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GINGER POOLE
PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Ginger Poole is a proud member of Actor’s Equity. She has studied, taught, choreographed, and performed throughout the U.S. She has worked in GA, FL, MS and VA with, Theatre in the Square, The Alliance Theatre, Theatre Gael, Synchronicity Performance Group-GA, Mill Mountain Theatre-VA and SC Children’s Theatre. Originally from Atlanta, she has worked with The Atlanta Falcons as their director and choreographer and The Atlanta Opera.  Prior to coming to Mill Mountain Theatre, she was based out of North Carolina where she has worked with Flat Rock Playhouse, the State Theatre of North Carolina, in over 25 productions. She was a part of the Education program at Flat Rock Playhouse for 5 years where she taught for their Apprentice Companies and their Conservatory Program in Acting, Dance, and Musical Theatre. Ginger has taught at The University of Southern Mississippi, Western Carolina University, William Carey College, Mississippi University for Women, and currently teaches at Hollins University.  Ginger holds her M.F.A. in Acting Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi and continues to teach acting and dance.  She has worked with students that range in age from kindergarten through professionals. Ginger has worked in commercials, voice-overs, film, stage, and the classroom, and was profiled in the book FIRESTARTERS as “the actor”. Ginger serves on the following Boards; Virginia Theatre Association, Junior League of Roanoke Valley, Burton Center of Performing Arts and is also on the Virginia Commission of the Arts Review Panel.  She is very proud to be a member of the Mill Mountain Theatre team and looks forward to its continued growth, success, and artistic influence in the region.

 

John LevinJOHN LEVIN
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

John Levin is responsible for building and nurturing relationships for Mill Mountain Theatre that encourage financial support for our community’s professional plays and drama education programs. He manages annual giving, corporate underwriting and major gifts for special needs and opportunities. His 15 years of experience in management of area non-profits includes working previously for MMT and for the YMCA of Roanoke Valley and Jefferson Center Foundation. Before then his newspaper reporting and editing career brought him to Roanoke to serve as business editor of The Roanoke Times.

John’s personal and professional passion for the arts is based on recognition of the cultural value that arts organizations provide for their communities. John’s involvement also includes work as art critic for newspapers, organizer of an annual exhibition for secondary school student art and grants panel review for the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

 

 

KAREN GIERCHAK

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Karen Gierchak hails from Western Pennsylvania where she attended both Kent State University and Youngstown State University. Prior to making Roanoke and Mill Mountain Theatre her home, Karen worked for many different theatre’s  throughout the country including Youngstown Playhouse, West Virginia Public Theatre, and First Tech productions to name just a few.  Karen has a long career associated with Mill Mountain Theatre.  Her body of work includes over 65 productions on the Mill Mountain Theatre stages. Her favorites include, but are not limited to Big River, Into The Woods, and 42nd Street just to name a few. Karen is excited to once again be part of the Mill Mountain Theatre family.

 

Anna KimmellANNA KIMMELL
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

An actor, educator, and artist, Anna is happy to be a part of the exciting arts community in Roanoke. A graduate of Elon University in NC with a BFA in Music Theatre, Anna has performed and taught all over the country.  Along with managing and teaching Mill Mountain Theatre Conservatory in Roanoke, Anna choreographs at Patrick Henry High School and for the Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir, and serves as an adjunct professor at Hollins University.  Favorite performance credits include The Wizard of Oz National Tour, Peter Pan (Wendy) at RI’s Theatre By the Sea, How to Succeed… (Rosemary) at FL’s Show Palace, Nuptials (Kitty) at NC’s Flat Rock Playhouse, Little Shop… (Audrey) at CO’s Lake Dillon Theatre, White Christmas (Judy) at the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Annie at GA’s Theatre of the Stars, and last seen on the Mill Mountain Theater stage as Peggy in “42nd Street”, Liesl in the “Sound of Music”, a Featured Dancer/Singer in “Swing”, and Amber in “Hairspray”!  She also proudly directed and choreographed the successful MMT productions of “The Wizard of OZ, Young Performers’ Edition”, Shel’s World, and “Beauty and the Beast Jr.”  Anna also works in television, film, and commercials, most recently guest starring on the Lifetime show Devious Maids. A Jill of all trades, Anna keeps busy as a photography assistant, production assistant, seamstress and has her own custom rubber stamp carving business, Stamps by Anna. Find out more at annakimmell.com.

