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Staff

Administrative Staff

DAWN BUCK

Managing Director

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Worked on staff at New Stage for more than 30 years. She began her career at New Stage in the fall of 1981 as a box office assistant. Since that time, she has worked as box office manager, audience services director, house manager, bookkeeper, business manager and marketing director. Buck’s other professional artistic credits include the USA International Ballet Competition, the Thalia Mara Arts International Foundation – World Performance Series presenting a series of performing artists including American Ballet Theatre, Aquila Theatre of London, Joshua Bell, Alvin Ailey, Cirque Eloize, Wynton Marsalis, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. She attended Belhaven University and is an alumnus of Leadership Jackson and a graduate of Dale Carnegie. Buck also completed a residency on theatre management at the Eugene O’Neill Center through a grant from the Foundation for the Extension and Development of Professional American Theatre (FEDAPT). Prior to serving on the staff of the USA International Ballet Competition, she worked with America Reads – Mississippi overseeing and training 270 AmeriCorps members who provided one-on-one tutoring in reading for students in primary K through the3rd grade across the state. In 1990, she served as vice president of administration and finance for Imageworks – Films for Business. She helped produce commercials, documentaries and training videos for that organization. Buck resides in the Heatherwood neighborhood in Jackson with her husband David, who retired in 2009 after a 26 year military career with the U. S. Air Force and the Mississippi Air National Guard. He has recently initiated beekeeping as a new hobby.


FRANCINE THOMAS REYNOLDS

Artistic Director

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Has been the artistic director at New Stage since 2006 and has worked as a theatre artist for 31 years. She recently directed Debate for Democracy, Bright Star, Hell in High Water, Sweat, Shakespeare in Love, Silent Sky, and Best of Enemies. Favorite acting roles include Dr. Katherine Brandt in 33 Variations, Polly in Other Desert Cities, Lucille in Dividing the Estate, and Edna Earle in Eudora Welty’s The Ponder Heart. She has directed a variety of shows including All The Way, The Whipping Man, The Grapes of Wrath, Our Town, Red, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Hairspray, Mahalia: A Gospel Musical, The Great Gatsby, Lombardi, Boeing, Boeing, A Christmas Carol, Gee’s Bend, A Raisin in the Sun, Annie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Soldier’s Play, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Reynolds has served three terms on the Board of Directors for the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for American theatre and is on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Theatre Association. She was a session leader for the 2018 and 2017 TCG National Conference Conventions and panelist for the 2016 TCG National Conference Theatre Nation and the 2020 and 2016 Mississippi Community College Creative Writing Association Contest. Originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Reynolds enjoys living in Jackson with her husband, Chuck.


BILL MCCARTY III

General Manager

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Graduate of the University of Mississippi and has extensive background in wholesale and retail sales and real estate property management with the Jitney Jungle stores. McCarty has volunteered with New Stage for more than 40 years in all areas including production, running crews, lighting and sound design and New Stage fundraising events. He is involved in the day-to-day management, maintenance and production for the theatre and serves on the Board of Directors. His favorite design credits are Greater Tuna 1986 production, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Gin Game, and AChristmas Carol 1984 production.


MELISSA TILLMAN

Director of Marketing & Box Office

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Graduate of Belhaven University where she received a B.A. in technical theatre. She served as the audience services director at New Stage, has worked as a box office associate at Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nevada and assisted with many box office activities at Belhaven University. Tillman has stage managed many shows in several parts of the country, including Las Vegas and Tennessee. Her stage managing credits include Oklahoma!, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Wizard of Oz, Taming of the Shrew, and Love’s Labours Lost. Her most recent work includes Noye’s Fludd and La Boheme with the Mississippi Opera. This is Tillman’s fifteenth season with New Stage. She currently resides in Madison with her husband, Kyle; son, River; and their dog, Vash.


LIZZY DELP

Box Office Manager

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Graduate of Belhaven University where she received a BFA in acting, a B.A. in English, and a minor in vocal performance. During her last few years of school, Delp served as Belhaven’s special events coordinator, an administration/production intern for Opera Mississippi, and the president of Alpha Psi Omega, the national honor society for theatre students. During her time at Belhaven, Delp acted in nine productions, including The Illusion, Women of Lockerbie, Pride and Prejudice, and Two Gentlemen of Verona. She also directed a short feminist play called The Twelve Pound Look. Prior to attending Belhaven, Delp was a pre-professional ballet dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She was the resident choreographer for the Community Learning Project, and assistant to Broadway choreographers Jennifer Paulson Lee and Brandon Powers. In the U.S., she trained at Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet, Open World Dance Foundation, and Broadway Dance Center. Additionally, she trained for one summer at Moscow State Academy of Choreography. Delp is very excited to be with New Stage as box office manager, and is grateful to serve the Jackson community!


