Board of Trustees and Staff

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Victoria Richards - Board President

Victoria Richards

President

Board of Trustees

Victoria Richards is an engaging and innovative nonprofit professional who specializes in marketing and community engagement.  Victoria graduated with her Bachelors from High Point University, double majoring in Sociology and Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Victoria was awarded the Price Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement and the Outstanding Nonprofit Management and Leadership Student of the Year Award. In addition, Victoria was elected into 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 a sense of self-help. After moving to the Tampa Bay Area in January 2014, she worked for the Homeless Empowerment Program and Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County. She now serves as the Communications Coordinator at Lake Magdalene UMC.

Victoria loves to perform on stage and credits her love of theatre to her siblings, Alec and Amanda. Victoria has extensive experience in stage managing, front of house/ticket sales management, and directing. Her most rewarding experience was being 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. She lives in Lutz with her husband, Michael.

Christine Smith - Board Vice President

Christine Smith

Vice President

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.

Pamela Senk - Board Treasurer

Pamela Senk

Treasurer

Board of Trustees

Pamela Senk is retired from a 40 year career in the Financial Services/Insurance industry. During her career she was a Registered Representative for Transamerica Financial Advisors and Allstate Financial Services. She was also Director of Advanced Marketing Business Development for Western Reserve Life in St. Petersburg, FL.
She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Connecticut and a M.B.A. from the University of Hartford. Her professional designations include Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC)
She served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Hartford Jaycees and their charitable foundation. She was also on the board of the Tampa Volunteer Center, previously affiliated with the United Way. A former President and Treasurer of her Homeowners Association, she currently chairs their Architectural Review Committee.
She volunteers for the Food Pantry at her church and supports the literacy philanthropic programs from her national sorority, Pi Beta Phi. Pam and her husband Jim (deceased) moved to Tampa in 1983. She now lives in Westchase.

Judith Sachs - Board Secretary

Judith Sachs

Secretary

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.

Lori Vella - Board Member

Lori Vella

Member

Board of Trustees

Lori Vella is the owner of the Law Office of Lori Vella, a law firm dedicated to estate planning and business/contracts.  She drafts Wills, Trusts and guardian nominations as well as business succession plans.  Lori is originally from Rochester, New York.   She attended University of Rochester (B.A. Political Science 1996) and Albany Law School of Union University (J.D. 2000).  Lori is a volunteer and Event Coordinator with VISTA Organic Gardens in Carrollwood, Florida.

Zach Griswold - Board Member

Zach “Hippie” Griswold

Member

Board of Trustees

Zach “Hippie” Griswold is an application developer for Baycare Health Systems, the largest not for profit healthcare provider in the Tampa Area. He holds a BA in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from USF.

He not only serves on the Board of Trustees at Carrollwood Players, but also acts as the chair of the Producing Artistic Council, which helps drive the artistic vision now and for the future of our theatre.

In his spare time Zach has been known to not only grace the stage with CWP, but produce and direct as well. He also owns and runs a traveling performance troupe known as CRH Productions. His performance travels have taken him to Georgia, Tennessee, and Ohio – with Knoxville quickly becoming like a second home.

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 - Manager, Production and Finance

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

$15 all ages

Seating and Box Office Information

Curtain times are generally 8:00 P.M. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:00 P.M. on Sundays.

All seating is general admission, unless otherwise advised.

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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