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Chip Chalmers
Chip Chalmers
Chair

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Scott Carswell
Scott Carswell
Vice Chair

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Bert Mitchell
Bert Mitchell
Secretary

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Bert A. Mitchell is a writer, actor, and director in Tallahassee, Florida. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Iowa and works as a Training Manager for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. He recently directed and co-wrote A Town Divided for The Southern Shakespeare Company.

Bert has played various characters from his own writings as well as Marc in Yasmina Riza's ART, Boy Willie in August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, and many FSU films over the years. He has taken acting classes with Marlene DuBois, John D'Aquino (Disney's Cory in the House), and screenwriting classes with Claudia Hunter Johnson (Crafting Short Screenplays that Connect). One of his highlights was a weekend improv workshop with Oscar winning actor, Alan Arkin (The Komminsky Method, Little Miss Sunshine) many years ago.

Bert has instructed personal growth workshops in Florida and Israel over the years. He is currently co-hosting a podcast about the process of creating art and enjoys the entire creative process.

Bert Mitchell
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Scott Carswell was born and raised in Tallahassee and is a graduate of Florida State University.

He designed, funded, and had operated The Moon since 1984 when he arranged to purchase a closed A&P Grocery store located at 1105 East Lafayette St. and began development. Scott and his wife Julie have both managed operations as general managers and co-owners since they wed in 1988.

Scott Carswell Presents, like The Moon, is a family company that includes Scott and Julie's two sons, Scott Jr. and Jack. It has been the exclusive presenter of all ticketed events at the Capital City Amphitheater at Cascades Park since 2014. Shows have included Boz Scaggs, The Tallahassee Symphony, Alabama Shakes, The Beach Boys, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Avett Brothers, Word of South Headliners, and many more.

The Carswells live in Tallahassee with their two dogs, Blue and Luna. The family enjoys trips to North Carolina, boating on the St. Marks River and the Gulf, and attending FSU football, basketball, and baseball games.

Scott Carswell
Scott Carswell
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After a career in television for thirty years in Los Angeles, he returned to his alma mater (Florida State University) to teach at the College of Motion Picture Arts for seven years. He also served on the Board of Directors at The Academy of Magical Arts (The Magic Castle) in Hollywood for two terms.

Chip Chalmers
Chip Chalmers
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Curt Blair
Curt Blair
Treasurer

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Curt Blair most recently served as administrative director of the Franklin County Tourist Development Council, a post he held from 2007 to 2018. He has served on a number of Boards and Committees including: Tallahassee Hispanic Theater, Southern Shakespeare Company, the Visit Florida Industry Relations Committee, Tallahassee Hispanic Theater, Tallahassee Council on Culture and Arts (COCA), Weems Memorial Hospital, Three Servicemen Statute South, Florida Special Olympics and the Florida Association of Counties Social Services Committee. He is a graduate of Florida International University.

Curt and his wife Beth enthusiastically support a variety of art related activities and organizations in the community. He is a founding patron of the “Great American Plein Air Paint Out” an annual event in Franklin and Gulf Counties. Both he and Beth have performed in a number of theatrical productions over the years and are major supporters of Southern Shakespeare. Their joint passions are family, art collection, travel, theater, and the Boston Red Sox.

Curt Blair
Curt Blair
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Members at Large

Laura Glenn
Laura Glenn
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Danielle Johnson
Danielle Johnson
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Laura Johnson

Laura Johnson
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Laura Glenn earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Florida spending her summer abroad in England studying the Tudor period. She works as Director of Special Events and Staff Liaison to the Women for FSU at the FSU Foundation.

Laura was involved with Thomasville On Stage and Company when she resided in Thomasville at the turn of the century, serving in leadership roles as vice president of membership, president of the board of directors, and co-chair of a capital campaign raising $100,000 to rebuild the storefront facade. She also produced three plays and acted in three others. After moving here, Laura most enjoyed acting in Tallahassee In Its Own Words, a play commissioned by the Tallahassee Democrat, presented at then Tallahassee Little Theatre. She played multiple roles culled from the pages of editorials covering the newspaper's one-hundred-year history.

