Chandler Davis, Artistic Director

Chandler Davis is originally from beautiful Louisville Kentucky. She studied Musical Theatre at Emory & Henry College in Southwest Virginia. Immediately after graduating, Chandler made her professional and regional debut at Barter Theatre, the state theatre of Virginia. Since then, she has been fortunate to work at several professional  theatres and theme parks along the east coast. 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. 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. Chandler is also a proud member of the Dramatists Guild. She considers herself very fortunate to live in a town with such a rich arts scene.

Samantha Chappell, Community Arts Center Director

Samantha Herrick

  Samantha Chappell has joined Thalian Association as Community Arts Center Director and Operations Coordinator. The Thalian Association has managed the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center for the City of Wilmington since 1994. Samantha is a 2012 graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in Communications/Performance Studies. In June 2012, she became the Assistant Director for Performance Club Studio Theater, a children’s theater company that specializes in theater classes, children’s theater in the park productions, semi-professional productions at Thalian Studio Theater and summer camp programs. Samantha also edited the Performance Club short film’s and has been a filmmaker at the Cucalorus Film festival for the past 2 years. Her theater experience also includes three years with the Playmakers Repertory company in Chapel Hill. Aside from theater, Samantha was an administrative assistant for an international award-winning children’s website, TheRealToothFaries.com, where she specialized in various social media platforms and developing digital marketing strategies. Samantha has been affiliated with the Thalian Association and the Community Arts Center as a volunteer, box office manager and Children’s Theater stage manager. In her spare time she likes to kayak, watch movies, and play board games with her family! Her favorite thing about the CAC is that it is a place where artists, both the young and the young at heart, can express themselves creatively in a supportive community atmosphere!  

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 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 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 the Community Boys & Girls Club, Brigade Boys & Girls Club, the Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington and New Hanover County Schools. 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. 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. Susan loves her life in Wilmington, her husband Michael, working with TACT, and her three Havanese, Gabby, Olive, and Cuba.