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meet the team

William Skaggs

CEO

William Skaggs is excited to have moved with his family to Sarasota in 2020 to join The Players.  A two-time graduate of Western Kentucky University (WKU)

with a BA in Music and an MBA, William embraces a broad view of the value of the arts to a community via entertainment, education, and economic impacts. Prior to The Players, Mr. Skaggs career has included work as Chief Development Officer for Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC), concurrent appointments as Director of Annual Giving and Director of Alumni Resources at WKU, and as a Financial Advisor.

Lee Gundersheimer

Artistic Director

Lee is excited to be back in Florida where he began his theatre career over 40 years ago.

Raised in Miami, Lee is a graduate of the BFA program in Theatre at Florida State and received his Actor’s Equity Card as one of the original apprentices at the Burt Reynold’s Dinner Theatre in Jupiter, where he worked onstage with Sally Field, Martin Sheen, and Carol Burnett among others.

He was based in New York City for many years and built his first theater on the upper westside, Avalon Rep, before he was thirty. He then helped plan, build, and was the Producing Director of the Century Center for the Performing Arts in Union Square, where two Pulitzer Prize winning plays had their off-Broadway commercial runs. All the while working professionally, Mr. Gundersheimer taught academically in multiple universities, and for ten years was the Industry Liaison for the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. 

 

Mr. Gundersheimer is a performer, director, writer, producer and theatre administrator. He became a scholarship student studying with the master teacher Uta Hagen for many years, before beginning his directing and writing career that has brought him all over the country from off Broadway to Cape Cod to Rochester, Minnesota. His play, Pas De Deux, won the Best New American Play Award on Theatre Row, and another play, Incommunicado, was produced by Tony Award Winner Woodie King Jr. and was nominated for four Audelco Awards including for his writing and directing. Mr. Gundersheimer is a lifetime member of the Actor’s Studio, and was fortunate to have worked on projects with Bryce Dallas Howard, Chad Boseman, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Josh Fox among countless others.

Mr. Gundersheimer has a BFA in Theatre with a minor in English and Shakespeare from Florida State University and a MFA in directing from Brooklyn College.

Patty Campbell

Director of HR

Patty Campbell has been a Sarasota resident for 47 years and is well acquainted and connected in the area. Campbell’s non-profit experience comes from her involvement with

the Sailor Circus (Circus Arts Conservatory) for 26 years. She was director of Sailor Circus for seven years, giving her a unique perspective on the arts in our community. She has worked in The Players box office for five years. She has run Campbell’s Towing and Recovery with her husband for 21 years.

Jolie Schroeder

Director of Operations

Jolie Schroeder joined The Players during the summer of 1996.  Ms. Schroeder is responsible for office operations and procedures for the box office as well as supervising 

all aspects of The Players Studio, including establishing curriculum, hiring instructors, coordinating community events, and overseeing performance groups.  She is very proud of the accomplishments of The Players Kids, most recently a High Gold Award for their performance of Freak Flag from Shrek the Musical.  A Sarasota resident since 1986, Ms Schroeder has 23 years of experience in the operations of performing arts businesses.

Amanda Heisey

Marketing Director

Amanda Heisey has been performing since she was a child. She has a Bachelors of Journalism from The University of Missouri and after working for various news 

outlets finally returned to her passion for the arts. Amanda was the Communications Manager for The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County before coming to work at The Players, starting with the theatre as a volunteer actor. As Marketing Director for The Players Centre and acting teacher for The Players Studio, Amanda relishes supporting what she considers her home theatre. Favorite stage credits include: Green in SHOUT! The Mod Musical, Maggie in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, Anna in Burn This, Linda in Blood Brothers, Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show, Olive in Bullets Over Broadway, Gillian in Bell, Book and Candle and Demeter in Cats.

