984. Her role as executive director includes fundraising and cultivating volunteerism and community outreach opportunities. She has served in leadership roles with Alabama Conference on Theatre and Southeastern Theatre Conference. Performance opportunities have included Rosemary (Picnic), Sister Amnesia (Nunsense), and Willie May (The Sugar Bean Sisters), Dotty/Mrs. Clackett (Noises Off) and Melissa (Love Letters). Her directing projects include The Fantasticks, Big River, Radio Gals and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. When not directing, performing or building a set she enjoys teaching piano. Kristy is a past recipient of the Alabama Conference on Theatre’s Marian Galloway Award for her contribution to theatre in Alabama.
Amie Kisling is the Associate Education Director at Lexington Children’s Theatre. With a passion for arts integration, directing, and teaching Amie has had the honor of working with dynamic artists at Polka Theatre for Youth (London), The Orlando Repertory Theatre and Metro Theatre Company (St.Louis). Amie graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a BA in Theatre, BME in Music Education, as well as a Minor in dance. She earned her MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences from the University of Central Florida. Amie serves as the Theatre for Youth Division Chair for The Southeastern Theatre Conference and is a member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education and TYA/USA.
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 Programming Vice-President's 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 Administrative Vice-President 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 Treasurer 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.