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. firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
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.
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.
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 Technical Director
Matt Neier is a graduate of Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI with a BFA in Acting/Directing with a minor in Communication Studies. He moved to Sarasota in 2014 and has worked as a stage manager, electrician, carpenter and teacher since then. Working first at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota then Manatee School for the Arts in Palmetto before joining The Players team in August of 2017, he is excited to be working in a creative and passionate environment. Matt has worked on over 100 productions since 2010 in many different capacities some recent credits include; Lighting Design: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Wiz (Manatee School for the Arts) and Zap! Bang! Pow! An Improvised Super Hero Adventure (Florida Studio Theatre) Stage Management: The CardShark w/Jason Michaels, Come Fly With Me: The Sammy Cahn Songbook, and Over the River and Through the Woods (ASM) (Florida Studio Theatre) Directing credits include: Pretenders, God of Carnage, The Fullness of Life, Spotlight and The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year.
Costume Shop Manager
Georgina Willmott is thrilled to have joined the Players in this position! She hails from Merry Olde England, where she was educated as a teacher and worked as an adolescent social worker and as a commercial seamstress. Her passion for costumes and sewing began at the age of 4 when her mum began teaching her to sew and continues past her arrival in the US in 1981 with a suitcase, $300 and her sewing machine! She has since had a two-decade career in Human Resources management and raised 2 awesome children. She has been costuming locally for the past 12 years. Her home business “Nina’s Notions” is named after her mum. Of all the shows she has costumed, Peter and the Starcatcher, Peter Pan, Godspell, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat are her favorites!
Public Relations & Social Media Manager
Amanda Heisey has been performing since she was a child. She has a Bachelors of Journalism from The University of Missouri and after working for various news outlets finally returned to her passion for the arts. Amanda is Public Relations and Social Media Manager for The Players Centre and acting teacher for The Players Studio. Favorite stage credits include: Green in SHOUT!, Maggie in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, Anna in BURN THIS, Linda in Blood Brothers, Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show, Olive in Bullets Over Broadway, Gillian in Bell, Book and Candle and Demeter in Cats.
Logan Junkins is very excited to be working with The Players Centre. He has been in over 50 performances including a national tour with Sesame Street Live with the USO. Logan has done many shows in the area, such as CATS, Hair, and his own company of Big Red Nose Burlesque. He has recently appeared on the Players Stage in Footloose, Legally Blonde, and La Cage aux Folles. Logan is the Outreach Coordinator for The Players and teaches multiple dance classes for all ages at The Arnold Simonsen Players Studio.
Assistant to Public Relations & Social Media Manager / Instructor
Brian Finnerty is excited to be joining the staff at The Players Centre! Starting as a competition dancer who traveled America until the age of 16, Brian dived into his love of singing and acting, where he studied at Booker High School’s Visual and Performing Arts Program, then later went on to major in Musical Theatre at Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts. He has directed and choreographed multiple productions in the area such as; All Shook Up, Singin’ in the Rain, Funny Girl, Reefer Madness, Vaudeville’s Dead, SHOUT! A MOD Musical and more. Brian holds scholarships and awards rewarded by Dance Masters of America, Mia Michaels, Sonya Tayeh, and Anthony Morigeratoratto (Operation Tap Inc). Brian will be co-directing The Players Dance Company, The Players Follies, The Flash Tappers, and The Players Kids