Michael Gibbons – Executive Director
Mike Gibbons was born and raised in Aiken. He is a 1990 graduate of Aiken High School and a 1994 graduate of the University of Alabama. It was there he met his wife, Jennifer, an Atlanta native who escaped the big city and fled to Aiken after graduating Bama in 1995.
Gibbons first appeared on the ACP stage was in 1987, as part of the Youth Wing performance of “A Merry Medieval Christmas.” In that, he played the role of God, which was not a good move for his ego. He returned to acting in 2006, playing the part of the dad in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. He was most recently seen as the Mayor in It’s a Wonderful Life. His family is also involved in the theater. Jennifer founded and directs the ACP Act It Out summer camp, and has appeared on stage in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. His daughter Allie has been in several shows at ACP, most recently as Janie Bailey in Wonderful Life, while son Parker made his debut last Christmas as Tommy Bailey in Wonderful Life. Mike is the Managing Editor of the Aiken Standard, and has written a weekly humor column for the paper since 1997.
John Lewis – Treasurer
John has been involved with the theater for many years serving in many areas. He lives in Aiken with his wife Barbara and has four beautiful children.
Dr. Timothy M. De Troye, GISP – Secretary
Dr. De Troye has served as South Carolina’s first State GIS Coordinator since 2007, working directly with executive level personnel within state agencies to bolster return on investment. He also serves as President for the National States Geographic Information Council.
Since becoming involved with the ACP in 2009, Tim has played an active role both on and off stage. He made his ACP debut with Squabbles (Jerry) in the spring of 2010, followed by Leading Ladies (Butch/Frank), Odd Couple (Felix), Crossing Delancey (Sam), Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch), and Wrong Window (Jeff). Backstage, he was in charge of set build and design for Picasso at the Lapin Agile. He also sings with Masterworks Chorale, a community-based ensemble affiliated with the University of South Carolina Aiken. He has provided voice-over talent for videos and commercials for Fortune 500 companies, and spent five years in radio broadcasting.
Maureen Woltermann – Marketing Director
Maureen Woltermann has been active at ACP for ten years. She is serving her third term on the ACP board, and has chaired the Coffeehouse Committee, Play Selection, and was a member of the Marketing and Finance Committee, and served as 1st VP. She most recently worked backstage and sound board for Crossing Delancey. She appeared most recently in Taking a Chance On Love , Inherit the Wind & Copenhagen and directed last season’s The Foursome . She has written and produced ten short plays and co-authored two full length murder mysteries for ADDA. Maureen is a retired nurse and English instructor. She enjoys reading, golf, following medical research, working crossword puzzles, interacting with her grandchildren and playing Pickleball.
Thurmond Whatley – Immediate Past Executive Director
Thurmond Whatley has been involved with ACP in many capacities since 1978. He is a director, actor, technician, and ACP Executive Director. In his non-ACP life, Thurmond is employed by Aiken Technical College as an English, Film, and Theater instructor. He also serves on the board of the Aiken Downtown Development Association and has directed their Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre productions for the past five summers. He has co-written two full-length plays with writing partner Maureen Woltermann: Advertising for Murder and The Aiken Time Crime Murders . Thurmond won ACP’s first Spotlight Award for his years of excellence in volunteerism at ACP. He has directed many shows at ACP, most recently: Leading Ladies (Best Director for Non Musical 2009-2010), Over the River and Through the Woods , Moonlight and Magnolias (Best Director for Non Musical 2007-2008), Five Women Wearing the Same Red Dress, and Noises Off among many others. He enjoys woodworking and carpentry in his spare time.
Marcia Harris – Artistic Director
Marcia Harris has been involved with ACP since 1978, serving as actor, director and stage crew in all aspects. Marcia has also served as board of directors president several times, first vice president several times, and has served on or chaired many of the standing committees of the board.
Margaret “Peg” Tribert has been involved with the Playhouse for over twenty years, acting, assisting, managing, and most recenty, directing. She first came to Aiken in her teens, and returned shortly after her graduation from college. Peg worked in Aiken as an advocate for abused persons before attending law school at USC. She has a law practice in Aiken focused on family law, personal injury, and criminal defense. She married Doug Tribert in 1989, and he assists her at the firm. When not working or “playing” Peg is on horseback or in the low country.
Dr. Lucien Papouchado
Lou is a retired senior executive with over 35 years experience in the chemical and nuclear industries. He served in senior management positions in R&D, program management, production and projects. His experience includes managing large, complex budgets, and strategic planning. He currently works part-time as a consultant for URS.
