Central Office Team

The Central Office of SETC is led by the Executive Director and composed of three service teams:

  1. Administrative Support: Membership, Scholarship, Grants, Awards Accounting, Special Events, Development, and Governance.
  2. Convention Services: Convention, Auditions, Programming, and Registration Management
  3. Marketing and Communications: Marketing, Advertising, Sponsorship, Publications, and Digital Media.

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Toni Simmons Henson

Executive Director

Toni Simmons Henson is a highly accomplished arts executive with diverse talents and experiences. Henson has over 30 years of expertise in business development, marketing, theatre, and arts administration. She has successfully launched and operated several franchises and businesses throughout her career. One notable venture is Micah 6-8 Media, LLC, responsible for producing the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, ranked top festival to visit in the world and the Black Family Table Talk, a top ranking podcast. She is also a published poet, best-selling author, public speaker, and award-winning entrepreneur. 

Henson is an alumna of New York University, where she earned an MPA in Nonprofit Management, and Howard University, where she obtained her BBA in Business. Additionally, Henson has earned two Executive Certificates, one in Non-profit Management and one in Women in Leadership.

In 2021, she and her husband launched ABTF Travels, a company that has led a delegation of over 80 artists to West Africa. The Hensons have been honored as trailblazers by leading the fundraising efforts to build an art center on a middle school campus in Elmina, Ghana.

As a performing artist, her poetry has taken her to various stages across the globe, including Los Angeles, New York City, Atlanta, Paris, Jamaica, Washington, DC, and Ghana. Her work has made a positive impact and has allowed her to open doors of opportunity for thousands of artists from marginalized communities.

Administrative Support Team

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Beth Brown

Assistant Director

Beth Brown was an influential Theatre Arts educator hailing from Charleston, SC.  She is a proud member of Local 347. Brown brings a wealth of experience to her role, drawing from her multifaceted background in both performance, technical theatre and arts administration.

At the remarkable age of 23, Brown founded her own theatre production company, Blue Hurricane Productions, LLC. Her entrepreneurial spirit and passion for the arts have been evident throughout her career. Brown is an alumna of South Carolina State University, where she obtained her BA in Drama, she honed her craft before transitioning to a path of imparting knowledge and inspiring others through teaching. She earned her Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Winthrop University, showcasing her commitment to not only artistic expression but also the strategic and managerial aspects of the arts industry.

Brown is a fervent advocate for the representation of women and children of color in theatre. She actively contributes to the cause through her involvement with SETC EDIA and the SETC Executive Board, as well as her dedication to the SCTA as Vice President. Brown's influence extends beyond the classroom as she proudly represents the state of South Carolina as a State Representative for SCTA. Her outstanding contributions to education were recognized when she was awarded Teacher of the Year for the 2022-2023 academic term at W.G. Sanders Middle School in Columbia, SC. This accolade is a testament to her unwavering dedication to her students' growth and development.

Beyond her professional commitments, Brown remains deeply embedded in her community as a known artist. In her leisure time, she channels her creativity into costume design and graphic design, further showcasing her artistic prowess and commitment to the world of theatre.


Maegan McNerney Azar

Staff Board Liaison (Part-time)

Maegan McNerney Azar is Furman University's 2020 SCICU Excellence In Teaching award winner. She chairs Furman’s theatre arts department and serves as associate professor of acting & directing. Azar earned an MFA in acting pedagogy from The University of Alabama and a B.S. in theatre from East Tennessee State University.

At Furman, Azar’s course load includes Foundations of Acting, Characterization & Storytelling, Voice, Period Styles, Movement, First Year Writing Seminars titled adapting the Classics and Quest for Meanings & Values through Theatre, and the theatre department’s capstone Senior Synthesis course.

In addition to her traditional teaching load, Azar directs a show each year for the Furman Theatre Main Stage season. Previous year’s productions include The Threepenny OperaHairThe Winter’s TalePippin, and John Proctor is the Villain. She is the faculty sponsor for two student theatre organizations that champion student-produced work.

Maegan Azar is a past president of the Southeastern Theatre Conference and the past president of the South Carolina Theatre Association. Her acting and directing work can regularly be seen at The Warehouse Theatre, Centre Stage South Carolina, and Lean Ensemble Theater.


Aaliyah Jordan

Resource Specialist (Part-time)

Aaliyah is originally from Canton, Michigan. She recently earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance with a minor in Cinema Studies in May 2023 from Hampton University. She graduated with a 3.97 GPA and was the recipient of an HU Merit Scholarship. 

She is currently a graduate student at Pace University in NYC. 

