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.
Public Relations & Social Media Manager
Amanda Heisey has been performing on The Players stage for 6 years. She has performed in Manatee and Venice, as well as for various other organizations and commpanies in the area. Originally from Kansas City, Amanda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Convergence Journalism from the University of Missouri and previously worked for The Observer and The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. She is the director of The Players Teens performance group and teaches the acting classes at The Players Studio. Favorite credits include: Demeter “Cats,” Olive “Bullets Over Broadway,” Linda “Blood Brothers,” Magenta/Trixie “The Rocky Horror Show,” Gillian “Bell, Book and Candle,” Anna “Burn This” and Maggie “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”
Advertising & Marketing Manager
Joe Tricarico graduated from Brown College in Minnesota in 1999. He was a news photojournalist for the New York Times owned company, SNN6 in Sarasota. He then directed his focus to marketing. Joe started his own production company, TrickPixels. Which allowed him to work with many different clients. He then began working as a Video Production Specialist in dental marketing. Joe is no stranger to the performing arts, he has been a lifelong musician, playing guitar in a few original bands and cover bands in the area. Joe is also a stand-up comedian and has been performing around Sarasota and the Tampa Bay area for 5 years.
Morgan Gerhart is with The Players Centre for Performing Arts, as their development professional with the organization and leading their Center Stage Capital Campaign to build a new performing arts facility. She has 9+ years in Nonprofit Fundraising and over 20 years as a volunteer in various non-profits in FL, CT, NJ and Scotland. Prior to finding her heart in fundraising, Gerhart spent 25+ years in Hospitality and Tourism working with companies such as Sheraton, Marriott, Ramada and local, independent resorts and restaurants. She is one of the first American graduates of the University of St. Andrews, Scotland and was accepted there because she was the first female bagpiper in an all male band in her hometown of Ramsey, NJ. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals. SWFL, and Sarasota Musica Viva, and former board member of Sertoma Club of Sarasota, and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Sarasota/Manatee Guild. Gerhart held prior positions with Girls Inc. of Sarasota County as Director of Advancement, Goodwill Manasota as Director of Development, and the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce as Membership Services Director.
Studio Office Administrator
Julie Kulin is a graduate of Grove City College in Pennsylvania. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a double concentration in trumpet and voice. For the last ten years she has been a public school teacher specializing in vocal directing. She also has a background in private vocal coaching, marching band, choreography, music directing, directing, and conducting. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring her experiences to the Players team. She has been performing on stage for the past twenty years in Pennsylvania and locally in Venice and Manatee. Previous show credits include, “Sister Act,” “Rocky Horror,” “Blood Brothers,” and “Disenchanted.”
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.
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.
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.