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2020-21 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tabitha Frazier
Tabitha Frazier

Chair


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Mark Seidenfeld
Mark Seidenfeld

Past Chair


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Sam Kimelman
Sam Kimelman

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Chip Chalmers
Chip Chalmers


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Tabitha Frazier serves as elected office in Leon County as a Soil and Water
 Conservation Supervisor. She has her master’s degree in Environmental 
Engineering, with a specialization in Wetland restoration.

Tabitha founded and manages two small local non-profits, the Leon Fruit and Nut
 Exchange and Leon Trees. In addition, Tabitha has served on several community, 
governmental and non-profit boards thoughout Tallahassee and the North
Florida area. She often jokes that she is a Professional Volunteer, working to
build a better community and healthier environment.

Serving on the Southern Shakespeare board is a natural extension of her
 community work. Tabitha is the parent of two Bardlings alum and has attended 
every festival and fundraising event for SSC in the past seven years. She has
 now brought her passion and talents to furthering the mission and success of
the Southern Shakespeare Company. Tabitha lists her greatest accomplishments
as her loving marriage and three kind, smart, and creative children.

Tabitha Frazier
Tabitha Frazier

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After a career in television for thirty years in Los Angeles, he returned to his alma mater (Florida State University) to teach at the College of Motion Picture Arts for seven years. He also served on the Board of Directors at The Academy of Magical Arts (The Magic Castle) in Hollywood for two terms.

Chip Chalmers
Chip Chalmers
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Mark Seidenfeld is the Patricia A. Dore Professor of Administrative Law at Florida State University and Associate Dean for Research. He arrived in Tallahassee 32 years ago by circuitous route through Portland, Oregon; Boston; Washington D.C.; and Williamstown, Massachusetts. He originally hails from New York City, where he cut his teeth on Shakespeare in the Park and Joseph Papp’s Public Theater. He is married to Colleen Kelley, and has one son, Matthew, who is majoring in American Studies and Theater at Wesleyan University.

Mark Seidenfeld
Mark Seidenfeld
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Sam Kimelman, CPA is the Compliance and Audit Director for Voices for Florida. He is responsible for supporting the Open Doors Outreach Network and staff in ensuring effective and efficient and management of the operating budget, and the solicitation and management of grants, contracts and all other associated revenue streams.

Sam held a variety of positions over the past 25 years including Controller, Chief Financial Officer and President of ERS Group, a nationwide professional services consulting firm with headquarters in Tallahassee. Prior to ERS Group, Sam was a financial and compliance auditor with the Office of the Auditor General of Florida and an accountant with the Florida Supreme Court.

Mr. Kimelman is a member of the Florida and American Institute of CPAs and is an active board member on a number of local not for profit organization including a K-8 school, public high school and other social service organizations. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Florida State University and his CPA designation in 1991.

Sam Kimelman
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Scott Carswell
Scott Carswell
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Leigh Watson Healy
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Jonathan Johnson
Jonathan Johnson

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Coman Leonard
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Scott Carswell
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Leigh Watson Healy is founder and owner of Cornhouse Creek LLC an expert advisory firm steeped in the digital information industry that offers a customized, professional, and highly trusted service to help businesses grow. With four decades of experience, Leigh is versed in the issues on the minds of CEOs and senior executives, from ambitious start-up companies and established small businesses to large global organizations to non-profits. Cornhouse Creek is a new company with fresh ideas backed by experience. The company centers around expertise built through over 40 years’ of experience helping senior executives based on proven market research methods and fact-based advisory. Leigh’s experience is especially strong in advising publishing and information services, non-profits and associations, and service businesses. Prior to founding her advisory firm, Leigh retired from Outsell, Inc., and remains Chief Analyst Emeritus for the firm and advises as needed. As Chief Analyst and as an early member of the Outsell team, Leigh co-created and led all aspects of Outsell’s activities in producing research, advisory, and consulting services for the information and publishing industry. She relied on her extensive experience in market and opportunity assessment, strategic and business planning, and product planning to serve as an executive-level advisor to a broad range of Outsell clients. As a primary spokesperson for Outsell, Leigh wrote and spoke frequently about key trends and issues in the information industry. She led development of Outsell’s long-term strategic relationships with industry leaders and drives delivery of trusted, value-add programs that meet clients’ needs. Leigh co-chaired Outsell’s Leadership Council, a member-service for CEOs and senior executives of media publishing and information provider firms. When Leigh and her husband moved to the Tallahassee area a few years ago, she dedicated herself to community service. She is proud to serve on the boards of key cultural organizations – Southern Shakespeare Company and Gadsden Arts Center and Museum — and to have been selected for Leadership Tallahassee’s Class 38. Leigh is thrilled to bring her energy and expertise to the Board of Southern Shakespeare Company!

