Slate of Officers

2019-2020 SETC Executive Committee

The 2019-2020 Slate of Officers will be voted on at the Annual Business Meeting at the 2019 SETC Convention.

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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. 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.

Vice President of Administration: 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. 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, 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 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: 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. Rebecca has had the pleasure to work closely for and with professional companies such as Spoleto, Goodspeed Musicals and Magnum Productions. Currently she is the Lead Sales Associate with Barbizon Lighting Atlanta where she works closely with the Southeastern theatrical community to provide product, support, and knowledge. Rebecca’s current personal artistic endeavors include the opening of an arts and movement studio, Metropolitan Studios in Atlanta and working closely with the vintage arts community producing shows that showcase Burlesque and variety entertainment.

Elected Past President: 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: TBA

Vice President of Divisions: TBA

Nominations Committee

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.

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Tiza Garland (Chair)

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Paul Crook

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Lance Culpepper

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Marci Duncan

UWF Assistant Professor of Acting Marci Duncan is an accomplished director and SAG-AFTRA actress who holds multiple credits in stage, film, commercial and television drama. Duncan is the founder of Artists at Play which offers a place where artists can “discover and nurture the artist within” through coaching and technique classes. Duncan currently serves as chair for SETC’s Auditions Committee and as a board member and the vice president for the Florida Theatre Conference. She has also been named a Feeder Fellow of the University of Florida Department of Theatre. Duncan holds a BS in Theatre from Florida A&M and an MFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Florida.

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Neno Russell

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