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.
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.
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 (during which he may occasionally sleep).
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.
The theatre bug first bit Janet Reed in the 4th grade at Moreland Avenue Elementary in Atlanta, when she was cast as Cinderella. She has been involved 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 (as an adult), was as Mina in STG’s 1979 production of Dracula and her most recent appearance was in 2019 as Actor #4 in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. She has served on the Executive Committee at Southside Theatre in several positions and worked as director, stage manager, costumer, set designer and many other areas of theater. Janet is also a professional artist that specializes in children’s portraits, but has painted many sets and set pieces throughout her career. She and her loving husband, Ted, reside in Fayetteville with their two Westies, Bunny and Angus.
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 school and 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. Through her Executive Committee service within the area of publicity, Amy hopes to give of herself to Southside in meaningful ways that honor her mother’s remarkable lifelong community contributions.
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.
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.
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
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.