BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Peg McGuire - President
Independent Communications Consultant
Jon Cornett-McKee - Vice President
Bank of America
Amber Lowery - Secretary
Roanoke Public Libraries
Virginia Western Community College
Carilion Clinic LifeGuard 10
Board Member Emerita
Caroline LaRocca Hammond
Caroline LaRocca Event Design
APRIL HARTSOOK CORBETT
Interim Executive Directorapril@virginiachildrenstheatre.org
April Hartsook Corbett has spent her life dedicated to working in non-profit and theatre arts. Her fondest memories as a child were being a part of theatre in Roanoke, Virginia. She is excited to have the opportunity to give back to the community that helped to give her the foundation to go on to work for some of the best regional theatre companies in the country, including the following: St. Louis Repertory Theatre, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Omaha Community Playhouse, and Mill Mountain Theatre. She has been the Director of Theatre Arts at Roanoke Catholic School for the last ten years. She has led classes for pre-K to 12th grade students in drama; producing theatre showcases to full musical productions. April has also contributed to the productions of Virginia Children’s Theatre for the last decade in the area of props construction. April previously served as the Development Director for FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway and is currently the Director of Operations and Events with Center in the Square. She graduated from Longwood College, in Farmville, VA with a BFA in technical theatre and also attended the Yale School of Drama internship program, in New Haven, CT. She is excited to help grow the mission of Virginia Children’s Theatre and to help every student in the program develop the life skills that come from exploring and developing theatre skills.
Director of Marketing & Public Relationspr@virginiachildrenstheatre.org
Lindsay Tolar is a Roanoke native and enters her 10th season with VCT. She is honored to get to watch so many youth come alive when they step onto the VCT stage. Prior to working with VCT, Lindsay was the Publicist for the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. for over 6 years. While there, she handled all press relations and media interviews on a national and local scale for both the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) and the Harman Center for the Arts. In 2012, she helped STC secure the Regional Theatre Tony Award. Before heading to D.C. she was the Public Relations Coordinator for Mill Mountain Theatre here in Roanoke, VA. She has made the New River Valley her home, along with her husband and two young children. Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro. When Lindsay isn't promoting and enjoying theatre, she runs the lifestyle blog Pursuit of Pink and plans vacations with Magic in the Sun Travel. She also enjoys practicing photography, tackling home décor projects, traveling and dabbling in graphic creation.
Theatre Academy Manageracademy@virginiachildrenstheatre.org
Sydney Sinclair is ecstatic to start her first year at VCT! She is a performing artist (Actor, Director, Educator, Singer, Dancer, and Intimacy Choreographer) with a B.F.A. in Acting and minor in Directing from Oklahoma City University. She has worked as a director and actor in Oklahoma City as well as a children’s educator, choreographer, and intimacy director for children's theatre’s in the DFW area. Some of her favorite directing credits include SHAKESPEARE’S OTHER WOMEN by Scott Kaiser (Oklahoma City University), choreography of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by Alan Menken (Arise Acting Studio), and assistant direction of THE SCHOOL FOR LIES by David Ives (Oklahoma City University). Some of her favorite acting credits include Evil Gabbi in SHE KILLS MONSTERS, Jen in ALL THIS INTIMACY, and Ariel in THE LITTLE MERMAID.
Education Outreach Manageroutreach@virginiachildrenstheatre.org
Kate is an actor and arts educator. She holds a B.F.A in Acting from Western Carolina
University’s School of Stage and Screen. Prior to working at VCT, Kate served as a founding
team member and Associate Artistic Lead at Calliope Stage Company. Her education experience includes serving as a summer camp director, teaching artist, and an in-classroom preschool teacher. Kate’s favorite artistic experiences include, CALLIOPE SHORTS: FIRSTS with Calliope Stage (Artistic Producer), A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at WCU (Blanche DuBois), THE WOLVES at WCU (#2), THE ANOMALY, a WCU Student Film (Noelle), and her time as an Acting Apprentice at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. She is excited to call Roanoke home and return to creating magical theatre in the Appalachian Mountains. When not at the theatre, Kate enjoys reading, hiking, camping, yoga, and spending time with her dog Corky the Yorkie.
Education Associate - Outreach Camps
Brandon Duncan is a teaching artist, actor, and musician from Floyd, Virginia. Trained at Radford University (BA in Theatre and Music), he has taught with Richmond Performing Arts Alliance as a Wolf Trap teaching artist, and has instructed for Virginia Repertory Theatre summer programs. First moving to Richmond to perform in the Virginia Repertory Theatre national tour, he has also performed with Richmond Triangle Players, Richmond Shakes, and the University of Richmond. His favorite artistic credits include: The Inheritance, The Rivals, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Cymbeline, The Diary of Anne Frank, Twelfth Night, The Frog Prince, The Taming of the Shrew, and Buffalo Soldier. Brandon is overjoyed to be returning to Virginia Children’s Theatre as the education associate and resident teaching artist since first performing here in 2016. He yearns to share his love of classical, didactic, and musical theatre through performing arts integrated education with the Roanoke community that he cares benevolently for.