Bradford Brown, Artistic Director

The arts have always been central to Bradford Brown’s life. Born and raised near Cleveland, Ohio, as a teen he performed in high school musicals, local television, and was recruited to sing in the Ohio Boys Choir, touring much of the United States and overseas. He attended Syracuse University with a concentration on musical theater direction. After graduation, Bradford moved to New York City where he founded the Off Broadway theatre company Ring of Fire Productions which combined film and computer animation with live actors on stage. He also continued his education by studying with legendary teachers Salem Ludwig (directing) and James Price (Meisner Technique). Bradford moved to Wilmington in the early 2000s and continued his theatre career directing several shows for the Thalian Association Community Theatre including Carousel, Pippin and The Pirates of Penzance. He continued his education with a Master of Computer Science from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he specialized in computer animation, film, and television special effects. His professional career in the film and television industry began as a set dresser on the show One Tree Hill. Set dressing and Prop Master credits include the films Ironman 3, Scream 5, and The Georgetown Project and television shows Swamp Thing, Under the Dome, Revolution, Sleepy Hollow, Reprisal, Our Kind of People, and Welcome to Flatch. During the years that the film and television industry left the Wilmington area, Bradford became an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he taught computer animation, special effects for film and television, website design, video game and computer user interface design. He also formed the company Laughing Soul Media which developed a virtual reality play space projected inside a geodesic dome, hands free without a headset. Bradford continued to work in theater as a stage technician in local venues as well as performing as the Mad Hatter for Pied Piper Children’s Theater and Fred in Rob Zapple’s production of A Christmas Carol. He’s also created several dance/film hybrid performances over the years at Dancelorus, the first event of the Cucalorus film festival.

Logan Hayes, Production Manager

  Logan Hayes was born in Wilmington, NC where he has lived most of his life. Logan currently attends both Cape Fear Community College and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington majoring in biology and hopes to graduate soon. Logan has danced since the age of four and is now a skilled choreographer. His love for dance grew as he became more involved within the local arts community in Southeast North Carolina. Since the age of six, Logan has been active in local theatre between working behind the scenes, choreographing dance classes/shows, and acting in shows. Logan became involved with Thalian Association as an actor in the youth production of West Side Story in 2014 and fell in love with the company instantly. Since then, some of his favorite productions have been Elf the Musical (Ensemble – 2019, Ensemble, Dance Captain, Asst. Choreographer 2021), Guys and Dolls (Harry the Horse – 2020), Children of Eden Jr. (Choreographer – 2022) and Junie B. Jones (Asst. Director – 2022).  His favorite activities include choreography, stage management, lighting design, sound design and set construction. He is ecstatic to be a part of such a wonderful company and looks forward to many seasons of exciting theatrical productions, youth theatre arts  programs, and of course, working in the home of community art, the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center!  

Chandler Davis, Artistic Consultant

Chandler Davis is originally from beautiful Louisville Kentucky. She made her professional debut in 2007 at Barter Theatre, the state theatre of Virginia.  A Wilmington community member since 2013, Chandler previously worked at DREAMS of Wilmington and TheatreNow as a Musical Theatre Instructor. She also served as City Stage Co.’s Managing Director before becoming the Artistic Director at TACT in 2016. Chandler is a member of the inaugural class of Wilma Magazine’s Leadership Academy and was a 2015 nominee in the Arts category for WILMA’S Women to Watch Awards. She is also the recipient of the award for Best Director of a Musical for the Star New Theatre Awards in 2019. Most recently, Chandler was one of forty professionals in the Wilmington area chosen for the Star News 40 Under 40 Award. She is also a proud member of the Dramatists Guild. Chandler is happy to serve as an artistic consultant for Thalian Association and is excited to support the company as it continues to serve the community.

Stacie Smith, Community Arts Center Director/Operations Administrator

  Stacie Smith studied Hospitality Management at CFCC, before deciding to go into teaching. Stacie has continued to teach for the last 8 years and enjoyed every minute of it.    Stacie was first introduced to Thalian Association in 2006 when she was cast in her first musical, from there her love of the company grew. She has continued with the company as a performer, stage manager, Children’s theatre director, and Creative Arts Camp asst. director.     When she is not at the CAC or in rehearsal, Stacie likes to go to Disney World with her husband Jud, snuggle with her dog Molly, watch her 2 nephews play sports, and have movie nights with their friends. Her favorite thing about the CAC is that the moment you walk through the door, someone sees you and knows your name. 

Susan Habas, Executive Director

Since 2011, Susan Habas has been the Executive Director of Thalian Association Community Theatre. While providing management over the Hannah Block Historic USO Community Arts Center and its programs, Thalian Association Community Theatre produces five Main Stage Thalian Hall productions and five Youth Theatre productions annually. Susan is a native Wilmingtonian, with a successful sales, business growth, and customer loyalty background during a long fashion and  retail management career with Hilda Godwin’s and The Julia. Locally, Susan is known for the weekly fashion show produced at the Pilot House in historic downtown Wilmington for 15 years and leading a variety of fundraisers for local non-profits. Working with the TACT Board of Directors, Susan has grown the Youth Theatre program to include TACT Academy and a community outreach program that serves afterschool programs and Title 1 Elementary and Middle Schools in the Cape Fear Region. She also negotiated over $100,000 per year in trade sponsorships, founded the ARTfall Exhibition at the HBHUSO/CAC, established beneficial collaborations with the area non-profit organizations, and developed a diverse fundraising program including the Divine Divas events that also benefit designated non-profit organizations. Special events have included shows at the Blockade Runner, Mad Boar, and the most successful fundraiser in TACT history A Little Night Magic. Other historic firsts include staging productions at the Red Barn Studio theatre from 2013 – 2017 and in July 2017 collaborating with the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA to present the Tony Award winning play Mr. Roberts on the fantail of the Battleship, followed in  2018 by Caine Mutiny Court-Martial. Susan loves her life in Wilmington, her husband Michael, working with TACT, and her three Havanese, Gabby, Olive, and Cuba.