South Street Players at Wesley Hall

Meet the Executive Board of Directors

History

Performances

Funding


Felix M. Truex
Chairman
Allenhurst, New Jersey
Board Member since 2008.

Accomplishments as a Player
Behind the scenes: Liaison for our Welsey Hall performance space. Often helps with set construction, prop appropriation for productions i.e. more recently "Harvey" and "Of Mice and Men."
Accomplishments Elsewhere
Lyricist and Pianist: As a professional Cabaret performer, Mr. Truex has worked as Musical Director at Mater Dei High School for their Spring Theater productions for over five years. He also serves as Vice President of Cabaret For Life, a not for profit charitable organization serving people with life threatening illnesses. He serves full-time as Choir/music director and organist at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, Spring Lake, NJ.


Harold Austin
Vice-Chairman
Manchester, New Jersey
Board Member since 2003.

Accomplishments as a Player
Acting: The Second Time Around, The Nerd, The Dining Room, Cliffhanger
Accomplishments Elsewhere
Acting: Uncle Ben in Death of a Salesman, Major Metcalf in The Mouse Trap, Branch Rickey in Inroads to Ebbets Field, Manley Carstairs in The Housekeeper, Martin Heyman in Social Security, Herb Tucker in I Ought to Be in Pictures, Tino Defelice in Breaking Legs, Glen Cooper in Rumours, Lord Augustus Lorton in Lady Windermere's Fan, Paul Sycamore in You Can't Take It With You.
Personal Message
Having started his acting career only eleven years ago, he has pursued his craft by attending acting schools in New York and is currently attending Playwrights Theatre Acting School in New Jersey. He finds acting a stimulating activity that keeps him young in mind and spirit. He is very thankful to The Board for his recent appointment to this auspicious group. He thanks his wife Rhoda for her support and encouragement. He can be reached at rekaaugie@aol.com.


Maggie Rogers
Secretary & Co-artistic Director
Howell, New Jersey
Board Member since 1999

Accomplishments as a Player
Acting: JERZ, Gaslight (Angel Street), The Sunshine Boys, Catholic School Girls, The Dining Room, It Had to be You, Agnes of God
Director: Cavern of the Jewels, Treasure Island, The Nerd, Funny Money
Accomplishments Elsewhere
Director: Artistic Director for Sabona Productions since 1996 and Associate Director since 1990
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts & Masters degree in Theatre Arts
Personal Message
Maggie has been with the Players since 1999. Prior to her involvement with South Street she ran Sabona productions at the Amandla Theatre in Howell. She has also performed with several companies in the area. Since joining the players she has coordinated, acted in and directed many productions. Maggie holds both a B.A. and M.A. in Theatre Arts, has studied in Europe and has also directed 2 Off Off Broadway shows. 'The South Street Players is, without a doubt, one of the absolute best companies around. I thank them for their continued dedication, talent and professionalism.'


Bill King
Co-artistic Director
Allenhurst, New Jersey
Board Member since 1998

Accomplishments as a Player
Acting: Fifth of July, The Sunshine Boys.
Director: A Few Good Men, Second Time Around, Twelve Angry Men.
Accomplishments Elsewhere
Degrees:   One year towards a graduate degree in directing at Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Personal Message
Bill's other interests are creative writing, walking, and biking. He has been employed for the past three years as an Account Manager for Micro Warehouse. "It is an honor to be involved in theatre. The art form is one of the highest forms of communication that I know and I am proud to be a part of it."


Fran Raleigh
Treasurer
Colts Neck, New Jersey
Board Member since 1985

Accomplishments as a Player
Acting: Hound of the Baskervilles, God's Favorite, Our Town, On Golden Pond (twice), Who the Hell is Abner Bell?, Let's Break Open the Beaujolais, The Census Taker, The Octette Bridge Club, The Importance of BSE, Arsenic & Old Lace, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Cliffhanger
Sewing: Many costumes, drapes, and curtains.
Accomplishments Elsewhere
Board of Directors: Theatre X-Change
Personal Message
Fran is an excellent seamstress, enjoys the theatre, playing bridge, and traveling. Her retirement from Bellcore, after twenty-one years of employment, is well deserved. She is married to James, a mother of two children, and has two grandchildren.


Sue Ryley
Publicity Director
New Jersey
Board Member since 2001

Accomplishments as a Player
Promotion: Sue fills an important "role" for our productions arranging and securing advertising. This involves contacting local print media on advertising for each show. Once artwork is established she works with local printers to produce the posters, fliers and announcements you see distributed throughout the community as well as the show playbills. She's what you might call our one-person street crew. You may also find her at Intermission helping out serving refreshments and baked goods. (When she's not looking we sneak into the kitchen and use our five-finger-discount to avail ourselves of much needed nourishment for the cast during the show. Shhh, don't tell her, yet.


RobS
Robert Scott Sullivan
Producer, Tri-State Theatre Festival
Board Member since 2010

Accomplishments as a Player
Acting: Lombard in And Then There Were None; the dual roles of Henry & Oliver in Spider's Web (2010 NJACT Perry Award Nomination); David O. Selznick in Moonlight & Magnolias; Henry in Frankenstein.
Producer: The Annual Tri-State Theatre Festival
Accomplishments Elsewhere
Acting: Midsummer Night's Dream (Bottom) , Moon Over Buffalo (Paul), Torch Song Trilogy (Arnold), Complete Works of Wm. Shakespeare…Abridged (Daniel), The Bacchae (Pentheus), and Nice Guys Finish… (Stevie).
Personal Message
Rob has acted in numerous theatrical & video productions and has written plays produced in the US & Canada: Destinations, Love of Your Life, Eve, & Beer for Breakfast. For TV, he wrote the pilot episode of “That’s Disgusting!” a children’s series for Discovery Kids. Prior to this, he worked at the NYC soap Guiding Light. He has directed various full-lengths, one-acts, and children’s shows. Rob has an M.S. in Broadcasting Production/B.S. in Business from Boston University.


Louis Palermo
Board Member
Freehold, New Jersey
Member since 1983.

Accomplishments as a Player
Acting: Juror 11 - Twelve Angry Men
Director: The Sunshine Boys
Personal Message
Louis "Louie" Palermo has been a member of South Street Players for much of The Players' history, since The Players' second production in 1983. He has acted in a directed many of the Players' productions over the course of our history. After some recent time away, Louis is back and happy to be here. He is a resident of Freehold Township where he owns and operates his own beauty salon.


Adam von Pier
Board Member
Fair Haven, New Jersey
Member since 2015.

Accomplishments as a Player
Stage Manager: Rumors
Accomplishments Elsewhere
Acting: Digging the Whole (Deer), Not with Haste (McLoone).
Stage Manager: Not with Haste (touring production), Proper Etiquette, Mr. Marmalade
Personal Message
Adam is a former high school athlete turned techie. He found his love for theater, and specifically stage management, through the Brookdale Theater Club and his advisor Sherri Vanderspiegel. As a new board member, Adam hopes to bring a fresh perspective and an energetic approach to future productions. He believes that in these unstable, uncertain times, theater is one of the most profound and beautiful ways that people find hope and togetherness.


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