She has served as a Big Bend High School Brain Bowl moderator, volunteered with Big Bend Cares' Artopia event, and served as secretary on the board of the LGBT Business Partners, a networking group. Laura and her partner Stephanie Schwartz have resided in northeast Tallahassee for the past 20 years with their four-legged children.

Laura Glenn
Laura Glenn
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Danielle Johnson is currently a junior at Leon High school, supporting her peers and serving her community through service organizations such as Key Club, Anchor Club, and National Honors Society.

Danielle hopes to connect the Leon County school students to all of the wonderful events, programs, and opportunities provided by the Southern Shakespeare company.

Danielle Johnson
Danielle Johnson
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Laura Johnson received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Florida State University. After a career in health care and medicine–both at Archbold Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia, founder of a private consulting firm, and teaching as an adjunct professor at The Florida State University’s College of Human Sciences, she has split her time between working professionally in the theatrical arts and raising a family.

Laura currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Irish Repertory Theater and previously served on the Artistic Advisory Committee of Theatre Tallahassee. She has performed in many local venues including Theatre Tallahassee (Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Lucia in Black Coffee, Sheila in Boys Next Door, Agnes in Bug), Monticello Opera House (Zelda at the Oasis, If Music Be the Food of Love) and at the New American Shakespearean Tavern (Beatrice-Joanna in The Changeling, Mephistophilis in Doctor Faustus). She also co-wrote and directed a successful one-act play performed at Florida High for the Holocaust Education Resource Council, and is highly visible in both television and commercial programming, including working as the on-air host of the Multi-State Powerball and Florida Lottery.

Laura Johnson
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Coman Leonard
Coman Leonard
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Wendy Wiener

Wendy Russell Wiener, Esq
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Coman is a CPA here in Tallahassee, Florida, having received his degree from the University of Florida, School of Accounting. He was on the original Board and served as Treasurer of the Southern Shakespeare Festival back in 1996 and cofounded its rebirth in 2014.

Originally from Miami Beach, Florida, he helped found the Miami Design Preservation League in 1981, to preserve the Miami Beach Art Deco Historical District and educate the general public and commercial developers about preservation. He served as Executive Director from 1991-1995. He continues to assist them during their annual Art Deco Weekend Festival every January.

He was instrumental in organizing the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach (1987) and the development of the Wolfsoniana, in Genoa, Italy which opened its doors in 2005.

Locally, he has served as Vice President and Treasurer of the Boy Scouts of America. He was in Class 25 of Leadership Tallahassee. Professionally, Coman was Chairman of the FICPA Financial Literacy Committee and Chairman of the FSU Accounting Conference.

He lives here with his wife Lita and Pluto.

Coman Leonard
Coman Leonard
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Wendy Russell Wiener, Esq., is a partner in the Tallahassee office of Broad and Cassel LLP. She chairs the Regulatory department of the Firm’s Corporate and Finance Practice Group and has provided regulatory consulting and legal services to her death care clients for more than 23 years. Ms. Wiener practices regulatory insurance law and regulatory death care industry law, representing entities and individuals who interact with the administrative agencies that regulate all aspects of insurance and the death care industry. The scope of representation includes all types of licensing (for individuals and entities), disciplinary matters, practice before the administrative tribunal, state and federal courts and interaction with regulators. She is a member of the Federation of Regulatory Counsel (FORC), a limited group of lawyers who focus their practices on regulatory insurance law. Ms. Wiener is a past president of Temple Israel in Tallahassee; co-chair of the Tallahassee Jewish Food Festival; is co-chair of the Southern Shakespeare Festival (Festival Day); a member of the ACT Board with the Young Actors Theatre; and has served as past president of Raising a Healthy Child, Inc. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida, and she received her juris doctor, with honors, from Florida State University College of Law.

