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While preserving and honoring its rich African-American history, the Morton Theatre is a community-based performing arts venue committed to providing and cultivating diverse programming that will enrich, educate and inspire current and future generations.
Member since July 2013.
Robert Tucker is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. After completing studies in psychology and dramatic arts at the University of South Alabama, Robert moved to Athens and earned his Master's degree in Social Work.
Robert currently works at Impact Counseling and Consulting as a family and individual counselor. Robert also performs evaluations for the county court system, the Department of Family and Children Services, and the Department of Juvenile Justice.
In addition to his professional duties, Robert is also a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church West where he plays bass guitar for the choirs and he also writes and directs plays for the creative arts ministry at the church. As a board member, Robert is honored to be part of the Morton Theatre and he enjoys the rich history it provides.
Member since March 2011
Ms. Strickland is a graduate of Georgia State University and has been employed at the University of Georgia since 2006. She is a Past President of the Morton Theatre Board of Directors. In her spare time, Pattie enjoys traveling with her family, reading and watching movies. She is also a member of the Junior League of Athens and serves on the Board of the Athens Area Homeless Shelter.
Member since 1997-99, 2012
Dr. Giles earned her PhD at the City University of New York. A specialist in African-American Theatre, directing and acting, she is the author of articles focusing on early African-American Theatre, drama and theatre of the Harlem Renaissance, and contemporary African American theatre practitioners. She has presented papers at national and international conferences, such as Black Theatre Network, ATHE and ASALH. She has several play scripts to her credit, and has directed a number of productions in New York and Georgia. A professional actor and member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, she has performed a number of roles off-Broadway as well as in film, television and radio. Before coming to the University of Georgia, Freda taught at State University of New York at Albany and City College, City University of New York. She currently teaches courses in African American theatre, African theatre, and directing for the stage. She recently retired from the University of Georgia where she was jointly appointed in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies and the Institute for African American Studies.
Member since July 2012
Dr. Robert Harrison is a graduate of University of Georgia (EDD Adult Education, EDS Student Personnel and MED Rehabilitation Counseling) and of Mississippi Valley State University. He is the current Executive Director of the Institute for Community and Organizational Development, Inc. and Director of the Vistas Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. In the past, Robert was the Project Director for Friends For Life Mentoring, NETSPAN Community Technology Network, Adolescent Health and Youth Development Statewide Training, IHDD, UGA, as well as Educational Opportunity Center, Talent Search, Upward Bound – UGA. He is a former panel member of the vision committee of the Athens-Clarke County Department of Human and Economic Development and former board member of Hope Haven, Inc. Robert is currently a board member of the Morton Theatre, Renaissance Development Consortium, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and is a member of First African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Member since July 2013
Ms. Taylor, a native Athenian, attended North Athens Elem. School, Lyons Junior High School, Burney Harris High School and was a member of the first graduating class of Clarke Central High School. She attended Paine College and graduated with a BS in Elementary Education. After 35 year of teaching in Morgan and Clarke County School Districts, she has recently retired.
Barbara has also worked with the city of Athens as a Rec Leader at Central Athens Community Center and as Summer Camp Co-director. She worked many years as YWCO Summer Girls Club Director.
Barbara enjoys reading, crossword puzzles, traveling and running marathons all over the USA, biking, hiking and any thing outdoors.
Member Since 2015
Dr. Russell is a Jim Kennedy Professor of New Media in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. A graduate of the University of West Georgia and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she has taught public relations at UGA for more than 20 years, with special interest in social media and online reputation management. She edited the Journal of Public Relations Research from 2009-2015, and her students have won numerous awards, including a national championship in the Public Relations Student Society of America’s case study competition in 2007. When Karen is not on Twitter (@karenrussell), she’s probably reading a good mystery or watching The Voice with her daughter, who has danced more than once on the stage at the Morton Theatre.
Members Since 2015
Dr. Russell H. Studevan is a retired public school administrator and college professor. He received a Bachelors of Arts degree from Cheyney State University in Pennsylvania, and Masters, Education Specialist and Doctorate degrees from Clark Atlanta University. Russell began his career as a high school classroom teacher in 1967, became a school administrator in 1973 and retired in 2013 as an associate professor of Education at Piedmont College.
