In honor of the women who have built, strengthened and accelerated Theatre Memphis to its current status of a nationally acclaimed community theatre. We take the time here to share a little about just a few of them and their part in our 100 year history. Celebrate the active role women have had in our storied history. Honor someone with a donation as we move into our second century. You can donate to a matching fund challenge on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/donate/153015806650053/ , or to our website directly to have someone notified of your contribution: https://theatrememphis.org/memorialshonorariums
Jude Knight, Theatre Memphis volunteer for 50 years, has been recognized as a 2021 Robert E. Gard Superior Volunteer by the American Association of Community Theatre! What better way to start off honoring women during National Women's History Month?
Bea Miller, for 60 years served Theatre Memphis and the Memphis theater community in the most unselfish of ways. Over those many years, Bea touched on every aspect of Theatre Memphis’ existence and contributed to its on-going success. She participated on committees that include playfinding, long-range planning, building maintenance, public relations, marketing and search for new administrative leadership to name a few. Bea was recognized nationally as a lady of commitment and leadership in the community theater. She has served as President of ACTA and the founder and first President of the American Association of Community Theatres in 1986. She was truly “Queen Bea.”
Jessica 'Jai’ Johnson became a part of the Memphis theater community in 2011 and made her Theatre Memphis debut as a leading actress in The Submission, directed by Jerry Chipman. Johnson says, "During this production, Jerry and I formed a deep mentorship (and genuine friendship), that led to me starring in Theatre Memphis productions such as Rasheeda Speaking, The Man Who Came to Dinner, and Fences. My experiences at Theatre Memphis have been nothing short of exciting and memorable…I look forward to returning!!"
Current Stage Managers
Chelsea Robinson has been a volunteer with Theatre Memphis since 2009 and has been stage managing productions since 2013. She has stage managed Shrek the Musical, Mamma Mia!, The Man Who Came To Dinner, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to name a few. Stage management has been a passion for her for a long time and she loves the opportunities she has with Theatre Memphis.
Cydnie Trice started at Theatre Memphis in 2013 and was hooked the first time they let her use the power tools. She has volunteered as a Stage Manager, ASM, SpotOp, quick changer (and any other spot backstage that will have her) on dozens of productions and has had a blast at every single one of them.
Krysten Pound has had a fantastic time at every show she’s worked at TM. Working her first show there she felt so welcomed and couldn’t wait to get back for the next one - and can’t wait right now, either!
Katie Hardeman: “Volunteering at TM has been so good for my soul. It allows me a creative outlet, a second family, and to be a part of something exciting and bigger than myself. I am so grateful for what they have done and continue to do for the Memphis theatre community!”
Christina Hendricks has been Stage Managing for Theatre Memphis since 2009. Her first show was Forbidden Broadway and since then she has had the opportunity to Stage Manage as well as Assistant Stage manage shows like The Addams Family, La Cage Aux Folles, Newsies, Chicago, Spelling Bee, Fences, A Chorus Line, Young Frankenstein, Beauty and the Beast and Altar Boyz to name a few. She has also gotten the opportunity to perform in Shrek, Side Show and AM A Christmas Carol. Christina also works part-time in our box office.
Katie Ogden first came to Theatre Memphis in 2018 to be an ASM on Heisenberg. Since then she has continued on to be an ASM in a number of productions such as 1776, Hairspray, A Christmas Carol, and Little Women. She is looking forward to being the stage manager for her absolute favorite musical Urinetown .
Melissa Andrews came to Theatre Memphis in 2000 as the Lighting and Sound Designer. Throughout the past 20 years, she has returned many times as a lighting designer, stage manager, and volunteer, including eight seasons as the stage manager for "A Christmas Carol."
Jennifer "JJ” Townsend
Mystie Watson has enjoyed working as a stage manager with Theatre Memphis and has loved working with all the fantastic people that continue to make each show great. " Every production is a wonderful experience and excitement abounds at all the phenomenal new things that will come each year!"
Elizabeth Shelly Perkins began stage managing quite by accident, filling in for stage manager Shirley Ostrander, who had to go on as Mrs. Dilbur during the closing show of "A Christmas Carol" in 1995. Fortunately, the TM crews rock and Elizabeth didn't have to "call" the show as much as "keep people focused on the final performance." After that day, she was hooked. Since then, Elizabeth has stage managed nearly 50 productions for our stages, served as our Production Stage Manager and Volunteer Coordinator for 5 years, and swears she won't complain about staying for notes until midnight after a tech rehearsal ever again.
Debbie Litch - TM Executive Producer
Lena Wallace Black -Director of Outreach and Education
Lisa Chang - Finance Manager
Lisa Hall-Hayes - Front of House Operations
Mimi Gay Morgret - Office Manager
Claire Rutkauskas - Community Engagement Coordinator
Mandy Heath - Resident Lighting Designer
Amy Salerno Hale - Production Stage Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
Amie Eoff - Resident Costume Designer
Christina Wellford Scott
TM Board Presidents
Dabney Coors 2018-2021
Sarah Norton 2013-2015
Nancy Harvey 1999-2001mm
Freida Pearson 1987-1989
*Florence Leffler 1985-1987
*Lenore Binswanger 1977-1979
*Bea Miller 1975-1977
Joan Strong 1964-1966
*Josephine McCormick 1932-1934
*Mrs. W.P. Halliday 1927-1929
*Mary Heiskell 1927-1929
*Alisson Davant 1926-1927
*Mrs. Norman Dodd 1924-1925
*Mrs. John Frederick 1922-1924
*Mrs. J.L. Minor 1021-1922