Melody S. Jessee (President)

Community Volunteer

Nikki Williams (Vice President)

Hollins University

Pat Murtaugh (Treasurer)

Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP

Abby Murchison (Secretary)

Gentry Locke Attorneys

Azziza (Kemi) Bankole, MD

Carlion Clinic

Charlene Day

Assistant United States Attorney, Western Virginia District

Heather Lobe

Roanoke College

Natalie Faunce

WSLS/Daytime Blue Ridge

Cari Gates

Roanoke City Public Schools

Ann Hoff

Community Volunteer

Caroline LaRocca Hammond

Caroline LaRocca Events

Cheryl Lynch

Community Volunteer

Jessica Martin

Botetourt County Schools

Paula Mitchell

Lewis Gale Regional Medical Center

Anita Price

Council Member, City of Roanoke

Amy Rice Jessee

Intercept Youth Services

Steve Smith

BNC Bank

Trey Smith

Gentry Locke Attorneys

Dr. Elizabeth Wilmer

Virginia Western Community College


Pat Wilhelms

Pat Wilhelms

(Artistic Director)

Pat is the founder and Artistic Director of Roanoke Children’s Theatre, Professional Theatre for Young Audiences, located inside the Jefferson Center. Before that she was the Director of Education and Outreach at Mill Mountain Theatre for 10 years. She is now supported by a fantastic Board of Directors and staff who help provide professional theatre productions and education on site, in schools and all around the Southwestern area of Virginia with residencies, touring productions and classes. RCT directing credits include, Madeleine’s Christmas, Charlotte’s Web, The Giver, Junie B. Jones, The Secret Life of Girls, Tuck Everlasting, If You Give a Mouse A Cookie, Wrecked, The Velveteen Rabbit, Go Dog Go, Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman Smells, Eric & Elliot, Stuart Little, How I Became A Pirate, A Little House Christmas, and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Pat is a member of ASSITEJ and The American Alliance of Theatre and Education. In her spare time she teaches basic and advanced acting at Virginia Western Community College. Pat also serves on the SETC screening committee.

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Emma Gwin

(Director of Development)

Emma is a native of Blacksburg, VA and the newest member of the RCT family. In 2014 Emma received her B.M. in vocal performance from James Madison University, where she served as President of the JMU Opera Guild and Assistant Music Director of Note-oriety (an award winning female a capella group). She received her Master of Music in vocal performance from George Mason University in the spring of 2016. While attending George Mason University, she was a private voice instructor and a preschool music teacher at the Butterfly House in Alexandria, VA. Emma has performed professionally with Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre (Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Ensemble in Sweeney Todd and The Pirates of Penzance) and The In Series (Angelina in Trial by Jury). Other favorite performing credits include Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, and Musetta in La Boheme. In addition to her work with RCT, Emma is an Apprentice Artist with Opera Roanoke and continues to teach and perform throughout Virginia. She is delighted to join the RCT family and have the chance to work in such a creative place with such a wonderful team!

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Meghan Griffith

Kelly Germain

(Director of Education)

Kelly is so excited to be joining RCT as Director of Education. A recent transplant from Cincinnati, Kelly served as Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Children’s Theatre National Tour and Education Outreach. Kelly developed in school workshops, wrote several productions for the national tour and wrote and directed plays for the Cincinnati Children’s Theatre Broadway style mainstage productions. While in Cincinnati, Kelly also taught professional development workshops for area teachers and worked in the Cincinnati Public Schools as a teaching artist, using theatre arts as a springboard into various curricula. Kelly has taught acting for performance majors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Northern Kentucky University. Kelly is a member of Actors Equity Association and her performance credits include working with the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, The Women’s Theatre Initiative, The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC (formerly The Folger), The Maryland Shakespeare Festival, and The Madison Rep in Wisconsin and the Commonwealth Theatre (formerly Northern Kentucky Dinner Theatre). Kelly was also an original member of the award winning comedy improv troupe Carnivores in Action (she was the only herbivore!)

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Meghan Griffith

Megan Corsnitz

(Education Coordinator)

Megan has been a part of the RCT family since the very beginning, both onstage and off. Having collaborated as a teaching artist, stage manager, actress and more, she is thrilled to be back as the Education Coordinator. After receiving her B.A. in Theatre Arts and her VA Teaching License from Roanoke College, she toured the nation with Theatre IV. You may recognize her from the RCT stage (Stuart Little) or up in the RCT booth, stage managing (A Year with Frog and Toad, Honk!, James and the Giant Peach). Some favorite professional credits include Mary Poppins, Peter and the Starcatcher, Snoopy!!!, Sister Act and The Little Mermaid.

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David Morgan

David Morgan

(Director of Marketing)

David is a professional graphic designer based in Roanoke, Virginia. Having always been passionate about the visual arts, he pursued and obtained an Associate of Applied Science degree in Communication Design from Virginia Western Community College, graduating summa cum laude. Joining RCT’s staff as an intern in 2013, David helped revamp RCT’s look and style for their 7th season in 2013-2014. He continues to manage most of RCT’s branding and promotional materials as its Director of Marketing. He enjoys knowing that his work with RCT helps bring the arts to the next generation in Roanoke & the surrounding region. In his spare time, he takes on freelance graphic design jobs and has worked with several area nonprofits, as well as being an avid super hero fan!

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David Morgan

Lindsay Tolar

(Public Relations)

Lindsay is a Roanoke native and thrilled to be back in the Valley after living in Northern Virginia for the past 7 years. Prior to working with RCT, Lindsay was the publicist for the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. While there, she managed all media outreach and coverage on both a local and national scale. Her greatest professional achievement to date was playing a part in clinching the Regional Theatre Tony Award for the Shakespeare Theatre Company in 2012. Before heading to D.C. she was the Public Relations Coordinator with Mill Mountain Theatre. When Lindsay isn't promoting and enjoying theatre, she runs the lifestyle blog Pursuit of Pink. Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from UNCG.

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LOCATION: The Jefferson Center

541 Luck Ave SW

Roanoke, VA 24016

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Roanoke, VA 24015

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