A Christmas Carol Creative Team/Production Staff
DirectorJenna Tamisiea Elser
Jenna is the Artistic Director of Glow Lyric Theatre, which is a vocal arts company producing opera and musical theatre in response to the political and social climate of South Carolina. She is also a freelance director throughout the Southeast, most recently at The Spoleto Festival, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Goodly Frame Theatre, The Warehouse Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre, Northern Arizona University and Converse Opera Theatre. Jenna recently won the American Prize in Directing for her production of WEST SIDE STORY. She is also a recipient of the Robert Porterfield Directing Award, a finalist for the Drama League New Musicals Fellowship, a Suzi Bass Award nominee and was chosen for the 2021 Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Observership Program. She holds an MFA in Directing from Florida State University.
GFT Artistic DirectorDavid Sebren
David currently serves as the Artistic Director of Goodly Frame Theatre. He holds an MFA in Directing from Florida State University, and a BFA in Acting from UNCG. David is currently an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, and a Level 2 Combatant with Dueling Arts International. He has worked professionally as an actor, director, designer, and fight director since graduating from UNCG in 2006, and has worked with companies from North Carolina to California. He currently serves on the faculty of Greensboro College and Wake Technical Community College. He also serves as the resident fight director for GLOW Lyric Theatre in Greenville, SC. Some of David’s past credits include - Directing: FRANKENSTEIN, MACBETH, FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, TARTUFFE, SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS, THE CAT IN THE HAT. Acting: WRIGHTS OF PASSAGE, FORTUNE, JACKIE AND ME, SPAMALOT!, HATFIELDS AND MCCOYS. Fight Direction: THE HANDMAID'S TALE (opera), STINNEY (opera), AIDA, CARMEN (opera), FIDELIO (opera), ROMEO ET JULIETTE (opera), WEST SIDE STORY, THE CRUCIBLE (opera).
GFT Founder & Executive DirectorMeredith DiPaolo Stephens
Meredith DiPaolo Stephens, previously assistant managing director of the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival and managing and producing artistic director of Shared Radiance Theatre, is the founder and Executive Director of Goodly Frame Theatre. Meredith's training in Shakespeare’s language and performance includes work at UNC Greensboro, Oxford University, Harvard University, the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Lives!, the American Shakespeare Center, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. Her recent acting credits include Banquo in Macbeth (Studio 1) Philanthropist/Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol: Pedro's Legacy (GFT), Venus in Dido, Queen of Carthage (TSMGO), Sarah in The Malone Family in the Enchanted Forest (Clint Festa), Antonio in The Merchant of Venice (TSMGO), Carol in Season's Screenings (Spring Theatre), Duchess of Gloucester in Richard II (TSMGO), Chancellor Whitemarsh in Lock-In (Spring Theatre), Ebenezer Scrooge in An Old Salem Christmas Carol (Little Theatre of Winston Salem), Banquo in Macbeth (Andy Griffith Playhouse), Feste in Twelfth Night (Shared Radiance Theatre), and Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shared Radiance Theatre); recent directing credits include Much Ado About Nothing, Affairs of the Heart, Finding Shakespeare, Reboot, A Simple Jester, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Meredith is currently on an informal hiatus from GFT while she is working on her MFA Acting Classical and Contemporary Text at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. www.meredithdipaolostephens.com
Sound Design3 and 3 AV
The 3 and 3 AV team of Stuart Smith and Anderson Burgess appreciates being entrusted by Goodly Frame Theatre to provide the sound for today's performance. We hope our efforts enhance your enjoyment of this unique production. Contact us at 3and3av.com if you need audio or video support for your upcoming event or equipment for your location!
Costume DesignerJennifer Ackland
Jennifer is so happy to be working on her favorite show again. This version is near and dear to her heart and it’s truly like coming home again after many years. Jennifer most recently worked as shop manager and draper for The Atlanta Opera and the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA, among other local theaters. She spent the majority of her career with The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival as Costume Shop Manager and Head Draper. She would like to thank David and Jenna for bringing her on board to help with this amazing show! “I made it…link by link and yard by yard. I girded it on of my own free will and of my own free will I wore it”!!!!
