Mary McDonald, PhD, Intermin Operations Manager
Mary previously worked with the Princess Theatre as the Box Office and Patron Manager. During her tenure with the theatre, she develped a Listening Room Series that has brought over 600 patrons downtown. Prior to working at the Princess Theatre, Mary worked with an organization which helped Universities across the world improve processes, procedures, and policies. She has traveled to over 23 countries and 42 states developing an appreciation for culture, arts and entertainment.
Penny Linville, Technical Director
Penny has been with the Princess Theatre since the place was built…not literally, but pretty close. Penny has been serving as the Technical Director, Bartender, and don't forget the Popcorn Maker for the last 26 years. There is not much Penny does not do around here. Penny's latest passion is being a pirate. After all, stage language and pirate language are very similar. Yo ho ho... a priate's life for Penny.
Holly Morgan, Education Co-Director
Holly Morgan’s parent's knew they were in trouble when she came home from her first performance on the stage, and claimed loud enough for the neighbors to hear, “I want to be an actor when I grow up!” Since that fateful night, Holly has had the chance to explore many fields within the theatrical industry, eventually walking away from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a B.A. in Theatrical Performance and a hunger for more. Since her plunge into the theatrical arts, Holly has served as an actor, director, stage combat choreographer, carpenter, stage manager, acting coach, and, most importantly, a teacher. Some of her favorite credits include the UAB Festival of Ten Minute Plays, KCACTF Devised Theatre Showcase, her work with Walt Disney World Entertainment, and now her work with the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts. Holly hopes that she can continue to give back to the community by investing in others the same way the theatrical community invested in her all those fateful years ago.
Courtney Blanchette, Education Co-Director
Courtney Blanchette first performed on the Princess stage when she was five years old and was hooked. Graduating from Austin High and gaining a scholarship to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC she ventured to the big apple to learn her craft. There she earned her Certificate in Integrated Theatre. She returned to Decatur to further her education and graduated from Athens State University with a B.A. in English and Education. All the while she assisted the Decatur High School drama teacher and directed several productions there between 2004 and 2007. Courtney continued directing in graduate school while she earned her M.A. in Philosophical Theology from Asbury Theological Seminary. There she met her philosopher husband and off they went to Kalamazoo, MI where they had their first child. Courtney gained more experience and training with the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre and Crescendo Academy. They next moved to Rochester, NY where Courtney directed a preschool program for 4 years. There they had their second child. She has been teaching performance to all ages since she left NYC. She loves theatre. She loves teaching. She loves people. She is excited to be back where it all began for her!