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The membership of STG comprises people of all walks of life. We are one big family and are always ready to welcome new folks who share a common love for community, theatre --- and community theatre!

Executive Committee | Auxiliary Staff

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is a group of elected officers that lead the Guild in various areas.
Paula Byram

Paula Byram

Parliamentarian

Paula Byram joined STG in the early 1980's. She has served on the executive committee as Member-at-large and Vice President. Working behind the scenes is the job she loves and does best, having tried nearly all of them. Her favorite job is designing and lighting the shows. She understands the challenge of making sure actors are in the light (or dark) when they are supposed to be. For the last five years Paula has worked as box-office coordinator at STG. She has received numerous theatre awards, but her most coveted are the President's Award which she has received more than once, and the Golden Guilder award this year which is voted on by her peers. She retired in 2010 from a thirty-year career in education as a special education teacher and administrator. Her interests include world travel, Canasta, reading, church, and her dachshund Maggie May.

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Jeff Dayton

Jeff Dayton

Member-at-Large

Jeff has been volunteering with STG since 1991 when his future wife, Adavier, signed him up to help with props and sound effects for a show. He loves participating in all aspects of the work that goes on behind the scenes to produce a show.  He has been a stage manager, worked house, built sets, built and managed props and everything in between. Some of his favorite shows he has worked on with his family and friends were The Wizard of Oz, Steel Magnolias, and most recently Beauty and the Beast, First Things First and Flowers for Algernon. He is now also enjoying seeing his children, Drew and Emily, volunteering their talents to STG.  When he is not spending time at the theater, he volunteers with the Angels Among Us Animal Rescue organization and Covenant Presbyterian Church

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Will Evans

Will Evans

VP, Facilities

Quite the novice by the standards of the Southside Theatre Guild, Will has either been on stage or behind the scenes of productions since late 2017. Appearing in Where the Lilies Bloom, Annie, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Mama Won’t Fly, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and wizarding Sound Design and Tech for A Tuna Christmas, The Mountaintop, and for the Southside Sidekicks. He received one nomination for Best Actor in a Minor Musical Role with the Metropolitan Atlanta Theatre organization. Recently retired from the U.S. Navy after completion of 24 years active service, he was able to find new time to assist STG in this new role, while splitting time with support to Scouting as Cubmaster. His supporting cast is his family Petra, Pawel, and Niamh. He extends photo credit to Jared Wright, excellent work Sir.

Tammy Hyder

Tammy Hyder

VP, Productions

Tammy D. Hyder first visited STG in 1991.  After seeing the production of Mass Appeal, she became convinced that Southside was her home.   She has since worked primarily backstage with sound, props and directing.  You may have caught her onstage as a Put ‘em back wife in Lil Abner, Anna in The King and I, and Mother Superior in Nuncrackers.  She has served on the Executive Committee before and with her retirement from a thirty-five year teaching career, she is excited to be back on the committee.  Her theatre family has become important and if you want to be part of a great, caring, and passionate group, consider joining us as a member!

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Chris Shellnutt

Chris Shellnutt

Treasurer

Chris Shellnutt is a Fairburn native and has appeared in over 40 productions as a performer. He has served as president and treasurer of Southside Theatre Guild and has been Lighting Designer for dozens of STG, Legacy Theatre, Landmark School and most recently several productions of Always, Patsy Cline.  Some favorite acting roles include Rick in The Nerd, Dolan in Mister Roberts, Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, Richard in Lion in Winter and Ralph in A Christmas Story.  He met his wife, Valerie, while directing Anything Goes at STG. (She was the choreographer.) Chris has also appeared in over 30 film and television productions as a “Background Artist.”   He has directed Bus StopHarveyCrimes of the HeartThe ForeignerSteel MagnoliasOn Golden PondSmoke on the MountainThe Nerd and The Cemetery Club. Most recently Chris wrote and directed The Collins Family Christmas Special, as a special benefit for Southside Theatre Guild.

