OLT’s Executive Board consists of seven members elected by the Friends of Old Library Theatre. Our board members bring a unique mix of diverse expertise and professionalism to the board, with the universal intent to provide exciting performances and opportunities to the area.
2017 Executive Board
Craig Tiede – I’m honored to once again be nominated to shepherd Old Library Theatre through an upcoming season as its President. Over the past four years, OLT has grown in quantity and quality – yet there is more work to do. There are many ways we can to continue to grow, develop and distinguish ourselves as a premier community theater organization. As we look ahead to our milestone 50th season, I’m excited by the opportunity to tell our company’s story while continuing to offer quality entertainment at affordable prices. It is my philosophy that community theater is both of, and for, the community and I strongly support OLT’s mission to welcome people in to the collaborative art of theater from all walks of life and levels of experience. As we continue to develop professionally, let us never lose sight of the importance of lifting up the friendly, dedicated, supportive and creative lovers of live theater who will ensure we continue to thrive for decades to come!
Angela Vida – Last year, my letter to our membership spoke about the feeling of community I experienced upon working with OLT for the first time. As the 2016 Vice President, that sense increased with my involvement with the board. Gaining familiarity with the fundamentals of a theatre company has proved invaluable. I had always considered myself an actor who was willing to go above and beyond what was expected of me, but I was humbled to discover how little insight I had into the process of bringing quality productions to the stage.I happily accept my nomination for Old Library Theatre’s 2017 Vice President, eager to usher our growing company into its landmark 50th season. Working alongside the rest of the board, I have clear and attainable goals for the year: expand our membership and increase their involvement in all aspects of our operations, continue to receive feedback from our patrons to create fulfilling theatrical experiences, serve as historian to strengthen our narrative as the company grows, and use the 50th season to involve the Fair Lawn community in new and creative ways. Please join me in making Old Library Theatre an organization we can all be proud to call our own.
Cynthia Smith Barry – We are celebrating an exciting milestone at OLT as we enter its 50th Anniversary Season in 2017. Most recently, I have been in OLT’s productions of The Best Man, Oliver, and as ‘Big Mama’ in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, for which I received a 2015 Perry Nomination as Best Supporting Actress in a Play. I am enamored with this theatre group and all the people involved, so it is a real honor to be nominated to the Executive Board as Secretary. I understand this commitment involves serving a one year term on the board, attending and participating in a monthly board meeting, as well as various OLT functions throughout the year. I feel I would be a valuable Board Member, not only because I was a professional actress in the past, but my family and I have enjoyed living in Fair Lawn for over 33 years. I am so glad I made the decision to join OLT and to have repeatedly witnessed its quality and professionalism.
Linda Wielkotz – Linda is once again happy to be nominated as Treasurer. Linda has been a member for 41 years and has served in many positions. Being on the board involves dedication, wanting to see the group grow and making it a place for all to be involved, which was her goal in all the years involved. Linda is a producer, director and actor in the NJ/NY area and co producer on the upcoming Off Broadway musical Unexpected Joy. Happy 50th to OLT. Here’s to many more seasons.
Brendan Joel Bartlett – I, Brendan Joel Bartlett, accept the role of publicity chair at OLT. In the past I have been glad to bring OLT’s image and plans to the community, friends and friends yet to be. I’m very proud to again be entrusted with this responsibility of keeping OLT current and in the public eye. I will do my best to send emails in a timely fashion, inform our friends and make OLT the #1 priority. Thank you so much for the nomination and continued trust of my abilities.
Sheryl Heffernan – Sheryl is very happy to be nominated for the position of House Manager. This is a position that requires large expenditures of time and effort. As a person who is mostly retired, Sheryl has the necessary time and energy to devote to the job. She would like to have a House Committee, to assist with certain aspects of the position, including maintenance of our storage room, and purchasing items for the concession stand. Her initial plans include working with the Director of Recreation and Parks and the Fire Marshall to ensure compliance with fire safety codes, and cleaning & reorganizing the concession stand closet to promote effective use of the space.
Matthew Haines – I am honored to be nominated again to serve on the Executive Board for Old Library Theatre. I am still so grateful to be a member of this company, and I am thrilled to continue to work to provide a welcome environment that puts on fantastic productions. I feel as though serving on the board has given me insight into how to best help the company, and I believe that taking on the role of web master will be one where I can truly make a difference in the company. I will work to make sure our website provides all relevant information in a user friendly and efficient manner.