Meet The Board

Board of Directors

Steven Yates, President

Steven started working with TAP in 2008 with The Sweet Smell of Success as a stagehand. Other backstage credits include The Producers, Cabaret, 42nd Street, Promises, Promises, and A Chorus Line. He served as Stage Manager for Clybourne Park and A Streetcar Named Desire and Assistant Stage Manager for Nine, 9 to 5, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Man of La Mancha, She Loves Me, Pippin, and Sweeney Todd. He has also appeared on stage in A Little Night Music and Peter Pan. Steven has served on the Board for five years, serving three of those years as Vice President.

Erin Branigan, Secretary

Erin is thrilled to be TAP's next Secretary. She joined TAP in 2018 and appeared onstage in A Streetcar Named Desire and Sweeney Todd. Erin has been an avid supporter of and participant in the performing arts for most of her life. She earned dual bachelor of arts degrees in Theater Performance and English from the University of Maryland and an M. Phil. in Popular Literature from Trinity College, Dublin. She's worked onstage as an actor, singer, and dancer, and backstage as a director, stage manager, costume designer, and dramaturge with both community and professional companies throughout Maryland and Northern Virginia. In addition, she previously served on the Artistic Committee for Maryland Shakespeare Festival as the marketing and social media manager. When she's not onstage, Erin works as the lead exhibition writer for the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C.

Jon Davies, Executive Producer

Laura Gouge, Audience Relations Director​

Laura is excited to be TAP’s Director of Audience Relations. Laura served as TAP’s Secretary for the last year, also acting as Volunteer Coordinator for half the year. Laura enjoys spending her time working with TAP, whether at the box office, selling ads, or in the shop. Previously, she assisted the Director of Development with grant writing and ad sales. She has a passion for the arts and enjoys watching a beautiful production come to life. Laura currently works for a trade association and has a Masters in International Commerce and Public Policy. In her spare time, Laura enjoys hiking, cooking, and reading.

Melanie Jennings-Rider, Membership Director

Melanie Jennings-Rider joined TAP in the spring of 2016 and has been privileged to participate in four musicals since then. Having been active in theater since she was a child, she has come to realize how the creative experience meets a basic and vitally important need for humans everywhere. TAP excels at providing a wonderful opportunity for people to engage in, not just good, but GREAT community theater and she is committed to making that opportunity available to many more people for many more years. She considers it an honor for her to serve on the Board of this very special organization.

Judy Lewis, Director of Human Capital and Stewardship

Judy just finished her “umpteenth” show with TAP playing The Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd—and has been doing TAP shows on and off in some capacity since 1988, making this relationship longer than the one with her husband! Being a life-long theater devotee, she’s very pleased to with her role in keeping members closer to the organization, and creating new ideas for getting new volunteers more engaged and primed for becoming long-term participants. She is a founding board member for the Lubber Run Amphitheatre Foundation, a group that lobbied Arlington County to save the “jewel in their neighborhood,” and now they’re ramping up for the 7th season of free summer performances since its revival. Judy’s day job is developing corporate partnerships and sponsorships for the American Physical Therapy Association. She has dedicated most of her life to working for non-profits.

Lindsey McClenathan, Development Director​, Marketing

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. TAP will forever hold a special place in her life, and she is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for another 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 the DC metro region.

Michael Rider, Treasurer

Michael is excited to join the TAP family and the Board of Directors as Treasurer.  He has volunteered his time for the past two years helping out as needed from greeting people, helping in the scene shop, and helping with the cast parties.  While he doesn’t participate on stage, Michael has enjoyed watching live productions for many years – including the wonderful productions at TAP the past two years.  He is looking forward to meeting the challenge of keeping the financial strength of TAP at the highest level for Community theater.  During the day, Michael is a Professional Mechanical Engineer designing power stations.

Supporting Staff

Website Coordinator: Erica Aquilina

Social Media Lead: Sterling Beard

Communications Assistant: Olivia Hairfield

IT Manager: Ryan Desmond

Assistant Treasurer: Christopher Smith