After visiting family in Danville for many years, James Anderson made Danville his permanent home three years ago. He first met Josh and Mark when they worked together on a local production of “Rumors” for the Little Theatre of Danville. A lifelong theatre professional, he has extensive experience as an actor, director, and educator in such places as New York City, San Diego, and Moscow. Originally from Charlotte, NC, he received his early training at the University of NC School of the Arts. Most recently, he was an actor, teacher, and company member of Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh, NC. James is extremely excited the future of STC and bringing more theatre to the Dan River Region.
Josh Lucia is a graduate of Chatham High School and has an associate degree from Liberty University. Josh is the owner of Lucia Video, a local video production company. He has a strong desire to make theatre accessible to the entire region and would like to offer more programs for kids, students, and young adults. Josh is an award-winning actor and has performed in multiple productions with Smokestack Theatre Company as well as the Little Theatre of Danville, Gretna Little Theatre, and 246 the Main. He is also a performing member of Smokestack Improv.
Emily Wilkerson has participated in theatre both on stage and off stage since the age of eleven. Some of her favorite shows she has performed in are Head Over Heels, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Romeo + Juliet. Emily can be seen volunteering behind the scenes at many Smokestack events in various roles, but is most often seen stage managing. She also has a special place in her heart for our children’s programs, and looks forward to helping with them every year. Emily’s other passion is dance, having studied many styles over the years at the Danville Academy of Dance. She has served as dance captain for many of the shows she has been in and had the honor of choreographing Smokestack’s teen production Firebringer in the summer of 2022. Emily assists in record keeping and communicating with our extensive list of volunteers among many other volunteer duties. She holds her certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.