Board of Governors


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

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.


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 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 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.

Set, Shop & Props

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.

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.


Kallie 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!

Play Reading

Vicky Snyder is the newest edition to the Board of Governors as Play Reading Chair. Bio coming soon!

Box Office

Darlene 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.


Nyk is thrilled to join the CPT Board of Governors as Membership Chair. While he is relatively new to the Community Players Theatre family he has hit the ground running to be as involved with the CPT as he can be. Prior CPT credits include: Snowboy/Dance Captain in West Side Story and Co-Choreographer for The Little Mermaid however he hopes to add more productions to this list!
Nyk is no stranger to the theatre (both onstage and off). Some of his prior credits include: Director/Choreographer for Bring It On the Musical (Peoria Players Theatre), Director/Choreographer for Heathers the Musical (Corn Stock Winter Playhouse), James in The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Corn Stock Winter Playhouse), Dickie Harrington in Awesome 80’s Prom (Peoria Cabaret Theatre), Bobby/Two Ladies in Cabaret (Peoria Players Theatre), Player/Baron/Dance Captain in Pippin: A Bollywood Spectacular (Circle Theatre, Chicago), Billy Crocker/Dance Captain in Anything Goes (Devonshire Playhouse, Chicago), Paul in A Chorus Line, among many others.


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.

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

Eli first got started with Players back in 2003. Over the years he has moved from being seen on stage to being the sound guy that we all know. He looks forward to bringing his knowledge of sound and lights to community players to help elevate future seasons.


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 since has appeared as Warner Huntington III in Legally Blonde: The Musical, Princeton in Avenue Q and most recently as Action in West Side Story. While he enjoys being a part of the CPT organization both on and off stage, he is overly excited to be in the role of the theatre tech nerd!