Staff & BOARD
Mary McKinley - Co-Artistic Director
Mary holds Bachelor of Music from East Carolina University, and a Master of Arts from Radford University. She has taught private & class voice, as well as Shakespeare’s First Folio technique, acting and monologues. She is a founder of Greenwood Lake Theater and serves as Co-Producing Artistic Director along with Katherine Weatherford. Her film credits include: Payaso (Clown), Three from the Block, The Otherworld, and Poker Night. Her extensive theatrical credits include: Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Helena & Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dreame with the Spontaneous Shakespeare Players, title role in the world premiere of Anna Nicole: Blonde Glory with Xoregos Performing Company, Lady Macbeth in Voodoo Macbeth with Mercia Entertainment, Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire with Thunder Bay Theatre, Hermione in The Winter's Tale with Southwest Shakespeare Company, Claire in Proof with Winni Playhouse, Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Glinda in The Wizard of Oz with Greenwood Lake Theater. Mary is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity and is an active musical theater and cabaret performer. MsMaryVirginia.com
Katie Weatherford - Co-Artistic Director
Katherine holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and has been professionally active in stage, film and television for over a decade. She founded Greenwood Lake Theatre alongside Mercia Entertainment Artistic Director Mary McKinley in summer 2016 and co-produced The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Previously, Katherine had produced cabarets, independent films and an independent sitcom pilot titled How Come I’m Not Famous Yet? Katherine’s stage credits include Maria in West Side Story, Janet in The Rocky Horror Show, Sarah Kines in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Sister Mary Luke in Nunsense:The Mega Musical (Barn Theatre, MI), Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain, Ariel Moore in Footloose , Lily St. Regis in Annie (Alhambra Theatre, FL) Judy Haynes in White Christmas (Woodlands Repertory Theatre, TX) and Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Greenwood Lake Theater.) Film and television appearances include independent films Fish Mich, Deceit, and Jerk. Television and webseries include How Come I’m Not Famous Yet?, (Un)Balanced, Scorned: Love Kills, Frenemies and as a guest historian on the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum.
Nicholas Pearson - Artistic Associate
An Ohio native, Mr. Pearson has called New York City home for nearly eight years. Having earned his Bachelor’s in Music Education, performing lured him away from his plans to educate the next generations. Since then he has spent two summers at The Barn Theatre in Augusta, Michigan, performing such roles as “Pedro” in Man of La Mancha (starring Robert Newman), “The Doctor” in A Streetcar Named Desire, “Sammy” in Sunset Boulevard (starring Kim Zimmer), “Walter Winchell” in Pal Joey (directed by Peter Schneider), “Eddie” in Rocky Horror Show, and “Sir Bedevere/ Mrs. Galahad” in Monty Python’s SPAMALOT. Other professional credits include “Moose” in Crazy For You with Prather Entertainment (Dutch Apple and Broadway Palm Dinner Theatres) and “Christmas Present” in A Christmas Carol at Jenny Wiley Theatre. Among his NYC theatre credits are “Jacob” in Becca Schlossberg’s Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, “Jack” in Coffee House, Greenwich Village, and “Man” in Ten Commandments (both by John Doble). Mr. Pearson can be seen as “Best Man” in Victoria Cheri Bennett’s web series ADULTish (seasons 1-3 available on www.adultish.tv) Like most actors, if you look closer enough you can see him in the background of some of your favorite TV shows, specifically for Mr. Pearson HBO’s Bored to Death (starring Jason Schwartzman and Ted Danson) and the feature film New Year’s Eve (directed by Garry Marshall). Along with writing- and producingpartner Katherine Weatherford, Mr. Pearson created How Come I’m Not Famous Yet? (pilot available on YouTube). Currently, the pair are part of the production team behind Greenwood Lake Theatre in Greenwood Lake, NY, having produced and starred in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (September 2016) and The Wizard of Oz (Summer 2017). Having spent most of his college years planning, organizing, and executing events, outings, concerts, and domestic and international tours for the Miami University Men’s Glee Club, it only makes sense that in this next chapter of his career Mr. Pearson would take on the role of Company Manager with Greenwood Lake Theater.
Board of Directors
We are currently seeking like-minded individuals to join our Board, specifically with a background in fundraising and legal or accounting.
* if you have an interest in sitting on our Board, please contact Mary McKinley with your inquiry.
Gitana Mims - Artistic Associate & Dir. of Into the Woods
Gitana Mims is a graduate of Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, where she studied under the tutelage of Dr. Don Maxwell. She holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Education with an emphasis in Voice. Miss Mims has been both teaching privately and musically directing for over a decade while making occasional appearances on stage. She has had the privilege to musically direct such shows as “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”, “Chicago”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “Kiss Me, Kate”, and “Godspell”. Miss Mims is a lifetime member of the Texas Music Educators Association and National Association of Teachers of Singing; she has also written contributing articles for the Southwestern Musician. Currently you can find her in Saint Louis teaching various music classes and lessons as well as performing with a jazz ensemble on North Grand.
Gretchen WeerHeim - Publicity
Gretchen has been involved in the performing arts for more years than she cares to admit. It all started when she began to train for opera as a teen. While at Hofstra University, she got her degree in music business. Then she produced shows for the Met Opera Guild that taught everybody how wonderful and accessible opera is. For her contributions to this field, she was awarded a fellowship to teach her craft at the University of Dortmund in 2002. For her second act, she served as an educator for several local museums, including the Historical Society of Rockland County, the Harness Racing Museum and the Neversink Valley Museum, where she also became its executive director. In 2009 she was awarded Greater Hudson Heritage Network’s Award for Excellence. Now in her third act, Gretchen is a science fiction writer and is represented by Marisa Corvisiero at Corvisiero Literary Agency in New York.
Throughout all of her career, writing has always been a great love, be it brochure copy or a suspenseful story. She’s plotting to reveal to the world that Greenwood Lake Theater is a gem to be treasured. Follow along and become part of this amazing adventure!
Greenwood Lake Theater seeks interns for the 2018 season to help in all areas. We will make every effort to place you where you will gain the most experience in the field of your interest. Positions are unpaid, but college credit is available. You may address all inquiries to Mary McKinley, Co-Producing Artistic Director. Please forward your resume to email@example.com