Teri Allred – Corresponding Secretary
Teri has been a member of the Players since 2013, serving two years on the BP board. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Rockville Musical Theatre (President and Audience Services Director). After raising two sons, she returned to theatrical endeavors performing with Rockville Civic Ballet, Rockville Musical Theatre (RMT), Eldon Street Players, Hexagon and, of course, the Players. In 2012 she began working on the production side and has produced, assistant directed and choreographed for Hexagon, RMT and the Players. Professionally, she spent 30 years in Human Resources and holds the Society for Human Resource Management Senior Credential Professional (SHRM-SCP) and Senior Human Resource Professional (SPHR) credentials. Two years ago she was reassigned and currently serves as an Enterprise Risk Management Specialist responsible for evaluating Human Capital Risk for a federal agency.
Dave Bradley – Recording Secretary
Dave was a member of The Players’ Board of Directors from 2011 to 2017, and served as Recording Secretary from 2012 to 2017. He has been a member of The Players since 1996, when he appeared as “Strong Pong” in the Aladdin pantomime and sang in the 32nd Old Time Music Hall production. Most recently he was cast in the Spring 2017 Players production of Something’s Afoot, but had to drop out because of back problems that subsequently required surgery. Now fully recovered, Dave has helped paint the set for our 54th Old Time Music Hall, and also took on the protracted job of securing the approvals needed to use the copyrighted songs included in the show. In 2008 Dave retired from the Federal government after working as an attorney for 29 years in the U.S. Department of Justice and 4 years as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
Sara Cath – Treasurer
Sara became a member of the British Players in 2014 and joined the Board in 2016. She began her tenure with the Players helping backstage for the 50th Anniversary Music Hall, which quickly snowballed into performing in Panto and Music Hall. While continuing to be a part of almost every production over the last five seasons, she took on the role of Treasurer and production Business Manager in 2017 after earning her B.S. in accounting. In her “spare” time, she adjudicates for the Ruby Griffith Awards.
Tyler Hanson – Co-Social Media Manager
Tyler has been with the Players for only a year, but has worked all three productions in the 2018-19 season. He has been involved with theatre since middle school and in that time, has served on the Board of Directors with the Wildwood Summer Theatre. Besides the typical board duties, Tyler worked on the Finances Committee and assisted the producer. Also, during his senior year at Magruder HS, he was Business and House Manager for the drama club. His duties included designing the playbill, posters, and t-shirts; obtaining advertisements; keeping track of online ticket sales; and running front of house for each performance. By day, Tyler is a History Teacher with a love for learning and works at Tuscarora High Schoo, Frederick, MD.
Michelle Hessel – Membership Secretary & Co-Social Media Manager
Michelle has enjoyed being a Board Member for the past two years and has been involved with The Players on and off since 1999. She has performed in multiple pantomimes and codirected the 2012 Panto. She is also an occasional Bar Maid and enthusiastic Ruby Griffith adjudicator. Holding a BA in Theater from George Washington University, she has performed with professional and community theaters across the DMV and believes her experience and knowledge makes her valuable to the Board. Michelle is on an award winning real estate team and also teaches early childhood music at multiple locations in MD and DC.
Nicola Winterton Hoag – Vice President & Socials Co-Chair
Nicola joined The Players over twenty years ago after performing as a Bow Belle in Music Hall. Over the years she has been involved in many productions both on and off stage (including being responsible for all the costumes for this year’s Music Hall), and has served on The Players’ Board as Corresponding Secretary and Social Chair.
Mike Lewis – President
Mike joined the British Players in 1980 and worked in many back-stage roles through 1989, when his job took him away from Washington. He was a Trustee for several years and a Ruby Griffith Awards adjudicator. As a professional engineer, Mike has worked on transportation projects in multiple countries and currently provides consultant engineering services for railway electrification systems. Since returning to Maryland in 2007, Mike has been involved in some way in all British Players’ productions, and was elected to the BP Board in 2008, serving as Vice President and Technical Director. As a Board member, Mike’s primary objectives are to maintain the Players’ emphasis on British-themed theatre and to further expand our niche role in the very competitive community theatre environment in which we now find ourselves.
Matt Mills – Technical Director
Matt is a web designer by day and sound designer by night. He has worked in many different technical theatre roles (even on stage once!) in over 55 productions in the past 9 years, after being bitten by the theatre bug. The 51st Old Time Music Hall was his first show with the Players and one of the first shows he worked on after leaving his Columbia, South Carolina theatre community behind. He enjoyed it enough to stick around for 8 more BP productions and is still counting. He was elected to the Board in 2018 and currently serves as Deputy Technical Director. Matt hopes to continue serving on the Board, contributing his technical expertise to BP’s operations and productions.
Emilia O’Connor-Barr – Publicity Manager
Emilia has been a BP member since the times when we were still at the Embassy. More often than not, you will see her involved in Panto or helping out wherever she can. Aside from directing a Panto for BP, she has worn practically every theatre “hat” having been an actor, director/asst. director, teacher, stage manager, vocal coach, and techie, among others. She started at an early age with Imagination Stage (Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts) and went on to NYU’s Playwrights Horizons Studio. She is a co-founder and artist for ArtStream, Inc., where she was on the board for almost a decade, and has served on the BP board this past year assisting with publicity. She is also a Special Educator for Montgomery County Public Schools.
Lauren Pacuit – Socials Co-Chair
Lauren moved to Chevy Chase, MD in 2012 from Amsterdam. Originally from Westport, CT she holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MA in Educational Psychology from New York University. Lauren has served on Blossom Birth’s Board of Directors. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Rollingwood Citizens Association, and was Co-president for two years. She currently serves on the Child Center of NY advisory board, and loves volunteering in the community and helping to bring people together. Lauren has been involved with the Players for three years and enjoys performing in Panto with her daughter, Lily.