Rockville Little Theatre

2019-2020 Board of Directors


Laura W. Andruski
Laura W. Andruski
President

Ms. Andruski, a Rockville resident, is an award-winning director of Equity, regional, educational and community theatre productions. Favorites include: The Miracle Worker, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Nerd, A Flea in Her Ear, The Music Man, Fiddler On the Roof, A Midsummer Night's Dream, An Ideal Husband, The Wizard of Oz, Hay Fever, and The Secret Garden. Originally educated at the University of Wisconsin-Professional Training Program and Equity trained at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, she has stage managed for These Mortalsby Players, McCarter Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, and the Southern Arizona Light Opera Company. Laura received her undergraduate degree in theatre/communication from Rider University. She is employed as the Theatre Program Coordinator at the Arts Barn/City of Gaithersburg.

Ken Kemp
Ken Kemp
Vice President

Mr. Kemp has served on the RLT Board since 2008, including serving as President from 2012-2016. He has worked on numerous RLT productions, both appearing on stage, and serving in various technical roles. As a board member, he has focused his attention on Marketing, Publicity and Fundraising, drawing on over two decades of work in corporate sales and marketing, including 11 years with DisneyABC. He has also served on the board of Damascus Theatre Company, and has a broad range of experience acting, directing, and working backstage with dozens of local community and professional theatre companies. He currently works as a professional actor/singer, appearing in live theatre productions, and in television and independent films all over the DMV area. Ken was born and raised in Rockville, and is a lifelong MoCo resident.

Steve Howlett
Steve Howlett
Vice President - Development

A Rockville resident, Mr. Howlett is the managing partner of Horn and Watson Capital, which specializes in raising debt and equity for infrastructure projects in challenging international markets. In his career, he has raised over $43 billion mainly in the power and transportation sectors. He is married with four teenage children which includes three daughters involved in theater. Mr. Howlett has a BA in Foreign Service and an MBA from Baylor University in Texas.

Jeff McDermott
Jeff McDermott
Treasurer/Secretary

Mr. McDermott has served on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer for RLT since 2012. He is a lifelong theatre lover - ever since he apprenticed at a professional theatre in high school - and has produced, directed, and acted for several theatres in the Washington area. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Perisphere Theatre, a newly-formed professional theatre in Washington. Jeff received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and his law degree from Georgetown University. He currently serves as an Assistant Inspector General for the Department of State, where he leads the Office of Evaluations and Special Projects, responsible for conducting special reviews and investigations of issues with significant public and congressional interest.

Miriam Bowden
Miriam Bowden

Miriam Bowden is a nearly life-long Rockvillian. She is a Montgomery County Public Schools middle school Theatre teacher and Drama Director. She has acted in community and regional theatre in the Washington DC metropolitan area and has been on the Rockville Little Theatre board of directors since 2018.

Jerry Callistein
Jerry Callistein

Mr. Callistein has been living theatre since the age of 5. In the 20 years since he moved to Rockville he has been active as actor, director, producer, and mostly as stage manager for RLT, RMT, and other community theatre groups in Maryland and Northern Virginia. Most recently he was stage manager for Radium Girls with RLT, and Brigadoon with RMT. Mr. Callistein also serves on the board of Sandy Spring Theatre Group and helped draft the original RESCO (Rockville Resident Theatre Company) agreements while a member of the Rockville Cultural Arts Commission. He is a graduate of Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management and helps people learn about and start small businesses as a Career Transition Coach.

Dean Fiala
Dean Fiala

A Rockville resident, Mr. Fiala fell back into theater with RLT in A Flea in her Ear, and hasn't left since, taking onstage roles in Go Back for Murder and A Christmas Story, and producing several plays including To Kill a Mockingbird and Almost, Maine. A perspiring playwright, he has had eight shows produced, most recently, Deadline and has two more scheduled to debut. His theater dream is to play Lady Macbeth. Dean received a BS in Political Science from MIT, and serves as a Senior Director of Software Development for Ankura Consulting in Washington, DC.

Eric Henry
Eric Henry

Mr. Henry has been a member of the Board of Directors of Rockville Little Theatre since 2007. During that entire period he has served as facilities coordinator, broadly overseeing all uses of RLT's storage/set construction/rehearsal space colloquially known as "Quarters"; in recent years he has also served as de facto coordinator of volunteer activities, frequently providing the first point of contact between the company and potential volunteers. During his long association with RLT he has served as set designer and/or master carpenter for numerous productions, as well as frequently appearing on stage as a cast member. He has also filled similar set-related and performance roles for productions by other community theater companies in the area, including Montgomery Playhouse, Silver Spring Stage, Laurel Mill Playhouse and Sandy Spring Theatre Group.

In his professional life, he received a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University in 1980, and has been a research scientist at the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda MD, since then. His research efforts have spanned a broad range of topics in chemical and biological physics and applied mathematics, and he has authored or co-authored more than 40 publications in refereed journals.

Natalie McManus
Natalie McManus

Ms. McManus has served on the board of directors for several theatres over the past three decades. She has performed in a number of productions at RLT, including Radium Girls, Book of Days, Kill a Mockingbird, and An Inspector Calls. Her other area theater credits include All My Sons, Collected Stories, The Laramie Project, Enchanted April, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Mousetrap, All In The Timing and Rumors. She has received numerous acting awards.

Natalie is a professional Voice, Speech and Presentation Skills Coach. She is a licensed Speech Pathologist, Designated Linklater Voice Teacher, Certified Forensics Coach (public speaking), and Actor. She taught theatre voice at George Mason University for almost a decade. Natalie now works privately with individuals and groups, through her company, Professionally Speaking, and teaches Shakespeare workshops to middle school students. She also chairs the Arts Committee at her church and volunteers with the Metropolitan Washington Ear, reading/recording news for the blind.

Other Key Personnel


NVTA Representative
Mary Louise Bishop
WATCH Representative
Ken Kemp
Usher Coordinator
Vacant
Concessions
Jan Suit
Programs
David Levin
Webmaster
Dean Fiala
Maryland State Arts Council

Supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org) and the Nora Roberts Foundation (norarobertsfoundation.org)

Nora Roberts Foundation
RLT logo and show logos since the 2017-18 season courtesy of
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