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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!
Britney Soto: Treasurer
ACTjr Productions & Art in the Woods Program Manager
Britney Soto performed in shows as a teen but found a way to express her artistic ability by helping behind the stage! She has costumed shows for ACT including Lion King Jr, Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma, Dorothy in Wonderland and Willy Wonka Jr and loves to work with creative and visual arts. Britney serves as the office administrator for Authentic Community Theatre and has been a member of the ACT Board of Directors since 2016. She looks forward to the continuous growth of the organization in the coming future!
Lawren Hill-Palmer: Secretary
Director of Music Education
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.
ACTjr Classes/Productions & Performing Arts Academy Program Manager
Michelle Steshoski is excited to be part of the ACT Board of Directors. Michelle is a graduate of Shenandoah University where she received her BFA in Theater for Youth and Liberty University where she received her MAT in Elementary Education. Michelle has been part of ACT since 2014 when her daughter performed in a community theater show with ACT. In 2015 she joined board and began teaching ACTing classes. Michelle currently teaches classes, is an acting coach and is the program manager for ACT’s Summer Institute for the Arts, Performing Arts Academy. As her full time job, she is a teacher for Berkeley County Schools.
ACTjr Events Director & Historian
Gerry McCarney has been involved in Theatre/Performing for over thirty years. Gerry’s experiences are in theatre, television, movies and working for Jean Ann Ryan for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Gerry is the father to Angelique and grandfather to Alice. Gerry works in the mental health/addictions arena and has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Gerry teaches the acting portion of music theatre for the younger children with ACT. He has performed in several productions with ACT. Most memorable are Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, Andrew Carnes in Oklahoma, and Wilbur in Hairspray. You may have also seen his baton skills in Grease!
Timothy Vinson has been performing in the Franklin/Washington County area since he was 6. He has also worked as a School Photographer/ Freelance Photographer since 2015. Timothy joined the ACT family in 2018 when he joined the cast of Hairspray. After High School, he devoted his time to growing as a performer in numerous ACT shows including Grease (Doody), Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), West Side Story (Action), and many more. He is excited to not only continue performing on stage, but to grow as an instructor through directing, program managing, and teaching ACTS homeschool class. He is most excited to get to capture the magic of ACT’s day to day life as one of their historians.