The Highlands Cashiers Players Board of Directors

Adair Simon


Adair acted for the first time with HCP as the kooky Bobbi Michele in The Last of the Red Hot Lovers. She has an extensive background in acting and in video, television, and theatrical productions. Her company, Video Progressions, videotaped productions for numerous clients in the southeast and produced documentary films seen on PBS. In her 30 years as an actor, she has performed in TV commercials, TV series and movies for commercial and public television, and for theater, in roles such as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Rosemary in Picnic and Gilmer in Godspell. She has also taught acting. She and her husband Dave retired in 2006, moving from Atlanta to Cashiers.

Lance Trudel

Vice President

Lance Trudel has lived in Highlands for less than four years but has had the privilege to be in seven productions for the Highlands Cashiers Players.   He was most recently in “Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell” where he played the dashing Victor Flemming.  He works at Mirror Lake Antiques and Oakleaf Flower and Garden.

Paula Gordon


Paula has lived in Highlands for over 30 years.  This is her fifth year as a Board member.   Paula is also the front of house coordinator (box office, ushers, house managers) for the plays.  If you would like to volunteer in any of these capacities, please feel free to call.  She enjoy working with HCP and meeting so many wonderful people.

Michael Lanzilotta

Immediate Past President

I am a native of New York.  I moved to Highlands permanently five years ago. My partner and I have had a home here since 1994.   Five years ago I retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  I worked in the private and public sectors, holding executive positions in Public Health, and Health Care Administration.  My experience in the theater has been abundant; I have appeared in several plays during my high school years; during college, graduate school and in Community Theater Groups.  I was a member of, and actor with the Kanawha Players, in West Virginia, Virginia Players in Charlottesville and the Atlanta Theatrical League.  In addition I have directed, done character make-up.  I have acted with the HCP in “Momma Won’t Fly”, Vanya, in Vanya, Masha, Sonia and Spike, directed “The Games Afoot”, appeared in a couple of HCP Winter Dinner/Theater Productions, including “Middletown”, and will be directing “Guilty Conscience” for the HCP 2017-18 Season.

Virginia Talbot


HCP Board member, has directed 14 HCP plays, most recently The Last of the Red Hot Lovers in 2014 and Almost, Maine in 2013. She has acted in 19, most recently as Hope Sober in Murder Not Prohibited and as Miss Sadie in Welcome to Mitford in 2015. In Tacoma/Seattle area she had a 20-year career in Public Television, teaching on-air courses in various subjects, writing, producing, and directing films and TV programs, two of which were awarded Emmys.  She later served as an instructor of gifted students and as director of Outdoor Education for a school district near Tacoma.  She has lived in Scaly Mountain with her husband Dean Zuch (also an HCP actor), volunteers at the Hudson Library in Highlands, sings with Mountain Voices chorus in Franklin, and hikes with the OTH (Over-the-Hill) Hiking club.

Faye Siegel

Board Member

Donna Cochran

Board Member

Donna has been involved with HCP for all of its’ 20 yrs. She is on the Board for the second time, has acted, directed, has worked backstage, and provide food for many casts and many productions. Donna and her husband, Stan, own Mirror Lake Antiques.

Kathryn Buckley

Board Member

Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Kathryn Buckley is a retired reading specialist. She and her husband Ron make their home in Satolah, Georgia and Greenwood, South Carolina. She is an avid theater enthusiast and is currently serving as volunteer coordinator for HCP. Kathryn’s initial involvement with community theater was as a “theater mom” for her children, one of whom is now enjoying success as a published playwright. Kathryn has also coached dramatic productions for various Atlanta children’s theater production.  Additionally, Kathryn enjoys reading, yoga, knitting, travel, and most especially the company of her children and grandchildren. She is excited to serve in her current capacity at HIghlands Cashiers Players, and is constantly inspired by the willingness of area residents to serve our community.


Rickey Siegel

Board Member

Ricky and his wife moved to Highlands in 1997 after purchasing the 4 ½ Street Inn. He got involved in HCP in 2006. This is his second time on the HCP Board, has acted and directed as well as worked on set construction.   His most recent role was in “Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell”

Paul Herron

Board Member

Prior to Highlands Cashiers Players Paul spent two seasons with the famed Berkshire Theatre Festival’s Unicorn Experimental Theatre in Stockbridge, MA as the male lead in The Lusty and Comical History of Tom Jones, John Morrison’s stage adaptation of Henry Fielding`s great novel of 1749; Orsinio in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; and Proteus in Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen From Verona.  He is the assistant director for Guilty Conscience.

Paul has been in Highlands for 4 years.  He is a former Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Division President, and Chief Operating Officer of market-leading national and international technology firms. Prior to his business career Paul served as an NCAA collegiate tennis coach, PTR-certified tennis instructor, and Director of Tennis at private indoor and outdoor clubs throughout the Northeast.


Barbara Werder

Ex Officio Advisor

Barbara is the Past President of the HCP Board of Directors and has served HCP for many years as costumer, as an actress, and has helped with our hospitality activities. She formerly owned the 1891 Stewart House.

Craig Eister

Board Member

Craig Eister recently moved to Scaly Mountain, NC and made his debut with the Highlands Cashiers Players in March 2016, with ‘March Medley’.   He most recently appeared in ‘Don’t Dress for Dinner’ in Fall of 2016.   Craig is excited to be a part of this group.

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