The Board of the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7pm at the theatre, unless rehearsals require the meeting to be held elsewhere. See the ART Calendar for exact dates. Board meetings are open to the public, and those interested in renting the space or proposing a show are encouraged to attend a board meeting to formally present their idea.
Karelisa Hartigan joined the A.R.T. Board in 2011 and was elected president this year. She retired from UF in 2008 where she taught Greek language and literature for 36 years. She rather grew up in community theater and spent her college years in the light booth. She has been doing improv in various forms for the past 11 years, especially through the Arts-in-Medicine program at Shands. In 2010 she initiated a program of Applied Improv for the Veterans at the VA Honor Domicile in Gainesville. Two years ago, she directed the local production of Theater of War at A.R.T. and in 2012 she directed and starred in Vesta, a play about end-of-life issues, produced to benefit Haven Hospice.
Jerry Rose has acted, directed and served on the Board for several years.
He has directed Six Characters in Search of an Author, Cages, Independence, Waiting for the Parade, Greetings!, Beauty Queen of Lenane, and A Moon for the Misbegotten at ART as well as acting in lead roles in End Game, The Drawer Boy and Love Letters. He spearheaded and still leads ART’s “travelling troupe” of actors who develop and take ART shows to off-venue sites for production at places closer to where people live. He is a retired professor of sociology from SUNY Fredonia.
Sally is a semi-retired nurse-midwife and family nurse practitioner from UF’s College of Medicine. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Michigan where she was a member of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society and a volunteer with the University Players. She worked backstage with set construction, props, crew and make-up. She then took a break for a few decades during which she received her certifications as a nurse-midwife and nurse practitioner, and a master’s in Primary Care Nursing from the University of Tennessee. In 2002 she was cast in a couple of comedy sketches and has been acting ever since. Her first role was at the ART in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and has since appeared in Independence and You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running. She has also appeared at the High Springs Community Theater in several productions, the last being Moon Over Buffalo. In 2011 she was asked to be on the Board of the ART where she served as secretary.
George Steven O’Brien
Head Carpenter/Facilities Manager
Rapscallions Managing Director
George is a Gainesville-based artist, musician, comedian, and puppeteer. He has also dabbled in underground independent films and is one of three coordinators and an active member of the Alachua County Rapscallions. He has participated in The Haiti Project at Santa Fe Community College and appeared as Biff Loman in Death of a Salesman at High Springs Community Theatre. When he is not busy with theatre or music, he will be found creating a variety of abstract art, sculpture, and marionettes in his home-based studio, TigerMonkey Creations. His work may be purchased on his TigerMonkey Creations Etsy site.
Publicity Director: marketing[at]acrosstown.org
Production and Design Manager
ARTiS Director: artis[at]acrosstown.org
Rachel Wayne began a life in the performing arts at a young age, and got bitten by the theatre bug at age 15, when she joined the theatre club at her high school. She began designing properties and working in the scene shop at her university theatre in 2005, served as Company Stage Manager for the Immediate Theatre Project in Valdosta, GA, and as stage manager, properties manager, sound designer, and run crew head for mainstage productions at Valdosta State Theatre. She is a frequent stage manager at the ART and has also worked on shows at the Hippodrome and at High Springs Community Theatre. She is a Masters student in Visual and Applied Anthropology at UF. She joined the board in 2013 as Production and Design Manager.
Darren Willis is a writer/actor/director residing in NW Gainesville with two roommates and a dog. You may recognize him from such ART productions as Xmas from Heck, Outburst and Geneva. His original play The Peppermint King will be debuting at the Acrosstown in January. He also writes and performs sketch comedy with local groups SketchyYeti and Manic Menagerie. In his off time, he enjoys walking, sleeping, watching TV and attempting to make music.