President: Maegan McNerney Azar
Maegan McNerney Azar is the Associate Professor of Acting & Directing and Chair of Theatre Arts 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. 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. She has served SETC as Vice President of Administration, Secretary, Vice Chair of College & University Division, and on the Strategic Planning Committee (Chair), Hall of Fame Task Force, Succession Planning Task Force, and Screening Auditions Task Force. Maegan is also a co-founder of the SETC Women in Theatre Interest Group.
Vice President of Services: Lee Crouse
Lee Crouse is an Associate Professor of Theatre at The Mississippi University for Women. In addition to SETC, he serves as the Immediate Past President of the Mississippi Theatre Association and the Mississippi/SETC Professional Screening Auditions Coordinator. Past service to SETC includes Strategic Planning committee, Vice-President of States, Mississippi State Representative, the Screening Auditions Task Force, the IOT Task Force, and Chair and Vice-Chair of the Stage Movement Committee. He is a proud Associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Elected Past 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 Finance: Jonathan R. Michaelsen
Jonathan R. Michaelsen served as chair of the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance at Indiana University from 2004 to 2018. He is producing artistic director of both the Indiana University Summer Theatre and Premiere Musicals: Developing New Works at Indiana University. Before coming to Indiana University Michaelsen was Associate Dean for Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Alabama. He created a professional theatre company for the University of Alabama, SummerTide, and directed its inaugural production. Active in the Southeastern Theatre Conference since 1991, he served for a number of years on the executive committee and as president from 2003-2004. In 2018 Michaelsen was inducted to SETC’s Hall of Fame. Michaelsen has been awarded a number of grants including funding to develop theatre curriculum for secondary school educators and he received a Druid Arts Educator of the Year Award. Michaelsen also received a State of Alabama arts award for his contributions to theatre. Professor Michaelsen currently serves on Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Theatre and frequently chairs accreditation visiting teams to Colleges and Universities around the country.
Secretary: Ginger Poole
Ginger Poole has served SETC as the Vice-chair of SETC Professional Theatre Division and as a member of the SETC Finance Committee. She is currently the producing Artistic Director of Mill Mountain Theatre and a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and an Associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Union. She has studied, taught, choreographed, and performed throughout the U.S. Originally from Atlanta, she has worked with the N.F.L. and The Atlanta Falcons as their director and choreographer. She has shared the stage with Smokey Robinson, Charlie Daniels, Travis Tritt, Randy Travis and the B-52’s. Prior to coming to Mill Mountain Theatre, she was based out of North Carolina where she has worked with Flat Rock Playhouse, the State Theatre of North Carolina, in over 25 productions. She was a part of the education program at Flat Rock Playhouse for 5 years where she taught for their Apprentice Companies and their Conservatory Program in Acting, Dance, and Musical Theatre. Ginger has taught at The University of Southern Mississippi, Western Carolina University, William Carey College, Mississippi University for Women, and currently teaches at Hollins University. Ginger holds her M.F.A. in Acting Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi and continues to teach acting and dance.
Vice President of Administration: Jack Benjamin
Jack Benjamin recently retired after 32 years at the University of South Carolina Aiken and is Professor Emeritus. While at USC Aiken he directed over 75 productions and has directed over 150 productions since graduating from college. Prior to coming to Aiken, Jack taught in Dallas, TX and also served as a lighting and scenic designer for several professional theatres throughout the U.S. In 2017, Jack was inducted into the South Carolina Theatre Association Hall of Fame. In March 2006 he received the Suzanne Davis Memorial Award. In 2004 he received the Founders Award (the highest award given to a South Carolinian) from the South Carolina Theatre Association. In 2002, Jack received the John F. Kennedy Center Medallion for his work in educational theatre. Jack has served as President of SETC for four terms and has held many other offices and chairmanships during his 32-year association with the organization.
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.
Alabama: Lonny Harrison
Florida: Marci Duncan
Kentucky: Jeremy Kisling
Mississippi: Kathy Newman
North Carolina: Mia Self
South Carolina: Kris Rau McIntyre
Tennessee: Rex Knowles
Virginia: Kevin Covert
West Virginia: T. Fulton Burns
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.
Tiza Garland (Chair)
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.