Who's Who at North Carolina Theatre
De Ann, Founder of North Carolina Theatre, has played an important role in the education of children in the performing arts with the conception of North Carolina Theatre's Kids on Broadway program. She has been honored with the Raleigh Medal of Arts for Extraordinary Achievement in the Arts.
Lisa Grele Barrie President & CEO
Lisa joined North Carolina Theatre as Development Director in 2003 and has championed a dynamic and successful philanthropic culture within the company in partnership with board and staff. Lisa graduated from Bucknell University and her marketing/communications/development experience includes advertising agencies in Boston, sales for The New Yorker Magazine, marketing at Talbots, heading up her own marketing communications consulting firm and development/communications for Gilda's Club Metro Detroit. She was promoted to Managing Director in 2008 and hired as President & CEO in 2009 after a nationwide search. Community accolades include the 2010 "Women in Business Award" from the Triangle Business Journal and the 2012 "Pinnacle Award for Community Leadership" from the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. Lisa takes great pride in engaging the board, staff and the greater Raleigh community in activities that advance the Theatre’s mission and vision. She is a passionate STEAM advocate and has a deep belief in the role of the performing arts to build community, harness creativity, and reaffirm the power of our collective human spirit.
Casey Hushion Artistic Director
Casey is proud to be a part of North Carolina Theatre, where she has had the pleasure of directing 19 productions. She is the Associate Director of the new Broadway musical ELF, which opened at the Hirschfeld Theatre in November 2010. Casey is the Assistant Director of In The Heights, winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical, both on Broadway and the National Tour. Casey was the Assistant Director of the Broadway, West End and the National Tour productions of The Drowsy Chaperone, winner of five Tony Awards. She also worked as Associate Director of Anyone Can Whistle at City Center Encores as well as on Minsky’s at the Ahmanson Theatre. Other Broadway credits include To Be or Not To Be (Manhattan Theatre Club) and Good Vibrations. With the Boston Pops, Casey has directed concert versions of Carousel and of A Little Night Music, starring Christine Ebersole. A graduate of New York University, Casey has worked at regional theatres such as Ogunquit Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Papermill Playhouse, Casa Manana, Music Theatre of Wichita and Goodspeed Opera House, where she was also on staff as their New Works Scout. Active in the development of new musicals, she has directed for festivals such as the New York Music Theatre Festival and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. Upcoming projects include the new musical FAT CAMP, with the producers of Rock of Ages and Jersey Boys.
Carolee Baxter Producer
Carolee joined North Carolina Theatre in 1999, just in time for the first Kids on Broadway production, Godspell. She was hooked! In her current position she is involved with many aspects of theatre production and management which she says is as close to heaven on earth as you can get. She owes her love of musical theatre to her mom, Jacquie, and her sister, Candy, with whom she spent many hours singing show tunes. She holds an MS degree in communications from Florida State University and spent a glorious semester in London studying theatre. After years being employed in advertising and marketing, Carolee thanks the North Carolina Theatre Curtain Callers for being the path back to her dream job. Outside of North Carolina Theatre, Carolee is on the board of B3 Systems, Inc. and cheers on the ECU Pirates. Special thanks to North Carolina Theatre's development team for keeping non-profit theatre alive and to all the performers who put their hearts on the line at every audition.
Melanie Doerner Development Director
Melanie Doerner returns to her theater fundraising roots by joining NC Theatre as their Development Director. For more than 10 years Melanie has been fundraising for the arts, most recently with Carolina Ballet, and before that as the Development Director for Children’s Musical Theater San Jose. Prior to becoming a professional fundraiser, Melanie practiced as a corporate attorney in her native Canada. Melanie has been privileged to work in support of the arts, and continues to be inspired by the courage, genius and generosity of both artists and donors alike. Her husband Michael Doerner, a professional ballet dancer, recently retired from the stage after a 20 year career with Ballet San Jose and the National Ballet of Canada. Melanie and Michael are enjoying raising their family in North Carolina, and are thrilled to be part of the vibrant arts community in Raleigh.
Bill Yates, Jr. Technical Director
Over the past 49 years Bill has worked in theatre, television and movies as an actor, director, stage manager, carpenter, electrician, head electrician, master carpenter and technical director. Bill has worked in scenic shops in New York, New Jersey, L.A. and Florida building such shows as Fences with James Earl Jones, The Rainmaker with Gary Sandy and Company with Patrick Cassidy and Carol Burnet. For television he has credit in 11 of 12 episodes of Tom Hanks’ HBO project From the Earth to the Moon. Bill also has film credits that include There’s Something About Mary, The Truman Show, Instinct, Waterboy and Mortal Combat. As Technical Director Bill has spent two seasons with Nightlife Theatre in New Jersey, three seasons with Long Beach CLO in California, five seasons with Carolina Ballet here in Raleigh. “My greatest hope for the future is to finish my career here at NCT with some of the finest and brightest people it has been my privilege to work with. I also would like to thank my three kids Liam, Collin and Riley and my wife Holly for putting up with my shenanigans all these years.”
Tricia McCoy Business Manager
Tricia has been the Business Manager with NCT since January 2005. Prior to coming to NCT, she worked for Jupiter Entertainment, Inc., a television production company, in Knoxville, TN. While at Jupiter Entertainment, she served as the director of finance and was there for 7 years. At the theatre, Tricia is responsible for maintaining all financial records and preparing financial reports and budgets for the Board of Directors. She also prepares payroll tax returns for all NCT employees, reconciles daily box office receipts and maintains liability and health insurance for the theatre. In her spare time, Tricia likes to read, spend time with family and friends and take walks on the beach.
