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Focus Group Representatives to Elect Members-at-Large

The following ATHE members are candidates for the two open Member-at-Large positions (MAL for Operations and MAL for Outreach), to be voted on by the Focus Group Representatives on Wednesaday, July 31, 2013.

Write-in candidates for these positions as well as nominations for one member of the Nominating Committee will be accepted at the FGR meeting, as long as the candidate(s) are ATHE members in good standing. If you cannot attend the Focus Group Representative meeting on July 31, 2013, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., you may send a substitute with your proxy vote.

Nominee for Member-at-Large, Operations

Kelly Carolyn Gordon is the Director of Theatre at Concordia University and is completing an MS in Organizational Leadership and Ethics at St. Edward’s University. She has served as ATHE’s Vice President for Professional Development for two years, as well as acting as a mentor for the Leadership Institute. Gordon holds a certificate from the Management Development Institute of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. She is the recipient of the American Theatre and Drama Society's Vera Mowry Roberts Research and Publication Award and MATC’s Robert A. Schanke Theatre Research Award. She is proud to call ATHE her organizational home.

Vision Statement:
This is a period of great change for our profession. On the one hand, it is a time of great innovation in teaching and technology; on the other, the arts and institutions of learning are facing budget cuts that challenge us to justify our existence. Were I to be elected as the Member-at-Large for the Operations Committee, I would welcome the opportunity to continue to support ATHE’s mission and to foster discussions about how we might build upon our strengths to further prepare our membership for the new realities to come. I would be pleased to serve as the liaison between the Operations Committee and the membership and to facilitate communication between the two.

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Barbara Parisi is professor of Theater, Performance Studies, Gender and Communication Studies at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. A member of ATHE almost since its formation, Parisi is currently the Focus Group Representative for the Senior Theatre Research and Performance focus group. She served four years as the Member-at-Large for Focus Group Representatives and has also served on many committees and task forces. For forty years, Parisi has served as the Executive Director of the Ryan Repertory Company, a non-profit at the Harry Warren Theatre in Brooklyn and recently edited six edition of Applause Books’ Best American Short Play Series.

Vision Statement:
ATHE’s mission to support and advance the study and performance of theater in higher education is my personal career mission. As the MAL for Operations, I would be determined and dedicated to serve ATHE through strong, transparent leadership that focuses on the individual member and honors the traditions of the focus groups as central to the mission of the organization and the responsibility and duty of the Governing Council.

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Nominees for Member-at-Large, Outreach

Chase Waites is chair of Drama and Live Entertainment Technology at Lone Star College-Montgomery in the Houston area where he directs, teaches acting, introduction to theatre, and theatre history. A Ft. Worth native, he spent ten years in New Orleans where he served as the artistic director of theatre and fine arts department chair at Jesuit of New Orleans. Chase received his B.A. from Centenary College of Louisiana and his M.F.A. from the University of New Orleans. He is KCACTF Region 6 Vice Chair, serves as Member-at-large for Outreach for ATHE, and is a member of Texas Educational Theatre Association.

Vision Statement:
For the past four years I have served ATHE in a leadership role as Focus Group Representative then as Member-at-Large for Outreach. During this time I have carried forward past initiatives and created new ones. If reelected to the position of Member at Large for Outreach, I will continue to build on the firm foundation that has been established, seek out new ways to connect with like-minded organizations, and maintain a strong representation of the Focus Group Representatives to the Governing Council. Thank you for your consideration.

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