Producing Artistic Director
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Peggy Taphorn is in her seventh season as the Producing Artistic Director of the Temple Theatre! An award winning actress, director, and choreographer, Peggy spent 22 years based in New York City and has six Broadway shows to her credit. Over the years, she's worked with theatre luminaries like George Abbott, who cast her to star on Broadway in the revival of Broadway!
Other Broadway shows followed, including the Tony Award winners Me And My Girl, directed by Mike Ockrent, Showboat, directed by Hal Prince and choreographed by Susan Stroman, Smokey Joe's Café, directed by Jerry Zaks, and Urinetown, directed by John Rando. Peggy was the dance captain of the first National tour of Little Women - The Musical, starring Maureen McGovern. Peggy also appeared Off-Broadway, on London's West End, and toured the U.S., Canada, South America, and the Far East. She portrayed Velma in Chicago in Macao, China - the first "book musical" ever produced in that region. Her Off-Broadway credits include Johnny Guitar, nominated for the Lucille Lortel, Obie, Drama Desk, and Drama League Awards for Best Musical; No, No Nanette, I, and The Space. Peggy also has many regional theatre credits and has sung at countless prestigious venues - The Rainbow Room, The Russian Tea Room, Tavern On The Green, Danny's Skylight Room, and The Hudson River Club are just a few.
Peggy left the National Tour of Sweet Charity, starring Molly Ringwald, in May 2007, to take the helm of Temple Theatre. During her tenure, she has earned many accolades, including the 2011 Kevin Kline Award for her production of Showboat at the MUNY, and the 2012 Drammy and Pamta Awards for Hairspray at The Broadway Rose Theatre. In 2012, She was chosen to produce The Music Man with the North Carolina Symphony. Peggy is currently a 2013 NC Mainstreet Champion for her work on, and dedication to, the revitalization of downtown Sanford. At the Temple Theatre she has produced over 40 shows, providing Broadway caliber shows to Central North Carolina at a fraction of the cost!
Director of Marketing & Business Development
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Chris spent 20 years on active duty in the United States Army. Nearly half of that time was spent working for the Army Recruiting Command in a myriad of capacities, including managing two of the largest recruiting stations in the country. Upon his retirement in 2009, he went to work selling in real estate in Tupelo, MS. He holds holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.Serendipity led Chris to the Temple. In the summer of 2012, he moved to Sanford to marry the love of his life. With no theatre background and never having set foot in the Temple, he responded to a job listing. Upon entering the house, he was completely gobsmacked. As he surveyed the place, his exact words were, “You have to hire me.” And that’s just what they did. In addition to his marketing duties, Chris serves as the graphic artist, Director of Business Development, and webmaster.
Between them, he and his beautiful wife, Nejla, have 7 children and a grandchild. They are both deeply involved in the community, with a particular interest in revitalizing Sanford.
THOMAS EDWARD DALTON
Director of Education
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Tom received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in performance from Stephen F. Austin State University and his Masters of Fine Arts in Performance from the University of South Carolina. As a member of the Temple staff, Tom serves as Director of Education, Sound Designer, and can be seen performing on the Temple Stage. Before joining the Temple Staff, Tom lived in South Carolina where he taught theatre for 5 years at Newberry College, was the drama director for 'Dramarama' - a drama camp for “at risk” teens, recorded over 40 radio commercials, and taught numerous residencies for the South Carolina Arts Commission. Tom also spent 7 years with the South Carolina Shakespeare Company and 3 years as a member of the professional improv comedy troupe, the We’re Not Your Mother Players. Throughout the years, Tom has performed with the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Classic Theatre Alliance in Augusta, GA, The Shakespeare Theatre In Washington, DC, and Trustus Theatre in Columbia, SC. Tom's acting credits include Damis in Tartuffe, Oberon/Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Polixenes in A Winter's Tale, Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors, Trinculo in The Tempest, Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Leontes in The Winter's Tale, The Chorus in Henry V, Gene in Side Man, Eddie Carbone in A View from the Bridge, Jerry in Betrayal, and he originated the role of Actor 3 in Stephen Belber’s The Transparency of Val.
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Steven has worked in theatre for over 20 years at theatres throughout the Southeast, including Seaside Music Theatre (Daytona, FL), Daytona Beach Community College, Sunrise Theatre (Fort Pierce, FL), and Walt Disney World. Over the years, he’s worked as a Master Electrician, and Sound, Lighting, and Scenic Designer. He came to the Temple having most recently worked at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, FL where he worked on dozens of shows, including Les Miserable, The Producers, Funny Girl, and Red. This is Steven’s second season as the Technical Director at Temple Theatre. He is very excited to be here and is looking forward to being part of The Temple Theatre 30th Anniversary season. Steven gives his thanks to his family and friends that have allowed him to work in theatre for as long as he has.
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Sheila Brewer is a native of Scotland who once worked for NATO headquarters in Paris and Brussels before coming to the United States over 40 years ago with her late husband Tony, a NC native. She is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and holds a postgraduate business certificate from the University of Strathclyde. Sheila has worked for the Temple since the buliding's restoration in 1983, and currently manages its financial affairs.
Box Office Manager
Maryanna was born and raised in Sanford, North Carolina. She graduated with honors from Grace Christian School in 2011, where she held several offices in student government and editorial positions on the yearbook staff. She has been recognized both state-wide and nationally for public speaking, and has received several awards in areas of journalism and photography. She currently owns a small photography business, and tutors in English, literature, and creative writing. Maryanna joined the Temple staff in February of 2013, and has loved being involved with the staff and community surrounding the theater.
Facilities Manager and Master Electrician
Jon McKone grew up in Sanford and attended Lee Senior High School. Jon then started on an engineering degree at Central Carolina Community College, but by a stroke of fate in 2003, decided to volunteer and provide assistance with set construction at the Temple. Since then, he has worked on every show as a carpenter and on the running crew. In October 2005, he was proud to accept the staff position of Facilities Manager and Master Electrician.
The Board of Directors serve to contribute to Temple Theatre’s success and they represent a diverse group of accomplished business leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, activists, educators, and community leaders who share a passionate commitment to the organization’s vision, mission, and values. The Board meets monthly, spearheading projects and actively participating in programs and fundraisers. For more information about serving as a Board member, please contact Lee West at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President: Lee West
Vice President: Robert Jasany
Treasurer: Ted Havens
Secretary: Pete Johnson
Dr. Barbara James
Dr. Teresa Long-Woodell
Dr. Karyn Rahn