Lou has been involved on the ACP Board since 2003. He has chaired the Finance Committee, the Policies and Procedures Committee, the Disciplinary Committee and participated on the Facilities Committee. He has also been active in set construction, lighting and sound. He has initiated and led Strategic Planning for ACP yearly since 2004 and has played a key role in the budgeting process. A number of financial tracking and reporting systems have been introduced to better control and report the budget. He was also actively involved in the major upgrades to the playhouse’s sound and lighting systems.
Collette Miller has been involved with ACP for many years. She directed “Lion in Winter” for ACP’s first season at the Newberry Street location and the award winning “Dearly Departed”. Her last stage appearance at ACP was in “Absence of a Cello”. In addition to directing and acting, she has extensive back stage experience as a stage manager and in lighting, as well as other technical areas. She looks forward to working on the BOD for another season.
Cathy Traver served on the Aiken Community Playhouse Board of Directors for 5 years, then took a 5 year hiatus, and is so excited to be part of this dynamic group of people again. She served on the Executive Board as Theater Manager, Nominating (chair 2 years), Play Selection, Black Box Coffeehouse, Fund raising, and Membership Committees. Cathy served on the Board during ACP’s move to our downtown location Newberry Street. She loves working on stage, as well, and received a Best Featured Actress award for her performance as Marie in “Earth & Sky.” She is the current Arts Administrator for the Aiken Performing Arts Group, and the lucky wife of Lance and mother to Jeanette, Reese, and Callie.
Cory Herbst has been involved with ACP since 2010 when he ran lights for Crossing Delancey. Since then, he has been involved in many shows in a technical capacity, designing lights for Twelfth Night, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and the ACP Youth Wing’s production of You Can’t Take it With You. He also ran the light board for Chicago, Rent, Children of a Lesser God, and Wrong Window. Cory has been involved in the tech side of the theater since 1998, when he started working lights for Aldersgate Church Community Theater in Alexandria, VA. After 6 years of working shows such as Brigadoon, 1776, Hello Dolly, Big River, and Annie, he left Northern Virginia to study computer information systems and physics at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Cory graduated in 2009 and moved to the Aiken area where he started working at SRS in SRNL’s High Performance Computing group, providing support for scientists and engineers in the Computational Sciences directorate
Ali has been involved with ACP since 2008. She started with pulling the curtain and has had her hand in almost everything ever since. Ali likes to work backstage and learning everything that is involved with putting on productions but her true passion is on the stage. Some of her favorites have been RENT (ensemble), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Shy), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Lin), and an AKB production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (step-sister Joy). She loves ACP so much that she has gotten her family involved. Ali’s mom loves to do costumes and her two daughters, Amber and Sadie, are well on their way to becoming actresses. Her son, Kenneth, is heavily involved with the Youth Wing and is a talented actor as well. He also loves to help backstage with his mom’s shows, which is how he got started. Ali loves that she can share her love of theater with her family and she is very excited to help ACP in every way now and in the future.
Angie began her involvement at ACP in 2011 as Production Manager and Props Master for RENT and Props Master for Chicago, though she has been a passionate theater-goer since childhood. She is married to Jeff and has two daughters, Ellie and Sophie, who have both appeared in ACP performances. Having been a stay-at-home mom for the past 13 years, she is now studying Cardiovascular Technology at University Hospital.
Mary Ruth Singer
Mary Ruth Singer was born and raised in Aiken County. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina – Columbia with a degree in nursing and works in pharmaceutical sales. Mary is married to Scott and they have two sons, Brad and Andrew. Her first involvement with the ACP was raising Corporate Sponsorships for the playhouse fundraiser, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”. She has enjoyed working backstage for “A Christmas Story”, in which her son, Brad, made his ACP debut, and “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” in which her son, Andrew, made his ACP debut. Mary is very excited and honored to serve on the ACP board.
Vivian Johnson – Staff
Vivian Johnson has been involved with ACP since 1990. She has served in the theater for many years in every possible way; from acting to props to running lights. She served on the ACP Board as Secretary for many years and continues to attend meetings as Theater Coordinator. Vivian has been working as ACP’s Theater Coordinator since the opening of the building, and considers it her dream job; she plans to be here till they make her leave. Her love is theater but with a full time job and five children to look after she has not been able to be in on stage for a while. She hopes to remedy that soon and get the acting bug moving again.