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To engage, empower, educate and enrich our community by celebrating diversity and encouraging emotional, intellectual, and artistic growth.” We are ALWAYS looking for MORE people to get involved and help us grow in this amazing community! Please reach out to madtheatrejessica@gmail.com! We can’t wait to work with you!

CATHY HOOTEN

PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD

Catherine A. Hooten has been an active member of the organization since its inception and has served as the President of the mad Theatre Board of Directors for over ten years. Cathy has worked on every mad Theatre production in one aspect or another, whether she has coordinated set building in her driveway, served as the box office for multiple venues before mad found a home at the Straz Center, or thrifting away to find the right props and costumes for our productions. Cathy oversees each production with an eye for detail, a mind on the budget, and thousands of delicious baked treats for each cast across the years.

TONY GILKINSON

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.

TONY GILKINSON

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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. 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.

DONALD B. HOLT, JR.

TREASURER | FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR

Donald B. Holt, Jr., better known as D.J., is very proud to work both onstage and behind the scenes for mad Theatre of Tampa. Audiences may remember D.J. from PersonalsReefer Madness (Watermark WAVE Award for Best Actor), Hairspray (Watermark WAVE Award for Best Actor), Nunsense, A-Men! (Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Award), Cabaret (Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Award) and It Shoulda Been You. In 2017, D.J. made his directorial debut with Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy Company

ERIN COALSON

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.

ERIN COALSON

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.

JUSTIN BATTEN

MARKETING & PROMOTIONS COMMITTEE CHAIR

Justin began working with mad Theatre when he was cast as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, a role which earned him Best Leading Actor in a Musical from Broadwayworld.com. He was then cast as Tom Collins in the three-week, sold-out run of Rent. He later joined the Board of Directors as the Marketing and Promotions Chair. When not performing or working on a production, Justin is the Director of Customer Experience at Uown Leasing. In the rest of his spare time, Justin works internationally with cheerleading teams and coaches, and serves as a judge on multiple panels and competitions.

JESSICA VITALO

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.

Her favorite theatrical roles have included Peter Pan(Peter Pan), Annie Oakley (Annie Get Your Gun), Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), Dot/Marie(Sunday in the Park with George), Audrey(Little Shop of Horrors), Nellie Forbush (South Pacific), The Bakers Wife and Witch(Into the Woods), and both NJ Premiers of Avenue Q (Kate Monster) and Rent (Maureen). 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.

JESSICA VITALO

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.

ALEX PASUT

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

After retiring from a long career in the Medical Electronics field, Alex decided to continue where he left off as a teenager and play music. He went on to study Classical Music and Jazz at USF and played in the bass section of the University Symphony Orchestra. In his spare time, Alex designs and builds electronic gadgets for musicians . He is grateful to Mad Theatre for allowing him to play bass in the “pit” since 2011 and being a part of  the Board of Directors.  It’s good to be part of the mad family!

CHRIS CORDERO

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Committee Chair

Bio coming soon!

FRANCESCA ESCOTO

Member at Large

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MELISSA PRYOR

Member at Large

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RICHARD BROWN

Member at Large

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MIRANDA HARRISON-QUILLIN

Member at Large

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