• Morton Theatre Corporation

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  • Morton Theatre Corporation Mission Statement

    Morton Theatre Corporation enriches lives & educates people through shared cultural & community experiences while preserving & honoring the theatre's rich African American heritage.

  • Current Board of Directors

  • Robert Tucker


    Member since July 2013.

    Robert Tucker is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. After completing studies in psychology and dramatic arts at the University of South Alabama, Robert moved to Athens and earned his Master's degree in Social Work.

    Robert currently works at Impact Counseling and Consulting as a family and individual counselor. Robert also performs evaluations for the county court system, the Department of Family and Children Services, and the Department of Juvenile Justice.

    In addition to his professional duties, Robert is also a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church West where he plays bass guitar for the choirs and he also writes and directs plays for the creative arts ministry at the church. As a board member, Robert is honored to be part of the Morton Theatre and he enjoys the rich history it provides.

  • Christin Schifano

    Vice President

    Member since 2016.

    Christin Schifano is a costume designer with a MFA in Theatrical Design. A former employee of the Morton Theatre, Christin is now a freelance designer and mother of two. Previously, she was employed as Assistant Wardrobe Mistress for Manilow's touring production, working throughout the US, UK and Ireland. Her work has been featured in several publications and in an international exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial in 2011.

  • Michelle Dooley


    Member since 2016.

    Ms. Dooley earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Masters of Accountancy from Auburn University. She is a registered Certified Public Accountant in the State of Alabama. She is currently the Controller for McCann Aerospace Machining and has been in manufacturing operations for 10 years.
    In her spare time, Michelle enjoys supporting her daughter’s competitive dancing activities as a member of Inspire School for the Art’s Dance Elite team.

  • Pattie Strickland


    Past President
    Member since March 2011.

    Ms. Strickland is a graduate of Georgia State University and has been employed at the University of Georgia since 2006. She is a Past President of the Morton Theatre Board of Directors. In her spare time, Pattie enjoys traveling with her family, reading and watching movies. She is also a member of the Junior League of Athens and serves on the Board of the Athens Area Homeless Shelter.

  • Robert Harrison

    Board Member

    Member since July 2012.

    Dr. Robert Harrison is a graduate of University of Georgia (EDD Adult Education, EDS Student Personnel and MED Rehabilitation Counseling) and of Mississippi Valley State University. He is the current Executive Director of the Institute for Community and Organizational Development, Inc. and Director of the Vistas Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. In the past, Robert was the Project Director for Friends For Life Mentoring, NETSPAN Community Technology Network, Adolescent Health and Youth Development Statewide Training, IHDD, UGA, as well as Educational Opportunity Center, Talent Search, Upward Bound – UGA. He is a former panel member of the vision committee of the Athens-Clarke County Department of Human and Economic Development and former board member of Hope Haven, Inc. Robert is currently a board member of the Morton Theatre, Renaissance Development Consortium, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and is a member of First African Methodist Episcopal Church.

  • Barbara Taylor

    Board Member

    Member since July 2013.

    Ms. Taylor, a native Athenian, attended North Athens Elem. School, Lyons Junior High School, Burney Harris High School and was a member of the first graduating class of Clarke Central High School. She attended Paine College and graduated with a BS in Elementary Education. After 35 year of teaching in Morgan and Clarke County School Districts, she has recently retired.

    Barbara has also worked with the city of Athens as a Rec Leader at Central Athens Community Center and as Summer Camp Co-director. She worked many years as YWCO Summer Girls Club Director.

    Barbara enjoys reading, crossword puzzles, traveling and running marathons all over the USA, biking, hiking and any thing outdoors.

  • Karen Russell

    Board Member, Marketing Committee Chair

    Member since 2015.

