Technical Director: Dan Kopera

Dan received his B.S. in Theatre from Northern Michigan University (2001) focusing on scenic design and technical direction with a minor in Art & Design.  After building and designing scenery, designing lights, and acting in Memphis for the last 15 years he is excited to join the crew at GCT.  His Ostrander nominated designs include lighting for The Violet Hour at Theatre Memphis and scenery for The Crucible at Harrell Performing Arts Theatre.  In his free time, Dan volunteers as the Director of Logistics for Mid-South Science and Fiction Conventions (MidSouthCon).

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Education Coordinator: Cheryl McClurg

After numerous years teaching for GCT, Cheryl joined us full-time in July 2015 as our Education Coordinator.  In this capacity she creates program content and curricula, teaches, and directs.  Cheryl’s background includes 10 years of experience in college recruitment and admissions on the undergraduate and graduate level.  She also has a combined 17 years working with children on the preschool, elementary and jr./sr. high level.  For approximately 12 of those years, Cheryl directed summer theatre camps, after school workshops, and high school theatre at Memphis Harding Academy.  She holds a B.A. in Speech/Theatre from Harding University.

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Bookkeeper: Leah Barrett

Leah Barrett joined the staff of GCT in May 2018. She first became involved in theatre the Summer of 2013 in GCT’s production of Aladdin Jr. and considers GCT her second home. Since then, she has performed in, choreographed, and volunteered for multiple productions and summer camps at GCT and other local theatres. Trained in numerous dance styles the last 16 years, Leah began her own dance studio in the fall of 2016, and has continued her college education as a Business Management Major at Southwest Tennessee Community College. She is very excited for this opportunity to expand her knowledge by being a part of the GCT staff!

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Executive Director: Eric Newsome

Eric joined the staff of GCT in September 2017.  Prior to GCT, he spent time volunteering and serving local theatre groups as a board member, actor, crew, and everything in between.  He enjoyed a successful career in telecommunications for over 15 years, then started his own company in Memphis.  In that capacity, he served as CTO of Historic Images, which specializes in boutique e-commerce platforms for vintage photography.  He has been involved with several non-profits over the years, and hopes to apply his operations and business acumen to this beloved theatre.

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