Andie Arthur, Executive Director
Kent Wilson (President), Freelance Theatre Technician and Consultant
Mary Damiano (Vice-President), Carbonell Awards and Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre
Susan Dierenfeldt-Troy (Secretary), Esq., Troy & Schwartz, LLC
Carlos Garrido (Treasurer), Sandler Training
Christopher Jahn, Broward Center for the Performing Arts/South Florida Theatre Scene
Dr. Alma Kadragic, Alcat Communications International
Carol Kassie, Freelance Theatrical Marketing Consultant
Nicole Stodard, Thinking Cap Theatre
Patricia Wakely Wolf, Actor and Playwright
Les Wharton, Coverall North America, Inc.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A BOARD MEMBER?
We’re always looking for new, motivated board members – both theatre professionals and theatre lovers. Board members are required to attend board meetings, serve on a committee, and donate to the League. Contact Andie Arthur at email@example.com for more information and an application.
STAFF AND BOARD BIOS
Andie Arthur is a playwright and theatre administrator. She is the executive director of the South Florida Theatre League, a co-founding Artistic Director of Lost Girls Theatre, a contributor to the nationally recognized theatre blog 2amtheatre, and teaches playwriting at the New World School of the Arts.
Mary Damiano (Vice-President) is managing director of the Carbonell Awards, the organization that recognizes excellence in regional theatre. She also serves on the Carbonell Awards’ judges’ panel, which decides nominations and votes on the winners. In addition to her role with the Carbonell Awards, Mary works at Florida Children’s Theatre and is a writer, editor, and theatre critic. Mary has been covering the South Florida arts scene since 2000 and has had more than 2,500 articles published in dozens of publications, including the Miami Herald, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, New Times, Project Destiny Magazine, The Express, South Florida Gay News, She Magazine, the Miami Sun Post, BroadwayWorld.com, MiamiARTzine.com, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com and on he own website, MaryDamiano.com. She is the founding editor of MiamiARTzine.com and creatively shepherded the online arts magazine through its first 100 issues. She wrote and delivered the arts report on the radio show Issues Over the Rainbow for three years. Mary also co-wrote the 2003 feature film, Hunting for Herschell. Originally from Jersey City, Mary’s love affair with theatre began when she saw her first show at the Paper Mill Playhouse on a school field trip. In 2005 she worked at the historic Coconut Grove Playhouse as the public relations and marketing coordinator. She has written several short plays that have been seen in staged readings and her play, Word Count, kicked off the staged reading series of the South Florida Theatre Festival in 2013.
Susan Dierenfeldt-Troy (Secretary) is a Miami-based attorney who practices intellectual property law and business law. She is also an instructor at Miami-Dade College’s Continuing Education Department where she teaches a course on risk management in starting and growing a business. She is honored to serve on the SFTL board and is particularly interested in assisting the board in developing educational programs for its members.
Carlos Garrido (Treasurer) is the founder of Sandler Training Miami. His award winning firm provides Coaching, Consulting, Training and Speaking on the Behaviors, Attitudes and Techniques needed to be more successful in Sales, Management and Leadership.Before founding the Miami Sandler training business, Carlos was Senior Director for Business Development at AstraZenecal eading global business development activities. Prior to this, Carlos worked for various investment banking groups as deal lead and lead negotiator on behalf of clients in many industries. Carlos has extensive expertise in business development, corporate finance, deal structuring and investment banking.Carlos is available for speaking engagements, keynotes, talks, seminars, workshops and meeting facilitation.
Christopher Jahn began his South Florida theatrical career in 1986 when he joined the resident company of The Actors’ Repertory Company. For the next few years, he appeared at several theaters across Palm Beach County, and still works as an actor, dubbing movies and telenovellas for several studios. He quickly added set design to his resume, and eventually started to pursue a more technically oriented career at the Burt Reynolds Jupiter Dinner Theatre, and soon joined the stage management team at Florida Stage back when it was still The Theatre Club of the Palm Beaches. In 1994 he joined the staff of the Jupiter Theatre as Master Carpenter, becoming Technical Director for its final two productions in 1996. He joined the Actors’ Playhouse staff in 1998 as Associate Technical Director, and served as Production Manager from 2002 to 2008. It was during this period that he started the South Florida Theatre Scene, a blog dedicated to pulling together news articles and reviews of South Florida theatre production. For his work on the blog, he was presented with a Remy Award for Service. Since 2008, he has worked at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts as a Production Supervisor, coordinating the wide range of productions coming into the Amaturo Theater and the Abdo New River Room. He is immensely proud to be serving on the board of the South Florida Theater League.
Carol Kassie (Immediate Past President) has had a deep and abiding love for the arts, particularly theatre, since she was a small child and her parents presented her with an original Broadway cast recording of “My Fair Lady”. Armed with a degree in Theatre from Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University) in Montreal, Canada, she became …a librarian. She spent 30 years in Ottawa, Canada, raising two children with her husband, Ralph, working first as a librarian and then in the family’s Army/Navy business, all the while actively participating in many of the Ottawa Community’s cultural events. She served as president of the Ottawa Section of National Council of Jewish Women, as well as National Vice President of that organization. She also was a longstanding board member of the Ottawa Jewish Community Center, and eventually became the organization’s first female president. A move to South Florida in 2001 offered her an opportunity to return to her first love, theatre, and she jumped at the chance – she currently does freelance theatrical marketing, public relations, and audience growth and development for various local and national theatres, theatre companies, and cultural organizations. She served on the board of directors of the South Florida Theatre League as chairman of the Marketing Committee and on the executive committee as Recording Secretary before taking on the position of president.
Patricia Wakely Wolf is an award-winning playwright for her full-length play, Closed Casket. Patricia’s 10-minute plays, Not Yet Dead and Celebrity Patch were produced by Group Repertory Theatre; Not Yet Dead was featured at The Kennedy Center’s 10th Annual Page-to-Stage. Short plays: Color TV and Pot produced at the 3rd Annual South Florida One-Minute Play Festival; The Hill featured at Flash Fest 2015, Manhattan Theatre Club. Her plays have had readings in Miami Lakes, Washington, DC and Los Angeles. Member: The Dramatists Guild of America, South Florida Theatre League, Stage 32, The Playwright’s Forum/DC, Women in Film & Video and The Writer’s Group/LA.
Kent Wilson (President) lives in a world that includes diverse theatrical involvement and proficiency in the medical software industry. He balances these biospheres by utilizing his understanding of human behavior cultivated at Southern New Hampshire University earning a B.A. in Forensic Psychology. Kent has served as president of the Southeastern Arts, Media, and Education Project, which produced plays, original films, and the publication of Amethyst,a journal of creative writing and visual arts. He is currently on the Ambassadors Council for the National New Play Network, a judge for the Carbonell Awards, and is a member of two South Florida theatre companies. Kent has a firm belief in the talented artists and craftspeople of South Florida as a brilliant regional artistic force. He is proud to support this community as a board member of the South Florida Theatre League. Through its workshops, forums, and more, the League positions itself as a cornerstone in the recognition of our community thereby fulfilling its mission to nurture, promote, and advocate for the growth and prestige of the South Florida theatre industry.