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Board of directors


Jay Seller, Ph.D., President

Executive Director - Think 360 Arts | Denver, Colorado

Term  8/1/2013 - 7/31/2015

Former director of Thespian Troupe 5012, Horizon High School, 32 years; former Colorado chapter director; twenty-plus year member of state board; co-author of Colorado Theatre Standards; editor and writer of textbooks and other curriculum materials.

Frank Pruet, Vice President

Retired theatre educator | Roswell, Georgia

Term  8/1/2013 - 7/31/2015

Former two- time state chapter director in Georgia; over 20 years experience on the Georgia Thespians chapter board.


Matt Conover

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment  | Anaheim, California

Term  8/1/2013 - 7/31/2016

Vice president for show development resources and talent casting, and executive producer of special projects for Disney, where he has worked in various capacities for more than twenty years.


Debbie Corbin

High school teacher | Branson, Missouri

Term 8/1/2012 - 7/31/2015

Drama director at Branson (Missouri) High School and director of Thespian Troupe 3482 for twenty-four years. EdTA chapter director for Missouri from 2002-2012.


J. Jason Daunter

Staff - Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS | New York, New York

Term 8/1/2011 - 7/31/2014

International Thespian alumnus, who has taught at both the high school and collegiate levels. New York based professional stage manager. Member of Actors Equity Association.


Stephen Gregg

Playwright | Venice, California

Term 9/22/2012 - 7/31/2015

Playwright, professional member, and founding dramaturg of the Thespian Playworks program.

Lynn Jensen

High school teacher | Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Term 8/1/2013 - 7/31/2016

Former chapter director for Iowa; currently a troupe director at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids.

Gai Jones

Retired theatre educator | Ojai, California

Term 9/28/2013 - 7/31/2016

Veteran director and teacher at high school and college levels, including thirty-four years at El Dorado High School in Placentia, California. Author of Raising the Curtain: Activities for the Theatre Arts Classroom.


Karen Ann Pionke

Middle school drama teacher | Gurnee, Illinois

Term 8/1/2011 - 7/31/2014

Educator for almost ten years who founded a Junior Thespian troupe at Palombi Middle School in Lake Villa, Illinois. Currently the speech and drama teacher and director of Troupe 88093 at Viking Middle School in Gurnee. A published author of short fiction and is working on a children’s book.


Kenneth Washington

Guthrie Theater | Minneapolis, Minnesota

Term 8/1/2012 - 7/31/2015

Director of company development for the Guthrie Theater; artistic associate of New York University’s graduate acting program.