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Playhouse announces new board members

The Flat Rock Playhouse announced the appointment of five new members to its Board of Trustees on Monday.

The new members are Clyde Allen, Brian Boughner, Henderson County Commissioner J. Michael Edney, Sue Fair and Paige Posey.

"We're quite honored to add our newest trustees to the board," Playhouse Artistic Director Lisa K. Bryant said in a statement. "Each of them brings professional experience and/or community and industry knowledge that will further support the board and staff and add amazing muscle to the heavy lifting already at play. Especially meaningful is that each of them is a fan of Flat Rock Playhouse and is eager to make their own positive contributions to her success.

"Paige Posey's appointment to the board is not only an affirmation of her great legacy and past leadership at Flat Rock Playhouse, but a recognition by the current board that her Playhouse experience and wisdom will be a welcome and prized commodity to all of us as we continue to navigate out of our troubled waters," Bryant said.

PaigePosey copyPaige Posey An actress and director at the Playhouse who served in a variety of management positions at the Playhouse until 2011, Posey brings her knowledge of the Playhouse over 25 years to her role now as a trustee. She traveled from her home state of Mississippi and Delta State University to Flat Rock in 1982 to apprentice at Flat Rock Playhouse. During her college years Paige returned to the Playhouse to work seasonally as an actor and head the Properties Department. She also worked in Atlanta at both the Academy and the Alliance Theatres, gaining more professional experience before graduating magna cum laude in 1987 from the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a bachelor of arts degree in theatre and a minor in art. She met her husband, Mark Warwick, who was apprenticing at the Playhouse in 1987.

In 1993 Paige accepted a permanent position of company manager at Flat Rock Playhouse and was part of the management team that saw the transition of Flat Rock Playhouse as a summer stock theatre to a year-round operation, growing the budget from $300,000 to over $3 million annually. As a director, Actors Equity performer and administrator, she was involved with over 250 productions. By 2011, Paige was serving as managing director of Flat Rock Playhouse when she resigned her position at the theatre, shifted career paths and joined husband Mark to focus on the family business of building a community radio station – WTZQ 1600 AM. Since that time WTZQ has grown from 1000 watts to a 5000 watt regional radio station with an emphasis on community activism and entertainment. Paige currently works as business office manager and on-air personality. She has served on the board of the Arts Council of Henderson County. She and Mark are currently serving as co-chairs of the 2015 United Way of Henderson County Capital campaign.

ClydeAllen copyClyde AllenA Miami native, Clyde Allen, along with his wife, Nina Allen, has been a supporter of Flat Rock Playhouse since 1960. Allen is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in architecture. Work history includes designing and constructing residential properties, professional offices, shopping centers, apartments and government facilities from 1963 to 2010. Clyde has previously served as president on the Brevard Section of the American Institute of Architects and on the Board of Directors at Orlando Federal Savings and Loan. The Allens moved their primary residence to Bent River Farm in Transylvania County and later moved to Kenmure.

Brian Boughner, a Greenville, S.C.-based CFA, CMT and principal of Parallel Financial Partners, began his investment career in 2000 at the top of the financial bull market. During the past 15 years of his Brian Boughner Brian Boughner career, he has helped clients successfully manage their investments through the 9/11 terrorist attack, two equity bear markets, a housing bust and a credit implosion. As a co-founder of Parallel Financial Partners, Brian enjoys communicating and helping clients understand the very complex and dynamic changes that affect our economy and markets daily. A graduate of Florida State University, Boughner is a CFA charter holder, and a Chartered Market Technician. His community involvement includes Board Chair for the Greenville Little Theatre and member of the United Way Palmetto Society and Evaluation Team.

MichaelEdney copyMichael Edney J. Michael Edney is a seventh generation Hendersonville native and a direct descendant of William Mills who is credited by early historians as being the first non-Indian settler in present day Henderson County. Michael is a graduate of Hendersonville High School, UNC-Asheville and the University of South Carolina School of Law. He has engaged in the private practice of law in Hendersonville since 1985. In addition to serving on numerous boards and committees over the years, he is currently serving his fourth term on the Henderson County Board of Commissioners. He has served as chairman of the board on three separate occasions. Michael is married to Lisa Mazzeo Edney from Vero Beach, Fla. They have a 14-year-old son and a 10-year-old daughter.

Sue Fair is the department chair, instructor, designer and managing director in the Theatre Arts Department at Gardner-Webb University. Originally from Hendersonville, she worked professionally at Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College and the Young Actors Theatre before coming back to Western North Carolina. SueFair copySue Fair She has directed many shows including Big River, Charley and the Chocolate Factory, Into the Woods, Annie, The Secret Garden, Seussical, Wizard of Oz, The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe, and Fiddler on the Roof. Fair has acted in several commercials, training films, plays and films and wrote two television pilots for Nickelodeon, one of which was recently filmed. She earned her graduate degree in theatre from Florida State University and her undergraduate degree in theatre education from Florida A&M University.