XERRON X. MINGO

Education Director

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Graduate of Florida A&M University. Born in St.Thomas, Virgin Islands and recently resided in New York City where he worked as a health & safety manager for productions on Apple TV and HGtv. He also worked as a testing secretary and production coordinator for television shows with LIONSGATE and Apple Music Reviews. For the past ten summers, Mingo has worked at Raquette Lake Camps teaching musical theatre to students from all across the world. He recently made a return to the stage and served as choreographer while playing the role of Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol at New Stage in 2021. He has worked professionally at a plethora of regional theatres in a handful of states. Some of his past credits include Matilda (Rudolpho/Choreographer), Hell In High Water (Cephus), Sister Act (TJ), Shakespeare in Love (Wabash/Frees), and Disney’s Beauty & The Beast (Monsieur Dar’que). Moreover, The Wiz (The Lion) and The Hot Mikado (Pooh-Bah) at the GLOW Lyric Theatre in Greenville, S.C. He was in Black Nativity (Narrator) at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, The Great Societyat Asolo Rep, and Hairspray (Gilbert) at American Stage. Mingo continues to live in the Light and could not be more blessed to do so as he embarks on this new journey as education director at New Stage Theatre.


BETTY WONG

Box Office Assistant/Education Assistant

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Begins her thirteenth season at New Stage. She enjoys traveling to schools throughout the state with the Professional Apprentice Company to provide live theatre experiences for students of all ages.  When not on the road, you can find Betty in the Box Office.  She has also served for many years as a volunteer in other areas of the theatre. Her 30 plus years professional work experiences in education and her passion for live theatre has contributed to the growth and expansion of New Stage’s Educational Department.  She has served as a consultant to school districts throughout the state of Mississippi. Wong has a B.S. degree in Educational Psychology from Mississippi State University, and an M.Ed. from Delta State University.


CARLA MARSH

House Manager

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Received her B.A. in criminal justice with an emphasis in juvenile justice from Jackson State University. She is pleased to be returning to New Stage for her fourteenth season. Marsh is employed full time with the Hinds County Sheriff’s office.


Production Staff

CALEB BLACKWELL

Resident Costume Designer

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Native of Magee and is excited to return to the New Stage family! Blackwell holds a B.A. in theatre from the University of Southern Mississippi and has worked all over the South and Mid-South, including Wayside Theatre (resident designer) and Playhouse on the Square (designer for the second stage). Season 56 will mark the tenth season he has teamed up with New Stage. Past favorite credits include Hairspray, The Robber Bridegroom, Beauty and the Beast, and Bright Star. Much love to his family and friends for the love they’ve shown at the start of this new adventure.


NINA FROST

Costume Apprentice

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From Jackson and is a recent graduate of Belhaven University with a B.A. in theatre. She has constructed many costumes over the past three years, but her favorite was Dorothy’s blue dress in The Wizard of Oz at Belhaven. Recently, she spent her summer at the New London Barn Playhouse in New London, N.H. as a stitcher and wardrobe crew. She is excited to be working at New Stage this season!


K. DEVIN HUNTER

COVID Safety Manager/Company Liaison

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From Tallahassee, Fla. and graduated from Florida A & M University. Recently, Hunter was cast in Hands Up! 7 Testament 7 Playwrights as Holes in My Identity. He also completed a Professional Acting Apprenticeship at New Stage Theatre in Jackson in 2020. While at New Stage, he not only toured the entire state of Mississippi performing three productions for grade school students, but also performed in main stage productions of A Christmas Carol (Apparition, Dick Wilkins, Mr. Topper), Matilda the Musical (Doctor, Adult Ensemble); and in Dominique Morisseau’s play Pipeline where he was featured in American Theatre Magazine.


ANTONIO JUAREZ

Production Associate/Electrics

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Very excited to be taking his first few steps in the world of theatre. He is a recent graduate of Hinds Community College where he studied simulation and animation. He was raised in the Brandon area and first became involved with theatre at Northwest Rankin High School where he created costumes and set design for a production of The Zombie Prom. He found working in the theatre environment fulfilling and when he was offered an opportunity to work with New Stage Theatre in November 2021 making the phantom cloaks and working as the sound board operator for A Christmas Carol, he didn’t hesitate to accept the offer. In January 2022 he eagerly accepted a position as production assistant for New Stage and is looking forward to what the future will bring with his new position.


