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Board Members

President / Executive Director
Terry Kelley

Vice President / Volunteer Coordinator 
Cora Connelly

Artistic Director
Andrea Holliday

Associate Artistic Director 
Steve Bice

Children’s Theatre Director
Education Director

Melanie Brown

Carter DeShazo

Karen Herring

Fundraising Chair 
Cindy Davino

Members at Large
Chris Alonzo
Cindy Davino

Annual Volunteers

Library Liaison
Alison Galbraith

Publicity and Donor Relations
Carter DeShazo

Social Media Manager
Amber DeBlanc

Website Manager
Kimberly Farr

Newsletter Manager
Amy Wells

Graphic Designer
Chris Alonzo

Playbill Creator
Ross Blair

Ticketing Manager
Julie Wells

Lighting Manager
Lori McCormack

Volunteers Still Needed


Marketing Manager

Community Visibility

Poster Coordinator

Educational/School Liaison


Terry Kelley – President / Executive Director

Bio coming soon!

Andrea Holliday – Artistic Director

Bio coming soon!

Steve Bice – Associate Artistic Director

Bio coming soon!

Melanie Brown – Children’s Theatre Director and Education Director

Bio coming soon!

Martha Williams – Secretary

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Karen Herring – Treasurer

Bio coming soon!

Cora Connelly – Assistant to the Directors

Cora began with a love for theatre in high school, on stage and designing sets. After completing a degree in Psychology and Art, she went on to work as a Special Education teacher, home-school her own children, move around the world, and eventually land in Texas. There her theatre involvement got a fresh boost through her children and The Theatre Company.  After painting larger sets there and performing together as a family, the first activity she looked for upon moving to Auburn was a community theatre, and she’s been with AACT ever since.  After several years working primarily with children’s shows designing sets, coordinating technical staff and volunteers, she joined the board.  As a new empty-nester, she has more time to devote to a variety of background tasks, such as organizing the season kickoff and coordinating year-round jobs. Occasionally she still slips on stage, most recently as Gramma Addams at New Horizons Theatre. In her other job, she is a dyslexia tutor and wife to an Auburn professor.

Cindy Davino – Fundraising Chair

Bio coming soon!

Chris Alonzo – Member at Large

Chris Alonzo is a director, playwright, and musician whose work has most recently been seen outside of AACT at the Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival, Write Club Atlanta, and on the soundtrack of the indie film Rich Kids. A graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in playwriting, he was the Managing Director of Manhattan Children’s Theatre, a playwriting fellow with the New York Theatre Workshop, and currently serves as the Marketing Manager for the Atlanta Fringe Festival. By day he has worked primarily in corporate and non-profit marketing and as a freelance graphic designer and writer. He lives with his 8-year-old son, who is the absolute greatest. 

Carter De Shazo – Member at Large

Carter deShazo is a resident of Opelika and has volunteered with Auburn Area Community Theatre since 2015 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2017. She is a graduate of Auburn University and works locally as the Office Coordinator for First Team Construction Co., Inc. She serves on the board of Keep Opelika Beautiful and the local chapter of PFLAG as treasurer. She is also an alum of Opelika’s 20 Under 40 program. Has been on stage for past productions Spamalot!,The Red Velvet Cake War,To Kill A Mockingbird, and The Last Round-Up of the Guacamole Queens.