David is thrilled to be celebrating the 22nd Anniversary of the Orlando Fringe Festival and is very excited about all of the new opportunities that this years Fringe has in store.
With a passion for supporting the development and presentation of new works for the stage, David believes the Fringe Festival provides such a rare vehicle for bringing talented artists and diverse audiences together to experience theatre without limitations.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from Mars Hill College and a Masters of Science in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University. Originally from Shelby, North Carolina, David began his career as a performer in repertory and regional theatres throughout the Southeast before exiting the stage for the production and management side of the business.
David has lived in Orlando for the past 17 years and is currently the Producer for Disney Cruise Line Entertainment, where he splits his time between Orlando, Toronto and where ever in the world the Disney fleet may be. His travels have empowered his love of good food; good wine and good theatre and they have sparked a new fascination with the Toronto Maple Leafs and all things Canadian.
Art & History Museums – Maitland, Director of Development
Devin Dominguez is a native Floridian who has made Orlando her home for the last decade largely due to its vibrant arts community. She studied Humanities at the University of Central Florida and is currently Director of Development at the Art & History Museums – Maitland.
Devin brings to the Orlando Fringe several years of experience from the Central Florida cultural community including the Orlando Museum of Art, Orange County Library System, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, and most recently headed up the Hope and Help Center’s Headdress Ball. She was a nominee for the Orlando Business Journal’s 2011 40 under 40, and is actively involved in numerous community organizations.
With all the great arts in this community, Devin still claims Fringe as her favorite 12 days of the whole year. “I have an immense sense of pride in the Orlando Fringe. It is my favorite time of the whole year – I absolutely love the Fringe community.”
Matt McGrath is thrilled to be on the Fringe board. He has been an avid Orlando Fringe Festival attendee for many years. He has attended the festival since it was located downtown and has watched it grow to its current location at Loch Have Park.
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Matt has lived in the Orlando area for over 20 years. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1998 with a B.A. in Accounting. Matt is the Vice President of lease administration for a commercial aircraft leasing company, where he has been employed for 16 years.
Each year, Matt has found himself going to more and more shows and doesn’t miss a day during the week the festival is in town. He encourages not only those who are already “fringers” to attend shows, but he also promotes Orlando Fringe to newcomers. As a neighbor to the festival, he is honored to be a part of the board and looks forward to working with such an amazing organization.
Heather Wilkie is honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Orlando Fringe Board of Directors. The theater community is a familiar place for Heather, who grew up performing in local theater in the small town of Meadowview, Virginia. Heather received a scholarship to pursue Musical Theatre at Mars Hill College, where she spent the first year of her college career. Heather later made the decision to work toward another dream and changed paths to study Psychology and Sociology at the University of North Carolina-at Asheville. She later moved to Orlando, Florida and earned a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College.
Heather was instantly drawn to the Orlando Fringe because of the incredibly talented artists and the excitement that the festival brings to the Central Florida community. She discovered the Fringe Festival several years ago and has worked as a volunteer in numerous capacities over the past few years. Spending the past nine years working for a non-profit agency, she realizes the positive impact an organization such as the Fringe Festival can have on the community.
Disney Theatrical Group
Originally from the Dallas Texas area, Kevin has been an avid Fringe Fan for most of its history and still remembers the days of traversing the empty storefronts in Downtown Orlando seeking Fringe venues. What a difference Loch Haven Park makes!
Kevin graduated from Texas A&M University Commerce with a Bachelors in Marketing. Before moving to Florida, he spent 11 years in retail with the Texas department store Sanger Harris (that changed to Foley’s, and is now Macy’s). In 1989, he left retail and moved to Florida to work for Disney. After spending 21 years at Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line, he now resides in New York City and works in marketing for Disney Theatrical Group above the historic New Amsterdam Theatre.
When not at work, Kevin likes to spend time exploring New York, discovering new restaurants, and of course – taking in Broadway and the local theater scene.
Even though 1,000 miles away, Kevin is very excited to continue to be a part of the Orlando International Fringe Festival board. “In past years, as a Board Member, volunteer, and patron, I got a very different point of view of the festival. I love getting to know the patrons, amazing volunteers, and especially several of the artists. I think that Orlando Fringe is one of the most important annual cultural events in Central Florida. I am proud to be an advocate for an event that brings together such a diverse group of people in a very unique way that supports all forms of art.”
Alyson has always enjoyed and been a supporter and patron of local theater, music, and the arts. Over the last several years, Alyson has participated in Fringe as a patron and a performer. Her son and his friends look forward to participating in Kid’s Fringe each year.
She is ecstatic to be part of the Fringe planning. When not hanging around a theater, Alyson practices her skills in a courtroom as a commercial litigation attorney and mediator for Cole, Scott & Kissane.
Doug Davis is a lifelong resident of Central Florida and long time patron and volunteer of the Orlando Fringe. Doug is a current employee of WellCare Health Plans of Florida. Doug has a background in non-profit management with a focus on development, community relations and services. In addition, Doug was a small business owner for a tour company that focused on bringing performing groups to Walt Disney World and other venues.
Doug attended the University of Central Florida and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1989. Doug also studied at the University of Oviedo in northern Spain and is fluent in Spanish. Doug’s wife, Jeri and his son, Cameron both volunteer annually at the Orlando Fringe. Volunteer work is important to Doug as he has volunteered for the Heart of Florida United Way as well as the Central Florida Aging in Place Chapter, of which he is the current chair.
Art, and its expression, in a free and uncensored manner is important to Doug. He is excited to be one of the newest members of the Orlando Fringe board and hopes that his background in non-profit work can assist in growing the Fringe.
Terry Thorspecken is excited to join the Orlando Fringe Board. She currently works for Merrill Lynch as a Financial Advisor, Vice President. She previously served on the board of the Orlando Philharmonic. Terry lives in Orlando with her husband, Thomas (Thor) Thorspecken, an illustrator and blogger.