The Board of the Port Tobacco Players announces the upcoming VIRTUAL Winter General Membership Meeting and elections for the 2021 Board of Directors. Current PTP members will receive a paper ballot for Board elections the week of Jan. 21, 2022. Returned ballots must be postmarked by Feb. 3, 2022, in order to be counted. Be aware of possible USPS delays -- we encourage you to mail your ballots in early! Ballots can also be brought to the theater in a SEALED envelope no later than Thursday, February 3rd, 2022. If you believe you are a current member but have not received a paper ballot in the mail by Jan. 21, 2022, please write to email@example.com for assistance.
Below are bios for the 6 members running for a position on the Board. This year, there are 5 open slots and members can vote for up to 5 of these nominees to fill those slots. Winners will be announced at the VIRTUAL Winter General Membership Meeting on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 6 PM. Please scroll through to read bios for all 6 nominees before casting your ballot! The nominees are:
Kaitelyn Bauer Dieguez
Janice Nash Sagers
Kimberly Ball - I have been a member of PTP since 2013/2014. You’ve never seen me on stage but you have definitely seen me in the Lobby as House Manager for many shows beginning with Death by Chocolate (2014) and most recently for Twelve Angry Jurors and All Together Now. Throughout the pandemic I have been sitting in on the Board meetings and learned a lot about the workings of our theater. I, like everyone here, truly enjoy participating at PTP but we also need to remember that this is a business. I think that I can offer a new voice and would love to be a part of ensuring PTP continues to thrive for many years to come.
Kaitelyn Bauer Dieguez - has been a member of PTP since 2009 and has participated in 30 of their productions, as well as productions at HBP, NTP, and SMCM, in that time. She has acted, directed, makeup designed, costume designed, set designed, set constructed, and set painted throughout the past eleven years. She has also worked as a counselor for Camp Mockabee on and off since 2010. Kaitelyn has been nominated for four WATCH awards in makeup, one in hair, and one in set design and won makeup and hair in 2015 for PTP's Cyrano. Most recently, she designed makeup for 12 Angry Jurors, directed You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and is playing Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. She has also served as HBP’s WATCH representative for three years. Outside of her local theater community endeavors, Kaitelyn graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland with a BA in English and Theatre in 2015 and then completed the MPS program in Publishing at The George Washington University in 2018. In 2015, she married fellow PTP member Anthony Dieguez, and they have a 2 year old daughter, Willa aka Peach, and 3-month-old son, Sebastian. After working as a copywriter and administrative assistant in real estate, she currently works full time as a mom. As a member of PTP’s board of directors this past year, Kaitelyn has been organizing the library and has started the process of scanning photos and programs from our previous productions. She would like to continue her work on the board and would appreciate your support.
Craig Hower - currently is completing a term on the Board of Directors as Properties Chair. He serves on the Renovation Design Committee, the Construction Committee, the By Laws Committee and is Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee. He has served on the Board twice before, once as Publicity Chair during which he started the For Openers Program, launched our website, revamped and launched The Odeum, did market research to find out who our audience is and how they hear about us and helped us join the Chamber of Commerce to improve our relationship with the businesses of Charles County. When he served as Facilities Chair he worked closely with our Design Review Committee and our various contractors to facilitate the purchase and 1.5 million dollar renovation of our building. He spent the last twelve years working in regional theatre with The Shakespeare Theatre Company and then with Arena Stage at The Mead Center for American Theater. He has previously served for six years on the Board of Hospice of Charles County, ten years on The Maryland Community Theatre Festival Association and currently sits on the La Plata Farmer’s Market Committee and the Keep La Plata Beautiful Committee, specifically on the Arts Work Group. He currently works in Legislative Services for the Town of La Plata.
Chris Magee - 2021 marks my tenth year at Port Tobacco Players, and let me say, what a journey it has been. The last two years have presented this community and our theater family with unique difficulties that no one could have imagined. Yet, regardless of these sometimes complex challenges, I am grateful to serve this theater community. I believe in this organization and want to continue guiding us through what promises to be an exciting new chapter in our proposed role as the new LaPlata Arts District anchor.
