Board and Company

Member Biographies

* denotes Board Member

Christopher Bowen* is thrilled to be a performer and founding member of the talented and philanthropic Glasgow Theatre Company. He teaches science in the Johnson City school system, and he is an adjunct professor with the Curriculum and Instruction Department at East Tennessee State University. He received his Bachelor of Science degree (Biology major and Music minor), Master of Arts in Education degree from ETSU, and he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Education (Science Education) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. For over 10 years, he has performed in community theatres in the Tri-Cities. Favorite roles include Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone, The Baker in Into the Woods, Lamar in Godspell, Snoopy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Brad Majors and Dr. Frank ‘N Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, Chip Tolentino in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, himself in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, and Office Lockstock in Urinetown. Chris also performs with The Civic Chorale and has served on their board of directors twice. When he’s not performing, Chris enjoys traveling, independent films, and spoiling his Westie, Ciara.

Anthony Todd Everhart, MD* – While attending King College, Todd found both a love for theater and his future bride, Reneé. He appeared in King College productions of Charley’s Aunt, Carousel, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and My Fair Lady in the role of Henry Higgins. He later appeared in local productions of Godspell, Grease, Big River, and A Chorus Line. Theater was put on hold while he attended medical school at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine and then served as a physician in the US Air Force during Operation Enduring Freedom. He is currently the Director of Medical Affairs for the Americas at Chiltern International, a company specializing in clinical research. Todd currently serves as a member of the Board for the Glasgow Theatre Company. The proud father of two sons and husband to Reneé, he made his return to the stage in the role of Underling in The Drowsy Chaperone.

A native of Chattanooga, Reneé Everhart* earned her B.A. in English and Theatre from King College in Bristol, TN. While there, she was able to perform in several shows including Camelot, The Crucible, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and My Fair Lady. After getting married, she further indulged her love of theatre by doing a number of shows with Theatre Bristol, beginning with reprising her role as Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady. Other shows include Sweeney Todd, Carousel, Company, and The Secret Garden. Reneé has been seen in memorable Glasgow roles such as Logainne Schwarzandgrubinierre in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and as Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone. Reneé is married to Todd and is a stay-at-home mom to their two sons.

Hunter Graybeal hails from Bristol, TN and has spent much of his life pursuing his passion for theatre and music. Having graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi, Hunter has had the pleasure of performing in many musical productions over the past decade on the professional, collegiate, and community stages. In 2006, Hunter spent a season performing and serving as Assistant Music Director for The Lost Colony in Manteo, NC. Some of the various shows in which Hunter has performed include Godspell (Jesus), West Side Story (Riff), Into the Woods (The Baker), Chicago (Amos Hart), Smoke on the Mountain (Burl Sanders) and The Lost Colony (The Historian), and The Drowsy Chaperone (Pastry Chef).

Michael-Thomas Griffith, RN, BSN, feels thrilled and truly blessed to be a part of Glasgow Theatre Company. A native of Lebanon, VA, M-T now resides in Bristol, VA and is Clinical Team Lead at Wellmont CVA Heart Institute at Bristol Regional Medical Center. He is a graduate of King College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is planning to pursue a Master of Science in Clinical Informatics. M-T started performing in the Tri-Cities in 1999 in Theatre Bristol’s production of Annie, and has had a love for community theatre ever since. Favorite roles include: The Cowardly Lion (The Wizard of Oz), Rooster (Annie), Linus (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown), the Baker (Into the Woods), Melvin P. Thorpe (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) and Dr. Frank-n-Furter (The Rocky Horror Show). M-T was THRILLED to make his GTC debut in The Drowsy Chaperone. In the last few years his love of performing has segued into a love of directing, having directed Five Women Wearing the Same Dress and The Odd Couple (Female Version), both at Theatre Bristol. In his spare time M-T loves reading, long nights at Starbucks & is attempting to write his first stage production based upon the women in his life.

