Thurmond Whatley(Executive Director) has been involved with ACP in many capacities since 1978. He is a director, actor, technician, and ACP Executive Director. In his non-ACP life, Thurmond is employed by Aiken Technical College as an English, Film, and Theater instructor. He also serves on the board of the Aiken Downtown Development Association and has directed their Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre productions for the past five summers. He has co-written two full-length plays with writing partner Maureen Woltermann: Advertising for Murder and The Aiken Time Crime Murders . Thurmond won ACP’s first Spotlight Award for his years of excellence in volunteerism at ACP. He has directed many shows at ACP, most recently: Leading Ladies (Best Director for Non Musical 2009-2010), Over the River and Through the Woods , Moonlight and Magnolias (Best Director for Non Musical 2007-2008), Five Women Wearing the Same Red Dress, and Noises Off among many others. He enjoys woodworking and carpentry in his spare time.
Angie Galan(Artistic Director)began her involvement at ACP in 2011 as Production Manager and Props Master for RENT and Props Master for Chicago, though she has been a passionate theater-goer since childhood. She is married to Jeff and has two daughters, Ellie and Sophie, who have both appeared in ACP performances. She is a graduate of Wofford College and is employed as a Cardiac Sonographer at University Hospital.
Lisa Kirschner(Treasurer) began to get involved with ACP in 2011 after seeing the Youth Wing production of Antigone (my daughter was in the ensemble) in late 2010. I was so impressed by the passion and professionalism of those performances that I wanted to become involved with such an excellent theatrical group. I have since been involved backstage in a number of the Youth Wing (YW) productions, have assisted Nancy Hansen and Jennifer Gibbons with their Youth Wing workshops this past year and am currently the Chair of the YW Community Events team, which contributes to our community by participation in local community events and special performances for retirement communities and nursing homes in the area. I have also been seen onstage in ACP’s productions of Chicago, Man of La Mancha and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Live theatre is near and dear to my heart as I performed at the regional theatre level for a number of years before building a career in finance.
Dr. Lucien Papouchado (Secretary) is a retired senior executive with over 35 years experience in the chemical and nuclear industries. He served in senior management positions in R&D, program management, production and projects. His experience includes managing large, complex budgets, and strategic planning. He currently works part-time as a consultant for URS. Lou has been involved on the ACP Board since 2003. He has chaired the Finance Committee, the Policies and Procedures Committee, the Disciplinary Committee and participated on the Facilities Committee. He has also been active in set construction, lighting and sound. He has initiated and led Strategic Planning for ACP yearly since 2004 and has played a key role in the budgeting process. A number of financial tracking and reporting systems have been introduced to better control and report the budget. He was also actively involved in the major upgrades to the playhouse’s sound and lighting systems.
Jimmy Moore(Facilities Manager) has been involved with ACP since performing the role of Fred Gailey in the 2012 production of “Miracle on 34th Street”. Since then he has performed in a number of shows including “12 Angry men” and “Music Man”. He has also worked behind the scenes as Stage Manager for “Les Miserables” among others. He began his service on the Board of Directors in June 2014.
Cory Herbst(Marketing Director) has been involved with ACP since 2011 when he ran lights for Crossing Delancey. Since then, he has been involved in many shows as a stage manager and lighting designer, including “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” “The Music Man,” and the ACP Youth Wing’s annual “Broadway and Beyond” fundraiser performances.
Marcia Harris: Marcia has been involved with ACP since 1978, serving as actor, director and stage crew in all aspects. Marcia has also served as board of directors president several times, first vice president several times, and has served on or chaired many of the standing committees of the board.
Cathy Traver served on the Aiken Community Playhouse Board of Directors for 5 years, then took a 5 year hiatus, and is so excited to be part of this dynamic group of people again. She served on the Executive Board as Theater Manager, Nominating (chair 2 years), Play Selection, Black Box Coffeehouse, Fund raising, and Membership Committees. Cathy served on the Board during ACP’s move to our downtown location Newberry Street. She loves working on stage, as well, and received a Best Featured Actress award for her performance as Marie in “Earth & Sky.” She is the current Arts Administrator for the Aiken Performing Arts Group, and the lucky wife of Lance and mother to Jeanette, Reese, and Callie.
Mary Ruth Singer was born and raised in Aiken County. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina – Columbia with a degree in nursing and works in pharmaceutical sales. Mary is married to Scott and they have two sons, Brad and Andrew. Her first involvement with the ACP was raising Corporate Sponsorships for the playhouse fundraiser, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”. She has enjoyed working backstage for “A Christmas Story”, in which her son, Brad, made his ACP debut, and “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” in which her son, Andrew, made his ACP debut. Mary is very excited and honored to serve on the ACP board.
