Meet The Organization
Betsey Horth, Executive Director
Betsey received the 2012 Gold Medallion Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region IV. That same year she delivered the commencement speech to the Florida School of the Arts. In 2013 she married and traveled to Italy, Dubai, the Bahamas, and various destinations throughout the United States.
Prior to becoming the Executive Director of SETC in 1999, 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, New York, as well as in the ski and gift industries. She has also performed as a commercial/film actress, and successfully produced her own play Joan of Arc: Alive! Betsey wrote a monthly column, A Month of Sundays, for a Western New York regional magazine and produced the magazine’s daily radio Family Lifeline reports on Creative Family Life for eight years.
Betsey Horth holds an MS in Creativity. As a creativity specialist she continues to design, present and train groups in creativity skills, leadership development and creative problem solving techniques. She has co-designed and trained for the Center for Creative Leadership’s Leading Creatively Program in Greensboro, North Carolina, 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 in Buffalo, New York, for five consecutive years, a Keynote Speaker for the Quebec International Creativity and Innovation Networking conference (ICINC), and a presenter for several Annual South African Creativity Conferences.
April J’ Callahan Marshall, 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.
Jean Wentz, Administrative Assistant
After an almost 20 year corporate career saga with Hanesbrands, working at headquarters in Winston-Salem and globally with people in Costa Rica, India, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong, Jean has become part of SETC to re-invest in the Theatrical Arts that were her first love and re-invent herself in the process.
As SETC’s Administrative Assistant, she works with all SETC divisions and loves being part of a diverse, wide-reaching, forward-thinking, culturally active organization that continues to thrive after so many years. The 2017 Lexington Convention was her first SETC convention in 30 years!
Jean has a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Theatre from the University of North Carolina Charlotte and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Management/Arts Administration from the University of Alabama. She has been active with many Piedmont Triad theatres from Winston-Salem to Burlington and hopes to get back on stage very soon.
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.
Kim Doty, Communication Specialist
Kim’s primary responsibilities as Communications Specialist include creating SETC’s convention program, newspaper and mobile app, updating the websites, proofreading publications, and keeping up with SETC and IOT members on social media.
Before joining SETC, Kim served as Content and Design Assistant at Triad Stage and did some freelance work for the North Carolina Theatre Conference, both in Greensboro, NC. She’s also worked as an invitation designer for a papermaking studio, editorial staff for literary journals, copywriter and online marketing specialist for a self-publishing company, and graphic designer for an online social media training program. Kim received her B.A. from Indiana University Bloomington where she studied English, journalism and studio art.
Claire Wisniewski, Educational Services Manager
Claire is a graduate of Greensboro College where she earned her B.A. in Theatre with a concentration in Stage Direction and Management. Her work experience includes three summers at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Massachusetts; four years assisting with auditions coordination for the North Carolina Theatre Conference; two years as the facility stage manager for the North Carolina State High School Play Festival; and as a member of SETC’s Dream Team for the Spring 2010 Annual Convention in Lexington, KY.
Claire’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 and Community Theatre Festivals; and most other aspects of SETC pertaining to the College & University and Secondary School Divisions.
Mark Snyder, Accounts Receivable
Mark is a graduate of High Point University’s American Humanics Program, and a brother of Alphi Phi Omega Service Fraternity. Following graduation he served as Senior District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America for 22 years. He began in 2004 working part-time with SETC in preparation for the SETC Conventions and Auditions.
At the annual SETC convention, Mark manages registration. He also oversees financial tracking for the online audition and convention registration payments. For a couple of weeks, each fall and spring, Mark escapes from SETC to manage a large furniture showroom at the High Point (NC) International Furniture Market.
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.
The board works with the executive staff to determine the goals and policies of the organization.
The advisory council is composed of eminent American theatre professionals, who are valued consultants and assist in research and planning.