Raised in the Johnson City area, Becky Harris discovered her love of singing at an early age. Through the years, she has been fortunate enough to perform as a choir member and soloist at state, regional and national levels, studying under the Organization of American Kodály Educators, as well as the East Tennessee State University Chorale and Opera programs. Favorite roles include Florence (Chess), the Witch (Into the Woods), Jo March (Little Women), and Evelyn (The Shape of Things). When she’s not performing, Becky enjoys reading classic lit, watching indie films and taking random road trips. She considers herself blessed to be included in a company of such amazing talent and wonderful people.

Stacia Howard is one of our area’s most talented reed instrument performers. She has performed with ensembles in Bristol, Kingsport, Johnson City, Jonesborough, and has played with Symphony of the Mountains as well as for Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA. She is a Kingsport native and a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School. She has her Bachelor of Music from the University of Tennessee, her Master of Arts in Education Administration from Union College, and her Education Specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University. She has taught music in Wise County, Sullivan County, and Kingsport City School Districts, and also at the University School on the East Tennessee State University Campus in Johnson City. She is an active member in Dachshund Rescue of North America.

Chris Jones is happy to be back in the area where he first discovered his love for the arts. He studied acting at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he was taught every aspect of the theatre process from costume and set construction to hair and makeup design as well as stage performance. After moving to Atlanta, Georgia he was able to explore work in television, appearing on three episodes of the Aaron Spelling-produced drama “Savannah” and several local commercials. He returned to the area in 2008 to become a partner in Campbell Printing Company of Bristol, Inc., which his grandfather started in 1968. Chris made his GTC debut in the AfterDark production of Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things as Phillip, one of his favorite roles. Other favorite roles include Jesus Costazuela in The Odd Couple (Female Version), Tripp in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Officer Task in Flaming Idiots and Gregor Samsa in The Metamorphosis.

Jon Luttrell is a native of Bristol, TN and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Language and International Trade from Clemson University (go Tigers!). He spends his time away from the stage working as a supervisor in the customer service industry for a leading health and wellness products company. Jon has always had a love of music and the arts and first began singing while in high school with the Tennessee High Madrigals. While at Clemson, he studied voice and also performed and served as section leader with multiple choral groups which toured throughout the southeastern U.S., and was featured as a tenor and countertenor soloist in various concerts. Jon has been a part of the local theatre scene for the better part of the last decade appearing in such roles as the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, Tom Collins in Rent, Jamie in The Last Five Years, Munkustrap in Cats, Pastry Chef in The Drowsy Chaperone, himself in Songs for a New World, and Princeton in Avenue Q. Jon has also served as author and director of multiple works including an original Holiday production and a dramatic historic storytelling piece. Jon feels honored, privileged, and grateful to be involved with GTC and is incredibly excited to be a part of all that the organization has planned for the future.

John Nagy is a Senior Manager at Nuclear Fuel Services in Erwin. He holds two engineering degrees from the University of Florida and is an avid Gator fan. Although most of his theatre time over the years has been spent behind the scenes – building/dressing sets, operating sound/lights, working crew, playing in the pit – he has also enjoyed several onstage roles. Favorites include Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (opposite his daughter Emily in the role of Scout), Nick in Baby, and Andy in Love Letters. John lives in Johnson City with his wife Joy, and their two children, Emily and Joe.

Joy Nagy has been a free-lance musician in the Tri-Cities area since she moved to Tennessee in 1993. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, but she spent all her free time in the music and theatre buildings, singing, accompanying, and performing in recitals and mainstage productions. A longtime member of the Civic Chorale, Joy has also served locally as a studio and recital accompanist at East Tennessee State University, and for other concert events throughout the region. She has been active onstage and behind the scenes in community theatres for over 20 years, both here and in the Boston area. Favorite roles include M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias, the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Florence in Chess, Twink in the Dearly Beloved trilogy, Agnes in Agnes of God, Emily in Our Town, Rona in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Diane in Next to Normal. Musical direction credits include Sweeney Todd, Closer Than Ever, Nuncrackers, The Music Man, and Grease. Joy lives in Johnson City with her husband, John, and their two children, Emily and Joe.

