Jonathan Forrester, President
Jonathan Forrester has been a part of Hendersonville Theatre (formerly known as Hendersonville Community Theatre) since 2009. His involvement began with the production of God’s Favorite in the The Barn located off of State Street in Hendersonville. From there he went on to produce, direct and stage manage numerous shows for the theatre. He has also directed several productions for Brevard Little Theatre. He has served on the board of directors as executive producer for the past 3 seasons. When not onstage or working behind the scenes, Jonathan is the marketing director for Trinity View Senior Living Community in Arden.
Beth Norris, Secretary
Beth Norris is a native of Hendersonville and graduated from North Greenville University in 2015 with a degree in Theatre Performance. She began her theatrical journey with Hendersonville Little Theatre in the barn during 2011’s production of The Music Man. She continued to be involved through the years as the Theatre grew and changed into Hendersonville Community Theatre. She has participated as an actor, sound designer, stage manager, producer, director, and served for a time as the volunteer coordinator while also volunteering at other area theatres in Brevard, Asheville, Greenville and Anderson. Beth is excited to be bringing her 10 years of theatre experience into another new and challenging role as the theatre yet again revamps and revitalizes itself to face a new economy and social scene.
Victoria Lamberth, Artistic Director
From 2016-2019, Victoria was a regular on the Hendersonville stage as both an actor, director and staff member. Victoria has previously served as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations and Managing Director. Victoria began acting over 40 years ago, and she has appeared in professional and amateur productions in Memphis, Nashville, Los Angeles and Western North Carolina. For the last 20 years, she has directed professionally, recently directing Love, Lost and What I Wore at HT, Grimm’s Fairy Tales at Montford Park Players and The Sparrow and the Whippoorwill at The Magnetic Theatre. Prior to relocating to Hendersonville in 2011, she was employed by Hendersonville (TN) Performing Arts Center. Victoria studied theatre, advertising and public relations at the University of Memphis and Marquette University. Over the course of her career, she has managed staff, marketing and communications for both professional and community theatres. Victoria also provides strategic guidance and produces online, print and marketing and collateral materials for a wide range of clients.
Denise Lockett, Board Member
Denise Lockett brings her expertise as an actor and lawyer to the HT board. She recently appeared on the Hendersonville Theatre stage in Calendar Girls. She has also worked with Montford Park Players, Asheville Community Theatre and the Magnetic Theatre, as well as playing Bridget in the Youtube series “PT: Pain and Torture.” Denise is a recovering English major and an attorney with a non-profit, Legal Aid of North Carolina. She lives in Asheville.
Michele Sparks, Board Member
Michele Sparks opened Art Mob Studios & Marketplace in downtown Hendersonville 2011, creating an outlet for artisans to sell their work to downtown visitors. Beginning with 25 local artists, her business now represents 86 artists from Henderson County and other parts of Western North Carolina, many of whom would not be able to have their own local gallery space. Shortly after opening her business, Michele jumped into the Hendersonville Main Street Program and has been involved in every area of downtown development. She volunteers with events like Rhythm & Brews and organized the local Art on Main festival to support the ArtScape outdoor art gallery program. Michele is a positive, creative problem solver among downtown businesses and the arts community, and a critical part of downtown Hendersonville.
Dr. Steve Woodsmall, Board Member
Steve Woodsmall enlisted in the US Air Force in 1975 and retired at the rank of Major
(0-4), holding several command positions. He has a master’s degree in Business
Administration and a PhD in Organization and Management. He has also published academic papers and authored a book, “It Beats Eatin’ Lizards—Lessons in Life and Leadership.” Following retirement from the Air Force, Steve held positions at the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Aviation Administration, several corporate leadership positions, a community action agency, and has taught at several colleges and universities including Brevard College. His 2019 TEDx talk on systems thinking has been viewed over 75,000 times. He has been active as a member of the Transylvania County Planning Board, and board of directors for Brevard Little Theatre, where he has also performed in numerous productions. He conducted seminars for the Transylvania County Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Transylvania County NAACP, Woodsmall is also a
former NCAA women’s college basketball official, AAU national official, and is currently a North Carolina high school basketball official. He and his wife BJ reside in Pisgah Forest, where their property is a National Wildlife Federation certified wildlife habitat.