Meet The Board

Board of Directors

Meghann K. Peterlin, President
Meghann is honored to serve a third term as TAP’s President.  She previously served on the Board as Executive Producer during TAP’s 62nd-64th Seasons.  Having a lifelong passion for theater, Meghann loves both singing and dancing onstage and hanging out in her backstage blacks.  She joined TAP in 2009 and holds numerous TAP credits, including Producer, Assistant Director, Lighting Designer, and Assistant Stage Manager.  When not at TJ, Meghann is a strategy and change management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Scenic and Lighting Design from Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University and a Master of Public Administration from Old Dominion University.​

Laura Gouge, Secretary
Laura is excited to be TAP’s Secretary. Prior to serving as Secretary, she helped the Director of Development with grant writing and ad sales. She has a passion for the arts and is thrilled to help maintain TAP's "grand style" for future generations. Laura currently works for a trade association and is a fitness coach in her spare time. ​​

Christopher Smith, Treasurer
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Chris has been associated with TAP since 1995. He has worked in multiple artistic capacities including director, assistant director, choreographer, producer, technical director, set designer, master carpenter, and master electrician. He has performed in several productions including Nice Work If You Can Get ItKiss Me Kate, Kiss of the Spider WomanOn the TownMiracle WorkerDamn Yankees, Gypsy, and others. In addition, he has served the organization with previous tenures on the board as President, Secretary, Executive Producer, and Director of Audience Relations.​

Austin Fodrie, Executive Producer
Austin is stoked to join TAP's Board of Directors as Executive Producer! This is his first year serving on TAP's Board. His first production with TAP was Nice Work if You Can Get It as an Assistant Stage Manager. He last stage managed TAP's production of She Loves Me. He is well versed in many aspects of behind the scene work. He is eager to take on the challenges and exciting opportunities this position will bring. During the day Austin works as a Technology Support and Integration Specialist at Burgundy Farm Country Day School. ​

Barbara Esquibel​, Audience Relations Director​
Barbara is honored to continue on the Board of Directors, returning to the position of Audience Relations Director, which she previously held for 2 terms.  Barbara has recently served the past 2 terms as Past President/Volunteer Coordinator, 3 previous terms as President, and 2 previous terms as Membership Director.  She has been a member of TAP since 2006.  Barbara has worked backstage for several TAP productions by constructing and painting sets for almost every show from Thoroughly Modern Millie (2007) to She Loves Me (2017).  Barbara has also served as costume designer for And Then There Were None (2008), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (2008) and The Producers (2010).  She has also produced TAP’s productions of Cabaret (2010), Nine (2011), Out of Order (2013), The Wedding Singer (2014), and Nice Work If You Can Get It (2016) and She Loves Me (2017)  Professionally, Barbara is a Paralegal Specialist for the Office of Civil Rights for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.​

Lindsey McClenathan, Development Director​
Through TAP, Lindsey found the DC community theater scene - and her family. She’s been involved with TAP since 2011 - onstage for the productions of 42nd Street and Nine, and in the audience cheering on friends and the organization many times since. She looks forward to becoming even more involved. TAP will forever hold a special place in her life, and she is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for a second term as the Director of Development. Lindsey earns her living doing fundraising for nonprofit organizations. She spent more than 10 years fundraising for national mental health education and access to care, and now focuses on fundraising to increase affordable housing in Arlington County. ​

Emily Zimmerman​, Marketing & Communications Director​
Emily joined TAP recently and made her debut working crew for She Loves Me. She spent much her life in theaters in the midwest, mainly on stage, but has experience stage managing and working crew as well. She is excited for the coming TAP season and the opportunity to be a part of the TAP Board. By day, Emily works as a communications and technology consultant.​​

Melanie Jennings-Bales, Membership Director
Melanie Jennings-Bales was introduced to TAP last year when she was cast as The Duchess in Nice Work If You Can Get It and Aldonza in Man of La Mancha. She has been active in theater since she was a child and believes the experience of creating is a vital part of a full and happy life. She is thrilled to work alongside the members of the TAP Board in order to continue bringing opportunities for creating beautiful theater to more and more people.​

Steven Yates, Director at Large
Steven started working with TAP in 2008 with The Sweet Smell of Success as a stagehand. Other backstage credits include The ProducersCabaret42nd StreetPromises, Promises, and A Chorus Line. He served as Stage Manager for Clybourne Park and Assistant Stage Manager for Nine9 to 5Nice Work If You Can Get It, Man of La Mancha, and She Loves Me. He has also appeared on stage in A Little Night Music and Peter Pan.  Steven has served on the Board for four years, serving two of those years as Vice President. ​​

Supporting Staff
Audience Development & Outreach Coordinator, 
Samantha Kearney
Volunteer Coordinator, Emme Shuchart,
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Video Media Designer, Claire Jeffrey
Website Coordinator, Erica Aquilina 
Social Media Lead, Sterling Beard 
IT Manager, Ryan Desmond

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