Meet Our Staff:

Jeffery Kin

Artistic Director

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. artisticdirector@theplayers.org

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Awards

  • 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”

Feature Articles 

  • 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.

Jolie Schroeder

Jolie Schroeder
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.

 school@theplayers.org

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Alyssa Goudy
Production Manager

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.

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Patty Campbell
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.

Accounting@theplayers.org

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Jared Walker
Costume Shop Manager

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!

costumes@theplayers.org

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Ken Junkins
Technical Director

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.

techdirector@theplayers.org

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Matt Neier
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, Legally Blonde, Jr., Peter Pan, Alice’s Wonderland Ballet, 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, Laughing Matters Vol.5 Lock The Gates!, Imagination Adventures, Outside Mullingar (ASM), Rumplestiltskin 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.

atd@theplayers.org

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Amanda Heisey
Public Relations Manager

Amanda Heisey has been performing on The Players stage for 4 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.

assistant@theplayers.org

 

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Berry Ayers
Studio Artistic Director

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.

studioasst@theplayers.org

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Logan Junkins
Outreach Coordinator

 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.

outreach@theplayers.org

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Steven Vincent
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.

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John Patti
PR Coordinator

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!

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Helen Holliday
Concession Manager

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 Players. 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 Players!

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Bob Trisolini
Production Adviser

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.