Our Board of Directors

Laura Nuzum

President

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

Vice-President

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

Treasurer

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

Secretary

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

Director

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

Director

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.


Lina Ramos

Director

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.


Robb A. Sisneros

Director

Robb has been a part of MTS for over 35 years as a performer, designer, director, volunteer, and once again on the Board of Directors. He holds a Musical Theatre BFA from the College of Santa Fe—Greer Garson Theatre Center and has performed and/or directed for almost every theatre organization in the Albuquerque area. A native of Bernalillo, he has been an active participant in the town's annual Fiesta De San Lorenzo since 1972, currently serving as Rezador (Cantor). This participation has earned him three nominations for the annual National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Award. He has served on other nonprofit organizations' boards of directors, including The City of Albuquerque Center for Theatre (member) and The International Gay Rodeo Association (NM Trustee and Vice President). In addition to his theatrical and civic activities, Robb is a store manager for KOHL'S department stores.


Gayle Smart

Director

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.


William Stafford

Director

In addition to over 40 film and theatre productions, William spent 1995 to 2000 in the San Francisco Bay area holding positions at the Willows Theatre Company (Business Director, resident Stage Manager), San Jose Stage (AEA Stage Manager), American Conservatory Theatre, (Stage Manager). William has worked with MTS (ACLOA) as a performer, director, technical director, production coordinator and is the former Board President. One of William's life long goals has been to encourage people young and younger to believe in their dreams.


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