Leigh Watson Healy
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Since joining Hopping Green & Sams in 1993, Jonathan has focused on community development districts and other special district work, including infrastructure financing, land development, and local government law.

Jonathan graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University with a Bachelors degree in criminology in 1989. In 1990 he obtained his Masters degree from Florida State University. Jonathan received his law degree with honors from Texas Tech University in 1993 where he was an associate editor of the law review.

Jonathan Johnson
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Coman is a CPA here in Tallahassee, Florida, having received his degree from the University of Florida, School of Accounting. He was on the original Board and served as Treasurer of the Southern Shakespeare Festival back in 1996 and cofounded its rebirth in 2014.

Originally from Miami Beach, Florida, he helped found the Miami Design Preservation League in 1981, to preserve the Miami Beach Art Deco Historical District and educate the general public and commercial developers about preservation. He served as Executive Director from 1991-1995. He continues to assist them during their annual Art Deco Weekend Festival every January.

He was instrumental in organizing the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach (1987) and the development of the Wolfsoniana, in Genoa, Italy which opened its doors in 2005.

Locally, he has served as Vice President and Treasurer of the Boy Scouts of America. He was in Class 25 of Leadership Tallahassee. Professionally, Coman was Chairman of the FICPA Financial Literacy Committee and Chairman of the FSU Accounting Conference.

He lives here with his wife Lita and Pluto.

Coman Leonard
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Calla MacNamara
Calla MacNamara
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Aniketh Mukhirala
Aniketh Mukhirala
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Marian Reid
Marian Reid

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Wendy Wiener
Wendy Russell Wiener, Esq
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In her role as the Education & Engagement Manager at Opening Nights at FSU, Ms. MacNamara focuses on community and campus engagement, expanding K-12 programming and creating professional development opportunities for Leon County Schools teachers. Ms. MacNamara serves as the Florida State University ex officio member of the COCA Board of Directors since 2016 and is a member Knights Creative Communities Institute 2019 Catalyst Class. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BA in Theatre Studies. As a Tallahassee native, she is truly passionate about developing and supporting the arts throughout her community.
Calla MacNamara
Calla MacNamara
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Aniketh is currently a senior at Rickards High School in the IB program, serving as the president of the school FBLA chapter. Mr. Mukhirala also plays for the Varsity Soccer and Golf teams. He is an accomplished musician, as well, as he plays tenor sax in the school jazz band.

Most recently, Aniketh was notified that he is a National Merit Semifinalist. He continues to be actively involved in Model UN and his current dream is to attend Stanford and major in Finance or Management.

Serving on the Board of the Southern Shakespeare Company means a great deal to Aniketh, as he has been interested in SSC as a nonprofit ever since participating in A Town Divided at Rickards High School as an audience member.

Aniketh is looking forward to following in Marquelle Ogletree’s footsteps, as she is the immediate past Youth Leader for Southern Shakespeare Company and recent graduate of Rickards HIGH School! Aniketh is excited to get started!

Aniketh Mukhirala
Aniketh Mukhirala
Youth Board Leader

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Marian Reid is the proud mother of three, grandmother of five and a lover of Shakespeare. Born in New York City way too long ago and artistic from a very early age, she became a full-time textile artist in her early 30’s and later added handmade jewelry to her repertoire of creativity. She has taught dyeing in Nashville, TN at the Watkins Institute, taught workshops in various places on the art of textile dyeing, and sold her hand-dyed batiks and tie-dyes at craft fairs and art shows around the U.S. She has a pre-dyeing past of working at the Vanderbilt Law School administrating five sets of grants in the area of poverty law and legal aid, working at the Meharry Medical College in the sociology department, working at TV Guide and later for Nashville’s number one rock radio station and other much less interesting jobs before becoming a full-time artist. She joined the Board of Southern Shakespeare in its first year of reincarnation and is doing all she can to bring live, free Shakespeare to the city of Tallahassee.

