Staff

Laura JohnsonLaura Johnson (Executive Director)
has served as Executive Director of the Southern Shakespeare Company since 2014. Laura also serves on the Board of Directors of Tallahassee’s Irish Repertory Theater and previously on the Artistic Advisory Committee of Theatre Tallahassee. Laura’s more notable stage productions include Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), As You Like It (Rosalind), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie), The Changeling (Beatrice-Joanna), and, most recently, Doctor Faustus (Mephistopheles) at the New American Shakespearean Tavern in Atlanta, Georgia for Resurgens Theatre Company. Laura co-wrote and directed a one-act play for the Holocaust Education Resource Council and is highly visible in both episodic television and commercial programming, including working as the on-air host of the Multi-state Powerball and the Florida Lottery. laura@southernshakes.org  |  Read More >>

Robin Jackson (Education and Outreach Director)
Robin JacksonRobin Jackson is a Tallahassee native who grew up involved in the Southern Shakespeare Company (SSC) as a child and many other local theatre productions. For the past six years she has performed with Artspot: Educational Theatre, an international touring company bringing English educational children’s theatre to over fifteen countries. As well as performing, Robin led and developed “Teaching Through Theatre” workshops for teachers and students around the world. She holds an AS in Musical Theatre from Florida School of the Arts as well as a BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Central Florida. Currently, along with her work with SSC, Robin teaches at Grassroots Free School, directs Miccosukee Land Co-op Drama Camp, and has partnered recently with SAIL High School Drama Club on various productions. Robin feels strongly about the importance of theatre education and is thrilled and honored to be back in Tallahassee to share her experience and love with her hometown.

Phil Croton (Shakespeare Man)Phil Croton
Phil was born and raised in London, and attended The Italia Conti Drama School, making his West End debut at the tender age of eleven, flying around the stage as John Darling in “Peter Pan” at the Scala Theatre, and he was cast again in the same role the following year! He also appeared on television in A Play for Today for the BBC and in minor roles in films and television, but his true love always has been live theatre. phil@southernshakes.org
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Bianca Montague (Co-Director, Bardlings) Bianca Montague
A student of Shakespeare for over 10 years, Bianca Montague has worked in theatre education in and around the Tallahassee area since 2011. She has served as co-director for Southern Shakespeare Company’s junior company, The Bardlings, for the last year. Prior to joining the Southern Shakespeare family, Bianca served as assistant director for Capital City Shakespeare, and taught several classes at the Young Actors Theatre. She wrote and directed a 10-minute play as part of the one-act play festival at FSU (2010) and has directed several independent productions including Almost, Maine (2014), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2012), and A Doll’s House (2011). Bianca’s most recent stage credits include appearing in The Comedy of Errors (Luciana), Bard Wars (Princess Leia), and The Pillowman (mother).

Calla MacNamara (Education & Engagement Manager) Calla MacNamara
In her role as the Education & Engagement Manager at Opening Nights at FSU, Ms. MacNamara focuses on community and campus engagement, expanding K-12 programming and creating professional development opportunities for Leon County Schools teachers. Ms. MacNamara serves as the Florida State University ex officio member of the COCA Board of Directors since 2016 and is a member Knights Creative Communities Institute 2019 Catalyst Class. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BA in Theatre Studies. As a Tallahassee native, she is truly passionate about developing and supporting the arts throughout her community.

Tracy Woodard (Dean of Communications and Humanities) Tracy Woodard
Dr. Tracy Woodard is the Dean of Communications and Humanities at Tallahassee Community College. She oversees the Theatre and Art programs at TCC and serves on the COCA Board of Directors. Prior to her employment on June 1, 2016 at TCC, she was the Director of Women’s and Gender Studies and Professor of Sociology at Valdosta State University for the past twenty-two years. As an active scholar who champions social justice causes, she often incorporates the arts into her community work. She was instrumental in creating a visual display called “The Clothesline Project” for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. She has also organized concerts and other events to benefit anti violence against women and girl programs.

Sam Kimelman (Compliance and Audit Director) Sam Kimelman
Sam Kimelman, CPA is the Compliance and Audit Director for Voices for Florida. He is responsible for supporting the Open Doors Outreach Network and staff in ensuring effective and efficient and management of the operating budget, and the solicitation and management of grants, contracts and all other associated revenue streams.

Sam held a variety of positions over the past 25 years including Controller, Chief Financial Officer and President of ERS Group, a nationwide professional services consulting firm with headquarters in Tallahassee. Prior to ERS Group, Sam was a financial and compliance auditor with the Office of the Auditor General of Florida and an accountant with the Florida Supreme Court.

Mr. Kimelman is a member of the Florida and American Institute of CPAs and is an active board member on a number of local not for profit organization including a K-8 school, public high school and other social service organizations.
He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Florida State University and his CPA designation in 1991.