BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Nikki Williams (President)

Hollins University

Charlene Day (Vice President)

Assistant United States Attorney, Western Virginia District

Pat Murtaugh (Treasurer)

Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP

Lauren Coleman (Secretary)

Gentry Locke Attorneys

Azziza (Kemi) Bankole, MD

Carlion Clinic

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

Paula Mitchell

Lewis Gale Regional Medical Center

Anita Price

Council Member, City of Roanoke

Trey Smith

Gentry Locke Attorneys

Dr. Elizabeth Wilmer

Virginia Western Community College

STAFF

Pat Wilhelms

Pat Wilhelms

(Artistic Director)

pat@roanokechildrenstheatre.org

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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Jeanne Bollendorf

(Director of Development)

development@roanokechildrenstheatre.org

Jeanne is a native of Charlottesville, Virginia and after traveling and moving all over, she embraced Roanoke as her home in 2008. Having worked in the non-profit industry her entire career, she is well and truly dedicated to helping others and promoting arts & culture as an important method of educating our youth and adding benefit to our communities. She loves sharing the fabulousness of Roanoke Children’s Theatre and helping families and children experience the joys of live performance. With degrees in Archaeology from James Madison University and the University of Bristol (England) her first love has always been humanities and historic preservation. In addition to her non-profit work, Jeanne is an active community volunteer with the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke, the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation, and the Roanoke City Library Board. In her off-hours Jeanne can frequently be found puttering in the garden, walking the greenway with her dog, or drinking a glass of wine on the patio.

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Brett Roden

Brett Roden

(Director of Education)

education@roanokechildrenstheatre.org

​​Brett Roden, Director of Education, received his Bachelor of Arts at SUNY Potsdam & The Crane School of Music, through the (SIIM) Student Initiated Interdepartmental Major, with a degree in Musical Theatre Arts in Directing. From Central New York, Brett has served as music director, vocal coach and teaching artist for the Tony Award Winning Barrington Stage Company, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School, Bogardus Performing Arts Center, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Syracuse Children’s Theatre, SUNY Potsdam’s Creative Arts Camp and Manlius Pebble Hill Summer Stock. Brett also enjoys being a performer himself on the operatic and musical theatre stage.

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Ian Felker

Ian Felker

(Education Associate/Resident Stage Manager)

production@roanokechildrenstheatre.org

​​Ian Felker, Education Coordinator and RCT Resident Stage Manager, is an alumni of the Pennsylvania State University. While attending Penn State, Ian participated in dozens of productions with the Penn State Thespians, No Refund Theatre, and 440 Underground, doing everything from performing to directing to writing original shows. Ian was also a very active member of the Generoo Organization of Beaver Springs, PA where he directed shows and served as a Dramaturgy Intern.

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Mary Hannah Garber

Mary Hannah Garber

(Company Member)

Mary Hannah Garber, Company Member, was a recent performer at Roanoke Children’s Theatre in Elephant & Piggie as Squirelle #2. She was also seen as the Elegant Wife in Scrooge No More at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Dianne in 42nd Street at Mill Mountain Theatre. She also performed in Fiends at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and was a member of a Disney workshop in New York City. Mary Hannah lived and worked in NYC and recently returned home to the Roanoke Valley. She is currently a Paraprofessional at Rocky Mount Elementary, teaching dance for the YMCA, and serving as the choir director for her church. She is thrilled to be a part of Roanoke Children’s Theatre and wants to thank her family and friends for their unending support.

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David Morgan

David Morgan

(Director of Marketing)

marketing@roanokechildrenstheatre.org

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)

pr@roanokechildrenstheatre.org

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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541 Luck Ave SW

Roanoke, VA 24016

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Roanoke, VA 24015

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