Throughout his life, Dr. Studevan has received a number of significant accolades and recognition: Eagle Scout, Teacher of the Year, High School Principal of the Year, President of North Georgia High School Association, and Outstanding Alpha Phi Alpha Man. His commitment to service has provided him an opportunity to perform as a Trustee, Steward, and Sunday School Superintendent at First A.M.E. Church. Additionally, Dr. Studevan has continued his affiliation and work with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated; Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity; Athens Rotary; North Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America; Cavaliers Club, Morton Board; North Georgia High School Association, where he served as its president; Georgia Museum Of Arts Friends and Collectors; and the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation.
Dr. Studevan has been instrumental in developing programs to mentor young men in preparation for manhood, most specifically the Adelphi and Delta Psi Boule Scholars programs. His motto is “To Believe is to Achieve”.
Christin Schifano is a costume designer with a MFA in Theatrical Design. A former employee of the Morton Theatre, Christin is now a freelance designer and mother of two. Previously, she was employed as Assistant Wardrobe Mistress for Manilow's touring production, working throughout the US, UK and Ireland. Her work has been featured in several publications and in an international exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial in 2011.
Joyce Reifsteck earned degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Marketing at the University of Tennessee. She completed requirements for Georgia K-12 Teacher Certification at Georgia State University. Her career includes working in engineering, at advertising agencies, in radio and newspaper, teaching high school Science, and teaching Marketing, Copywriting, and Advertising Design at Atlanta College of Art/SCAD Atlanta. She is the owner of a full-service Advertising/Public Relations firm and a Promotional Products company. These adventures, along with her love of cooking, have contributed to Joyce being an overly rounded woman. Her unique ability to talk people out of money, cake, and champagne has allowed her to assist many charities and organizations during the past 35 years, including the American Cancer Society, Piedmont Hospital, the Morton Theatre, Athens-Clarke County Fourth of July Fireworks, and most recently, providing life-saving trauma kits to local Law Enforcement, Fire and Rescue Workers, and school children and employees. She enjoys traveling through time with guys named Fred, which luckily, is the name shared by her husband and son.
Member since July 2013
Ms. Wingfield is an Athens native who enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and a Masters of Education with a concentration in Psychology and Counseling. She is currently employed with Easter Seals North Georgia as the Family Services Supervisor, ensuring that families receive resources and support in order to become self-sufficient and advocates for their children as they grow and develop. She has over eight years experience providing counseling support and services to a variety of individuals and families.
Kizzy is the Executive Director of “A Better You”, a consulting agency that provides training in parenting skills, crisis intervention, positive self-image, anger management, and job readiness. In all that she does, Kizzy's attitude toward success is “Achieving Through Believing”. Through this attitude and belief, she spends her time volunteering with the Oglethorpe County Department of Juvenile Justice, Women to the World, Friends for Life Mentoring, Miss Black Athens Teen Pageant, Women of Excellence, and the Boys and Girls Club.
Ms. Brown-Williamson is the CEO of We Care Enterprises, Inc., the management company for several entities including Gardenview Funeral Chapel, LLC and Grandview Car Wash in Athens, Georgia, and Williamson Mortuary, LLC and Riverdale Crematory, LLC in Riverdale, Georgia.
Betty has been serving the Athens are since 1974 as a long term health care owner and administrator. Though she retired in 2009 from day-to-day operations, Betty serves as a consulting and interim administrator in the state of Georgia and remains an active member of the Georgia Health Care Association. In addition to her work with the Morton Theatre Board, she is also an active member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church West, current member and past chairman of the Stillman College Board of Trustees, the Athens Technical School General Education Advisory Board, The Links, Inc., and a life member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the NAACP.
Betty is a loving mother and grandmother to her daughters and three wonderful grandchildren.
Dr. Katherine Boardman
Sige Burden, Jr.
Mrs. Ronnie Morton
Dr. Ronald Schoeffler
Rodney A. Thomas
Leslie K. Bates
Robert T. Billups
David R. Bishop
Katherine B. Boardman
Laura Ludwig Cater
E.H. Culpepper, III
W.E. (Del) Delaper
Barbara F. Epting
Louis T. Griffith
Mary W. Horton
Janice L. Mathis
Mary Frances McDow
Lee Hunt McNaughton
G. Barton Middleton
David H. Nunnally, Sr.
Jill Jayne Read
Thomas L. Riis
Henry Rosenthal, Jr.
Ronald W. Schoeffler
Edward T. Shelton
Mary E. Stakes
W. Joseph Stell
John W. Townsend, Jr.
Gene G. Weeks
Sally Pat Williams
The Morton Theatre is a unit of the Arts Division of Athens-Clarke County's Leisure Services Department.
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