RICHARD LAWRENCE

Technical Director

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Serves as the vice president of Fondren Theatre Workshop and has appeared in A Christmas Memory at New Stage, FTW’s The Rocky Horror Show, Buck Nekkid for Jesus, directed FTW’s Every Christmas Story Ever Told, and most recently appeared as Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q. He was also the director of the widely successful productions of Cabaret and Company, which were joint productions of FTW and Actor’s Playhouse of Pearl, with support from New Stage. Lawrence has been seen in New Stage productions of The Trip to Bountiful and UnFramed’s The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, How I Learned to Drive, The Weir, Circle Mirror Transformation, and Dublin Carol. Lawrence has won two “Best Set” awards at Mississippi Theatre Association conferences.


ALBERTO MEZA

Resident Sound and Projection Designer

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Recent graduate of Belhaven University with a BFA in acting. He recently began working with New Stage as the audio engineer for Matilda the Musical. Other credits with Belhaven University are lighting designer for The Secret Garden and Don Quixote; sound designer for Little Women the Musical and Ezekiel. He is very thankful to begin his technical career with New Stage Theatre.


CLARA SEITZ

Production Stage Manager

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Previously served New Stage as assistant technical director and scenic artist. She left in 2016 to peruse a nomadic lifestyle of working on a cruise ship. She is a graduate of Mississippi University for Women where she earned a B.A. in theatre. Her previous New Stage design credits include lighting design for Constellations, scenic design for A Wrinkle in Time, props design for All the Way, costume design for Dog Sees God, and sound design for Mrs. Mannerly.


2022-2023 ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE COMPANY

TIM MAGEE

Acting Apprentice

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Currently a sophomore at Hinds Community College and is currently applying to BFA acting programs across the nation. He attended the Mississippi School for the Arts in Brookhaven and Murrah High School in Jackson. He is currently an apprentice at the theatre, and was the assistant acting instructor in the 2022 Broadway Jr Day Camp at New Stage. He has been in New Stage’s A Christmas Carol, Aladdin, Jr., Once On This Island Jr., Beauty and the Beast, and a few Youth Acting Troupe productions with his last one being As You Like It. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with loved ones, sports, and watching movies. Magee would like to thank his parents and friends for their love and support, and the New Stage staff for their teaching and guidance.


LINDSEY NEVILLE

Directing Apprentice

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A 2020 graduate of Clemson University with a B.A. in performing arts with a concentration in theatre and an emphasis in directing as well as a B.A. psychology. In undergrad, she gained directing and assistant directing experience both at Clemson and at The Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, S.C. Since graduating into the COVID-19 pandemic, Neville has worked as an aide for a child with autism and been on the crew of two feature films. As theatres began reopening in various capacities, she has been an intern at 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta, Ga., directed at May River Theatre in Bluffton, S.C., and directed at French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts in Hancock, N.Y. As a director, she strives to create small yet saliently relatable moments onstage; a look, a breath, or a moment of hesitation can clearly reflect experiences that audiences can identify with. Neville is thrilled to be starting a new journey as the directing apprentice at New Stage Theatre. lindseymarieneville.com


CLAIRE JUSTICE PORTER

Acting/Directing Apprentice

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So excited to be a part of the cast of Clue! Porter is currently a member of the New Stage Apprenticeship team as the acting/directing apprentice. She has appeared at New Stage Theatre previously in 9 to 5: The Musical and Beauty and the Beast. She is a recent graduate with a BFA in acting for the stage and screen from the University of Mississippi, where some of her favorite roles included #25 in The Wolves and Paulette in Legally Blonde. Much love to her family and friends who endlessly support her! @clairejusticeporter


AUSTIN RUSSELL

Acting Apprentice

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Actor, Writer, Combatant, and Director — as well as an alum of the University of Memphis College of Theatre and Dance. He has performed all around the eastern United States professionally, most recently performing in Memphis and Western North Carolina. Some of his favorite roles recently have been — Tony Kirby in You Can’t Take It With You, Dennis Nedry in a movement-based adaptation of Jurassic Park (YEP. You read that right), and Robin in Neurochemicals — a self-written new work that performed in the Southeastern Theatre Conference Fringe Festival. When not on stage, you can catch Russell running around the city with a coffee in one hand, and his Canon Rebel Camera in the other — or finding his way up to the Grove whenever he can #HYDR. He would like to thank this ensemble, his family, the community of Jackson, and God for constantly helping him seek personal happiness, love, and passion in his life. aus10russll.wixsite.com/austin


RAKAELA THOMPSON

Acting Apprentice

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Born and raised in Pearl where she attended Pearl High School. She recently received a BFA from The University of Southern Mississippi. She has been involved in several wonderful productions such as Blues for an Alabama Sky, Once in a Lifetime, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, and She Kill’s Monsters. She was president of Harlem, a BIPOC organization that focused on helping BIPOC students in the theatre department learn their voice in a safe space. She is very grateful to be part of the New Stage family and to have the privilege to work with such a wonderful group of diverse people.