Meet the 2021- 2022 ACT Cincinnati Executive Board

Dan Maloney

Dan Maloney, President

Dan Maloney is a graduate of Xavier University and has performed in or directed over 70 productions. He currently serves as President of ACT-Cincinnati and on the board of the Ohio Community Theater Association. Dan is a recipient of the Ohio Community Theater Association’s Spirit of Community Theater Award and Xavier University’s Otto Kvapil Award for Stage Performance among many others. Acting credits include: The Lifespan of a Fact (John D’Agata); Other Desert Cities (Tripp); My Name is Asher Lev (Asher); All My Sons (Chris Keller); You Can’t Take It With You (Tony Kirby); Our Town (George Gibbs); Arsenic and Old Lace (Mortimer); Lobby Hero (Jeff); Asher’s Command (Asher); Laura (Det. McPherson); The Blue Moon Dancing (Joel); In the Heat of the Night (Pete); Darkside (Bill); Wait Until Dark (Mike Talman); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon); Death and the Maiden (Roberto Miranda); and How I Learned to Drive (Uncle Peck). Directing credits: A Catered Affair; The Spitfire Grill; Out of Sterno; The Last Days of Judas Iscariot; The Outgoing Tide; Collected Stories; DollHouse; Love/Sick; Beau Jest; Who Am I This Time?; 12 Angry Jurors; Almost, Maine; and The Curious Savage.

Amanda Emmons Shumate

Amanda Emmons Shumate, 1st VP

With over 20 years of experience in Cincinnati theatre, Amanda is thrilled to continue to serve her ACT Cincinnati family. Amanda lives in Northern Kentucky with her phenomenal husband, Kyle, and their son, Jojo. By day, Amanda teaches for Boone County Schools. She also serves as a teacher leader since receiving her master’s degree in Instructional Leadership in 2012. Amanda currently serves on the ACT Cincinnati board of directors as the 1st VP and has held various other roles within that organization, including being a member of the long range judging committee. Amanda continues to work with several other organizations in our area including Footlighters and Cincinnati Music Theatre! Throughout the years, Amanda has worked at the collegiate, community and professional levels as a director, producer, set designer, stage manager, choreographer, and performer. She has served on many local boards and has taken time to participate in DEI training to learn how to use her platforms to better support the diverse theatre community we have here in Cincinnati. Amanda strongly believes that the arts strengthen our community and build lasting relationships.

Fred Hunt

Fred Hunt, 2nd VP

Fred is an IT Project Manager by day and a busy theater performer/director/producer/fan by night.  He began serving as an ACT-Cincinnati adjudicator in 2014 and is currently the ACT 2nd Vice President.  Fred has been involved with several community theaters in the Cincinnati area since 2003.  Fred currently serves as treasurer and board member for CenterStage Players.  His love of theater began in middle school 40+ years ago and was rekindled as his children developed their desires to perform.

Kate Coyne Chailland

Kate Coyne Chailland, Secretary

Kate Coyne Chailland is a native to the Loveland Ohio area but currently resides in Covington Kentucky with her husband, dog, and cat. She has been seen on stage at Footlighters (Hair, All Shook Up, Jekyll & Hyde) Union Community Theatre (Snoopy the Musical) and Cincinnati Musical Theatre (Camelot).

When she’s not on stage she can be found off stage choreographing with high schools in the Northern Kentucky area and Cincinnati area. She has been with ACT since 2017.

Amelia Burke

Amelia Burke, Treasurer

Amelia has been involved with ACT Cincinnati since 2014, becoming ACT’s Treasurer in 2019, but she calls Sunset Players her theatrical home. Since joining Sunset, Amelia has proven herself behind the curtain, serving as producer, stage manager, prop runner, backstage manager, run crew and marquee designer for numerous shows, including The Game’s Afoot, Toxic Avenger,  I Hate Hamlet, Harvey, Sleeping Beauty, Hallelujah Girls, The 39 Steps, Next to Normal, The Addams Family: A New Musical, A Nice Family Gathering, Wait Until Dark, Bonnie and Clyde, Clybourne Park, Green Day’s American Idiot, The Wedding Singer, The House at Pooh Corner and Alive and Kicking. When not at Sunset, Amelia works at Protech Equipment as an Office Manager. She has one daughter Sara, son-in-law Majid, and three grandchildren named Rayan, Nora and Gabriel. Also included in her family are three dogs and three cats.

Dennis Murphy

Dennis Murphy, Awards

This is the second time that Dennis has served a term as Awards Chair.  In the past, Dennis has also served as ACT's President, Treasurer and Membership Chair.  He has also served as an Adjudicator, a member of the Long Range Judging Committee, and as a presenter at several Judge's Training sessions.  ACT has awarded Dennis the Art Rouse Award, the Mario Pitocco Award, and the President's Award.

