Board of Governors


Brett Cottone

Brett has been performing in shows at CPT since 2006. A few of his favorite roles are Garry/Roger in Noises Off, The Captain in Mr. Roberts, Uncle Louie in Lost in Yonkers and Franz Liebkind in The Producers. He has been directing shows at CPT since 2012 including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee9 to 5, RENT and Legally Blonde. Brett is excited to lead this great board and hopes to continue the great improvements happening at Players.

Vice President

Alan has been with Community Players since his first show, The Second Time Around, in 1980. He’s been involved in almost 50 productions, both on stage and off and has served on the Board of Governors in several capacities.  Alan retired in 2013 after 34 years teaching school.  He loves to travel and spending time with his 11 grandchildren.


Chris Terven has served as a Community Players Board Member in several capacities and has participated in almost every aspect of the organization since he began his involvement at a very young age in 1989.  He’s owned and operated several successful small businesses, manages his family’s property holdings, and garnered numerous Financial and Insurance Designations over the years.  This (and the fact that he has a deep conviction regarding making the arts available to all) makes Chris a perfect fit as our current Treasurer.  By day Chris is a professional “geek” with COUNTRY Financial, a position he seems to relish. Chris participates onstage and off at Community Players and can frequently be found with a drill, paintbrush, or other tool in his hand as he hangs precariously from some set piece.


Judy has served as secretary for the past 6 seasons. She also works on shows as a stage manager or stage crew. She has also appeared in several shows. She is a former special education teacher and currently works as a doctor’s assistant in an optometry practice.


Eddy has been with Community Players for so long that she’s into the second remodel of the Lobby and the bathrooms and the third remodel of the Box Office. You won’t find her on the stage acting, but she is always pulling costumes, sewing them, or helping the actors change backstage during a performance. She has so many productions under her sewing belt that she loves – especially musicals and there’s always the next one to do! Eddy’s been a Board Member for at least twenty-five years and was President in 2000.

Set, Shop & Props

Scott Myers

Since his first Community Players show in 1976, Scott has been seen on our stage in over 22 productions. He also has directed a few of our children’s shows and will be directing 39 Steps in the upcoming season. Some of his favorite  recent roles were as Edna in Hairspray and as Mr. Muchnik in Little Shop of Horrors, and in his real life role as principal of Hudson Elementary School. In the summer months, Scott writes and directs camp musicals in the Poconos. He is proud to serve as a returning board member to work alongside new and old friends.

House & Grounds

Jay has been involved with Community Players since 2007 after being cast in Fiddler on the Roof. After that, he was hooked and has been a part on many shows since then, both on and off stage. Favorite roles include Mike Nulty in White Christmas, Tiny Tom in Urinetown, and Donald in You Can’t Take It With You. He has been on the board since 2010 as the House and Grounds chair dealing with elusive leaks, running toilets, and pesky weasels.


Kristi Zimmerman

Kristi has been crazy about Community Players since she first appeared on its stage circa 2006. She’s performed in several productions at Players over the years including DRACULA (Lucy), HARVEY (Ruth), MOUSETRAP (Molly) and DEADWOOD DICK (Lily, the blind girl who ran into walls and willed herself to see in the end – spoiler alert).

When not on the stage, Kristi manages a team of rock star recruiters at a local insurance company. She spends her “free” time eating yummy food, running so she can eat yummy food guilt-free, scoping out new music and playing fetch with her cat, Bruce.

Play Reading

Tyler’s involvement at Community Players is new, but his love of theatre is as old as he is. Having been involved with Arsenic and Old Lace, SPAMALOT, Shrek, and The Philadelphia Story, he is now enjoying serving on the Board of Governors as well. When not playing bingo, tearing up the karaoke stage, or feeding an ongoing political appetite, he is an English teacher and department chair at Normal Community High School.

Box Office

Nick Benson

Nick has been involved with Players since the summer of 2014 in Shrek. Some of his recent favorite roles are Freddy Benson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Horton in Seussical!, and the ensembles of Rent and Legally Blonde. If not at the theater, you can find Nick at The Music Shoppe or playing trombone in the Brass Band of Central Illinois and local pit orchestras.


Wendy has been a part of the Community Players family for over 25 years, starting when she was 12 in The Music Man. Wendy has performed on stage (recently 9 to 5 and SPAMALOT) as well as choreographing dozens of shows (recently Shrek and Aida) and is excited to be part of the Board.


Aimee has been involved with Community Players Theatre for over 20 years. Most of her time is spent on stage performing in musicals. She has also tried her hand in assistant directing, producing, choreograpy, music direction, house managing, stage managing, makeup design and working the box office. Please contact her with any ideas you may have regarding fundraising opportunities.

Ad Sales & PR

Stephanie Duquenne Headshot

Stephanie is an avid theater lover and recent member to the behind the scenes community theater family. She was in several productions in her hometown of Galesburg, IL, and is excited for this opportunity to get back involved in theater by serving in this role for the Community Players Theatre.  She views community theater as an important piece of a community’s culture and is thrilled to be giving back through her work on the board.

Lights, Sound & Effects

Rich Plotkin 2016

Rich has designed and/or engineered “sound” for well over fifty productions in his seventeen years volunteering at Community Players. He looks forward to the challenge of a complex production – whether it be a musical or a play. Rich also enjoys the camaraderie of volunteers presented by each new production.


Aaron Wiessing

Aaron is a fairly recent addition to the Community Players Theatre family. He first stepped on our stage in the role of Mark in RENT and returned last season as Warner Huntington III in Legally Blonde: The Musical. While he enjoys being a part of the CPT organization both on and off stage, he is overly excited to be in his new role of the theatre tech nerd!