Meet the GCT Staff:

Executive Director: Marques Brown   marques (at) gctcomeplay.org

Marques Brown (he/him) “In one way or another, I have worked with, or for, Germantown Community Theatre for almost twenty years. I have always been amazed at the kind of Magic that can be made in this one-room school-house-turned church-turned Theatre,” states Marques, referring to the various iterations from which the red brick building on Forest Hill Irene has evolved over its historic hundred plus years of existence in Germantown, and becoming the “home” of GCT in the 1980’s. Marques holds a Master’s degree in Arts Education and has been working in and around the Memphis area as a theatre professional and education specialist since 2001. Before that, he was an actor with theatrical companies in Chicago whose missions centered on social awareness. He has worked in the theatre departments of several Memphis area schools as a teacher, director and technical director. Marques also founded the Full Spectrum Theatre initiative with the goal of bringing theatre and the neurodiverse community together. The Full Spectrum Theatre outreach program is featured at GCT, consisting of inclusive workshops that harness the imaginations of teen and adult neurodivergent members of our community through the healing expression of theatrical play. He is the husband of noted actress and teacher, Ashley Bugg Brown and is the father of two. Marques has been nominated for several local theatre awards and has won an Ostrander for lead in a musical, as well as HSMTAs for direction and design. He is most recently nominated for Ostrander awards for Props Design for WIT at GCT, Scenic Design for I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change at GCT and Best Original Script for A One Man’s Christmas Carol at GCT.

Education Director: Christina Hernandez     christina (at) gctcomeplay.org

Christina Hernandez (she/her) joined the GCT staff in 2020 after many years of teaching summer camps and performing here. She was a part of the inaugural  Musical Theatre Performance BFA class at the University of Memphis. She has been a vocal instructor for the last 7 years, specializing in musical theatre and youth education. She has directed and taught educational theatre all over the 901, while performing in theatres such as Theatre Memphis, Playhouse on the Square, New Moon Theatre Company, The Circuit Playhouse, and The Harrell Theatre. She is thrilled to bring her passion for teaching and the arts to GCT and join the theatre that holds such a dear place in her heart. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Aristotle

Technical Director: Mathew “MB” Russell      matthew (at) gctcomeplay.org

Matthew Russell (they/them) Theatrical Lighting Designer, Museum Assistant Preparator, Sound Designer, Eagle Scout: Matthew Russell’s background is as colorful as the projects they’ve designed. Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, MB fell in love with theatrical lighting participating in and attending live music and theatre performances around Memphis. They are grateful to their biggest supporters: their family and partner Lillie Tuck, as well as teachers like Mike WoodMandy HeathBrian Ruggaber, Lindsay Krosnes, and Anthony Pellecchia, who have helped prepare them to entertain, educate, and enlighten patrons in the City of Germantown and beyond. 
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Engagement Director: Annie Freres     annie (at) gctcomeplay.org

Annie Freres (she/they) joined the GCT staff in March 2019.  She is a born and raised Memphian who performs all over town from the title character in The Drowsy Chaperone, Dragon in Shrek and Ladies & Legends at Theatre Memphis, Domina in Funny thing Happened… Forum at Harrell, Donna in Mamma Mia, Justyce in Rock of Ages, Mama in May We All and DeeDee in The Prom at Playhouse on the Square and appearances with independent companies like Killer Joe, LIZZIE, Twelfth Night and Reefer Madness with New Moon Theatre. She is very proud to have finally graced the GCT stage as Mr. Bennet/Charlotte in Pride & Prejudice in 2023. After getting her BFA from U of Memphis she spent 8 years on the road in National tours and dinner theatres from Florida to Alaska! She continues to teach, perform and create her own theatrical concerts like A Place For Us at GCT, Filling The Air at Buckman PAC, and variety cabarets. Annie love to emcee and lend vocals to multiple events in the MidSouth and beyond, having spent the summers of 2020-23 in North Dakota as Calamity Annie hosting the Medora Musical. Investing her love, energy and talents in her home town has been her mission since she returned. She looks forward to lending her smiling support to Germantown and uniting our beautiful theatre and entertainment scene from the riverfront to the county lines. 

Finance Director: Steven Sharp      steven (at) gctcomeplay.org

Steven Sharp (he/him) joined the GCT staff in July of 2022. Raised in Texas, he has lived in Memphis and Germantown since 2003. Steven and his family have been involved in GCT since 2015 in when his son got involved with the camps and student productions. Steven has experience with bookkeeping and financial duties through various career positions. In the interim between our previous and new Executive Director his expertise and attention to detail helped GCT thrive and put good habits in place for a successful future.

Box Office Support Staff: Sheri Bancroft, Hunter Steele & Leah Barrett

All-Star Volunteers: Cathi Johnson, BC Jennings, Teresa Jordan, Lillie K. Tuck, Molly Waugh, Chandra Murphy, Olivia Bondurant & Cierra May  

GCT Board of Directors:

Our Board of directors are made up of unique and diverse patrons, professionals, and leaders in our community.  Their service provides guidance to the direction of the theatre, its programming, and mission.  They serve as advocates for GCT in the community and assist in fundraising and securing the future of GCT by adopting ethical and financial management policies.

The board of directors is as follows: 

Donna Chandler Newman, President

Robyn Sharp, 1st Vice-President 

Jennifer Sisson, 2nd Vice-President

Dr. James “Bo” Adams, Treasurer

Shelley Carr, Secretary 

Teresa Jordan, Past President

Ray Bergin

David Calvin

Kelly Luttrell

Brandy Miller

Katie Ogden

Paul Scott

Meredith Serna

Roel Smit

Janice Toshach

Todd A. Walsh