Meet the Board:
President: Peter Jackson
After a 30 year hiatus from acting Peter returned to the stage at the request of his two talented daughters that performed in 2013 Fredericktowne Players’ production of Oliver followed by All Shook Up and Harvey. Having the magic of theater back in his life, Peter joined the FtP board to play a role in the organization’s direction and continuation of community theater. Peter would like to share the magic of being on stage with others. He believes that when no one is paid for their efforts, the organization is only as good as the people that lead. Peter strives to bring savvy leadership to FtP and wants to share a vision of enjoyment for all
Vice President: Matt Kopp
Matthew Kopp was raised in North Potomac, Maryland and is recent Frederick transplant. Matt has been working in theater, in one capacity or another, since he was 7 years old. Prior to FtP, he was on the Board of Directors of Damascus Theater Company from 2012-2016, performing in seven of their productions while co-producing three of them. In 2014 he won the Ruby Griffith Award for Best Musical of 2014 for Seussical The Musical. Most recently he had his directorial debut with Hairspray for FtP and is currently Producing the Fall and Winter shows for FtP, Into the Woods and Company. He hopes his enthusiasm and experience are an asset to the FtP Family!
Secretary: Amanda Berry
Amanda Berry was thrilled to return to theater with her daughter in FTP’s summer production of “The Music Man.” Amanda holds a Master’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She teaches Kindergarten Prep at Hope Community Preschool at both locations in New Market and Frederick. Amanda lives in New Market with her husband Chris and their three children: Mackenzie, Will and Emerson. She also enjoys reading and running
Treasurer: Chris Berry
A Baltimore Native, Christopher Berry has been in and around community theatre since the age of 12 when he appeared in the title role in “Oliver!” with Dundalk Community Theatre. Through high school, college and into adulthood, some of his best memories are the ones that he has made on stage with his family and friends. He has run the gambit in nearly 40 roles, from serious drama as Thomas a Becket in “Murder in the Cathedral” to broad physical comedy as Pseudolous in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”. By day, Chris is the Principal of Tuscarora High School in Frederick, and runs around behind the “Three Little Berries” – Mackenzie, Will and Emerson, who have joined him on the FtP stage. He also enjoys serving his alma mater, Bethany College, and his fraternity,Phi Kappa Tau,as a volunteer. Favorite role is that opposite his lovely wife Amanda, whom he met when they played Thomas and Martha Jefferson in a production of “1776”. They like it so much they decided to extend the run to 16 years and counting.
Artistic Director: Devin Taylor
Devin grew up in Harrisburg Pennsylvania where she was very active in theater throughout her schooling and in her community. After moving to Frederick a year ago she wasted no time getting involved in the theater scene. She found FTP and immediately felt like she was home and among friends. After performing in Harvey through FTP she knew she wanted to be more involved and is excited to be the Director of Development.
Technical Director: Katy Cawley
Development Director: Rick Weldon
Marketing Director: Don Plugge
Don’s oldest daughter, Danielle, left as a freshman for college last year. The summer before her journey we wanted a father / daughter experience. Serendipitously, The Fredericktowne Players were holding audition for “All Shock Up” and we landed in the ensemble. This was my very first foray into acting. He had a ball and I got the thespian bug. Next I took on a speaking role as Judge Gaffney in Harvey and Charlie Cowell in The Music Man with his two youngest daughters. Don joined FtP leadership to help ensure families enjoy sharing the theater experience.
Member-At-Large: Karen Lane
A graduate of McDaniel College, Karen is currently a Medical Education Coordinator with the Uniformed Services University, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine. She directs and performs onstage, musicals being her preference. Currently, she is pursuing a MBA as she wants to own her own theater company one day.