    Dr. Russell is a Jim Kennedy Professor of New Media in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. A graduate of the University of West Georgia and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she has taught public relations at UGA for more than 20 years, with special interest in social media and online reputation management. She edited the Journal of Public Relations Research from 2009-2015, and her students have won numerous awards, including a national championship in the Public Relations Student Society of America’s case study competition in 2007. When Karen is not on Twitter (@karenrussell), she’s probably reading a good mystery or watching The Voice with her daughter, who has danced more than once on the stage at the Morton Theatre.

  • Russell Studevan

    Board Member

    Members since 2015.

    Dr. Russell H. Studevan is a retired public school administrator and college professor. He received a Bachelors of Arts degree from Cheyney State University in Pennsylvania, and Masters, Education Specialist and Doctorate degrees from Clark Atlanta University. Russell began his career as a high school classroom teacher in 1967, became a school administrator in 1973 and retired in 2013 as an associate professor of Education at Piedmont College.

    Throughout his life, Dr. Studevan has received a number of significant accolades and recognition: Eagle Scout, Teacher of the Year, High School Principal of the Year, President of North Georgia High School Association, and Outstanding Alpha Phi Alpha Man. His commitment to service has provided him an opportunity to perform as a Trustee, Steward, and Sunday School Superintendent at First A.M.E. Church. Additionally, Dr. Studevan has continued his affiliation and work with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated; Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity; Athens Rotary; North Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America; Cavaliers Club, Morton Board; North Georgia High School Association, where he served as its president; Georgia Museum Of Arts Friends and Collectors; and the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation.

    Dr. Studevan has been instrumental in developing programs to mentor young men in preparation for manhood, most specifically the Adelphi and Delta Psi Boule Scholars programs. His motto is “To Believe is to Achieve”.

  • Joyce Reifsteck

    Board Member

    Member since 2016.

    Ms. Reifsteck earned degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Marketing at the University of Tennessee. She completed requirements for Georgia K-12 Teacher Certification at Georgia State University. Her career includes working in engineering, at advertising agencies, in radio and newspaper, teaching high school Science, and teaching Marketing, Copywriting, and Advertising Design at Atlanta College of Art/SCAD Atlanta. She is the owner of a full-service Advertising/Public Relations firm and a Promotional Products company. These adventures, along with her love of cooking, have contributed to Joyce being an overly rounded woman. Her unique ability to talk people out of money, cake, and champagne has allowed her to assist many charities and organizations during the past 35 years, including the American Cancer Society, Piedmont Hospital, the Morton Theatre, Athens-Clarke County Fourth of July Fireworks, and most recently, providing life-saving trauma kits to local Law Enforcement, Fire and Rescue Workers, and school children and employees. She enjoys traveling through time with guys named Fred, which luckily, is the name shared by her husband and son.

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  • Freda Scott Giles, PhD

    Film Festival Committee Chair

    Board of Directors Member 1997-99, 2012-2017

    Dr. Giles earned her PhD at the City University of New York. A specialist in African-American Theatre, directing and acting, she is the author of articles focusing on early African-American Theatre, drama and theatre of the Harlem Renaissance, and contemporary African American theatre practitioners. She has presented papers at national and international conferences, such as Black Theatre Network, ATHE and ASALH. She has several play scripts to her credit, and has directed a number of productions in New York and Georgia. A professional actor and member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, she has performed a number of roles off-Broadway as well as in film, television and radio. Before coming to the University of Georgia, Freda taught at State University of New York at Albany and City College, City University of New York. She currently teaches courses in African American theatre, African theatre, and directing for the stage. She recently retired from the University of Georgia where she was jointly appointed in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies and the Institute for African American Studies.

  • Kizzy Wingfield


    Past President

    Ms. Wingfield is an Athens native who enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and a Masters of Education with a concentration in Psychology and Counseling. She is currently employed with Easter Seals North Georgia as the Family Services Supervisor, ensuring that families receive resources and support in order to become self-sufficient and advocates for their children as they grow and develop. She has over eight years experience providing counseling support and services to a variety of individuals and families.

