Board and Artistic Staff

TampaRep Board of Directors 2020

Emilia Sargent, Producing Artistic Director and President, is an award-winning actor, director, singer, and educator who is best known in Florida for her portrayals of The Pilot in the one woman show, Grounded (Best of the Bay Best Actress and Theatre Tampa Bay Outstanding Lead Actress), Henrietta Leavitt in Silent Sky (TTB Outstanding Lead Actress), and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (Best of the Bay Best Actress). Florida regional favorites include Heisenberg,  A View From the Bridge, Betrayal, I Do! I Do!, The Glass Menagerie, Metamorphoses, A Christmas Story, Boston Marriage, Much Ado About Nothing, and My Fair Lady, among many others. A recipient of the Hillsborough County Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, she studied at The Atlantic Theatre, NY. She has directed Copenhagen and The Children’s Hour at TampaRep, as well as numerous theatre education musicals at the Patel Conservatory and Corbett  Preparatory School and she is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Directing at the University of Idaho. Her passions for the creation of theatre as well as for training artists are as deep as her love of performance. Emilia has taught hundreds of students, many who have gone on to premier collegiate programs and professional theater careers, including Broadway. Her specialized intensives and techniques classes draw students from all over Tampa Bay. She served as Director of Education Programs for TampaRep for nine years and she runs the Emilia Sargent Studio for voice and acting. Emilia brings her background in team leadership and project management from both engineering and artistic organizations to TampaRep, and it is her mission to continue to produce thought-provoking, relevant, bold art that will serve the Tampa Bay community for decades to come.

John King, Chairman of the Board, has been a long-time audience member and supporter of the Tampa Repertory Theatre. An expert in planning,  management, and organizational design, John is the CTO and VP Marketing Operations at Global Widget. He brings his 20+ years of experience to TampaRep.


Connie LaMarca-Frankel, is a member of the Board of Directors and serves as the Secretary and as the Director of Education. She is a Professor of Humanities at Pasco-Hernando Community College where she teaches Humanities, Theatre and Leadership. She has an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Wisconsin- Madison where she studied children and youth theatre and theatre-in-education.  She has traveled to Rio de Janeiro where she studied with graduate students from NYU at the Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed and the work of Augusto Boal. Her directing credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Crucible, The Odd Couple, The Good Doctor, 1984, The Marvelous Adventures of Mr. Toad, The Trail of Goldilocks, Annie, The Trial of The Big Bad Wolf, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Cinderella, and Carousel. Connie participated in the Artists Collective at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center where she wrote and performed an original work, My Mother and Me.  Connie has been a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society advisor for 23 years and the Florida Regional Coordinator for the past thirteen years.  A founding member of the Tampa Repertory Theatre, she directed the productions of Cold Storage and Phoenix.

Christopher Marshall is a member of the Board of Directors.  He made his Tampa acting debut in the TampaRep production of Copenhagen, and was recently seen as George in Hedda at Jobsite Theater.  As an actor, Christopher has appeared in many theatres including four seasons Off Broadway with PTP/NYC, Milwaukee Rep, ACTTheatre Seattle, Utah Shakespearean Festival, two seasons with both the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and American Players Theatre; Riverside Theater, Aurora Theatre , Disk Theatre (Prague), Gdansk Shakespeare Festival (Poland), and University Theatre (Amsterdam).  He has directed shows in both Los Angeles and in Europe with the Transversal Theatre Company, of which he is a Co-Artistic Director. Christopher is a graduate of Middlebury College; MFA: UC Irvine. He has taught and directed at Middlebury College, Sage Hill School, and the Grotowski Institute (Poland); currently he is the Director of Upper Division Theatre at Berkeley Prep.

Peggy Huey is a member of the Board of Directors and serves as the Treasurer and Volunteer Coordinator.  A member of the Board of Theatre Tampa Bay, Peggy has been involved in theatre in the area for many years.

