Behind the Scenes

Policies, Procedures, and Role Specifications

Who we are

Anna Nicely, Executive Director

Anna grew up with a love of all things performance and pursued this passion into college. Not too many years later, Anna has shifted her focus and has cultivated a drive for sharing the countless possibilities within the theatre with children. She loves to watch the students with whom she works grow their talents and discover the endless possibilities the world of the arts have to offer. Anna got her first taste of being behind the scenes with the founding of a theatre department within a school system and has since overseen various productions, workshops, camps, events, and performances. Anna’s formal education includes a Bachelors in History, a Bachelors in Music Performance, a Masters in Library Science, a Masters in History, and a Masters in Business Administration.

Dr. Rebecca Whited, Artistic Director

Rebecca Whited has spent over 40 years performing in and directing musical theater.  She traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad before settling into family life.  In recent years her focus has been on promoting and facilitating amateur theater. Her philosophy is that theater provides a healthy and non-threatening vessel by which young actors may explore various emotions and experiences.  She has directed theatrical troupes in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Alabama.  Dr. Whited’s formal education is in Music, with degrees in Music Education, Music Performance, and Sacred Music. 


Janiss Graves
Jill Sneed
Kim Dempsey
Rebecca Krefft
Rick Lighthall

Creative Champions

Micki Lighthall, Stage Manager

Micki is from Chicago and has been the Director of Liturgy and Music at Good Shepherd Catholic Church for 32 years. She has been involved in Community Theater in Huntsville since 1982 where she has starred in many musicals and operas, directed and Stage Managed for every Arts Theater in town. Micki has also been a member of the Huntsville Community Chorus, a member of the Madrigal and Chamber Chorale and a Board Member for almost 40 years. Her better half is our Sound Man, Rick and together they have raised three wonderful sons and five grandchildren.

Mathis Sneed, Technical Director

Mathis’ theatre life started in high school.  While athletics prevented him from participating in the school musical, he was able to be a part of the production and tech team. In college, Mathis worked with his former high school drama teacher to help found a new community theatre in his hometown, building the sets, rigging lights, and also playing a supporting role in the first show. After college, he discovered an improv troupe in Huntsville, AL.  Mathis performed with this troupe for over five years. With the coming of his children, his time with the theatre had to be put on hold, but once his kids were old enough to be a part of shows, Mathis was right back in alongside them. Recent years have seen Mr. Sneed helping with his children’s school plays.  From acting coach to lighting director, sound and lights technician to set designer.  He’s been working with elementary and middle school kids for the past four years and he’s had a wonderful time helping new thespians experience the joys of being in the theatre.