Board of Directors
Executive Director - Tami Kress
Tamra Clayson Kress and her family are Idaho transplants but are thrilled to call North Carolina home. Tami has her Masters Degree in theatre from Idaho State University. She taught high school for 9 years where she was selected as the State of Idaho Drama Teacher of the Year and directed the first high school production chosen to be a showcase performance at Festivention. Tami also taught at Idaho State University for 4 years. In addition to being the Executive Director of Studio 1 and directing many shows in the area, she loves teaching her 50 voice and piano students!! She has directed over 60 productions, and acted in over 40 productions—and thanks her beautiful family for supporting her in all of those. Tami started the American Falls Theatre Guild and the C.A.T. theatre program in Pocatello Idaho and both are still going strong today. Though she has lost both of her parents, she dedicates every one of her productions to them because they taught her to find a passion and pursue it—and then gave her the tools to enable her to do that.
President - Wayne Leonard
Wayne Leonard is a teaching assistant at Cameron Park Elementary in Hillsborough. Since portraying Governor Tryon in the Snow Camp outdoor drama “The Sword of Peace” in 2005, he has been active in local community theatre, directing and performing in numerous productions. Theatrical skills help develop a person mentally and physically. Music, dance, and acting increase self-esteem, encourage collaborative efforts, and are just plain fun. Classes offered at Studio 1 give persons of all ages and abilities the chance to develop these skills in a friendly, safe environment.
Vice President - Willy Fisher
Mr. Fisher is Partner/Financial Advisor at a local firm, Fisher Wealth Management, and has worked in the financial services industry for 13 years. He has also been involved with performing arts his whole life; from taking dance and performing in high school musicals, to performing professionally on national tours, and now a parent to children who love the stage. “The performing arts are such a great outlet for many of our youth in Alamance County and the surrounding areas. Studio 1 gives them another chance to become better students, humanitarians, team players, and people. People have experiences and form friendships here that will be with them their entire lives.”
Secretary / Web Master - Bobbi Croy
Bobbi Croy is the Vice President of IT Laboratory Systems for LabCorp Diagnostics. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from West Virginia University. After living in several states, she now loves living in North Carolina with her husband and two daughters. Her daughters' passion for theater inspired her to get involved with Studio 1 and led her to stage manage three shadow productions. She is proud to be a member of Studio 1 and to participate in the positive impact they have on the community.
Treasurer - Debbie Williams
Debbie Williams holds a BS from UNC-G in Early Childhood Education and is currently working as a Program Manager at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC. She was involved in theater and band during high school and re-caught the theater bug, thanks to her son Jay, at Snow Camp Outdoor Theater from 2002 – 2014. She has been a member of Orange Community Players in Hillsborough since 2011 as part of their artistic board. She has been involved with Studio 1 since 2014and blessed to be part of the Studio 1 family. Debbie wants to thank her parents as well as her two children – Erin and Jay – for their support and putting up with the crazy theater schedule.
Director of Production - Sarah Banko
Sarah Banko received a BA in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently teaches Spanish classes at Woodlawn Middle School in Mebane. Studio 1 has opened a new door for Sarah to bring her love of education into the performing arts arena. She loves the ways in which theater challenges thought and builds community. Sarah currently serves as the Director of Production. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2014. Sarah lives in Mebane with her husband and 2 children, and she is thankful to be a part of Studio 1’s amazing journey.
Director of Community Events - Jack Nauman
Jack Nauman has a BA in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His career has been spent in all facets manufacturing management, but has primarily been in Supply Chain Management. Jack’s career in Manufacturing has allowed him to travel all over the world and experience many different cultures and ideas. Jack was a theater kid in High School involved on stage and behind the scenes acting, writing and stage managing any number of musicals, plays and talent shows. After college he spent 30 years concentrating on career and family until his children John and Jay drew him back to theater through their involvement with Alamance Children’s Theater and eventually Studio 1. Tami Kress cast him in the first shadowed production of The Three Musketeers and Jack has since appeared in a number of Studio 1 productions and with other theater companies in Alamance County. Jack has been married for 30 years to his lovely wife and line partner Susan. He has two fantastic sons, Jay and John and recently has been graced with a wonderful daughter-in-law Ann Cox.
Jack is proud to serve the board as Director of community events and looks forward to spreading Studio 1’s message of providing a unique artistic experience for all ages throughout the Triad and Triangle areas.
Director of Education - Teresa Leiser
Teresa Leiser has a Masters Degree in Music Education from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. She taught vocal music for 9 years at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She helped her voice students and choruses win awards at the New York State School Music Association competitions each year. Since moving to North Carolina, she has enjoyed staying at home with her 5 children and directing the children's choir at her church. Teresa proudly serves as the Education Director for Studio 1.
Historian - Lora Wilder
Lora Wilder is the Studio 1 Historian and former Education Director. She has served on the Studio 1 Board of Directors since 2012. Some of her favorite roles on the Studio 1 stage are Miss Tweed in Something's Afoot, Lady Bird and Turtle in A Year with Frog and Toad, and Director for the By My Side Theatre.
Board Member - Richard Phinney
I feel that it is an honor to be part of Studio 1. I am now retired after 40 years of teaching nursing in the Philadelphia area. I hold graduate degrees in both nursing and education. My beautiful and talented daughter Terry introduced me to the stage some 12 years ago. Since then I have been in 13 plays in support roles. I truly love all aspects of theatre. For me Studio 1 embraces the very essence of community theatre. It’s commitment to diversity which encompasses all ages, genders, and culture speaks to the very heart of our society. I particularly like working with teenagers as a fellow actor. I find intergenerational connections to be mutually rewarding and theatre has provided the opportunity for this to be actualized. Finally the mission of Studio 1 incorporates the values that I want to continue to support. Am looking forward to being a productive member of the Board.