Meet the Board

The Faces of Our Organization


Laurie Carlson

Chairperson, Board of Directors

Laurie likes to say she got her start in theatre pushing a toilet on and off stage. Which is true as she came to ATC as a volunteer stagehand during their 2011 production of “The Full Monty.” Laurie has since stage-managed over 20 productions, including ATC's classic “A Christmas Carol” for the past 10 years. She made her directorial debut with the award-winning “A Steady Rain” in 2018, for which she also shared an award for sound design.

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Matt Campbell

Vice-Chair, Board of Directors

Matt Campbell is a shareholder at the law firm, Hall Estill and based in Tulsa Oklahoma serving clients nationwide. Matt’s 20 plus year experience in private practice concentrates on U.S. federal tax planning and controversy, including federal opportunity zone tax planning and private placement offerings. He is originally from Iowa and grew up on a family farm established in 1880.


Samantha Dent

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Samantha grew up in the arts: Performing ballet, tap, jazz, modern dance, piano, voice, the odd rock band or two, and of course, theatre. She graduated from The University of Tulsa where theatre was her minor. She is currently a project management professional.


Melanie Fry

Member, Board of Directors

Ms. Fry has been with ATC as an actor and director for 43 years, and is best known for her roles as Joyce Martel and Rhonda Rhondell, with Eddie and the Ecclectics. She is currently a licensed psychotherapist in private practice.


Christi Mahagan

Member, Board of Directors

Christi has been with ATC since 2018. While she does not perform, her love of the performing arts, and in particular theatre, leads her to serve in a supporting capacity.


Charles Kevin Smith

Member, Board of Directors

Charles Kevin Smith, actor and playwright, is a longtime ticket agent with the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, and has performed with many of Tulsa's theatre groups. Favorite activities include exploring new voices in dramatic literature and finding new joys in writings of the past.


Bob Odle

Member, Board of Directors

Bob Odle’s interest in live theatre began in elementary school, but really began to flourish at Nathan Hale High School under the direction of Miss Laurine Hager.  There he was in several plays and the school musical and earned a theatre scholarship to the University of Tulsa where he was guided by Dr. Beaumont Bruestle, Mr. Harold Barrows, Mr. John Hurdle, and Mr. Larry Graham.  Earning a bachelor’s degree upon graduation, Bob went on to teach drama, speech, and debate; direct; and coach competitive speech at Central High School for four years.  He left law school to work for twenty years at American Theatre Company, of which he was one of the five founding members.  At ATC he acted, toured, directed, wrote,  headed season marketing, and taught in ATC’s state-wide theatre workshops.  On temporary leave from ATC, Bob toured with Gaslight Dinner Theatres.  After earning a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, Bob returned to full-time teaching for one year at Schulter High School and for 29 years at Mounds High School.  While teaching and coaching the Academic Bowl team, directing, and coaching Mounds Speech team to three consecutive State Championships and numerous individual championships, and taking students to the National Tournaments, he found some time to continue to do shows with ATC.  In 1976, Bob and Richard Averill wrote the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” which has been produced in other cities and has been a Tulsa Christmas tradition ever since.

Bob’s contributions to theatre and education have been recognized numerous times.  In 1977 a musical he co-wrote with Jerald Pope and Richard Averill won the NCCJ Brotherhood Award; several times he was awarded the Mounds High School Teacher of the Year Award; in 2017 and 2020, the year he retired from teaching,  he was awarded Mounds District Teacher of the Year; in 2001 he was awarded the OSTCA (Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association) Teacher of the Year; in 2017 he was awarded the National Federation of High Schools Teacher of the Year Award; in 2017 the Mayor of Mounds, Oklahoma, declared April 13 Bob Odle Day in Mounds; the 1981 Eli Award for Best Actor in Sam Shepherd’s “Buried Child, and in 2018 at the annual TATE (Tulsa Awards for Theatrical Excellence) ceremony he was awarded the Mary Kay Place Legacy Award for his contributions to theatre in Tulsa.


Robert Walters

Member, Board of Directors

Robert graduated from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU with an MFA in screenwriting. He is a teacher, director, multi-faceted entertainment/news personality and gifted comedy writer. Robert currently teaches Speech and Debate at Broken Arrow High School.

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David Allen-Lawrence

Member, Board of Directors

David Allen-Lawrence is a business coach, marketing consultant, and website developer. David is also a husband, father to two, and lifelong creative. David owns POLARcreō, a web design and development firm in midtown Tulsa.


Stephen Mellott

Member, Board of Directors

Stephen is a native Oklahoman. He attended John Brown University, and is Vice President of Heater Specialists, LLC., a custom manufacturer of large process equipment for the Refining and Petro-Chemical industries. He also co-owns Fox Hollow Farms, a beef seedstock operation in Northeastern Oklahoma.  He is active in his church, and enjoys spending time outdoors with his loving wife and daughters.


Alicia Andrews

Member, Board of Directors

Alicia serves as Chair for the Oklahoma Democratic Party and is currently a Realtor with a corporate background in strategic planning. Alicia previously ran a consulting firm specializing in writing business plans for bank financing for startups throughout Oklahoma.

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Sara Gallagher

Member, Board of Directors

Sara Gallagher is President of The Persimmon Group, a management consulting organization based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her specialty is helping organizations to thoughtfully select, plan, and execute high-stakes projects and business transformations. Sara grew up in Tulsa, returning in 2008 after brief stints in Atlanta, GA and Cairo, Egypt. She can’t sing, act, juggle, or tell jokes—but she loves to watch and support the people who can!