Meet the Board
Robbie Soto: President
Community Theatre Program Manager
Robbie Soto has been involved in the theater community in Washington County for over 15 years. After attending college at Full Sail University for film, he made the switch from stage to screen. Robbie was a partner in a successful media company where he was a writer, film director, podcast host, production manager and wore many other hats. Robbie made the return to theater in 2014 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 president and Program Manager for our Community Theatre!
Tiffany Vinson: Vice President
Fundraising & Teen Community Theatre Program Manager
Tiffany Vinson was born and raised in the Hagerstown area. She has a very diverse background in employment opportunities; such as customer service, behavioral consultant, management and sales to name a few. She graduated from HCC with an Associates degree in Psychology and is continuing her education to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis of Applied Behavioral Analysis. Tiffany continues to produce and stage manage in ACT’s Community Theatre program. She also enjoys being a part of the Board of Directors.
Britney Soto: Treasurer
ACTjr Productions & 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 ACTs showing of Lion King Jr, Wizard of Oz, and Aladdin Jr! She loves to work with creative and visual arts and manages the marketing for ACT. She also serves as the office administrator for Authentic Community Theatre and has been a member of the ACT Board of Directors since 2016.
Kristen Davis: Secretary
Kristen Davis has been dancing for 20 years and fell in love with theatre while studying at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. She then graduated from Hagerstown Community College with a degree in Paralegal Studies while remaining active in the theatre and dance departments. Kristen has been sharing her love of theatre and dance with children for 8 years at Ballet and All That Jazz and now Authentic Community Theatre. She is a teacher and choreographer for the ACT Jr. program, and continues to learn and grow as a performer in ACT’s Community Theatre productions. She was also Miss Washington County 2017, and used her year of service to spread the importance of arts education in our community.
Show & Event Director
Kim Brown is excited to be a part of the ACT team! She is a mother of a daughter who has been involved with ACT for 5 years, including voice class, musical theater, dance class, SIFTA , ACTjr productions and ACTs Community productions. She currently lives in Williamsport, and has been an Early Childhood Teacher for Head Start of Washington County for over 16 years. She loves to work with children and uses her creativity to coordinate events and shows for both production groups. Kim has been a part of the board of directors since 2018.
Show & Event Director
Diane Graham became involved with ACT through her daughter, Madison who performed in the first Community Theatre show, Wizard of Oz, in 2017. Diane has worked to develop the front of house for the Community Theatre shows and enjoys helping plan events. Diane has worked as an Information Technology Specialist for Head Start of Washington County for 16 years. She enjoys volunteering in her community and being a part of such a wonderful organization as a director for the Authentic Community Theatre Board.
Technical Director & Website Development
Ryan Edwards has been working with ACT since 2013, when he was invited to run sound for the Storytelling program in the summers, when he was just a student at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts who happened to be interested in tech! Since then, he has graduated from UMBC with a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Technology and returned to Hagerstown and to ACT to run sound for their community theater productions. From Wizard of Oz to RENT, and running sound to designing projections and lighting, Ryan is learning to love everything Theater, and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2018. When not attending rehearsals or shows, Ryan works as a Learning Technology Technician at HCC.
Lesson Program Director and Instructor
Lawren Hill-Palmer has been with ACT since 2018 as their inaugural voice and piano teacher! Currently, Lawren is a full-time practice manager at Evolution Oral Surgery in Germantown, but she’s also a full-time mother to her darling daughter, Coraline, and continues to teach voice and piano at ACT. She looks forward to helping oversee and grow the lesson program as one of the newest members of the Board of Directors.
Lawren actively performs around the tri-state area. Recent performances include the soprano soloist Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem with Hagerstown Choral Arts, the title role in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Opus Concert Theater, Fanny Wiggins in Sousa’s Chris and the Wonderful Lamp with Victorian Lyric Opera, and Mabel in Pirates of Penzance with Way Off Broadway. She has also been a soloist with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and performed with the enCanta Collective in New York City. Scene work includes Le Nozze di Figaro, Lakmé, and Carmen.
Ms. Hill is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) where she received a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance, and of Shepherd University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance. Lawren enjoys musical outreach, including serving as the music director for the Rural Artists Project in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and various outreach performances all over Manhattan for children and the elderly.
Social Media Director
Community Partnership Director
Sue Edwards brings many years of business and non-profit experience to the ACT Board of Directors. Joining in early 2019, Sue’s primary focus is to increase public awareness of the valuable community and children’s programs offered by ACT, as well as to provide sponsorship and advertising opportunities to the local business community. Sue is an avid supporter of the arts in her community, being an active parent of a 2013 alumni of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. As a young woman she performed in Funny Girl, Sound of Music, Trial by Jury and many other musical and theatrical performances, as well as in many choral concerts. She is awed by the caliber of the talent that works with ACT, and the professionalism of their performances!
Zane Oberholzer has been pleasing audiences in the tri-state area for decades and is excited to be joining the ACT Board of Directors in 2019! Zane has recently directed Grease and Oklahoma for ACT’s Community Theatre, as well as Willy Wonka for the ACT Jr. program and Les Miserables for the new teen theatre program. Some of his favorite theater experiences have been, directing and music directing younger casts in different theatres in Frederick, working with the Washington County Playhouse here in Hagerstown, and bringing to life shows that most say can’t be done!
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