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.
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.
Bradley Branham, Program Manager
Bradley is a theatre artist from Lynchburg, VA, where he earned a BA from Lynchburg College in Theatre Performance and Public Relations. He formerly served as the Managing Director of Virginia Theatre Association where he had the opportunity to connect, develop, nurture and advocate for theatre people of all ages, at all levels, from every corner of the Commonwealth. He is deeply passionate about the intersection of theatre and economic development that can be achieved through cultural engagement and community vision.
At SETC, Bradley oversees the coordination and planning of all event logistics and programming; development, processing and scheduling of workshops and special training; as well as overseeing the convention operations team.
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.
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.
Lea (Louise) Gilbert, Membership Services Manager
Lea is a theatre artist from Asheville, NC where she earned her BA in Drama from UNC Asheville with concentrations in Arts Management and Accounting. Lea enjoys acting, directing, production, and stage management, and has gained valuable experiences working for different theatre companies, including the North Carolina Stage Company, the Asheville Fringe Festival, and the Asheville Community Theatre. Lea has also studied with the SITI Company and took an original, devised piece of theatre to the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Lea is excited to join the SETC Team and assist other young theatre professionals to facilitate connections.
Noah Taylor, Graphic & Digital Media Manager
Noah is a graphic designer and theatre artist born and based in Anderson, SC. He earned a B.A. in both Graphic Design and Theatre from the South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Theatre from Regent University. Prior to joining the SETC staff, Noah co-founded 24 Hour Musical, Shakespeare in the Park, and later, Market Theatre, an award-winning community theatre in Anderson. He also successfully started and managed a graphic design and marketing agency for three years, focusing on branding, websites, and print materials for small businesses and non-profits. He served the South Carolina Theatre Association, an SETC state organization, as Community Theatre Division Chair from 2017-2020. Aside from designing and marketing for the theatre industry, he loves directing, producing, and (very rarely) performing.
At SETC, Noah updates and maintains the organization’s network of websites; creates event, program, and website graphics; creates and maintains SETC’s social media presence; designs and lays out in-house publications; and integrates/manages SETC’s convention scheduling app.
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.
Debi Belanger, Data Assistant
Debi has been working and volunteering with various arts organizations for the last 30 years. Originally from Oklahoma, she graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BA in Business and spent her career before children working in IT and Accounting departments of companies including Banking, Consulting and Manufacturing. She has always enjoyed being a part of the theater world using her business skills to compliment the creative work of other professionals. She will be assisting SETC with research and special projects.
Betsey Horth, Executive Director Emeritus
Betsey Horth served as SETC’s executive director for 20 years (1999 to 2019). In that time, her dedicated leadership was instrumental in the development, growth and financial success of the organization. In 2018, Betsey was presented with the Suzanne M. Davis Memorial Award for distinguished service to SETC. In 2019 at her final SETC Convention as executive director, she was inducted into the SETC Hall of Fame and named Executive Director Emeritus.
Honors outside of SETC include the 2012 Gold Medallion Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region IV. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of SETC, Betsey taught costuming at Buffalo State College for 11 years and worked in marketing and/or development for professional theatres in Wisconsin and in Buffalo, NY. She has also performed as a commercial/film actress, and successfully produced her own play Joan of Arc: Alive!
Betsey holds an MS in Creativity. As a creativity specialist, she has co-designed and trained for the Center for Creative Leadership’s Leading Creatively Program in Greensboro, NC, and presented to the Dupont Corporation, Singapore Institute of Management and Hewlett Packard among others. She has been a leader at the Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI), a keynote speaker for the Quebec International Creativity and Innovation Networking Conference (ICINC), and a presenter for several annual South African creativity conferences.