Our Board

The 2nd Star Board of Directors is 10 volunteers, supported by two liaisons and the rest of the community. Board members serve two-year positions, and half of the board is elected each year*.

(Due to nonprofit tax regulations, the Treasurer is re-elected every year and serves a one-year term.)

Nathan Bowen


Nathan has been involved with 2nd Star Productions since 2007, and he joined the Board in2012. So far, his favorite roles have been Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Cornelius in Hello, Dolly, and Bert in Mary Poppins. When he’s not thinking about theatre, you can find him watching Disney movies, playing weird board games with friends, or in the backyard with his dog, George Bailey.

Karen Monteith

Vice President

Karen joined 2nd Star in 2019, and joined the Board in 2020. Her off-stage life is taken up by a teen and preteen, her dog and 2 cats, and her husband. While she’s primarily content to be an ensemble member, her dream roles would be Adelaide in Guys and Dolls and Hodel or Golde in Fiddler on the Roof. She’s excited to be a part of 2nd Star and looks forward to many years of community theatre in the Bowie area!

Gene Valendo


Gene has been a part of 2nd Star since 2012. His favorite show was 2014’s production of Children of Eden, but his favorite role was as Ebenezer Scrooge in 2019’s A Christmas Carol—The Musical. Gene has also designed sets, built sets, produced shows, and worked on special effects. Twice-retired (once from psychology and once from the U.S. Navy), he plans to continue doing all of the above in his copious free time.

Emily Mudd


Emily joined 2nd Star in 2012. You may recognize her as Mary Poppins – a special production where she got to work so closely with her brother, who portrayed Bert. Emily dreams of playing many of the roles that the fabulous Julie Andrews has tackled during her illustrious career. Her favorite shows tend to be those by Stephen Sondheim. When she’s not onstage, you can find Emily spending time with her lovely husband Nick, or working as a librarian in Calvert County.

Kelsey Meiklejohn Bowen

Artistic Director

Kelsey has been with 2nd Star since 2017. A high-school theatre teacher and choreographer by day, she thinks the best way to relax from live theatre is… more live theatre. You’ve seen her onstage in Peter and the Starcatcher, and offstage as the director of Amélie, but her dream show is Little Dancer. She grew up watching classic golden age musicals with her grandparents and became a Shakespeare nerd in college. When she’s not onstage or backstage, she is thinking about the best ways to spoil her dog, George Bailey, and chocolate!

Mary Wakefield

Audience Relations Director

Mary’s first show with 2nd Star was The Secret Garden in 2010. An environmental scientist by day, she loves the chance to work with 2nd Star, as an actress, director, costumer, or just sit in the ticket booth and say hello to people! Her favorite shows are The Secret Garden, Children of Eden, and Peter and the Starcatcher, all of which she has been able to work on with 2nd Star! She dreams of the day when the rights to Warhorse are released, so that she can spend way too much money and time making giant horse puppets and putting together World War I British Uniforms. The fastest way to her heart is with puppies or coffee.

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Crista Drysdale

Development Director

Crista’s bio is still in rehearsals – check back later!

Michael Mathes

Facilities Director

Michael has been with 2nd Star since 2005. You’ve seen him in many roles, most notably Mordred in Camelot and Schroeder in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. His dream role is Igor in Young Frankenstein. The best way to his heart is through good food. When he’s not onstage or backstage, he dreams of getting a dog with his wife, Allison.

Alyson Griese

Marketing Director

Alyson first joined 2nd Star onstage in 2017 for Mary Poppins, and jumped at the chance to take over marketing in 2020. By day, she commutes into DC to work at a non-profit. Her favorite shows are Fun Home, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and South Pacific. A life-long alto, she’s waiting for 2nd Star to choose a musical with a dance-light alto lead.

Jane Wingard

Founding Member

As a founding member of 2nd Star, Jane has seen and done it all. She’s enjoying a well-earned retirement from actively running the company, but is happy to share her wisdom with the rest of the board. She dreams of a new production of her favorite musical, 1776.

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