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 Administration: Kris Rau McIntyre
Kris Rau McIntyre has been with the Coastal Carolina University Theatre Department since 2002, where she is the coordinator of the Bachelor of Arts program. She most recently served as the SETC VP of States from 2018-2021, was the SC State Rep from 2015-2021, and has enjoyed many years of being the Auditions Coordinator for professional and high school auditions in South Carolina. Kris has worked in theatre professionally since 1998, as a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. 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, which is where she met her husband Marc when they were both cast in Agatha Christie’s Murder at the Vicarage. Kris went on to receive her Meisner Technique teaching certification for her training with Larry Silverberg, and is a Yoga Alliance Board certified yoga instructor.
Vice President of Services: Neno Russell
Neno Russell teaches draping and patternmaking classes, Introduction to Public Speaking and Fundamentals of Design. Broadway Credits include: Flying over Sunset, Amazing Grace, Finian’s Rainbow, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Footloose, Bring in da’ Noise Bring in da’ Funk, and The Rose Tattoo. National and International Tours: Footloose, 4 companies of Come From Away. Film, TV, and Commercials: Emperor, Loving, Good Lord Bird, 2 seasons of Mercy Street, 4 seasons of Turn: Washington’s Spies, more than 70 national commercials for brands such as MTV, VH1, Journeys, Thomasville, Petsmart, NFL Films, The History Channel and Old Navy, and designed 7 documentaries for the History Channel. Recent regional work includes: Ford’s Theatre- Guys and Dolls, Christmas Carol, and Into the Woods. Cleveland Playhouse- The Royale. He received an MFA in costume technology from Florida State University, and a BS in speech and theatre from Middle Tennessee State University.
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 Equity & Inclusion: Adanma Onyedike Barton
Adanma Onyedike Barton is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Berea College in Kentucky. All students who are accepted to Berea College pay NO tuition and we are one of seven Labor colleges in the United States. Prof. Barton obtained her M.F.A. at Virginia Commonwealth University and specializes in Theatre pedagogy with an emphasis in Acting, Solo Performance, and African American Theatre. Adanma was proudly the first Black female President of the Kentucky Theatre Association. With SETC, Adanma has served as Chair of Cultural Diversity committee, Executive Committee Secretary, and is now very pleased to move into the important new role of Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion!
Vice President of Divisions: Lynn Nelson
Lynn Nelson has been active in theater since she played the part of a spoon in her third grade play about manners. The bug bit really hard and she remained active in theatre throughout high school and college. Her theatre career continued when her high school drama teacher cast her in a role at Tupelo Community Theatre in 1984, where she has been active since. At TCT she serves as a board member, directs, works backstage, and serves as publicity chair. Lynn is also active with Mississippi Theatre Association and AACT. She currently serves as Region IV Rep on the Board of AACT and was recently inducted into AACT Fellows. She travels across the country serving as an adjudicator for theatre festivals. At SETC she has served as Community Theatre chair, Divisions Chair, Secretary on the Executive Committee, and member of the Personnel Committee. She works as a Human Resources professional and lends her HR knowledge to both SETC and AACT.
Vice President of States: Jeremy Kisling
Jeremy Kisling has taught, directed, and performed for young people for over 30 years. He is the Producing Artistic Director at Lexington Children’s Theatre. He received his B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Northern Iowa and his M.F.A. in Drama and Theatre for Youth from the University of Texas at Austin. Jeremy is a part-time instructor at the University of Kentucky. He authored stage versions of Why Mosquitoes Buzz, Anansi the Spider and The Princess Who Lost her Hair. He was the recipient of the 2017 Sara Spencer Child Drama Award and the 2019 Tom Behm Award from the Southeastern Theatre Conference. He is a proud graduate of Leadership Lexington in 2019. He is honored to share his life with Amie Kisling his wife and his wonderful son, Leo.
Community Theatre Division Chair (elected in 2021) — Lynn Nelson
Professional Theatre Division Chair(elected in 2021) – Mark Catlett
College and University Division Chair (elected in 2020) — Kevin Kern
Theatre for Youth Division Chair (elected in 2020) — Laura Byland
Secondary School Division Chair (elected in 2020) — Elaine Malone
Alabama: Lonny Harrison
Florida: Marci Duncan
Georgia: Ian Andersen
Kentucky: Jeremy Kisling
Mississippi: Kathy Newman
North Carolina: Mia Self
South Carolina: Kris Rau McIntyre
Tennessee: Rex Knowles
Virginia: Mike Hudson
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.
Johannah Maynard Edwards
TBA (Ex Officio)
Roles and Responsibilities 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.