Marian Reid
Marian Reid
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Wendy Russell Wiener, Esq., is a partner in the Tallahassee office of Broad and Cassel LLP. She chairs the Regulatory department of the Firm’s Corporate and Finance Practice Group and has provided regulatory consulting and legal services to her death care clients for more than 23 years. Ms. Wiener practices regulatory insurance law and regulatory death care industry law, representing entities and individuals who interact with the administrative agencies that regulate all aspects of insurance and the death care industry. The scope of representation includes all types of licensing (for individuals and entities), disciplinary matters, practice before the administrative tribunal, state and federal courts and interaction with regulators. She is a member of the Federation of Regulatory Counsel (FORC), a limited group of lawyers who focus their practices on regulatory insurance law. Ms. Wiener is a past president of Temple Israel in Tallahassee; co-chair of the Tallahassee Jewish Food Festival; is co-chair of the Southern Shakespeare Festival (Festival Day); a member of the ACT Board with the Young Actors Theatre; and has served as past president of Raising a Healthy Child, Inc. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida, and she received her juris doctor, with honors, from Florida State University College of Law.

Wendy Wiener
Wendy Russell Wiener, Esq
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Tracy Woodard
Tracy Woodard
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Carol Hill
Carol Hill
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Dr. Tracy Woodard is the Dean of Communications and Humanities at Tallahassee Community College. She oversees the Theatre and Art programs at TCC and serves on the COCA Board of Directors. Prior to her employment on June 1, 2016 at TCC, she was the Director of Women’s and Gender Studies and Professor of Sociology at Valdosta State University for the past twenty-two years. As an active scholar who champions social justice causes, she often incorporates the arts into her community work. She was instrumental in creating a visual display called “The Clothesline Project” for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. She has also organized concerts and other events to benefit anti violence against women and girl programs.

Tracy Woodard
Tracy Woodard
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Carol Hill has been deeply rooted in the Tallahassee community for the last 27 years. Hill is an alumna of Florida A&M University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Performance and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She is a member of the Tallahassee Junior League and serves as a board member for several philanthropic non-profits in Tallahassee, including Lighthouse of the Big Bend, the Meek Eaton Black Archives and the Oasis Center for Women and Girls. Hill is one of the founding members of Essential Theatrical Associates (ETA), an emerging theater company which focuses on the enrichment of the community through positive activism, bold inclusive choices, and deliberate diversity. Hill is currently employed by the Florida State University Foundation where she is appointed to the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering as Director of Development. In previous years she worked for the Small Business Development Center at Florida A&M University and the United Way of the Big Bend where she help to raise funding for their capital campaign.

Hill is still actively involved in acting both in the community and outside the community in the areas of Theatre, TV, and film. Hill’s goals with theater and acting is to continue to expose the community to the beauty of theatre and the lasting impression it can have on all that engages with it.

Carol Hill
Carol Hill
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Staff

Liane Giroux
Liane Giroux, CAE

Executive Director

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Laura Johnson
Laura Johnson

Producing Artistic Director

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Robin Jackson
Robin Jackson
Education & Outreach Director

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Bianca Montague
Bianca Montague


Director of Digital Media & Communication

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Liane Giroux
Liane Giroux, CAE
Executive Director

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Laura Johnson received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Florida State University. After a career in health care and medicine–both at Archbold Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia, founder of a private consulting firm, and teaching as an adjunct professor at The Florida State University’s College of Human Sciences, she has split her time between working professionally in the theatrical arts and raising a family.

Laura currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Irish Repertory Theater and previously served on the Artistic Advisory Committee of Theatre Tallahassee. She has performed in many local venues including Theatre Tallahassee (Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Lucia in Black Coffee, Sheila in Boys Next Door, Agnes in Bug), Monticello Opera House (Zelda at the Oasis, If Music Be the Food of Love) and at the New American Shakespearean Tavern (Beatrice-Joanna in The Changeling, Mephistophilis in Doctor Faustus). She also co-wrote and directed a successful one-act play performed at Florida High for the Holocaust Education Resource Council, and is highly visible in both television and commercial programming, including working as the on-air host of the Multi-State Powerball and Florida Lottery.

