Andie Arthur, Executive Director
Kent Wilson (President), Freelance Theatre Technician and Consultant
Michael Yawney (Vice-President), Florida International University
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
Dave Smith, New City Players
Sandi Stock, Actor
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 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, 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 outdoor
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.