    Kizzy is the Executive Director of “A Better You”, a consulting agency that provides training in parenting skills, crisis intervention, positive self-image, anger management, and job readiness. In all that she does, Kizzy's attitude toward success is “Achieving Through Believing”. Through this attitude and belief, she spends her time volunteering with the Oglethorpe County Department of Juvenile Justice, Women to the World, Friends for Life Mentoring, Miss Black Athens Teen Pageant, Women of Excellence, and the Boys and Girls Club.

  • Betty Brown Williamson


    Ms. Brown-Williamson is the CEO of We Care Enterprises, Inc., the management company for several entities including Gardenview Funeral Chapel, LLC and Grandview Car Wash in Athens, Georgia, and Williamson Mortuary, LLC and Riverdale Crematory, LLC in Riverdale, Georgia.

    Betty has been serving the Athens are since 1974 as a long term health care owner and administrator. Though she retired in 2009 from day-to-day operations, Betty serves as a consulting and interim administrator in the state of Georgia and remains an active member of the Georgia Health Care Association. In addition to her work with the Morton Theatre Board, she is also an active member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church West, current member and past chairman of the Stillman College Board of Trustees, the Athens Technical School General Education Advisory Board, The Links, Inc., and a life member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the NAACP.

    Betty is a loving mother and grandmother to her daughters and three wonderful grandchildren.

  • Joi Wilson Akridge


  • Lisa Turner


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  • Past Presidents

    Linney Bailey
    Larry Blount
    Dr. Katherine Boardman
    Melanie Burden
    Sige Burden, Jr.
    Hue Henry
    Bill Herringdine
    Heather Hogan
    Janice Mathis
    Warren McPherson
    Mrs. Ronnie Morton
    Dr. Ronald Schoeffler
    Pattie Strickland
    Howard Stroud
    Rodney A. Thomas
    Bruce Williams
    Kizzy Wingfield
    John Vance

  • Board Members 1981-1995

    Linny Bailey
    Leslie K. Bates
    Robert T. Billups
    David R. Bishop
    Julius Bishop
    David Boardman
    Katherine B. Boardman
    Essie Bone
    Ned Bridges
    Joe Burnett
    Laura Ludwig Cater
    Joel Cordle
    E.H. Culpepper, III
    W.E. (Del) Delaper
    Kenneth Dious
    Cathi Doherty
    LaGrange Dupree
    Steven Elliott-Gower
    Thomas Ellis
    Barbara F. Epting
    Leroy Ervin
    Sissy Erwin
    J.W. Fanning
    Bill Foster
    Tom Glaser
    Lane Greene
    Louis T. Griffith
    Bill Herringdine
    Jim Hill
    Bettye Holston
    Mary W. Horton
    Jewel John
    Milton Leathers
    James Locklin
    Nancy Lukasiewicz
    Jeanette Lund
    Carol Lunde
    Janice L. Mathis
    Rowena McCoy
    Mary Frances McDow
    Lee Hunt McNaughton
    Keith McNeely
    G. Barton Middleton
    Jimmy Morris
    Clarissa Myrick-Harris
    Connie Nelson
    Ronnie Norton
    David H. Nunnally, Sr.
    Jill Jayne Read
    Thomas L. Riis
    Henry Rosenthal, Jr.
    Marsha Rosenthal
    Elmer Schact
    Ronald W. Schoeffler
    Howard Scott
    Edward T. Shelton
    Jim Simmons
    Robert Spell
    Mary E. Stakes
    W. Joseph Stell
    Howard Stroud
    Cordelia Taylor
    Michael Thurmond
    John W. Townsend, Jr.
    Joanna Traylor
    Matthew Ware
    John Waters
    Gene G. Weeks
    Mark Wheeler
    Bruce Williams
    Jerry-Lynn Williams
    Roycelynn Williams
    Sally Pat Williams
    Homer Wilson
    Jackie Wright

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