Abigail Phillips has called SEACT her home theatre for 16 years. She has performed with 10 different theatre companies in Alabama and Georgia, and directed Youth Theatre for the last 7 years. Abigail was awarded Best Director at the Alabama Youth Theatre Experience in 2017.
She studied Musical Theatre at Young Harris College and is currently pursuing Theatre Studies at Rose Bruford College (UK). Abigail is currently serving as the SEACT Theatre Enrichment Instructor for Headland Elementary School. She is slated to direct The Giver, The SpongeBob Musical, Beauty and the Beast Jr, and Descendants: The Musical for SEACT’s 2022/2023 season. Abigail is thrilled to be returning to Dothan, Headland, Enterprise, and Graceville for summer camps this year. She is proud to have touched the lives of 500+ students during the 2021-2022 season, and is ready to see what the upcoming year holds.
Riley Forrest received a BS in Theater and Performance Studies from Kennesaw State University. Now back in her hometown of Donalsonville, Georgia, Riley is an active participant in productions at Cotton Hall Theater and trying her hand at script writing. Riley is so excited for this season! She will be making her SEACT stage debut in Narnia the Musical in June, teaching summer camp in Dothan this summer, and returning to the after-school classroom this fall. She will direct her first SEACT production with The Best Christmas Pageant Ever during the holiday season. Riley looks forward to the challenges and growth this season will bring.
Sandra Peters has been involved with theater for most of her life. Her involvement led her to study acting at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and in New York City with Uta Hagen at Herbert Berghoff Studios. She also studied and acted in productions at Indian River State College, where she met her husband, Sean. Sandra has extensive experience working with youth and children’s drama teams, and directing dramatic productions in church ministry. She was the founding artistic director of The View from the Stage Crestview Community Theater, and formed the KIDZ ACT program in Crestview Florida. Since moving to Dothan in May of 2021, she has found her home with the SEACT family where she played Ruby Delvecchio in Self Help and Mrs. Birling in An Inspector Calls. She recently co-directed Legally Blonde at Houston Academy, and is looking forward to teaching some summer camp classes with SEACT this summer. Sandra will co-direct her first SEACT production Frozen, Jr., with her husband, Sean.
Sean is a former high school drama teacher, actor and director. He holds a BA Degree in English with a minor in Theatre from Florida Atlantic University, and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. Sean taught drama at Fort Pierce Westwood High School and started the Theatre Program at St. Lucie West Centennial High School in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Sean has directed Guys and Dolls, You Can’t Take It with You, Endgame, Our Town, Play On, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Curious Savage. Prior to teaching, Sean performed in numerous plays and musicals at the collegiate, community, and regional level. Sean is currently the Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Dothan. He will co-direct SEACT's Frozen Jr., with his wife, Sandra, this fall.
New to the SEACT family, Brianna Lewis has appeared in several theatrical productions over the course of her career. During her time at Wallace Community College, you may have seen her sporting Mary Lazarus’ habit in Sister Act, or the iconic hairstyle of Miss Clairee in Steel Magnolias to name a couple. Brianna has also just recently graduated with her Bachelor's in Communication Arts – Theatre from Troy University. A native of Dothan, Brianna is working towards her dream of running her own faith-based theatre company that gives others the opportunity to experience the world she has fallen so much in love with. She is looking forward to working with the SEACT team this summer in Elba, Blakely, Ga., and Dothan.
Ashleigh Braswell has been working with SEACT for 5 years in various capacities. She studied Technical Theatre at Chipola College, and is working towards earning a Bachelors degree in Theatre Education from Troy University. Ashleigh started working with Wiregrass Drama Club in 2021, assisting in technical elements for Seussical Jr. She offered training and assistance to the students who won Best Lighting at last year's Alabama Youth Theatre Experience. Ashleigh has been working in technical theatre with a specialty in costume for 8 years and looks forward to mentoring students in technical theatre. In addition to costume, Ashleigh has a passion for puppetry and has designed two large scale puppets for the stage. Her Hairy Man was featured in Wiley and the Hairy Man last year, and her next special effect is featured in June's Narnia.
Madalyn Dillard has grown up through SEACT and Alabama Dance Works (formerly known as Patti Rutland Jazz). Dancing competitively, Madalyn has won multiple awards. She has competed in the genres of musical theater, hip hop, contemporary, and modern. Madalyn is currently studying to become a physical therapist at the University of Mobile while she leads a recreational dance group. Her dream is to keep the performing arts in her life; whether it be by performing or teaching, she loves it all. Madalyn cannot wait to work with people who also share the love of the performing arts!
Youth Activities Coordinator:
Brook has been supporting SEACT administration for 6 years, and was an involved parent in youth camps and productions for many years before that. The experience of growing up her own children at SEACT, and a prior teaching career, both connect to the passion she brings to youth theatre programming for every Wiregrass family and student. Her efforts brought the Wiregrass Drama Club to SEACT, and led the expansion of youth theatre programming from summer activities to year-round classes for students of all ages, and sometimes adults, too!