 

Jay_Briggs_Headshots_Matthew_Franklin_Carter-0187-3JAY BRIGGS
RESIDENT TEACHING ARTIST
Acting, Shakespeare, Outreach 

Jay Briggs has worked as an actor, director, producer, and educator in various locations around the country including stints in New York, Louisville, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Currently based in the upstate of South Carolina, he has directed several projects at Hub-Bub Arts Center in Spartanburg and Mill Town Players in Pelzer. He has worked as a teaching artist with South Carolina Children’s Theatre and The Warehouse Theatre and as a consultant with The Warehouse’s outreach department. In addition to his teaching at SCCT he has served as an in-school facilitator for their KNOW WAY Bullying Prevention curriculum in the Greenville County Public Schools, reaching over 2,500 students in two years. He holds a BFA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Acting from Elon University and MA in Theology & Culture with a concentration in Theology, Imagination, and the Arts from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. When he’s not juggling multiple theatrical projects he enjoys reading novels that take too long to finish, taking in a baseball or basketball game, making and drinking a good cup of coffee with his wife Amanda, and relearning the art of play alongside his toddler, Cordelia.

 

seth_150x150SETH DAVIS
RESIDENT MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Seth Davis is a Georgia native who is very excited to now be a part of the Mill Mountain family after first serving as Associate Music Director for Mill Mountain’s production of Sound of Music! Seth is a music director and musician in both the musical theater and classical music realms in addition to being a teacher, clinician, and coach for performers and musicians of all ages. Regional credits include Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Spring Awakening, and See What I Wanna See (Actor’s Express), Illyria: A Twelfth Night (Georgia Shakespeare), Time Between Us, A Diva’s Christmas, and Hair (Serenbe Playhouse), and The Andrews Brothers (Stage Door Players) among many other productions. Seth has also served as musical director for Georgia Tech and Oglethorpe University in addition to teaching at The Alliance Theatre, Aurora Theatre, and judging many regional music and theater festival competitions.

 

ALICIA VARCOE
ASSISTANT TO THE PRODUCER

Alicia Varcoe hails from Allentown, PA, and comes to Mill Mountain fresh off two years living and working in New York City. While pursuing a career as a freelance director and lighting designer, Alicia found her passion for arts management; her varied experiences include work in subscriber services & development with the New York Philharmonic, telefundraising for the Metropolitan Opera, and internships with The Juilliard School’s prestigious Jazz Studies program, and commercial producer Darren Bagert (lead producer of the Side Show revival). Most recently, Alicia completed 7 months interning in the Artistic Department of the Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre company, the Manhattan Theatre Club. Alicia is no stranger to Mill Mountain however; she was the calling stage manager for Swing!, and the assistant lighting designer for Children of Eden, Hairspray and 42nd Street. Additional lighting credits include HeadVoice at NYMF, Next to Normal at Elon University, and over 18 months designing lights for Broadway and cabaret stars at the NYC supper club 54 Below. Proud graduate of Elon University’s Theatrical Design and Production and Music programs. When not in the theatre, Alicia is most likely found listening to jazz, enjoying a craft cocktail, or cheering on the Carolina Hurricanes.

 

JEANETTE FLORIO
COMPANY MANAGER

Jeanette Florio is a recent graduate of Hollins University with a BA in theatre and a minor in dance, now serving as Company Manager for MMT. She has been fortunate, since graduation, to work in many areas of theatre and dabble a little into film. Credits include: Film- Clown at War: A Ballet (Head of Wardrobe/Asst. to Choreographer). Theatre- 42nd Street (ASM/Ensemble), Goodnight Moon the Musical (Choreographer), Little Women (Asst. Director/Asst. Choreographer/Asst. Musical Director/Clarissa), Almost, Maine (Sandrine), Decision Height (Alice), and Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Stage Manager). Jeanette has also been working closely with the Hollins-MMT partnership to continue developing relations between the two theatres, something she began working on as part of her senior capstone project.

 

CYNTHIA LAWRENCE – PRESIDENT, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 


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