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 about creating STC and bringing more theatre to the Dan River Region.
Josh Lucia is a 2003 graduate of Chatham High School and has an associate degree from Liberty University. Josh worked for ABC 13 news in Danville for five years as a video journalist before transitioning into video marketing. In 2014, he and a colleague formed Presenting You, a local marketing company which was re-branded as Lucia Video in 2018. Through various projects, he has been involved closely with much of the progress of the River District and the entire region and has seen a need for more Arts, specifically live theater. He has a strong desire to make theatre accessible to the entire region and would like to see more programs for kids, students, and young adults. Josh is an award-winning actor and has performed in multiple productions with the Little Theatre of Danville, Gretna Little Theatre, and 246 the Main.
Linda Zimmermann moved to Danville in 2008 from Orlando, FL. She started acting in 1990 and fell in love instantly. Linda has been in numerous stage productions and independent films, most notably: Julius Caesar, Who Done it?, The Wizard of Oz, The Fantasticks, and Southern Fried Funeral. Linda trained in acting at The National Shakespeare Conservatory and trained in Improv with comedic actor, Wayne Brady. Linda plans on continuing her education with The Second City in 2019.
Linda has worked in marketing and public relations for over 14 years with experience in the fields of technology, music, television, film, sports, modeling and radio. Linda also works as the official photographer for the Danville Area Humane Society, and she is the founder and director of a local non-profit. Linda is a registered comedy writer with the National Writers Union and is a member of the Alliance for Women in Media, Public Relations Society of America, and the Entertainment Publicists Professional Society.
Rachel Timm has been in love with all things theatrical from her earliest memories growing up in central California. She made her debut at age 6 as Flower #3 in an experimental community children's theatre group and has since performed roles such as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Annelle in Steel Magnolias. She has directed the drama students at Artios Academy of Danville for the past 4 years in such productions as Peter Pan, Anne of Green Gables, Cheaper by the Dozen, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, and most recently The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Rachel is perhaps best known locally for her various roles as production manager/director for the past 5 summer seasons of Shakespeare in the Park. During the day she can be found enthusiastically reading stories and playing the ukulele for children at the Mt. Hermon Library where she serves as the Youth Services Specialist.
Kris Dodds Williams is a graduate of Averett University where she majored in Theatrical
Arts. Kris has been working as the drama teacher and theatrical director at Tunstall High School
Since 2009. Before her full time move into the classroom, Kris was credited with roles
including "Little Red" in Into the Woods, "Romaine Patterson" in the Laramie Project, "Eunice"
in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, as well as credits in The Complete Works of
William Shakespeare: Abridged, The Mousetrap, and Noises Off. Kris made her way back to the stage with The Little Theatre of Danville as “Laura” in The Glass Menagerie in November 2017. Kris is a member of Alpha Psi Omega, a national theatre honor society, as well as VTA, a Virginia state theatre association. She has led the Tunstall High School Drama Department to VHSL contest since 2009 in addition to the shows she produces.
As a director, Williams has had the pleasure of producing FAME: The Musical, The Servant of
Two Masters, School House Rock Live, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and many more. Recently, Kris made the move to work with community theatre by taking on directing and designing for Southern Fried Funeral. Kris has two sons and works with students daily in the classroom and onstage. For the past eight years, she has worked to create her own curriculum in her classroom, as well as building a framework for the entire PCS theatre and dramatics arts program.
Candice Raby is a 2000 graduate of Tunstall High School and has lived in Danville for most of her life. She has worked as an account clerk for the past eight years and is currently with the City of Danville Mass Transit Division where she has worked for two years. Through her position she is constantly engaging with the local community. While a newcomer to the stage, she impressed with her performance as “Harlene” in Little Theatre of Danville’s production of Southern Fried Funeral. Candice is also a member of Smokestack Improv. She is an avid supporter of the arts and volunteers tirelessly to bring more opportunities to the community.
Matt is a 2002 graduate of Bartlett Yancey High School in Yanceyville, NC and a 2007 graduate of Averett University's Theatre Arts department. After graduation, Matt had the privilege of working and traveling with Theatre IV, a non-profit children's touring theatre based out of Richmond, Va. He also performed main stage shows at the Barksdale Theatre and the Virginia Repertory Theater, both located in Richmond, Va. While there, he developed and honed his skills in improvisational and sketch comedy with Comedy Sportz and the Richmond Comedy Coalition. He continues to learn and use those skills as Smokestack's Improv Producer. Matt is currently the afternoon DJ and production assistant for Danville's classic rock station, 104.5 The Dan. Matt is thrilled to be a part of the Smokestack family and looks forward to everyone putting up with his corny jokes and slightly-off impressions. Even more than they already do.
Theatre Engagement Director
Raised in Providence, NC, Mark Harrelson has called Danville home for the past 28 years. A graduate of Bartlett Yancey Senior High and Danville Community College, Mark has worked in various communication-related fields, including many years as a newspaper reporter/editor and in area radio newsrooms and broadcast booths. A veteran of the local stage, Mark has appeared in numerous productions for The Little Theatre of Danville and served on that organization’s board of directors for many years.