GFT Marketing DirectorKeaton Brower
Keaton Brower is a Triad-based theatre artist and educator. He is currently the Marketing Director at Goodly Frame Theatre and Lead Theatre Instructor at NC Governor's School East. Performance credits with Goodly Frame include A CHRISTMAS CAROL, as well as the June 2023 developmental reading and October 2023 production of FRANKENSTEIN. Other credits include work in various capacities at Triad Stage, New Repertory Theatre, the Boston Center for American Performance, the NC Shakespeare Festival, NC Thespians, and the Cherokee Historical Association. Training: BFA in Theatre Arts (Performance) with a minor in Arts Leadership, Boston University; Diploma in Classical Acting, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art; High School Diploma in Drama, University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Certificate in Theatre, NC Governor's School East. www.KeatonBrower.com
Assistant Stage ManagerBrittany Carter
Brittany Carter is thrilled to be returning to Goodly Frame. Recent credits include stage managing MEASURE FOR MEASURE (Goodly Frame Theatre), A POET'S LOVE, ONLY AN OCTAVE APART (Spoleto Festival USA), GALAXIES IN HER EYES (Director Kristine McIntyre, presented at the HPU Planetarium), CINDERELLA (Spring Theatre), ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (Kernersville Little Theatre), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Community Theatre of Greensboro), WHEN WE WERE MARRIED, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (Theatre Statesville), HEAR OUR VOICES, FEEDING THE MOONFISH, HERE WE GO, URINETOWN (UNCG School of Theatre). Her assistant stage management credits include FRANKENSTEIN (Goodly Frame Theatre), OMAR (Spoleto Festival USA, Carolina Performing Arts), IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY, and A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Triad Stage).
Lighting DesignerRob Eastman-Mullins
Rob Eastman-Mullins is a freelance scenographer—designing scenery, lighting, and costumes—and a Professor of Design & Production at Wake Forest University. His work has been seen at Syracuse Opera, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, New Theatre (Miami), Triad Stage, Festival Stage, NC Shakespeare Festival, and exhibited at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial and 2022 World Stage Design. A fan of working on new plays, Rob has designed for premieres with such playwrights as Jeff Baron, Melinda Lopez, Catherine Bush, John Strand, Vanessa Garcia, and Shirley Lauro.
Music DirectorChristy Elkins
Dr. Christy Elkins is best known for bringing high energy and laughter to music theatre. She is the owner of Music Matters Studio, which offers accompaniment, coaching, and audition preparation. She is also a freelance music director and accompanist for productions throughout the Triad. Christy has collaborated with many theatre companies for over 20 years. Favorite credits include: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, BROADWAY OUR WAY (Triad Pride Acting Company), ROCK OF AGES, COMPANY (UNCG), MEMPHIS, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (CTG), and SISTER ACT (Weaver Academy). Christy was the music director and accompanist for the Triad’s regional premiere of ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE with the Theatre Guild of Rockingham County. She serves as a staff accompanist at UNCG, where she also teaches classes and music directs, and is the Assistant Artistic Director of Triad Pride Performing Arts. When not in rehearsals, Christy serves as Music Director at Morehead United Methodist Church. She lives in Summerfield with her husband, three children, and dog, Scooby.
Production AssistantHolli Elkins
Holli Elkins is a recent graduate of Faith Academy. She has been involved in several shows both onstage and as crew. Credits include THE LITTLE MERMAID (Caldwell Academy), ANNIE KIDS (Community Theatre of Greensboro), NUNCRACKERS (Open Space Café Theatre), ANNIE, MARY POPPINS (Theatre Guild of Rockingham County), FOOTLOOSE (GPA), ASSASSINS, BROADWAY OUR WAY (Triad Pride Acting Company), and THE DENIM KING: THE MOSES CONE STORY (Well-Spring). Holli also is an active part of the AV team at Morehead United Methodist Church.
Scenic Artist, DresserJordan (Jort) Ingersoll
Jordan (Jort) Ingersoll is a second year student at Greensboro College studying technical theatre. This is their second production with Goodly Frame Theatre, and they’ve loved every second with the company. Enjoy the show and happy holidays!
Assistant Stage ManagerEmily Moore
Emily Moore is a student in her final semester at GTCC studying Technical Theatre. She’s been studying theatre as both an actor and technician for the past seven years and plans to continue at a four-year institution after graduating from GTCC. Her ultimate goal is to work as a stage manager for a touring theater company in the U.S and abroad.
Stage Manager, GFT Production ManagerAbigail L. Mowbray
Abigail L. Mowbray is a production manager and stage manager from Northeast Georgia. Selected Stage Management credits include Stop Kiss, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Handmaid's Tale, and Stinney: An American Execution.
GFT Box Office ManagerCat W. Nova
Cat W. Nova is an all-things-management theatre artist. She began working with Goodly Frame in December of 2021 and is grateful to continue to be a part of the company. Cat has a passion for theatre as well as education, she is currently pursuing her M.Ed. at UNCG.
Cassidy Pruitt is a performer and choreographer who has thoroughly enjoyed being behind the scenes for this production. She is a recent graduate of UNCG and when not at the theatre she can be found teaching at Break N Out dance studio in Greensboro and at Sheets Dance Academy in Lexington. She would like to thank her amazing fiancé, Cam, for his support and for many yummy post-rehearsal homecooked meals.