Managing Director / CEO
Michelle Bianchi, Managing Director/CEO of The Players Centre for Performing Arts is no stranger to the Longboat Key and Sarasota communities. Born and raised on Longboat Key, Michelle attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Bradenton and graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School in Sarasota. She holds a Degree in Interdisciplinary Social Science. After nearly 10 years of retail and two brief positions with both the county and city governments, Michelle joined The Players Centre in August of 2002 as the new Administrative Assistant. She was promoted to Office Administrator in August 2005 and Director of Operations in February 2007. In September 2008, the Board of Trustees of The Players Centre promoted Michelle to the position of Managing Director/CEO during one of the greatest economic crisis the country had seen since the Great Depression. Michelle immediately presented a “split-style management business model” to the Board with the position of Managing Director/CEO focusing on all aspects of business, finances, and fundraising, and the position of Artistic Director focusing on artistic quality and productions. She revised the operating budget, reorganized the staff, streamlined the theatre operations, and reduced expenses by 27%, saving the theatre from near bankruptcy. The success of the “split-style management team” has brought the theatre back to a thriving organization with plans to build a brand new multi-theatre complex in the Waterside Place of Lakewood Ranch. Michelle recent was awarded the Arts Management Leadership Award from the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board Member/Advisory Positions
- State of Florida Grants Panel Member adjudicating over 30 professional theatres in Florida
- Board Member of the Sarasota County Arts & Cultural Alliance
- Serves as one of three members of the Governance Committee for the Sarasota County Arts & Cultural Alliance
- Guest Speaker for Sarasota County Chamber for “Secrets to Successful Selling” 2012
- Sarasota County Chamber Small Business Awards Judge 2012
- Ringling College of Art & Design’s Greatness Beyond Measure Judge 2009 & 2010
- Member of the National Association of Professional Women
- (Past) Vice President – Sports Club –Cardinal Mooney High School
- Chair of the Cardinal Mooney High School Class of 1987 Alumni Association
- Member of the St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church
- (Past) Board Member of The Sarasota Ringling Redskins
- Featured as ABC 7’s “Most Amazing Woman on the Suncoast” 2014
- Cover and featured article in November 2011 issue of West Coast Women
- Featured in October 2011 in the Powerful Women issue of The Sun
- One of the most influential leaders in Sarasota in “Leading the Scene” SCENE Magazine 2011
- “Top 100 Women on the Scene” SCENE Magazine 2009 & 2012 & 2015
Jeffery Kin is also an award winning actor, director, playwright, and teacher. As an actor, Mr. Kin has performed such roles as Max in LEND ME A TENOR, Jerry in THE FULL MONTY, Guido in NINE, Oscar in SWEET CHARITY, and Salieri in AMADEUS. He has directed award-winning shows such as BIG, A CHORUS LINE, CANDIDE, SPITFIRE GRILL, and A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS CAROL. As a Producer, Mr. Kin’s productions of: THE PRODUCERS, TITANIC and TOMMY have won a wide variety of theatre awards. As a Playwright, three of his plays: ANNA, LEONA & THE LADY LUCK, ALWAYS A PART OF ME and SMOKING have won numerous awards and have been produced in venues around the country. Mr. Kin holds a BFA in Performance from Otterbein University and is the founder of etc…The Eclectic Theatre company, that produces GOT A MINUTE?, a one-minute play festival that has raised over $100,000.00 for cancer research. email@example.com
- Best Actor Columbus G&L International Theatre Festival
- Best Play for “Anna Leona & The Lady Luck” CGLTF
- Best Actor “Wave Award” Watermark 2007
- Best Ensemble Cast “Spitfire Grill” (Director and Actor)
- Best Director for “Wit”
- Best Play “Lend Me A Tenor” Herald Tribune (Producer/Actor)
- Finalist in Theatre Odyssey’s 2012 10-Minute Play Festival for play “Twilight at the memorial Grove”
- SRQ Magazine as One of Sarasota’s “up and coming”
- Numerous feature articles in The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, The Pelican Press and The Observer
- Named a local “Firepower” in Sarasota Magazine
- SRQ Magazine…12Things feature article “Thespian Dreamer”
- Named One of Sarasota’s Most Influential People by Watermark Publications
- Feature Article “Living on the Suncoast” May 2012
- Photo spread and Interview in Eden Magazine July 2012
Mr. Kin is a huge proponent of volunteerism and spends countless hours as a speaker, emcee, auctioneer, and is a re-occurring judge with both High School Idol and Sarasota’s Got Talent as well as a mentor for the Education Foundation.
Director of Operations
Jolie Schroeder joined The Players during the summer of 1996. Ms. Schroeder is responsible for office operations and procedures for the box office as well as supervising all aspects of The Players Studio, including establishing curriculum, hiring instructors, coordinating community events, and overseeing performance groups. She is very proud of the accomplishments of The Players Kids, most recently a High Gold Award for their performance of “Freak Flag” from Shrek the Musical. A Sarasota resident since 1986, Ms Schroeder has 23 years of experience in the operations of performing arts businesses.
Director of Marketing
Jason White A local Sarasota native, Jason holds a Masters degree in Arts Administration from the University of Miami and a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Florida State. Jason has worked with and has been involved with many arts organizations including UM Frost School of Music, Florida State University College of Music, Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota Orchestra (formerly FWCS), Sarasota Film Festival, Inspired Minds, Inc. and is happy to find a home at The Players.
Jared E. Walker
Jared Walker is a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA with a BFA in Music and Theatre. He made a long time career as an AEA actor, and moved to Sarasota in 2004 to work at the Golden Apple. Moonlighting as a director and costume designer, it finally became a career shift. Jared directs a show every year here at the Players, and is now the costume manger!