Wendy Wiener

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Executive Committee

Chip Chalmers
Chip Chalmers
Chair

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After a career in television for thirty years in Los Angeles, he returned to his alma mater (Florida State University) to teach at the College of Motion Picture Arts for seven years. He also served on the Board of Directors at The Academy of Magical Arts (The Magic Castle) in Hollywood for two terms.

Scott Carswell
Scott Carswell
Vice Chair

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Scott Carswell was born and raised in Tallahassee and is a graduate of Florida State University.

He designed, funded, and had operated The Moon since 1984 when he arranged to purchase a closed A&P Grocery store located at 1105 East Lafayette St. and began development. Scott and his wife Julie have both managed operations as general managers and co-owners since they wed in 1988.

Scott Carswell Presents, like The Moon, is a family company that includes Scott and Julie's two sons, Scott Jr. and Jack. It has been the exclusive presenter of all ticketed events at the Capital City Amphitheater at Cascades Park since 2014. Shows have included Boz Scaggs, The Tallahassee Symphony, Alabama Shakes, The Beach Boys, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Avett Brothers, Word of South Headliners, and many more.

The Carswells live in Tallahassee with their two dogs, Blue and Luna. The family enjoys trips to North Carolina, boating on the St. Marks River and the Gulf, and attending FSU football, basketball, and baseball games.

Curt Blair
Curt Blair
Treasurer

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Curt Blair most recently served as administrative director of the Franklin County Tourist Development Council, a post he held from 2007 to 2018. He has served on a number of Boards and Committees including: Tallahassee Hispanic Theater, Southern Shakespeare Company, the Visit Florida Industry Relations Committee, Tallahassee Hispanic Theater, Tallahassee Council on Culture and Arts (COCA), Weems Memorial Hospital, Three Servicemen Statute South, Florida Special Olympics and the Florida Association of Counties Social Services Committee. He is a graduate of Florida International University.

Curt and his wife Beth enthusiastically support a variety of art related activities and organizations in the community. He is a founding patron of the “Great American Plein Air Paint Out” an annual event in Franklin and Gulf Counties. Both he and Beth have performed in a number of theatrical productions over the years and are major supporters of Southern Shakespeare. Their joint passions are family, art collection, travel, theater, and the Boston Red Sox.

Bert Mitchell
Bert Mitchell
Member at Large

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Bert A. Mitchell is a writer, actor, and director in Tallahassee, Florida. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Iowa and works as a Training Manager for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. He recently directed and co-wrote A Town Divided for The Southern Shakespeare Company.

Bert has played various characters from his own writings as well as Marc in Yasmina Riza's ART, Boy Willie in August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, and many FSU films over the years. He has taken acting classes with Marlene DuBois, John D'Aquino (Disney's Cory in the House), and screenwriting classes with Claudia Hunter Johnson (Crafting Short Screenplays that Connect). One of his highlights was a weekend improv workshop with Oscar winning actor, Alan Arkin (The Komminsky Method, Little Miss Sunshine) many years ago.

Bert has instructed personal growth workshops in Florida and Israel over the years. He is currently co-hosting a podcast about the process of creating art and enjoys the entire creative process.

Members at Large

Laura Glenn
Laura Green
Member at Large

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Laura Glenn earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Florida spending her summer abroad in England studying the Tudor period. She works as Director of Special Events and Staff Liaison to the Women for FSU at the FSU Foundation.

Laura was involved with Thomasville On Stage and Company when she resided in Thomasville at the turn of the century, serving in leadership roles as vice president of membership, president of the board of directors, and co-chair of a capital campaign raising $100,000 to rebuild the storefront facade. She also produced three plays and acted in three others. After moving here, Laura most enjoyed acting in Tallahassee In Its Own Words, a play commissioned by the Tallahassee Democrat, presented at then Tallahassee Little Theatre. She played multiple roles culled from the pages of editorials covering the newspaper's one-hundred-year history.

