Meet The Organization
Susie Prueter, Executive Director
The mission of SETC is personal for Susie. Like countless other SETC success stories, she was fortunate to have landed a graduate assistantship at an SETC Convention, thus jump-starting her career. She is thrilled to be with SETC and have the opportunity to pay it forward!
Prior to SETC, Susie worked for Work Light Productions as an Associate Production Manager, supporting such tours as Rent, Motown and Something Rotten. Prior to Work Light, Susie was with the prestigious Spoleto Festival USA, an international performing arts festival in Charleston, SC, where she supported more than 20 festivals as its Production Office Manager. On behalf of Spoleto, Susie also managed the renovation and first years of operation of historic Memminger Auditorium, a performing arts and special events venue in downtown Charleston.
Before Spoleto, Susie worked as a Company Manager for Broadway shows and touring companies. She has managed such shows as Les Misérables, Fosse and Disney’s Aida and Beauty and the Beast and has logged over 300 weeks on the road, humiliating bus drivers nationwide with her ability to stuff more luggage under a bus than they can.
Susie earned a BA in Speech/Theatre from Louisiana Tech University and an MFA in Arts Administration from the University of Alabama/Alabama Shakespeare Festival. She is a member of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM) and IATSE Local #333.
In addition to her professional work, Susie served the Alliance for Full Acceptance, an LGBT social justice organization in Charleston for over 10 years as a Board Member/President. During her tenure, AFFA played a statewide leadership role in the fight for marriage equality. She was instrumental in raising over $250K for LGBT social justice in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
April J’ Callahan Marshall, Director Professional Theatre Services
April holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance, as well as an AB degree in “Aesthetics in Society.” April has been active in all phases of theatre for nearly 40 years (since she was 2!). She is an accomplished actress and director, serves on theatre boards, adjudicates, and yes, even stage manages now and then!
In directing the Professional Theatre Services of SETC, April oversees all aspects of the SETC Spring and Fall Unified Professional Auditions, the ten Screening Auditions hosted across the states, the Institute for Outdoor Auditions, as well as Theatre Job Services (the hiring process for all off-stage jobs). She is the liaison and contact for all events and activities involving professional theatre companies, summer stocks, dinner theatres, cruise lines and theme parks who participate with SETC, as well as the auditionees, employees, reference providers and others essential to these events.
April oversees theatre job postings and resume search through the SETC Theatre Job Board, for theatre companies seeking candidates for crew, tech and administrative positions. April regularly communicates with SETC Board and Committees on policy issues and development of the future for Auditions and Theatre Job Services. She is responsible for the development and ongoing maintenance of the online registration system, database and much, much more! “SETC has provided me the means to combine my passion for theatre and my desire to share that with others both onstage and off,” April says.
Bradley Branham, Program Manager
Bradley Branham is a theatre artist from Lynchburg, Virginia. Bradley formerly served as the managing director for Virginia Theatre Association, the nation’s largest state theatre association, where he had the grand opportunity to connect, develop, nurture and advocate for theatre people of all ages, at all levels, from every corner of the Commonwealth. On stage, he has nearly 40 credits to his name including work onstage, behind the scenes, and in the director’s chair. He most recently directed Almost, Maine by John Cariani, and played the role of Cassio in Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest’s production of Othello.
He holds a BA from Lynchburg College where he studied theatre performance and public relations. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Carl J. Pfeifer Excalibur Scholarship Award for Excellence in Theatrical Performance and Directorship. Bradley takes pride in working and advocating for the arts in his community with state leaders and national artists.
At SETC, Bradley oversees the coordination and planning of all IOT and SETC conference logistics and programming; processing and scheduling of workshop proposals and special events, as well as overseeing the volunteer and convention operations program.
Clay Thornton, Marketing Manager
Clay’s responsibilities include working with organizational partners, the media and the SETC team to position and promote the SETC and IOT brands as the dedicated and passionate providers of resources for the theatre industry that they are. Clay has a penchant for data driven and customer centric marketing and focuses his work on membership satisfaction and quality of service as it relates to customer experiences.
Clay has worked for over 30 years with a variety of companies and organizations in North Carolina including the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Clay received his B.F.A. in Communication Arts from East Carolina University.
Cadie Burks, Educational Services Manager
Cadie is a graduate of Hollins University where she earned her B.A. in Theatre and Biology. Her work experience includes three years as a member of SETC’s Operations Team from 2014 to 2016 for the Spring Annual Convention; a year as a Resident Professional Arts Administration Intern for Lexington Children’s Theatre in Lexington, KY; Convention Center Manager of KCACTF for the 2014 Festival in Roanoke, VA; and most recently as a Teaching Assistant in the Roanoke City Public Schools and at Salem Montessori School in Salem, VA. She has a passion for theatre arts that she is excited to nurture through this new position on SETC’s Central Office team and hopes to venture back on stage in the coming year!
Cadie’s major responsibilities include coordination of the Graduate and Undergraduate School Auditions and Design/Tech Interviews; Commercial Exhibits and Education Expo; Design Competition; Teachers Institute; High School Theatre Festival; and most other aspects of SETC pertaining to the College & University and Secondary School Divisions.
Chris Bailey, Communications Specialist
Chris is a graduate of James Madison University’s School of Theatre and Dance. His previous experience includes serving as the Webmaster, Managing Director, and chair of the Professional Division of the Virginia Theatre Association, Managing Director of Endstation Theatre Company, and as the principal owner of CB Design, a digital media design and consultation business focused on helping businesses grow their brands.
Elizabeth Theodora, Membership & Technology Manager
Elizabeth got her start in theatre as a stage manager in the United Kingdom, working for theatres such as The Royal Court, Hampstead Theatre and National Theatre. She was also personal assistant to theatre director Katie Mitchell and actor Gawn Grainger. She has dabbled in assistant directing, company management and theatre promoting. Most recently, she served as the Communications & Public Relations Assistant for a non-profit organization that provided crisis assistance to the working poor and the homeless. Elizabeth received her BA Honours in Theatre Practice – Stage Management from The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London.
Amanda Nielsen, Administrative Assistant
Amanda is a graduate of Covenant College, where she earned her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in business, music and theatre. Currently, Amanda is part of the Piedmont Fellows, a 10-month professional development program that equips young professionals through executive coaching, training and mentorship to make a lasting impact in the marketplace. She has studied the performing arts for more than 10 years, working closely with professionals in the music realm.
Prior to joining SETC, Amanda worked backstage doing hair and makeup for plays, musicals and operas, including Hamlet, The Man of La Mancha and Cosi fan Tutti. She has also worked with Lights-On, an educational non-profit serving underprivileged families, by providing educational support and enrichment activities for children after school. Her primary responsibilities at SETC are general reception and support for all staff, management of firstname.lastname@example.org email, working as the travel coordinator and various other office duties. Amanda is pleased to be a part of a multi-faceted organization that shares her love of the dramatic arts.
Nicole Francis, Bookkeeper
Nicole is originally from New Jersey. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she earned a B.A. in Psychology. She has 20 years of accounting experience within several different types of businesses. She is excited to be working at the SETC and is looking forward to learning about and growing in the theatre industry.
Pat Shumate, Data Assistant
Pat has worked at SETC since 2010 and has been instrumental in data entry for the many facets of SETC including the IOT. She also researches the web to add new theatres to the SETC and IOT invitations for auditions and SETC’s job fair. She enjoys theatre, both as an actor and as an audience member. Pat’s favorite performance role is Truvy in Steel Magnolias. She has portrayed Truvy multiple times for both professional productions and community theatre.