Alice Beck Box Office Manager
Alice joined North Carolina Theatre in January 2005. As box office manager, Alice strives to provide the highest quality of customer service to all patrons of the theatre. She works very closely with season subscribers to accommodate their love of the arts. Alice enjoys reading and spending her free time with her family, friends, and most of all with her adorable son, Eric.
Heather M. Millen Marketing Director
A long-time Broadway enthusiast, Heather's first role in theatre marketing was at NCT during the 2004/2005 seasons. Since then, she has worked in Boston with Broadway Across America and most recently, in NYC handling marketing & advertising for leading Broadway shows & tours. She has worked in theatres from Poughkeepsie to San Francisco and is excited the journey has lead her back to Raleigh, at a theatre very dear to her heart.
Donna Mullins Patron Relations Manager
Donna has a BS degree in communications from Wingate University with a double emphasis in speech communications and public relations. She joined NCT in 1994 and has held a myriad of positions. She loves working with the season ticket holders and her NCT family. In her spare time, she enjoys being with family, friends and being involved at her church.
Nena Theis Director of Sales
Nena hails from the mountains of North Carolina, but has lived in Raleigh since 2005. She has five years sales experience in the fields of real estate and telemarketing and most recently was Sales & Marketing Manager at Team Tech Solutions where she planned calling campaigns for various clients and trained and supervised up to 120 calling agents. In her newly-created role at NC Theatre, Nena supervises the call center while expanding her duties into other sales areas such as advertising and group sales. An arts lover and trained classical dancer, Nena is excited to be representing a nonprofit performing arts group and has many creative ideas of engaging new audience members.
Janet Gruchacz, Office Administrator
Janet joined NCT in April 2013. She worked in the Advertising/Media field for over 10 years before "retiring" in 1995 to stay home and raise her 4 beautiful children. During those years, she volunteered extensively for her local public schools, community theatre, church, and community hospital. As a lover and supporter of the arts, she is thrilled to be working at NCT and loves being surrounded by so many talented and creative people!
Rebeka Todd, Group Sales
Rebeka started with NCT in June of 2013 after graduating from Marshall University in West Virginia with her BFA in Theatre Performance and minor in Dance. She has been involved in theatre since a young age performing in NC, WV, KY and recently at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has worked with patrons and theatre goers for the past three years in the box office at Highlands Playhouse in Highlands and The Carolina Theatre in Durham. She is very happy to be back in her home state. Beka loves the theatre and does miss being on stage, but she is excited to show her talents off the stage and is very thankful to be apart of the NCT family!
Board of DirectorsMitchell W. Perry, Chair Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Dan Bryson, Vice Chair Administration Whitfield, Bryson & Mason LLP
Don Stroud, CIC, AAI, Vice Chair Development Hartsfield and Nash Insurance Agency, Inc.
James S. Felman, Vice Chair Finance General Parts International, Inc.
Gail Jordan, Secretary Community Volunteer
Jeff N. Weatherspoon, Past Chair Banner Real Estate Services, Inc.
De Ann Jones, Founder/Member at Large Community Volunteer
Jack E. Finley, Member at Large Grant Thornton
Virginia Parker, Member At Large Divers Alert Network, Inc.
Bill Roberts, Member at Large Belk, Inc. - Northern Division
Nathan R. Andrews Deloitte
Robert Caldwell Duke Energy
Anna Churchill Synergy Spa
Mary Flieller ABB
Kim Foster Relevance, Inc.
Joanne M. Fruth, MD, Curtain Caller President WakeMed
Katie Gailes SmartMoves Intl.
Ron Gentile ARK Consulting
Paige Holland Hamp Allscripts
Greg Hatem Empire Properties
Veronica Hemmingway Triangle Community Foundation
Lawrence Marshall IT Consultant
Jeanene R. Martin WakeMed
Allen Mask, MD WRAL
Candace Covington-Olander Community Volunteer
Shinik Patel PNC
Keith Shannon Preparing America's Tomorrow Today
Su Shearin Community Volunteer
Melissa Wade-Cutler Radio One's The Light 103.9
Ben Wingrove Etix
Emeritus BoardH. Duke Fentress Guardian Financial Advisors, LLC
Don Fraley Aldon Management Group
K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Electric Supply Company
Robert E. Monroe Monroe Wallace Law Group
R. Doyle Parrish Summit Hospitality Group, Ltd.
Edythe Poyner Community Volunteer
James R. Rogers III Attorney at Law
Dr. John Strasser Kildaire Animal Medical Center
Debra Kerr Woody Community Volunteer
R. Lee Youngblood BB&T
B. Grant Yarber Amazon Millworks
Barbara Dupree Community Volunteer
Lauren Kennedy Singer/Actress
Donna Gregory Community Volunteer
Tina Bernhardt Community Volunteer
Walter Powell Community Volunteer
Call Center Staff
Kevin Smith Call Center Manager
Culture: Feed the spirit of local citizens by providing outstanding theatre productions, using the best regional and national talent available, while preserving the unique American art form of musical theatre. Community: Fortify the cultural vitality of the region by offering broad access to live theatre, while strengthening economic growth in the region. Citizenship: Foster the next generation of artists and leaders who will become future patrons of the arts through training, performance, and outreach programs.
The Vision of North Carolina Theatre is to preserve the unique American art form of musical theatre, to provide broad access to the arts and to entertain and engage diverse audiences.
• Pursuit of artistic excellence and integrity of process. • Care and attention to creating memorable patron experiences • Fiscal transparency to uphold the trust of our donor community • Belief in the power of the performing arts to transform lives and communities • Commitment to theatre education across all ages • Dedication to collaboration and community engagement
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