BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Wilbury Theatre Group's Board of Directors was formed in 2013, 3 years after The Wilbury Group began presenting work.
The original members of the board ranged from committed audience members to the artists who worked with us. Together they shared a vision for a new theatre in Providence committed to our community, cutting-edge works, and audience engagement and accessibility.
Today our board is made up of many of those same artists and committed audience members, and has expanded to include distinguished representatives from Rhode Island's leading businesses and organizations.
CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS
Andrew Stigler, President
Milly Massey, Vice President
James Tackach, Secretary
Gene Spector, Treasurer
Josh Short, ex oficio
FORMER BOARD MEMBERS
Orah Bilmes, Tony Caparelli, Maureen Cotter, Timothy Crepeau, Alyssa Champagne, Erin Moseley, Adam Riser, David Schrag, Adam Short, Joe Short
BOARD MEMBER BIOS:
Lynne Collinson served as Executive Director of 2nd Story Theatre in Warren, Rhode Island for 15 years. In addition to overseeing administrative operations, Lynne was the theatre’s principal grant writer. Her on-stage credits at 2nd Story include Death of a Salesman, All My Sons, Kimberly Akimbo, August: Osage County, Collected Stories, and more. She recently performed with EPIC Theatre and the Manton Avenue Project, and participated in The Wilbury’s New Works Play Reading series. Lynne directed Picasso at the Lapin Agile for The Players (Barker Playhouse) and Love, Loss and What I Wore at 2nd Story. She is a member of the Cranston Arts Commission. She joined the Wilbury Theatre Group Board in 2017.
Brian Platt is the Director of Annual Giving at Moses Brown School. Previously he was the Development Director for The Gamm Theatre. In his 20+ years as a theater professional, Brian has worked as a producer, actor, director, administrator, and teacher, and has worked with Trinity Repertory Company, Living Literature, All Children’s Theatre, Chamber Theatre Productions, Elemental Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. He joined the Wilbury Theatre Group Board in 2017.
Daniel Procaccini is an attorney with the law firm Foley Hoag LLP with a diverse practice in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He is an experienced litigator advising clients in the education, healthcare and technology industries involved in complex business litigation with three areas of emphasis: government enforcement and investigations, commercial disputes, and toxic torts. He has also served as a special assistant district attorney and special assistant attorney general in felony and misdemeanor criminal prosecutions, including at trial. Dan has an equally dynamic pro bono practice in which he has represented individuals as well as non-profit companies in a variety of matters, including municipal disputes and actions alleging violations of state consumer protection laws. He is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland and Boston College Law School.
Milly Romanzi, after working twenty-years as a New York advertising executive, is now Director of Fine and Performing Arts at Gordon School in East Providence, Rhode Island. She has performed locally with the Wilbury Group, the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theater, and Ocean State Theatre Company, among others. Milly also has been part of the steering committee for Fringe PVD and the Rhode Island Teaching Artist Center. She teaches at Trinity Repertory’s Young Actor’s Summer Institute and directs the annual YASI Players production. A graduate of Princeton University, Milly was a founding member of Princeton Summer Theatre and a board member of Theatre Intime. She joined the Wilbury Theatre Group Board in 2015.
Tom Roberts is Senior Lecturer in History at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he received the 2017 Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching. Among his eight books is Anthony Quinn’s Eye: A Lifetime of Creating & Collecting Art, published in 2004. He was executive producer of the documentary, Keats and His Nightingale: A Blind Date, nominated for the Academy Award in 1986. His play A State of Hope, based on letters of 19th-century Irish immigrants, toured widely in the 1990’s. Prior to RISD, he was founding director of Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. He earned an A.B. at Holy Cross College and an M.S, at Boston University.
Andrew Stigler, a charter member of the Wilbury Theatre Group board of directors, is a professor in the National Security Affairs Department of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He previously taught at Dartmouth College and Wesleyan University. Stigler holds a PhD in Political Science from Yale University, as well as degrees from the University of Chicago (MA) and Cornell University (BA). He has worked with several theater companies in Rhode Island, including the Wilbury Theatre Group, Second Story Theatre, Firehouse Theater, and Burbage Theatre Company.
James Tackach was a charter member of the Wilbury Theatre Group Board of Directors. He served as board president from 2012-15 and now serves as board secretary. He is a Professor of English at Roger Williams University, specializing in American literature. He is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including Lincoln’s Moral Vision: The Second Inaugural Address and Early Black Reformers. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Providence Journal, and a variety of academic journals and essay collections.
Joe Zappala joined the Wilbury Group board in August 2017. He is Associate Vice President, Communications for Brown University's Advancement division. Previously, he held senior communications positions at Cornell University and with marketing communications firms, and he has worked as a consultant and as a college professor. Joe is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and author of textbooks on professional writing. He also brings experience in theater board service and as a professional actor to Wilbury.