Live Arts Staff and Board
Anne Hunter (she/her/hers)
Anne relocated to Charlottesville from Minneapolis, where she had led a nonprofit strategy firm for the last two decades. She brings to Live Arts a life-long passion for theater, the arts and education, and a deep commitment to fostering thriving, more equitable communities. Early in her career, Anne held leadership positions at The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra and two tourism bureaus. She also taught nonprofit management at four Minnesota colleges. More recently, she was interim president of the Minnesota Humanities Center and served on the leadership team of an ed-tech start-up. She auditioned for her first musical, “Alice in Wonderland,” in the fourth grade. Based on her singing ability, she was cast as (silent) dancing flower. She and her kilt-wearing husband, Scott Taylor, are thrilled to be part of the Cville community.
Jeremy Duncan Pape (he/him/his)
Interim Artistic Director
Jeremy has years of experience in theaters in Cville, Philadelphia, and NYC, and he is here to help you make art. In addition to practical experience, he earned his BFA from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts and his MFA from The New School. Come find him in the office or shop if you want to chat about theater or hear stories about his daughter.
Chris Kelly (he/him/his)
Special Projects Manager
Contact Chris Kelly to rent one of our theaters, rehearsal rooms, or even the 4th-floor terrace. He’ll hook you up with the perfect location for your celebration, retreat, or meeting! He’s also a stage manager — so he knows how to make events work!
Ray Nedzel (he/him/his)
Ray is always doing three things at once. But stop by and make it four. He likes podcasts, art, web and graphic design, nature, funny stories, and coffee. Each summer, he leads a team of theatre technicians to support 500+ high school students performing in the world’s largest performing arts festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Darryl Smith (he/him/his)
Box Office Manager
Live Arts’ five-star maitre d’, he’ll get you the best seats and tell you what’s happening. Darryl may call you to volunteer for front-of-house ushering or concessions or fundraiser parties. He’s been taking care of us all at Live Arts for eons, so if you need anything in the world, he’s the man to ask.
Miller Murray Susen (she/her/hers)
Miller manages all the educational programming at Live Arts: Year-round classes for ages 4 to 104, youth mainstage workshop productions, the Mentor/Apprentice program for teen techies, youth theater festivals, community partnerships to bring theater education into schools, audience talkbacks, and summer camps galore. Learn more (ha!) by emailing, calling, or stopping by!
Shelby Edwards (she/her/hers)
Shelby Marie Edwards has worn many hats at Live Arts having been everything from a camper to an educator. She is excited to now be the head of all fundraising and developmental efforts for Live Arts. Shelby received her B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, her M.A. from the University of Chicago and is a graduate of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s professional leadership program.
Annie Temmink (she/her/hers)
Interim Technical Director
Annie is a sculptor and designer with a background in construction. She works closely with all scenic volunteers to bring inventive stage designs to life. She’d love to work with you! Whether you’re a salty pro or have never built a thing in your life, stop by the scene shop to get inspired about building and painting things. Outside of the shop, Annie’s work has been exhibited and awarded all over the world, from San Francisco to Moscow to New Zealand to Charlottesville. She loves making hats and dancing-like-no-one’s-watching.
Linda Zuby (she/her/hers)
Zuby is our numbers cruncher. With more institutional knowledge than she’d care to admit, Zuby has been wearing various Live Arts hats since 1994. Stop by if you have a question about reimbursements or to give her a hug. She’s very huggy.
Leo Arico (he/him/his)
Leo is our main man for keeping our buildings clean. You’ll see him here if you’re up at sunrise!
Liz Howard (she/her/hers)
Liz works with Annie and Jeremy to coordinate volunteers and production needs. She started volunteering with Live Arts in 2011 and enjoys working both on and offstage as an actor, production manager, stage manager, and lighting designer. Liz has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory and has worked in NYC and Scotland. Let her know if you’re interested in joining the Live Arts family!
Katie Rogers (she/her/hers)
Katie is in charge of making sure the word gets out about all the wonderful things happening here at Live Arts. Katie worked as an intern in the Live Arts office after graduating from UVA, and just look at her now! Her favorite contribution to Live Arts is having designed the cutest stinkin’ Summer @ Live Arts t-shirts you’ve ever seen.
Kim Beard (she/her/hers)
Kim has been a volunteer at Live Arts since January of 1999. At some point, in lieu of being paid for the work she does managing the database, she said she’d just like to be called a staff member. So let her know if there is anything she needs to know about your mailing address, email address, the spelling of your name, or change of personnel in your household and she’ll be happy to fix it in the database.
Live Arts Board of Directors:
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a board member, please reach out to Shilpa Dave at email@example.com. We would love to have you!
- Barbara Kessler, President
- Ernest Chambers, Vice President
- Molly Bloom, Secretary
- Abby Cook, Treasurer, Finance Chair
- Deborah Arenstein, Development Chair
- Shilpa Davé, Governance Chair
- Beverly Colwell Adams
- Johannah Castleman
- Lisa Duval
- Aimee Fagan
- Cristan Keighley
- Bill LeSueur
- Shannon Montague
- Cameron Mowat
- Ckalib S. Nelson
- Larissa Sneathern
- Ed Stockwell
- Matt Yohe
- Counsel: James F. Neale, McGuireWoods LLP