Anne Scarbrough, Executive Director
Anne began her formal arts training at the age of 11 when she became a student at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. During these formative years, Anne studied all disciplines in the arts and developed a love and appreciation for each. In choosing a career path, she chose Theatre Arts with the hope that she could continue to express herself in in a wide variety of media. She’s not been disappointed. She received her BFA from the University of Alabama and her MFA in acting from the University of Georgia. Anne has been twice recognized for outstanding theatrical performance by the Memphis Ostrander Awards, for her performances in Stop Kiss and Spinning Into Butter, and by the San Diego Critics Circle for her performance in The Miss Firecracker Contest. She received the Gold Award from Houston WorldFest for her screenplay, Thyme in Forever, has co-written several plays and a novel and was the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship. Her directing credits include: the world premiere of Commencement, presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Starry Road to Freedom for the Memphis Civil Rights Museum, and The Santaland Dairies at TheatreWorks in Memphis, The Trip to Bountiful at Cape Fear Regional Theatre and Buyer and Cellar at Playhouse on the Square. She has two very bad, but very lovable dogs, Bodhi and Talulah Bankhead, better known as T-Bone.
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.
Amanda Schuber, Office and Patron Manager
Amanda Schuber grew up in the theatre playing in a laundry basket back stage at 6 months old while her parents worked tech. She went on to preform with the Tuscaloosa Children's Theater and serve as Director for Holy Spirit High School's Drama club in Tuscaloosa. Amanda joins the Princess team after 10 years working with Habitat for Humanity in Huntsville. In her spare time she travels the United States as a Diversity Consultant and acts as a taxi service for her 2 active children. An avid patron of the Arts, she is often see around town enjoying festivals and shows supporting local artists and learning new crafts.
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!