“To engage, empower, educate and enrich our community by celebrating diversity and encouraging emotional, intellectual, and artistic growth.”
2023 Board of Directors
Tony Gilkinson – Artistic Director & Board President
Donald B. Holt, Jr. – Board Treasurer
Nicole Petta – Board Secretary
Jessica Berger Vitalo
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR | VICE-PRESIDENT
Tony has served on various non-profit boards of directors since 2000, including 5 years as the Chair of Membership Services for Flying House Productions in Seattle, Washington. Since 2012, Tony has directed 10 productions for mad Theatre of Tampa: Avenue Q, Nunsense A-Men, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, RENT, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Next to Normal, [title of show], Spring Awakening, Company, and It Shoulda Been You. His work has been recognized with nominations from both Creative Loafing Best of the Bay and Broadwayworld.com. As a performer, Tony performed for 15 years with Seattle Men’s Chorus as a singer, choreographer, and dancer. Additionally, he was the artistic director and singing member with the vocal quintet, The BEARatones from 1996 to 2011. Outside of the theatre, Tony is the head of Training & Development for the Customer Success team with Resident. Tony proposed to his now husband during the curtain call of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown on February 16, 2014. Tony and Larry live in the Riverview area with their 4 furry kids, Abbey, Oliver, Linus and Mattie.
SECRETARY | HISTORY & RECORDS COMMITTEE CHAIR
Erin has been a part of mad Theatre since its inception in 1999. Her first ever theatre experience was mad’s first production: Pippin. In that 23-year span, Erin has been involved in just about every production of mad’s while also attending college, getting married, and having 2 children. Her true passion is her family and her health coaching business, but when the opportunity arises to dance in a show, she does her best to make the time available. She is very proud to be a part of mad Theatre. What we bring to the stage is just the beginning of the impact. The lives touched before, during, and after a production behind the scenes are immeasurable. She has seen engagements on stage, tears of joy, sadness, grief and pain. The future is bright for mad, and she welcomes you to join us in the journey.
PEOPLE & CULTURE COMMITTEE CHAIR
Jessica is no stranger to the performing arts, she has directed, choreographed and produced across the North East since 2003. From 2005-2008 Jessica toured across the country in an IMPROV Assembly Group, the Cameo Cast. In her early years she wrote, directed, mounted, and performed in many shows for Six Flags Theme Parks™. Jessica has taught ages 0-27 in the fields of Music, Voice, Theatre, and Dance.
In her “spare time” she is on the Board of Team Rookenthal Foundation; a partner with Cycle for Survival and Memorial Sloan Kettering for rare cancer research! She currently works as the Territory Development Manager for a health care company and is a Music Together™ Teacher at Allisongs for Tots™ in Tampa. A LARGE thank you to the PATRONS for keeping the ARTS alive! She looks forward to mounting many fun, creative, and successful shows with mad Theatre of Tampa.