Florida Repertory Theatre’s Board of Directors names a new chair and welcomes three new members as it kicks off its 24th Season.November 12, 2021
Fort Myers, FL – On September 23, 2021, Florida Repertory Theatre’s Board of Directors named Janice Danzig its new Board Chair and welcomed three new members, Shavon Chester, Marc Collins, and Dr. Marlene Moulton.
They join other Florida Rep Board of Directors, Vice-Chair Naomi Bloom, Dinah Bloomhall, Alexandra Bremner, Secretary Doris Colgate, David M. Fritz, Fay C. Gronski, David Carleton Hall, R. Marc Laviolette (Immediate Past Chair), Sunny Lubner, John Martin, Martin McLaughlin, Rachel Burttram Powers, Treasurer Arthur Zupko, as well as Florida Repertory Theatre’s artistic and executive leadership, Greg Longenhagen and John Martin.
“I am honored and thrilled to serve as Chair and pleased to welcome our newest members,” said Janice Danzig. “I’ve been involved with the theatre since its inception and have truly enjoyed being part of the Board and watching the organization grow under the leadership of Greg Longenhagen, John Martin, and their amazing staff. Needless to say, we are excited to be back on stage after a difficult year for all.”
The newest members of the Board are Fort Myers residents with careers representing long-term care, medicine, and interior design. Each brings expansive civic involvement experience to the table.
Shavon Chester was born and raised in Fort Myers. She studied health services administration at Florida International University in Miami, and then returned to Fort Myers to apply her passion and energy serving in her home community of Southwest Florida. Ms. Chester has dedicated her career to long-term care and currently serves as the Health Services Liaison for “Cypress at Home” the companion suite of services for Cypress Living, the parent company of Cypress Cove.
Ms. Chester has an expansive history of civic involvement including serving on the board of directors for CAMEO of Lee County, the Dr. Piper Senior Center for Social Services, the McGregor Clinic, and FHCA District XVI. She is a past president of the Junior League of Fort Myers and serves on the LARC Advisory Council, Kids Minds Matter Committee, and the WGCU Outreach Committee. Ms. Chester is also a founding member of the Ronald McDonald House Red Shoe Society, and a past member of the Lee County Black History Society, and Dunbar Festival Committee. Chester was recognized by Gulfshore Business “40 under 40” for outstanding service to the SWFL community in 2020.
Marc Collins is originally from Athens, Alabama, but has called Fort Myers home since 1992. Collins has served as the lead interior designer for his family business, Carroll Properties, for more than twenty years. Carroll Properties owns and manages hotels, restaurants, marinas, and has been involved in local business for over forty years. Marc serves as the family representative for numerous organizations and charities with a special focus on local philanthropy and as a community organizer. He’s very involved in the Southwest Florida arts and social scene and dedicated to raising awareness and funds for numerous events, charitable funds, and organizations.
Collins’s past and current philanthropic work includes serving as a Board member for SalusCare, and the Uncommon Friends Foundation. He has served as event chair for Arts for ACT and the LARC Wine Dinner. He is a committee member for “Chefs Cooking for Kids,” Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of the SunCoast of Lee County, Cattle Baron’s Ball for the American Cancer Society, FGCU’s Wanderlust, and the Pace Center for Girls “Boo Ball.” He is a member of the Lee Health Foundation and has been involved with various local and state political elections.
Marlene S. Moulton, M.D. is a practicing Internal Medicine physician located in Fort Myers, Florida. She has over eighteen years of medical experience and has served the local community for more than thirteen of those years. Dr. Moulton studied medicine at Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She furthered her training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota and completed her Internal Medicine training at the University of Miami – Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. Her medical expertise includes treatment and management of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, thyroid issues, antiaging, and wellness.
Dr. Moulton is a mother and proud grandmother who has varied life interests including philanthropy, poetry writing, travel, and nurturing orchids. She is pleased to share these life interests with Richard, her husband of 25 years. Dr. Moulton served on the Florida Repertory Theatre advisory board prior to joining the Board of Directors in 2021.
New Chair Janice Danzig, a Fort Myers resident since 1978, has served on the Florida Repertory Theatre’s Board of Directors for ten years and has been involved with the organization since its inception in 1998. Previously, Danzig sat on the board for the City of Fort Myers department of arts and cultural affairs which oversaw the renovations of the Arcade Theatre in 1991. During that time period, she also served as the chair of a downtown Fort Myers arts festival featuring world-class music and dance which operated an active education program and utilized the Arcade Theatre space among other area locations. Danzig has also served as a volunteer at the South County Library and at the Baker Museum of Art in Naples.
Originally from Boston, Janice’s love of performing arts was inspired by her mother, who loved to sing along to show tunes. Danzig became officially “hooked” after seeing her first Broadway show, “Mame.”
Florida Repertory Theatre is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to providing a first-class regional theatre for Southwest Florida; to creating, nurturing, and developing an ensemble of theatre professionals who will develop long term relationships working on a wide variety of plays; to helping improve the quality of life in our community through all the arts; and to making the arts, especially theatre, accessible to all.
The organization kicked off its 24th season in September and will stage nine productions through May 2022. On stage now in the Historic Arcade Theatre: The Woman in Black adapted by Stephen Mallatrat, based on the novel by Susan Hill. And in the ArtStage Studio, Let’s Fall in Love: A World Premiere Cabaret featuring the music of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Tony Bennett. Florida Repertory Theatre is located in the Fort Myers River District. For showtimes and information visit www.floridarep.org.