Theatre Raleigh

  • (919) 832-9997
  • 2 E. South St. Raleigh, NC 27601


Meet the Staff

Lauren Kennedy Brady

Producing Artistic Director
At Theatre Raleigh, Lauren has directed such shows as DRIFT, TRUE WEST, VANITIES, THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, THE WOLF and more! As an actress Lauren appeared on Broadway in SPAMALOT (Lady of the Lake), LES MISERABLES (Fantine), SIDESHOW (Daisy Hilton, original cast), SUNSET BLVD. (original cast). Off-Broadway: VANITIES (Mary/Second Stage), GOOD OL’ GIRLS. National Tour and London: SOUTH PACIFIC (Nellie Forbush), SUNSET BLVD. (Betty Schaefer). Favorite Original Work: THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Cathy), THE RHYTHM CLUB (Petra/Helen Hayes Award nom. for Best Lead Actress), WHITE CHRISTMAS (Judy Haines), and ZELDA (Barrymore Nomination for Best Actress/Flat Rock Playhouse/LENAPE). Recordings: VANITIES, SOUTH PACIFIC (Original London Cast), SUNSET BLVD, GOOD NEWS (with The London Symphony), THE PAUL SIMON ALBUM (Varese Sarabande). Ms. Kennedy’s solo recordings are available on the PS Classics. Visit

Leona Taylor

General Manager
Leona joined the team at Theatre Raleigh in 2014 as Development Director with more than 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Her current position as General Manager gives her the opportunity to combine her love and appreciation of the arts with her professional skills for the first time in her career. Leona holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Wake Forest University, where she also minored in music. In her free time, Leona bakes and decorates cakes, sings with the NC Master Chorale, and tries to find time to read. She has held various leadership positions with the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh. Leona lives in Holly Springs with her husband, Shane, and their two children, William and Natalie.

Chris Bernier

Technical Director
Chris is always excited to be working with Theatre Raleigh. Previously, Chris was the full time Technical Director for the Kennedy Family Theater at Barton College. At Barton Chris designed the scenery and lighting for the world premieres of Drift and Afric’s Muse as well as designing Macbeth, Drood, Waiting for Godot and No Exit. Chris received his BFA and MFA in design from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University where he was a 4-year Trustee Scholar. Thanks to his wife Delaina and children Susannah and Wesley for their love and support.

Ann Hess

Development Director
Prior to joining Theatre Raleigh, Ann worked as Development Director for an international foundation raising corporate and private funds in the US and Canada. Ann’s enthusiasm for non-profit work is continually sparked by her passion for people and interest in improving “community.” Ann attended Beloit College and Syracuse University, relocating to sunny NC in 1996. She is the recipient of a number of unusual awards, including: the J.N. “Ding” Darling Award for conservation, and a Rotary International award for “concern, bravery, and deep understanding” during her time in the Philippines. Ann and her husband, Gary, have three children – two living in NYC, and one in high school. When not at work, Ann can usually be found at a hockey rink cheering on her youngest child. When not at the rink, Ann enjoys gardening, old movies, fishing and kayaking.

Meagan Chieppor

Casting & Communications Director
After growing up in Pennsylvania and graduating from Elon University, Meagan moved to the Triangle area on a whim and has been working in theatre here ever since. You can find her onstage and behind the scenes at many of our area theatres — she counts herself very lucky to have found such a great artistic community here in Raleigh! Meagan spends her free time traveling, taking class at Moonlight Stage Company and hanging out with her best friend Gumbo (yes, he is a dog).

Morgan Parpan

Education Director
Morgan started as a TR intern back in 2011, and has been in and around the offices ever since. Today, she enjoys collaborating on new shows for the Family Series, and working to inspire the next generation of theatre lovers!

Ashley Allen

Box Office Manager
After almost 30 years living abroad, Ashley is happy to be back in Raleigh close to family and dear friends. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill she spent 22 years in Paris working for an international organization and five years raising her two children in Stockholm, Sweden. With a passion for music and theater, Ashley grew up surrounded by thespians and has always remained close to the theater world. She is very proud to be a part of the Theatre Raleigh family and the magic it continues to bring to the Triangle.