Staff

Our Mission – To represent, enrich and stimulate people through the art of live theatre by providing entertainment, education and an artistic outlet. The Manatee Players and its performance venue serve as a significant cultural, educational and economic resource for the Florida Gulf Coast region.


Janene Amick

Janene M. Amick

Chief Executive Officer
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO has the overall financial, strategic and operational responsibility for The Manatee Players, Inc. staff programs, expansion, execution of its mission and venue, the Manatee Performing Arts Center (MPAC).

Janene joined the company in July of 2005 and as Executive Director, brings her team building attitude and vision to the helm of The Manatee Players, Inc. Her experience spans multiple sectors – arts, marketing, education, corporate, entrepreneurship, non-profit and community. With a belief in the importance of grassroots/collaborative partnership, Janene is focused on broadening the support of the MPAC.
She is a graduate of the 2005 class of Leadership Manatee and the 2003 class of Manatee County Citizens Academy. Active in our community, she is the member of the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton taking the office of President-Elect in October 2014, ABWA (American Business Women’s Association), AFP (American Fundraising Professionals), a life member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and a past chair Manatee County’s 14th Street CRA advisory board. She holds a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Winchester Center. She is a proud mother of two wonderful children, Brett and Hannah, and would like to express her appreciation to her husband Tim for his inspirational support.
Rick Kerby

Rick Kerby

Producing Artistic Director
As the Producing Artistic Director, Rick is responsible for the creative direction of the Manatee Players. He has received several Handy and Sarasota Magazine awards including “Master Director” in 2013, is a three time winner at the South Eastern Theater Conference as Outstanding Director and two time winner as Best Director at the American Association of Community Theatre’s AACTFest.

Rick Kerby has been seen on the stages in over thirty countries and in all fifty states of the US. He appeared on Broadway and in the National Touring Company of A Match Made in Heaven and portrayed the leading role of famous George M Cohan in the National touring company of Yankee Doodle Dandy. International touring credits include ‘Daniel’ and Dance Captain in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, lead Aggie soloist and Dance Captain in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and ‘Will Parker’ and Dance Captain in Oklahoma!.
He spent years working onboard numerous cruise lines as a singer/dancer including Royal Viking, Holland America, Royal Cruise Line, Sitmar, Commodore, American Hawaii, Saga and Norwegian Cruise Lines. He spent time in Las Vegas dancing on the stages of the Aladdin Hotel and at Bally’s Casino.Prior to his move to Bradenton, Rick was the Entertainment Director for the USO of Metropolitan New York and the organizer of the Miss USO Contest. His USO troupe was featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox News, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and on The Miss America Pageant. The same USO troupe performed as part of the USO Celebrity Tours in the Middle East, Europe and the Baltic.
Other directorial credits include numerous shows at the Surflight Theatre in New Jersey, Theatre By the Sea in Rhode Island, The Arundel Playhouse in Maine, Wolford Hause Dinner Theater in Virginia, New London Barn Playhouse in New Hampshire, Stage Door Canteen Theatre at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Westbank and Duplex Theaters in New York City and on many cruise ships. He has served on the faculties of Wagner College on Staten Island and The Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in New York City. Rick is the newly Current President of the Florida Theatre Conference, Past President of the Florida Association of Community Theaters and is serving on the Executive Committee of the American Association of Community Theatres.
Marquita Beachy

Marquita Beachy

Director of Patron Services
The Director of Patron Services will be responsible for developing and implementing sales strategies and initiatives, oversight of the Arts Management System, and enhancement of the customer experience.

Beachy brings with her over eight years of theatre management experience. Before joining the MPAC staff she worked at Phoenix Theatre, a regional theatre company, in Phoenix, AZ. She is excited to join the MPAC team and looks forward to working in a performing arts environment again.
Beachy has been immersed in the arts since a very young age. Her background is in music, she played cello and trumpet well into her collegiate years. She began a love for theatre when she began working at Phoenix Theatre. She states, “I am very excited to get back into a performing arts venue. MPAC not only offers great theatre, but a variety of entertainment and experiences for the entire community!”

Patrick Bedell

Patrick Bedell

Facilities Manager
The Facilities Manager is responsible for maintaining the facility and grounds. Patrick performs and supervises tasks related to HVAC, electrical, plumbing, safety, custodial and event coordination.

Patrick has been doing theatrical lighting since 2003. He is a graduate of the Booker High school Visual Performing Arts program, and more recently the SCF engineering technologies program. Currently Patrick is the facilities manager at the MPAC and resident designer in the Bradenton Kiwanis Theater. Some of Patrick’s past works includes MAN OF LAMANCHA, BEEHIVE, STEPPING OUT and GREATER TUNA. “Thank you to my friends and family for all of the support over the years, don’t be afraid to follow your dream!
Caleb Carrier

Caleb Carrier

Resident Technical Designer
Our Resident Technical Designer is the resident staff employee designated to address design requirements when these elements are created in house. He brings expertise in set plan reading and adaptation when dealing with guest designers. He also assists in all technical areas as required.

Caleb is from Norphlet, Arkansas and attended college at Southern Arkansas University. Here he received his B.A. in the arts with an emphasis on technical theatre. Caleb brings with him a deep love of Broadway productions and his favorite shows have been Chicago and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Tara Cole

Tara Cole

Assistant Costume Designer
The Assistant Costume Designer works closely with the Costume Manager on all shows in Stone Hall and the Bradenton Kiwanis Theater.

