Board of Directors
Founding Member, President of Blue Butterfly Productions
Artistic Director for Theatre eXceptional, Coordinator of the 4x6 Fest
Brianna Larson is an actor, playwright, director, and teaching artist. She graduated in 2012 with a BFA in Theatre from the drama program at the Tisch School for the Arts at New York University where she studied acting and playwriting. She has performed and produced her original work in New York City; St. Louis, MO; Dublin, Ireland and now Tampa Bay. Some of her favorite roles include Mary Warren in The Crucible (NYU), Lizzy in The Respectful Prostitute (NYU) Jeannie in Hair (Eight O'Clock Theatre), Katherine in Proof (Gypsy) and Lauren in Circle Mirror Transformation (Players Theatre).
Some of her most exciting and artistically satisfying experiences have been performing in her own original work. She premiered the role of America in her original play Fear and Loathing: An Epitaph to the American Dream, a biography of American Journalist Hunter Thompson. She also played Janis Joplin in her original play I Bet You Think This Song is About You which told the stories of seven iconic women in rock n roll. She recently ventured into the world of directing with her production of The Year of Independent Living by Tampa playwright Lil Barcaski which premiered at the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival in 2014, and a ruckus reinterpretation of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest with Gypsy Stage Repertory.
After being awarded Theatre Tampa Bay's Jeff Norton Dream Grant, Brianna produced Tampa's first 4x6 fest: A 24-hour play festival that produced new original work by 6 Tampa playwrights from start to finish in just 24 hours. Brianna currently resides in St. Petersburg FL with her three cats.
Founding Member and Managing Director for Blue Butterfly Productions
Michelle Wilder Larson has directed or co-directed over 100 productions since dancing through the pain with a sandspur in her foot during an elementary production of The Nutcracker when she was in the second grade. Her passion for theatre and for social awareness and change have easily merged as she feels strongly that theatre is an important element to raise awareness, transform lives and change perspectives. Theatre – for a cause, not just for entertainment.
She is the founder and producing artistic director of A Three Fold Cord Community Theater ( St. Louis, MO (1999 – 2011), founder former vice president and guest director for The Riverside Players (St. Louis, MO), 2005 – 2011. She also served a two year as a high school theatre director. Additionally, she has written and produced numerous short plays for churches, schools and community centers. She worked as a Speech and Dramatic Interpretation Coach for middle school and high school students
A few of her favorite productions have been Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Whistle Down the Wind, The Miracle Worker and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Michelle also directed Theatre eXceptional's inaugural performance of The Boys Next Door and Oliver! in September of 2017.
Head of the Marketing Committee - Board of Directors
Public Relations & Marketing, Musical Theatre Instructor for Theatre eXceptional
Katie Wilcox is a girl of many trades. She completed statewide and nationally in commercial photography competitions with SkillsUSA, co-founded Accio Actors, a nonprofit community theater group that performed parodies of popular fiction free to the public, and now has started her career in Public Relations and Social media Management with Blue Butterfly Productions. Away from Blue Butterfly, Katie also is a senior intern at B2 Communications and is the communications and social media manager for the Plaza Beach Resorts.
With an undying love for theater, Katie has always found a way to be involved in the community. After high school, she joined Actors Reaching Out and performed children's theater at local libraries and schools. Then she co-founded Accio Actors where she directed and produced their first production A Very Potter Musical by Starkid Potter, and took on the role of her favorite literary character: Molly Weasley. She also played various colorful aliens in Trek: An Intergalactic Spoof Musical at Studio @620 in St. Petersburg. Most recently, Katie has been seen in Theatre eXceptional's various performances including The Boys Next Door, The Wizard of Oz, and competing in the 2016 and 2017 4x6 Fest.
Aside from managing the website and social media for Blue Butterfly, Katie also teaches Theatre eXceptional’s Theatre 101 for Adults with Disabilities class with Alicia Carrillo. She is excited to be a part of such a loving and giving program and cannot wait to see where Theatre eXceptional and Blue Butterfly Productions soar for years to come.