Dennis earned a BFA degree in Arts Management from Thomas More College and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dennis has worked as a stage manager and assistant director at the Missouri Repertory Theater, Starlight Theatricals, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Cincinnati Opera. He has also served as the director of the Cincinnati Opera Outreach Program, the Director of Public Programs for Cincinnati Museum Center, and the Supervisor of Education Programs for the Children's Museum of Cincinnati.  He was also on the staff of CCM's Preparatory Department.

Dennis has directed productions for the Showboat Majestic, the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, the Fitton Center, and The Carnegie.  He has won Orchid awards for directing shows for The Drama Workshop, Footlighters, Inc., Cincinnati Music Theater, Mariemont Players and Sunset Players. He is also an Orchid-winning actor, choreographer, producer and set, costume, sound, and lighting designer. 

Mary Stone

Mary Stone, Marketing/Publicity

Mary Stone joins the ACT Board this year as the Marketing and Publicity chair, but she has been involved with ACT since 2013 serving as a judging assistant for Acting Up, Mason Community Players, and Tri-County Players. She has previously served as a member at large for 5 years on Exhale Dance Tribe’s Board of Directors, 2 years as President of The Drama Workshop, and most recently finished her second 3-year term as VP Administration at Footlighters, Inc. Mary is excited to have been accepted into Artswave’s Boardway Bound program this past fall and is looking forward to using her training to become a more effective board leader in Cincinnati’s arts community, beginning her service on The Carnegie's board in July. She is thrilled to be a part of the ACT Board.

Melissa Smith

Melissa M. Smith, Scholarships

Melissa started in Cincinnati area Community Theater in the 80’s, happily doing what needed doing backstage so others could go on stage. Groups she’s worked with include: Tri-County Players, TDW, Footlighters (Newport & Fairfield), Sunset Players, Stagecrafters and Milford Theatre Guilde. Melissa left her beloved hometown to support U. S. and Multi-National troops in Baghdad, Iraq from 2004 through 2009, and then she deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2010-2012. Past ACT Board positions include ACT Treasurer and Secretary. Melissa is most pleased to be back in her hometown with family and to be able to live in her own house.


Laureen Catlin, Long Range Judging Committee Chair

Laureen began her love of dance at age 5. Dance led to her involvement with theatre in high school and she has continued to remain associated with the stage since then. She minored in theatre at Thiel College and began to choreograph during those years. Since then, she has produced, directed, choreographed, technical directed, stage managed and/or designed for more than 60 productions. She has also performed and served on a variety of crews in many, many others. She has been associated with theatre on the elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and community theatre levels. Mason Community Players, Inc. is her theatre family, and she has been associated with ACT Cincinnati since 1984. During the 1980/90s she was a part of the Adjudication Team and after a hiatus began serving as an ACT Responder again since 2005.

Linda Roll

Linda Roll, Historian & Librarian

Linda Roll has been active in Community Theatre since 1994. She has done most technical jobs there are from directing, producing, stage managing, costuming, lighting and just about any other job you can name. She is also an award-winning actress, costumer, producer and director on both the local and state levels.

John Wesseling

John Wesseling, Membership Standing Committee Chair

John has been involved with Community Theater for over 40 years, most of it with the Sunset Players, Inc. and ACT Cincinnati, Inc. He is an award-winning actor, director, technician, and producer. He has served on the board of the Sunset Players for almost 40 years and has served on the ACT board 30 out of the last 36 years.

He was the first individual to win both of the ACT Cincinnati Inc. major awards, the Mario Pitocco Award for Excellence in Technical Theater, and the Art Rouse Award for Dedication to Community Theater. John is also a four-time President’s Award honoree.

As President of the Sunset Players, John led the charge of assuming control of the Dunham Recreation Complex’s historically significant Arts building and turning it into The Arts Center at Dunham, a complete Arts center for the west side of Cincinnati.

He is also the creator of “Cincinnati Community Theater Wesseling Group”, an e-mail list that shares theater information in the Greater Cincinnati area with over 1,200 theater members.

Joy Sharp

Joy Sharp, Pre-Registration

Joy Sharp has been an ACT Judging Assistant for several years and currently schedules judges for Mariemont Players and Cincinnati Music Theatre.  She has held office as ACT 2nd VP several times, and is dedicated to the wonderful program, helping tweak it to make it even better. Joy’s involvement in community theatre has spanned over 40 years in several theatres throughout our ACT locations.  She is very proud to have many friends and to remember those sweet souls who have passed throughout those decades.  Joy is honored to help with the judging program.