Board of Directors
Sara Oswald, President
Dr. Gerald Ellison, Vice-President
Antionett Gage, Secretary
Monica Stokes, Treasurer
Steven G. Bates
Robyne Parrish, Artistic Director, Co-Education Director
Robyne Parrish – Artistic Director, Gilbert Theater, Co-Director Education – Parrish relocated to Fayetteville from NYC where she worked as Director, Actor, and teaching artist. She is the Founding Artistic Director of Sonnet Repertory Theatre, NYC now in its 13th season. www.sonnetrepertorytheatre.org. Since moving to NYC in 1998, she has worked on Broadway, (Assistant to the Company Manager WICKED) and off Broadway (Mint Theatre, Musicals Tonight! New York Music Festival, etc.), regionally and in national tours (The Arden, Philly, Maine Public Theatre, Arts Power, City Theatre Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Rep, etc.). In the summer of 2000, Ms. Parrish had the great fortune of studying under Patsy Rodenburg, Toby Jones and Ian McKellen at the Royal National Theatre in London. She is a company member of the 2014 Labyrinth Ensemble NYC. Parrish has an extensive resume of film and television work and is a member of AEA, AFTRA and SAG. www.RobyneParrish.com
Ms. Parrish earned her BFA in Theatre at the UNCSA and spent three years as a Graduate Fellow Candidate at the prestigious Conservatory for the Performing Arts (COPA) at Point Park University in the MFA in Theatre Performance and Pedagogy Program where she taught Theatre and Voice and Speech. In addition, Ms. Parrish completed an MA degree in Psychology August, 2009. Parrish taught Stanislavski, Mask, Voice and Speech and directed Quilters at the School of Theatre Training at Charlotte Children’s Theatre. Parrish guest teaches Acting, Mask and Improv locally with the Ellington White Young Artist Foundation, Burning Coal Theatre Company and travels regularly for Directing and Acting gigs around the states. Parrish teaches Acting, Theatre Appreciation and Voice at Fayetteville Technical Community College.
Ms. Parrish has a long history of education in the arts. Active in performance. Robyne is an advocate of continuing and life-long education in the theatre, believing that, the work is never complete and is never perfected. Robyne has worked in education and children’s theatre as a director, playwright and teacher and has been integral in theatre and music education initiatives in various schools and summer programs in up-state New York. In addition, she worked as musical director with Crossroads Diversity Program, an after school drama program for underprivileged youth in NYC and spent a year on staff as a teaching artist with Periwinkle National Theatre, directing acting programs in schools throughout New York City.
Lynn Pryer is the Gilbert Theater’s founder, and served as Artistic Director for 18 seasons, until 2012. Pryer started the company in his basement/garden at 647 Brandts Lane and traveled with the company when it moved to the Arts Council building for a short period. He still attends every show, and frequently provides valuable input and guidance.
Michelle is currently working on her B. A. at Campbell University. She has stage managed shows at Methodist University, including Oleanna and The Lapin Agile. At Campbell she stage managed The Roses of Eyam and has worked with the 24 Hour Theatre Project at Fayetteville State University. Michelle studied Stage Management under the direction of both Patrick Riviere, Associate Professor from NYU, and Christopher Schario, Co-Artistic Director of the Public Maine Theatre. This is her second season as the Company Manager and Resident Stage Manager. As always, she would like to thank Robyne for all of the doors she has opened for her.
Meghann is in her fourth season at the Gilbert Theater. She is a Fayetteville native and has a degree from Fayetteville Technical Community College. Meghann is thrilled to be working at the Gilbert Theater with an outstanding group of people.
Sheila has been living in Fayetteville for 12 years. Originally from upstate New York. Sheila fell in love with live theatre with her first trip to Broadway to see Phantom of the Opera on a High School field trip. She was active in theatre through high school and college in various productions-acting, stage crew and stage management. With her second year at the Gilbert her love for live theatre continues with her support of the theatre community of Fayetteville.
Cindy has been a resident of Fayetteville for almost 2 years. She calls the state of Oklahoma home and where she got her first taste of theatre. She was actively involved in theatre during high school andcollege from acting to stage crew and even costumes. While her continued education has not been in theatre it is her love for the theatre that has brought her to the Gilbert. She is thrilled to be working with a wonderful group of individuals here at the theatre.
