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-Director, Education
Robyne Parrish – Artistic Director, Gilbert Theater, Co-Director Education – Parrish relocated to Fayetteville from NYC where she worked as Director, Actor, Director and teaching artist. She is the Founding Artistic Director of Sonnet Repertory Theatre, NYC now in it’s 12th season. www.sonnetrepertorytheatre.org. Since moving to NYC in 1998, she has worked on (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, Main Public Theatre, City Theatre Pittsburgh 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. 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 the last few 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 and Burning Coal Theatre Company and travels regularly for Directing and Acting gigs around the states.
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, Founding Artistic Director
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. He still attends every show, and frequently provides valuable input and guidance.
2013-2014 Guest Directors
Melissa Hill Grande
Michelle is currently working on her Bachelors Degree 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 Patrick Riviere, Associate Proffessor from NYU. Zaun has risen from show by show stage management at the Gilbert to Resident Stage Manager and Company Manager over the past season; stage managing The Fantasticks, A Christmas Carol, Groucho Marx and Alice in Wonderland.
Paul Hovey is an army brat, a jack of all trades and a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Dramatic Art. He has acted in Into the Woods (the Baker), Footloose (Ren) and Caligula (Helicon). He has stage managed Alice: A devised piece and David Ives’ Mere Mortals, and he directed Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical which won UNC-Pauper Players ‘Best Musical of the Year’ during the 2012-2013 season. Paul is currently working with the Gilbert Theater as the Assistant to the Artistic Director, Robyne Parish. When not at the Gilbert, he can be found just down the road teaching beginning fencing lessons at the All American Fencing Academy. Paul aspires to work up through the dramatic world as a director and a technician.
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.
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. While at WVU, he acted 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 is currently directing/producing the feature length documentary What Michael Sees, a web series and and a short film. Brian’s Gilbert directorial debut was the recent Glee production of Alice In Wonderland. Brian will be directing the 2013-2014 Gilbert Season’s play Hollow Men. For more information check out his website at www.brianadamkline.com or contact Brian at email@example.com
Matt is in his first year here in Fayetteville. Coming from Pittsburgh Pa where he attended Point Park College studying Musical Theatre. Matt has appeared in numerous shows in the Pittsburgh area. Since moving to Fayetteville, Matt has been seen in shows at the Gilbert and Cape Fear Regional. Favorite roles include: (Matt) The Fantasticks, (Jack/Earnest) The Importance of Being Earnest, (Benedick) Much Ado about Nothing, (Demetrius) A Midsummer Nights Dream, (Mr. Wickham) Pride and Prejudice, (Johnny) The Cardigans and A Taffeta Wedding, (Stine) City of Angels, and (Freddy/Phillip) Noises Off.
Paula Young, Music Director/Glee
Leeann Valcarcel, Music Director
Martha Sisk, Props Mistress
Tom Sisk, Master Carpenter
David Little, Set Design/Guest Director
Rebecca Sliney, Set Design