• Morton Theatre Corporation

    Contact the Board directly at mortontheatrecorporation@mortontheatre.com

  • Mission

    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.

  • Seeking New Boad Members!

    Morton Theatre Corporation (MTC) is seeking qualified board candidates! For more information and an application, visit: http://bit.ly/178obAH

    Board Member Expectations and Responsibilities
    • Actively communicate and promote the Morton Theatre Corporation and the Morton Theatre to the community.
    • Attend over 50% of scheduled board meetings and board sponsored events. The board meeting schedule will be
    published for the entire year at the beginning of the fiscal year.
    • Actively serve on at least one board committee and on ad-hoc committees (as necessary), attending scheduled
    committee meetings and carrying out activities with the committee structure.
    • Actively participate in fund raising by being willing to raise funds, make connections, and open doors for the
    corporation. Manage at least three relationships on behalf of the corporation that will result in a financial
    contribution during the fiscal year.
    • Make a personal financial contribution (cash) commensurate with your means to do so, annually. This gift should be
    in the “top 5” of your charitable giving commitments. Goal=100% annual board participation.
    • Set policy and strategic direction for the corporation, as a board.
    • Understand and abide by all policies and bylaws of the corporation.
    • Unless otherwise stated, Board terms are for three years, beginning July 1st
    Members of the Board share these expectations and responsibilities while acting in the interest of the Morton Theatre Corpor

  • 2013-14 Board Members

  • Kizzy Wingfield


    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.

  • Robert Tucker


    Member since July 2013.

  • Robert Harrison

    Vice President

    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.

  • Freda Scott Giles, PhD

    Board Member

    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.

  • Michele Harris

    Board Member

    Member since July 2013

    Ms. Harris graduated from Mercer University in 1997 with a B.S. in Human Services. She then went on to pursue a law degree from the University of Georgia, graduating in 2001. Michele worked as a prosecutor in both Gwinnett and Athens-Clarke Counties. She then went into private practice, joining the law firm of Kitchens, New, Cleghorn, LLC in an of-counsel capacity. After resigning from the firm, Michele formed her own law practice, a general practice firm primarily focusing on criminal law matters. She also served as the staff attorney for Gwinnett County's DUI court and Judge Pro Hac Vice for Athens-Clarke County Municipal Court. Most recently, Michele has been working with the Clarke County School District in a grant position, developing an alcohol prevention program for the community. Funded by DBHDD, the program seeks to reduce early onset of alcohol use among 9-20 year olds in Athens-Clarke County.

    Michele has been an avid theater fan since the age of 6, when she saw her first stage performance of South Pacific with her mother. Some of her most special childhood memories are going to the theater with her mom. She performed with the Baldwin Players her freshman year of college, and has written stage reviews for a couple of college newspapers. She continues to support the arts and enjoys taking her children to performances.

    Michele is married to Michael, a local business owner of Athens Mattress Outlet. They have three amazing children, Alex, Charlie, and Ellery-Grace. Alex is currently serving in the U.S. Army. Charlie will be a senior at Clarke Central High School, and is also dual-enrolled at Athens Tech; and Ellery-Grace will be in the the third grade. With three kids and busy schedules, the Harris Family is never short of its own drama and often comedy, but it's always nice to escape into the world of theater.

  • Kate Smith


    Member since July 2013.

  • Pattie Strickland

    Board Member

    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, she enjoys traveling with her family, reading and watching movies. She is also a member of the Junior League of Athens.

  • Barbara Taylor

    Board Member

    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.

  • Betty Brown Williamson

    Board Member

    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.

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  • Melanie Burden


    Past Service:
    Fundraising Committee
    Membership Committee, Chair
    Finance Committee, Chair

    Ms. Burden hails from Newport, Rhode Island and is currently a resident of Athens, Georgia. She recently retired from the University of Georgia after thirty years of service. Ms. Burden is the past president of the Morton Theatre Corporation and has been affiliated with the Theatre over the past seven years.

    Ms. Burden has also served as secretary to the Board of Directors at The Cottage, Sexual Assault Center and Children’s Advocacy Center and as a Board Member for the Athens Area Arts Council. A member of the Athens Chapter of the Links, Incorporated since 2006, she has also served as treasurer.

    In her spare time, Ms. Burden enjoys gardening, dancing, reading, photography and fishing.

  • Sige Burden, Jr.


    Past Service:
    Programming/Outreach/Volunteers Committee

    Mr. Burden is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and holds a BS degree in Business & Human Resource Management from Troy State University and a Masters degree in Human Resources and Organizational Design from the University of Georgia. He has been employed for 14 years with the University of Georgia Human Resources Division and currently holds the position of Senior Managing Director of the Faculty & Staff Relations Department. Sige is Past President of the Black Faculty & Staff Organization University of Georgia, Past-President of the Morton Theatre Board of Directors and a military veteran. He is currently a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Sigma Phi Psi Boule’, and of Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church.

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  • Past Presidents

    Linney Bailey
    Larry Blount
    Dr. Katherine Boardman
    Melanie Burden
    Sige Burden, Jr.
    Hue Henry
    Bill Herringdine
    Heather Hogan
    Janice Mathis
    Warren McPherson
    Mrs. Ronnie Morton
    Dr. Ronald Schoeffler
    Pattie Strickland
    Howard Stroud
    Rodney A. Thomas
    Bruce Williams
    John Vance

  • Board Members 1981-1995

    Linny Bailey
    Leslie K. Bates
    Robert T. Billups
    David R. Bishop
    Julius Bishop
    David Boardman
    Katherine B. Boardman
    Essie Bone
    Ned Bridges
    Joe Burnett
    Laura Ludwig Cater
    Joel Cordle
    E.H. Culpepper, III
    W.E. (Del) Delaper
    Kenneth Dious
    Cathi Doherty
    LaGrange Dupree
    Steven Elliott-Gower
    Thomas Ellis
    Barbara F. Epting
    Leroy Ervin
    Sissy Erwin
    J.W. Fanning
    Bill Foster
    Tom Glaser
    Lane Greene
    Louis T. Griffith
    Bill Herringdine
    Jim Hill
    Bettye Holston
    Mary W. Horton
    Jewel John
    Milton Leathers
    James Locklin
    Nancy Lukasiewicz
    Jeanette Lund
    Carol Lunde
    Janice L. Mathis
    Rowena McCoy
    Mary Frances McDow
    Lee Hunt McNaughton
    Keith McNeely
    G. Barton Middleton
    Jimmy Morris
    Clarissa Myrick-Harris
    Connie Nelson
    Ronnie Norton
    David H. Nunnally, Sr.
    Jill Jayne Read
    Thomas L. Riis
    Henry Rosenthal, Jr.
    Marsha Rosenthal
    Elmer Schact
    Ronald W. Schoeffler
    Howard Scott
    Edward T. Shelton
    Jim Simmons
    Robert Spell
    Mary E. Stakes
    W. Joseph Stell
    Howard Stroud
    Cordelia Taylor
    Michael Thurmond
    John W. Townsend, Jr.
    Joanna Traylor
    Matthew Ware
    John Waters
    Gene G. Weeks
    Mark Wheeler
    Bruce Williams
    Jerry-Lynn Williams
    Roycelynn Williams
    Sally Pat Williams
    Homer Wilson
    Jackie Wright

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