Bill Coleman; CEO
Bill Coleman has served as a senior management leader with nonprofit arts organizations in Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. He was previously the executive producer of The Stephen Foster Story in Bardstown, KY, director of audience development at the Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville, TN and executive director of the City Ballet in Knoxville, TN. He has also served as a consultant for numerous theatrical facilities including the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, KY., the Ruben Dario National Theatre in Managua, Nicaragua, and the Johnny Appleseed Heritage Center near Mansfield, Ohio. He also served on the Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s board of directors and was instrumental in bringing the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America’s annual conference to Nashville in January of 2007. Prior to joining RIHA, Coleman held the position of CEO at Dismas, Inc. network headquartered in Nashville, TN. Coleman received a BA from the University of Tennessee and a MBA from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.
Nancy Figiel; Advancement Director
Nancy J. Figiel acquired a strong love of the theatre while growing up outside of New York City and attending many Broadway shows. She first saw The Lost Colony in the mid-1970s with her family who owned one of the flat top cottages in Southern Shores. “We loved everything about the Outer Banks, its beauty and beaches, and its history and culture.” After moving here in 1987, she attended the show countless times during Dare Nights, and her daughter, Ana, came to know it as an annual tradition. With a strong background in marketing, public relations and retail, Nancy is facing the challenges of fund raising and membership development with great excitement. She believes that The Lost Colony is an Outer Banks treasure and legacy, and that every visitor to the area needs to see it. Nancy’s background includes the New York City fashion industry, marketing and buying for Kitty Hawk Kites, public relations for the City of Richmond and the Dell Amphitheatre, buying for the North Carolina Aquariums and Jeanette’s Pier, and marketing, retail and design consulting. She has a BA from Virginia Wesleyan, with graduate courses from Old Dominion and Virginia Commonwealth. Is Certified in Entrepreneurial Management and is currently studying for certification from Duke in Nonprofit Management.
Brandon Smith; Theater Manager
Brandon has spent his entire career dedicating himself to the idea that the arts can change lives. After studying acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory, he became Theater Manager at the Outdoor Drama Tecumseh. There, he helped create a template of operations for outdoor theaters which is still being used all over the country. He has managed a diverse collection of organizations from Symphonies to Broadway, raising over $2 million for the arts along the way. In 2012, he served as CEO for The Lost Colony for 9 months, guiding the organization through it’s 75th Anniversary Season. He is proud to make his home in Manteo with his partner Dan.
Lance Culpepper; Associate Producer
Lance may be a Georgia native, but he now calls the Outer Banks home. His first summer with The Lost Colony was in 1996. He spent two seasons with the Colony and toured as part of a children’s theatre before making the transition to television. He worked in television nine years as a costumer for a production studio in where he designed costumes for eight series and several movies of the week. Since joining the staff of The Lost Colony in 2007, he has served as Executive Assistant, Production Coordinator, and now Associate Producer.
Terri Lowry-Wingo; Director of Finance
Terri is pleased to be in her third year with The Lost Colony. She is currently studying for her CPA certification but when she’s not working or studying she enjoys spending time with her family, skyping with her son in Germany and spending quiet weekends at home or on the beach with her ‘book of the month’. She is the author several brilliant literary masterpieces, the most notable of which being, The End Is Near! A story distributed in spoken word by her team of homeless doomsday prophets. An amateur archaeologist, and self proclaimed aficionado of everything really old, Wingo has etched her newest book, I’m Not Crazy, You Are, into clay tablets using only Sumerian hieroglyphs and the letter Q. Asked about her unorthodox approach to publishing, Wingo said, “I’m a genius. If people want to read my books they should have to translate them. They’ll appreciate them more.”
Terry Fowler; Office Manager
Terry is The Colony’s office manager. She has been a part of the administrative staff since 1998 and also serves as the administrative liaison to the board of directors while managing Morrison Grove in the shoulder season. Terry and Ivan, her husband of 35 years, lives on a small farm in Washington County where they maintain animal rescues of horses, dogs, cats, goats, and other domestic varieties.
Crystal Simpson; Maintenance Supervisor
Crystal has spent most of her life on Roanoke Island, growing up in Manteo. She ran her own landscaping business for 6 years before being hired on as the Maintenance Assistant in 2006. One year later she was named Supervisor. Crystal says, “It is a privilege to work here at The Lost Colony. I enjoy maintaining the grounds and properties, making the theater and apartments a clean and safe environment for our artists and guests to enjoy”. She lives with her husband and son on the nearby mainland.