Our Board

Gay McCoy Clyburn


Gay is a lifelong lover of theater and a one-time community theater actor and director, as well as member of the Charlotte Opera Chorus and various choirs and musical groups. Formerly the associate vice president for public affairs for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Stanford, CA, she was responsible for external relations, marketing and communications, publishing, electronic communications, and special events. She has a BA in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MA in liberal arts from Stanford University.


Ginger Heath

Vice President

A former president of Playmakers, Ginger also served as executive director of the Union County Players and is on the Metrolina Theatre Association Board. A much acclaimed and award winning career actor and director at the professional and community levels for more than five decades, Ginger recently received national recognition for her lifetime achievement by the American Association of Community Theatre in New York and local recognition with the Heart of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award.


Deb Smith


Deb has always loved theater, and moving to Union County has really afforded her the opportunity to get involved--both on the stage and as a new member of the Playmakers board.  She works for Union County Public Schools, has volunteered with the Literacy Council for Union County, and is wanting to volunteer more time with the Humane Society of Union County.


Mary Ann Rasberry


After 17 years serving as executive director of Alliance for Children, she was able to return to her passion, serving on nonprofit boards such as Center Theater Development Inc., the Union Symphony, and Foundation for the Carolinas. Her varied experiences with Union County non-profit organizations makes her a valuable asset to our board.


Cress Barnes

Cress Barnes is new to Union County but not to theater. She has performed on stages in Virginia, Charlotte and now in Union County with the Playmakers, where she also directed her first play. She is a preschool teacher, has 3 sons, and is currently working on a business in Monroe.


Carol Ford

Carol is formerly president and long-time board member of the Union County Players and has served on the Playmakers board almost since its founding. She has been active in area community theater for decades as a director of children’s theater, production coordinator, and “Jill of all trades.” A 25-year member of the choir at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Carol has also supported the church with her time and talents in much the same way she supports the theater community, the library, and her five children. She has been especially helpful as a Prop Master and costumer.


Karen Johnston 

Karen is a "Jill of all Trades". She is a procurement officianado, recruiter of muscle men, and painter extraordinaire of furniture, walls and floors. You will find her walking the Playmakers theater aisles before and after performances and at intermission. She served one year as president of UCP and remains on the board to assist with varying facets of the theater. Karen has been involved with local theater since the early 1990s, having acted for Union County Players, and the Waxhaw Historical Association. She is a past president of the Charlotte Choral Society, now known as Carolina Voices. As a parent, she volunteered at Union Academy and helped found the uniform resale shop there . Karen is a praise and worship team member at her church and recently retired from real estate to be YaYa to her six amazing grands.


Barbara Pann

Barbara Pann came to Wingate University in 1988. She teaches classes in improvisational theater, oral interpretation, reader’s theater, nonverbal communication and world speeches. She has a BA from Georgetown College and an MA from Morehead State University. She is a co-production coordinator for the New Play Event and has been involved as a volunteer with Playmakers, helping with the new theatre, and working behind the scenes as stage manager and more…


Belinda Sisk

Belinda is a Health and Wellness Advocate with Young Living Essential oils, as well as co-owner in an event planning business, B&E events. Belinda retired from a 21 year career as an Administrator in Assisted Living in Missouri and transferred here to be close to her daughter and 4 grandchildren. She attends Central UMC where she also works in the children's nursery part time. 



Who We Are

Playmakers is a regional community theater primarily serving Union County. Our volunteer board and staff and participants are composed of business leaders, experienced non-profit organization representatives, educators in both the theater arts and other fields, and experienced and first-time theater participants, from actors, musicians, dancers and directors to stage managers, costumers, artists, writers and set builders.


Why We Are

The mission of Union County Playmakers is to provide opportunities for participation that enrich, inspire, engage, and educate our community through theater arts.



To work in a vibrant partnership with schools and colleges and universities, civic, business, social, and other arts-based organizations to enrich the lives of the people in our community by expanding their exposure to and understanding of the theater;
To encourage active participation in theater beyond just a social experience;
To support the vitality and growth of Union County by adding theater to an already rich array of cultural offerings.



The Union County Playmakers formed its board of directors and elected officers on November 13, 2013 under the umbrella of the Union County Community Arts Council. We had a varied first season and have increased offerings every year. Our board and staff are primarily committed volunteers, who give of both time and talent. We have found our theater home at the Monroe Crossing Mall, Suite 302. We renovated the space from retail to theater in a short period of time. We have as a goal to expand our outreach into the community through partnerships with schools, churches, Monroe Parks and Recreation and other organizations. There has been theater in Union County off and on for decades, but we now think we have the stability we need to remain an enduring organization deeply integrated into the community.