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.
Meghann is in her fifth 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.
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
Sheila D. Barker, Resident Assistant Stage Manager, Guild Manager
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.
Emma Jean Brown, Special Assistant to the Artistic Director/Costume Coordinator
Emma Jean (EJ) is starting her first season at the Gilbert. A Fayetteville native, she recently graduated from Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor’s in Communication. With a love of production and costume design, you can always find Emma Jean behind the scenes. Emma Jean’s love of theater comes from the Sunday afternoon plays her and her grandmother have been attending for almost fifteen years together. When she is not in the theater, Emma Jean can be found reading or working on a craft project, followed closely by her cat and a cup of coffee.
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.
Born and raised in Fayetteville North Carolina, Yudora Forbes started dancing as a teenager. After high school, Yudora was a member of the Methodist University dance team. Yudora graduated from Methodist University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Special Education. She is currently an exceptional needs teacher at Douglas Byrd High School and is loving it. Yudora loves teaching and is excited to be a part of the Gilbert Theater Glee Company and Summer Acting Camp.
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.
LeeAnn Valcarcel, Music Director
Steven Harrington, Lighting Design/Guest TD
Michael Carney, Computer Operations and Web Design
Vikki Clark, Audra Zaun, Box Office Manager
JoAnn Mason, Concessions Manager
Nina Pope, House Manager
Guest Directors 2015 – 2016