President: Jeff Gibson
Jeff Gibson has served SETC through service as Vice President of Administration, membership on the Finance Committee, and developer and reviewer for SETC’s grant program for professional theatre companies. He also initiated 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 Services: Lee Crouse
Lee Crouse is an Associate Professor of Theatre at The Mississippi University for Women. He received his MFA in Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. Currently, Lee is the immediate Past President of the Mississippi Theatre Association, the MS Screening Auditions Coordinator, and is completing his third year as the MTA State Representative to SETC. Past service to SETC includes Vice-President of States, the Screening Auditions Task force, the IOT Task Force, and Chair and Vice-Chair of the Stage Movement Committee.
Vice President of Administration: Maegan 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.
Vice President of Finance: David Wohl
David Wohl holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from Kent State University and recently retired from Winthrop University where he is Dean and Professor Emeritus. He was SETC’s Treasurer from 1994 to 1996 and President in 1997-1998. Most recently, he served as Elected Past President and Vice President of Finance and completed his seventh (non-consecutive) term on SETC’s Executive Committee. 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: Rebecca Beasley
In addition to Rebecca’s work as Secretary, she is also a member of the Endowment and Strategic Planning Committees with SETC. She holds an MA from Austin Peay State University in Communications and Theatre. Prior to her transition into sales she spent time working for the Spoleto Festival and Goodspeed Musicals as a theatrical electrician. Rebecca is currently the Lead Sales Associate with Barbizon Lighting Atlanta where she works closely with the Southeastern theatrical community to provide product, support, and knowledge. Her current personal artistic endeavors include the opening of an arts and movement studio in the Metro Atlanta Area, Metropolitan Studios in 2016.
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: Kris Rau McIntyre
Kris Rau McIntyre has been with the Coastal Carolina University Theatre Department since 2002, where she also works as the Assistant Director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. She also loves contributing to the greater community of theatre through her work as the South Carolina State Rep and Professional Screening Auditions Coordinator on the boards of the South Carolina Theatre Association and the Southeastern Theatre Conference. Kris has worked in theatre professionally for 19 years as a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, and is a founding company member of Atlantic Stage in Myrtle Beach. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting in 2001, after earning her Bachelor of Arts in Communication/Theatre from North Carolina State University in 1998.
Vice President of Divisions: Tom Booth
Theatre for Tom Booth began when cast in Life with Father at Amory Community Theatre and he has never been the same. Executive Director of Tupelo Community Theatre since 2002, Tom has served in leadership positions at the state, regional and national levels as President of the Mississippi Theatre Association: Treasurer, State Representative and Community Theatre Division Chair with SETC, and on the adjudication and finance committees for the American Association of Community Theatres. Active in his community he has served as president of the Rotary Club of Tupelo and the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association. He has directed eight Best Production shows at the Mississippi Theatre Association festival and three at Southeastern Theatre Conference and has won MTA’s Best Director twice. The 2015 production, Lone Star, advanced to the national AACTFest winning People’s Choice Best Production and Outstanding Scenic Design. He happily lives in Wren, MS with his chickens and sings in his church choir.
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.
Mary Fran Crook
Mary Fran Crook is an Associate Professor of Stage and Theatre Management in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Grambling State University in Grambling, LA. She received her MFA in Stage Management from the University of Alabama/Alabama Shakespeare Festival, after completing her BA in Dance at the University of Alabama. In addition to teaching at Grambling, Crook also directs for the University, including recent productions of A Lesson Before Dying, How I Learned to Drive, and Snoopy! The Musical. Professionally, Mary Fran has choreographed and stage managed for companies in Oklahoma, Arkansas and North Carolina. She and her husband, Paul, are the co-founders of the B&B Theatre in Ruston, LA, where she directed Oleanna, RFK and The Christmas Cabaret. For the past three summers she has had the privilege of returning “home” to Alabama as the Production Stage Manager for SummerTide Theatre. An active member of Southeastern Theatre (SETC), she is currently serving as Chair of the College/University Division (until March 2018) and selected as a member of the Nominations Committee.
Pat Gagliano is Chair of the Department of Arts and Communications at Newberry College, where he has taught since 1994. He received his BA 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, staying active in stage performance as well as adding experience and training in acting for film and television. He has attended SETC for over 25 consecutive years, collaborating with many colleagues for programming, and has served SETC in a leadership capacity for the past three years as Vice-President of Services. Previous Chair positions with SETC include: Acting/Directing Committee, College/University Division, Porterfield Graduate Scholarship Committee, and Scholarships Procedures Committee. Pat has also completed three previous terms on Nominations Committee. In his home state of South Carolina, Pat has served two professional organizations as host and officer. Pat looks forward to once again working with the Nominations Committee, and enjoys seeing 4500 of his closest friends attending the SETC Convention!
Tiza Garland (Chair)
Tiza Garland is an Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Florida where she is the Associate Director of 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) and a Certified Teacher with the National Michael Chekhov Association. 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. Tiza served as SETC President from 2016-2018. Her experience as a member of SETC’s Executive Committee also includes three terms as the SETC Vice President of Programming and two terms in the office of Secretary for SETC. Other past service to SETC includes serving as Chair of the Movement Committee for five years; as Chair of the Leighton Ballew Directing Scholarship Committee for two years; and on the Long Range Planning Committee and the Strategic Planning Focus Group. Tiza received her MFA in theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Fine Arts at Texas Tech University.
Jen Nelson Lane is a freelance AEA Stage Manager and teaching artist based in Montevallo, AL. Jen earned her MFA in Stage Management from the University of Alabama/Alabama Shakespeare Festival. She has been active in SETC since 1995 in many capacities, including job seeker, hiring company representative, state auditions coordinator, auditions staff and workshop presenter. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Montevallo and Samford University. Jen frequently works as a stage manager for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
Shannon Robert serves on the design faculty at Clemson University and is a proud member of USA 829. She received the M.F.A. in scene design from Florida State University and studied at the Moscow Art Theatre Conservatory in 1991. Shannon was director of theatre and head of design at William Carey University and serves as a member of the Hollins University M.F.A. Playwriting Faculty for design. Shannon served on the board of directors and executive committee of SETC, and as Mississippi State Rep, and recently served one term on the SCTA board. She served KCACTF as Region IV design chair, regional vice chair, and on national design committees.
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.