Debbie Gregory Nouss is a former television producer for “PM Magazine”, “AM South Florida” and “The Phil Donahue Show”. Phil encouraged her to “be in front of the camera” so she headed to Los Angeles and studied acting with Sanford Meisner, getting her big break on the soap operas “Capitol” and “The Young and the Restless”. She is best known for her roles on the sitcoms “Full House”, “Cheers” and “Hearts Afire” starring John Ritter. She is currently serving as a member of the 27th Annual SAG Awards Television Nominating Committee for a second term. She is a graduate of the University of Florida with a B.S. in Broadcasting and served on the university’s Foundation Board of Directors for 8 years where she was chair of the Communications and Public Relations Advisory Council for 2 years. In 2000, she and her husband established  the Mark A. and Debra G. Nouss Fellowship in Journalism fund to support students with a financial need in the College of Journalism and Communications and on the Law Review. Other fundraising activities include event chairperson for the Catholic Charities Mobile Medical Services and the Santa Maria Mission in Tampa for which she produced a concert event with legendary Eagles’s member Don Felder and raised $35,000 in a single night in her living room! Most recently, she passionately served as a Berkeley Preparatory School Theatre Parent Coordinator for 4 years. Her most favorite production of her life is her three children Jack Henry, Casey and Tallulah.

Heather Serafin supports both the Tampa Repertory Theatre and local high school theatre. With a Master’s in Accounting and 20+ years in both public and private industry she brings her expertise in both accounting and business development.

Jill Sketch, philanthropist and lover of theatre, joined the Board of Directors in 2020 to assist with fundraising and corporate and individual donor recruiting. As part of the Advancement Committee, she will work with Christopher Marshall, Director of Advancement, to engage the community’s interest in this project. Jill’s background in the business world dates back over 25 years as VP of Marketing and National Sales for a National Title Insurance Company. She has been a member of the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin for 22 years and has served on the Board of Directors for Research and Development being honored with the Leagues Financial Award recognizing her fundraising. For many years she has dedicated her fundraising efforts to her Church and children’s school on multiple levels with a large concentration focusing on building funds to support and fund the school’s Drama Department. She has been involved with Berkeley Prep’s Upper & Middle Division Theatre Department as a Parent Coordinator and is on the Board of Directors for the school’s retail and apparel shop. Her passion for philanthropy helped guide and lead her children’s successful campaign for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Student of the Year in early 2020 and she currently is serving on the Board of Directors for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Suncoast Chapter.

Artistic Associates

Nick Hoop, Artistic Associate, is an actor and theatre artist who’s worked primarily in the Tampa area, and most recently in Philadelphia. Stage credits include Walnut Street Theatre, Jobsite Theatre, Stageworks Theatre, freefall theatre, Hat Trick Theatre, Innovocative Theatre, Grand Central Stage, The Silver Meteor Gallery, and of course- Tampa Rep. Education includes Point Park University and University of South Florida. He has served as Tampa Rep’s Literary Manager for the past two years, and has programmed for our Conversation Starters series. Nick has recently taken social media responsibility for Tampa Rep and has provided promotional work for the company. Nick continues to pride himself on being a resource theatrical literature, plays, and writing and is happy to share that knowledge and love with Tampa Rep.

Ned Averill-Snell, a co-founder of TampaRep, serves as its Communications Director, primarily reaching out to the media with news about TampaRep and its productions. As an actor, Ned has appeared at TampaRep in Dinner with Friends, CopenhagenA View From The BridgeThe Iceman ComethBetrayalHamletI DO! I DO!The Apocrypha of Theodore Roosevelt and other plays. He has also appeared locally at the Asolo State Theatre (What the Butler Saw), Jobsite Theater (HIRGloucester BlueTwelfth Night), American Stage (TartuffeA Moon for the MisbegottenChesapeake), Improbable Athenaeum (A Man for All Seasons), Hat Trick Theatre (A Thousand Clowns) and Stageworks Theatre (The Sugar Bean Sisters), and regionally at the 2012 United Solo festival in New York (in his original play Little Tunes), and for three seasons at Indiana Repertory Theatre. He appeared in the St. Petersburg-produced independent film Waiting on Mary.

Jasmine Arroyo is a native New Yorker from a Latinx culture. She has stage managed for Tampa Repertory Theatre since 2015 with credits comprising of Bethany, Tampa Wrights, The Children’s Hour, Inherit the Wind, Tender Napalm, Silent Sky, Copenhagen, Stupid F*cking
Bird, and Dinner with Friends, as well as A Night of Inappropriately Funny Moments, Part Deuce with Ghost Light Theatre. Jasmine has been
involved in other areas outside of stage managing in both theatre and film including The Vampire Diaries, I Am Super, Chu and Blossom, and the Vagina Monologues. She earned Best Actress by Plant City Entertainment in her role in Conversations in Bed, written by Gretchen Suárez-Peña. She is a board member for Theatre Tampa Bay, assisting to raise the profile of the Tampa Bay region’s professional theatre community. Jasmine graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and is now attaining a M.B.A in Project Management from Saint Leo University.