Wendy Cottone 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, SPAMALOT and West Side Story) as well as choreographing dozens of shows (recently Shrek, Aida and Legally Blonde) and is excited to be part of the Board.
Nick Benson is our new Vice President/President Elect. His bio is coming soon!
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.
Ashleigh Feger first got involved with Community Players back in 2009. She had to take a step back from community theatre when she left to attend Eureka College studying Theatre Production and Performance. While at Eureka she was Secretary, Vice President, and President for their theatre program. She can be found on stage acting or behind the scenes in many forms. She has been very excited about getting more involved since her return in 2016 and looks forward to serving on the Board of Governors.
Jennifer Maloy has been involved with Community Players since 2014, when her daughter dragged her to Shrek auditions. Since that time Jennifer, her husband and 4 children have all participated in one form or another at CPT. When she’s not at the theater taking care of the costumes, she is working at Advocate Bromenn as the Newborn Hearing Screen coordinator, social marketer for Coqui Baby Cloth Diapers, volunteering with youth, raising 4 children with her husband Jason, and navigating the pit falls of middle age. She is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of an incredible theater in this amazing community.
Bruce Parrish, historian and Emeritis, has served Community Players for over 40 years. He is a past Board president and trustee and has held a variety of Board positions. Bruce has directed, produced, designed, built or performed in over 130 shows for Community Players. He most recently appeared in “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” and counts Big Daddy in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” as one of his favorite roles. Bruce has served as historian for over 27 seasons, and he co-authored a publication on the history of the organization in 1997. Community Players stage was named for Bruce and his wife, Kathy (also an Emeritis) for their years of service to the organization in 2012.
Jay Hartzler 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.
Emily Ohmart is honored to be a part of the Board of Governors. You may have seen her on stage recently as Julia in The Wedding Singer and Jack's Mom in Into the Woods. Emily currently works full time as the Lead Web Strategist with Cybernautic Web Design. She loves to cross stitch, admittedly watches way too much TV, and plays Dungeons and Dragons pretty regularly (#NerdAlert).
Dave Krostal has acted in over 75 local productions in the Midwest including Floyd Collins at Heartland Theater, George in Of Mice and Men at Community Players Theater, Lord Montague in Illinois State University’s production of Romeo and Juliet, Sleep Deprivation Chamber at the Station Theater and most recently in the Illinois Shakespeare Festival’s production of Henry V as Bardolph. Dave is a graduate of Illinois State University’s theater education program and retired from teaching in 2016.
Darlene Lloyd has been a member of CPT since 2015. She was up on stage for two shows during the 93rd season at Players, Noises Off and Little Shop of Horrors. Darlene also began working in the Box Office during this time as the Assistant Box Office Manager. For the 94th season, Darlene found a passion behind the scenes as she co-produced her first show, A Streetcar Named Desire. She is currently producing the kids summer show, Lessons from Broadway: A Musical Review. Darlene also served as a member of the Play Reading Committee for a one year term. Darlene looks forward to having a place on the the Board of Governors for the next two years and hopes to get involved in many more aspects of Community Players Theatre.
Kallie Bundy has been performing at Community Players since 2013. You may recognize her from roles such as Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Doralee in 9 to 5. She loves theatre and is thrilled to be helping Community Players in a different way!
Jessa Hendricker is from Clinton, IL and recently received her Masters in Communication from Illinois State University in May 2019. The theatre has always been her second home. She has been a part of the Community Players family since 2017, appearing in productions of The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The Addams Family. She is excited to be putting her talents in a new light, serving on the Board of Governors as the Fundraising Chair! She is grateful for this sweet place to just be herself and just breathe.
Stephanie Duquenne 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.
Dan Virtue has been involved in many shows at Community Players over the past 26 seasons. Over the years, he has been seen on stage several times (Guys and Dolls, Charlotte's Web, 1776, Boy Meets Girl, and My Fair Lady). But he has found his true calling as a lighting and sound effects designer for the many shows he has helped stage. Some of his favorites include: Sweeney Todd, Dracula, and Into the Woods.
Bridgette Richard is very involved with the local community scene. She has been involved in several CPT productions both on and off stage. Her favorite on stage performances have been her roles as Arlene in Murder at the Howard Johnson’s and as Belinda Blair in Noises Off. Off stage her favorite moments were Assistant Directing RENT and Producing The Wedding Singer here at CPT, and Directing Eve Ensler’s The Good Body at New Route Theatre. Bridgette studied acting at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and Illinois State University. In past years Bridgette also served on the Illinois Voices Theatre (formerly Illinois Theatre Consortium) Executive Board as Secretary and as President. She has been seen volunteering in the box office at Heartland Theatre Company as well. She is excited to add her position here on the CPT Board of Governors to the list of many hats she’s worn over the years in the name of love for the arts.