She has served as a Big Bend High School Brain Bowl moderator, volunteered with Big Bend Cares' Artopia event, and served as secretary on the board of the LGBT Business Partners, a networking group. Laura and her partner Stephanie Schwartz have resided in northeast Tallahassee for the past 20 years with their four-legged children.

Danielle Johnson
Danielle Johnson
Student Board Member

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Danielle Johnson is currently a junior at Leon High school, supporting her peers and serving her community through service organizations such as Key Club, Anchor Club, and National Honors Society.

Danielle hopes to connect the Leon County school students to all of the wonderful events, programs, and opportunities provided by the Southern Shakespeare company.

Laura Johnson
Laura Johnson
Member at Large

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Laura Johnson received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Florida State University. After a career in health care and medicine–both at Archbold Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia, founder of a private consulting firm, and teaching as an adjunct professor at The Florida State University’s College of Human Sciences, she has split her time between working professionally in the theatrical arts and raising a family.

Laura currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Irish Repertory Theater and previously served on the Artistic Advisory Committee of Theatre Tallahassee. She has performed in many local venues including Theatre Tallahassee (Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Lucia in Black Coffee, Sheila in Boys Next Door, Agnes in Bug), Monticello Opera House (Zelda at the Oasis, If Music Be the Food of Love) and at the New American Shakespearean Tavern (Beatrice-Joanna in The Changeling, Mephistophilis in Doctor Faustus). She also co-wrote and directed a successful one-act play performed at Florida High for the Holocaust Education Resource Council, and is highly visible in both television and commercial programming, including working as the on-air host of the Multi-State Powerball and Florida Lottery.

Coman Leonard

Coman Leonard
Member at Large

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Coman is a CPA here in Tallahassee, Florida, having received his degree from the University of Florida, School of Accounting. He was on the original Board and served as Treasurer of the Southern Shakespeare Festival back in 1996 and cofounded its rebirth in 2014.

Originally from Miami Beach, Florida, he helped found the Miami Design Preservation League in 1981, to preserve the Miami Beach Art Deco Historical District and educate the general public and commercial developers about preservation. He served as Executive Director from 1991-1995. He continues to assist them during their annual Art Deco Weekend Festival every January.

He was instrumental in organizing the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach (1987) and the development of the Wolfsoniana, in Genoa, Italy which opened its doors in 2005.

Locally, he has served as Vice President and Treasurer of the Boy Scouts of America. He was in Class 25 of Leadership Tallahassee. Professionally, Coman was Chairman of the FICPA Financial Literacy Committee and Chairman of the FSU Accounting Conference.

He lives here with his wife Lita and Pluto.

Wendy Wiener

Wendy Russell Wiener, Esq
Member at Large

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Wendy Russell Wiener, Esq., is a partner in the Tallahassee office of Broad and Cassel LLP. She chairs the Regulatory department of the Firm’s Corporate and Finance Practice Group and has provided regulatory consulting and legal services to her death care clients for more than 23 years. Ms. Wiener practices regulatory insurance law and regulatory death care industry law, representing entities and individuals who interact with the administrative agencies that regulate all aspects of insurance and the death care industry. The scope of representation includes all types of licensing (for individuals and entities), disciplinary matters, practice before the administrative tribunal, state and federal courts and interaction with regulators. She is a member of the Federation of Regulatory Counsel (FORC), a limited group of lawyers who focus their practices on regulatory insurance law. Ms. Wiener is a past president of Temple Israel in Tallahassee; co-chair of the Tallahassee Jewish Food Festival; is co-chair of the Southern Shakespeare Festival (Festival Day); a member of the ACT Board with the Young Actors Theatre; and has served as past president of Raising a Healthy Child, Inc. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida, and she received her juris doctor, with honors, from Florida State University College of Law.

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