The Executive Board includes the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.
To contact the Executive Board collectively, email [email protected]
Board of Governors
Bruce Parrish, President, Historian, and Emeritis, has served Community Players for over 45 years. He is the current President as well as a past Board president (1984-1986), trustee, and has held a variety of Board positions. Bruce has directed, produced, designed, built, or performed in over 140 shows for Community Players. He most recently appeared in Elf, The Musical, and counts Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as one of his favorite roles. Bruce has served as historian for over 30 seasons. In 1997 he co-authored a publication on the history of the organization and is currently working on a history of Community Players 100 seasons of continuous volunteer theater in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. Community Players stage was named for Bruce and his wife, Kathy (also an Emertis), in 2012 for their years of service to the organization.
Chris Terven has served as a Community Players Board Member in several capacities and has participated in almost every aspect of the organization since he began his involvement at a very young age in 1989. He’s owned and operated several successful small businesses, manages his family’s property holdings, and garnered numerous Financial and Insurance Designations over the years. This (and the fact that he has a deep conviction regarding making the arts available to all) made Chris a perfect fit as our previous Treasurer. By day Chris is a professional “geek” with COUNTRY Financial, a position he seems to relish. Chris participates onstage and off at Community Players and can frequently be found with a drill, paintbrush, or other tool in his hand as he hangs precariously from some set piece.
Britni Williams first got involved with Community Players Theater in 2019 as an actor in A Few Good Men. After performing in a few more shows, she became more involved in show production including sound, set building, and costuming. She is excited to help CPT remain financially sound for its next century of entertaining the Bloomington-Normal community.
Latrisha Green is honored to serve as Secretary for the Community Players Board of Governors. She started performing at CPT in 2014 with the amazing cast of Rent. Since then, she has been a part of 6 other shows. Her career during the day is working at a local Neurology office as a Certified Medical Assistant, and she enjoys time with her family, home and theater, at night.
Ken Sprouls first started working with Community Players as costumer for Blythe Spirit in 2012 and helped with costumes and wigs for too many shows to remember since. In addition to his costume work, you may have seen him in Avenue Q (bad idea bear) or Wedding Singer (George).
Michael Ainslie joins the board of Community Players Theatre for its 100th season, and is honored by the opportunity to maintain the vast workshops, as well as the menagerie of props and set pieces. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, Michael is deeply humbled by the friendships and community found with CPT.
Jeff Ready has been a part of Community Players since the 1999-2000 season. He has been a part of more than 20 productions over the years and has previously served as the interim Set, Shop, and Props board member. Some of his favorite past productions have been A Few Good Men, And Then There Were None, 39 Steps, and Murder at the Howard Johnson; just to make a few.
Tom Smith began his Community Players' journey with Players' 2002 production of A Few Good Men, since then he has been involved in 30 other shows. Generally you will see him up on stage acting, but he has also directed, produced and held various other roles in shows. He has also served in multiple Board positions. Some of his favorite roles include Mrs, Bumbrake/Teacher in Peter and the StarCatcher, Felix in The Odd Couple, and Cogsworth in both the '06 and '16 productions of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. He is equally proud of his directing of Blithe Spirit and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. He encourages everyone to get involved in keeping The Arts in our schools and communities.
Opal Virtue - In 1985, Opal auditioned for a two-person show. She was not cast, but asked to house manage. A few months later, she auditioned for Once Upon a Mattress. She accepted a chorus member role, and the rest is history. In the next thirty-seven years, she has served on the Board of Governors twice, directed, produced, stage managed, house managed, costumed, and done props. Opal worked as a florist for twenty-two years and is currently enjoying retirement.
Matt Drat is thrilled to be part of the Community Player Board for the second time, the first as Box Office Chair and now as Fundraising Chair. Matt first started volunteering at CPT in 2000 in the production of MASH and has been involved in 25 different productions both as a performer and staff. Matt has been involved in the philanthropy, social justice, and nonprofit field in our community for 40 years and currently serves as the Regional Development Director for Illinois at Nexus Family Healing.
Felicia Jiardina first joined Community Players Theatre in 2013 with the production of Spamalot. Since then she has enjoyed being cast in various productions over the years, including RENT, Legally Blonde, Wedding Singer, and Matilda. She's also had the pleasure of supporting as a staff member of shows such as Raisin in the Sun and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Felicia is excited to become a part of the Board of Governors in a position that will create partnerships between our theatre and local businesses.
Dan Virtue has been involved in many shows at Community Players starting with Guys and Dolls back in 1993. Over the years, Dan has been seen on stage several times (Charlotte's Web, 1776, Boy Meets Girl, and My Fair Lady). But he has found his true calling as a Lighting and Sound Effects designer for the many shows he has helped stage. Some of his favorites include: Sweeney Todd, Dracula, Titanic, Into the Woods, Urinetown: The Musical, and The Wedding Singer. Dan is retired from State Farm, where he was a Programmer/Database Administrator for 37 years. Dan has served on the Community Players Board of Governors several times over the years, and is thrilled to be a part of the upcoming auditorium renovation!
Morgan Rondinelli is honored to be a part of the Community Players Board of Governors and use her talents in a different capacity to support the theater. She has been an active member of CPT since 2019, beginning as Lulu in Cabaret. Other roles have included the Acrobat in Matilda and Rebecca Gibbs in Our Town, as well as ensemble roles in Newsies, Cinderella, Mamma Mia!, and Big Fish. With over fifteen years of dance experience, Morgan choreographed Miscast Cabaret and Elf the Musical in 2021. She has an MFA in writing.