Founder and Executive Director of Raleigh’s Theatre In The Park. A graduate of The University NC School of the Arts, he was raised in Enfield, NC and became his hometown’s first Eagle Scout. Summers during his college years were spent as a leading actor in The Lost Colony, the oldest outdoor drama in the country. While there, David premiered his first original play, Um Dilly. (This past summer, David returned as Director of the show.) Upon graduation, he became the first Theatre Arts Consultant for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. A year later, he founded Theatre In The Park, and established its home in the old Pullen Park Armory building. In only a few years, Theatre In The Park became North Carolina’s largest community theatre with an international reputation.
Ashley graduated in 1994 from Salem College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She first joined Theatre In The Park as the Office Manager after several years of working in advertising and now works as the Executive Assistant, coordinating all of the Executive Director’s public appearances and scheduling. Ashley also maintains the extensive A Christmas Carol archives for the theatre.
Steve has designed more than 325 productions, including concerts, opera, and theatre over a period of 40 years. His credits include: Off-Broadway NYC,Katmandu; Regional theatre: Southern Repertory Theatre, The Contemporary Arts Center, and Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre in New Orleans; Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, D.C.; Theatre In The Park:The Lion In Winter,Sweet Bird of Youth,The Faraway Nearby,Hamlet,An American Daughter,MacBeth,Noises Off,Of Mice and Men,Angels In America,The Man in the Desert,Briarpatch, andOn Golden Pond. A college professor for 27 years, Steve taught and designed at Campbell University, The University of New Orleans, Tulane University, Fort Hays (KS) State University, Emporia (KS) State University, Mary Washington College (VA), and Tarkio College (MO). His art direction and television credits includeThe Rest of the Oyster,9mm,Kumbuka, andArticle 24. He holds an M.F.A. from Tulane University and retired from the U.S. Army Reserves in 2004 after 20+ years of honorable service. At the time of his retirement, he was an instructor in still video photography for a combat camera unit. He served overseas in Germany and during Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia, and was mobilized to train cameramen during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
For Jeff, it started out innocently enough: “We’re starting up a theatre troupe. Want to build us a set? And, oh yeah, can you act?” Thirteen years later, it’s still a great experience. Originally from New Hampshire, and following a lengthy tour of duty in the US Army, Jeff has been onstage and backstage with the talented folks at the Towne Players of Garner, Neuse little Theatre, Cary Players, Cary Playwrights Forum, and right here at “home” with Theatre In The Park. He is the proud father of two very outstanding sons, and enjoys, among other things, theatre!
After wearing several hats at Theatre In The Park, including volunteer, backstage crew, costume dresser, stage manager, office manager, and box office manager, Erin settled into the role of Financial Director in 2011. Having a largely retail and alternative health care support background, she has enjoyed the challenge of this new role and the opportunity to learn new things everyday. Erin loves live theatre, live music, and anything that puts her closer to animals. A native of Connecticut, she is always ready to cheer on the Lady Huskies against any ACC team. Erin lives in Durham and does not like talking about herself in third person.
Brent Simpson came to Theatre In The Park after 15 years in the telecommunications industry, working for companies such as MCI, Global Crossing, and Verizon. He is a 2007 graduate of Campbell University and holds a degree in Social Science. Brent not only enjoys working behind the scenes at Theatre In The Park, but has also been seen on stage in Ira David Wood III’s A Christmas Carol as the Baker and Mr. Fezziwig. Other Theatre In The Park credits include Romeo and Juliet and Angels in America. While away from Theatre In The Park, Brent enjoys attending local theatre productions, reading, movies, and travel.
Thomas holds a BFA Theatre Arts from East Carolina University. Some of the shows on stage at Theatre In The Park include Psycho Beach Party (Yo Yo); Pageant (Deep South); The Lion In Winter (John); Dearly Beloved (Justin). Other shows around the Triangle include Dog Sees God (Beethoven – “Best Supporting Performance” 2011 Independent Weekly), Bent (Rudy), God’s Country (Halprin, et.al) at Raleigh Ensemble Players; A Chorus Line (NCT); One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Billy) Raleigh Little Theatre; Comedy of Errors (Bare Theatre); National Tour of Best Christmas Pageant Ever. When not promoting Theatre In The Park or playing onstage, Thomas’s hobbies include traveling, theme parks, history, board games, and taking aerial silk classes.