JoAnne Spiller - President
I have been married to my wonderful husband, Doug, for 24 years and we have a daughter, Jenna, and a son, Kendall. We also have a rescue dog, Harli. We have lived in Madison for 19 years, coming from Wichita, Kansas via St. Louis, Missouri, where we were both raised. I have been the museum educator for the Jefferson County Historical Society for 17 years. In 2007, I received the Frank & Judy O'Bannon Heritage Enrichment Award for my displays and programs at the museum. I am a past Girl Scout Leader and a current member of the Madison Education Foundation.
I did not participate in the acting part of theater in high school, but was in the orchestra for our productions and I am going to say that playing those orchestral scores was more difficult than any lines I have had to memorize! I began acting with the MCP many summers ago when I signed up for the annual camp. I was the narrator for the teen play Voices from the Hall. I then went on to perform in the shows On The Air On Broadway, Moon Over Buffalo, Murder for One, The Good Body, Barefoot in the Park, French Kisses, Dashing Through the Snow and Murder Is A Game. I also wrote and directed A Very Merry Radio Show. I am the current Board President and am the general Girl Friday for myriad of things that need to be done in order to get these shows going.
Stephanie Hellmann - Treasurer
Stephanie was born and raised in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where her theater experiences began. She has lived in many places, always finding a local theater to join while in town. She has performed in MA, NH, PA, KY and of course, IN. For Madison Stage Players, later known as Spectrum Productions, now known as Madison Community Players, Inc., she has performed every duty there is to perform when it comes to putting on a show.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English as well as a Master's in Liberal Studies from Indiana University. She owns and operates Nice Shots! Photography on Main Street, where she specializes in portraiture but also offers many gifts of fine art featuring scenes from the Madison area.
She is known to be very active in the community, serving as the county's representative to our Recycling District, as a teacher of photography at the annual Women in the Outdoors at Big Oaks and as a long time yoga instructor. She has been the county coordinator for ORSANCO's Ohio River Sweep since it's inception in 1989. Stephanie is currently enjoying studying tap dance lessons.
Ronald Hopper - Member
Ron served in the Navy and later obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Nursing while living in the Washington, DC/Baltimore area. After retiring from nursing, he moved back to Madison to be closer to his parents and family. Ron’s hobbies are antiques, and historic buildings and places, thus he bought an 1840 Italianate home, which has been on the “Nights Before Christmas” and the “Madison In Bloom” tours. He is an active citizen in the Madison community, serving on the Historic District Board of Review, volunteering with Historic Madison, Inc., and he is also a member and Chaplain for the Madison Elks Lodge #524. Ron has always been interested in the theatre and arts and has been in five productions with Madison Community Players. He is a subscriber to Hanover College Arts Series, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Kentucky Center, and Pandora Productions in Louisville. Ron is also on the Board of Directors for Pandora Productions, a small theatre group. Ron has recently joined the Board of Directors for Madison Community Players. He hopes to foster a professional relationship between Madison Community Players and Pandora Productions.
Kristin J Clevenger - Member
Kristin was born in Springfield, Massachusetts (as a die-hard 4th generation Red Sox fan) and grew up in Connersville Indiana. This is where her love of theatre and desire to be on stage began, as a young member of John Conner Players in the show “Stop the World, I want to Get Off”. From there, Kristin was a part of many shows while at CHS including: Harvey, The Odd Couple-female version, Voices From the High School, and more. She also portrayed “Maria” from West Side Story in a dedication ceremony for Award Winning Director, Robert E Wise. While at University of Indianapolis, Kristin was a part of Butterflies Are Free, Three Sisters, Grapes of Wrath, Airwaves and more. After a 10-year hiatus from theatre, Kristin performed in the production of South Pacific with Rush County Players, where she met her husband Jack. They moved to the Madison area and after another long hiatus, she discovered Madison Community Players with whom her first performance was in 1940’s Radio Show. She has since been in Nickle and Dimed, Knickers, A Very Merry Radio Show and directed Zombies From the Beyond. Kristin has worked in radio since 2001, with experience in News, Traffic, On-Air, Copy-writing, some production and is currently a Certified Broadcast Marketing Specialist at WIKI 95.3FM. Kristin is also an active board member with Madison Community Players, an Ambassador with the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce and a member of the River Terrace Advisory Board. She has 3 beautiful children…Dakota, Nathan and Isabelle, and continues to faithfully support her Boston Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins! Kristin is also an artist, specializing in wood-burning, wall murals, pencil drawings, pen & ink, and several other mediums. She loves photography (as a hobby), crafts, baseball, anything Marilyn Monroe and plans to one day have her own army of Minions.
Joshua Aaron Shirley - Member
Josh grew up in a small town in Northern Kentucky. He has been involved in the arts since he was a child, whether it was plays at church, band performances, or theatre productions in High School. After he graduated from high school, he was accepted to Hanover College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2009. Joshua studied and received his degree with a major in Theatre. Joshua was also an active member of both of the college's choral ensembles. While in college he became a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. After college Joshua returned home and worked as a supervisor for a large international retailer. In August of 2013 he returned to Hanover College to serve as Sigma Chi Fraternity's Housing Director. Joshua also serves as a facilitator for the Sigma Chi Fraternity Internationally. Some of Joshua's previous acting roles include the title character Tartuffe in Moliere's "Tartuffe", Ferapont in "Three Sisters" by Anton Chekhov, Joash in "Gideon" by Paddy Chayefsky, Diggory in "She Stoops to Conquer" by Oliver Goldsmith. He currently serves on the board for Madison Community Players and has acted in their productions of, “Murder is a Game”, “Spoon River”, “A Very Merry Radio Show” and “Blithe Spirit”.
Erik Bush - member
Erik graduated from South Ripley and moved to Madison right out of high school, entering the workforce and looking for a career that he enjoyed. After many jobs and many years of searching, he realized that he was a decent leader and enjoyed overseeing and planning projects. He quickly advanced in every company he worked for, but grew tired of working his way up the corporate ladder so he enrolled in college and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from IUS.
During his senior year, he started working for the Madison Area Chamber and Industrial Development as an Executive Assistant for two prospering nonprofit organizations with one of the organizations housing another nonprofit organization (EcO15.) He spends most of his time at work dealing with public relations, working on finances, member retention, and many other behind the scenes activities.
When not working, he has actively advocated for abused and neglected children for Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children since 2012.
Erik has always had a passion for theater. When he was in grade school, he played many lead roles in class productions. His favorite form of acting is improv, and he and his best friend enjoy acting crazy when they are together.
Courtney Mustafa - Member
Courtney Mustafa is originally from Scottsboro, Alabama. After earning a bachelors degree in English from the University of South Alabama, she traveled all over the southern United States as an educational consultant. In 2013, she landed in Madison, Indiana where she met her husband Noah. In 2014, she auditioned for a role in the Madison Community Player's production of Spoon River Anthology and became a part of this lovely team. Outside of the theatre, Courtney plays an English teacher in real life at Madison Consolidated High School as well as a full-time mom to her daughter Scout
Dakota Phillips - Member
Dakota Phillips is a Folk Actor. He started acting in 2010 portraying historical characters .Since then he has been involved in several high school, community, and regional productions. He is currently studying theatre at Hanover College.