Laura Johnson
Laura Johnson
Producing Artistic Director

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Robin Jackson is a Tallahassee native who grew up involved in the Southern Shakespeare Company (SSC) as a child and many other local theatre productions. For the past six years she has performed with Artspot: Educational Theatre, an international touring company bringing English educational children’s theatre to over fifteen countries. As well as performing, Robin led and developed “Teaching Through Theatre” workshops for teachers and students around the world. She holds an AS in Musical Theatre from Florida School of the Arts as well as a BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Central Florida. Currently, along with her work with SSC, Robin teaches at Grassroots Free School, directs Miccosukee Land Co-op Drama Camp, and has partnered recently with SAIL High School Drama Club on various productions. Robin feels strongly about the importance of theatre education and is thrilled and honored to be back in Tallahassee to share her experience and love with her hometown.

Robin Jackson
Robin Jackson
Education & Outreach Director

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A student of Shakespeare for over 10 years, Bianca Montague has worked in theatre education in and around the Tallahassee area since 2011. She has served as co-director for Southern Shakespeare Company’s junior company, The Bardlings, for the last year. Prior to joining the Southern Shakespeare family, Bianca served as assistant director for Capital City Shakespeare, and taught several classes at the Young Actors Theatre. She wrote and directed a 10-minute play as part of the one-act play festival at FSU (2010) and has directed several independent productions including Almost, Maine (2014), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2012), and A Doll’s House (2011). Bianca’s most recent stage credits include appearing in The Comedy of Errors (Luciana), Bard Wars (Princess Leia), and The Pillowman (mother).

Bianca Montague
Bianca Montague
Director of Digital Media & Communication

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Phil Croton
Phil Croton
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Phil was born and raised in London, and attended The Italia Conti Drama School, making his West End debut at the tender age of eleven, flying around the stage as John Darling in “Peter Pan” at the Scala Theatre, and he was cast again in the same role the following year! He also appeared on television in A Play for Today for the BBC and in minor roles in films and television, but his true love always has been live theatre.

He has worked in Theatre in Education, in the UK, for Freshwater and Konflux Theatre companies. He was also the Head of the Education Dept. for the Theatre Royal in Bury St. Edmunds. He is working to instill a love of Shakespeare to the children and young adults in Tallahassee through frequent in-school workshops and as Co-Director of The Bardlings.

Phil has appeared in such diverse roles as Sir Thomas More in a Man for All Seasons and R.P. McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Other roles include leads in A Chorus of Disapproval, Separate Tables, The Real Inspector Hound and The Typist. He has also directed various productions including The Donahue Sisters, Humble Boy, and for the Theatre Royal Youth Company, Maria Marten and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He appeared as Oberon/Theseus in Southern Shakespeare’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2014.

Phil Croton
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2020-21 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tabitha Frazier
Tabitha Frazier

Chair


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Tabitha Frazier serves as elected office in Leon County as a Soil and Water
 Conservation Supervisor. She has her master’s degree in Environmental 
Engineering, with a specialization in Wetland restoration.

Tabitha founded and manages two small local non-profits, the Leon Fruit and Nut
 Exchange and Leon Trees. In addition, Tabitha has served on several community, 
governmental and non-profit boards thoughout Tallahassee and the North
Florida area. She often jokes that she is a Professional Volunteer, working to
build a better community and healthier environment.

Serving on the Southern Shakespeare board is a natural extension of her
 community work. Tabitha is the parent of two Bardlings alum and has attended 
every festival and fundraising event for SSC in the past seven years. She has
 now brought her passion and talents to furthering the mission and success of
the Southern Shakespeare Company. Tabitha lists her greatest accomplishments
as her loving marriage and three kind, smart, and creative children.

Mark Seidenfeld
Mark Seidenfeld

Past Chair


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Mark Seidenfeld is the Patricia A. Dore Professor of Administrative Law at Florida State University and Associate Dean for Research. He arrived in Tallahassee 32 years ago by circuitous route through Portland, Oregon; Boston; Washington D.C.; and Williamstown, Massachusetts. He originally hails from New York City, where he cut his teeth on Shakespeare in the Park and Joseph Papp’s Public Theater. He is married to Colleen Kelley, and has one son, Matthew, who is majoring in American Studies and Theater at Wesleyan University.

Sam Kimelman
Sam Kimelman

Treasurer

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Sam Kimelman, CPA is the Compliance and Audit Director for Voices for Florida. He is responsible for supporting the Open Doors Outreach Network and staff in ensuring effective and efficient and management of the operating budget, and the solicitation and management of grants, contracts and all other associated revenue streams.

