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.
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 currently serves as secretary.
Rapscallions Artistic Director
Keith Berg is a retired emeritus professor of psychology from the University of Florida. Since retirement
in 2008 he has been increasingly involved with the theater arts as a member of the senior
performers, participating in various play reading groups, and joining the ART board in 2012. He
played the role of the Postman in Come Back, Little Sheba at ART as well as the understudy to
the male lead, “Doc.” In the one performance as Doc he was noted for his effective portrayal
as a drunk but found to be “not too scary in attacking the woman playing his wife.” His other
artistic interests involve a life-long involvement in music (percussion in various groups, singing), including the Klezmer Katz and the Jazz Bandits, and a more recent attempt to become an amateur glass artist (stained glass, hot glass).
Production and Design Manager
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 Anthropology at UF. She joined the board in 2013 as Production and Design Manager.