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 six years, including one as President.

Michael Rider, Treasurer

Michael is excited for his second year on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. He has volunteered his time for the past three 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 three 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.

Melanie Jennings-Rider, Secretary

Melanie Jennings-Rider joined TAP in the spring of 2016 and has been privileged to participate in four musicals since then. She believes that 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. It has been an honor for her to serve on the TAP Board as Membership Director this past year and she is looking forward to being Secretary.

Laura Gouge, Audience Relations Director​ and Vice President

Laura is honored and excited to serve a second term as TAP's Director of Audience Relations! She previously served on the board as Secretary during the 67th season, and has also served as volunteer coordinator and assistant to the director of development. Laura enjoys spending her time working with her TAP family. She has a passion for the arts and enjoys watching a beautiful production come to life. By day, Laura 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.

Erin Branigan, Membership Director

Erin is thrilled to server as TAP's Director of Membership. She served as board secretary during TAP's 68th season. She joined TAP in 2018 and has appeared onstage in A Streetcar Named Desire, Sweeney Todd, and Curtains. An avid supporter and participant in the performing arts, Erin 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 dramaturg with both community and professional companies throughout Maryland and Northern Virginia. When she's not onstage, Erin works as the lead exhibition writer for the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C

Lindsey McClenathan, Marketing 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. TAP will forever hold a special place in her life, and she is honored to have served as Director of Development for the past 3 years and is excited to be the Director of Marketing. Lindsey earns her living doing communications and 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.

Judy Lewis, Director of Stewardship

Judy just finished playing Carmen in TAP's Curtains, and has been doing TAP shows either as performer or choreographer since 1988. Being a life-long theater devotee and long time TAP member, she finally became involved with the Board last season in this new Stewardship position, working with volunteers new and seasoned and broadening the circle of supporters that will become more engaged in long-term participation with TAP. Her goals in this new season are to set up better educational tools for new volunteers, and more defined "shadow" systems for people to learn new skills. Judy 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 this summer they’re celebrating the Amphitheatre's 50th anniversary--and, Judy was able to get TAP on stage there again with a Beauty and the Beast "commercial" in August. 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.

Michael Wong, Development Director

Michael Wong started working with TAP in 2018 by assisting with the construction of the set for Hunchback of Notre Dame. He then made his TAP debut as Dr. Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace. Although he moved to the area recently he has been involved behind stage or on it for 15 years. Michael is a big proponent of the arts and believes it can give everyone a voice. During the day, Michael works as a Data Scientist for the United States Postal Service.

Meghann Peterlin, Past President and Acting Executive Producer

Meghann is honored to continue her TAP service as Past President. She previously served three year terms each as President and Executive Producer during TAP’s 62nd-67th Seasons. Having a lifelong passion for theater, Meghann loves singing and dancing onstage and working backstage too. She joined TAP in 2009 and holds numerous TAP credits, including Producer, Assistant Director, Lighting Designer, and Assistant Stage Manager. 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.

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