Tara is from Austin, TX and graduated from Texas A&M university in 2015 with a BA in theatre arts. She has been assisting in the costume shop since November 2016. Before relocating to Manatee county Tara worked for Disney for several years and she loves working on all the magical musicals at Manatee Performing Arts Center.
Brian Caft

Brian Craft

Director of Marketing and Outreach
The Director of Marketing and Outreach oversees and implements the growth of the organization within the outreach department through marketing, communication, advertising and public relations. He is responsible for the development of big picture projects that outreach and engage new patrons, donors, volunteers, corporate sponsors, and media outlets.

Brian has been connected to MPAC in many facets for quite some time and is thrilled to be taking on the exciting role of Director of Marketing and Outreach. Brian has worked with many non-for-profit organizations in New York City and locally in the Greater Suncoast area. He has worked closely with The Trevor Project, Broadway Sings for Pride, Broadway Battles Bullying and most recently founding Sarasota Sings and producing events benefiting and supporting various causes. Brian has produced events and concerts at Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room and more. Brian’s Marketing and Press Relations background includes work with fashion press relations firm: IHPR in New York City, and working as an Associate Artist at Westchester Sandbox Theatre in New York including maintaining marketing aspects of the Professional Theatre for Young Audiences and children’s theatre productions and education.
You may remember Brian on-stage here at MPAC. Some highlights with us include: Skimbleshanks in CATS, Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and most recently Stu in our regional premiere of YANK! Brian has appeared locally on the stages of Florida Studio Theatre and The Players Theatre of Sarasota. New York Credits include: Avenue Q, Into the Woods, Cabaret, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and the Off-Broadway Revival of Let My People Come.
Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin

Patron Services Associate
Patron Services Associates are responsible for providing superlative customer service to the patrons of all Manatee Performing Arts Center clients by adhering to The Manatee Players, Inc. Standards of Excellence.

Sarah is a Bradenton, Florida native and has been involved in all aspects of theatre for the last 10 years. She graduated from Manatee School for Arts, and attended University of Central Florida studying Stage Management. She has performed on stage, worked backstage, and stage managed shows with MPAC for the last 4 years. Her favorite shows that she has worked on include Young Frankenstein, Godspell, Brigadoon, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Sarah has also been a teacher with Drama Kids of Manasota for the last two years working with children Kindergarten thru 5th grade.
Kristin Ribble

Kristin Ribble

Production Manager
The Production Manager is responsible for coordinating the rehearsal schedules, technical needs and budget of all in-house produced productions. The Production Manager acts as the liaison among the production team and between the production team, including Guest Directors, and the Producing Artistic Director.

Kristin started her current position as the Production Manager for Manatee Players in July of 2008! She has been involved, either onstage or behind the scenes, in over 100 productions since the age of 12. Most recently she stage managed our productions of INTO THE WOODS, BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, TARZAN, MY ONE AND ONLY, SHREK, PETER PAN, LES MISERABLES, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and MISS SAIGON. Some of her favorite stage management experiences here include EVITA, ANYTHING GOES, WHITE CHRISTMAS, AIDA, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, CRAZY FOR YOU, WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, GYPSY, OKLAHOMA, CHICAGO, DAMN YANKEES, BIG RIVER, ELEPHANT MAN, and PIPPIN. She was also proud to be the stage manager of the AACT award winning productions of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE and SWEENEY TODD. Kristin graduated with a BS in psychology with honors from University of Florida and worked for several years as a social worker and case manager serving at-risk youth in Manatee County. Although Kristin has been involved with many other theatre companies, she considers MPAC to be her second home and is proud to be a part of the staff of such a wonderful company! “Thank you to the many volunteer crew members, hard working stage managers, and dedicated staff members who make coming to work a treat
Tom Sell

Tom Sell

Technical Director
The Technical Director (TD) has the daily responsibility for the technical operations of the performing arts center. As well as supervises and assists with all in-house set and stage construction.

After spending nearly 20 years maintaining country clubs, Tom found his second home here at the MPAC. He relocated from central Wisconsin in January of 2004, in order to escape the harsh winter climate. Tom began with the Manatee Players in April of 2004 working part time in the scene shop in the evenings. Favorite builds include Noises Off, Ragtime and Evita. Tom lives in Palmetto with his dogs Trevor and Cheech.
Tiffany Smith

Tiffany Smith

Volunteer Coordinator
Tiffany has been involved with the organization since 2001. She began as a volunteer usher which inspired her to become further involved. She has since worked in many aspects of various productions with the MPAC, both on and off stage.

This past season she stage managed Bark!, Miracle Worker and The Diary of Anne Frank. She is also a full time student at State College of Florida, and the mother of four children. Tiffany brings with her a passion for performing arts and dedication to the continued success of the MPAC. She is excited to work with all of the wonderful volunteers.
Georgina Willmott

Georgina Willmott

Costume Shop Manager
Our Costume Shop Manager is responsible for the designing and creation of all MPAC main stage productions, as well as over sees the costume shop and its volunteers.

Georgina started working in our costume shop in 2006! She has costumed STEPPING OUT, GREASE, FOREVER PLAID, PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES, JERRY’S GIRLS, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, JOSEPH… DREAMCOAT, THE BOYS NEXT DOOR, NUNSENSE, DAMN YANKEES, RING OF FIRE, BEEHIVE and SHOUT, as well as CINDERELLA, RAGTIME, PIPPIN, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, JR., SEUSSICAL, GREASE, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL I & II, PETER PAN JR. and ONCE ON THIS ISLAND for our summer camps. “I own and operate ‘Nina’s Notions’, an alterations and ‘unique creations’ company in honor of my mother, who taught me to sew!

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