Elizabeth Paxton* lives in Bristol TN and works as a barista serving hot and cold yumminess at Starbucks. She is the youngest of 4 children and though she has always had a flare for the dramatic side, her life in theatre as an actor/lighting designer did not begin till she was 14. She feels very blessed that God has allowed her to be a small part of several wonderful community theatres in the area and for all of the people met and things learned along the way. Favorite roles include Lucy (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown), Luisa (The Fantasticks!), Diana (Lend Me A Tenor), Cinderella (Into The Woods), Rizzo (Grease), Meredith (Bat Boy), and Sue (bash: latterday plays). She also enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephew and watching Jimmy Stewart movies.

Martin Robinette is a native of Bristol, Tennessee. He is the Purchasing Manager at Strong-Robinette Machine Corporation, where he has worked for almost 26 years. In 1994 he auditioned for The Boyfriend; he landed a role and has been going strong ever since. Some of his favorite roles have been: Rocky (Damn Yankees), Pseudolus (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Sparky (Forever Plaid), Noah (Children of Eden), Sam Byck (Assassins), Max Bialystock (The Producers), Amos Hart (Chicago), William Barfee (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), and, of course, Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone. He has also directed several plays throughout the years, including Misery, Play On, and Glasgow’s own productions of Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things and bash: latterday plays.

DeAnna Smith graduated with a degree in Music Education from Bryan College where she was recognized as the student teacher of the year. She and her husband thoroughly enjoy operating Smith Studios where they teach piano, voice, and theatre classes during the school year and host Camp Broadway Jr. in the summer. She regularly teaches drama classes and directs plays for Gray’s TEACH Homeschool Co-op. Some of her favorite things are Christmas, fresh bread, and her son Jake, who keeps her moving and reminds her continuously that smiling is better than stressing. Stage credits include Annie (Grace), Once Upon a Mattress (Larken), Bye, Bye, Birdie (Randi), and The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet van der Graaff).

Dishon Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Piano Performance from Bryan College and a Masters of Music Degree in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Tennessee. He has been a guest artist with the Southern Adventist University Orchestra and the Maryville College Orchestra. An adjunct music faculty member at Northeast State, Dishon resides in Johnson City, TN where he and his wife operate Smith Studios, where they provide piano, voice and theatre instruction. He also works as a freelance accompanist and performer, having performed extensively throughout the East Tennessee region. Favorite stage credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch), and The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin).

Rosemary Smith* is a native of the area. She has been singing and performing since her college days at ETSU, where she served as her sorority’s Music Chairman. After graduation, she became an elementary school teacher and has continued to enlighten the minds of her students for 23 years. She has performed in several productions, including Meet Me In St. Louis, The Amorous Flea, The King and I, The Sound of Music, Nunsense, Oh Brother, and The Senator Wore Pantyhose. She has performed with the Kingsport Theatre Guild as Mae Ellen in First Baptist of Ivy Gap, and she made her GTC debut as Trix the Aviatrix in The Drowsy Chaperone. Rosemary has participated in area events such as Kingsport’s ShowTime and The Crackerjacks. She is also involved in her church choirs. Being a part of Glasgow Theatre Company is a wonderful and meaningful experience. It has renewed her love of the theater, and has introduced her to the talented friends she has made the past few months. She is married to Chad and has two daughters, Molly and Abby.

Christopher Yoder studied piano performance, piano pedagogy and composition at Malone College in Canton, Ohio, in addition to computer science. He continues to split his time between music and programming. In addition to playing for Glasgow Theatre Company, he also plays for the East Tennessee Children’s Choir, Virginia Highlands Community College and fills in at area churches. Christopher was the music director for Glasgow’s premiere show, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other shows he has played for include Assassins, 1940s Radio Hour, Into the Woods, Cinderella and Oklahoma! Christopher’s original composition, the choral lullaby Balow, was performed by the Voices of the Mountains in March 2010. He is happily married to fellow musician, Stephanie.

Bios not listed: Amber Davis, Heather Eisenhart, Sharon Flake Eisenhart, Kaeli Gardner, April Gardner, Ryan Gray, Ashley McLaughlin, Jeremy McLaughlin, Debra Shoun, Joe Smith, & Chip Zimmerman.

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