Sam held a variety of positions over the past 25 years including Controller, Chief Financial Officer and President of ERS Group, a nationwide professional services consulting firm with headquarters in Tallahassee. Prior to ERS Group, Sam was a financial and compliance auditor with the Office of the Auditor General of Florida and an accountant with the Florida Supreme Court.

Mr. Kimelman is a member of the Florida and American Institute of CPAs and is an active board member on a number of local not for profit organization including a K-8 school, public high school and other social service organizations. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Florida State University and his CPA designation in 1991.

Chip Chalmers
Chip Chalmers


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After a career in television for thirty years in Los Angeles, he returned to his alma mater (Florida State University) to teach at the College of Motion Picture Arts for seven years. He also served on the Board of Directors at The Academy of Magical Arts (The Magic Castle) in Hollywood for two terms.

Scott Carswell
Scott Carswell
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Leigh Watson Healy
Leigh Watson
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Leigh Watson Healy is founder and owner of Cornhouse Creek LLC an expert advisory firm steeped in the digital information industry that offers a customized, professional, and highly trusted service to help businesses grow. With four decades of experience, Leigh is versed in the issues on the minds of CEOs and senior executives, from ambitious start-up companies and established small businesses to large global organizations to non-profits. Cornhouse Creek is a new company with fresh ideas backed by experience. The company centers around expertise built through over 40 years’ of experience helping senior executives based on proven market research methods and fact-based advisory. Leigh’s experience is especially strong in advising publishing and information services, non-profits and associations, and service businesses. Prior to founding her advisory firm, Leigh retired from Outsell, Inc., and remains Chief Analyst Emeritus for the firm and advises as needed. As Chief Analyst and as an early member of the Outsell team, Leigh co-created and led all aspects of Outsell’s activities in producing research, advisory, and consulting services for the information and publishing industry. She relied on her extensive experience in market and opportunity assessment, strategic and business planning, and product planning to serve as an executive-level advisor to a broad range of Outsell clients. As a primary spokesperson for Outsell, Leigh wrote and spoke frequently about key trends and issues in the information industry. She led development of Outsell’s long-term strategic relationships with industry leaders and drives delivery of trusted, value-add programs that meet clients’ needs. Leigh co-chaired Outsell’s Leadership Council, a member-service for CEOs and senior executives of media publishing and information provider firms. When Leigh and her husband moved to the Tallahassee area a few years ago, she dedicated herself to community service. She is proud to serve on the boards of key cultural organizations – Southern Shakespeare Company and Gadsden Arts Center and Museum — and to have been selected for Leadership Tallahassee’s Class 38. Leigh is thrilled to bring her energy and expertise to the Board of Southern Shakespeare Company!

Jonathan Johnson
Jonathan Johnson

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Since joining Hopping Green & Sams in 1993, Jonathan has focused on community development districts and other special district work, including infrastructure financing, land development, and local government law.

Jonathan graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University with a Bachelors degree in criminology in 1989. In 1990 he obtained his Masters degree from Florida State University. Jonathan received his law degree with honors from Texas Tech University in 1993 where he was an associate editor of the law review.

Coman Leonard
Coman Leonard


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Coman is a CPA here in Tallahassee, Florida, having received his degree from the University of Florida, School of Accounting. He was on the original Board and served as Treasurer of the Southern Shakespeare Festival back in 1996 and cofounded its rebirth in 2014.

Originally from Miami Beach, Florida, he helped found the Miami Design Preservation League in 1981, to preserve the Miami Beach Art Deco Historical District and educate the general public and commercial developers about preservation. He served as Executive Director from 1991-1995. He continues to assist them during their annual Art Deco Weekend Festival every January.

He was instrumental in organizing the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach (1987) and the development of the Wolfsoniana, in Genoa, Italy which opened its doors in 2005.

Locally, he has served as Vice President and Treasurer of the Boy Scouts of America. He was in Class 25 of Leadership Tallahassee. Professionally, Coman was Chairman of the FICPA Financial Literacy Committee and Chairman of the FSU Accounting Conference.

He lives here with his wife Lita and Pluto.

