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.
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.
Lee Crouse, Educational Services Manager and Sponsorships
After ten years on the Theatre Faculty at the Mississippi University for Women and a brief time with the Virginia Theatre Association, Lee is delighted and grateful to join the staff of SETC. He has contributed to SETC for the past 10 years as a board member, most recently in the position of Vice President of Services.
Lee earned a Master of Fine Arts in Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi, worked professionally both on stage and camera, served as the Mississippi Theatre Association Board President/SETC State Representative, is an alumnus of the Center for Creative Leadership’s Leadership Development Program, and is a proud Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
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.
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.