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Boone Smith

Boone Smith

President

Boone Smith has enjoyed being a part of the Southside Theatre Guild (STG) family since 2008.  Over the years, he has worked both behind the scenes and on stage.  He has served STG as publicity chair, script committee member, and for several years as president. He has worked behind the scenes as stage manager, sound tech, light tech and house worker. On stage he has acted in Christmas Belles, Seussical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Wait Until Dark, Mama Won’t Fly and several other shows. Theatre, especially STG is a big part of Boone’s life. He and his entire family are involved and would love for you to join the fun and friendship that STG offers as well. There is something for everyone both on and off the stage whether you are new to live theatre or a veteran. Please come and join us!

David Smith

David Smith

Member-at-Large

David Smith has been a part of STG since 2008 alongside the rest of his family. He’s grown up around STG and its community, participating in numerous shows. He’s appeared in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and more recently Where the Lilies Bloom. David has always loved helping at Southside to whatever extent that might be. While not at the theatre David enjoys spending his time programming, SCUBA diving, and most of all exploring the other arts such as photography, film, drawing, and video games to name a few.

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Katherine Williams

Katherine Williams

Secretary

Katherine’s involvement with STG began in the fall of 2017 when she was cast as a “Silly Girl” in Beauty and the Beast and the following year was given the role of Connie Boylan in Annie. Now, she’s excited to take on the less musical role of secretary. Outside of theatre, she enjoys teaching piano lessons, serving on the worship team at her church and spending time with friends and family.

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Jared Wright

Jared Wright

Publicity

“Theater is a verb before it is a noun, an act before it is a place.” – Martha Graham

Since his first show, The Wizard of Oz in 1992, Jared has treasured all his many roles (onstage and off) among Southside Theatre Guild’s rich history. Over the last two years, he has been a member of the Script, Nominating, and Re-Opening Committees. Before that, he took a three-year hiatus to teach high school theatre (somewhere over the rainbow). Jared is a 2004 graduate of Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre with a Minor in Music. He works as a photographer and digitizing specialist, digitizing a wide variety of media so that people can keep their memories at their fingertips. 

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Amy Beaucham

Amy Beaucham

Southside Sidekicks Director

Amy’s love for theatre was nurtured by her extraordinary mother, Libba Smith, who earned honors and accolades as a writer, storyteller, actress and community servant. With her inspiration, Amy performed in schoo land community plays and went on to acquire a theatre degree from Georgia Southern University where she was voted “Best Actress” in 1975.  After earning a Masters in Education, Amy continued to make theatre and drama a significant part of her life both with her involvement as a performer in community theatre and as an educator. Creative dramatics was a central theme in her teaching career as she served Special Education and Gifted students. Her use of creativity in the classroom contributed to her being named “Teacher of the Year” for Treutlen County. Amy also established her own after school/summer drama program called “Dramatic Fanatics”. She recently retired from 36 years of teaching and is now focused on continuing to share the joy of drama with children through her personal theatre program and community service. Amy is married to Ron Beaucham and the two of them are finding immense delight in being grandparents to their adorable George! Amy is thrilled to be serving in the area of publicity for Southside Theatre Guild. She began her involvement as a stage manager for Fiddler on the Roof and has recently performed in Beauty and the Beast and Annie. Amy was instrumental in forming “The Southside Sidekicks” and hopes that this improv group will only grow in its service to the theatre and community.

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Jonny May

Jonny May

Web Developer

Jonny has been active with STG both on and offstage since 1986. He met his wife Heather at the theatre, and they've been almost impossible to get rid of ever since. He has served in several positions on the Executive Committee, including Associate Member-at-Large, Member-at-Large, Parliamentarian, and VP of Productions. He and Heather have two adult children (Ian [and Kylie!] and Erin) and two cats (Biscuit and Little Black Cat). Jonny holds a BFA in Interactive and Media & Web Design from the Art Institute of Atlanta and currently works as a freelance web designer, and as an actor represented by Top Talent Management based out of Chattanooga, TN (615.490.1101).

Janet Reed

Janet Reed

Fundraising

Janet has worked in theater in the metropolitan Atlanta area for over 40 years, but has always considered Southside Theatre Guild to be her theater home.   Her first lead role was as Mina in STG’s 1979 production of Dracula and her most recent appearance was in 2016 as Ida in The Cemetery Club.    She has served on the Executive Committee in several positions and worked as director, stage manager, costumer, set designer and many other required tasks at the theater.  She is a proud mother and grandmother and currently resides in Fayetteville with her loving husband, Ted and their dog, Angus.

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