Our Board of Directors

Laura Nuzum


Laura has been a part of theatre, music and performing for over 25 years as a Singer, Actress, Music Teacher, Stage Manager & Director. Some of her most notable roles with MTS have been Mary Magdalene (1999's Jesus Christ Superstar), The Acid Queen (Tommy), Patsy Cline (Always...Patsy Cline), Rona Lisa Peretti (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Paulette Bonafonte (Legally Blonde) and Vi Moore (Footloose). In 2012, Laura had the opportunity to direct Jesus Christ Superstar for MTS. Laura serves as the archivist for MTS and continues to restore and build the history of a theatre that has been an asset to the Albuquerque community for decades. By day, Laura enjoys working for the best airline in the skies, Southwest Airlines.

Vicki Marie Singer


Vicki has been a part of MTS/ACLOA since 1994. She enjoys the role of production stage manager for MTS along with several other theatres around Albuquerque. She often spreads her enjoyment of the theatre around by working on the back stage crew, as a follow spot operator or as the production coordinator. As the owner of her own graphic arts company for over twenty years, she has showcased her artistic talents as art director for the national magazine American Archaeology for the past 10 years. You've also seen her previous design skills as creative director of several local magazines including Su Casa and Albuquerque the Magazine.

Cherie O'Keefe


Cherie is a driving force on and off stage with Musical Theatre Southwest. She continually offers her services as deck chief, Board Treasurer, scenic artist and den mother to name a few roles. As former Board President, Cherie was instrumental in the rejuvenation of MTS and continues to raise awareness and support for the organization!

Elizabeth Rathburn


Elizabeth is originally from Vermont, during her time there she was active in both Theatre and Dance starting at a young age, participating both on stage and backstage. Some highlights include being the president of the Theatre Honor Society Alpha Psi Omega prior to obtaining a Theatre Arts degree, and performing in some of her favorite shows Anything Goes, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Chicago, Cabaret, and finding her love for not just performing, but Stage Management and Costuming. Since she moved to Albuquerque in 2006 she has continued to remain involved in both the Theatre and Dance communities both offstage and on. Most recently here at MTS, she was one of the Costumers for the MTS Romance: A Valentine's Cabaret and was cast in the role of Ursula in Sweet Charity.

Chris Volke

Amigos Chairperson

Chris has been a member of the Amigos for a relatively short time but over the last 20+ years has worked side-by-side with the Amigos on numerous shows over the years. He is excited to be taking on this new challenge as Chair of the Amigos. He hopes that the working relationship he has had with several Board Members will help continue to build a stronger working relationship within the MTS family. Currently he works part-time at a local movie theatre and hopes to find more stable employment in the near future.

David Buchanan


David joined the Board in 2013 and is excited to work with MTS. His is on the Policy and Bylaws and the Finance Committees. David admits that being on stage is not his forte, but he hopes his knowledge and insight can help behind the scenes. David is a licensed attorney and has worked as a hearing officer for the NM Taxation and Revenue Department since 2006.

William Dudeck


William has been a theater enthusiast for years and has appeared in local productions for Albuquerque Little Theater, The Adobe Theater and Opera Southwest as well as singing for several years with the New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus. Some of his favorite roles include Malcolm in The Full Monty, Morgan Earp in Sundown and as Robert Monroe in the children's show Bunnicula. William has served on several boards of directors including the Albuquerque Little Theater, New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus and The International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). William served on the 2012 education committee for Musical Theater Southwest and plans to continue in that role through 2013. When William is not volunteering, rehearsing or performing he works for Xerox Learning Services as a Curriculum Manager overseeing the creation of training, learning and development programs for large multi-national corporations.

Nathan Herrera


Nathan became involved in the theater community in Albuquerque in 2005, when he joined the orchestra in MTS's production of Beauty and the Beast. Since then, he's dabbled in many aspects of theater around Albuquerque, as an actor, sound designer, stage manager, and music director. Nathan is an Engineer by trade and works on avionics systems. In engineering, there must be a culmination of science and art to create a great product. The same is true in theater: a production's success is achieved by both technical and artistic greatness. Joining the MTS Board of Directors in 2014, Nathan hopes to help sustain MTS's legacy and find ways to enhance the quality of theater that MTS produces.

Carolyn Hogan


Carolyn Hogan has been active in Albuquerque theatre since 2009. She has performed in 15 productions at MTS, ALT, and the Adobe Theatre. Her favorite roles have been Violet in 9 to 5, Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone, Big Mama in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Alice Miller in My Favorite Year, Mrs. Boyle in The Mousetrap, the ensemble of Sweeney Todd, and her most recent role in Forbidden Broadway. She has also been costume designer for 18 productions at ALT, the Adobe, and the Vortex theatres. She served on the Board of Directors for ALT and was president for 1 year.

Lina Ramos


Lina Ramos has served on the MTS Board of Directors for over 4 years, has served as secretary and is also on the Education and Show Selection Committees. Lina has also served as Music Director for various MTS shows and is a voice teacher, performer and music educator.

Gayle Smart


Gayle is a leader of the dynamic MTS Center for Theatre Costume Shop. She spends a great majority of her time renting costumes to individuals and movie companies as well as working with the MTS AMIGOS where she was the former President. Gayle is the loving mother of two children and a dedicated wife to her loving husband.

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