Annual Meeting 2015

April 25, 2015 11:00 am

At Lee College Black Box Theater

The BLT Annual Membership Meetings will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015 beginning at 11:00 am at
the Lee College Black Box Theater, 805 W. Texas Avenue, Baytown, Texas 77522. In addition to choosing board members as described below, reports from the following will be presented at the meeting regarding activities and plans.

  • BLT President – TBA



The Nominating Committee was made up of Georgie Skinner as Chairperson, Emily Daily, Janet Harrelson, Koni Hovater, and Christine Jones. This is their report:

Six board positions will be filled by election of the members in attendance at the meeting. In accordance with the by-laws of the theater, the Nominating Committee has nominated members for those positions. You can see their biographies below.

Remaining on the board will be Maegan Carnew-Megginson, Michelle Cressy, Beth Darby, Joanna Gold-Baker, Mark Fleming, and Patti Meiners.

In addition, the by-laws allow for the nomination of others from the floor, providing the approval of the
nominee has been obtained. BLT membership is required in order to vote at the Annual Meeting. If your
membership is not up to date, you may join at the meeting.


Keleigh Brooks-Muska: My name is Keleigh Brooks-Muska. I first began doing shows with BLT around 1995. Some of the shows I have been a part of are: “Fiddler on the Roof” (x2), “Beauty & the Beast,” “Oliver!,” “Bye-bye Birdie,” and my most recent show was “A Grand Night for Singing.” I truly enjoy being part of a great group of people. I hope to be involved in more shows in the future.
I have taught elementary school for 25 years and have integrated my love of music and drama into many lessons. It’s a wonderful addition to any curriculum. I have been on teams that have written and implemented successful projects and lessons for the school, providing leadership as well as being a good team-worker.
If I were on the board I feel I would be an asset. I could bring new insight to the discussions and decisions. I would look forward to continuing the promotion of a community presence for BLT. Through publicity and marketing, we could build a stronger participation from surrounding communities.
I would be honored to be involved in developing a new facility that would provide spaces to accommodate the continual interests and needs of our community theater.
Mostly, I would be proud to give back to a theater that really got me interested in performing and the arts!
Janet Harrelson: I would like to take a moment to introduce myself to you and to let you know why I would like to serve on the Baytown Little Theater Board of Directors. My name is Janet Harrelson. I have lived in Baytown for the majority of my life. I graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and attended Lee College.
Through the many theater productions that I have attended and the productions that I have been involved with in BLT, I have developed and grown my passion for theater, and, in particular, for this theater.
It was especially exciting to have the opportunity to introduce my 8-year old grandson, Alex, to the theater when he was cast as an orphan in the summer production of “Oliver!” and then to have him assist the director in the introduction of “A Grand Night for Singing” as we closed out the 2014 season and took the theater into 2015.
If elected, I will be able to bring this passion to the table for the enhancement of BLT. Additionally, my administrative and office skills acquired throughout my work life in the secretarial field and, later, as a paralegal always serve to be helpful in the functionality of any business and I know that they will prove to be beneficial to BLT. I was able to assist the director of “Chasing Waves” this past spring. Additionally, I have served on the nominating committee.
My strongest points include my organizational and administrative skills, writing, and creativity. I am very much a “people person” and work well with others. I believe that I would be an asset to the board of the Baytown Little Theater and would be honored to serve.
Jan Herring-Seeley: Jan Herring-Seeley has served as past president of BLT and currently serves as librarian on the board of directors. Jan has been involved with BLT for many years as actress, director, singer, and currently as costume co-chair. She has been instrumental in creating the beautiful and authentic designs for a great many BLT shows. She also is a member of the building committee and the youth advisory committee. Jan currently works for the city of Baytown in the legal department.
Julia Jay: Baytown Little Theater involvement: season’s ticket holder; publicity committee (writes press releases for Dockline (until Feb. 2015), Bay Area Observer, and the Houston Chronicle); play reading committee (reads and reviews plays for consideration by the board).