Sara E. Green
Acting President - Board of Directors
Sara E. Green is the director of the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of South Florida. She is co-chair, with Dr. Thomas J. Gerschick, of the American Sociological Association (ASA) Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities in Sociology; and 2016-17 chair of the ASA Section on Disability & Society. Her research and teaching interests center on various aspects of the social experience of health, illness, and disability across the life course. This includes identity, community participation, humor, stigma, health beliefs, organizational membership and satisfaction, and caregiving and receiving. Her work has been published in a number of edited volumes and a wide variety of peer-reviewed journals including: Clinical Gerontology; Contemporary Sociology; Disability Studies Quarterly; Educational Gerontology; Health; Health Sociology Review; Human Organization; Humanity & Society; International Journal of Aging & Human Development; International Journal of Modern Sociology of the Family; Journal of Housing for the Elderly; Journal of Loss & Trauma; Research in Social Science & Disability; Rural Sociology; Social Science & Medicine; Sociology of Health & Illness; and Sociological Inquiry. She is co-editor, with Sharon Barnartt, of Sociology Looking at Disability: What Did We Know and When Did We Know It?, Research in Social Science and Disability, Volume 9 (Emerald Group Publishing, ); and co-author, with Shawn Bingham, of Seriously Funny: Disability and the Paradoxical Power of Humor (Lynne Rienner, 2016).
Treasurer of The Board of Directors
During his 25 year career, Rick Hart had the opportunity to work in several different areas within the financial services industry. For the first 6 years, Rick worked as an insurance agent at Florian Insurance, helping clients with their insurance needs. In 1997, Rick transitioned to work for one of the largest bank broker-dealers in the country. In this role, Rick worked with regional banks to develop, implement and manage investment programs within their branches. In 2002, Rick was promoted to Senior Vice President, with this new title Rick was responsible for more than 200 financial planners. During this time, Rick had the opportunity to travel extensively within the US visiting clients and working with financial planners.
In 2005, Rick was involved in an accident that left him paralyzed. Although confined to a wheelchair, Rick continued traveling both personally and for his job and learned to play golf, tennis, and softball from a wheelchair. In 2015, Rick decided to retire to explore other opportunities with several different areas within the disability community. Rick is currently working with Indego, a robotic exoskeleton company helping demonstrate their device. This exoskeleton allows persons with paralysis to be able to walk with robotic assistance. Rick is also the Volunteer Regional Director for The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.
Rick has been married to his wife Laura for 29 years. Rick stays very active with golfing, tennis, biking, boating, theater and traveling. Rick is a lifelong resident of Pinellas County.
Marketing Committee - Board of Directors
Ron Regan is originally from Boston and has worked in accounting and finance for most of his career. Ron attended MIT and Northeastern University as a part-time student and received his bachelor's from NU. Ron also took several classes at Boston University and Bentley College where he earned several certificates. He worked at New England Merchants National Bank, MIT, Intermetrics, Digital Equipment Corporation and ran his own consulting practice for a few years.
When Ron retired in 2003, he joined AmeriCorps VISTA and taught business and office skills, starting in Texas on the Mexican border in "Las Colonias" in Citrus County.
Ron’s theater experience started around 2010 as a tenor with the Suncoast Singers of Florida, an actor with Gypsy Stage Repertory Company and Francis Wilson Playhouse, where Ron landed a major role in "Mame.” Ron also joined a couple bands before going out as a solo act, performing at senior facilities in Pinellas County. Recently, Ron has appeared in the TV series "Condo Cops" and was a singer with the Matinee Opera Players. Currently, Ron is on the board of the Pinellas Opera League, the Matinee Opera Players, and Blue Butterfly Productions.
Participating Member of the Board of Directors
Finance and Marketing Committee - Board of Directors
Finance Committee - Board of Directors