Temple Staff & Board of Directors

Peggy Taphorn

Producing Artistic Director
919-774-4512 ext. 223

Peggy Taphorn is in her tenth 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!


Chris deLambert

Director of Business Development
919-774-4512 ext. 221

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 commanding 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 Master's in Organizational Leadership.

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 having never 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 we did. In addition to his business development duties, Chris serves as the Marketing Director, Staff Artist, and Webmaster.

Aside from his work at the Temple, Chris works in the community in a variety of capacities, serving on the Board of Direcotrs for several regional non-profits, including the Sanford Arts & Vine, The Mann Center of North Carolina, Sanford Mural Arts, and Coalition for Families in Lee County, Mina's Place Charter School, the Sanford/Lee County Visitors Services Committee.

In what little time is left, Chris deos television play-by-play for Southern Lee High School sports, hosts a weekly coach's show, and hosts the nationally broadcast sports talk radio show, From the Cheap Seats.

Between he and his beautiful wife, Nejla, they have 7 children and two grandchildren. Chris and Nejla are both deeply involved in the community, with a particular interest in the arts and revitalizing Sanford.


Dallas LaFon

Tchnical Director
919-774-4512 ext. 224

Dallas’s passion for the arts runs deep. For over 10 years, he has had the pleasure of working with theatre companies, the film industry, and touring productions throughout eastern and coastal North Carolina. Almost half of his life has been lived in and around the theatre as a technician, designer, and director. He has also worked with special effects, rigging, and electrics for several films and television productions based in North Carolina. Dallas recently relocated to Sanford with his wife and daughter, a budding comedienne, for his new role as Technical Director of Temple Theatre. He looks forward to being a part of Temple’s creative team as they entertain and enrich the local arts community.


Anna Bernard

Box Office Manager

Anna is a California Native who moved to North Carolina in 1999. She graduated from Lee Senior in 2008. She graduated in 2014 with a diploma in cosmetology from CCCC and works part time at the JC Penney Salon. She first got introduced to Temple Theatre, when she saw Callback in high school and has loved coming to productions ever since. She is very excited to see all the productions this season, meet new people, and learn what goes on behind the scene in theatre.


Mira Horowitz

Production Stage Manager
919-774-4512 ext. 227

Michelle R. Wood is pleased to return to Temple Theatre, this go 'round as a full-time staff member. Her previoud Temple credits include A Christmas Carol, Cats, and Black Pearl Sings. She studied at East Carolina University, earning a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Theatre and English. She has worked as a theatrical professional in a wide variety of venues spanning from Wilmington, NC to Washington, DC; further experience may be found at her website (www.woodmr.net).


Jon McKone

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.



President: Dr. Skip Austin
Vice President: Jayne Hartman
Treasurer: Ted Havens
Secretary: Kathy Davis


Board Members

Kathy Carroll
David Clegg
Crystal Copas
Guy Doss
Mary Dutton
Anne Edens
Melissa Gross
Lynn Hankins
Amelie Erin Koran
Tony Lett
Terry McMillian
Dr. Karyn Rahn
Joann Thaxton