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Our Board

Laura Hope-London (President, Artistic Director) is an actor, writer, producer and theatre academic currently based in the Southeast. She holds a BFA in musical theatre from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA in acting from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, UK.

As an accomplished actress of stage and screen, favorite credits include A Christmas Carol (National Tour), Little Women (London, UK Premiere), Spring Awakening (London, Bridewell Theatre), Mean Girls (London, reading), John & Jen (New York, Artists Salon), the world premiere of Elizabeth Swados' Atonement and RakheLeah, and the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremonies directed by Danny Boyle.

Laura was the winner of Best Screenplay Pitch at the 2013 Raindance Film Festival. She has written and produced and co-starred in two short films, Homeward and Departures, and is currently developing a feature. Laura is also the co-Executive Producer of the Award-Winning webseries, Seeking, which recently launched its second season.

 

In addition to her artistic work, Laura is Assistant Professor of Directing in the Theatre Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she is creating a brand new Musical Theatre certificate program. She is also pursuing her PhD at Florida State University School of Theatre. Her research interests include race and gender portrayals in musical theatre, theatrical adaptation, and the evolution of musical theatre training at academic institutions.​​ Forthcoming publications include​ chapters in the books Hamilton: History and Hip-Hop- Essays on an American Musical,  Queen Mothers: Articulating the Spirit of Black Women Teacher-Leaders, and Musicals at the Margins, all due to print in 2020. 

Amanda Broadfoot (Vice President) is the Creative Director of Making Light Productions, a nonprofit dedicated to making the arts accessible to kids of all abilities. Prior to founding Making Light, Amanda founded Good Sam Players, an inclusive children's theater based in Tallahassee, Florida. 

Throughout her diverse career, Amanda has worked as a screenwriter, journalist, magazine editor and director. She won the 2002 Variety Magazine Screenwriting Competition at the Cannes Film Festival, was the 2007 winner of the Liddicoat Journalism Prize and was awarded an television Emmy in 2013, as a member of The Pod Advertising team, for the commercial “Fish for the Future.”  The mother of a 12-year-old son with autism, she specializes in teaching performing arts to kids with different abilities. 

Carrie Frymer (Secretary)  is a story-teller and theater producer, most recently serving as Director of Creative Development for Warner Bros Theatre Ventures, the live stage division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.  She has been a Nominator for the Kilroys (promoting underproduced new work by female and trans playwrights). Carrie is a professional dancer and singer who continues to perform with the dance company LA Unbound. 

Naomi Longshore (Treasurer) grew up in California. She holds a MFA in Theatre Management from Florida State University and a BA in Theatre Arts at California State University, Fullerton. While in Tallahassee she has served as Associate Director of Marketing at The School of Theatre at Florida State and worked as a consultant for arts organizations such as Goodspeed Musicals, Lee Street Theatre, and Cornelius Arts Center.

Holly Stone (Resident Choreographer) is a dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker currently pursuing an MFA in Dance at Florida State University. Originally from Vermont, she specializes in ballet and ballroom dance. Recent theater choreography credits include Cats and South Pacific for Quincy Musical Theatre, A New Brain for FSU School of Theatre, and Candide for FSU Opera.  She is a professional ballroom instructor currently through the Fred Astaire studios, and she is passionate about safe and inclusive partner interactions in all aspects of her work. She loves teaching all levels, and often draws on her background as an engineer to defuse the tension between science and the arts in teaching and in choreography. 

Chari Arespacochaga (Trustee) is a director for theater, film, multimedia, special events and concerts; and Assistant Professor in Performance at the School of Theatre of Florida State University.

Chari’s theatrical direction credits include BirthmarkLove’s Labour’s Lost the MusicalThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (University of California), Amadeus and Stupid Kids (Phoenix Theatre, Victoria), 9 Minutes (for PopUP Theatrics NYC). She has also worked with Susan Stroman in the Vineyard Theatre’s production of Dot, and with Jeff Whiting in NYMF’s Single Wide through the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation.

Chari continues to work on the development of theatre which tells new stories and experiments with new ways of telling them, consciously committed to diversity in casting and creative methodologies; and, translating these experiences into training practices for actors.  She is presently the Director of Creative Development for several projects which include, Princess Ten Ten and The Dark Skies:  A New Musical, Missing and Em.  chariarespacochaga.com

Shauna Goodgold (Trustee) is a social media and brand strategist who is currently the Digital Media Director at RRR Creative. After spending nearly a decade in the entertainment industry — where she voiced campaigns for such companies as HBO, Nickelodeon, Pantene Pro V and iHeartMedia — she transitioned into the field of marketing and social media. Shauna has led content teams for the tech startups Strayboots and Bobbypin, sister companies in the recreational space that innovated travel technology across the U.S. and Europe, as well as directed social media campaigns for luxury brands Fred Leighton, Kwiat and Nicole Schumann Designs. She resides in New York City where she continues to consult for startups and burgeoning entrepreneurs.  

Michael D. Jablonski (Trustee) has been a successful  musical theatre dancer for over 20 years. He has taken his experience on the stage and transitioned it into the classroom where he has taught master classes for many universities and dance centers across the globe.

MIchael has been on Broadway in Cry-Baby, West Side Story, and Book of Mormon. He has aslo toured the world with 8 different National Tours including Matilda, The Book of Mormon, West Side Story {50th Anniversary world tour), Saturday Night Fever, Doctor Dolittle, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas starring Ann-Margret, Victor/Victoria, and Brigadoon. Michael performed 4 years with the Radio City Rockette's in the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. On film, he can be seen as a featured dancer in the movie version of The Producers starring Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane. Michael has also performed at many prestigious theatre's across the United States.

On the creative side, Michael recently Assistant Directed and Choreographed West Side Story at the New London Barn Playhouse in New Hampshire of which he was a finalist for Best Choreography at the 2017 New Hampshire Theatre awards. Michael assisted David Marquez in the Pre-Broadway Workshop of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer that opened at The Minskoff Theater on Broadway. He also created additiona lchoreography for the National Tour of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Michael recently assisted Karen Azenberg for her musical staging of Les Miserables at Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City. He has also supervised 4 national tours and multiple regional productions as their Dance Captain.

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY at Buffalo and has been a Guest Lecturer and Master Instructor of dance & Musical Theatre audition technique at many Universities and  academic programs across the U.S and Canada. Michael is currently attending Florida State University to attain his MFA in Directing.

Christina Wren (Trustee) is an actor and a writer most known as Air Force officer, Carrie Farris, who states the obvious in Man of Steel, claiming that Superman is "kinda hot."  She was voted one of Fandango's Top Rising Female Movie Stars after appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and has most recently been capturing America's heart as a cute nerd playing an astrophysicist, a seismologist and a hacker and is now officially a master of spewing technical jargon. 

A multi-cultural NYU grad, raised on the Northside of Pittsburgh with bits of her childhood in small town Iowa, she brings a unique voice to the work and characters she creates. She has produced commercials and branded content for clients including HGTV, Travel Channel and Discovery Digital through her production company, Two Kids with a Camera, and has produced television for PBS as well as written and starred in the feature film, Saudade?, the web series Half Sisters and America (A Love Song), and is currently completing her latest comedy series, Hicksters, which was a Sundance Lab finalist, about a multi-cultural urban couple starting life anew on a cattle farm.