Lisa Cryderman – President
TBD – Vice President
Darren Taylor – Treasurer
Melissa McElhone – Secretary
You do not have to be interested in being on-stage or backstage in order to be on the board of directors, as we are always in need of those talented in business, organizational development, marketing, and more to help keep this non-profit running smoothly. We are looking for dedicated people who are passionate about bringing theater to the Jackson community, with a variety of backgrounds and talents. Do you know someone that fits this description? Feel free to forward this information to them and suggest that they contact us for more information about our needs in the upcoming season!
If you or someone you know would like to help Center Stage Jackson in its mission of cultivating, advancing, and promoting the appreciation of dramatic arts in the Jackson community, contact us at email@example.com!
Board Meetings 2021-22
Unless otherwise noted, all board meetings take place on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm. Board meetings are open to all members. Non-members are welcome at the beginning of each meeting!
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 – First Congregational Church, 120 N. Jackson St, Jackson
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 – location TBD
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 – location TBD
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 – location TBD
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 – location TBD
Wednesday, February 9, 2022 – location TBD
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 – location TBD
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 – location TBD
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 – location TBD
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 – location TBD
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 – location TBD
Wednesday, August 10, 2022 – location TBD
About Our Board Members
Note: The year following each board member’s name indicates the year that board member’s current term ends/the year they will be up for re-election.
Lisa Cryderman, President (2023)
Lisa Cryderman is a Jackson Public School teacher with long ties to this community. She has been a performer, a producer, and a director with theater groups in this community and surrounding counties for over 30 years. She has loved theater as a hobby and a passion since high school. Lisa has served on the Center Stage Jackson Board of Directors in the past holding the offices of Secretary and President. She has participated with and chaired various CSJ committees, currently serving as chair of the Marketing Committee. Her goals for this organization are:
- To create a welcoming and inclusive environment in which to create professional level community theater
- To increase audience sizes, membership, and corporate sponsorship
- To add more performance opportunities each season
- To provide training and workshops in backstage and onstage skills
- And a long term goal of purchasing or renting a building. CSJ needs a home to perform in, to store all of the set pieces, props, costumes, and technical equipment, and to have a “storefront” for visibility and brand recognition. Ideally, this building would be close to the growing and revitalizing downtown Jackson area.
Darren Taylor, Treasurer (2023)
Darren has been involved with CSJ since 2018 but has always shared a strong passion for theater since being involved in theater in high school. When he went to college, Darren utilized his entry courses learning theater at Jackson College and also in education where Darren transferred and graduated from Spring Arbor University. Darren eventually was hired at Western School District and is widely known as “The Bow Tie Guy” because of his love for wearing bow ties.
Darren has held multiple roles onstage as a performer but slowly turned more to the Stagecraft side of theater. This new curiosity eventually helped Darren earn him the position of the Director of the Western Community Arts Center where he oversees productions in the Western community. Darren loves to learn new acting methods but also loves to absorb the knowledge of what happens backstage as well.
Darren hopes to combine his performer and stagecraft skills to help CSJ maintain its reputation as an organization that will always deliver a stellar show. A company that brings in talent to showcase Jackson at how amazing our performers can be. Darren is very excited to see what the future will bring to CSJ and also to the community!
Melissa McElhone, Secretary (2024)
Danielle Allore-Taylor (2024)
Danielle joined CSJ back in 2018 and has loved being a part of this theatre community! Music has always been a very large part her life. Danielle has been involved in musicals throughout the years, and loves to continue to grow in her singing and acting. She would love to bring the joy she finds in theater to others. She has felt so rewarded with being a part of CSJ productions, and now looks forward to serving others by being a board member.
Angie Guadagnini (2024)
Wendy Lake (2022)
Wendy has participated with Center Stage Jackson since January 2015. She especially enjoys helping with CSJ’s Youth Theater. Wendy has participated in several youth productions as stage manager. As a member of the CSJ Board of Directors, Wendy’s goal continues to be expanding into our community, getting people involved with everything community theater offers. Wendy reiterates, “We are COMMUNITY Theater!”
In 2018, with the help of a fantastic committee, Wendy organized the first annual BBQ cook-off fundraiser – “Porkapalooza” and continues this fundraising event and others, with huge success! Wendy’s proven marketing & sponsorship skills remain an asset to Center Stage.
Wendy wants to see growth in our community and with the heart of volunteers and support from local businesses, it’s inevitable. She has met so many wonderfully talented people and made some lifelong friendships with Center Stage. Wendy cannot wait to see what Center Stage Jackson does in the upcoming years!
Aimie Smith (2023)
Aimie has been a part of CSJ since the fall of 2015. She has played many roles both onstage and off including Director, Stage Manager, Choreographer, Costumer, and Actor. Her favorite roles to date were Olive Madison (The Odd Couple – Female version, CSJ 2018) and M’Lynn (Steel Magnolias, CSJ 2021).
Aimie previously served a one-year term as Treasurer on the CSJ board from 2019-2020 and is excited for the opportunity to return. She lives and works in Jackson at Henry Ford Allegiance Health as Lead Governance Specialist. She is dedicated to promoting the arts in this community.
Linda Weber (2023)
Linda Weber has been an active member of CSJ since 2017. Linda thoroughly enjoyed being part of the ensemble cast in The Drowsy Chaperone, Music Man and Jekyll and Hyde. In addition to being onstage, she also enjoyed being the props manager for the youth theater shows – Rockin’ Robin Hood and Fairy Tale One-Acts. Linda now actively participates in the Jackson Chili Cook-off, representing CSJ and serves on the Sponsorship Committee.
Linda is an Administrative Assistant by profession. In that role, for the last 24 years, she has learned importance of teamwork, the need to be very detailed oriented and have the ability to adjust to ever changing situations. With this background, along with her commitment to the Jackson community and CSJ, she feels she would be an asset to the CSJ Board.
Linda truly believes in CSJ’s mission to cultivate, advance, and promote amateur theater to the Jackson community. She believes together we can keep Center Stage Jackson an active part of Jackson County for years to come!