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Actors' Warehouse Directors

Kathy Byrne

"Beautiful Thing"

by Jonathan Harvey  

Kathy Byrne holds theatre degrees from SUNY Albany (B.A.) and her M.F.A. from Trinity University, San Antonio.

Kathy taught theater and directed at UF, and Santa Fe College. She served as voice/diction and dialects professor at New World School of the Arts, and F.I.U. Kathy performed, taught and directed with the Lexington Children’s Theater and she is certified to teach theater in both Texas and Florida.

She’s taught at Arts Magnet schools, private schools and at

P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School. Kathy directed Lydia, by Octavio Solis at Acrosstown Repertory Theatre last year. She appeared as “Betty” in the Foreigner at ART, and as the “Aunt” in The Hairy Ape at the Primitive .

Rhonda Wilson


"Stick Fly"  

by Lydia Diamond

by Marvin 

Rhonda is a Creative Arts teacher within the Alachua County School System and is Founder & Artistic Director of the Star Center Children's Theatre.  She is also the Entertainment News Update correspondent for the African Network Television (ANTV). 

Her director credits include, Ruthless, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Seussical, Intimate Apparel, Nacirema Society and many others. 

She has been in numerous productions including The Color Purple, Little Shop, Once Upon a Mattress, Pajama Game, Dreamgirls,  Children of Eden,  Raisin in the Sun, To Kill a Mockingbird, Once on This Island, Piano Lesson, Ragtime, South Pacific and Ain’t Misbehavin’

Jeffrey Pufahl


"Telling: Gainesville"

by Max Reyneard 

Jeffrey is a theatre artist originally from Saskatoon, Canada.  He trained in directing at the University of Victoria (MFA), musical theatre performance at the Cincinnati Conservatory (MFA), and voice/music at McGill University (B.Mus).  He has trained with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company in the Viewpoints and Suzuki methods.  


His varied career has taken him across Canada, the US and the UK and includes Musical Theatre, Drama, Fringe Theatre, Opera and Film. 


Currenty Jeff is living in Gainesville, Florida and is the Director of Outreach Theatre for the Center for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida. 

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Steven H. Butler


"Ethel Waters"

by Larry Parr

"Passing Strange"

by Stew

Steven is currently the Artistic Director and a Founding Member of The Actors’ Warehouse, Inc. A triple-threat in his own right, Steven longed for greater opportunities to give back to the community, and began producing and directing theatrical works himself, for a multi-cultural community while providing creative outlets.

He is an award winning community theatre actor: Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (RENT - Gainesville Community Playhouse), Best Actor (Tshepang - FTC 2015 & SETC 2016). 

Steven's director credits include, Single Black Female, 'Night Mother, RACE, The Amen Corner, Steel Magnolias and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. 

Deborah B. Dickey


"Me and Jezebel"

by Elizabeth Fuller

Deborah currently serves as a board member and producer for A Classic Theatre, Inc. in St. Augustine, FL where she recently directed her new play, Threads of Silver and Gold: Women of the Panama Canal. Through a grant from the Center for the Humanities in the Public Sphere at UF, the play was written in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal.

She was a member of the University of Arizona’s Theatre Studies and Directing faculty and has directed in professional and educational theatre for over 30 years.  Her play Cross Roads, which follows the courtship and marriage of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, premiered at Flagler College in 2012.

Her professional directing credits include Molly Sweeney, Steel Magnolias, and a production of David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre which was invited to perform at the International Conference on American Theatre and Drama in Malaga, Spain. 

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