Board of Directors



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Austin Peay State University | Clarksville

Noel Rennerfeldt is an Associate Professor of Scenic/Lighting Design for the Department of Theatre and Dance at Austin Peay State University. Noel holds a Bachelors degree from Wayne State College; a Master of Arts is Scene Design from Miami University: and a Master of Fine Arts in Scene Design from Northern Illinois University.

President Elect

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Lee University | Cleveland

Christine Williams is Coordinator of Theatre at Lee University. She is an Associate Professor of Theatre and teaches acting, theatre history and literature, costume design and various other courses in addition to directing in the production season.


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Austin Peay State University | Clarksville, TN

Dale Pickard is a lighting and sound designer who has worked in theaters from coast to coast, including California, Iowa, Maine, Virginia, Indiana and Nebraska. Dale has taught at Virginia Intermont College and Christopher Newport University. She graduated with her BA in Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University and her MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Virginia. Dale is an active member of SETC and USITT. She has also spent 5 summers with the American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF) helping high school students from across the country and Canada transplant and perform their productions in Edinburgh, Scotland for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.



East Tennessee State University | Johnson City

Melissa is an Associate Professor of Theatre at East Tennessee State University and serves as the Division of Theatre's Lighting Designer and Technical Director.

Immediate Past President

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Heather McMahon

Maryville College | Maryville

Heather McMahon is Associate Professor of Theatre at Maryville College where she teaches and directs. She has a Ph.D. from Indiana University in Theatre History and Dramatic Literature.

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Chalise Ludlow

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga | Chattanooga

Community Theatre Chair and AACT Representative


Cookeville Performing Arts Center | Cookeville

Chad McDonald is the Cultural Arts Superintendent for the City of Cookeville at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center. He also serves as Production Manager for SETC during the Annual Convention. He has been involved with TTA since 1997 serving previously as Community Theatre Chair and President.

Secondary Schools Chair

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Wilson Central High School | Lebanon

Katharine teaches and directs at Wilson Central High School in Lebanon, Tn. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Music Performance and holds Masters degrees in Education and Theatre from Cumberland University.


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Tennessee Stage Company | Knoxville

Tom Parkhill is the Founding Artistic Director of the Tennessee Stage Company.

SETC Auditions Coordinator

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Austin Peay State University | Clarksville

Talon Beeson is an Assistant Professor of Acting/Directing at Austin Peay State University. He holds an MFA in Acting from DePaul University and a BFA in Music Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory. Talon specializes in movement based acting styles and voice training. He has been heard in numerous commercials, TV shows, radio dramas, and video games and his short films have been featured in several festivals. You can learn more about Talon at

Student Representative

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East Tennessee Representative and secondary school division vice chair

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Austin-East Magnet High School | Knoxville

East Tennessee Representative

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Cleveland High School | Cleveland

Don Markham is theater director and teacher at Cleveland High School. He graduated with a math degree and a minor in speech communications from Pittsburg Stage University, Kansas. He holds a MA and EdS in Educational Leadership from Tennessee Technical University. Don is also seen on stage every December playing the role of Drosselmeyer in the Tennessee Youth Ballet production of the Nutcracker.

Theatre For Youth Chair

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Jonathan Taylor

East Tennessee State University | Johnson City

Middle Tennessee Representative

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Middle Tennessee Representative


Emily Seal

Motlow State Community College | Lynchburg

Emily Seal earned her MFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi and her BA in Theatre and Speech from Union University in Jackson, TN. She currently teaches Children’s Drama, Theatre Production, Introduction to Communication, and Theatre Appreciation at Motlow College. She has worked professionally in repertory theatre, touring theatre, and outdoor drama. She loves dogs, movies, and Shakespeare. When Professor Seal isn’t lecturing a class or directing in the theatre, she enjoys chasing around her three-year old son, Eliot, with her loving husband, Davis. For more information, check out her website,

West Tennessee Representative

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John Klonowski

Union University | Jackson

John Klonowski is currently serving as Theatre professor at Union University in West Tennessee, where he and his wife, Kristin, and their two children have been living since 2010. John received an MFA in Scenic Design from UC Davis and a BA in Speech/Theatre from Lewis University outside of Chicago, IL. John has designed professionally for Sacramento Theatre Co. and San Francisco Shakespeare Co. as well as for Capstone Theatre Co., a Christian drama ministry which he co-founded with his wife, Kristin, and friend, Don Bosley.

West Tennessee Representative and Social media coordinator


John Smiley

Christian Brothers High School | Memphis

John Smiley is the Director of Theatre at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, TN. He holds an MFA in acting from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently studying to become certified in the Michael Chekhov acting technique.

At-Large Representative

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University of Tennessee at Chattanooga | Chattanooga

Gaye Jeffers is an Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She teaches courses in directing, theatre history, and theory and criticism. Chicago theatre credits include the Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, and Chicago Dramatists.

At-Large Representative

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Beth Skinner

East Tennessee State University | Johnson City

Beth Skinner is the Costume Shop Supervisor at East Tennessee State University where she also works as a Costume Designer and an Adjunct Professor. She works during the summers as Head Draper at Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. Previously she has worked as a Draper at the Houston Ballet and as the Costume Shop Manager at Milliken University. She has a MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a BA from Vassar College.

SETC Representative

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Chattanooga State Community College | Chattanooga

Rex Knowles is Executive Director of the Professional Actor Training Program at Chattanooga State.


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Jackie Murray


Ms. Jackie Murray, The Voice for the New Sound of Soul (a new genre, Spiritual Soul), is a professional singer/songwriter/actress who has been on stage in several Memphis area theaters, and throughout the mid-South. The title track of her debut album with Memphis record label, Power Records, is called “Soul Dance,” which highlights how Memphis has been instrumental in spreading soul music all around the world. She is a teaching artist with the Tennessee Arts Commission. She has also directed several stage productions, including the 2016 staging of “The Juneteenth Story,” for which she won a Diversity on Stage Award for Best Director of 2016. Ms. Jackie penned her one woman show, “Harriet Tubman: One Woman’s Journey,” in 2012 and has performed it numerous times in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee for excited audiences, both young and old, as she tours to schools and universities. You can also see her in several local commercials and award winning films. Her motto is, “Not pursuing your dreams is like being a bird that is afraid of heights.”

Vendor Representative

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Victoria Fisher

Barbizon Lighting

Executive Director (Ex-Officio)