Four County Players Board of Directors
Katie Hutchins (President)
In 1985, when Four County Players presented The Wizard of Oz, five-year-old Katie Hutchins was terrified (and fascinated) by the Wicked Witch of the West, perched in the back corner of the playhouse. That witch made quite the impression, and Katie grew up regularly attending shows at Four County with her mother and grandmother. Singing and acting her way through middle and high school, sixteen-year-old Katie was thrilled to finally be onstage at Four County in her first role, as the Rabbi’s daughter in 1998’s Fiddler on the Roof, and shortly thereafter as a Fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Barboursville ruins. After moving away and starting a family of her own in Virginia Beach, she returned to Madison in 2016, bringing her husband and children home to Four County with her. Since her return, you may have seen her as Lucy in A Charlie Brown Christmas, and most recently as a Fairy (the same fairy she played at sixteen!) in 2019’s Return to the Ruins. Having made lifelong friendships at Four County, and seeing the beautiful impact of theatre on the lives of everyone it touches, Katie is most honored and excited to take on a role on the Four County Board of Directors.
Edward Warwick White (Vice President for the Arts)
Edward Warwick White joined the cast of Annie in 2011, and has been involved with Four County Players both on and offstage ever since. Last seen onstage as Buddy the Elf in ELF: The Musical, Edward has directed, produced, and designed numerous 4CP productions, having most recently directed It Shoulda Been You, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Avenue Q, The Best of Barboursville, and Chicago. EWW is a graduate of Radford University and earned his M.Ed. from UVA’s School of Education and Human Development. By day, he serves as Assistant Dean of the Full-time MBA Program and Student Affairs at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. As an actor and performer since early childhood, he feels coming to Four County Players is like coming home.
Brian Johns (Vice President for Finance)
Brian’s family moved to the area in 2017, and one of the very first things they did was look for a community theater. His wife Paige and their daughters Lea and Susanna appeared in A Christmas Story: The Musical that December and have been in shows at 4CP ever since. Brian started by volunteering on set builds and in the House occasionally at these shows, and finally got on stage for the first time in ELF in December 2022, and is hooked (joining the Board and performing in Cinderella shortly thereafter). In his day job he runs a statewide non-profit organization that is committed to empowering people who have traditionally been left out of decision-making processes. He is so excited to bring those skills to Four County Players as this theater strives to be an accessible place of belonging and inclusion for everyone in the community. There is something special happening here!
Hannah Vidaver (Treasurer)
Hannah has been involved at Four County since 2014 when she appeared in her first Four County show Shrek! The Musical. Always a “theater nerd” Hannah fell in love with the theater, its history, and its volunteers, and has been in many Mainstage and Cellar shows since then. Memorable roles include Ernestina Moneymaker in Hello Dolly! and Marlafaye Mosely in Savannah Sipping Society. Theater has always been her passion and always will be. Working both on and off the stage she knows how important a supportive and inclusive theater can be. She hopes to be a part of that support at Four County. Theater is always expressive, and messy, and evolving, and she is excited to be a part of that process. To bring that experience to the next generation.
Lisa Medders (Secretary)
Lisa is a full-time mom, a part-time freelance editor and writer, and an ‘anytime they let her’ performer. Since melodically lamenting kids today in the 2014 production of Bye, Bye Birdie, she has called Four County Players her theater home. Lisa is as happy belting Broadway tunes or berating Charlie Brown as she is serving giant brownies or sweeping the front steps. While on the board, she looks forward to helping Four County Players expand on its efforts to entertain, educate, and reach a diverse group of volunteers and audiences so even more people can help create and experience the joy of community theater.
Sara bounced into 4CP on a very stormy Saturday — on a total whim — to help paint the set of 2020’s Mousetrap. She knew immediately that it was a special place. Fast forward three years and three productions later, Sara is paying it forward as a Board Member to the 4CP community that welcomed her and her family with such genuine care. You may have seen her as Mary in It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play or as Audrey in As You Like It. Most recently, Sara assistant produced Wait Until Dark. She has an extensive background in nonprofit resource development, including leading Major Gifts at DC’s Shakespeare Theatre. Sara currently works in fundraising and special events at The National Kidney Foundation and is excited to resource more support for 4CP’s incredible array of annual work.
Thirty years ago, Wendy walked into Four County Players for the first time to audition for a show – and the rest is history. She feels fortunate to have met and worked with so many amazing people over those years, and she was privileged to spend 17 years on the Four County Board (2004-2021) before “retiring.” After two years away from the Board, she decided she needed to return, and she is more excited than ever to be part of this great team. She has worked on more than 70 shows at Four County – both onstage and off – and is proud to call Four County her “home away from home.” In “real life,” she is a Professor in the UVA School of Medicine. She lives with her husband Bob and their two very spoiled cats in Charlottesville.
Devynn Thomas’ first production with Four County Players was in 2006 when she played Harriet in Boy Gets Girl–a dark play, but a treasured experience. Devynn worked with 4CP, PVCC theatre, and Play On! in both onstage, backstage, and off-stage capacities until 2015 when she took a hiatus and added the role of mom to her resume. She now resides in one of the four counties (Greene) with her two children and theatre loving husband. By day, Devynn runs a home daycare and playschool called Lakeside Friends Daycare. Devynn is glad to be back at Four County Players and thrilled to be supporting the community as a board member.
Meghan Wallace spends her work days as an early childhood special educator in Greene County. Her passion for theater sparked in her as a young child, holding her mom’s hand on stage playing the role of a pixie. Over the years, Meghan has expanded upon that tiny role to find a home in all aspects of theater life. Since then, she has spent countless hours in theaters, both on stage and behind the scenes learning and growing. While she still loves being on stage, Meghan has found an equal passion for the technical aspects of theater. She is excited to serve on the board of Four County Players, both to share her life experience with others and to continue to learn and grow in her theater knowledge.
Tres is a teacher, actor, musician, and father. As a teacher, he has worked with students from elementary through high school and is currently a math teacher at Village School. He started acting many years ago as an adult when his daughter begged him to perform with her on stage. Having found his passion, he has since worked in various roles and theaters in the Charlottesville community. From acting, singing, producing, and stage managing, to directing Four County Players summer theater camps and serving on the Four County board of directors, Tres has done it all with a smile on his face.