Meet The Board

Board of Directors

Laura Gouge, President

Laura is honored to serve as TAP's President! She has previously served on the Board as Secretary during the 67th season and the Vice President and Director of Audience Relations during the 68th-70th seasons. Laura has also been involved as TAP's Volunteer Coordinator and an assistant to the Director of Development. She served as Producer for TAP’s Spamalot, which unfortunately was cancelled due to the pandemic. Laura has a passion for the arts and enjoys watching a beautiful production come to life. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and reading. Email Laura.

Christopher Smith, Vice President

Christopher Smith has been associated with TAP since 1995. He has worked in multiple artistic capacities including director, asst. director, choreographer, producer, set designer, master carpenter, and master electrician. He has performed in several productions including Nice Work If You Can Get It,Kiss Me Kate, Kiss of the Spider Woman, On the Town, Miracle Worker, Damn Yankees, Gypsy, and others. In addition, he has served the organization with previous tenures on the board as President, Secretary, Director of Productions, Director of Membership, Past President, and Director of Audience Relations. Email Christopher.

Jasmine Jones, Secretary

Jasmine is so honored to continue serving as Secretary on the Board of The Arlington Players (TAP)! As a 6-year member of the DMV theatre community, Jasmine has worked with theatres from Reston to Annapolis, but she has gladly spent most of her theatre-hours (both on, and off-stage) with TAP. Jasmine began her tenure as Secretary in November of last year, during which time she learned the intricacies of how the Board runs, and has a thorough understanding of how to best use her skills and experience to serve the TAP community. By day, Jasmine works full-time for an IT company in a role that requires meticulous attention to detail, open communication, non-stop teamwork, and the constant use of the MS Office Suite – all skills that will continue to aid her greatly on the Board! Email Jasmine.

Mario Leone, Treasurer

A member of TAP since 2018, Mario is eager and honored to join the Board as Treasurer. Following his first performance in Sweeney Todd in 2018, he appeared onstage once more in the ensemble of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, then again in Curtains in 2019. Offstage, he has assisted with auditions and returned to his behind-the-scenes roots backstage with Beauty and the Beast. A native of Rostraver, PA, Mario found a second family through The Arlington Players and hopes to help others do the same. Mario currently works as a software engineer at Capital One in McLean, VA. Email Mario.

Brittany Bollick, Audience Relations Director

Brittany has been a member of TAP since joining as a rehearsal swing for 'Arsenic and Old Lace' in 2018. She has also performed with CFTC in their production of 'A Mid Summer Night's Dream' and is excited to get more involved with TAP on stage and off. In college Brittany worked as a technician for Heritage Theatre Festival and is now a dance teacher at Dance Academy of Virginia. Additionally, she will be starting at Georgetown Law this fall so don't be surprised if you ever see her studying backstage. Email Brittany.

Olivia Hairfield, Development Director

Olivia first started working with TAP during A Streetcar Named Desire in 2018. She ran the soundboard for Streetcar and Sweeny Todd in 2018, served as Assistant Producer for The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 2018, and co-produced A Daughter's a Daughter in 2020. During the pandemic, she was a script reader for the TAP and LTA radio play production. She has also served on the marketing team writing emails since 2018. In 2020 she received the Player of the Year award (Thank you!). 

In the DC area, Olivia has performed with The Fat and Greasy Citizens Brigade and professionally worked at Baltimore Center Stage, Imagination Stage, and The Kennedy Center on their respective communications teams. Email Olivia.

Nick Friedlander, Marketing Director

Nick Friedlander has been with TAP since the winter of 2020, starting off his TAP career by producing A Daughter’s a Daughter, followed by a long theater dry spell. Prior to TAP, he has worked at Dominion Stage and LTA in numerous technical roles, and is most proud of his WATCH award for Stage Managing LTA’s The Producers. Outside of running tech for a variety of shows, Nick has a full time job in HR, where he runs recruitment and outreach efforts for his organization. In this role, he has become well versed in social media strategy, recruitment communications, and talent management; he is incredibly excited to use these lessons as he serves a community he loves! Email Nick.

Mel Gumina, Membership Director

Mel is so excited to tackle her second season as Membership Director! Mel joined TAP in the fall of 2019 with Beauty and the Beast and immediately found her home in the Northern Virginia theater scene. She has participated in two (and a half- thanks COVID!) TAP productions are looking forward to what Season 71 is going to bring.

When not doing theater, Mel typically can be found either baking up a storm in her kitchen or snuggling up with her dog, Marcus. Email Mel.

Austin Fodrie, Season Planning Director

Austin currently works at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes as IT support specialist and the Technical Director for their High School Performing Arts Center. He has been living in the area since 2013. Austin has volunteered with numerous community theaters in the area as producer, stage manager, and technical director. Some of his favorite shows so work on were Beauty and the Beast, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and The Rocky Horror Show. At TAP he has worked on: Nice Work If You Can Get It (ASM), Sweeney Todd (SM), Beauty and the Beast (Producer), and She Loves Me (SM). He has previously served on TAP's board as Executive Producer during the 67th Season. You can often find him at the pool on the weekends. Email Austin.

Will Shingler, Stewardship & Education Director

Will first joined TAP in April 2014 and has found a home there ever since. He is primarily an actor in the theatre, and has acted in four productions at TAP. When not otherwise spoken for on the stage elsewhere, he has helped out backstage just to enjoy being involved. Having served on the board from 2015-2017, first as Communications Director and then as a Director at Large, he is excited to once again be part of the team to help make TAP shows artistic, challenging, and successful.  As Stewardship Director, he looks forward to bringing opportunities for engagement to as many people as possible and organizing workshops to help our theatre flourish.  In his spare time, Will likes to try his hand at blacksmithing and leatherworking, and enjoys reading while trying to prevent his cat from chewing on the page. Email Will.

Steven Yates, Past 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 eight years, including three as President. Email Steven.

Supporting Staff

Website Coordinator: Erica Aquilina

Social Media Lead: Sterling Beard

IT Manager: Ryan Desmond

Volunteer Coordinator: Carlie Smith

Grants Coordinator: Preston Meche