Andie Arthur, Executive Director
Michael Yawney (President), Florida International University
Dave Smith (Vice-President), New City Players
Sandi Stock (Secretary), Actor
Jerry Jensen (Treasurer), Freelance Actor, Director, and Stage Manager
Mary Damiano, Carbonell Awards and Florida Children’s Theatre
Vanessa Elise, Actor and Director
Madelin Marchant, South Miami Middle School
Daryl Patrice, Actor
Patrick Rodriguez, Actor and Villain Theater
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 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.
Jerry Jensen (Treasurer) has both a long business career, as well as an extensive theatrical background. After earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Cornell University, he held increasingly responsible Managerial and Consulting positions with many leading companies, including General Foods, Beatrice Companies, Coopers & Lybrand, and Chase Credit Services. He was Corporate Vice-President of Mueller Industries (a Fortune 1000 Company) and Executive Director of The Wichita Center for The Arts, where he oversaw the Midwest Premiers of Stephen Schwartz’s Children of Eden and Rags and the World Premiere of John Caird’s eventual Tony-nominated Broadway musical Jane Eyre. Over the years, he has acted in over 60 productions, as well as directing and working backstage on dozens more. Since moving to South Florida permanently in 2005, in addition to maintaining a consulting practice, working with small businesses and non-profits, he’s been working professionally in Theatre. His experience encompasses Production Stage Manager for over two dozen productions, Actor in a number of leading theaters, and directing at eight local theaters including: Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl Musical, Biloxi Blues; Rumors; The Lion in Winter; A Thousand Clowns; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; My Fair Lady; All The Great Books (Abridged); Miami 1-Acts; Kindertransport, The Dining Room, Private Lives, It’s Only a Play! and Love! Valour! Compassion!
Dave Smith (Vice-President), Managing Director of New City Players, lending a seasoned, business savvy backbone to the troupe. For the past 15 years, Dave has been the co-owner of a consulting firm, Phase One Computing, which specializes in custom report writing and programming for accounting software. He is a results-driven and goal-oriented partner with an emphasis on Brand Marketing and Sales. Prior to that, Dave served as Regional Operations Manager for 17 years with major logistics companies, including UPS Logistics and Rollins Truck Leasing. He provided leadership, fiscal budgeting and operational planning, strategic development and execution of policies and procedures in support of company goals, executive-level contract negotiations and implementations, and subordinate goal-setting and personnel management. Throughout his long tenure, Dave received numerous awards for leadership effectiveness and achievement of goals. Dave graduated with a B.S. from Metropolitan State College in Denver, majoring in Aerospace Science with a minor in Business Management. He was an understudy of Business Law at the University of Houston. He is an aviation enthusiast and pilot as well as an avid fisherman who enjoys travel and the great outdoors.
Sandi Stock (Secretary) is an actor, director, and dramaturg who has been involved in the arts since childhood. She is best known locally for her work on stage at Palm Beach Dramaworks, MNM, Actors’ Playhouse, the Florida Grand Opera, and more. She is classically trained in dance, acting, and music. Sandi is also a fit-life coach, helping others reach their goals and learn to live a healthy lifestyle. She spends her time off-stage as the Production Manager at Insight for the Blind, creating audio books and magazines for the blind and visually impaired through the Library of Congress, NLS Talking Books program. www.hellosandi.com IG @sandistock