Karla Strayer Heitkamp has two grown sons, a daughter-in-love, two precious grandchildren and a fantastic husband of 37 years. She is retired and along with her volunteer work, spends a few days a week being “LaLa” to Barton and Ridge while their parents work. She has been involved in many volunteer capacities since moving to Aiken in 1999 and loves every aspect of theater, including acting. Her favorite lead roles are as Bessie in Marvin’s Room and Myra Bruhl in Deathtrap and you might have seen her recently as Berthe in Boeing Boeing. One of her first volunteer adventures was as the Fundraising Chair of The Construction Production Gala, which raised a large amount of money to build our fabulous building on Newberry Street! Karla served on the board during the move to Newberry Street through 2004 and is now on her second term after a nice hiatus. She also served as President of the Executive Board of The Aiken Kidney Benefit for many years. Karla has gotten involved in the movie industry recently. She was the 1st Assistant Director/Production Manager and played the role of Sharon Dirks in Waiting for Butterflies, which had its Aiken Red Carpet Premiere in October 2013. Karla was also an Associate Producer for Discover Zac Ryan. This past couple of years she enjoyed serving on a couple of committees while chairing the Play Selection Committee and is excited to see what she can bring to ACP in the next few years.
Allison Bennett has been involved in theatre for almost her whole life, starting as playing Mother Mary in her church’s Christmas pageant when she was five. She is a 2007 Anderson University graduate with a degree in Secondary History Education. She was a member of the Anderson Symphony Orchestra and Anderson University Choir. In college, she met her husband Nick, and was married and moved to Aiken in 2008. She’s a 7th grade Social Studies teacher and the Junior Model United Nations Advisor at Schofield Middle School. Her first appearance at ACP was playing four different roles in “W;t.” Since then, she has appeared in “Miracle on 34th Street” and has been in charge of costumes for multiple plays and musicals. She is the Costumes Chair, on the Marketing Committee, and has two dogs, Molly and Clem.
Bob Rollins has appeared in over 25 plays in the Augusta/Aiken area; but he is best known for the one-man performances he has presented to clubs, conventions, parties, etc. He has performed his “Mark Twain Himself” over 600 times, over a period of 40 years, across the Southeast. He has performed many of his characters for ACP’s Black Box coffee house. Bob has also recorded novels for Talking Books and Librivox, narrated concerts, trained speakers, and performed on radio and in several films. Largely trained at Alabama Shakespeare Theater, he and his wife moved to Augusta in 2000, when he retired from a 40 year career in hospital administration. Favorite roles include Shylock in “Merchant of Venice” (Augusta State U.); several years as Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol” and Colonel Pickering in “My Fair Lady” (Augusta Players); and, the Prince in “Romeo and Juliet” (GA Shakespeare/ASU). Bob and his wife Betsy have two boys and seven grandchildren. Bob is the Augusta connection for the Board. About ACP, Bob says, “It is fantastic! The commitment of so many; the youth program; the facility—-it beats anything we have in Augusta.”
Chrissey Miller shares a life with two youth wingers, Blair and Gracey Sims, and husband David Miller. She is formerly the Development Director of the SPCA, and currently a Recreation Supervisor for the City of Aiken. She became involved at Aiken Community Playhouse through a failed audition for To Kill a Mockingbird, when she was later given the opportunity to put her Winthrop University art degree to use painting the Radley house and arranging Ms. Maudie’s flowers. Since then, Chrissey has helped paint and dress numerous sets, including It’s a Wonderful Life, Evita, Fruitcakes, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Wait Until Dark. She made her acting debut with Wonderful Life and later, played the drunken and disgruntled housewife, Liz, in Blood Money.
Vivian Johnson has been involved with ACP since 1990. She has served in the theater for many years in every possible way; from acting to props to running lights. She served on the ACP Board as Secretary for many years and continues to attend meetings as Theater Coordinator. Vivian has been working as ACP’s Theater Coordinator since the opening of the building, and considers it her dream job; she plans to be here till they make her leave. Her love is theater but with a full time job and five children to look after she has not been able to be in on stage for a while. She hopes to remedy that soon and get the acting bug moving again.
Haley Hughes made her debut at ACP as a rollerskating waitress in “Leading Ladies.” Since then, she’s been on stage in several other plays, including “Wit,” “The Altos,” and “Office Hours,” and behind as stage manager for “Lend Me a Tenor” and “To Kill a Mockingbird,” to name a few. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2012. Haley is a native of Knoxville, TN and moved to Aiken in 2007. She currently works in public relations at Georgia Regents University-Georgia Regents Health System.
Janette Godwin moved to Aiken in 1984. She has been teaching in Aiken County Public Schools for 29 years and currently enjoys teaching 4th grade math and science at Chukker Creek Elementary School. She will be retiring at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. Janette made her ACP debut as shopkeeper Mrs. Goodfellow in the 2009’s Inherit the Wind. She has worked backstage for several plays and musicals. In 2011, she played the bed ridden Mrs. Armstrong in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Janette was honored for that role as Best Featured Actress in a Play. In 2014, Janette played Aunt Tilly in It’s a Wonderful Life. Janette collects Peanuts and Snoopy memorabilia. Janette and Nan love to travel in their retro camper. They have 3 dogs and one cat. Janette serves on the Marketing and Coffee House committees and chairs the Fundraising committee.