2016-2017 Board of Directors

Dorman Walker- Chairman
Morris Dees - President
Sam Wootten - Vice President
Michael P. Howley - Secretary
Barbara Smith- Treasurer
Eleanor Davis
Caroline Reddick Lawson
Paul Neace
Sarah Ann Ross
Jody Thrasher
Bob Vardaman
Mike Winkelman

About the Playhouse

Welcome to The Cloverdale Playhouse, Montgomery, Alabama’s home for community theater!

Our 6th Season
The Cloverdale Playhouse is a community-based, volunteer-driven home for the performing arts center in Montgomery, Alabama, founded in 2009 as a 501c3 nonprofit.

The Playhouse is dedicated to presenting entertaining, challenging, and innovative theatrical productions, as well as Special Performances, a monthly music series, and educational programs to enhance the cultural life of the city of Montgomery and the surrounding River Region.

The Playhouse provides a place for members of the community to work together to create magical, transformative experiences for their friends and neighbors. 

We’re excited to be in our sixth season of carrying on Montgomery’s rich history of community theater, carrying on the traditions of the Montgomery Little Theater. We want to be on your list of things to do!
Join us.  Audition, take a class, volunteer, or just sit back and enjoy the show. 
Scott Bowman
Mark Bullock
Eleanor K. Davis
Angela Dickson
Tommy Lawson
Martin McCaffery
Kristy Meanor
Dr. Tonea Stewart
Rebecca Taylor
Dr. Susan Willis

Sarah Adkins
Randy Foster
Michael P. Howley
Georgette Norman
George Jacobsen
Caroline Reddick Lawson
Yvette Jones-Smedley
Fiona Macleod
Jason Morgan
Paul Neace
Sam Wootten
Mike Winkelman
Bob Vardaman

The Playhouse Team

Sarah Walker Thornton (photo credit Shani Hadjian)
Artistic Director Sarah Walker Thornton joined the Cloverdale Playhouse at the start of the 2016 Season as its second AD. After graduating from the prestigious MFA program at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Sarah founded the BAMA Theater Company in New York City, where she lived for several years. 
Sarah says of returning to her hometown: "I am truly honored and grateful for the opportunity that the Board and the Artistic Committee have given me, and for the heart-warming faith they have in me. I have a great love and respect for the work done at the Playhouse, and I'm thrilled to play a part." 
Sarah is passionate about the role a sturdy artistic presence can play in the strength of a community. "Over the years, I have seen the arts grow and spread throughout the River Region, and it means a great deal to me to be able to return home and try to give something back to the place that has given me so much over the years. I'm so grateful for the warm welcome and the well-wishes, and I hope to see you all at the Playhouse!"

Managing Director Melaine Bennett joined the Cloverdale Playhouse after working as a fundraising professional in performing arts organizations across the country, including Alabama Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, Intiman Theatre and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Melaine holds a MFA in Theatre Management/Arts Administration through The University of Alabama / Alabama Shakespeare Festival and is a graduate of The University of Mississippi with a BFA in Theatre. She shared, “Montgomery has a long history of producing outstanding theater on area stages that is available, welcoming and accessible to all of its citizens. I am excited to join the Cloverdale Playhouse’s dedicated Board and Artistic Committee, and talented volunteer casts and crews who are committed to the tradition of producing vibrant community theatre in the River Region.” 

Contact Melaine at melaine.bennett@cloverdaleplayhouse.org

Technical Director Scott Grinstead joined the Cloverdale Playhouse in the summer of our 6th Season. In the third grade, Scott performed for the first time on stage and knew, in that moment, that he wanted to be involved in the entertainment arts for the rest of his life. 
As a technical director, professional puppeteer, director, and voice actor, he has spent more than a decade developing large-scale productions for audiences of all ages.
His work in technical theatre has led to his working as a lead carpenter, assistant technical director, technical director, lighting designer, sound designer, and properties master for various theatres.
What began as a child has become a passion that Scott has been able to use to inspire audiences of all ages to think, laugh, and engage with the world through the arts. 

Contact Scott at scott.grinstead@cloverdaleplayhouse.org

Box Office Manager: David Cline-Davidson
To purchase tickets, please contact David at box.office@cloverdaleplayhouse.org or call the Box Office at (334)262-1530.
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