Justice Wickstrom

Technical Director

Justice is proud to join The Players Centre as their new Technical Director. Originating from Oklahoma, Justice has worked in carpentry, construction, theatre, and prop design among the greater Oklahoma area for the past 10 years. During this time, he was privileged to renovate, remodel, and maintain several theatrical spaces ranging from proscenium-style theatres to black box spaces. He has constructed large and small-scale sets for local theatres, film sets, and university arts programs. In addition to this, he was an integral part of the creation of an award-winning theatre arts outreach program alongside his wife that produced large-scale productions and events. Justice is also a professional and community actor where he has played favorite roles such as John Merrick in The Elephant Man, Algernon and Earnest in separate productions of The Importance of Being Earnest, and J.M. Barrie in The Lost Boy among others. He is excited to use his skill set to think creatively and collaboratively at The Players Centre.  

Morgan Gerhart

Director of Advancement

Morgan Gerhart joined The Players Centre for Performing Arts, as their first development professional with the organization and leading their Center Stage Capital Campaign 

to build a new performing arts facility. She has 10 years in Nonprofit Fundraising and over 20 years as a volunteer in various non-profits in FL, CT, NJ and Scotland. Prior to finding her heart in fundraising, Gerhart spent 25+ years in Hospitality and Tourism working with companies such as Sheraton, Marriott, Ramada and local, independent resorts and restaurants. She is one of the first American graduates of the University of St. Andrews, Scotland and was accepted there because she was the first female bagpiper in an all male band in her hometown of Ramsey, NJ. Gerhart held prior positions with Girls Inc. of Sarasota County as Director of Advancement, Goodwill Manasota as Director of Development, and the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce as Membership Services Director.

Brian Finnerty

Production manager

Brian Finnerty started at TPC/S as an instructor and social media coordinator. Now he’s glad to be the new production coordinator! Brian F. Finnerty has directed, choreographed, and performed in many successful productions throughout Sarasota County. He’s also an instructor here for PK Next Gen, The Players Follies, and Players Tap Co. After being a competition dancer through the age of 17,  he shifted his love toward musical theatre where he attended Booker High’s VPA program and Point Park University’s Conservatory for Performing Arts. Directorial and/or choreography credits include; YANK! A WWII Love Story, Silence: The Musical, Reefer Madness, SHOUT! The Mod Musical, All Shook Up, Hello, Dolly!,the area premier of Head Over Heels, SHREK the Musical, and most recently, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and The SpongeBob Musical with Dingbat Theatre Project. Brian has been seen onstage at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Arundel Barn Playhouse, and with Plump Sisters Productions. Along with working at The Players Centre & Studio, he also works for Dingbat Theatre Project, where he acts as the Associate Artistic Director and Social Media Manager. 

Brenna Griffith

Box Office manager

Georgina Wilmott

Costume Shop Manager

Georgina Willmott has been in the US since 1981 when she arrived with a suitcase, $300 and her sewing machine. Although educated

as an English Literature teacher in Oxford, England she pursued a career in Human Resources Management for 18 years, before returning to her childhood passion of making costumes. She has been designing and sewing for theatre for the past 13 years and has worked at the Players since 2015. She has occasionally been known to tread the boards also in productions of the Island Players, the Island Chapel Players and was last seen as Ms.TV and Grandma Josephina in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. She joined the Players team as Costume Manager in September 2018, where she loves how costumes bring the actors’ characters alive!

Joshua Linderman

AV Engineer

Joshua Linderman grew up on the gulf coast. He was part of the first graduating class from MSA (Manatee School for the Arts) in 2005. 

Josh has worked in theatre since 1998 at many local venues such as the Riverfront Theatre, the Golden Apple dinner theatre, the Van Wezel and of course his home The Players Centre for
Performing Arts.

Matt Neier

Associate Technical Director

Matt Neier is a graduate of Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI with a BFA in Acting/Directing with a minor in Communication Studies. 

He moved to Sarasota in 2014 and has worked as a stage manager, electrician, carpenter and teacher since then. Matt has worked on over 100 productions since 2010 in many different capacities some recent credits include; Lighting Design: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Wiz (Manatee School for the Arts) and Zap! Bang! Pow! An Improvised Super Hero Adventure (Florida Studio Theatre) Stage Management: The CardShark w/Jason Michaels, Come Fly With Me: The Sammy Cahn Songbook, and Over the River and Through the Woods (ASM) (Florida Studio Theatre) Directing credits include: PretendersGod of Carnage, The Fullness of Life, Spotlight and The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year.