Theater productions: acted in several plays; also worked backstage on productions “My Fair Lady,” “The Old Lady Shows Her Medals,” “Three Murders and It’s Only Monday,” “Twelfth Night,” “The Game’s Afoot,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Other Desert Cities.”
Participated in TNT/AACT Festival contest Feb. 7 at Lee College; appeared in “Other Desert Cities.”
Participation in TNT/AACT State Festival contest March 18-21 in Lewisville, Texas; appearing in “Other Desert Cities.”
Work Experience: Taught speech, drama, and English at Jackson Intermediate, Pasadena ISD; taught drama (beginning) and English at South Houston HS, Pasadena ISD; taught theatre arts in the Governor’s School for the Gifted and Talented, University of Texas-Austin (summer 1986 and summer 1987) (25 teachers were chosen from Texas to teach students entering their senior year); Summer 1986: developed a series of cuttings from plays addressing the theme of structure; Summer 1987: developed a series of cuttings from plays addressing the theme of change (Received a standing ovation for this production).
Taught English 1987-2009 at San Jacinto College Central (founded and directed the honors program; participated in many productions, programs, and readings of plays); received Piper Professor Award from the State of Texas in 2009 (10 professors from Texas colleges and universities received this award).
Additional acting experience: Performed in several venues in West Texas and the Houston area, including Baytown Little Theater, Clear Creek Community Theatre, College of the Mainland Arena Theatre, Bay Area Harbour Theatre, Slightly Off Center Players, Theatre Lab, Main Street Theatre, University of Houston, and Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston.
Education: BA in speech and drama; MA in theatre arts; MA in literature; thesis: “Tragedy: Harmartia in Aeschylus’ Oresteia, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom.” Ph. D. in English; dissertation: “Identity and the Intersections of Class, Gender, and Race in the Plays of Beth Henley, Ntozake Shange, and Cherrie Moraga.”
Christine Jones: Christine Jones made her directorial debut with “Other Desert Cities” this past fall and has also taken the show to the state competition in Lewisville, Texas, in March. She previously appeared in several BLT productions including “The Dixie Swim Club,” “Rabbit Hole,” “Rumors,” “The Game’s Afoot,” “A Chorus Line” and the premiere performance of “Galveston Wind.”
Carrie McRay Martin: Carrie McRay, a native of Baytown, is a teacher at Gentry Junior School here in Baytown where she teaches Technology Applications to sixth-grade students. She has also taught science and theater arts. A former Teacher of the Year, she has been with the Goose Creek CISD for over 22 years. Carrie is a Baylor graduate and holds a master’s degree in school counseling from University of Houston at Clear Lake.
She is active in the community and in her church where she serves on the session and teaches adult education.
She has been associated with the Baytown Little Theater for over 20 years where she has been a director, assistant director, been responsible for costumes, sound, lights and props as well as house manager. She has also directed plays for the Baytown Christian Academy and is currently directing the Disney musical, “Aladdin” for them. She is also the director for the BLT youth production of Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland, the Musical,” which will be taken to the Texas Non-Profit Theater Conference in Bastrop, Texas, in June.
She is married to Jimmy Martin and has three children, a wonderful stepson, and two beautiful grandchildren. She also has a special secret – she knows Santa very, very well.
Tammy Skinner Calaway: Tammy Skinner Calaway has been involved with the Baytown Little Theater for over 40 years, working on and off stage. She is currently program ad chairperson and supply manager. Tammy is a curriculum instructional specialist for fourth Williamson Elementary in Galena Park ISD, where she has worked for 28 years.
Tammy would be honored to serve another term on the BLT board and to be part of the process of getting into our new HOME.
Geoff Starett: Geoff Starett has been an active member of BLT both on and off stage. He has appeared in productions including “Pippin” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” to name just a few while also working lights for other BLT productions.
Tommy Worley: Tommy Worley has been involved with several BLT productions including “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Oliver!,” “Dream Date,” and “It’s A Grand Night for Singing.” He has a BA in instrumental music education from the University of Houston.