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!
The Executive Committee is a group of elected officers that lead the Guild in various areas.
Boone Smith became involved in the STG in 2008. He has served on the executive committee going on his 5th year. He has served as president for the past 2 years. Boone has been involved in theatre beginning in high school where he acted in and directed several productions. He graduated high school with theatre honors through the International Thespian Society. At STG he has been on the stage acting and has been behind the scenes of several shows. He is most proud of having his entire family involved in the theatre both on and off the stage. His wife, Michelle and his two boys Trey and David have been in many STG shows throughout the years. He believes STG is family and would love all who love live theatre to join the family at STG.
Keith Williams has been a part of the STG family since the summer of 1974. During that time, he has served on the Executive Committee in every position at least once, excluding treasurer, including holding the record for most terms as Guild President. He has acted in or worked on more than 100 productions at STG. Most recently he directed The Diviners at STG. He has graced other metro stages with his acting including Drama Tech where he played Charlie in Flowers for Algernon and Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons. He has won acting awards from Sun Publications and a Metro Atlanta Theater Award as well as STG acting awards. His favorite roles include the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Oscar in The Odd Couple, and Victor Velasco in Barefoot in the Park.
Jonny has been a member of STG since he was 13 years old. In fact, he met his wife Heather at the theatre and they, along with both of their children, have performed onstage and backstage for numerous productions. Jonny loves working both on and offstage, and you may have seen him in any number of plays over the years.
During the day, Jonny works as a web designer for an international hotel chain company. When he's not doing that, or playing at the theatre, Jonny enjoys sleeping, drawing, eating, sleeping, reading, and watching scary movies.
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 Stop, Harvey, Crimes of the Heart, The Foreigner, Steel Magnolias, On Golden Pond, Smoke on the Mountain, The Nerd and The Cemetery Club. Most recently Chris wrote and directed The Collins Family Christmas Special, as a special benefit for Southside Theatre Guild.
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.
Jill Lucas began volunteering at Southside Theatre Guild in 2009. Since then she has worked both behind the scenes and on stage. Most importantly, she has made lasting friendships both as a guild member and while working on several shows. She is currently on the script committee and is a past president. Her first on stage role was as Sara in The Christmas Gift. Her favorite role was as Ethel Banks in Barefoot in the Park, although Mrs. Mooney in Flowers for Algernon has become a close second favorite. She has been stage manager for several shows, the most recent being Beauty and the Beast. Whether working house, cleaning the theatre, finding/sewing costumes, or running lights, Jill has found a home at STG and invites you to do the same.
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.
Linda Cochran has been a part of the STG family since the spring of 2005. During that time, she has served on the Executive Committee as Member At Large and Parliamentarian and served on the script committee multiple years. Linda has performed in 13 plays at STG, most recently as Luella Bennett in The Diviners, and one at ACOF (Mrs. Trenkler in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow) in Fayetteville. Other volunteer efforts at STG: Assistant Director - Tuesdays with Morrie (2011) and Costume/Stage/Prop Manager/dresser for multiple shows. Linda’s favorite roles include Queen Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Olivia in The Homecoming and Frankie in Christmas Belles.
Katie Brown has been a part of Southside Theatre Guild since the summer of 2017. Her production credits include: The Diviners, Beauty and The Beast, and most recently, First Things First. Katie lives in downtown Newnan with her husband and their dog, and her hobbies include reading, eating pizza, and working out to negate the pizza. When she’s not onstage at STG, she can be found working at Southside Church Newnan.