Live Arts Staff and Board

We’re Hiring! Read the full job description for our full time Education Director position here. 

Our Staff

Anne HunterAnne Hunter (she/her/hers)
Executive Director
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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.

Susan E EvansSusan E. Evans (she/her/hers)
Artistic Director
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Susan is honored to be joining the talented Live Arts team and is eager to get to know the expansive and dedicated Live Arts community. She comes to Charlottesville from the San Francisco Bay Area where she served as Artistic Director at Eastenders Repertory Company, the Douglas Morrisson Theatre and Town Hall Theatre. In the Bay Area, she also directed at Contra Costa Civic Theatre and with Actors Reading Writers, and enjoys ongoing collaborations with solo artist Carolyn Doyle, and with playwright Scott Munson (The Brecht Project). She received her undergraduate degree from Emory University, and further post-grad training at the Drama Studio London @ Berkeley. She and her partner Karen are doing the bicoastal thing!

Jeremy Duncan PapeJeremy Duncan Pape (he/him/his)
Technical Director
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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 KellyChris Kelly (he/him/his)
Production and Development Administrator
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The staff loves to ask Chris Kelly for his help on…just about everything. Right now, his priority will be making sure our production and development efforts are running smoothly. That means lots and lots of highly organized (and color-coded) spreadsheets. He’s also a stage manager—so he definitely knows how to make things work!

Ray NedzelRay Nedzel (he/him/his)
Fringe Director

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 SmithDarryl Smith (he/him/his)
Box Office Manager
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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 SusenMiller Murray Susen (she/her/hers)
Education Director
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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!

Kathryn Bishop Pullam (Photo by Ashley Moore)Kathryn Bishop Blessing (she/her/hers)
Development Director
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Kathryn brings more than a decade of arts fundraising experience. to Live Arts. Most recently she worked as assistant director of advancement at the Richmond Symphony! Kathryn is in charge of our year-round fundraising program, including major gifts, individual giving, grant writing, sponsorships, planned giving, and events. She is also a gifted musician who cares deeply about the performing arts and their power to heal communities!

Interim Technical Director, Annie TemminkAnnie Temmink (she/her/hers)
Associate 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 ZubyLinda Zuby (she/her/hers)
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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.

Liz Howard, Production CoordinatorLiz Howard (she/her/hers)
Production Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
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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 Theater from Shenandoah Conservatory and has worked in NYC and Scotland. Let her know if you’re interested in joining the Live Arts family!

Katie RogersKatie Rogers (she/her/hers)
Marketing & Design Coordinator
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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.

Tia Daniels (she/her/hers)

Tia is the newest member of the staff! She impressed us all by knowing each of our names by the end of her very first Live Arts staff meeting. This mom of eight doesn’t mess around! We are so happy to have Tia join the Live Arts community.


2021-2022 Board of Directors

  • Barbara Kessler, President
  • Shannon Montague, Vice President
  • Molly Bloom, Secretary
  • Abby Cook, Treasurer, Finance Chair
  • Beverly Colwell Adams, DEI Chair
  • Matt Yohe, Governance Chair
  • Deborah Arenstein
  • Johannah Castleman
  • Ernest Chambers
  • Shilpa Davé
  • Kelly Dowd
  • Aimee Fagan
  • Bill LeSueur
  • Frederick Martin
  • Ckalib S. Nelson
  • Adrienne Oliver
  • Lizzy Ramey
  • Molly Shadel
  • Larissa Sneathern
  • Ed Stockwell
  • Derick Williams
  • Scott Williams
  • Counsel: James F. Neale, McGuireWoods LLP

Live Arts is supported in part by grants from The Virginia Commission for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts.

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