Berry Ayers is a Musical Director, Choreographer, Director and Performer. On the road he has appeared in Naked Boys Singing (also the NY and LA companies), as well as Paul in A Chorus Line. Regional favorites include Jinx in Forever Plaid & Plaid Tidings, Princeton/Rod in Avenue Q, and Bobby Strong in Urinetown.
Ken Junkins comes with a strong background of experience in community theater. He was co-founder and board member of Premiere Performing Arts and Artists theater company, and was president of Langhorne Players in Tyler Park and oversaw their scene shop. He was a founder and president of the Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County. He has designed and built nearly 70 productions for theater locations from South Jersey to Philadelphia to Bucks (PA) and Mercer (NJ) counties, and most recently “A Streetcar Named Desire” on The Players stage. Ken graduated from Rider University with a BA in Fine Arts with an emphasis on design and technical theater.
Assistant Tech Director
Alyssa Goudy is a graduate of Anderson University, where she completed a Theatre Studies Degree with Honors. She has been working in professional theatre since the age of seventeen. She was the Production Stage Manager for the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre for six years before moving over to the Players Theatre. She has also been involved onstage, in local productions of Hairspray, A Christmas Story, Violet, Avenue Q, and Disenchanted, to name a few. She is thrilled and grateful to be working and expanding her knowledge at the Players Centre.
Amanda Heisey has been performing on The Players stage for 3 years and considers this her home theater. She has performed in Manatee and Venice, as well as for various other organizations in the area. Originally from Kansas City, Amanda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri and previously worked for The Observer and The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County.
Kaylene McCaw is a 13 year Players’ staff member. Kaylene coordinates the black box Backstage Theatre productions, manages the costume department, and writes grants. She is also a gifted performing artist, writer and director, an ordained minister and Life-Cycle Celebrant creating intimate ritual theatre for healing and transformation.
Box Officer Manager
Caroline Brown has worked in the Box Office at The Players Centre for more than 5 years. Additionally, she has volunteered back stage for over 15 performances as both a dresser and for sets /props. She is now the Box Office Manager at The Players. Earlier in her theatre career she taught Drama to elementary aged children, and performed in several theatrical productions.
Director of HR
Patty Campbell has been a Sarasota resident for 47 years and is well acquainted and connected in the area. Campbell’s non-profit experience comes from her involvement with the Sailor Circus (Circus Arts Conservatory) for 26 years. She was director of Sailor Circus for seven years, giving her a unique perspective on the arts in our community. She has worked in The Players box office for five years. She has run Campbell’s Towing and Recovery with her husband for 21 years.
Director of Dance
Steven Vincent attended Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, where he received a Major in Dance with a Minor in Dramatic Arts. He partnered on Broadway with Ann Reinking, and toured with Mickey Rooney in George M! Steven has been Director of Dance here for the past 20 years where he enjoys passing on the love of dance. Steven has seen many of his former students perform at the Asolo here in Sarasota, Busch Gardens in Orlando, and in New York City in Broadway shows. He is director of The Players Kids, and has also choreographed several mainstage musicals for The Players Theatre. Steven is the owner and trainer for the very popular Movement Magic for Seniors exercise program which frequents many nursing and adult retirement communities here in Sarasota as well as Bradenton and Venice for over 28 years now. Steven considers The Players his home away from home.
Bob Trisolini is a director, choreographer and performer. He has directed over 40 shows and appeared in 12. He serves as Production Advisor for each show. He brings a wealth of theater knowledge to the Players having worked on Broadway, Off Broadway, Cruise Ships and Disney Entertainment.
John Patti has musically performed on stages from Manhattan and New Orleans to Australia and Singapore. With two Bachelor’s degrees in Marketing and Logistics from the University of Maryland, John brings over 20 years of experience in the music and entertainment industry to The Players Theatre. Mr. Patti is excited to work closely with the theatre and apply his creative marketing and video skills to an exciting lineup of performances at The Players!
Kathy Junkins has been on stage but prefers being behind the scenes. She recently directed Good People and stage managed Bluebird (Langhorne Players), directed Fiddler on the Roof (Newtown Arts Co), and directed Godspell Jr. (MPC Youth Club).
Helen Holliday wears many hats at the Player’s Centre. In addition to serving as the Concession’s Manager, she also directs and performs. Helen holds a degree from Columbia College and has dedicated her life to the arts – whether it be onstage or behind the scenes. She has directed, musically directed and choreographed numerous productions in the United States and abroad. Most recent projects locally include LOVE LETTERS with John Scalzi and Linda Larsen, MASTER CLASS, THAT WASN’T ME and most recently BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE at Player’s. Other regional directorial credits include HELLO DOLLY and BIG RIVER. Helen has also directed several children’s theatre companies, taught acting and voice to both adults and children and mounted several productions in the cruise ship industry. She is thrilled to have a home here at Player’s!
Carrie Lutz moved down to Sarasota in 1994. She began taking a multitude of classes at THE PLAYERS STUDIO in late 1996 (acting, playwriting, jazz) and began volunteering in 1998. In 2009, she became the Director of Charity Services and is responsible for sending out free tickets to 34 non-profits for the Charity Preview Nights which is the first Tuesday of each Broadway Show. Also in her purview are making out gift certificates for various organizational raffles and auctions at their request. While Carrie is in the Box Office hard at work she is also a member of the FOLLIES, a “senior” troupe of actors, singers and dancers which have a playreading each fall and a stage show in the spring.