James Johnson, Graphic Designer
James has worked on stage and behind the scenes with the Gilbert Theater since he was 18, and the theater was still being run out of the home of Gilbert founder Lynn Pryer. Outside of the world of theater he has spent much of his adult life first as an arts journalist, then as an editor and finally as a publisher of the music and arts monthly magazine, the Fayetteville FEED. After ceasing publication of the FEED James has switched his focus to doing graphic design work.
Raqi is a Director, Actress, Model, Choreographer, and a K-12 Theatre Arts Teacher. At The Gilbert she has directed DATELINE GREENSBORO, stage managed for LYSISTRATA, performed in A CHRISTMAS CAROL and WHISPERS IN THE WIND, and was Lighting Operator for EXITS and ENTRANCES. This summer she will serve as Asst. Director/Choreographer/Stage Manager for The Gilbert Theatre’s BROADWAY AT THE CROWN Summer Theatre Camp. Raqi is Director for the Shining Stars Summer Acting Academy on Fort Bragg as well. She has appeared in several periodicals in the US, Korea and Germany for acting and modeling, on television and in both independent and mainstream films (THE REPLACEMENTS and SWEET HOME ALABAMA). Some of her more notable roles include: European Premiere DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL ON STAGE and LES MISERABLES; WEST SIDE STORY; PIPPIN; RUMORS; NOISES OFF ; PIANO LESSON; 7 GUITARS; as “Scarecrow” in THE WIZ, “Lady in Orange” in COLORED GIRLS and “Beneatha” in A RAISIN IN THE SUN.
Brian Adam Kline (Director/Producer) born in Cumberland, MD, is a 2009 graduate of West Virginia University with a B.F.A. in Acting starring in several projects including Hot L Baltimore and Hamlet. Brian has directed several short films and a feature length film titled New Year’s Day. Brian worked on the film She’s Out of My League in 2008 as well as Extreme Home Make Over: Home Edition. He has worked as a projectionist at South Branch Cinema 6, West Virginia University’s Gluck Theatre and the Cameo Art House Theatre. Brian’s Gilbert directorial credits include Alice In Wonderland, The Young Wizards of Oz and Hollow Men. This season Brian will be directing A Streetcar Named Desire and Gilbert Glee’s 2015 Summer Production. For more information check out his website at www.brianadamkline.com or contact Brian at email@example.com
Katie is a newcomer to Fayetteville. Katie has been seen on stage and behind the scenes at several theaters in PA. She is a middle school science teacher, with a BA in Education from the Richard Stockton College of NJ and a BS in Environmental Science from Messiah College. She has been dancing since age 3 and has experience in many styles including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and ballroom dance. Favorite Roles include: Murder on the Nile (Kay Mostyn), Godspell (Kate/Daisy, Asst Director / Choreographer), Scrooge (Miss Dilber / Toy Doll / Choreographer), Oliver (townsperson / Choreographer / Asst Director), teacher (Footloose), Mrs. Greer (Annie), Sylvia (Kate). She has also directed Oliver, Annie Jr and LCT’s one-act series. She is enjoying working with the wonderful people at the Gilbert and looks forward to more drama!
Cindy Garrett, Costume Shop Assistant, Glee Coordinator
Stephen Miles, Playwright-in-residence
Stephen Miles is a poet, writer and playwright living in Fayetteville, NC. His work has appeared in over 150 magazines and anthologies world-wide and garnered many awards for poetry, fiction, and drama, including the Sanskrit Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature, two North Carolina Artist Fellowships (poetry and drama), The Thompson Theatre Playwrights Award, The International Playwrights Festival Prize, The Crucible Award for Poetry and others. He is currently the Artist in Residence at Gilbert Theater where he is proud to produce a prolific number of thought-provoking, humorous and entertaining plays for discerning theater goers.
Paula Young, Music Director
Tom Sisk, Master Carpenter
David Little, Set Design/Guest Director
Steven Harrington, Lighting Design/Guest Carpenter
Michael Carney, Computer Operations and Web Design
Vikki Clark, Audra Zaun, Box Office Manager
JoAnn Mason, Concessions Manager
Nina Pope, House Manager
Melissa Hill Grande
David Taylor Little