1983 was the start of a very entertaining era for downtown Raleigh. That year, Raleigh's City Manager, Mr. L.P. Zachary, created a directive that formed the Carolina Regional Theatre. This new entity, with the deft direction of De Ann Jones, made its permanent home in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium under a contract with the City. A commitment to four major productions a year was also agreed upon.
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The Mission was written to reflect the Theatre's focus on producing major Broadway musicals of universal appeal as a way to help revitalize Raleigh's downtown. And under an agreement with the Actors' Equity Association (the union for national performers), the Theatre committed to hiring a significant number of Equity performers for each production. Using the highest level of professional talent supported the Mission's goal of maintaining a professional theatre company in North Carolina.
The Theatre debuted with the musical Camelot in May of 1984. It starred Terrence Mann as King Arthur and Sharon Lawrence as Guinevere. Mann, a graduate of the UNC School of the Arts, has played Javert in Les Miserables, The Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Chauvelin in Scarlet Pimpernel and Rum Tum Tugger in Cats on Broadway. Lawrence, a University of North Carolina student, found fame as Sylvia Stipowitz on NYPD Blue, Velma Kelly in Chicago and countless other roles on TV, stage and film.
The successful formula of producing top quality musicals with top national performers and local talent was inaugurated. Opening with 825 season tickets sold and a total audience of 24,000, Camelot marked the beginning of the Theatre's new direction. With this new direction as inspiration, the name was changed to North Carolina Theatre.
Culture: Feed the spirit of local citizens by providing exceptional theatre productions, using the best national, regional and local talent.
Community: Fortify the cultural vitality of the region by offering broad access to live theatre, while strengthening economic growth.
Citizenship: Foster the next generation of artists and leaders who will become future patrons of the arts through training, performance, and outreach programs.
The Vision of North Carolina Theatre is to preserve the unique American art form of musical theatre, to provide broad access to the arts and to entertain and engage diverse audiences.
- Pursuit of artistic excellence and integrity of process
- Care and attention to creating memorable patron experiences
- Fiscal transparency to uphold the trust of our donor community
- Belief in the power of the performing arts to transform lives and communities
- Commitment to theatre education across all ages
- Dedication to collaboration and community engagement
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Debbie Hammersla, Vice Chair Development NSI Lab Solutions, Inc.
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Su Shearin, Vice Chair Education Community Volunteer
Virginia Parker, Secretary Bank of America
Mitchell W. Perry, Past Chair Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
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Chanda Janine Branch Southern Wake Academy
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Carla T. Frederick Mercer
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Barbara Dupree Community Volunteer
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Donna Gregory Community Volunteer
De Ann S. Jones NCT Founder
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Who's Who at NC Theatre
De Ann S. Jones Founder
De Ann, Founder of North Carolina Theatre, has played an important role in the education of children in the performing arts with the conception of North Carolina Theatre's Kids on Broadway program. She has been honored with the Raleigh Medal of Arts for Extraordinary Achievement in the Arts.
Melanie Doerner Interim President & CEO
Melanie joined NC Theatre in 2011 as Development Director, and in December 2016 was named the Interim President & CEO. With more than 15 years of non-profit management experience, Melanie is a strategic thinker, a powerful advocate and passionate fundraiser. Melanie has grown NC Theatre’s contributed income budget over 40% since joining in 2011. She launched NC Theatre’s planned giving initiative, and in 2016 the company received is first transformative legacy gift of $1,000,000. Melanie has expanded NC Theatre’s major gifts and annual fundraising programs, as well as grant awards which underpin the company’s growing outreach activities. Melanie takes great pride in engaging the board, staff and the greater Raleigh community in activities that advance NC Theatre’s mission and vision. Melanie holds a LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School and formerly practiced as a corporate attorney in her native Canada. Prior to joining NC Theatre, Melanie worked with Carolina Ballet and Children’s Musical Theater of San Jose. Melanie has been privileged to work in support of the arts, and continues to be inspired by the courage, genius and generosity of both artists and donors alike.
Casey Hushion Artistic Director
Casey is proud to be the Artistic Director of North Carolina Theatre, where she has directed 19 productions. Casey is currently an Associate Director on Disney’s ALADDIN. BROADWAY: Associate Director of Elf (2012, 2010), Assistant Director of In The Heights (Broadway/National Tour), Assistant Director The Drowsy Chaperone (Bway/National Tour/West End), To Be or Not To Be (Manhattan Theatre Club) and Good Vibrations. Casey recently directed the critically acclaimed production of Nerds at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, which is expected to open on Broadway this year. She directed the Off-Broadway run of Fat Camp. Casey has worked as the Associate Director on Anyone Can Whistle at City Center Encores and on Minsky’s at the Ahmanson Theatre. A graduate of New York University, Casey has worked at regional theatres including North Shore Music Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Papermill Playhouse, Riverside Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Casa Manana, Music Theatre of Wichita and Goodspeed Opera House. Active in the development of new musicals, she has directed for festivals such as the New York Music Theatre Festival and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. With the Boston Pops, Casey has staged concert versions of Carousel and of A Little Night Music. She is also working as Associate Director on a new untitled Broadway musical this summer.
