The Public Team




Laura Michelle Hoadley, CFO/Business Director


Laura Michelle was born in Arizona and raised near Barksdale Air Force Base in northwest Louisiana. An avid fan of both spreadsheets and a good jazz combo, her passion is comprised of equal parts logistics and arts. She studied music and theater at the University of Louisiana at Monroe before joining Strauss Theatre Center as Operations Manager and Guest Director for YoungTroupe.  Her work throughout north Louisiana also includes performance, direction, and technical credits with the Rose Theatre in Bastrop, East Bank Theatre and the Bossier Arts Council in Bossier City, and Shreveport Little Theater in Shreveport. Laura Michelle moved to San Antonio in 2010 and joined The Playhouse team in 2011 as Box Office Manager, later reassigned to the position of Operations Manager and eventually Business Director.  Her passion for the arts keeps her busy both on and off stage with local performance and direction credits including work with The Playhouse, SAISD, and Allegro Stage Company. She is also a regular participant in the Association of Corporate Council’s annual Ethics Follies.


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Jeff Morden, Chief Development Officer


Jeff Morden has been a resident of San Antonio for 16 years, having been born and raised in Southern California. Jeff has a 30-year professional career in community-based and public service organizations including Orange County’s United Way, The San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind, City of San Antonio, The Salvation Army-San Antonio Area Command, Bexar County, and Family Endeavors. Jeff studied Communications at the University of San Diego and Saddleback College.  Jeff’s broad, non-profit experience includes business development, program administration, fundraising, special events, community relations, contract monitoring and compliance. Also, Jeff has been an active board member, serving on the board of directors of Miss Fiesta San Antonio, San Antonio AIDS Foundation, West Avenue Apartments, and acted as a volunteer mentor for The Salvation Army’s Boys & Girls Club.  When not giving back to his community, Jeff’s hobbies include attending concerts, riding bikes, or playing tennis and volleyball.


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Courtnie Mercer, Chief of Staff/Company Manager


Courtnie was born in San Antonio but raised in the West Texas town of Abilene. She relocated permanently to San Antonio in 2003 and attended The University of Texas at San Antonio where she received a B.S. in Kinesiology and a Minor in Health.  Courtnie began dancing at a very young age and started teaching dance at the age of nine. Dance and performance has always been her passions. Courtnie has been a member of the San Antonio Spurs ‘Team Energy’ as well as the San Antonio Stars ‘Star Squad’. Courtnie has choreographed for high schools and dance conventions all over Texas and has danced in such events as the Florida Citrus Bowl, Super Bowl XXXVIII, and Fiesta San Antonio's Webb Party. Courtnie is affiliated with Northside and San Antonio Independent School districts as a choreographer and served as Director for Insight Boys Crew at Trilogy Dance Center.  As a performer, Courtnie has been seen on several stages around the community. Favorite productions include Hairspray (Brenda), Urinetown, Memphis (Double Dutch Girl), In The Heights, Grease (Patty Simcox) and Gypsy (Agnes/Amanda). Courtnie serves as the Resident Choreographer for The Public Theater of San Antonio. 


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Dan Heggem, Chief Technical Director


Dan "Doc" Heggem studied and practiced lighting design throughout Southern California before moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2001. Since then, Mr. Heggem has received two critics choice awards for his designs of Woman in Black and Of Mice and Men for Spokane Interplayers Ensemble. He has won Outstanding Lighting Design at the 5th Avenue Theatre Awards in Seattle for his work on Mary Poppins in 2015 and Evita in 2016. Mr. Heggem has also won Outstanding Lighting Design for The Last 5 Years at I-Act Festival in Boise, Idaho.  Most recently serving as Technical Director for The Modern Theater, Mr. Heggem has enjoyed many collaborative products with an array of designers and artist from coast to coast. He looks forward to all the exciting new challenges the future may hold.


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Jesse Worley, Technical Engineer


Jesse Worley was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He studied audio engineering at Spokane Falls Community College and has been working with The Modern Theaters in Idaho and Washington for the past several years.  His audio credits include Chicago, Man of La Mancha, Next to Normal, Mary Poppins, All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, and The Wild Party.  Jesse also enjoys working on recording and producing music and audio dramas. He loves being able to collaborate with creative and talented people and is looking forward to doing the same here at The Playhouse.


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Ariel Rosen, Education Coordinator


Ariel Rosen is a graduate of NESA and attended college at The Hartt School. Before joining The Public Team, she was a company member at The Magik Theatre for 9 years. where she played dozens of animals and a few humans too! While at Magik she discovered her passion for theater education. Favorite roles include Lucy (You're a Good Man, CB), Rosalind (As You Like It), Charlotte (Charlotte's Web), and Magenta (The Rocky Horror Show).


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