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Bill Croghan

William Croghan is a 15 year resident of the Mount Vernon/ Lisbon area. He lives there with his wife Christine, their two children having reached adulthood. A long tenured board member, he is involved primarily with set construction. He also appears on stage in every thing except musicals.

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Barb Shepley

Barb Shepley has been involved with costuming for the theatre for over 30 years. And it all started when she said she could sew! Although she has no formal training in costuming or design she not only does costumes for community theatre, but the high school and middle school as well. That’s at least 6 shows a year. She has also helped with other community and school projects over the years. A student once asked her why she does all this and her response was, “well, it’s not for the money.” But when she sees a person put on that costume and “become” their character, then it’s all worthwhile.

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Amy White

Amy White has been involved with MVLCT since their 1998 production of Steel Magnolias. Her original plays and monologues (including Animal FactsDrama at Dry Gulch Creek, and Someone Who Knew Her) have been performed by MVLCT and other groups. Amy believes in the power of live theatre to engage and educate everyone. A resident of Mt. Vernon, Amy is also the director of the Lisbon Public Library.

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Laura Werkman

Laura Werkman has been active with community theater since the first show that MVCT performed of “Oklahoma” in 1980. She served for over 20 years in every aspect of the board of directors & productions except musical director & choreography, since she can’t dance or read music! After a 10 year hiatus, she is excited to join the board of directors of MVLCT & to get involved in productions with this amazing group of talented & committed people.

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Braden JP Rood

Publicity and Promotions Officer:
Braden JP Rood has proudly been a member of the MVLCT board since 2005 filling various roles from actor to producer to set construction among many others—basically whatever needs to be done for the show!  She also owns MY Studio and loves to volunteer in her beloved Mount Vernon.  All of this is accomplished with the support of her amazing husband, Anton and her three boys, Jasper, Atticus and Chester.

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Grant Freeman

Education Director:
Grant Freeman is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy: Dramaturgy. He currently serves as the Group Head Coach of the award-winning Mount Vernon High School Speech Team. He has been involved with MVLCT since Middle School as a director, actor, producer, dramaturg, and designer. Grant’s theatrical focuses included community-driven social change, Shakespearean tragedy, classical adaptations, and experimental theatre. He is a proud board member and proud of the accomplishments the board has made in the past few years.


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Kim Benesh

Kim Benesh has served on the board for many years, only once coming terrifyingly close to being board president. By day, she can be found as lead innkeeper at Cornell College’s Brackett House, manager of The Sing-A-Long Bar and Grill, and on regular occasion singing to small children in the group Balderdash Ditty, but her number one priority will always be her children and grandchildren. She is honored and feels great privilege to be serving on a board with such a generous and kind group of people committed to bringing the joy of theatre to our community and surrounding area.

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Wendy McClain

Wendy McClain is a teacher and speech coach at Prairie.  A member of the Mt. Vernon community and a long time supporter and occasional actor for MVLCT she is pleased and proud to be a member of the MVLCT board.  Most recently you catch a glimpse of Wendy back at the lighting panel or changing scenery between scenes but always active in the latest production.

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Mary Morgan-Blacharski

Mary Morgan-Blacharski was one of the first audience members of MVLCT, when her mom directed Oklahoma In 1980. Mary has been acting with MVLCT Since 2009 and she joined the board in 2020.  This community theatre is as welcoming and full of artistic energy as the community where it was born and raised. Mary is proud to serve on the board.

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