Calla MacNamara
Calla MacNamara
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In her role as the Education & Engagement Manager at Opening Nights at FSU, Ms. MacNamara focuses on community and campus engagement, expanding K-12 programming and creating professional development opportunities for Leon County Schools teachers. Ms. MacNamara serves as the Florida State University ex officio member of the COCA Board of Directors since 2016 and is a member Knights Creative Communities Institute 2019 Catalyst Class. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BA in Theatre Studies. As a Tallahassee native, she is truly passionate about developing and supporting the arts throughout her community.

Aniketh Mukhirala
Aniketh Mukhirala
Youth Board Leader


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Aniketh is currently a senior at Rickards High School in the IB program, serving as the president of the school FBLA chapter. Mr. Mukhirala also plays for the Varsity Soccer and Golf teams. He is an accomplished musician, as well, as he plays tenor sax in the school jazz band.

Most recently, Aniketh was notified that he is a National Merit Semifinalist. He continues to be actively involved in Model UN and his current dream is to attend Stanford and major in Finance or Management.

Serving on the Board of the Southern Shakespeare Company means a great deal to Aniketh, as he has been interested in SSC as a nonprofit ever since participating in A Town Divided at Rickards High School as an audience member.

Aniketh is looking forward to following in Marquelle Ogletree’s footsteps, as she is the immediate past Youth Leader for Southern Shakespeare Company and recent graduate of Rickards HIGH School! Aniketh is excited to get started!

Marian Reid
Marian Reid

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Marian Reid is the proud mother of three, grandmother of five and a lover of Shakespeare. Born in New York City way too long ago and artistic from a very early age, she became a full-time textile artist in her early 30’s and later added handmade jewelry to her repertoire of creativity. She has taught dyeing in Nashville, TN at the Watkins Institute, taught workshops in various places on the art of textile dyeing, and sold her hand-dyed batiks and tie-dyes at craft fairs and art shows around the U.S. She has a pre-dyeing past of working at the Vanderbilt Law School administrating five sets of grants in the area of poverty law and legal aid, working at the Meharry Medical College in the sociology department, working at TV Guide and later for Nashville’s number one rock radio station and other much less interesting jobs before becoming a full-time artist. She joined the Board of Southern Shakespeare in its first year of reincarnation and is doing all she can to bring live, free Shakespeare to the city of Tallahassee.

Wendy Wiener
Wendy Russell Wiener, Esq
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Wendy Russell Wiener, Esq., is a partner in the Tallahassee office of Broad and Cassel LLP. She chairs the Regulatory department of the Firm’s Corporate and Finance Practice Group and has provided regulatory consulting and legal services to her death care clients for more than 23 years. Ms. Wiener practices regulatory insurance law and regulatory death care industry law, representing entities and individuals who interact with the administrative agencies that regulate all aspects of insurance and the death care industry. The scope of representation includes all types of licensing (for individuals and entities), disciplinary matters, practice before the administrative tribunal, state and federal courts and interaction with regulators. She is a member of the Federation of Regulatory Counsel (FORC), a limited group of lawyers who focus their practices on regulatory insurance law. Ms. Wiener is a past president of Temple Israel in Tallahassee; co-chair of the Tallahassee Jewish Food Festival; is co-chair of the Southern Shakespeare Festival (Festival Day); a member of the ACT Board with the Young Actors Theatre; and has served as past president of Raising a Healthy Child, Inc. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida, and she received her juris doctor, with honors, from Florida State University College of Law.

Tracy Woodard
Tracy Woodard
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Dr. Tracy Woodard is the Dean of Communications and Humanities at Tallahassee Community College. She oversees the Theatre and Art programs at TCC and serves on the COCA Board of Directors. Prior to her employment on June 1, 2016 at TCC, she was the Director of Women’s and Gender Studies and Professor of Sociology at Valdosta State University for the past twenty-two years. As an active scholar who champions social justice causes, she often incorporates the arts into her community work. She was instrumental in creating a visual display called “The Clothesline Project” for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. She has also organized concerts and other events to benefit anti violence against women and girl programs.

Carol Hill
Carol Hill
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Carol Hill has been deeply rooted in the Tallahassee community for the last 27 years. Hill is an alumna of Florida A&M University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Performance and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She is a member of the Tallahassee Junior League and serves as a board member for several philanthropic non-profits in Tallahassee, including Lighthouse of the Big Bend, the Meek Eaton Black Archives and the Oasis Center for Women and Girls. Hill is one of the founding members of Essential Theatrical Associates (ETA), an emerging theater company which focuses on the enrichment of the community through positive activism, bold inclusive choices, and deliberate diversity. Hill is currently employed by the Florida State University Foundation where she is appointed to the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering as Director of Development. In previous years she worked for the Small Business Development Center at Florida A&M University and the United Way of the Big Bend where she help to raise funding for their capital campaign.