Convention Services Team

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Steven H. Butler

Convention Manager

Steven H. Butler has had the opportunity to serve SETC through the Equity Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, the BIPOC Global Committee and the Steve Bayless Scholarship Committee. Prior to joining SETC as our Convention Manager, Steven served as the Artistic Director for the Sarasota Players (Sarasota, FL) and prior to that he served as the Executive Director for the Florida Theatre Conference. He is the Founder of Actors’ Warehouse (Gainesville, FL) which was honored to represent the United States at Mondial Du Théâtre International Amateur Theatre Festival (Monte Carlo, Monaco).

On a national level, he serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Theatre and its respective committees: Play Selection, Nominations, Finance, and International Festival.


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Nikki Baldwin

Support Staff Specialist and Asst. to Editor-in-Chief

Nikki is a native of Greensboro, NC with BA in English with a Minor in Dramatic Arts from Winston-Salem State University. Nikki loves to act, stage manage and volunteer in any capacity to various festivals. She attended SETC as a college student and remembers the vast opportunities afforded to aspiring artists. 

Nikki worked as a Festival Manager at the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival for five years, also as an Editorial Assistant for a national travel magazine, and a proofreader for a local newspaper.

Marci Duncan

Marci Duncan

Audition Coordinator

Marci J. Duncan earned a BA in performance at Florida A&M University and her Masters in Acting at the University of Florida. She studied television and film acting with Evonne Suhor at Orlando’s Art Sake Acting Studio. Marci's film work includes (Just) Another Day, co-starring with Jamie Hectar from HBO’s The Wire and Life is not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story, working with Debbie Allen and Fantasia Barrino.

Marci completed a network series for NBC, Young Rock and a one woman show called Florida Girls at Emerald Coast Theatre Company. She also provides actor coaching with her acting studio, Artists at Play and is currently on tour with her new original play, DISSONANCE. Marci serves as the Florida Theatre Conference President and is also a board member at the Southeastern Theatre Conference. Marci has been a part of SETC for over 10 years serving on the board, chairing committees and coordinating auditions for the states. Marci welcomes this new role with a heart to serve.

Marketing and Communications Team

Thomas Pinckney

Thomas Pinckney

Communications and Marketing Manager

Thomas has spent a quarter-century working in the world of theatre administration. He first attended SETC in the spring of 1989 when he auditioned for colleges. He has worked as the Director of Ticketing for Broadway Across America - Atlanta, Company Manager at Theater of the Stars, and most recently he was the Sales and Revenue Manager at the Alliance Theatre.

He has extensive experience planning and executing events for audiences of twenty to 4.5 thousand. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, seeing theatre, and writing about theatre.

Sharell Luckett

Sharell Luckett, PhD

Editor-in-Chief, Southern Theatre Magazine

Dr. Luckett is one of her generation's most influential voices and theorists in the performing arts. An award-winning director, #1 best-selling author, distinguished professor, and arts administrator, she has also been described as someone who can create, perform, and teach with equal brilliance.

In 2021, she was honored by Black Masks magazine as one of 25 Black Theatre Game Changers in the field. She was recently nominated for the Paul Robeson Award by the Actors' Equity Association.

While a student at Georgia State University, Sharrell studied music business law and artist management with some of the top entertainment lawyers in the southeast. Around this time, she was also discovered by Paragon Management, a talent agency that represented songwriters and producers. Signed to write music, Sharrell ended up in recording studios with artists like Ciara, Young Jeezy, and Janelle Monáe, 

Sharrell and Dr. Tia M. Shaffer’s #1 Best-Selling, award-winning book, Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches, introduced and defined the field of “black acting methods.” This achievement made Sharrell and the work of the Black Acting Methods Studio vanguards in the movement to transform the way we teach performing arts. 

In addition to co-penning four musicals, publishing nearly thirty essays and giving talks and Master Classes at over fifty institutions, Sharrell also published a chapter in Running the Long Race in Gifted Education, a book nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. She has also been a Fellow at renowned institutions, such as the Lincoln Center, Harvard University and 92Y. She holds a doctorate in Theatre from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Megan Audette

Marketing Intern (Summer)

Megan K. Audette is a Marketing Intern at the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), where she focuses on research, outreach, social media, and expanding the network. As a senior at Florida State University majoring in International Affairs (Economics) and Theater (Performance) with a minor in creative writing, Megan brings a unique blend of skills and experience! Her previous roles as an Arts Specialist and Digital Director on nonprofit boards have equipped her with proficiency in analytical research, communication, and web design that she is thrilled to share. Passionate about musical theater, Megan is excited to contribute her marketing acumen to SETC's mission.