Board of Trustees and Staff

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Victoria Richards - President

Victoria Richards

President

Board of Trustees

Victoria Richards is an engaging and innovative nonprofit professional who specializes in community and volunteer engagement. Victoria’s older sister, Amanda, introduced her to theater at a very young age and her love and appreciation for the arts only continues to grow and flourish. Originally from Bridgewater, New Jersey, Victoria attended the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School’s Gifted & Talented Program majoring in musical theater. She has performed in numerous plays, showcases, and musicals – including Fiddler on the Roof, Cinderella, Oklahoma, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and many more.

In addition to performing, Victoria also has extensive experience in stage managing, front of house/ ticket sales management, and assistant directing. Victoria was the Assistant Director for MAS (Midland Adult Services) Productions – a creative arts program designed to let adults with a variety of developmental disabilities express themselves through song and dance. It was through this program that Victoria realized her passion for helping others and the powerful ways theater can help others thrive. She was awarded the NJ State Board of Education Outstanding Achievement Award for helping to break down social barriers between high school students and people with special needs.

Victoria graduated with her Bachelors from High Point University, double majoring in Sociology and Nonprofit Management and Leadership. In her senior year, Victoria was awarded the Price Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement and the Outstanding Nonprofit Management and Leadership Student of the Year Award. She was very active in several honor societies, including Alpha Phi Omega Nonprofit and Human Relations Honors Society and the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Victoria started her professional journey in the nonprofit sector at The Guilford Resource and Referral Center, designing the program Youth Network, helping at-risk children grow and develop and sense of self help. After graduation, Victoria moved to the Tampa Bay area and served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Homeless Empowerment Program. Victoria was the Volunteer Services Manager for Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County FL, and now serves as the Communications Coordinator at Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church.

Zach Griswold - Vice-President

Zach “Hippie” Griswold

Vice-President

Board of Trustees

Bio coming soon.

Christine Smith - Secretary

Christine Smith

Secretary

Board of Trustees

Christine Donohue Smith is a university fundraiser with executive experience at Purdue, Lehigh and Georgetown universities, and served as Chief Advancement Officer of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Tulane University and an M.S. in Education from Purdue University.

She has served on a number of boards including the YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem PA (President) and the Marshall Legacy Institute in Washington DC,  and has led numerous community and professional organizations. She has received the Robinson Award for Outstanding Performance at Lehigh University, the Fundraiser of the Year from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Council of Fundraising Executives, and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Smith was the founder and chair of the Second Sunday Concert Series in Bethlehem, PA.

An avid lover of music and theater, Smith has sung in numerous choirs and performed in children’s plays. She lives in Lutz, with her husband, Chuck, and close to her two sons and their families.

Judith Sachs - Board Member

Judith Sachs

Member

Board of Trustees

Judith Sachs is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in North Tampa. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, she received both her bachelor and master degrees from The University of Minnesota, and relocated to Florida in 1983.

She has assumed leadership positions including past President and current Membership Chair of Congregation Kol Ami. She chaired the Capital Campaign for The Hillel Academy and served on the Board of Tampa Jewish Family Services. Judith also does consulting work for various companies such as Pinellas County Schools and The Ford Motor Company. 

She has always loved theatre, from her first acting experience as both the director and the character “Lady Ghastley” in “The Last of The Ghastleys” while in 6th grade, to her current community theatre experiences. She has been acting at CWP since 2004 and served on the Board of Trustees from 2011-2016. She has two sons, Matthew & Benjamin & loves her new position as “Nana” to Davis and Marlowe Pila.

Pam Senk - Board Member

Pam Senk

Member

Board of Trustees

Bio coming soon.

Jim Russell - Managing Director

Jim Russell

Managing Director

Jim Russell became Carrollwood Players Theatre’s first full-time Managing Director in April of 2018, following nearly a decade of volunteer service to the organization.

As a CWP volunteer, he served two terms on the Board of Trustees, chaired the marketing committee, served on the show selection and fundraising committees, and was the Volunteer Coordinator and Box Office Manager. He has also written, directed, produced, stage managed or performed in more than 50 CWP Mainstage and Black Box productions.

A native of upstate New York, Jim grew up in Washington, DC before relocating to Florida in 1986 to study theatre at the State College of Florida. After college, he completed a year-long professional theatre administration internship at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, FL, where he also worked as a Marketing Associate for the Asolo Center for the Performing Arts.

Jim toured the United States as the Company Manager for Children’s Musical Theatre of Alabama, and was the Founding Artistic Director of The Six Legged Theatre Company, which was featured in a nationally televised PBS documentary in 2006.

During his 35-year career in theatre performance, production, and administration, Jim somehow found time to squeeze in a 20-year career as a professional Tour Director for the travel agency division of the American Automobile Association. In 2001, he received the President’s Award of Excellence for his efforts to protect the welfare of American citizens in Athens, Greece in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Jim remains an avid traveler and has visited more than 50 countries. He can’t wait to add to the list.

David Fraga - Production Manager

David Fraga

Manager, Production & Finance

David is native to the Tampa Bay Area and credits his upbringing and schooling in the local area with his continued commitment to the community. After college, David worked locally for the Department of Labor for thirteen years. He actively worked with the public to provide services available through the State. David moved on to work with AT&T in the State of Texas. At AT&T, David was responsible for program management within the Network Operations division of the company.

Upon his return to Florida, David provided business optimization consulting services and served as Finance Manager for a local Home Mortgage Service Company. Prior to joining the CWP staff, he was actively involved with the organization as a volunteer actor, producer, and stage manager, and served as Treasurer on the Board of Trustees. In addition to managing the CWP team of volunteer producers and overseeing overall production, David utilizes his expertise in finance and business optimization to oversee the financial health of CWP.

Carrollwood Players is proud to offer theatre for all with the support of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.

Since 2018, Carrollwood Players Theatre has been awarded more than $30,000 in cultural development funding by Hillsborough County.

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Ticket Prices

Non Musical Ticket Prices

$24 adults under 62
$21 seniors (age 62+)
$21 students, military (with I.D.)
$20 groups of ten or more tickets purchased in same transaction for same performance

Musical Ticket Prices

$28 adults under 62
$25 seniors (age 62+)
$25 students, military (with I.D.)
$24 groups of ten or more tickets purchased in same transaction for same performance

Black Box Ticket Prices

$12 all ages
$11 groups of ten or more tickets purchased in same transaction for same performance

Seating and Box Office Information

Curtain times are generally 8:00 P.M. on Friday and Saturday and 3:00 P.M. on Sundays.

The theatre lobby opens one hour before curtain time.

All seating is general admission.

Volunteer and See a Show for Free

Help in the lobby at a performance and see the show for FREE. Click HERE for more information and to sign up.

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About Carrollwood Players

Carrollwood Players, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

A copy of the official registration and financial information my be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (800-435-7352) within the state.

Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.

Street Address
4333 Gunn Highway
Tampa, FL 33618

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 270116
Tampa, FL 33688

Contact
info@carrollwoodplayers.org