MEET OUR BOARD

Chris Karr

Chris met Petra on the set working with Puget Sound Musical Theater. They married and collaborated for 27 years on- and off-stage. He was the Tech Director for ACT1 Theatre but primarily works as a Journeyman with Auburn Mechanical in the service department with the Local 32 Commercial Plumbers and Pipefitters Union.

BJ Foley
Jill Merritt
Megan Noborikawa

Megan volunteered as a backstage hand for costumes at ACT1 once and hasn't left since. Her work as a backstage hand eventually grew into a designer role, and is now a board member. She is honored to support artists through this endowment fund.

Jessie Mulrine

Jessie Mulrine is the Arts Management Intern at ACT 1. Jessie has been working with ACT 1 since 2007, acting, volunteering, managing, and now working as a board member. Along with being an intern, Jessie is also a mixed-media artist enjoying embroidery and illustration. One of their favorite ACT 1 shows is Seven Clever Pirates.

Emily Mayberry

Emily Mayberry was introduced to ACT 1 by a friend in 2012 and hasn't left since. She has risen from scarecrow dancer to now Stage Management and Production Intern. She has been a part of multiple shows acting or set painting or running the spot light, but her favorite part of the production process is calling the show and seeing it all come to life. ACT 1 has been a second family and she couldn't be more grateful to be a part of it.

Virginia Winger

BJ is an E6 technical Sergeant in the United States Air Force as well as a volunteer sexual assault victim advocate. He’s always had a love for theater and the art and is happy to call ACT1 his home. He is honored to be a part of this board and able to make Petra Karr’s dream live on.

Samantha Glaser

Samantha currently works at a small cupcake bakery and volunteers for both ACT1 and two small zoos in Washington and Idaho. She first got involved with ACT1 seven years ago and has been serving as ACT1's Board Secretary since 2018. She loves to create art, dance, and bake sweet treats. She has been able to take these hobbies and skills and use them within ACT1. When she began working with this group she aided in various projects such as painting sets and creating props. Samantha has had the opportunity to choreograph for some of the children's camps as well as one season of Scarecrows. Once she became secretary, board meetings have afforded her the opportunity to share her baked goods. ACT1 supports the arts in every sense of the word, even allowing board members to share their artistic skills with one another.  She is proud to be a part of something so integral to our arts communities.

Jill first got involved in ACT1 Theatre when her friend, Kim Graham, dragged her in to be a scarecrow, but she was too chicken to perform. She did, however, find that she enjoyed the lively group of ACT1 and the fun of makeup. She attended several shows, and when Kim became the president, she asked Jill to join her as the treasurer. Along with the work she does for ACT1 she also works as a librarian for Pierce County Library System, raises a sweet little pit bull, and read as much as she can.

Virginia started with ACT1 when her friend Petra asked her to audition for Nunsense. After Nunsense she appeared in Dead Man's Cell Phone, Fantasticks, The Drowsy Chaperone and Nunsense II. Virginia's role with ACT1 expanded quickly and included email marketing, box office management and more. Currently, Virginia is acting as the ACT1 Board President. Outside of ACT1, Virginia has been an adult educational instructor and program director and an operations manager for an investment advisory firm. Currently she is enjoying her final career as an elementary school para-educator.