Hill is still actively involved in acting both in the community and outside the community in the areas of Theatre, TV, and film. Hill’s goals with theater and acting is to continue to expose the community to the beauty of theatre and the lasting impression it can have on all that engages with it.

Staff

Liane Giroux
Liane Giroux, CAE

Executive Director

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Laura Johnson
Laura Johnson

Producing Artistic Director

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Laura Johnson received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Florida State University. After a career in health care and medicine–both at Archbold Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia, founder of a private consulting firm, and teaching as an adjunct professor at The Florida State University’s College of Human Sciences, she has split her time between working professionally in the theatrical arts and raising a family.

Laura currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Irish Repertory Theater and previously served on the Artistic Advisory Committee of Theatre Tallahassee. She has performed in many local venues including Theatre Tallahassee (Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Lucia in Black Coffee, Sheila in Boys Next Door, Agnes in Bug), Monticello Opera House (Zelda at the Oasis, If Music Be the Food of Love) and at the New American Shakespearean Tavern (Beatrice-Joanna in The Changeling, Mephistophilis in Doctor Faustus). She also co-wrote and directed a successful one-act play performed at Florida High for the Holocaust Education Resource Council, and is highly visible in both television and commercial programming, including working as the on-air host of the Multi-State Powerball and Florida Lottery.

Robin Jackson
Robin Jackson
Education & Outreach Director

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Robin Jackson is a Tallahassee native who grew up involved in the Southern Shakespeare Company (SSC) as a child and many other local theatre productions. For the past six years she has performed with Artspot: Educational Theatre, an international touring company bringing English educational children’s theatre to over fifteen countries. As well as performing, Robin led and developed “Teaching Through Theatre” workshops for teachers and students around the world. She holds an AS in Musical Theatre from Florida School of the Arts as well as a BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Central Florida. Currently, along with her work with SSC, Robin teaches at Grassroots Free School, directs Miccosukee Land Co-op Drama Camp, and has partnered recently with SAIL High School Drama Club on various productions. Robin feels strongly about the importance of theatre education and is thrilled and honored to be back in Tallahassee to share her experience and love with her hometown.

Bianca Montague
Bianca Montague


Director of Digital Media & Communication

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A student of Shakespeare for over 10 years, Bianca Montague has worked in theatre education in and around the Tallahassee area since 2011. She has served as co-director for Southern Shakespeare Company’s junior company, The Bardlings, for the last year. Prior to joining the Southern Shakespeare family, Bianca served as assistant director for Capital City Shakespeare, and taught several classes at the Young Actors Theatre. She wrote and directed a 10-minute play as part of the one-act play festival at FSU (2010) and has directed several independent productions including Almost, Maine (2014), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2012), and A Doll’s House (2011). Bianca’s most recent stage credits include appearing in The Comedy of Errors (Luciana), Bard Wars (Princess Leia), and The Pillowman (mother).

Phil Croton
Phil Croton
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Phil was born and raised in London, and attended The Italia Conti Drama School, making his West End debut at the tender age of eleven, flying around the stage as John Darling in “Peter Pan” at the Scala Theatre, and he was cast again in the same role the following year! He also appeared on television in A Play for Today for the BBC and in minor roles in films and television, but his true love always has been live theatre.

He has worked in Theatre in Education, in the UK, for Freshwater and Konflux Theatre companies. He was also the Head of the Education Dept. for the Theatre Royal in Bury St. Edmunds. He is working to instill a love of Shakespeare to the children and young adults in Tallahassee through frequent in-school workshops and as Co-Director of The Bardlings.

Phil has appeared in such diverse roles as Sir Thomas More in a Man for All Seasons and R.P. McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Other roles include leads in A Chorus of Disapproval, Separate Tables, The Real Inspector Hound and The Typist. He has also directed various productions including The Donahue Sisters, Humble Boy, and for the Theatre Royal Youth Company, Maria Marten and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He appeared as Oberon/Theseus in Southern Shakespeare’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2014.

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