Southbank Theatre Company Board of Directors
Betty (BJ) Bruther
Betty J. Bruther is an independent scholar who writes about military history, Irish revolutionaries, and serial murder. She has taught both history and geography at the college level, most recently at Marian University and Oakland City University at the Indiana Women’s Prison.
Eric Bryant moved from Indianapolis to New York in the mid-1980s. He initially studied scene work with Sandy Dennis at HB Studio. Other HB instructors included Elizabeth Dillon (scene work) and Carol Rosenfeld (technique and scene work). Eric also studied fencing for the stage with his longtime friend and mentor, Joe Daly, eventually becoming his assistant, helping teach, develop choreography, and compose scene work for the actors. After touring the country in two separate productions of The Three Musketeers, Eric began studying at Circle Rep Lab under the instruction of Michael Warren Powell and Peg Denithorne, initially focusing on the works of Lanford Wilson. From this experience Eric was asked to become an apprentice member of The Lab Theater, which focused on artist development and developing new scripts. Eric has appeared onstage both in Indianapolis and New York. After a hiatus from the theater for a few years to focus on family and career, he has enjoyed re-igniting his passion for performance and artist development.
Associate Professor of Spanish at Marian University, Carla holds a Phd in Latin American Literature and Spanish from Purdue University, specializing in Latin American short stories, Latin American studies, and Latino/Hispanic communities in the United States. Originally from Brazil, Carla is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. She volunteers with Project Stepping Stone and Indiana Partners of America in addition to being on the board for Southbank Theatre Company. Carla's favorite quote is: "The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves." Paulo Freire, We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change.
President and Treasurer of the Board. Marcia Eppich-Harris holds a PhD in Shakespeare and Dramatic Literature from Marquette University and taught at the college level for roughly fifteen years. She is a playwright and a founding member of the Indiana Playwrights Circle (IPC), where she is the Scene Nights Coordinator and serves on the steering committee. In addition to plays, Marcia's writing includes fiction, poetry, scholarship, and reviews -- all influenced by the literature and history of the ancient Greeks and Romans, the British Medieval and Renaissance periods, as well as current events. In her creative writing, she focuses thematically on politics, the arts, gender, family, and culture. Marcia also dabbles in editing, audiobook narration, and web development. She has served on the boards of the Children's House, Fat Turtle Theatre Company, and Garfield Shakespeare Company. Her complete CV can be found at https://www.meppichharris.com.
Sara Galer is Associate Vice President of Communications at the University of Indianapolis. She is an invested and committed communications expert, digital content strategist and social media innovator with two decades of experience bringing exceptional success and long-term impact to teams, projects and organizations. She honed her skills in large-market television newsrooms for 15+ years before pursuing a communications career in higher education. Sara has a passion for the arts and seeks out new theatre experiences whenever she has the opportunity, whether close to home in Indianapolis or in New York, Boston or London. Sara holds a bachelor of arts degree in communication from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst and a master of science degree in communication from Purdue University.
Aric Harris is the Marketing Director of Southbank and holds a Masters degree in New Media Communications from Marquette University. Aric’s theatrical experience includes acting, directing, and backstage work. He is the founder and owner of TikiKitchen, Inc., a full-stack digital creative studio, focusing on digital and print marketing, web design and development, video editing, and motion graphics.
Mark Harvey Levine has had over 1800 productions of his short plays everywhere from Bangalore to Bucharest and from Lima to London. His plays have won over 45 awards and been produced in more than ten languages. His work has been published in over two dozen anthologies by Applause, Smith & Kraus, Routledge and Vintage. Full evenings of his ten-minute plays, such as "Cabfare For The Common Man", “Didn’t See That Coming” and “A Very Special Holiday Special” have been shown around the world, including at the Edinburgh Fringe and in a multi-year tour of Brazil. A Spanish-language film of “The Kiss” (“El Beso”) premiered at Cannes and aired on HBO and DTV (Japan).
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As a Movement/Theatre Artist, Robin has created and performed original works at NYC’s Dance Theatre Workshop, the Patravadi Theatre in Bangkok, and several theatres across the US, including Valley Ridge Theatre, which she founded and directed for 15 years in Thomas, WV. She’s served on Theatre and Dance faculties at West Virginia Univ., Ohio Wesleyan, and Mahasarakham Univ. in Thailand, supported by a Fulbright grant. A published author of two non-fiction books, she also wrote regional and national grants for Valley Ridge. Her new To the Rescue Theatre company, presents productions aspiring to raise awareness and donations for animal rescues. Robin holds an MFA in Acting from Ohio State, an MA in Dance from Univ. of Oregon and a BA from Princeton University.