The Players Theatre

Board Of Trustees

Board of Trustees, 2014-2015


Leona Collesano - Board Chair - Technology Department, Sarasota County School District 

Michael G. Brown, Esq. – Vice Chair - is a civil litigation attorney in his own private practice in Sarasota. In addition to performing in more than a dozen musicals at The Players, Michael has served two terms as the Players’ Treasurer, and is excited about his upcoming term as the Vice Chair of the Players Board of Trustees, beginning in September, 2014.

Ken Prokop - Treasurer - Prokop P.A. & Prokop Realty

Barbara Johnson - Secretary - has been in Sarasota since she was nine years-old.  She has performed with The Players Theatre as multiple times. Barbara has a Bachelors in Theatre Arts from Denison University and a Masters in Drama and Speech from Northwestern University. Barbara was a Drama teacher for 20 years until she retired to Sarasota in 2000. She is happy to be an active part of Sarasota arts education and a member of the Players Theatre Board of Trustees since 2008.



Patricia Abate - is a Certified Public Accountant working in the private sector.  However, her true passion is the theatre.  Pat began volunteering at The Players Theatre in 1995 and went on to stage manage twelve productions including “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Titanic”.  Pat made her directorial debut this summer at the New Play Festival. Pat is a former board member of the Riverfront Theatre of Bradenton and the past president of the Epilepsy Foundation of Southwest Florida.

Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton – Assistant Professor, Argosy University.

Donna DeFant - is a Financial Advisor in Sarasota since 1985; she has her CFP (Certified Financial Planner) & ADPA (Accredited Domestic Partnership Advisor)  designations. She loves her after-hours time on-stage and Backstage at The Players. She is happy to devote her extra time and energy to the Board of Directors.

Robert Procter – Retired Law Enforcement.

Emma Riahi – Student Board Member.

Alan Roberts – Business Entrepreneur/Playwright.

Christopher Staine, Esq. – Construction Law.


updated 2/9/2015

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