The first time I ran for the board, my stated purpose was to build on my two years of experience on the Facilities Committee by pursuing a more forward-leaning approach to maintaining our physical structure. Additionally, I wanted to expand, update, and grow our theater for the enjoyment of our patrons. Despite all the setbacks we had in the last 20+ months of a forced pandemic shutdown, I have met that goal. Through leadership, hard work, and the support of our community, we can now meet future challenges on a more solid footing, both physically and organizationally. With your continued support, I will help our theater grow in a positive direction that seeks to serve all of our changing community.
I began my relationship with Port Tobacco Players after my retirement. I volunteered my skills as a seamstress in May of 2014. It seems as though the costume loft has been a second home ever since. I have served in the loft in some capacity for all but a handful of shows. In shows small and large, I have measured, sewn, altered, dyed, laundered, sparkled, repaired, and/or was a dresser. I took the plunge as costume director for Hairspray and Blithe Spirit in 2016. In 2019, I costume directed two shows that were WATCH nominated for Outstanding Costume Design: James and the Giant Peachand Guys and Dolls.
Meanwhile, in 2015, I stepped right out of my comfort zone (a gift to my sixty-year-old self). I auditioned and was cast in the ensemble of Oklahoma and later in A Christmas Carol as Mrs. Fezziwig. Two years later, I was honored to be cast in Sister Act ensemble. It gave me the view of the hive of activity and expertise that goes into each and every show.
It is an honor to be currently serving five months on the PTP Board of Directors since a position was vacated.
I was raised in Prince George’s County. Undergrad college years took me from Syracuse to Southern California. Graduate years were spent at UMUC and UMBC. My two bachelor’s degrees are English and Secondary Education. Master’s degree and doctoral work are in the field of administration.
My thirty-four career years were spent in the Charles County Public Schools and I have been a county resident for thirty-two years. I have been a teacher, vice principal, principal, and pupil personnel worker.
Further management and leadership roles have been honed through my membership in Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary organization for women educators. I served in many chapter committee and officer positions. As well, I have served at the state level For the Maryland Executive Board as historian and as newsletter editor I currently am newsletter editor for the Southeast Region
I have learned a respect for community theater in my years at Port Tobacco Players. It survives on the gifts, backbone, skills, and tenacity of volunteers. It never seems to sleep and requires consistent tending of both the physical structure and its diverse community of members. There are small jobs and large ones that support the vision of Port Tobacco Players. It requires the whole village and that is often a balancing act.
I was blessed with a career that taught me problem solving, patience, balance, organization, cooperation, compassion, the benefits of hard work, and the importance of maintaining a sense of humor. It would be an honor to serve in yet another capacity at the theater.
Janice Nash Sagers - has been a member of Port Tobacco Players since she joined the cast of "The Producers" in 2010, as an ensemble member playing one of the delightful old ladies, and her favorite, a Bavarian singer. She later appeared onstage one other time in 2014's production of "Annie" where she played the cook, Mrs. Pugh. Jan is more comfortable offstage, mostly helping when her son, Quentin Nash Sagers, has designed costumes at PTP. She is always first to volunteer to be a dresser, notably with very complicated and multiple changes, like "The Westing Game", "Hairspray", "White Christmas" & "Sister Act." A newer member of the Costume Guild, Jan can also be found in the loft helping sew costumes (she sewed almost every button on the 1776 jackets the summer of 2016), providing color commentary, or doing show laundry - in such shows as “James & the Giant Peach”, “Boeing Boeing”, “Guys & Dolls” and most recently the fundraising performances of “All Together Now.” She is currently expanding her role in the loft by codesigning costumes for the first time with Carol Russell for the Spring 2022 musical, "Little Shop of Horrors." Not one to shy away from any task, Jan has also helped build, paint, & decorate sets, usher, and also been helpful in providing food for volunteers during rehearsals, shows, strike, and especially during the renovation of the Lobby over the last year & a half. Jan would love to continue to support Port Tobacco Players with a new challenge; on the Board of Directors.
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