Carolee Baxter Producer
Carolee joined North Carolina Theatre in 1999, just in time for the first Kids on Broadway production, Godspell. She was hooked! In her current position she is involved with many aspects of theatre production and management which she says is as close to heaven on earth as you can get. She owes her love of musical theatre to her mom, Jacquie, and her sister, Candy, with whom she spent many hours singing show tunes. She holds an MS degree in communications from Florida State University and spent a glorious semester in London studying theatre. After years being employed in advertising and marketing, Carolee thanks the North Carolina Theatre Curtain Callers for being the path back to her dream job. Outside of North Carolina Theatre, Carolee is on the board of B3 Systems, Inc. and cheers on the ECU Pirates. Special thanks to North Carolina Theatre's development team for keeping non-profit theatre alive and to all the performers who put their hearts on the line at every audition.
Angela Grant Director of Sales
Angela joined the Sales & Marketing team at NCT in 2014. She grew up in Apex, NC adoring musical theatre, and is thrilled to have found a way back to the performing arts. She has a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from Duke University, and a BA from UNC-Greensboro, where she was a member of Chi Omega. Outside of work she enjoys serving on the Membership Development Committee of the Junior League of Raleigh, ACC sports, good & bad TV shows, and traveling to new places.
Jessica Guiton Director of Marketing
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Bill Yates, Jr. Technical Director
Over the past 49 years Bill has worked in theatre, television and movies as an actor, director, stage manager, carpenter, electrician, head electrician, master carpenter and technical director. Bill has worked in scenic shops in New York, New Jersey, L.A. and Florida building such shows as Fences with James Earl Jones, The Rainmaker with Gary Sandy and Company with Patrick Cassidy and Carol Burnet. For television he has credit in 11 of 12 episodes of Tom Hanks’ HBO project From the Earth to the Moon. Bill also has film credits that include There’s Something About Mary, The Truman Show, Instinct, Waterboy and Mortal Combat. As Technical Director Bill has spent two seasons with Nightlife Theatre in New Jersey, three seasons with Long Beach CLO in California, five seasons with Carolina Ballet here in Raleigh. “My greatest hope for the future is to finish my career here at NCT with some of the finest and brightest people it has been my privilege to work with. I also would like to thank my three kids Liam, Collin and Riley and my wife Holly for putting up with my shenanigans all these years.”
Alice Beck Box Office Manager
Alice joined North Carolina Theatre in January 2005. As box office manager, Alice strives to provide the highest quality of customer service to all patrons of the theatre. She works very closely with season subscribers to accommodate their love of the arts. Alice enjoys reading and spending her free time with her family, friends, and most of all with her adorable son, Eric.
Donna Mullins Patron Relations Manager
Donna joined NCT in 1994 and has held a myriad of positions. She loves working with the season ticket holders and her NCT family. In her spare time, she enjoys being with family, friends and being involved at her church.
Shannon Plowden Telesales Manager
Shannon first joined the NCT team in April of 2014 as a part time sales associate in the Call Center after moving to Raleigh in November of 2013. She has 8 years experience in theatre ticket sales and box office management with a BA in Theatre from Winthrop University. In her newly created full time position she leads her team to provide excellent personalized service to all patrons. In her spare time, Shannon enjoys attending the wonderful theatre produced around the Triangle as well as spending time with her two dogs, cat, and husband.
Tricia McCoy Bookkeeper
Tricia has been the Business Manager with NCT since January 2005. Prior to coming to NCT, she worked for Jupiter Entertainment, Inc., a television production company, in Knoxville, TN. While at Jupiter Entertainment, she served as the director of finance and was there for 7 years. At the theatre, Tricia is responsible for maintaining all financial records and preparing financial reports and budgets for the Board of Directors. She also prepares payroll tax returns for all NCT employees, reconciles daily box office receipts and maintains liability and health insurance for the theatre. In her spare time, Tricia likes to read, spend time with family and friends and take walks on the beach.
Christopher MacDow Administrative Assistant/Office Manager
Christopher joined NC Theatre as Administrative Assitant/Office Manager at the beginning of 2015. A native of New England, Christpher relocated to the Research Triangle in 2014. He demonstarted his commitment to NCT and passion for musical theatre as an ace development intern for NCT and also as a member of the sales team at the NCT Call Center. In addition to his office management duties, Christopher supports production, business management and board relations.
Kim Cardin Corporate & Group Sales Associate
Kim began working with the Subscription Concierge staff in 2008, and joined the downtown team as Corporate & Group Sales Associate in October 2015. She is very active in her church with the youth groups and follows local high school and NFL football. Kims favorite moments are spent outside around a bonfire with her family and friends.
Subscription Concierge Staff
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