Meet the Board
Shalisha Nason Kerr, President
Performing Arts Academy & Storytelling Program Manager
Shalisha Nason Kerr has been a part of ACT since 2007 and joined the ACT Board in 2012. She has participated in ACT’s Summer Institute for the Arts (SIFTA) programs for the past several years in roles ranging from lead instructor, vocal coach, and accompanist to cast member, intern, makeup artist, art instructor, and set designer. She has participated in many ACT original productions including Know Love Know Power, Voices in the Forest, and Neverland; helped to coordinate and accompany for ACT Variety Shows and fundraiser concerts and ensemble groups; and served as a lead instructor in ACT’s Magical Journeys kindergarten visits throughout Washington County, staff member of ACT’s Art in the Woods, and Director, accompanist, and script developer of ACT’s Storytelling in the Parks, Storytelling Outreaches, and Library Storytelling programs. Shalisha recently completed a post-graduate Artist Diploma program in voice performance from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. She received her Master of Music degree in voice performance from Shenandoah in 2010 and also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. She works as a private voice and piano instructor, a substitute teacher in Washington County Public Schools, a freelance visual artist, and a stage performer in opera, musical theatre, recitals and concerts, and theatre.
Robbie Soto, Vice President
Robbie Soto has been involved in the theater community in Washington County for over a decade. After attending college at Full Sail University for film, he made the switch from stage to screen. Robbie wrote and directed his first film REMINISCE which is now set for national and international distribution. He moved up the ranks with the multi award winning film studio called Dark Ronin Media Group from Hanover, PA and is now the Co-Owner and is in charge of Ronin Talent Management and offers talent representation for actors and models all over the area. Robbie made the return to theater 2 years ago when his late uncle (Ralph Mauriello) was in need of some actors for a show he was directing and has loved every minute of it. He joined the board of ACT in 2015 and currently serves as the Program Manager for our Community Theatre!
Janet Brooks Hughes, Treasurer
Janet Brooks Hughes graduated from Shenandoah University and also holds an MBA from Frostburg University. Janet spent thirteen years with Hewlett-Packard, working in finance and marketing. Since 2005, Janet has designed and created hundreds of costumes for the theatrical productions of Authentic Community Theatre, with an attention to detail that reflects the culture here at ACT. Though many demands are put upon her, Janet always ensures that every pirate hat and every pair of wings fits every one of our students just right. She joined the ACT Board in 2008.
Britney Soto, Secretary
Art in the Woods Program Manager
Britney Soto has performed in local community shows such as Oklahoma, Oliver, and Our Town and has helped costume and make-up everything from Variety Shows to Seussical! She loves to work with creative arts and is currently serving as the administrator for ACT. Britney has been a member of the ACT Board of Directors since 2016 as the secretary. She attended college for Art Education at Shippensburg University and is a Certified Drawing and Painting Instructor through Grumbacher Arts teaching classes locally in Hagerstown.
Michelle Steshoski Director
ACTjr Program Manager
Michelle Steshoski is excited to be joining Authentic Community Theater as our ACTjr Program Manager and ACTing Instructor! Michelle has been acting, singing and dancing since she was 10 years old. Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater for Youth from Shenandoah University Conservatory. After graduating college she went on to direct the fall plays and direct and choreograph the spring musicals at South Carroll High School. Michelle took a small break from theater to get married and started a family. Since her children are a little older, she is excited to get back into the theater world of teaching, directing and performing! For the past 3 years, Michelle has directed summer theater camps at a private school in Frederick, MD. Michelle also has her Master of Arts in Teaching from Liberty University and is currently a public school teacher for Berkeley County Public Schools.