Tom Cervone has dedicated most of his professional career (and life) advocating for and working in the best interests of the arts and culture industry, 25 years (and counting) serving proudly as the managing director for the Clarence Brown Theatre/ Department of Theatre at UTK. He previously served as the first executive director of the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation and the executive director for Dogwood Arts.
Cervone spent many years on the board of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Greater Knoxville, and currently serves on the boards of the WordPlayers, the Knoxville Children’s Theatre, Department of Theatre and Foundation Board at West Liberty University, his undergraduate alma mater, as well as the advisory board for River and Rail Theatre Company. He has also served as chair of the curriculum committee for Leadership Knoxville and has been a member of their BOD as well. Cervone remains active within the UTK community as a member of the Exempt Staff Council and Chancellor’s Commission for LGBTQ people. He received the Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Service to the University in 2010. He is a longtime member of the Actors’ Equity Association. Cervone holds his undergraduate degree in Speech and English Education with an emphasis in Theatre from West Liberty University in West Virginia and an MFA (1993) and MBA (2010) from UTK. He is a graduate of and was selected as the Class Representative of the Leadership Knoxville class of 2011. Cervone is a member of his undergraduate alma mater’s class of 2015 Wall of Honor.
Roger joined the Clarence Brown staff in 1997 after varied careers in radio, public relations, politics, real estate, financial services, accounting, and as the owner of a software development company. With a BS in Communications from UT Knoxville and an MBA from East Tennessee State University, Roger serves as the CBT”s Box Office Manager and has occasionally appeared onstage with roles in The Matchmaker, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Inherit the Wind, and a staged readings of Violet and Parade. Roger enjoys listening to baseball games delivered by the Voice of the Jacksonville Suns (his son also named Roger) and singing in his church choir. Roger has designed lighting, sound, scenery, and projections for numerous church theatrical productions and also dabbles in theatrical and sports photography.
Sarah has been with the Clarence Brown Theatre since she started as an undergraduate work-study student in 1999. She graduated with her undergraduate degree in Sociology in 2002 and joined the CBT full-time as the Assistant Box Office Manager in 2003.
Christy has been the Prop Shop Supervisor at the Clarence Brown Theatre since 2005 and is responsible for furniture, hand props, and set dressing (e.g. curtains, wall dressing, carpet, and foliage) for all of the CBT’s productions. Some of her favorite props include the carousel horse-bicycle from On the Razzle, the smoking coal effect from the 2007-2011 A Christmas Carol, a spring loaded clock from Frog and Toad, the Crystal Met Chandelier from Amadeus, and the barber chair from Sweeney Todd. Along with her husband, Christy is a founding partner in Stage Right Creative, a local production company specializing in commercial and live entertainment for the stage. Stage Right Creative’s credits include work for The Coca Cola Company and Fee and Hendricks who manage The Black Bear Jamboree, Hatfield and McCoy, Smoky Mountain Opry, and The Bob Nelson Comedy Show, all located in Pigeon Forge, TN. Other work include work for The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, The Knoxville Opera, The Drury Lane Theatre and Paramount Theatre in Chicago Illinois. For the last three summers Christy has worked abroad for Opera companies in Italy and Brazil as a Properties Designer and most recently Production Manager.
Michelene is a 25 year University of Wisconsin veteran who relocated to Knoxville in 2011. As Administrative Specialist for the Department of Theatre and the Clarence Brown Theatre, Michelene is responsible for processing the payroll, personnel appointments, and travel.
Jenny has been with the department since October 2012. A graduate of Pellissippi State with an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in English with emphasis in Creative Writing, Jenny curates the interdepartmental newsletter–The Clarence Brown Tattler. Also responsible for invoicing for all rentals and other accounts payable, she plans to return to school for her Masters. No stranger to the stage, Jenny has danced with the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association (ORCBA) for 20 years. Tennessee’s oldest chartered semi-professional ballet company, ORCBA celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. As an ORCBA member, Jenny writes articles for the local press such as Vision Magazine and The Oak Ridger as well as serving as the liaison between the dancers company and the board.
Andrew joined the University of Tennessee in 2010 and currently serves as both the Production Manager and Technical Director for the Clarence Brown Theatre. Andrew also teaches in the Department of Theatre and designs scenery for university productions. Prior to his joining UT, Andrew served at the Technical Director for the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Andrew received his MFA in Theatre Design from George Washington University, and his BA in Dramatic Theory from the University of Arizona.
Sarah has been a member of the Clarence Brown Theatre family since 2007. While this will be her 5th season working as the Lead Properties Artisan for the CBT, she has worked in both the paint and properties shops. Before coming to the Clarence Brown, Sarah worked at Timber Lake Playhouse as a Scenic Charge Artist and at the Cumberland County Playhouse as a Production Assistant. She proudly holds a BFA in scenic design from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she focused on scenic design, scenic painting, and properties design. Locally Sarah has also worked as the Scenic Charge Artist for the recently renamed Black Bear and Miracle Theatres as well as for The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show–all located in Pigeon Forge, TN.
Graduating from West Virginia University with a BFA in Theater, Jon worked in various local and regional theaters as an electrician and associate technical director. Originally joining the Clearance Brown staff in 1994 as an electrician, Jon moved away in 1998 and began working in specialty construction building climbing structures and zip lines. Returning to the Knoxville area in 2003 Jon freelanced for the entertainment industry as a stage hand, electrician and rigger. Jon rejoined the Clarence Brown staff in 2013.
From Pearl River, Louisiana, Jillie graduated from Louisiana Tech University. Jillie has served as the Scenic Charge Artist for the Clarence Brown Theatre since 2008 and became an Artist-in-Residence on the Theatre Department’s Faculty in 2011 teaching Scene Painting to both graduate and undergraduate students. Previously the Scenic Charge for Birmingham Children’s Theatre, Jillie has also worked as a freelance scenic artist for such companies as the Alabama Ballet, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, and Riverside Theatre among others. When not painting for theatre, Jillie occasionally works as a decorative artist and pursues her personal art.